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Ivona, Princess of Burgundia



Season 14

Sep 15, 2001–Oct 26, 2001

3829 N. Broadway

Ivona, Princess of Burgundia brings to life the delightfully wicked fairytale kingdom of exotic Burgundia, where life seems flawless. The royal family’s way of life turns into paranoiac chaos when young Prince Philip announces his engagement to the grotesque and disturbing mute, Ivona.

Written in 1938 by renowned Polish playwright, author and philosopher Witold Gombrowicz, the play is a classic of Polish literature, taught along side of Shakespeare. Ingmar Bergman recently directed a seminal production of this play at the National Theatre of Sweden.

Ensemble member and director Kirsten Kelly returns to Chicago where she her credits include The Lark (Eclipse Theater), The Hairy Ape and The Gut Girls (Mary-Arrchie Theater). Currently, she is training at The Julliard School in New York, after receiving the prestigious Andrew J. Mellon Fellowship for Advanced Studies in Directing.

“… a rare but welcome piece of programming from this venerable off-Loop company … the talented young director Kirsten Kelly has crafted a very creative production …”

— Chicago Tribune

Gombrowicz’s inspired satire is well served by Kirsten Kelly’s playful, intelligent production, which uses every theatrical trick in the nonnaturalistic bag—cartoonish makeup, eccentric movement, odd sound effects, expressionistic stage pictures. And Kelly’s wonderful ensemble prove adept at re-creating Gombrowicz’s caricatured universe without ever chewing the scenery.”

— Chicago Reader


Tim Curtis

as Chamberlain

Julie Daley

as Aunt #1

Anita Deely

Anita Deely

as Lady/Aunt

Jen Engstrom

as Queen Margaret

Carmine Grisolia.

Carmine Grisolia*

as King Ignatius

Chris Hainsworth

as The Innocent

Kyle Hamman.

Kyle Hamman*

as Simon

Tom Hickey

as Various

Jess Hill

as Cyprian

Heidi Kunz

as Singer

Kat McDonnell.

Kat McDonnell*

as Aunt #2

Stacy Parker

as Ivona

James Anthony Zoccoli

as Checkers the Butler

Creative Team

Witold Gombrowicz

Kirsten Kelly

Allie Quetel
Assistant Director

Michelle Caplan
Set Design

Michelle Habeck
Light Design

Rachel Healy
Costume Design

Cybele Moon
Props Design

Lindsay Jones
Sound Design

Debbie Caruso
Technical Direction

Heather Brown
Stage Manager

Casey Freund
Production Manager

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member