Each year Sideshow Theatre Company invites three of Chicago's hottest playwrights to develop brand new, full-length, totally fresh works inside the laboratory of The Freshness Initiative. During the year-long program, Sideshow artists and staff work with each resident writer to develop plays that intersect, explore and explode Sideshow’s aesthetic and mission. The result is three bold, fresh works for the stage that push audiences' expectations of what a Sideshow play might be.
Monday, July 31, 2017 at 7:30pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
By J. Nicole Brooks
Directed by Johnathon L. Green
A gold plated flying saucer hovers over the Earth. A young girl watches “Cosmos” in the basement of a house party in full swing on the West Side of Chicago in 1980. And stars twinkle over East Baltimore in 1951 as a poor tobacco farmer and mother of five visits the “Colored” gynecology ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital seeking treatment and relief. There, unbeknownst to her, cells capable of infinite reproduction will be removed from her body, becoming one of the most valuable sources for medical research in human history. These cells will be bought and sold billions of times over, will be used to cure disease and clone cells, and will be blasted into outer space. J. Nicole Brooks’ new play blends Afrofuturism with the story of the immortal HeLa cell line, bending space and time in an examination of race, science and questions about who has power over the stuff we are made of.
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