IVONA

Princess of Burgundia

by Witold Gombrowicz
directed by Kirsten Kelly
Season 14
September 15—October 26, 2001
… a rare but welcome piece of programming from this venerable off-Loop company … the talented young director Kirsten Kelly has crafted a very creative production …
— Chicago Tribune
Gombrowicz's inspired satire is well served by Kirsten Kelly's playful, intelligent production, which uses every theatrical trick in the nonnaturalistic bag—cartoonish makeup, eccentric movement, odd sound effects, expressionistic stage pictures. And Kelly's wonderful ensemble prove adept at re-creating Gombrowicz's caricatured universe without ever chewing the scenery.
— Chicago Reader

Ivona, Princess of Burgundia brings to life the delightfully wicked fairytale kingdom of exotic Burgundia, where life seems flawless. The royal family's way of life turns into paranoiac chaos when young Prince Philip announces his engagement to the grotesque and disturbing mute, Ivona.

Written in 1938 by renowned Polish playwright, author and philosopher Witold Gombrowicz, the play is a classic of Polish literature, taught along side of Shakespeare. Ingmar Bergman recently directed a seminal production of this play at the National Theatre of Sweden.

Ensemble member and director Kirsten Kelly returns to Chicago where she her credits include The Lark (Eclipse Theater), The Hairy Ape and The Gut Girls (Mary-Arrchie Theater). Currently, she is training at The Julliard School in New York, after receiving the prestigious Andrew J. Mellon Fellowship for Advanced Studies in Directing.

cast
Tim Curtis
Chamberlain
Julie Daley
Aunt #1
Anita Deely
Lady/Aunt
Jen Engstrom
Queen Margaret
Carmine Grisolia *
King Ignatius
Chris Hainsworth
The Innocent*
Tom Hickey *
Various
Jess Hill
Cyprian
Heidi Kunz
Singer
Kat McDonnell *
Aunt #2
Stacy Parker
Ivona
James Anthony Zoccoli
Checkers the Butler
production
Author
Witold Gombrowicz
Director
Kirsten Kelly
Assistant Director
Allie Quetel
Set Design
Michelle Caplan
Light Design
Michelle Habeck
Costume Design
Rachel Healy
Props Design
Cybele Moon
Sound Design
Lindsay Jones
Technical Direction
Debbie Caruso
Stage Manager
Heather Brown
Production Manager
Casey Freund
* = Strawdog company member
Photography by Jon Cole Media
Production photo by Chris Ocken
Photo by KBH Media
Photo by Donald Cardiff
Photo by John Flak
Photo by Dave Brennan
Photo by Heath Hays
Production photo by TCMcG Photography