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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
6:00 PM


Seminary Co-op Bookstore


Free and open to the public

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Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


"Nobody else in Chicago writes anything like the massively talented Holter, whose poetic language often emerges in thrilling torrents." —Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune

Ike Holter discusses "Prowess: A Play." A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

About the book: Avenging Chicagoans form a league for justice in Ike Holter’s superhero-inspired play, "Prowess." In this heartfelt yet fantastical homage to Chicago, award-winning playwright Ike Holter introduces us to a quartet of “average” citizens who have been the victims of violence and felt powerless because of it. In the face of the city’s seemingly intractable ills, the play’s characters join forces to rescue Chicago—and themselves. But how? With heart, wit, and wisdom, Holter explores how one responds to violence. Does a person focus on self-defense and personal survival? Or fight back—with more violence? Pulsating and physical, "Prowess" is about vulnerability, vigilantism, heroism, and self-knowledge.

About the author: Ike Holter is a resident playwright at Victory Gardens Theater and the artistic director of The Roustabouts. His plays have been produced at the Steppenwolf Garage, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Off-Broadway at Barrow Street Theatre and Cherry Lane Theatre, and elsewhere. He is the 2017 winner of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize for drama.