There’s no place like home for Penelope, who lives in a modest but magical house, built just for her with love and labor by her colorful grandparents. Then a tornado of troubles lays claim to Penelope’s home and drops her among the legions of those dispossessed by America’s foreclosure epidemic. But a couple of yellow bricks are about to launch Penelope on the road to discovering that, amid this crisis of real-world pain, there are plenty of surprising heroes conjuring a potent real-life magic. Part people’s history, part road story, and part call to action, APTP’s nineteenth world premiere reassembles one of America’s most iconic movie myths in a meditation on home ownership and the American Dream.
Two years ago we brought you I Will Kiss These Walls, a play based on the real-life stories of Chicagoans swept into the foreclosure crisis. This Friday February 20, join APTP as we perform scenes from “Walls” in the liberated home of Maria and Jorge, whose lives we depicted in “Walls” (7 PM at 7245 N. Ridge, Chicago).