MY BRILLIANT DIVORCE
October 7 – November 1, 2015
By Geraldine Aron
Directed by Siiri Scott
Starring Barbara Figgins
A Midwest Premiere
Performed at Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant
The hilarious and moving story of Angela, recently deserted by her husband for a younger woman, as she sets out to survive and enjoy a life on her own. In a world of surly solicitors, “Lonely Hearts” dates, help line counselors and a myriad of self-diagnosed diseases, does Angela fight to keep her husband… or just move on? A Midwest premiere by one of Ireland’s leading female playwrights, featuring ensemble member Barbara Figgins.
Geraldine Aron is the author of twelve plays produced for television and radio, and Toscanini, a screenplay directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Plays not listed in the Irish Playography include Mr McConkey’s Suitcase, Zombie, Mickey Kannis Caught My Eye, Same Old Moon, Spider, The Donahue Sisters, The Stanley Parkers and Joggers. Her hugely acclaimed one-woman show, My Brilliant Divorce, has been performed all over the world and was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2004. She is also the past winner of two Edinburgh Fringe Firsts, for Bar and Ger and A Galway Girl, respectively.
Siiri Scott is the Head of Acting and Directing at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, where she has taught acting, voice and movement and directed shows for the last 18 years. She currently focuses on preparing students for professional training. She worked with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival for six years, both as an actor (Queen in Cymbeline) and as their voice and dialect coach. Recently Siiri moved back to Chicago to continue her professional work and commutes back to Notre Dame to teach. A graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul, she has worked locally with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Lifeline Theatre and hosted the KidsWB Network for WCIU. Regional work includes a stint in Los Angeles where she appeared on City of Angels; Milwaukee, where she performed in The Kentucky Cycle and co-directed Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry; and Seattle, where she worked with Theatre Babylon, Book-it Repertory Theatre and Seattle Children’s Theatre. In 2009 she joined Theatre Nohgaku, an international Noh theatre company, as a performing member.
My Brilliant Divorce is part of Chicago Artists Month 2015, the 20th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant arts community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.