Name: Lauren Pizzi
Hometown: San Francisco, California
First theater memory: Seeing a kids community theater production of Oliver! when I was 6 and knowing that was my future. It was the first play I did 5 years later.
What brought you to Chicago and why do you stay: I came to Chicago to get my M.F.A. at DePaul and I stayed because the theater community in this city is incredible. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!
Who are your favorite partners: Beyonce and Jay Z, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Benedict and Beatrice
What have you enjoyed most about the PARTNERS rehearsal/production process: The people, the script and the story and the wine.
If you ran a food truck, what would you be serving up: Definitely tacos!!!
Why are you most excited for audiences to see PARTNERS: Relatable people fighting to love and be loved.
When it comes to dinner, how spicy is too spicy: If you think it’s too spicy, get out!!!
LiveWire Chicago asked patrons of VisionFest 5 “What is your favorite simple machine?” The results are in and with 48.53% of the vote Pulley is the patron favorite.
We asked patrons who purchased tickets online for A Permanent Image to tell us their most clear family holiday memory. Here are our favorites, in no particular order and anonymous…
- Being allowed to drink wine on the holidays as a child!
- Christmas: Accidentally getting stuck, and breaking off the key in the ignition of my grandmas car when I went outside to warm it up.
- Decorating the Christmas tree. I don’t know why we had a tree, since we’re Jewish (and practicing, too), but we always had a Christmas tree and spent hours decorating it–or, hours yelling at each other and maybe 20 minutes decorating it.
- Driving across France back to the port of Calais (to get our car on the boat back to England). Our car brakes had failed and my dad kept using the emergency hand brake to stop the car at each set of lights causing an unbelievably loud clanging noise. The French were not amused! We arrived at the port and my dad decided it was time to call the AA (equivalent of AAA) and when the mechanic arrived, my dad asked “Was this dangerous to do?” and the guy just pointed to the heavens and shook his head!
- Making cut out Christmas cookies that would be pierced with a toothpick so they could be strung up with string and hung on the tree. We had Cookie Trees that neighbors and friends would eat throughout the holiday season.
- My parents bought me a PC game Ultima8 one Christmas and I found where they hid it. I was so excited that I carefully opened the package, installed it on the PC, and carefully resealed the package. I was half-way done with the game by the time I opened it, but I had to act so surprised to cover my crime. I still think of that whenever I have to feign happiness.
- Thanksgiving in middle school, Mom gets really stressed cooking and keeping the house clean and we are little brats who don’t help out and she went crazy and locked herself in her room when my sister knocked over all the fresh rolls onto the floor.
- The first time I went to the midwest to meet a super nice, welcoming, and warm family. I had never met a boyfriend’s family before.
- Waking up on Christmas mornings to the sound of my dad cooking and the smell of bacon.
- When my father would dress up like a duck on christmas eve.
Behind the scenes look at A Permanent Image.
Fight Choreography by Delia Ford
We’ll call it the brother/sister squabble…
or, the “physical” fighting.
And then somehow, the tables are turned.
Too Marx Brothers?
Rare look at the butt fall that once was.
Projection test *fingers crossed*
Green horse/wire man projected (boom!)
Jack is a method actor
Caitlin making blocking or line note? Chris trying to stay awake.
Rehearsal floors are extremely important
A beautiful model from Juders
Soiled by the Joel Ewing sex party
The Nester walls weren’t built in a day, but it sure felt that way. Nailed it!
Sorry Zdenek, Ptacek is the only one who can have a last name that starts with two consonants in this town
One of his earliest appearances (phew! it works!!!)
Say, “Obama’s a retard.” Say it!
Back downtown. It feels good.
Photos by Joshua Aaron Weinstein
For our 5th annual short play festival, LiveWire asked you to help guide playwright submissions by choosing your favorite “Play on 5”. The poll is now closed. Playwright submissions will be accepted from January 15th through April 15th and must adhere to the winning “Play on 5” submission guidelines posted at www.livewirechicago.com/vision.