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- World Premiere


Written by: Wendy A. Schmidt
Directed by: Jeri Frederickson

“Maker of Worlds” by Wendy A. Schmidt is crookedly inspired by You Tube's how-to videos. One woman, played by Amy Gorelow, creates the world and threatens to destroy it using the few items on stage and her own body. In the process, she plays other deities, her husband Warren, and Jim Morrison in a play about creativity, capitalism and the divine in all of us. Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival will present the play's world premiere September 2 to September 6, 2019. Jeri Frederickson directs.

The central character is Martha, part Judeo-Christian god and part Martha Stewart, who has been influenced by absurd demos of how to make “worlds” with every day household items. She has been scarred by the fact that 5000 years ago, when she rained fire and brimstone down on Sodom and Gomorrah, she inadvertently turned her best friend, Edith, into a pillar of salt. She has never dealt with her pain in a healthy way, and is now married to an accountant and living a bourgeois life on Long Island.


Cabaret Theater

Monday - September 2 - 6:30pm
Tuesday - September 3 - 9pm
Wednesday - September 4 - 6:30pm
Thursday - September 5 - 6:30pm
Friday - September 6 - 9pm
Saturday - September 7 - 5pm

Running time: Maker of Worlds is 71 Minutes $12.

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Playwright Wendy A. Schmidt from Chicago. Her one-woman play “Maker of Worlds” was developed at Three Cat Productions in Chicago, with a workshop production there in December 2018. Her play “Veda in Time” had a staged reading at La MaMa E.T.C. in 2018. In 2017 she attended the La MaMa Umbria International Playwrights Retreat with Erik Ehn. Her full-length farce, “Marvelous Madeleines,” was produced by Three Cat in 2016. Her plays have been developed in Three Cat’s Chicago New Work Festival, Chicago Dramatists’ Saturday Series and 20% Theater Company’s Dark Room Series, among others. Her ten-minute play, “Tornado Alley,” was a finalist for the 2015 Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award.

Actor Amy Gorelow has been based in Chicago for 13 years, where she has appeared in “Fiddler On The Roof” (Yente), “Hitler On The Roof” (Goebbels), “Rosencrantz& Guildenstern Are Dead” (Gertrude), “The Cherry Orchard” (Ranevskaya), “Play Dates” (Stacey), “Crashing With Flamingos” (Peg), “Midsummer” (Bottom), “All My Sons” (Lydia), “Six Dead Queens & an Inflatable Henry” (Katherine of Aragon), “Low Pay? Don’t Pay!” (Margherita), “Lust, Lies, & Marriage” (Dottore), “Out Of Order” (Gladys), “Earl the Vampire” (Gretchen) and “Ambition Facing West” (Marija/Alma). She is an associate member of TUTA and an Emeritus member of Piccolo Theatre. She studied theatre in North Carolina, Atlanta, Russia, Cambridge (MA), and Chicago. She is also a musician and has played upright bass, melodica, guitar, ukulele, and banjo in other productions. She also directs and teaches. (amygorelow.com)

Director Jeri Frederickson hails from Chicago, where she is an ensemble member of Irish Theatre of Chicago, serves as its Literary Manager and Associate Artistic Director and has directed “In A Little World Of Our Own” (Midwest Premiere) and several Three Pint Series staged reading presentations. Other local directing credits include projects with Three Cat Productions, Whiskey Rebellion, Artemisia, and Trellis. She directed “Much Ado About Nothing” for a Stone Soup Shakespeare tour in Southern Illinois. She develops new artists in Chicago as the Creative Director of literary, movement, and visual arts at a local Chicago nonprofit for survivors of sexual violence. As a writer and freelance editor, her writing has been published in print and online.


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