Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Seven short plays
Fourteen actresses (and Greg)
Nineteen-plus deaths (we swear it's a comedy)
Monday, August 19, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
“It takes the form of a confessional, his story jumping from trigger to trigger, forming a patchwork of childhood trauma and emotional abuse and culminating in a recount of the moment that seals his fate. As a writer, specificity is one of Menekseoglu’s greatest strengths. Little Duck is a remarkably vivid character, and each detail of his life feels credible. Menekseoglu takes on the role himself, and he commands your attention and sympathy throughout” -Aeneas Sagar Hemphill, TimeOut Chicago
“a relentless vision of a paranoid, deranged man, contains moments of inspiration” —Suzanne Scanlon, Chicago Reader
“Overberg’s enigmatic Suit skulks from horrifically-damaged girl to horrifically-damaged girl, the play becoming a funhouse of pain and trauma, impressively brutal”, “The actors all give wonderful performances, and the design—the bright sterile lighting, the white and gray palette—perfectly captures a sleek institutional horror.” -Aeneas Sagar Hemphill, TimeOut Chicago
“In The Samaritan Syndrome, Menekseoglu takes on the parasitic relationship between patient and doctor, illness and health, pathology and caretaking. It's intriguing”, “Are we meant to sympathize with these traumatized young women?” —Suzanne Scanlon, Chicago Reader
Friday, June 7, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Our Amleth, Princess of Denmark, stands alone as a powerful story of adolescence, love, duty and betrayal. And playing Ophelia, I can tell you that the love story between Amleth and Ophelia is one of the sweetest, saddest, truest love stories I've ever read. Imagine coming home from college for the first time, for your father's funeral, to find you cannot return to the simple and straightforward childhood you left. You are different, the home you knew is different, and though the sweetheart you left behind loves you as deeply as when you went away, you and your life now are so different that innocent love you had before you left for college is impossible now.
The Ophelia of our world is left behind to serve the royal household as her childhood love, Princess Amleth, goes off to be educated. When Amleth comes back, she is not the same girl Ophelia said goodbye to -- and the months away from her love have affected Ophelia too. When Amleth comes home, Ophelia expects the love of her life to be the same girl whose letters she reads over and over in her bed, and for a simple escape to be all they need to live happily ever after. But of course, that is not to be.
The love between Amleth and Ophelia is so honest and innocent it breaks my heart every night to be part of the tragedy as it unravels. Anna Menekseoglu astounds me every night as Amleth, and I want the whole city to witness the force of her story, a "dark, sexy, and deeply immersive tragedy" that the Chicago Reader says Shakespeare himself would be proud of: http://www.chicagoreader.com/
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Friday, March 1, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Tragedy of Amleth, Princess of Denmark
by Jeremy Menekseoglu
March 7th - April 7th
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8pm & Sundays at 7:30pm.
Dream Theatre is located at 556 W 18th St., Chicago.
Tickets are $17 - $20
On a dark and stormy night, princess Amleth returns to Denmark for her father's funeral only to discover that the body has been buried, her mother is remarried and the house is filled with drunken partygoers. Amleth seeks comfort in the arms of her lover Ophelia, but not even their innocent romance can stop her from questioning every truth she has ever believed. Amleth's once innocuous view of life spirals out of control until a climactic ending that not even the bard himself could have foreseen.
"To fulfill my duty and live in the real world, or leave and regain my ignorance: That is the question."
The Tragedy of Amleth, Princess of Denmark features: Anna Weiler Menekseoglu as Amleth, Megan Merrill as Ophelia, Rachel Martindale as Gertrude, Jeremy Menekseoglu as Claudius, Leana Savoie as Mrs. Polonius, Hasket Morris as Dog Master, John-Paul Kostecki as Artificer, & Laura Gouin as Mother Clare.
Production Team: Direction by Jeremy Menekseoglu & Anna W Menekseoglu; Set Design by Anna W Menekseoglu; Set Construction by Greg Callozzo & Paul Knappenberger; Lights by Paul Knappenberger; Sound by Jeremy Menekseoglu; Projections by Jeremy Menekseoglu; Costume Design by Mab Graves & Anna W Menekseoglu; Illustrations by Mab Graves; Costume Construction by Anna W Menekseoglu, Rachel Martindale & Megan Merrill; Hats by Megan Merrill; Props by Dana Von & Colin Carroll; Weapons Master is Paul Knappenberger; Marketing by Janice Rumschlag; Photos by Giau Truong & Megan Merrill; Kickstarter Managing by Shannon Daly; Stage Managers are Dana Von & Colin Carroll..
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
"Lights Out brings you stories of the supernatural - and the supernormal, dramatizing the fantasies and the mysteries of the unknown. We tell you this frankly - so if you wish to avoid the excitement and tension of these - imaginative plays, we urge you calmly, but sincerely, to turn off your radio- now." - Arch Oboler
Lights Out, Everybody - a tribute in Horror to Arch Oboler features: Sasha Walloch, Rj Voltz, Denise Smolarek, Janice Rumschlag, Suzanna Ziko and Hasket Morris. It is directed byGiau Truong.