Socially conscious. New work. This season, Mortar Theatre presents 2 hard-hitting Chicago premieres and introduces The Graphite Series.
Mortar Theatre is non-profit theatre company in Chicago. We're a collaborative group of artists committed to making socially conscious theatre and championing new works.
In 2010, we opened our inaugural season in Chicago with two world premieres.
“As long as Mortar Theatre continues to put out a high level of execution, this could be a group to watch for years to come.” — Paul Cosca, SteadStyleChicago.com
“There’s no denying the social commitment of [Mortar Theatre Company].” — Mary Barnidge, Windy City Times
In 2011, we have an incredible season planned that will take the collaboration of over 45 theatre artists. To bring our vision to life, it’s gonna take over $20,000. Can you meet us half way? As a young company, we aren't eligible for most grants or public funding, so we're depending on our supporters to help us bring this season to the stage.
To support our Kickstarter campaign, you can donate as little as $5. Give what you can and you’ll get a reward for your generosity.
More information about the work you'll be supporting this season:
I AM MONTANA
by Samuel D. Hunter | Directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith
April 8 – May 1, 2011
About the script: Eben Shamir has just returned home to Montana from a traumatic stint in the Israeli army. Back to work at his minimum-wage job with retail giant Valumart, he begins a cross-country journey with coworkers Tommy, his best friend since childhood, and Dirk, a meth-addicted new employee, to the national Valumart convention. Navigating between fantasy and reality, the present and a haunted past, Tommy learns that Eben has much bigger plans for the Valumart convention than a simple presentation on the future of retail. I Am Montana is a gripping examination of the position minimum-wage workers hold in an increasingly mega-store occupied America.
by Jayme McGhan | Directed by Jason Boat
May 27 – June 19, 2011
About the script: Freely, an idealistic young lawyer and salt man for a startup truckers union, has come to Coyote Pass Truck Stop in Green River, Utah, in the guise of a long-haul trucker. His goal: to recruit Mother, the most feared and respected man on the road, along with his Disciples, a gang of notorious thugs who are suspected of hijacking trucks from Mexico and reselling the dope and weapons they contain, to join the union and strengthen the transportation industry. As the eighteen wheels spin and true identities and motivations are revealed, Freely must do battle to win the allegiance of a man who appears to have no allegiances. Mother Bear is a hard-hitting, plot-twisting, pedal-to-the-floor haul down the darkest miles of America’s highways.
The Graphite Series:
MR. WELFARE by Wendell Etherly | Directed by Jason Boat
March 21 – 22, 2011
As a theatre devoted to the development of new work, Mortar Theatre Company has created The Graphite Series, an ongoing series of play readings to highlight new works and new voices in the Chicago theatre community. Mortar Theatre will devote resources and support in the development of new scripts culminating in their presentation to the public.
The first event in this series will be a reading of Mr. Welfare from Pulitzer-nominated Chicago playwright Wendell Etherly.
About the script: During one of the most volatile periods in Black America, the 1960s, a Chicago tavern owner gives in to his alderman and provides shelter to some of the local homeless. Mr. Welfare is a powerful snapshot of a turning point in our history that asks questions of accountability for yourself and your community.
You can learn more about our company, the plays and playwrights at MortarTheatreCompany.org.
We’re really proud of the work we’re gonna present to you this season. And we can’t wait for you to see it. Thank you for supporting our Kickstarter campaign. Your $5 could be the tipping point that funds our entire season!
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