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Dance For Beginners And the Women's Voices Project

The Play

Dance For Beginners

By MT Cozzola
Directed by Heather Bodie
May 13th-June 11th, 2017
Previews May 11th and 12th

The centerpiece of our work 2016-2017 season is the professional premiere of a new work by female Chicago playwright MT Cozzola, Dance for Beginners. Dance for Beginners is an intimate look at the beginnings of a relationship in the third act of life, and celebrates a strong female voice. With oceans separating them, they turn to dance to bring them closer together. Dance for Beginners was developed at Chicago Dramatists and was read at Piven as part of the summer of 2016 Lab season, and exemplifies the way the Lab cultivates relationships with new artists and new works.

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The Project

Following the success of the Quality of Mercy Project, in our 2016-2017 season we have expanded our efforts in our sophomore effort: The Women's Voices Project. The Women's Voices project not only celebrates our 45th anniversary by honoring the legacy of Piven Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Joyce Piven, but also celebrates the many female artists in our community, and female-driven storytelling.

Over the next few months, we will be partnering with organizations like She Is Code, Story Studio Chicago, The YWCA Evanston/Northshore, the Evanston Public Library, and many more Evanston artists, organizations, and businesses. We look forward to sharing more details as they are finalized!

Additionally, you can visit our Lab page to see our upcoming Women's Voices Project Lab programs featuring new female driven works in development, intimate readings and productions led by female artists, and more here.