Love Thy Neighbor… till it hurts
by Julie Ganey
Premiered at Lifeline Theatre, and then remounted at 16th Street Theatre and as part of a storytelling festival at side project theatre company
Collaborator: Mike Pryzgoda, live music
Photos: Michael Litchfield http://www.mrlitchfield.com/
Love Thy Neighbor…Till it Hurts is a fully staged solo piece that takes place in Rogers Park, Chicago– the neighborhood of which writer/performer Julie Ganey is a long-time resident. Three years ago, standing in her kitchen, Ganey heard a National Public Radio piece by Ira Glass about real estate and the recession that painted her neighborhood and block in an unflattering light. Love Thy Neighbor is her response to Ira Glass: stories that collectively paint a picture of her neighborhood with its diverse ethnicities, social classes and lifestyles, and Ganey’s hard-won sense of home there. A tenacious look at how we misunderstand, mistake and misjudge each other – and choose to live together anyway.
A “bristling, thoughtful, heartfelt response to an NPR piece by Ira Glass about real estate and the recession (that) winningly chronicles her various ‘Kumbaya’-like efforts to come to terms with neighbors who see her middle-class presence as both irritant and threat.” – Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times