Decomposed Theatre

Written by Matei Vişniec

Translated by Jozefina Komporaly

The production featured directors Neema Lahon, Marian Masoliver, Michael Mejia, Zachary Nichol, Cristina Pronzati, Catherine Sullivan, Nicole Wiesner and Katarzyna Wińska.

View past episodes now on Vimeo on Demand

December 3, 2020 – February 4, 2021, via Zoom

Eight episodes premiered weekly in a unique adaptation from Vişniec’s “dialogic spectacle of monologues” performed live between the resident Chicago ensemble and an international group of guest performers and directors.

All episodes can be viewed now through Vimeo On Demand (see links below)

Episode 1: Directed by Katarzyna Wińska

The Runner & Illusionist

Performed on Thursday, December 3 at 8 p.m.
Cast: John Kahara, Michael Mejia

Episode 2: Directed by Zachary Nicol

The Meat Eater

Performed on Thursday, December 10 at 8 p.m.
Cast: Zachary Nicol

Episode 3: Directed by Michael Mejia

The Man in the Circle, The Man with a Cockroach, Brainwasher 1, The Beggar

Performed on Thursday, December 17 at 8 p.m.
Cast: Logan Hulick, Neema Lahon, Leslie Lund, Carl Wisniewski

Episode 4: Directed by Marian Masoliver

The Animal Trainer, The Philosopher, The Human Rubbish Bin

Performed on Thursday, January 7 at 8 p.m.
Cast: Caroline Hart, Emily Lotspeich, Keith Surney, Kevin Webb

Episode 5: Directed by Nicole Wiesner

How to explain the history of quiet, lucid and fevered madness to brainwashed repairmen

Performed on Thursday, January 14 at 8 p.m.
Cast: Maryam Abdi, Venice Averyheart, Natara Easter, Miguel Long, David Lovejoy, Robin Minkens, Emily Nichelson, Ruben Nicolaescu, Tia Pinson, Matty Robinson

Episode 6: Directed by Cristina Pronzati

The Brainwasher (i) (ii), The Man in the Circle, The Voice in the Darkness, The Animal Trainer, The Runner, The Man with a Cockroach, The Illusionist

Performed on Thursday, January 21 at 8 p.m.
Cast: Davide Borella,  Anarosa Butler, Gary Damico, Kasey Foster, Mike Steele, Keith Surney, Nora Ulrey, and Kevin Webb

Episode 7: Directed by Neema Lahon and Assistant Directed by Morgan Symes

The Man in the Circle, The Man in the Mirror, The Runner

Performed on Thursday, January 28 at 8 p.m.
Cast: Edward Joe Bentley, Lyndsay Kane, Susan Mele, Benjamin Nathan-Serio, and Nora Lise Ulrey

Episode 8: Directed by Catherine Sullivan

The Man with the Apple, The Voice in the Blind Light I, The Voice in the Darkness II and III 

Performed on Thursday, February 4 at 8 p.m.
Cast: Venice Averyheart, Cristina Pronzati, Bob Wilson

Matei Vişniec – playwright, poet and journalist, was born in Romania in 1956, and now lives in Paris. He began writing for the theatre in 1977. Early in his career, Vişniec’s plays were banned by the Romanian censors. In 1987 he was invited to France by a literary foundation. While there, he asked for and received political asylum. After the fall of communism in Romania, in 1989, Vişniec became one of the most performed playwrights in the country. Vişniec gained international attention in 1992, with productions of Horses at the Window in France, and Old Clown Wanted at the “Bonner Biennale”. Since then, Matei Vişniec’s work has been produced in France, Germany, United States, Denmark, Austria, Poland, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Brazil, Romania, and Moldavia. Most recently, his play the word progress on my mother’s lips doesn’t ring true was the winner of the “Best Play in the Off-section” at the Avignon Festival in 2009.

Stage manager Anna Klos and Gary Damico/ Makeup Design Zsófia Ötvös/ Costume Design Rachel Sypniewski/ Light Design Richard Norwood