The Barrow Street Theatre’s tenth anniversary season will include a return engagement of Belfast Blues, directed by Emmy winner Carol Kane, a Yiddish production of Waiting for Godot, improv, shadow puppets and more.
The 2014-15 season kicks off on September 4 with a mounting of Waiting for Godot, performed entirely in Yiddish with English supertitles. The production crosses the pond after playing the Beckett Festival in Northern Ireland.
Next, the Chicago improv duo TJ & Dave (Jagodowski and Pasquesi, respectively) return to Barrow Street for four nights only beginning September 11. This marks the Second City vets’ tenth year of performing at the off-Broadway venue.
Following TJ & Dave is the return engagement of Belfast Blues, written and performed by Broadway alum Geraldine Hughes. Kane will direct the one-woman show told from Hughes’ perspective as a little girl in war-torn Belfast of the 1980s. The limited engagement will play from September 20 through October 5.
Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes, having previously played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, will begin on September 24 and open officially on October 2. Hayes recounts the true story of his arrest in Istanbul and his escape from prison, which involved rowing 17 miles in the middle of a storm.
Next, Barrow Street will present The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill VOL I and VOL II in repertory. The neo-futurist production removes the dialogue from the playwright’s playing, stripping them down to pure action, resulting in a surprising comedy. Performances begin October 28.
Finally, Jeff Achtem will present Swamp Juice, a puppet show that he has performed around the world over the past two years. He returns with his inventive shadow puppets for a limited engagement beginning Thanksgiving week. Select performances will also include an interactive workshop.