The Jewels, a world premiere, adapted and directed by TUTA Company Member Kirk Anderson, is a mysterious and surprising love story, seen through the eyes of a middle aged Parisian man.  Based on a short story by French writer Guy de Maupassant, ("The French Chekhov"), the play examines the life of two lovers, one older and one younger, through love, marriage, death, and all of the secrets that can lie between two people.  TUTA loosely sets the production in Paris in the 1920’s, and uses poetic text and a high level of physicality to deeply explore the universal topics of love, money, and greed.

Maupassant, a revered and successful French writer overseas, has rarely been adapted or produced in the United States, allowing TUTA a unique opportunity to expose a fresh, new, exciting voice to theatrical landscape of the US.  The script was selected as the inaugural TUTAlab project in the 12-13 season, a workshop series to help foster and develop new works for possible full productions. 

TUTA is partially supported by Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, The Light A City Fund, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, City Arts I and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.