I learned a lesson from last year's installment of the International Voices Project, even though I didn't attend. The IVP produces an annual festival of staged readings that highlights works by playwrights from outside the English-speaking world—Germany to Japan, Egypt to Catalonia. The roster for 2013 included Noise in the Waters
by Italy's Marco Martinelli and Hamlet Is Dead. No Gravity.
by Ewald Palmetshofer of Austria. Not a year later Martinelli's own Teatro delle Albe arrived from Ravenna with a full staging of Noise
, while Chicago's Red Tape Theatre presented the U.S. premiere of Hamlet Is Dead
. The lesson? Pay attention to what goes on at IVP—it may be your first glimpse of the next thing. Continue reading >>