BY: Naomi Iizuka
DIRECTED BY: Kay Martinovich

CAST: Beata Pilch, Danny Belrose, Alex Present, John Cabrera, Derrick Nelson, Nadine Griffith, Bernadette Miranda, Annie Long, Aaron Boucher, Yvonne Huff
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
SET DESIGN: Anastasia Platt
FILM MAKER: Frank Carridi, Genevieve Coleman
FILM CREW: Dave Valatis, Ryan Resvani
MOVEMENT COACH: Dee-Dee Hamilton
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Peter Wollaeger

“Martinovich and her superb cast have transformed Iizuka’s challenging script into two hours of potent, gripping drama.” 
-Nick Green, The Chicago Reader

Polaroid Stories
Iizuka, an edgy, youbg California scribe, borrowed mythic figures from Ovid’s,Metamorphoses, to illuminate the flamboyant estrangement and fatalism of the misfit teens she interviewed in Minneapolis.

…A dark, loud, corrosive descent into the subturranean world of outcasts, runaways and drug addicts.

…A street theatre poem of emptiness, sensation, desire and fear.

…A Combustible portait of an ignored, desperate, and a frighteningly self-destructive subculture of renegades, outcsts and vagabonds.

Polaroid Stories Scheherazade, Skin, Marlowe’s Eye and Tattoo Girl. was produced at San Francicsco’s Magic Theatre in 1996 as part of Pieces of Quilt, an AIDS benefit theatre event, and Skin has been produced at the Weiss Forum in San Diego, So Ho Rep in NY and Dallas Theatre Center. Her plays have received readings and workshops at the Playwright’s Center’s PlayLabs, NY Theatre Workshop, The Public Theatre, Audry-Skirball Kenis Theatrem Bittim’s Dream, and The Actors Gang in LA. She is the receipient of the 1995 Jerome Playwriting Fellowship, a 1996 McKnight Advancement Grant through the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis. Polaroid Stories was first performed at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, March, 1997.

Kay Martinovich most recently directed Picasso at the LApin Agile at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. Other recent credits include The Devil in Vienna for Apple Tree/ Theater for Young Audiences, Anastasia Krupnik for Lifeline, and Film Flam for Live Bait Theater. Last year she directed Old Times for Circle Theatre and Bremen Freedom at Trap Door Theatre. She directed the critically acclaimed productions of Oleanna for Burnt Orange Productions at Chicago Dramatists’ Workshop, Joined at the Head for Frump Trucker andCementville for Mary-Archie. She created/ directed Get Your Feet off My Neck! for Zebra Crossing, where it was selected as Critic’s Choice by The Chicago Reader. She frequently works with Chicago Dramatists’ Workshopwith the new play development and works as a script reader for Victory Gardens. Ms. Martinovich holds a BFA in directing from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She is the owner and operator of the Actors’ Center, a proffesional acting studio, where she has been an instructor since 1993.

Opened: March 1999

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