First Floor Theater’s POLAROID STORIES by Naomi Iizuka Opens Tonight Through Dec. 21

29A2EA0CB-C260-5BAE-76DBC1A265573021 (1)First Floor Theater is thrilled to kick off their second season with POLAROID STORIES, Naomi Iizuka’s masterful mash-up of Roman myth and documentary theatre, directed by FFT Artistic Producer Hutch Pimentel, playing November 21 – December 21, 2013 at Red Tape Theatre. Tickets for POLAROID STORIES will be available at

POLAROID STORIES features Managing Director Amanda Fink and Associate Artistic Director Andrew Cutler with Brandon Boler, Luke Grimes, Jenni Hadley, Brandon Holmes, Alyssa Ramos, Shariba Rivers, Johnard Washington and Kait Ziegler.

POLAROID STORIES is an explosive re-imagining of Ovid’s Metamorphoses that blends interviews from street-based youth and sex workers with ancient myth. The play takes place in the underbelly of a city where junkies scheme, lovers run and the lost wander, a refuge for those living on the edge of society. Iizuka illuminates the depths of a metropolis with her chaotic elegy of desire, desperation and transcendence. FFT’s production explores the complex intersection of two different modes of storytelling, documentary and mythology, and the power of their confluence. The design aesthetic embraces a similar method of reimagining technologies and materials for new use.

The production team for POLAROID STORIES includes: William Boles (set design), Sarah Collonge & Sarah Ingraham (lighting design), Markie Gray (sound design), Alexis Chaney (costume design), Molly FitzMaurice (dramaturg), Nathan Bartley (production manager), Niki Dreistadt (stage manager)

Tickets for POLAROID STORIES will be available at Tickets will go on sale on November 4, 2013.

Title:                              POLAROID STORIES

Playwright:               Naomi Iizuka

Director:                   FFT Artistic Producer Hutch Pimentel

Featuring:              Amanda Fink (Skinheadgirl), Andrew Cutler (Skinheadboy), Brandon Boler (G) Luke Grimes (Narcissus), Jenni Hadley (Philomel), Brandon Holmes (Orpheus), Alyssa Ramos (Eurydice), Shariba Rivers (Persephone), Johnard Washington (D) and Kait Ziegler (Echo).

Location:                   Red Tape Theatre

621 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657

Dates:                Press Opening: Thursday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Regular Run: Friday, November 22 – Saturday, December 21, 2013.

Show Times:   Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.

Please note: There will be no performances Thanksgiving weekend. There is an added performance on Monday, November 25, 2013.

Tickets:            $25 tickets at the door. $20 online. $12 students/seniors.

Tickets for POLAROID STORIES will be available at Tickets will go on sale on November 4, 2013.


About the Playwright

Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories was originally commissioned by En Garde Arts in New York, produced in the 1997 Humana Festival of New Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and received the 1998 PEN Center West Award for Drama. Her other plays include 36 Views, Anon(ymous), After a Hundred Years, At the Vanishing Point, Language of Angels, Tattoo Girl and Skin. Her work has been produced by The Goodman Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Guthrie Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Huntington Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Public Theater. Ms. Iizuka is a member of New Dramatists and the recipient of a Joyce Award, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, an Alpert Award, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Stavis Award from the National Theatre Conference, a Rockefeller Foundation MAP grant, an NEA/TCG Artist-in-Residence grant, a McKnight Fellowship, Princeton University’s Hodder Fellowship and a Jerome Fellowship. She is the head of the graduate MFA Playwriting program at the University of California, San Diego.

About the Director

Hutch Pimentel joined First Floor as the Artistic Producer after working as the Associate Producer of Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and has since then worked as a Director & Co-Curator on GrimmFest, and this fall he is directing Polaroid Stories. Previous directing credits include Back of the Throat and 4.48 Psychosis. He worked previously at About Face Theatre, where he assistant directed and produced The Pride. He is a graduate of Kalamazoo College.

About First Floor Theater

First Floor Theater, founded in 2012 by University of Chicago graduates, makes theater to feed the audience’s intellectual curiosity by re-imagining classical texts, adapting literary treasures, and creating new work for our time that stands on the shoulders of the past. FFT was named the “Best New Theater Company” in the Chicago Reader’s Best of 2013 Reader’s Pick edition.

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