Cast: Antonio Brunetti, Geraldine Dulex, Jody Kingsley, and Chris Popio.

Playwright/ Director

Emilio Williams is a Spanish playwright and director. He has written such plays as Tables and Beds, Medea’s got some Issues, and Your Problem with Men. He is well known in Spain as one of the most interesting new voices on the alternative stage. Since 2007, his profound comedies have gained him both critical and audience acclaim. His work has been produced in Spain, France and the United States.


-A Pocket-size Farce


Written and Directed by Emilio Williams


July 19 – August 18, 2012

Presented with support from the Instituto Cervantes Chicago and the International Voices Project.

What happens when our lives become more absurd than an avant-garde play? Smartphones is a new comedy by Spanish award-winning playwright and director Emilio Williams. The play is a madcap comedy, both a parody and a tribute to the great theater of the absurd, and the surrealist films of Luis Buñuel, such as The Exterminating Angel and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. Last March the play received its first public reading in Spain at the world-renowned Teatro Español. Luis Maria Anson, a leading cultural critic wrote in the Sunday edition of El Mundo newspaper a raving review: “The author has placed a mirror between Samuel Beckett and Yasmina Reza to reflect the new realities of human relationships. (…) He has threaded together perfectly-pitched dialogues with profound thoughts and social criticism.”

Set Design: Brian Sidney Bembridge / Lighting Design: Richard Norwood /Costume Design: Tonette Navarro / Original Music: Gabriel Dib / Stage Manager: Skye Fort / Make-up Design: Zsofia Otvos / Graphic Design: Michal Janicki / Fight Choreography: Justin Verstraete / P.R.: Austin Hassett / Assistants Director: Mariana Leite & Gary Damico