Behind the Curtain

Mar 11: Bountiful Gifts (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MARCH
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Bountiful Gifts

By Dan Noonan

It’s the 1990’s and as usual, Rosemary, the matriarch of the Sullivan clan, is hosting Thanksgiving for her somewhat dysfunctional and contentious family. But this year the stakes are especially high because her husband Ed was just offered a big transfer/promotion out to California. But Rosemary, who has devoted her life to her family, does not want to move so in order to convince Ed to stay, she is determined to make this the most peaceful, joyous, family affirming Thanksgiving of her career.

This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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March 10: Backstage with BJ: By the Water


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: By the Water
Join Artistic Director BJ Jones for a mid-day discussion featuring special guest artists, actors, directors, and designers, offering behind-the-scenes insight into each production while it is still in rehearsal. By the Water runs March 16 through April 23, 2017 in Skokie, IL.

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 12:00pm
at Northlight Theatre | 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077




A mid-day discussion with Artistic Director BJ Jones, featuring special guest artists, actors, directors and designers, offering behind-the-scenes insight into By the Water while it is still in rehearsal.

Approximately one hour.

Event is FREE, but reservations are required. Note: Patrons who have not made a reservation WILL NOT be admitted to Backstage with BJ. To RSVP, please call 847.679.9501 x3605 or click here.



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Mar 8: Puget Sound (Reading)


A Red Orchid Theatre's Incubator Series
A Red Orchid Theatre's Incubator Series presents a workshopped reading of Puget Sound, a play by Brent Ervin-Eickhoff, directed by Kyle Stoffers.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 8:00pm
at A Red Orchid Theatre | 1531 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610




Featuring Mary Jo Bolduc, Jessica Ervin, Arti Ishak, and Londen Shannon, with stage directions by Molly Wagner. A talkback will follow the performance.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Mar 6: AIDS on Stage - As Is (Reading)


About Face Theatre presents OUT FRONT series
Since 2013, AFT’s OUT FRONT Series has presented workshops and readings of new and developmental works exploring LGBTQIA themes. For their 1st season’s OUT FRONT Series, in conjunction with the groundbreaking exhibition Art AIDS America at Alphawood Gallery, About Face will present AIDS ON STAGE, a series of readings from HIV/AIDS focused plays to provide a chronological retrospective look at how theatre artists have addressed the devastating health crisis throughout the decades.

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
at Alphawood Gallery | 2401 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614



As Is
By William Hoffman

William Hoffman’s landmark Drama Desk-winning and Tony-nominated play was among the first to explore how the AIDS pandemic affected the LGBT community. The play tells the story of a man’s life turned on its head after he is diagnosed with AIDS – who he turns to, who turns away from him, and how the world reacts to the beginning of the crisis.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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Mar 5: Richard Greenberg and the American Jewish Theatre


Audience Engagement Events for Raven Theatre's The Assembled Parties
Join Raven Theatre for free talkbacks after all remaining Sunday matinees of Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties

Sunday. March 5, 2017 at approximately 5:30pm (after the 3:00pm performance)
at Raven Theatre | 6157 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660



Jeff Ginsberg, an actor, director and educator and the coordinator of the Acting program of the Theater Department of Columbia College Chicago and former co-artistic director of the National Jewish Theater.

Richard Greenberg is one of the most successful and prolific Jewish-American writers of our time. Many of his plays: Eastern Standard, The American Plan, Everett Beekin and Our Mother’s Brief Affair along with The Assembled Parties, feature Jewish characters; Ginsberg will additionally explore how Greenberg’s cultural role as a New York City Jew generally informs Greenberg’s writing.

This event is FREE with any ticket to any performance and does not require an RSVP.



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Mar 4: Fay Burns! (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MARCH
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Fay Burns!

By Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke
Directed by Artistic Director Meghan Beals
Music Direction by Gay Glenn
Starring Mary Ruth Clarke, Tommy Bullington, & Ann Whitney

When a star struck middle-aged dreamer discovers that her long-time singing teacher has just returned from Manhattan, it can mean only one thing — he has found a producer for the Broadway musical they have created as her vehicle to stardom! Fay has one night to rehearse Sea Side Story, and be more ready than she has been in her whole life ever. (Good bye Kokomo, Indiana!)

This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Mar 4: KidSeries Open House


A family-friendly open house at Lifeline Theatre!
Bring the whole family and learn more about our KidSeries shows! Kids will meet the cast, watch a scene or song from the show, and experience craft activities based on the play with one of Lifeline's teaching artists. Adults will enjoy coffee and conversation with our writers, directors, and educators and get a behind-the-scenes peek at what goes into bringing our children's stories to life.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 1:00pm
at Lifeline Theatre | 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago 60626



Open House: Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Meet adaptor James E. Grote, composer George Howe, director Shole Milos, and the cast of their beloved musical as they present scenes and songs from the show.

This hour-long event is FREE and open to the public (performance starts at 1pm), but reservations are required. Call 773-761-4477 or email erica@lifelinetheatre.com. RSVP by March 3.



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Feb 27: Black Lives, Black Words at Northwestern University


Black Lives, Black Words
Born here in Chicago in 2015, Black Lives, Black Words gives voice to contemporary African American theatre artists investigating the question ‘Do black lives matter today?’ This event will be a one night, script-in-hand 10-minute play festival including monologues and spoken word featuring the work of Northwestern School of Communication students.

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 8:00pm
at Ethel M. Barber Theater | 30 Arts Circle Drive Evanston, IL 60208



The BLBW project, founded by Reginald Edmund, has been held in multicultural cities around the world including Chicago, Minneapolis, Charlotte, Baltimore, Washington DC, London, UK; featuring the work of Nambi E. Kelley, Kristiana Rae Colón, David Barr III, Reginald Edmund, Shepsu Aakhu, Aaron Todd Douglas, Marsha Estell, Theresa Ikoko, Sha Cage, Idris Goodwin and many more. Prior to now the project has only been produced professionally, making this the first time BLBW would be produced at a University.

Hosted by Reginald Edmund (BLBW founder and curator), Aaron Todd Douglas (BLBW Associate Artist and member of NU Acting faculty) and Laura Schellhardt (Head of NU Playwriting Program).

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.



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Feb 26: American Politics in 1980 and 2000


Audience Engagement Events for Raven Theatre's The Assembled Parties
Join Raven Theatre for free talkbacks after all remaining Sunday matinees of Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties

Sunday, February 26, 2017 at approximately 5:30pm (after the 3:00pm performance)
at Raven Theatre | 6157 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660



Dr. Michelle Nickerson, Associate Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago.

Dr. Nickerson’s research and teaching focuses on United States political, social, and urban history. In a question-and-answer format following the performance, she will address the political and social context surrounding the presidential elections of 1980 and 2000 which form the backdrop for the two acts of The Assembled Parties.

This event is FREE with any ticket to any performance and does not require an RSVP.



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Feb 25: Diamond Dogs Insider Intro


Meet award-winning author Alastair Reynolds!
Join The House Theatre of Chicago for a fun and informative conversation before the show. Special guest Alastair Reynolds, UK-based novelist and author of Diamond Dogs, is joined by adaptor Steve Pickering of the Chicago collective Shanghai Low, and Nathan Allen, Artistic Director of The House.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 6:45PM
at The Chopin Theatre | 1543 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642 




Hear from Reynolds about his inspirations for creating his 'Revelation Space Universe' where Diamond Dogs is set, and from their Chicago-based artists about shaping this world premiere adaptation. Plus, hear Alastair talk about his background as an astrophysicist with the European Space Agency. Join The House even if you aren't seeing the show that night. Everyone is welcome!

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.



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Feb 25: Northwestern University 10-Minute Play Workshop (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: FEBRUARY
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Northwestern University 10-Minute Play Workshop

11th Annual Readings of Graduate Student Plays

Chicago Dramatists’ professional actors and directors stage readings of short plays and scenes, developed in the Northwestern University Department of Radio/Television/Film’s M.F.A. in Writing for the Screen and Stage program, taught by Resident Playwright Emeriti Rebecca Gilman and Brett Neveu, with Bill Bleich, Thomas Bradshaw, Zayd Dohrn, and Dave Tolchinsky.

Plays include AWOL by Kate Royal, LOVE STINGS by Gail Gilbert, THE HAND by Lars Steier, REMEMBRANCES OF THE LAST BEAR by Joe Shetina, WILLING IT by Oona O’Leary, THE ROCK AND THE HARD PLACE by Kristen Field and WHERE ISN'T WALDO? By Ellie Goodman.

Directed by Richard Shavzin, Kaiser Ahmed, Melanie Keller and Kevin Christopher Fox (producer).


This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Feb 25: Stories Come Alive! - Giggle, Giggle, Quack


Free drama games in Rogers Park with Lifeline Theatre's Giggle, Giggle, Quack. 
Lifeline's spring children's adaptation runs March, 18 - April 23, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10:00am to 11:00am
at the Rogers Park Public Library | 6907 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626




Lifeline actors will read from Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's Giggle, Giggle, Quack and play drama games with children of all ages (parents welcome too).

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 23: OnEdge


DCASE: OnEdge
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) presents the fourth annual OnEdge, the experimental live performance series. The FREE admission series will feature Chicago and world premieres from national and international artists and companies at venues including the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.), Dfbrl8r gallery (1463 W. Chicago Ave.), American Theater Company (1909 W. Byron St.), The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th St.) and the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse (3035 N. Hoyne Ave.)

Thursday, February 23, 2017 through Saturday, March 25, 2017



Schedule

The Triumph of Fame by Marie-Caroline Hominal
February 23-25, 2017 | 5-10pm (one-on-one performances take place every 20 minutes)
Dfbrl8r, 1463 W. Chicago Ave.

Swiss-based performer Marie-Caroline Hominal strips down the codes of theatrical artifice in a phantasmagorical and intimate one-on-one encounter with an audience member scheduled every 20 minutes.


A Ride on The Irish Cream by Erin Markey
February 24-25, 2017 | 8pm
American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St.

A fresh and surprising new musical anchored inside the memory of a Michigan backyard on the bank of the Kawkawlin River, A Ride On The Irish Cream rushes forth from the mind of celebrated cabaret and performance artist Erin Markey.


minor matter by Ligia Lewis
March 3-4, 2017 | 6pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Dance Studio, 78 E. Washington St.

Berlin-based choreographer Ligia Lewis uses dance, visual arts and the theater to pose questions concerning otherness and empathy in this second installment of a racially-conscious trilogy.


Three Matadores by Every house has a door
March 11, 2017 at 7pm and March 12, 2017 at 2pm
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

The setting of a bullring offers a poetic meditation on identity, violence and the resonant beauty of language.


lil BLK by NIC Kaylil BLK
March 16 & 17, 2017 at 7:30pm and March 18, 2017 at 2pm
Hamlin Park Fieldhouse, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave.

In an experimental solo performance influenced by New York City gay/queer ballroom culture, live punk shows, butoh and praise dance, lil BLK tells the autobiographical story of a fairy boi, child of god, little black girl, performer and activist.


Court/Garden by a canary torsi
March 24-25, 2017 | 7:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

A spectacle in three acts, Court/Garden is a multimedia, dance and live music performance taking its inspiration from the imperial ballets of Louis XIV’s French Court and the participatory practices of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.


These events are FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 18: Nat Turner: A Prophet's Sorrow (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: FEBRUARY
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Nat Turner: A Prophet's Sorrow
By Network Playwright Reginald Edmund
Directed by Gloria Bond Clunie
With André Teamer as Nat Turner

While Nat Turner sits in his darkened cell awaiting death, he knits together his story of rebellion.


This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Feb 18 - Mar 26: Pre-Ambles for Love's Labor's Lost


Love's Labor's Lost Pre-Ambles at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
A half-hour lecture scheduled one hour before the curtain on selected weekend dates, the Pre-Amble examines a CST production both from the point of view of scholarship and performance. This program is free and no reservations are necessary. Dates, times and presenting scholar subject to change. Love's Labor's Lost runs through March 26, 2017 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.



Dates, times and presenting scholar subject to change.

Saturday, February 18 at 2:00pm – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, February 19 at 1:00pm – Casey Caldwell
Saturday, February 25 at 2:00pm – Rebecca Fall
Sunday, February 26 at 1:00pm – Casey Caldwell
Sunday, March 4 at 1:00pm – Stephen Bennett
Saturday, March 5 at 2:00pm – Rebecca Fall
Sunday, March 12 at 1:00pm – Casey Caldwell
Saturday, March 18 at 2:00pm – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, March 19 at 1:00pm – Stephen Bennett
Saturday, March 25 at 2:00pm – Rebecca Fall
Sunday, March 26 at 1:00pm – Rebecca Fall

For more information about Chicago Shakespeare Theater's FREE Open Door audience enrichment programs, click here.




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Feb 17: An Intimate Night: A live reading of Sycamore


An Intimate Night: A live reading of Sycamore with Raven Theatre Company
Raven Theatre Company performs a live reading of Sycamore by Sarah Snyder ahead of its world premiere.

Friday, February 17, 2017 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre | Center on Halsted | 3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613



Celia and Henry are teenaged siblings living in a Midwestern suburb who both become interested in their new next-door neighbor, John. This isn’t the first time Celia and Henry have been romantic rivals. Will trouble strike again? Meanwhile, Celia and Henry’s parents face stress in their own marriage. Sycamore is a warm and frequently funny look at family life in a world where all the rules have changed.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Online reservations are closed. Registration is available at the door.



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Feb 12: Muslims on Stage and Screen


Northlight Theatre's Muslims on Stage and Screen
The Muslim Community Center's Interfaith & Outreach Committee and Northlight Theatre have partnered to present a panel discussion addressing how Muslims are portrayed in contemporary plays and Hollywood films. Faceless runs January 26 through March 4, 2017 in Skokie, IL.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
at the Muslim Education Center | 8601 Menard Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053



In the new play Faceless by Selina Fillinger, a female Muslim lawyer is selected to prosecute a white American teenager on trial for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. Inspired by this unique scenario, the Muslim Community Center’s Interfaith & Outreach Committee and Northlight Theatre have partnered to present a panel discussion addressing how Muslims are portrayed in contemporary plays and Hollywood films, the importance of stories about Muslims, and how portrayals affect the Muslim-American community’s sense of self.

Panelists include Selina Fillinger (Faceless playwright), Rohina Malik (playwright and performance artist), and Omer M. Mozaffar (Loyola University Chicago professor and Muslim Chaplain, and Hollywood film consultant), with moderator Terri Birch Arain, founder of Muslim Arts Collaborative.

Refreshments provided.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are requested: MCCInterfaithTeam@gmail.com.



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Feb 11 - 13: Chicago Theatre Week Special Events


Chicago Theatre Week 2017 - Free Special Events
The fifth annual Chicago Theatre Week will take place February 9-19, 2017. Please visit the main CTW website for the $15 and $30 Theatre Week ticket offers.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 through Monday, February 13, 2017




PANEL DISCUSSION: UNDERSTANDING PLAY DEVELOPMENT
Saturday, February 11 2:00 PM | Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave.

Moderated by Chicago Dramatists Artistic Director Meghan Beals Join Chicago Dramatists for a Saturday afternoon discussion on the inner workings of new play development. Where does a play begin? How do playwrights go from idea, to script, to production? What does a playwright need from directors and actors? What is an actor’s role in the room? A Director’s? And, if you are interested in new work, as a creative or an audience member, how can you get involved? Panelists include three Resident Playwrights of Chicago Dramatists. Following the panel discussion, audience questions and participation will be encouraged.


BELMONT THEATER DISTRICT OPEN HOUSE & TOURS
Monday, February 13 5:00 to 9:00 PM Celebrate

Chicago Theatre Week with the Belmont Theater District and receive FREE ENTRY to 14 participating BTD theater partners, free drinks & food, show excerpts, improv, stand-up comedy, exclusive backstage tours, meet-n-greets with artists, and more. Attendees get a chance at a Grand Prize of free tickets to 20 BTD Theaters. Entry to this open house is free, but RSVPs are required. RSVP at the BTD Event Page to secure your place, pick your tour, and keep abreast of enticing, up-to-the-minute event details!

These events are FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 11 - Mar 10: A Wonder in My Soul Public Programs


Victory Gardens Theater Public Programs: A Wonder in My Soul
As part of Victory Gardens’ initiatives to bridge the gap between their plays, their audiences, and the world outside these productions, Victory Gardens curates a series of events to especially enhance your Victory Gardens experience. Their Public Programs event series explores themes and issues presented in their plays – sparking ideas and provoking meaningful dialogue. Through film screenings, play readings, town hall meetings, spoken word performances, post show discussions, and many more, Victory Gardens invites you to join them and be a part of that conversation.

at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614




AFTERWORDS
After every performance of A Wonder in My Soul (unless otherwise noted). Join Victory Gardens for one of their intimate post-show conversations. Led by members from the Victory Gardens community—artistic affiliates, subscribers, Artistic staff, Teen Arts Council members, and community partners—reflect on what you’ve seen and share your response. Free, but tickets needed for all A Wonder in My Soul performances.

A CONVERSATION WITH MARCUS GARDLEY
Post-Show Conversation | Saturday, February 11, 2017 | Following the evening performance of A Wonder in My Soul

The new play process is an exciting one and the collaboration with a living playwright is electric. How are artists empowered when creating new plays? In what ways are they challenged? Join VG Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley as he and Director of New Play Development, Isaac Gomez, shed light on the new play process in this post-show conversation.


AIN'T I A WOMAN?
Post-Show Performance | Sunday, February 12, 2017 | Following the matinee performance of A Wonder in My Soul

In a culture of censorship and silence, the voices of Black women continue to pervade the national conversation. Spoken word remains a powerful tool amongst women artists of color. Join vg for an afternoon in which local Black women artists share poetry and essays by their favorite Black women artists of all time. Save room for a sampling of appetizers provided by Black-owned restaurants from all over Chicago.


THE DIVINE NINE & MORE
Pre-Show Celebration | Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 6:30pm

It’s the Victory Gardens House Social, so grab your Big and your Little and step on over to the theater’s Historically Black Fraternity and Sorority night. In celebration of Marcus Gardley’s A Wonder in My Soul, join vg for a pre-show reception for Black Greek organization members and alumni. Complimentary wine and refreshments with the purchase of your ticket.


#BLACKGIRLMAGIC
Pre-Show Celebration & Healing | Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 6:30pm

Celebrate the tenacity, beauty, and creativity of Black women in Marcus Gardley’s A Wonder in My Soul, in Chicago, and around the world. For this very special public program, join VG for pre-show #blackgirlmagic healing and spiritual self-love rituals, including guided meditation and divination. Additionally, experience free food and live art and performances in the lobby that highlight the power and potency of #blackgirlmagic.


THE HEART OF BLACK AMERICA
Pre-Show Celebration & Post-Show Conversation | Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 6:30pm

While Chicago is one of the most segregated cities in the country, its Black community has a long political and economic legacy. With historical icons like congressman Oscar DePriest, journalist Ida B. Wells, gospel great Mahalia Jackson, and many others all rooted historically in Chicago, it’s no wonder Chicago is considered the heart of Black America. Enjoy Marcus Gardley’s A Wonder in My Soul and then stick around for this enlightening post-show conversations where historians, icons, and more talk about the beating heart of the Windy City.


BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL
Lobby Festival | Saturday, February 25, 2017: 12:00pm - 7:30pm | Sunday, February 26, 2017: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

While The Black is Beautiful movement started in the 1960s, this fight for equal rights and a positive perception of the Black body starts much earlier in American history and the fight continues today. What makes beauty and wellness such an essential part of Black culture? Join VG for a festival of Black owned and operated beauty and wellness products as we celebrate Marcus Gardley’s A Wonder in My Soul. Then, following the Saturday evening performance, stick around for a special post-show conversation featuring several business owners talking about their products and the evolution of Black beauty.


COLLEGE NIGHT: A WONDROUS SIGHT
Post-Show Performance | Thursday, March 2, 2017 | Following the evening performance of A Wonder in My Soul

In Marcus Gardley’s A Wonder in My Soul, expectations are shattered as characters are forced to stand their ground fervently in what they believe. To what lengths are we willing to stand our ground and at what expense? Join VG for a pre-show reception in the lobby featuring delicious drink specials & free pizza. Then, stick around for A Wonder in My Soul and stay for post-show performances featuring short scenes written by, directed by, and performed by college artists around the city.


OUR MISS BROOKS 100
Pre-Show Celebration & Post-Show Conversation | Sunday, March 5, 2017 | Reception begins at 2:00pm

“Everyday there is something exciting or disturbing to write about. With all that’s going on, how could I stop?” This year marks the centennial celebration of the life and literary legacy of the late, great Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American author to receive a Pulitzer Prize. How do the works of Miss Brooks connect to the world of Birdie and Bell? How do they continue to illuminate the lives of Black Chicagoans? Experience music inspired by the works of Gwendolyn Brooks while enjoying complimentary light refreshments. Join VG after the performance of A Wonder in My Soul for a panel discussion, featuring poets who studied under Miss Brooks, as well as the poet’s very own daughter, Nora Brooks Blakely.


THE ART OF ACTIVISM
Pre-Show Spoken Word | Friday, March 10, 2017 | 7:00pm

Much like in many of Marcus’ plays, the intersection between art and activism is a recipe for social change. This recipe is potent but often comes with a cost. How do artists resist and protest with their art? Come hear Chicago spoken word and performance poets slay the mic in this special pre-show event. Then, stick around for free refreshments before enjoying Marcus Gardley’s A Wonder in My Soul.


Public Programs are free and open to the public. Tickets needed for all A Wonder in My Soul performances. For more information, click here.



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Feb 11 - Feb 12: MCA Cunningham Event


Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Cunningham Event
The MCA presents the MCA Cunningham Event, a series of dances performed in the fourth-floor atrium, to mark the opening weekend of Merce Cunningham: Common Time.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 through Sunday, February 12, 2017
at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago | 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611



Schedule
1:30–2pm, Event
2:30–3:30pm, Intermittent excerpts
4–4:3 pm, Event

Drawing from key works that span six decades of original choreography, the remarkable Dylan Crossman, Silas Riener, Jamie Scott, and Melissa Toogood, all former dancers of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, perform Cunningham’s signature approach to dance in non-conventional spaces, alongside trios of live musicians. Two unique Events are performed each day during gallery hours (with limited capacity) and each lasts about 30 minutes.

First developed out of necessity, Museum Event No. 1 (1964) was Cunningham’s devised solution to Vienna’s Museum of the Twentieth Century invitation to the company to perform in a gallery—an unencumbered space without the aid of theatrical illusion. Events have since been performed at hundreds of locations as diverse as gymnasiums and the front of the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, and now for the first time at MCA. The MCA Cunningham Event was arranged and staged by Andrea Weber expressly for the MCA’s Common Time exhibition.

Presented in conjunction with Merce Cunningham: Common Time


This event is FREE (with admission) and open to the public.



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