Odradek Theatre Company of Chicago is raising money to open it's third show, Paradise Park, a re-write of the Chuck Mee play, by Executive Director Jonathen Wikholm and Mark Litwicki, directed by Artistic Director Ashley-Marie Quijano. We're raising money in order to buy our building materials, costumes, props, and lighting, and so on; basically everything to make our show beautiful, magical, and functional.We would greatly appreciate any donation that can be made to help us fund the show, and no amount is to small.
Paradise Park is an exploration of life, civilization, relationships, and the possibility of invisible creators, but mirrored through an ersatz "paradise" world that advertises itself as an amusement park. For a modest ticket price, anyone can escape to an expanding universe of worlds and lands to satisfy any interests and desires, where everything is free, anything is obtainable, and travel doesn’t involve the TSA. Most guests only buy their single or family passes planning a brief visit, but the appeal of a world without problems, pain, or stress becomes too appealing. Or, heading back into the real world becomes too intimidating. However, as in the real world, humans in Paradise Park are too complex to complacently enjoy bliss, and they bring their problems with them or create new ones. As complications pursue, the visitors escape further and further into the park, inevitably becoming lost and confused, and seemingly trapped.
Paradise Park will run April 13th - May 5th, 2012.
Who We Are
Odradek Theatre Company is an emerging storefront theatre company in Chicago, with a mission to bring together, under one collective mind, an array of artists to create art that would otherwise be inconceivable. Odradek creates fresh productions that challenge the mind and tug at the heart by providing opportunities for new playwrights get to see their work performed, never-heard-of musicians to turn-up their amps, and teams of designers to create imaginative landscapes.
As a theatre company, Odradek’s primary goal is to produce plays; however, Odradek believes that artistic collaboration across typical artistic boundaries is important. In fact, the whole Storefront Theatre Model, which Odradek is organized under, hinges on this idea. For this reason Odradek supports an Artist of the Month program, puts on annual arts and music festivals, and sustains a blog on its website.
Artistic Director and co-founder of Odradek, Ashley-Marie has been the director of both previous Odradek productions. Her direction of Pretty, Smart, Poetic received 4-out-of-5 stars in Time Out Chicago, and of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead was awarded a Reader Recommendation. Ashley-Marie has studied the performing arts abroad at the British American Drama Academy in London and locally at North Park University. She has performed in San Diego, Chicago, and London.
Executive Director and co-founder of Odradek, Jonathen Wikholm, has produced Odradek’s Pretty, Smart, Poetic and Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, in which he also played Matt. Jonathen will be bringing his talents as a writer to Odradek and the Chicago theatre scene for the first time, and is honored to be working with the words of Chuck Mee.
Mark Litwicki’s sporadic and multifarious background in theatre and
performance includes television in Japan, teatro campesino in rural
Arizona, urban youth theatre in Mexico, radio in Colombia, and
university and professional productions in Arizona and Chicago. He
appeared in a staged reading of the Finnish play “Kokkola” in the 2010
Nordic Spirit Theater Festival, and his original bilingual play One
small illegal woman / Una pequeña mujer ilegal was produced at Meztli
theater in 2005. Litwicki holds a PhD from Loyola University Chicago.
Why We Need the Money
- We all got art degrees.
- We opened a theatre company after the economy tanked.
How to Help Other Than Donating
Join Our Mailing List
Spread the Word
We totally understand that most people don’t have extra money to throw around in this economy. So, if you can’t spare some money, spare some time and help us get the word out. The more people who know about us and our mission the better. Also, make sure to let that rich uncle or aunt of yours knows.
We like to think of fundraising as “friend-raising.” Odradek is always searching for more artists, business people, hard workers, and adventurous types to get involved in Odradek’s family. We want artists to work on our projects, be our Od Artists of the Month (http://bit.ly/pcfMtc), and show off their talents at our bi-yearly arts fests. As wild artists, we need business people working in Odradek to help us run everything. We need hard workers and adventurous types who want to get involved in the tricky bizarre life of making a successful theatre company, and have a good time doing it.
What Happens If We Don't Meet Our Goal?
In short, we don't get any of the money. We don't want that. We want to make a show, and we want everyone to come see it. Help us out!
Support the Arts!
If You Want Happiness—
If you want happiness for a couple of hours, go see an Odradek show.
If you want happiness for a day, go to an Odradek Arts Fest.
If you want happiness for a year, get involved with Odradek for a year.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, give Odradek money and do everything above.
- (50 days)