Play fulfills hunger for mystery theater

Triton College's Performing Arts Department will launch their spring theater season with "Hungry Ghosts" by M.E.H. Lewis, playing Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2.

"Hungry Ghosts" follows Alice, a forensic anthropologist, on a mission to recover the remains of fallen American soldiers in Vietnam. The child of a Vietnamese woman and an American serviceman who is adopted by an American couple after Operation Baby Lift during the war, Alice is also searching for answers about her own identity. In a small rural village in Quang Tri Province, she uncovers the ghosts of a wounded nation and her own past.

M. E. H. Lewis is an award-winning American playwright working in the Chicago and national theater scene and a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her many honors include the Julie Harris Award for her first play, "Charms for Protection;" a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work; two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships; three Ragdale Foundation Residencies; a Tremain Grant; and the FutureFest Outstanding Playwright Award.

"Hungry Ghosts" is the second annual production of The Emerging Voices Project, which was created to contribute to the development of new work in the Chicago theater scene and to bring opportunities to the Triton College community to work with professional playwrights.

Admission is $12 for general admission and $10 for students, faculty/staff and seniors.

The production plays at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 2, in the Cox Auditorium, located in the Fine Arts Building (J Building).

For more information or to reserve tickets, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 6932 or visit