“An unflinching Look at Bipolar Disorder that is a Startling, Striking Evening of Theatre.”

Recommended by Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

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Photo by Kat Tushim:  Left to Right – Carin Silkaitis, Sarah Wisterman & Maggie Cain


APRIL 14 – MAY 7, 2017

“Raw and gutsy, VISITING is an emotional roller coaster.”  Chicago Theatre Review

The undisputed audience favorite from Artemisia’s 2015 Fall Festival, VISITING is an unflinching exploration of the impact of bipolar disorder on four generations of women and the life-affirming discoveries a young woman makes about herself and her future.  This world premiere, written by Ed Proudfoot, opens April 14 and runs through May 7.  The performance schedule is Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday at 6:00 pm.  All performances are at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway.  Artemisia VIP Pass Members can reserve seats by emailing  Reservations for single ticket holders are general admission only.

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APRIL 14 – MAY 7, 2017

“Visiting is a play about mental illness that manages to avoid being melodramatic or exploitative. Its exploration of the effects of bipolar disorder on the Smith women is layered and complex, and while it does not sugarcoat any of the pain the disorder causes, it nevertheless ends on a hopeful note.”  Chicago Splash Magazine

Ed Proudfoot – playwright“It’s the playwright’s unflinching look at bipolar disorder, all its symptoms and treatments, and how it affects everyone around, that makes this powerful piece a startling, striking evening of theatre.”  Ed is a Chicago-based playwright & screenwriter. His play CHEWING ON BECKETT was produced as a world premiere at Artemisia in 2016 and won accolades from audience and critics alike. Featured as one of six plays in Artemisia’s 2015 Fall Festival VISITING was the audience favorite. Ed has had two screenplays optioned and has a number of stories for both stage and screen in the works.

Carrie Lee Patterson – director“Directed with poetic grace and just the right amount of grit, urgency and realism, Patterson’s production rages, roars and, ultimately, takes wing.”  Carrie Lee is excited to return to Artemisia Theatre, where she has directed and performed in the last three Fall Festivals. She was recently awarded an individual artist grant to create All Access: An Equity Library Theatre Reading Series, which introduces new plays featuring characters who are women, people of color, LGBTQ, and disabled. ELT directing credits include Come Back, Any Other Name, and The Goldilocks Zone. Carrie Lee has directed for Nomades Theatre, Red Theatre Chicago,  Attic Playhouse, and Peck Theatre, among others.

Sarah Wisterman as Penny“Leading an exceptional cast, Wisterman embodies all that is Penny, and we share her emotional odyssey throughout this deeply moving play, thanks to the work of a very talented actress.”  Sarah could not be more thrilled to work with Artemisia! Sarah’s most recent credits include Peerless (understudy, First Floor Theatre), Her Story is Our Story 2016 Fall Festival (Artemisia), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (First Folio)Previous credits include MacSith and Holmes vs Holmes (E.D.G.E. Theatre); Crimes of the Heart and Don’t Dress For Dinner (Canterbury Summer Theatre.)

Julie Proudfoot as Lauren  “Artemisia founder and executive artistic director Julie Proudfoot is deeply compelling as Penny’s suicidal mother Lauren.”  Julie is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. Julie was last seen in IMAGE, which was one of six plays featured in Artemisia’s 2016 Fall Festival. Julie won critical and audience acclaim for her portrayal of Viola in Artemisia’s world premiere of CHEWING ON BECKETT, directed by Steve Scott. She is proud to represented by Grossman Jack Talent.

Carin Silkaitis as Holly“Carin’s Holly is tough, merciless and hilarious and she will undoubtedly be remembered come award season.”  Carin is thrilled to make her Artemisia Theatre debut as Holly in VISITING. She is the Founding Artistic Director of The Other Theatre Company. Notable theatre credits include: Chloe in LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART (Eclipse Theatre), Doctor Manor/Ensemble in SONS OF THE PROPHET (American Theatre Company), and Queen Margaret in RICHARD III (Oak Park Festival Theatre.) Carin is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf, a proud member of AEA, and she is equally proud to be represented by Gray Talent in Chicago.

Millie Hurley as Rachel“Ms Hurley is one of the area’s finest character women.”  Millie is honored to be back with Artemisia where she played the Old Woman in CHEWING ON BECKETT. Millie was last seen as E.M. Ashford in Hypocrite’s WIT. She played Mrs. Garland in GOOD FOR OTTO at The Gift Theatre. At Raven Theatre, she was in two Horton Foote plays, and her role as Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa garnered her a Jeff Award. Millie has worked at numerous theaters over the years and is a proud company member of Erasing the Distance.

Maggie Cain as Carol“The actors deliver strong work – Maggie Cain as Carol brings a note of humor to this poignant picnic.”  Maggie recently reprised her appearance as Mrs. Claus in Barney the Elf with The Other Theatre Company. Other credits include Men Should Weep (Jeff Award for Best Play), and Kin and Stage Door (Griffin Theatre), *The Glass Menagerie (Mary-Arrchie Theatre), Pornography and Moment (Steep Theatre), Good Boys and True, Stop Kiss, and Book of Days (Raven), The Consultant (Signal Ensemble) and Troll (Fraud and Phony).

*Broadway World Award for Best Ensemble


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5451 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60640