Celebrating its second season The Trance, a performance ensemble dedicated to new views of art-making, will present two full-length productions at The Edge Theatre in Chicago in 2019-2020. The Season opens with The Third Richard by John Kirk, directed by Trance Artistic Director Maggie Veach. The Third Richard, pulls back the veil surrounding the life and legacy of one of history’s most notorious kings, Richard the III, to reveal the complexity of the man beyond the myth. The play takes us on a journey that questions the “truth,” and lays out a dynamic literary landscape that calls into question our perceptions of how we perceive truth, falsehood, fiction, and each other. Performances will be held at The Edge Theatre in Chicago on Friday, December 13th at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 14th at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday December 15th at 2:00 p.m. We have now rescheduled our production of Riding the Bicycle for the final weekend of July 2021. Trance Artistic Director, Maggie Veach, will serve as both author and director for this world premiere production. Riding the Bicycle chronicles the life of Ella, a young bisexual woman, as she maneuvers her sexual identity with humor, grace, and social complexity. Performances will be at The Edge Theatre on Friday, May 29th and Saturday May 30th. Both performances will be at 8:00 p.m.
About the Artistic Director
Maggie Veach graduated cum laude with a degree in Theatre from Otterbein University in 2016. She started writing poetry when she was ten years old and has been writing ever since. She attended the Otterbein University poetry/photography workshop and went on to attend the Kenyon College Young Writer’s Workshop with her work published in Burn After Reading as part of the Kenyon Review. In 2016 she directed Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children and also served as assistant director on many other Otterbein Theatre productions and had her work produced on Otterbein Theatre’s Festival. She was commissioned by Columbus Dance Theatre for their production of Moving Words in 2017 where an evening-length dance/theatre work was created from her poetry. Maggie enjoyed her work as an Intern with Chicago’s Collaboraction Theatre Company in 2017-2018 where she worked on the Peacebook Project. She now resides in Chicago and has initiated a new performance ensemble, The Trance, a combining of theatre, poetry, and dance pushing the possibilities of theatrical performance. The Company had its premiere at The Edge Theatre in Chicago last May and presented an evening of Maggie’s short plays and poems. Last Gasp, First Breath. She directed The Third Richard in December of 2019 and completing and directing Riding the Bicycle for the The Trance , now rescheduled for the end of July 2021.
Riding the Bicycle
Actors Dwayne Everett, Julia Germeroth, and Katherine Bellantone in: An excerpt from Riding the Bicycle