PTC: The Soul of the World

November 6 - November 7, 2017

The third and final production in the Professional Training Company's season of New Play Projects.

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Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7 and 9 pm
Tuesday, NoVember 7, 2017 at 7 and 9 pm

La Casita Center, 223 East Magnolia Avenue 

Performances are FREE, but ticketed. Limit 4 per patron. Available in-person at the Box Office, online or by phone. Extra Seat Passes will be available on site.

About the Play
At a Latinx community center, the lives of seven young people intersect amidst the looming threats of Trump-era immigration policies. Inspired by Paulo Coelho’s novel The Alchemist, The Soul of the World is a poignant meditation on community, resilience, and listening to the language of the universe.

About the Playwright
Isaac Gomez is a Chicago-based playwright, dramaturg and educator, originally from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. His plays include La Ruta (developed at Primary Stages, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre and Pivot Arts); Wally World (commissioned by Sideshow Theatre Company); PerKup Elkhorn (developed at Northlight Theatre and Chicago Dramatists); The Way She Spoke: A docu-mythologia (WP: Greenhouse Theater Center, 2016); The Displaced (World Premiere: Haven Theatre, 2018); Throwaway Kids (Cunningham Commission for Youth Theatre—The Theatre School at DePaul University). Other companies Gomez has worked with include Victory Gardens Theater, American Theater Company, Teatro Vista, Definition Theatre Company, Jackalope Theatre, Broken Nose Theatre, Stage Left, and Something Marvelous. As a dramaturg he has worked with Victory Gardens Theater, Goodman Theatre, Teatro Vista, Oracle Productions, Strange Bedfellows, and Sideshow Theatre Company. He is a recipient of the Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award at Primary Stages, the Co-Creative Director at The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists in Chicago (where he runs and is a participant of El Semillero: ALTA Chicago’s Latino Playwrights Circle), a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an Artistic Associate with Victory Gardens Theater, Ensemble Member with Teatro Vista, Artistic Associate with Pivot Arts, Artistic Curator for Theater on the Lake 2017/2018, a steering committee member of the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) and an artistic community member with The Hypocrites in Chicago. He is a Professional Lecturer at The Theatre School at DePaul University.

About the New Play Project
Aligning with Actors Theatre’s dedication to producing new work, the New Play Project is a series of one-act plays developed in the spirit of fostering relationships with emerging playwrights while giving members of the Professional Training Company space to interact with new work. This season, Actors Theatre has commissioned three playwrights to write three one-act plays for the series. Throughout the development of each new play, the playwright works closely with a cast of acting apprentices to create a story in collaboration with directing and literary apprentices. These plays are then performed in unique performance spaces at Actors Theatre or throughout the community.

About the Professional Training Company
Now in its 46th year, the Professional Training Company is the cornerstone of Actors Theatre’s commitment to education. The PTC is a one-of-a-kind immersive program designed to transition recent college graduates into careers by teaching both the business and the art of being a theatre professional. Members of the Company work directly with Actors Theatre artistic and administrative leaders, as well as visiting guest artists, to receive hands-on training in their respective fields. As one of the oldest pre-professional programs of its kind, the PTC is comprised of 42 diverse individuals who are the next generation of theatre artists and administrators.

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Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
502.371.0956 TDD

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