RAMONA ROTTEN

UPCOMING PROJECTS

MACHINAL

May 10th and 11th at 7pm
Tickets $20
906 North Ashland, Chicago, IL, 60622

Machinal is a play by Sophie Treadwell that portrays the life of a young woman in the 1920s who feels trapped in a mechanized society. Through the language of machinery and the relentless repetition of daily life, the play highlights the dehumanizing effects of conformity and the pressures to fit in as just another cog in the machine. As she struggles to break free from the societal expectations and constraints placed upon her, the consequences of not conforming become increasingly deadly. Machinal serves as a haunting reminder of the dangers of losing oneself in a world where individuality is crushed by the demands of modern life.

Directed and Designed by Ramona RottenAssistant Directed by Asa WallaceProduced by Ramona Rotten and Alan LewisStarring Tori Delaney, Caleb Ryan Jones, Ryan Kenney, John Francis Klingle, Michael Oakes, Janey Elliott, Lexy Weixel, Paul Brennan, Angie Milton, Quinn Leary and Nolan Rice


THE SKIN THIEF

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ABOUT RAMONA ROTTEN

As a theatre director and playwright, Ramona Rotten delves into the rich tapestry of folklore, absurdity, and desire. Through her work, she brings historical tales to life, intertwining them with contemporary themes to explore the timeless aspects of human existence. Rotten's plays are marked by a distinctive blend of whimsy and darkness, inviting audiences to dive headfirst into worlds where the ordinary becomes extraordinary and the absurd becomes profound. With each production, Rotten strives to challenge the boundaries of traditional storytelling, engaging her audience's imagination and inviting them to question their own perceptions of reality.


PREVIOUS PROJECTS

THE CLOSET

The Closet is a mini-festival of staged readings that offers a fresh perspectie on classic closet dramas written by women. It actively seeks to highlight the often overlooked voices of femme playwrights and creators within the genre of closet drama, shedding light on their unique perspectives and experiences.Each reading invites audiences to delve into the rich and complex worlds created by these women playwrights, exploring themes of hidden desires, societal expectations and the struggle for self-actualization. Incorporating the queer perspective adds a new layer of depth and nuance to these already powerful works, offering an interpretation that challenges traditional notions of gender and sexuality.Featuring the following plays:
Armgart by George Eliot
Canute the Great by Michael Field
The Convent of Pleasure by Margaret Cavendish

March 14th-16th at 7:30pm
Free
The Labyrinth Club
3658 North Pulaski


A theatrical

SMORGASBORD

"I am running towards happiness
I am burning in the eyes of passing days
I swallow jewels"
~Tristan Tzara

March 1st-3rd at 8pm
Tickets $15
The Labyrinth Club
3658 North Pulaski

Embark on a chilling descent into the shadows with a theatrical smorgasbord that unravels the twisted threads of early avant-garde plays. Peer into the abyss of loneliness, confront the death of god, and test the limits of your own understanding in a nightmarish production that leaves no soul untouched. Featuring short plays by Valerii Briusov, Maurice Maeterlinck and Tristan Tzara, this limited theatrical experience will be presented on March 1st, 2nd and 3rd at The Labyrinth Club. Some viewers might find the contents of this show to be disturbing.

Directed and Designed by Ramona RottenProduced by Ramona Rotten and Alan LewisStarring John Francis Klingle, Caleb Ryan Jones, Steak Richardson, Michael Oakes, Ryan Kenney, Ian Mason and Asa Wallace


JOHN LYLY'S

GALLATHEA

"A heat full of coldness, a sweet full of bitterness, a pain full
of pleasantness, which maketh thoughts have eyes and hearts
ears, bred by desire, nursed by delight, weaned by jealousy,
killed by dissembling, buried by ingratitude; and this is love"
~John Lyly

February 8th at 7:30
Free
Open Space Arts
1411 W. Wilson

Gallathea is an Elizabethan comedy written by John Lyly, which explores a sapphic romance between two young women, Gallatha and Phillida. These women dress as men to avoid becoming sacrificial offerings to Neptune, God of the Sea. Escaping to the forest, they fall deeply in love with eachother. There, they are forced to nagivate their bureoning desire while evading a dark fate. Lyly’s work beautifully combines fantasy, wit and comedy to create a queer storyline that is capitvating and unique to its era.This is a staged reading, directed by Ramona Rotten as part of the development process for a full production of the play later this year.Starring Hannah Blau, Caitlin Dooks, Tori Delaney, Greta Mae Geiser, Laura Smith, Katya Mazon, Cella Marz, Leah Huskey, Perry Le Tourneau, Caleb Ryan Jones, Ryan Kenney, and Ramona Rotten


THE MECHANICAL MESSIAH

December 8th-16th 2023
At Trap Door Theatre
As Part of the Trap Open Series

The Mechanical Messiah tells the story of John Murray Spear, a 19th-century radical, who attempted to usher in a Utopian future using the powers of the spirit world and modern technology.In this existential farce, a pair of clairsentient eccentrics struggle against the vagaries of ushering in Utopia. Created by Ramona Rotten and Denver Hoffman, this new and exciting work examines “the trials borne in the secret chambers of the soul” through physicality, comedy and tenderness.

Written by Ramona Rotten and Denver Hoffman
Directed and Designed by Ramona Rotten
Produced by Ramona Rotten and Alan Lewis
Starring John Francis Klingle and Tori Delaney


YELLOW

June 9th-30th 2023
At Labyrinth Theatre
As Part of Rhinofest 2023

"It’s as if it knows how insidious it is. The way it lolls like a broken neck with two bulbous eyes that stare at you upside down. The everlastingness of its gaze is impossible to bear. Up and down. Sideways it crawls. Those absurd, unblinking eyes are everywhere"

A near-monodrama based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

Adapted, Directed and Designed by Ramona Rotten
Stage Management by Denver Hoffman
Starring Tori Delaney


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