Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Loopshop 7: Spake

We're previewing all seven of the plays featured in Loopshop 7.

Today we get a peek into Spake by David L. Williams:

A student at Cornell University is the only surviving speaker of a Russian oral language called Ujide after his entire extended family is killed at the funeral of his great-great-grandfather in Siberia when their church collapses. The only people he has left to turn to are an ex-girlfriend and a soon-to-be ex-professor at Cornell who specializes in dead languages.

The Loopshop performance of Spake is an excerpt from a full-length play by Williams, a Pennsylvania-based playwright. Directed by John Morrison, Spake stars Cristiana Barbatelli as Jessica, Michelle Pretorius as Ann and Matthew Dealy as Nicholas.

Loopshop is Chicago-based Strangeloop Theatre's annual short play and new works series. This year's production features a mix of short, original plays and scenes from full scripts in development — all from local playwrights. 

Performances for Loopshop 7 will be at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 28, and Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Chemically Imbalanced Theatre, 1422 West Irving Park Road, Chicago. Tickets for the show are $10 and are available at the door or online at Brown Paper Tickets. 

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