Behind the Curtain

Nov 7: TimePieces Play Reading - Cardboard Piano


TimeLine Theatre's TimePieces Play Reading Series presents Cardboard Piano
TimePieces is TimeLine Theatre's ongoing series of one-night only presentations designed to extend their mission beyond the four subscription series productions they offer each season. The series offers audiences a chance to hear new or rarely produced plays inspired by history that connect with today's social and political issues. Each play reading is FREE (donations are accepted) and includes a brief post-show discussion to give the audience a chance to reflect on the piece and the themes and issues it presents. 


Monday, November 7 2016 at 7:00pm 
at TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657





Cardboard Piano
written by Hansol Jung
co-directed by TimeLine Company Member Mechelle Moe and Joel Ewing
presented in collaboration with The Yard

On the eve of the millennium in Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret wedding ceremony. But when an escalating civil war encroaches on their fragile union, they cannot escape its reach. Confronting the cost of intolerance, this powerful drama examines violence and the struggle to rebuild in its wake, as well as the human capacity for love and forgiveness.

The cast features TimeLine Associate Artist Charles Andrew Gardner; The Yard Company Members Dana Murphy, Victor Musoni, Liv Shine, Sharrell Rhodes and Ireon Roach; and Brittney Love Smith and Julian Parker.

FREE but registration is strongly recommended. Space is limited. Call (773) 281-8483 x6 or email the box office at boxoffice@timelinetheatre.com



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Nov 5: Em 'n' Nam (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series:: NOVEMBER
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, November 5, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Em 'n' Nam
By Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby
Directed by Meghan Beals, Artistic Director of Chicago Dramatists

All Em wants is to make the best egg sandwich in the history of egg sandwiches. When she enlists her culinary professor Nam to teach her how she learns that everything in the food arts must be done on purpose. As she tries to figure out how to learn correctly it ends up costing her something she didn't know she had.


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



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Nov 4: Backstage with BJ: Miss Bennett


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: Miss Bennett
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. Miss Bennett runs November 10 through December 18, 2016 in Skokie, IL.

Friday, November 4, 2016 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 The City of Conversation while it is still in rehearsal.

Approximately one hour.

Event is FREE, but reservations are required. Please call 847.679.9501 x3605 to RSVP, or email specialevents@northlight.org. For more information, please click here.



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Nov 3: Backstage at the Biograph - Roz and Ray


Victory Gardens Theater: BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH
A new, free event series that takes you behind-the-scenes for an in-depth look at a unique aspect of the rehearsal process! Then, enjoy complimentary wine, beer and snacks as you mingle with members of the cast and design team at the kick-off party in the Victory Gardens Theater lobby.





Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH- Roz and Ray: From Fact to Fiction

Roz and Ray is a two-person drama about the relationship between a pediatric doctor and the father of two of her young, hemophiliac patients during the early 1980s. When the inspiration for a work of fiction is drawn from real-life events, how does one take source material and transform it into a dramatical work? What is the process that goes into the art of adaptation? Join Director of New Play Development and Roz and Ray dramaturg Isaac Gomez, as well as members of the medical community, as Victory Gardens dissects and relives the process of working from fact to create fiction.


FREE but space is limited. RSVP is required. Click here to reserve a seat.



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Nov 2: Eden in Silence (Reading)


The New Colony Theatre's Staged Reading of Eden in Silence
Join The New Colony for a sneak peek at one of their works in development! The reading will be followed by a brief talkback.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:30pm
The Den Theatre | 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60622




By Jamie Olah
Directed by Kacie Smith

Featuring Aurora Adachi-Winter, Adia Alli, Lorraine Freund, Danielle Gennaoui, Alicia Hall, Joy Pappas, Kelsey Shipley, Elise Spoerlein, Parker Sterling and Risha Tenae
with sound design Jeffery Levin

Eden in Silence uses visual spectacle and movement to tell one woman’s journey in escaping the bonds of grief. It is a story about female strength, the scars of domestic abuse, and the transformative power of human connection.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Oct 31: CORE - The Displaced (Reading)


American Theater Company - Chicago Open Residency Experiment (CORE) presents The Displaced
CORE is a week-long workshop opportunity for artists of all disciplines. American Theater Company awards a free week of rehearsal space and a presentation of the work to ten projects and groups of artists. ATC is committed to creating new work for the American theater and asking questions about how we make what we make as American theater artists.

Monday, October 31, 2016 at 7:00pm
at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613




The Displaced
By Isaac Gomez

Marísa and Lev have just moved into their new Pilsen apartment in hopes of rekindling a spark that's long been extinguished. While looking for the circuit breaker in the attic, a mysterious coconut appears, leftover from the previous tenants with a dark history inside it. Isaac Gomez’s The Displaced explores the wake of pain and yearning left behind when gentrification forces people out of their homes and the kind of vengeance that can come from that displacement. What starts off as a seemingly traditional two-person relationship drama quickly unfolds as a psychological thriller that ultimately culminates with horror theater elements as components of Santeria are introduced in the play.


FREE but reservation is required. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP. For more information, click here.



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Oct 29: The Displaced (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: OCTOBER
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, October 29, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The Displaced
By Resident Playwright Isaac Gomez
Directed by Jo Cattell
Foley by Carolyn Hoerdemann

Marísa and Lev have just moved into their new Pilsen apartment in hopes of rekindling a spark that's long been extinguished. While looking for the circuit breaker in the attic, a mysterious coconut appears, leftover from the previous tenants with a dark history inside it. The Displaced explores the wake of pain and yearning left behind when gentrification forces people out of their homes and the kind of vengeance that can come from it.


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



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Oct 24: The Driver's Seat - Monthly Reading Series: The Making of a Modern Folk Hero


Route 66 Theatre Company's The Driver's Seat Monthly Reading Series: The Making of a Modern Folk Hero
Route 66 Theatre believes that theatre is an invitation to discussion and participation with both artists and patrons. The Road Begins by engaging their audiences in their play selection process by putting them in “The Driver’s Seat” with their monthly reading series at the upstairs bar at Mrs Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro. Always a good time filled with drinks and conversation, their readings bring together some of the finest talent Chicago has to offer with works from local and national playwrights never before heard in Chicago. Route 66 invites you to join them for a relaxed and informal event full of exciting theatre and discussion.

Monday, October 24 2016 at 7:30pm

at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro | 3905 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613





The Making of a Modern Folk Hero
by Martín Zimmerman
Directed by James Fleming
Featuring Mark Pracht, James Earl Jones II, Celeste Cooper, and Aurora Adachi-Winter.

A despairing failed actor and a Congressman team up to create a superhero who will protest government plans to force residents out of public housing for profit. When the creation snowballs and takes on a life of its own, garnering press coverage and an unexpected, impassioned following and exposing a series of injustices, lines are drawn (and blurred) between politics and performance.The Making of a Modern Folk Hero, described as a graphic novel for the stage, is a bold, timely exploration of the frustrations of reform and possibilities for change. What do we look for in a hero? How does being the face of a movement give purpose, or not, to our lives?

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Oct 24: It Can't Happen Here (Reading)


Join Chicago Dramatist for a free reading of It Can't Happen Here
Free public reading of the new stage adaptation of It Can't Happen Here, based on the 1935 novel written by Sinclair Lewis.

Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



In 1936, the novel was adapted into a play and theatres across the country opened productions on the same night. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of those productions, regional theatres, universities, and communities across the country will read the new adaptation by Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Tony Taccone and screenwriter Bennett S. Cohen.

The new adaptation of Lewis’s classic had its world premiere performance at Berkeley Rep on September 30, 2016. The reading at Chicago Dramatists will take place upstairs at Creativo Loft.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Oct 22: I Carry Your Heart (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: OCTOBER
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, October 22, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



I Carry Your Heart
By Resident Playwright Georgette Kelly
Directed by Jessica Hanna, Producing Director of Bootleg Theatre (Los Angeles), and Jeremy Webb

Phoebe is a young poet, forever living in the shadow of her estranged mother’s literary acclaim. When her mother unexpectedly dies, however, Phoebe is left with two complicated legacies: donating her mother’s organs and reading her mother’s unpublished confessional journal. Meanwhile, Tess and her partner Lydia receive a late night phone call, informing them that a donor heart is available for Tess – good news, but news that has come far sooner than they were prepared for. As these two families form an unlikely connection, they struggle to understand the politics and poetics of organ donation—and they dare to hope that pieces of us can live on after great tragedy.


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



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Oct 17: The Making of Julius Caesar


Writers Theatre's The Making Of Series
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of the shows you love? For each production, Writers Theatre offers insight into a different aspect of creating theatre to a group of Writers Theatre patrons. Enjoy a short and lively presentation by their designers and other experts, who will walk you through the process of preparing for and executing a show.

Monday, October 17, 2016 at 6:30pm
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022



Movement Director Breon Arzell will discuss how the creative team came up with a distinct physical vocabulary for this production of Julius Caesar and how the assassination and destruction of Rome scenes were choreographed.

FREE but registration is required. To RSVP, please click here.



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Oct 15-16: Open House Chicago


Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago (OHC) is the city’s annual architecture festival. For one weekend in October you can explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. From mansions to sacred spaces, theaters to private clubs, hotels to secret rooms—OHC gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great spaces that are rarely, if ever, open to the public.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 through Sunday, October 16, 2016
Chicago, IL



Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free.

Have you ever walked by a building and thought, "I wish I could see what's inside?" Now you can. Tour soaring skyscrapers, repurposed mansions, opulent theaters, exclusive private clubs, private offices and breathtaking sacred spaces.

For more information on how to participate, please click here.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Oct 15: My Last Will and Testament (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: OCTOBER
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, October 15, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



My Last Will and Testament
By Resident Playwright Alumnus David Barr III
Directed by DeMone with Musical Direction by Dr. Keith Hampton

On the eve of the Civil Rights Movement the renowned educator and social activist Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Florida’s Bethune-Cookman University, delivers her final public address. Through her reflective oratory this proud daughter of former slaves recounts her Odyssean struggle in overcoming Jim Crow segregation and debilitating sexism. Her devoted friend Eleanor Roosevelt affectionately called Bethune “The First Lady of Negro America” as she evolved into arguably the country’s most influential humanitarian; indefatigably leading the charge against discrimination and gender bias across all races.


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



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Oct 4: Women in Politics: Always On Stage


Northlight Theatre's Women in Politics: Always on Stage
Join Northwestern University Faculty members and actors from The City of Conversation as they discuss the role women have played in politics over the last five decades, and how women’s place on the national stage is now being portrayed on the theatre stage.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 6:00pm
at Evanston Public Library 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL 60201




Featured guests include Alice Eagly, James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Laurel Harbridge Yong, Associate Professor of Political Science. Artists will also share a scene from the play and discuss the real women who inspired it.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Oct 3: Interplay: Faceless


Northlight Theatre's Interplay: Faceless
This new play, premiering in January, depicts an American teen that has been radicalized by ISIS. Now on trial for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism, a young female Muslim lawyer has been appointed to the prosecution. Catch a glimpse of this timely new drama while still in the process of new play development.

Monday, October 3, 2016 at 7:00pm
at Northlight Theatre | 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077




This reading is a part of Northlight’s Interplay Program, providing customized support for new work in the critical stages of early play development. Post-show discussion with the playwright immediately following the reading.

This event is FREE (suggested donation of $10) and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. To RSVP, click here.



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Oct 2: Sunday Spotlight - Julius Caesar


Writers Theatre's Sunday Spotlight
Are you curious about the world that surrounds your favorite plays? Sunday Spotlight offers access to the finest speakers, academicians and cultural leaders. This one-hour event takes place following select Sunday matinees and extends the conversation on Writers Theatre's stages by featuring an expert in an area connected to the play. For example, past audiences have learned from the experiences of Holocaust survivor Aaron Elster in a layered discussion around The Diary of Anne Frank and explored the nature of suspicion in Doubt: A Parable with the Director of Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions Karen Daniel.

Sunday, October 2, 2016 following the 2:00pm performance
The Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022




Sunday Spotlight:
This event directly follows the conclusion of the 2pm matinee performance. Start time is approximate.


Julius Caesar:
Shakespeare’s masterpiece of power and conspiracy, friendship and betrayal, stands as the greatest political drama ever written. Caesar made Rome the world’s most powerful Empire through his brilliant military strategies, and upon his return from the wars wishes for a reluctant Republic to crown him King. When his fellow Senators decide that his advancement must be halted, they come to a brutal and extreme solution: the great man must fall.


FREE but seating is limited. RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.



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Sep 28: Lyric From the Inside


Lyric Unlimited Presents Lyric From the Inside
To celebrate the start of their new season, Lyric invites you to explore the inner workings of our world-renowned opera company with behind-the-scenes access, an array of demos and hands-on activities, and a short performance of live opera music.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
at Lyric Opera of Chicago | 20 N Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606




  • Enter via the Civic Opera House loading dock on Wacker Drive
  • Walk on stage through the set of the new production of Das Rheingold
  • Visit the orchestra pit
  • Try on costumes
  • See tech and stagecraft demonstrations
  • Enjoy a short live opera performance by a member of The Ryan Opera Center

 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are not required. To RSVP, click here.



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Sep 28: Inside Look: The City of Conversation


Northlight Theatre's Inside Look: The City of Conversation
Explore the historical and political context of The City of Conversation through a discussion and Q&A session with artists related to the production.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 10:30am
at Highland Park Public Library 494 Laurel Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035




Approximately one hour.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Sep 24: New Residents Showcase (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: SEPTEMBER
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, September 24, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The Remarkable Journey of the First Fruits
by Resident Playwright Alumna Susan Lieberman and Network Playwright Jeff Bouthiette
Directed by Jay Steigmann

First Fruits
is a family musical that views the Jewish holiday of Shavuot at three turning points in history -- Jerusalem in 69 AD, Spain in 1492 and the Lower East Side in 1910. Faced with obstacles in each era, a young woman and her aunt must find new ways to celebrate the harvest festival.


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



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Sep 24 - Oct 9: Pre-Ambles for Tug of War: Civil Strife


Tug of War: Civil Strife 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. Tug of War: Civil Strife runs through October 9, 2016 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.



Dates, times and presenting scholar subject to change.

Saturday, September 24 at 3:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, September 25 at 12:00 p.m. – Regina Buccola
Saturday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, October 2 at 12:00 p.m. – Regina Buccola
Saturday, October 8 at 3:00 p.m. – Stuart Sherman
Sunday, October 9 at 12:00 p.m. – Stuart Sherman

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




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