Ivan Faute

Ivan Faute

Ivan Faute is a graduate of the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His prose can be found in a variety of journals and chapbooks. His plays have been performed in New York, London, Chicago, and elsewhere. He has studied theater making with such artists at MEH Lewis, Leigh Fondakowski, and Marlene Streeruwitz.

Plays

  • Elephant: A Comedy
    Elephant is a single act comedy that explores how familial dysfunction contributes to our dysfunction with and our success in life. As Gloria Billough prepares to meet yet another boyfriend of her oldest daughter and middle child Susan, she wonders what problems this one will bring with him. Sending her daughter to Africa to follow up on art therapy seemed like a good option. She has enough to deal with her...
    Elephant is a single act comedy that explores how familial dysfunction contributes to our dysfunction with and our success in life. As Gloria Billough prepares to meet yet another boyfriend of her oldest daughter and middle child Susan, she wonders what problems this one will bring with him. Sending her daughter to Africa to follow up on art therapy seemed like a good option. She has enough to deal with her kleptomaniac and manic youngest daughter Effie and her incompetent maid ChiChi, Gloria curses her husband's absence at yet another business trip. When Susan arrives alone, the evening promises to end in disaster. Susan, however, is soon followed by her proclaimed fiancé Han, who just happens to be an elephant. Not a metaphorical one but a literal, actual, two-ton elephant. Unsure how to respond, the family is thrown into further chaos when the oldest son Solton shows up from South America where he has been hiding out from eco-terrorism charges. With most of the family convened, aside from father, old wounds and accusations emerge. Past and present sins emerge, and, as each member's wrongdoings, selfishness and self-interest emerge, the family ponders, what does it mean to guilty? Or the guiltiest? Secrets are revealed about everyone's crimes, legal or moral, and the equilibrium of the family dysfunction is shattered. Despite the accusations and incriminations, the family must pull together to face the greater threat, the power of The Man.
  • On Arriving...
    Telling the story of Syrian refugee AMEENA from her own personal journey from home to the unknown. A powerful, important story of war, displacement, and the unheard voices of the refugee.

    A one-person full length developed from the well-received short monologue.
  • Day Care
    LAURA, as usual, has troubles. Her new neighbors are noisy, her new husband is sick, her daughters are ungrateful and rude. When the at-home-care nurse RAY suggests LAURA start a home day care, the idea sticks. Even though LAURA has never run a business and hasn’t been very successful with her own kids, as her son-in-law CHARLIE likes to point out. When her daughter SARAH arrives home unexpectedly from college...
    LAURA, as usual, has troubles. Her new neighbors are noisy, her new husband is sick, her daughters are ungrateful and rude. When the at-home-care nurse RAY suggests LAURA start a home day care, the idea sticks. Even though LAURA has never run a business and hasn’t been very successful with her own kids, as her son-in-law CHARLIE likes to point out. When her daughter SARAH arrives home unexpectedly from college, it should be a wonderful surprise. However, SARAH'S extended stay and fights with the new neighbor EMMA show LAURA that troubles are often of your own making and maybe care should start at home.
  • The Dog Show
    In small town Missouri, the once thriving Sparks Dog Kennels is eerily quiet. All that remains are the empty chain-link kennels, the scene of a terrible event that no one, especially owner Commodore and his adopted daughter Shawnee want to talk about. Commodore's wife Pauline, the key to understanding the tragedy, is locked away in a mental institution, where Shawnee visits and undermines any recovery by...
    In small town Missouri, the once thriving Sparks Dog Kennels is eerily quiet. All that remains are the empty chain-link kennels, the scene of a terrible event that no one, especially owner Commodore and his adopted daughter Shawnee want to talk about. Commodore's wife Pauline, the key to understanding the tragedy, is locked away in a mental institution, where Shawnee visits and undermines any recovery by smuggling in booze. When Commodore and Pauline's son Alex returns unannounced, the frayed family is pushed to confront the past. What happened to all the dogs? Why can't, or won't anyone admit anything about the past? As Alex continues to agitate everything and everyone and Shawnee refuses to face the future, the remnants of the once-mighty dog show crumble into lies, recriminations and a terrible confession of guilt.
  • The Darling Children
    After Peter disappears, the Darling Family must cope with his loss. The one son who was supposed to solve everything. As they all wait for his return, the family learns to cope. With loss, with disappointment, with violence, and possibly with his return.
  • Emeline Pettifogs
    EMELINE is convinced she hears a menacing sound. So convinced that she convinces LLOYD to convince himself to try to convince her of the encroaching danger. When everyone knows that something is out there, the only thing to do is fight back.

    A political fable for today.
  • The Social Drama Play Play
    BRAD, a struggling playwright, works with his boyfriend GREG to host yet another opening night for his sister VICTORIA'S very successful playwright husband DAWSON. When DAWSON notices BRAD'S less than celebratory mood, accusations emerge about who is exploiting who.
  • Life, Death, and Everything In-Between
    Four actors, three acts, life, death, drama, comedy, jokes and jazz - all we need is a little song and dance! A movement play that is an ode to vaudeville and an exploration of all the absurdity of life. As funny as it is touching, beach when something is as serious as life, you need to laugh at it.
  • Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher
    Poe's powerful story of decay and death retold with a feminist twist. When Usher's friend comes to visit, Usher and his sister vie to be the narrator of the story.

    Winner of Chicago City Lit's Art of Adaptation Festival.
  • On Arriving at the Refugee Processing Center, UNHCR
    When a Syrian refugee arrives for processing, she explains what she most regrets leaving behind.
  • Lost Faun
    When your faun runs away, you go find it.

    A short comedy for two actors perfect for street performance.
  • Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
    A new adaptation of Zane Grey's classic Western novel. When JANE WITHERSTEEN'S cattle are being rusted off the range by the Masked Rider, the mysterious LASSITER offers himself as her new ranch manager. LASSITER'S real reason for staying in the predominantly Mormon town is to find what happened to his beloved sister many years earlier. As the corrupt city elders turn the screws on JANE, forcing...
    A new adaptation of Zane Grey's classic Western novel. When JANE WITHERSTEEN'S cattle are being rusted off the range by the Masked Rider, the mysterious LASSITER offers himself as her new ranch manager. LASSITER'S real reason for staying in the predominantly Mormon town is to find what happened to his beloved sister many years earlier. As the corrupt city elders turn the screws on JANE, forcing her to make a choice between her true faith and the social constraints, she turns to LASSITER for help. Grey's novel launched a mania for Western stories and helped shape the American Western mythos. This new adaptation captures the spirit of the original text while updating the language and pace for the contemporary stage.
  • Lost Sock Laundromat, Astoria, Queens
    Three women from different waves of American immigration build a kind of friendship built on common concerns and dreams.
  • The Fattest Man in the World Falls in Love
    When Dr. Weather receives word that she has been given a huge grant to study her prize patient Elvin, she is ecstatic. Weighing over 800 pounds, Elvin is totally dependent on his mother Celina. Getting nowhere in her study, Weather's mentor and grant supervisor Dr. Speares suggests Weather introduce new stimulus into the family dynamic, namely a young woman. Unexpectedly, Elvin and his new friend Angela...
    When Dr. Weather receives word that she has been given a huge grant to study her prize patient Elvin, she is ecstatic. Weighing over 800 pounds, Elvin is totally dependent on his mother Celina. Getting nowhere in her study, Weather's mentor and grant supervisor Dr. Speares suggests Weather introduce new stimulus into the family dynamic, namely a young woman. Unexpectedly, Elvin and his new friend Angela hit it off. As Elvin improves, Weather finds herself more and more excluded from his personal life and unable to complete her research. Again seeking out her mentor Speares, she discovers that the study was never about Elvin and always about her.
  • The Bestseller at Fifty
    After the death of their father, a well-known but blocked writer, half-siblings BARBRA and EVAN sift through the papers he left behind. When they discover the novel manuscript he'd been revising for decades, BARBRA wants to publish it while EVAN thinks they should honor their father's wishes to hide it away. As they work out a compromise, they also discover the self-absorbed father they remember...
    After the death of their father, a well-known but blocked writer, half-siblings BARBRA and EVAN sift through the papers he left behind. When they discover the novel manuscript he'd been revising for decades, BARBRA wants to publish it while EVAN thinks they should honor their father's wishes to hide it away. As they work out a compromise, they also discover the self-absorbed father they remember actually knew them better than they expected.
  • Suspicion, Obsession, Paranoia, Marriage
    STEVEN's obsession with apocalyptic disasters threaten to drive his wife ALLISON a bit crazy. When their friends come over for a night of cards, FIONA reveals she too has noticed strange things happening in the neighborhood. When ALLISON and BOBBY, FIONA's husband, confront their spouses about their growing paranoia, they seem to come to a truce, until new suspicions arise.
  • Urban Gardening; or, The Immigration Play
    Tomato, Cucumber and Pepper are perfectly happy in their sunny spot, that is until Sunflower moves in and ruins the planter. Who does she think she, all yellow and chirpy and, worst of all, a flower! The four are stuck together it seems in misery unless perhaps they can find a new common enemy. Like that rosebush over there; she looks mighty suspicious.
  • Gifts
    As stepsisters Olivia and Aileen prepare for their father to be released from prison, they disagree what sort of homecoming he should receive. While the two have lived in the house he owns, Aileen, the older sister, feels her time spent living there is the least an abusive criminal owes her. Olivia takes a more forgiving approach, reasoning that her father has paid his debt behind bars. As they each must decide...
    As stepsisters Olivia and Aileen prepare for their father to be released from prison, they disagree what sort of homecoming he should receive. While the two have lived in the house he owns, Aileen, the older sister, feels her time spent living there is the least an abusive criminal owes her. Olivia takes a more forgiving approach, reasoning that her father has paid his debt behind bars. As they each must decide to stay or go from the home, each sister has to face her own anger and negotiate their own uneasy relationship.
  • Love Story for Two Players/Four Personalities
    While STEVE is trying to organize his thoughts about his new play, the actress playing his wife MARY is having second thoughts about the part.
  • The Hunting Party
    When Sir Mandyblake takes his wife Lady Mandyblake to the foreign lands to hunt exoctic beasts, little does he realize he has put both their lives and marriage and lives in danger. Thank goodness Lord Reginald Havershriek, a most manly guide, is there to protect them from the most dangerous of creatures known as "the audience."
  • Lack of Milk
    LACK OF MILK is a dark, surreal comedy about loss and family relationships. When GUS's father passes away suddenly, he must negotiate his relationship with his mother BARBARA who seems alarmingly unmoved by the death. As the years pass by and neither of them can confront the loss, their relationship refuses to move forward and they force their anger, sorrow, and confusion into attacking and blaming each...
    LACK OF MILK is a dark, surreal comedy about loss and family relationships. When GUS's father passes away suddenly, he must negotiate his relationship with his mother BARBARA who seems alarmingly unmoved by the death. As the years pass by and neither of them can confront the loss, their relationship refuses to move forward and they force their anger, sorrow, and confusion into attacking and blaming each other until they hole in their lives is no longer avoidable. With word play and surreal humor, the play examines the absurdity of death, moving on, and growing up.