Behind the Curtain

Jul 10: Sunday Spotlight Company


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, July 10, 2016 at 4:45pm
Green Family Rehearsal Room 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.


Company:
Winner of seven Tony Awards, Company is a witty, sophisticated and deeply honest look at contemporary relationships. Featuring some of Sondheim's best-known songs, including "Side by Side by Side," "Marry Me a Little," and "Being Alive," Company is considered a true masterpiece by one of the finest composers of our time.


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



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Jul 9: The Actuary (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: JULY
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, July 9, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The Actuary
By Resident Playwright Steven Peterson
Directed by Kevin Christopher Fox

Ed Brooks is an actuary, the kind of guy nobody notices. Which helps a lot as he goes backwards in time to rescue his beloved daughter from an unhappy marriage to the man developing Whozit, the latest killer app. It's a romantic comedy in reverse about the choices we make in life.

This is the culmination of a 28-Hour Workshop.


This event is FREE ($5 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Jun 29-30: AracaWorks: Chicago - New Play Development Workshop


Announcing new play readings at American Theater Company
American Theater Company is excited to announce its third year of AracaWorks: Chicago, a play development workshop in partnership with New York’s The Araca Group, one of Broadway's most innovative producing organizations. This program gives three playwrights a weeklong development opportunity at ATC, culminating in a series of readings that for the first time will be open to the public.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 and Thursday, June 30, 2016
at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613






AracaWorks: Chicago emerged from a collaboration that led to the development of Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, which received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a 2015 Tony Award nomination for Best Play. Last year, AracaWorks: Chicago developed The Goddess of Mercy by Jenny Connell Davis, Snore by Max Posner, and We’re Gonna be Okay by Basil Kreimendahl. Previous submissions to AracaWorks: Chicago include plays by Dan O’Brien, Lauren Yee, Yussef El Guindi, Philip Dawkins and Abe Koogler, whose play Kill Floor was produced in ATC’s 2015-16 Legacy Season.

This year’s AracaWorks: Chicago participants are:


Untitled Matriarch Play
By Nikole Beckwith | Directed by Erica Weiss | Wednesday, June 29, 2016 | 4:00pm

On the eve of her 55th birthday, Lorraine’s surprise announcement that she is having a son via a surrogate throws the lives of three generations of women into chaos. Her defiance of societal norms causes her four daughters to question their own positions on motherhood. Playwright Nikole Beckwith explores how difficult it is to escape the realities of motherhood and the legacy that our parents set before us.


Ontario Was Here
By Darren Canady | Directed by Lavina Jadhwani | Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 10:00am

Two caseworkers face off over the future of a young boy named Ontario. Penni, Ontario’s caseworker, wants the boy removed from his home while Nathan, representing his mother, argues to keep the family together. Nathan lets his personal feelings get in the way of professional choices, which leads to disastrous consequences.


The Quiet Ones

By Mary Elizabeth Hamilton| Directed by Sean Graney | Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 2:00pm

Katherine, an aging kindergarten teacher who has built a quiet and comfortable life, becomes caught in the middle of an alleged playground altercation that shakes up her carefully maintained placidity. At home, her familial life is haunted by her son’s fast-approaching wedding and the impending reunion with her ex-husband. This disruption on both sides of her life creates an insurmountable struggle to maintain control.



FREE but reservation is required. Space is limited. Call (773) 409-4125 or ORDER ONLINE to RSVP. For more information, click here.



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Jun 27: TimePieces Play Reading - Handbagged


TimeLine Theatre's TimePieces Play Reading Series presents Handbagged
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, June 27, 2016 at 7:00pm 
at TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657





Handbagged
By Moira Buffini
Directed by Vanessa Stalling

Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatcher, two enduring icons born in the same year. One destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? Moira Buffini’s celebrated new comedy speculates on what the world’s most powerful women really talked about behind closed palace doors.

Following its sell-out success at London’s Tricycle Theatre, where it first premiered in 2014 and won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, Handbagged transferred to the West End for a 4-month season, playing to packed houses and enjoying sensational reviews.

FREE but registration is strongly recommended. Space is limited. Call (773) 281-8483 x6 or ORDER ONLINE to RSVP.



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Jun 27: The Making of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody


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, June 27, 2016 at 6:30pm
Gillian Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022





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



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Jun 19: Sunday Spotlight Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody


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, June 19, 2016 at 3:30pm
Gillian 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.


Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody:
When a mysterious invitation brings Blanche DuBois back to New Orleans, she finds herself once again face-to-face with the smoldering Stanley Kowalski. They are soon joined by luckless salesman Willy Loman and hard-drinking, hard-fighting couple George and Martha, and suddenly all bets are off. Add a folksy Stage Manager and the comic genius of The Second City team, and the question quickly becomes: Will the American theatre ever be the same?


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



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Jun 17-25: Face the Day - A World Premiere


Face the Day - A World Premiere by the Associate Company Members of The New Colony!
The New Colony develops NEW ART and NEW ARTISTS in order to educate and build NEW AUDIENCES

Friday, June 17 through Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 7:30pm
The Den Theatre | 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622




What would you do if you looked in the mirror and literally saw the person you swore you’d never be? Gill is a TV personality whose life is on track – solid career, lovely fiancé, a baby on the way. Everything is thrown into chaos when Gill has a freak accident on the same day as her estranged mother overdoses. Gill wakes up in the hospital after having had a face transplant. Her new face, however, is one that she recognizes. Face the Day, a sci-fi dramedy, explores if your reflection determines your future. 


FREE but registration is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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Jun 9: Parody and Improv - The Birth of a New Comedy


From Page to Stage Series - Parody and Improv - The Birth of a New Comedy
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the tenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody.

Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Skokie Public Library | 5215 Oakton St., Skokie IL 60077



Featuring: presenters from The Second City

This energetic and enlightening presentation by The Second City includes an exploration of parody and discussion of how improvisation informs the choices performers make in creating a real person or character.

FREE but registration is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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Jun 6: From Page to Stage Series - The Art of Not Playing by the Rules: Parody, Satire and Mash-Up


From Page to Stage Series - The Art of Not Playing by the Rules: Parody, Satire and Mash-Up
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the tenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody.

Monday, June 6, 2016 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Northbrook Public Library | 1201 Cedar Ln, Northbrook, IL 60062



Featuring: Dr. Ben Golobuff, Professor of English at Lake Forest College

Join Writers for an informative lecture that contextualizes Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody by examining the rules and conventions of comedy, parody, and satire, and exploring the emerging art and culture of mash-ups.

FREE but registration is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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Jun 6: Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - The River Niger


Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - A citywide, yearlong event to rediscover classic plays by writers of color
At Court Theatre, they're embarking on a new effort to connect with communities and revive a love for classic plays from outside of the traditional canon through their Spotlight Reading Series. Join Court Theatre as they bring together professional directors and actors to showcase these rarely performed plays all over Chicago—for free.

Monday, June 6, 2016 at 6:30pm

at Hamilton Park Cultural Center | 513 W 72nd St, Chicago, IL 60621





The River Niger
By Joseph A. Walker
Directed by Tyla Abercrumbie

Jeff Williams, a young African-American man, returns home to his family in Harlem after falling short in the Air Force. He reluctantly joins a militant group and is discovered by a police informer, who brings the unrest of South Africa to his door.


FREE, but reservations are strongly recommended. Patrons with reservations will be given priority. Limit 4 per household. Click here to get your tickets.



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Jun 5: Scratch Night


Scratch Night hosted by Adventure Stage Chicago
Adventure Stage is eager to nurture a supportive community for the development of compelling new theater experiences for young audiences and the adults in their lives. For one afternoon, ASC will present up to 10 minutes of five works-in-progress to a supportive audience who is looking at the potential in each piece. Performances will be followed by a facilitated conversation where the artists can ask questions, collect feedback, and gain additional ideas for the forward motion of their project.

Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
at Adventure Stage Chicago at the Vittum Theater | 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago, IL 60642




Join ASC as they support the development of new artistic work for the young audience!

What makes a SCRATCH event unique is that it’s a chance to grow new performative work in relationship to a live audience instead of behind closed doors. The goal is to “scratch” the surface of an idea...not necessarily needing to have all the answers or a finished product, but starting the journey in a supportive environment. Artists are encouraged to take risks, experiment with a radical idea, and see what happens.

This year's SCRATCH slate includes:

Three Long Years - a staged reading by Josh Mattingly
Note To Self - a staged reading by Tobi Mattingly
Hungry - a staged reading by Andrew Marikis
Challenging Christopher Columbus - a staged reading by Jeff Jenkins
The Magic Thread - a musical by Robert Eric Shoemaker



This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, click here.



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Jun 4: Alice and Celia and Whatever it Takes (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: JUNE
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, June 4, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Alice and Celia and Whatever it Takes
By Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke
Directed by Pat McKenna

Alice is living the dream as an actress with the Whatever It Takes Merry Art Players. But when she offers to make amends to her old pal Celia, Celia seizes the opportunity, moves in on her turf, and pens a new play.

Now Alice must replay her offence—on stage—over and over, as she fights to keep her dream job. Gadzooks, it's a real actor's nightmare!



This event is FREE ($5 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Jun 3: The House That Will Inspire: A Panel


Victory Gardens Theater partners with Women & Children First
Federico Garcia Lorca's work The House of Bernarda Alba is the inspiration for Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand, opening at Victory Gardens Theater on June 10th. Victory Gardens Theater partners with Women & Children First to moderate a panel with members of the cast as well as literary luminaries to discuss the strong woman characters in both works, as well as the impact of Lorca's literary legacy on modern American theater.

Friday, June 3, 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
at Women & Children First Bookstore | 5233 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640





Ciara Miller, critically acclaimed writer/scholar and a member of Victory Gardens Theater's Council of Community Leaders, moderates a panel of Black women scholars and artists, including Dr. Tara Betts (Essence, NYLON, HBO's Def Poetry Jam). There will be a reception at world-renowned feminist bookstore and gathering place, Women and Children First.

Victory Gardens’ Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley (An Issue of Blood, The Gospel of Lovingkindness) returns with another stirring portrait of historic America. This time Gardley unearths a story of 1836 New Orleans where free women of color are permitted to enter into common-law marriages with wealthy white men. The home and life that Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters, on a foundation of money, freedom and secrets, threatens to collapse after her husband mysteriously dies. Told through Gardley’s signature poetic voice and directed by Chay Yew, The House That Will Not Stand is a powerful and bewitching drama about a family of women filled with desire, jealousy, murder and voodoo.



This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jun 2 - Jul 10: The House That Will Not Stand Public Programs


Victory Gardens Theater Public Programs: The House That Will Not Stand
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 THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND (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 The Houes That Will Not Stand performances.


BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH: SETTING HOUSE
Thursday, June 2, 2016 | 7:00pm

Voodoo. ​Possession. Formation. Though The House that will not Stand is set in 1836 New Orleans, playwright Marcus Gardley uses ​​​poetry and pop culture references from our time here and now. H​ow do the costumes, set, and sound design ​​support a historical play ​told ​through a contemporary lens? Get a first hand look at what it takes to bring this play to life at this multimedia interactive open rehearsal kick-off party with artistic director Chay Yew, playwright ensemble member Marcus Gardley, and members of the design team. Then, enjoy a complimentary reception and mingle with the cast and creative team to get the inside scoop on the process. To RSVP, click here.


ARTIST TALK: A CONVERSATION WITH MARCUS GARDLEY
Post-Show Conversation | Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | 7:30pm

From historical narratives to Federico Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, Marcus Gardley pulls from several influences in crafting his New Orleans’ drama. Where do new plays pulling from history meet us in contemporary life? How are artists empowered when working on new work? In what ways are they challenged? Join playwrights’ ensemble member Marcus Gardley as he and dramaturg Isaac Gomez break open conventions and shatter expectations in this riveting post-show conversation shedding light on history’s influence on the new play process.


AND SHE STOOD LIKE THIS
Pre-Show Panel Conversation | Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | 7:30pm

In the antebellum south, Free Women of Color were forced to wrap their heads as a sign of their lack of status. As result this ritual has survived through the times and in modern day culture it remains an outlet of individual expression, serving as a celebration of ancestry and remains a universal symbol of the resilience of black women. How did free women of color come to be? How did the plaçage system develop as an outlet for survival? Join VG for a riveting post-show discussion as they unpack the story of women of color in the antebellum south and how the Louisiana Purchase affected the lives and rights of free women of color.


#LEMONADE: CELEBRATING THE SWEETNESS OF #BLACKGIRLMAGIC
Pre-Show Celebration | Free Post-Show Performances | Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 6:30pm

Beyonce’s Lemonade highlights and celebrates #blackgirlmagic through stunning visuals, powerful symbolism and poetry. The House That Will Not Stand is also a celebration of #blackgirlmagic or the ability to take lemons and transform them into lemonade. For this very special public program, join VG for pre-show lemonade and #blackgirlmagic healing and spiritual self-love rituals, including reiki, massage and divination. After the play, stay for a special Black Feminist Poetics performance featuring poets Lakeesha Harris, Sherina Rodriguez, e nina jay and Nikki Patin, who will perform and respond to poems written by Black women that have served as mantras, meditations or spells against a projected backdrop of visuals that highlight the power and potency of #blackgirlmagic.


THE BODY POLITIC
Post-Show Panel Conversation | Friday, July 1, 2016 | 7:30pm

In the 1800’s, women of color often entered into Plaçage’s, common-law marriages with European men as an alternative to slavery which included sex, abuse, and inheritance of wealth and land which were often essential to survive. Two thousand years later, what do we do to our bodies in order to survive? In what ways do we see ownership and control of bodies today? Join VG for this underexplored post-show conversation demystifying myths and shedding light to sex work and sex trafficking in our world today.


OUTLOUD: LATE TO THE PARTY
Pre-Show Celebration | Post-Show Panel Conversation | Tuesday, July 5, 2016 | 7:30pm

Survival. Ownership. Visibility. In The House that will not Stand, young women are paired with potential suitors not out of love or desire but out of the necessity to survive. For Black queer women, wearing the visibility of one’s queerness can carry power as well as controversy in a society that shames them for who they are. Transcending that shame to step fully into one’s power can take a lifetime. Until recently, many Black queer women haven’t come out until they’re well into adulthood. What are the generational gaps between black queer women today? Join VG for this pre-­show celebration with Whole Foods delicacies, then stick around for this riveting special Afterwords post-show conversation.


COLLEGE NIGHT: HISTORIES
Free Post-Show Performance | Wednesday, July 6, 2016 | 6:30pm

From Beyonce’s Lemonade to Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand, many artists are unearthing a lesser known part of our history and creating contemporary narratives around these topics. What other unknown moments in history have yet to be explored? Join VG for a pre-­­show celebration in the lobby with free drinks & pizza. Then, stick around for The House That Will Not Stand and stay for free post-­­show performances featuring short scenes of contemporized unknown historical narratives written, directed, and performed by college artists from DePaul University, University of Chicago, Columbia College, and Northwestern University.


FREE WOMEN OF COLOR FEST
Off-Night Town Hall and Celebration | Thursday, July 7, 2016 | 7:30pm

Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand is one of very few plays featuring an ensemble of black women since Ntozake Shange’s award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf and most recently Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed. Why are black women continuously underrepresented in the American theater? What are steps towards equity and representation? In collaboration with the Free Women of Color Fest, this off-night town hall and performance celebration is a Call to Action that puts #BlackGirlMagic at the forefront of the American theater landscape.


ENCUENTRO: THE INVISIBLE LINE
Pre-Show Celebration | Post-Show Panel Conversation | Friday, July 8, 2016 | 6:30pm 

One-quarter of all U.S. Latinos self-identify as Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean or of African descent with roots in Latin America. Though an integral population in American history and a huge percentage of the American population today, why is Afro Latinidad rarely explored or celebrated in mainstream culture? Where are there gaps in conversations around this community of people? Join Encuentro hosts Amor Montes de Oca and Adriana Diaz for pre-­show refreshments from Fiesta Mexicana, then stick around for this riveting special Afterwords post-show conversation.


STOMP YOUR GROUND
Pre-Show Celebration | Post-Show Second Line Parade | Sunday, July 10, 2016 | 2:30pm

A historical New Orleans’ tradition, second line parades are the descendants of the city’s famous jazz funerals that carry many of the same traditions as live music is parading and marched down the street. Come celebrate the closing of a chapter at the final performance of Victory Gardens’ 2015-16 season at this pre-show New Orleans’ bash. Then, stick around after the show and join VG in a second line down Lincoln Ave as they toast to the closing of their electric season and Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand.



Public Programs are free and open to the public. Tickets needed for all The House That Will Not Stand performances. For more information, click here.



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Jun 2: Backstage at the Biograph - The House That Will Not Stand: Setting House


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, June 2, 2016 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH: The House That Will Not Stand: Setting House
Voodoo. ​Possession. Formation. Though The House That Will Not Stand is set in 1836 New Orleans, playwright Marcus Gardley uses ​​​poetry and pop culture references from our time here and now. H​ow do the costumes, set, and sound design ​​support a historical play ​told ​through a contemporary lens? Get a first hand look at what it takes to bring this play to life at this multimedia interactive open rehearsal kick-off party with artistic director Chay Yew, playwright ensemble member Marcus Gardley, and members of the design team. Then, enjoy a complimentary reception and mingle with the cast and creative team to get the inside scoop on the process.

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



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May 29: Producing The Producers


Mercury Theater Chicago: Post Show Discussion - Producing The Producers
Wanna know what it's REALLY like to be a producer? Join Director and Producer L. Walter Stearns and the cast of The Producers for an engaging post-show discussion after the matinee performance this Sunday!

Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 5:30pm
Mercury Theater Chicago | 3745 N Southport, Chicago, IL 60613



Mercury is thrilled to have Patrizia Acerra, Artistic Director of Premiere Theatre & Performance and Executive Director of The International Voices Project, join as the discussion moderators.

Learn how Mercury adapted this hilarious Mel Brooks musical for the intimate Mercury Theater Chicago stage, get to know the cast, and hear what it's like to bring these iconic characters to life each night. Tell Mercury why you think The Producers has hit the funny bone of four different generations and still makes us laugh today! 


This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are required for the performance. For more information, please click here.



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May 28 - Jun 26: Spartan Workshop by the Spartan Theatre Company


Spartan Workshop
Spartan Theatre Company continues their tradition of developing exciting new works from up-and-coming local playwrights with their staged reading series to be presented at the historic Chicago Cultural Center. Five one-act scripts were selected for development and will be presented over five weeks.

Saturday, May 28 through Sunday, June 26, 2016 (Saturday and Sundays at 3:00pm)
Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater, 1st Floor | 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, IL 60602




Based on audience feedback, one script will be chosen for a full production at this coming September's Chicago Fringe Festival. Come be a part of the process as Spartan develops original work from Chicago's finest playwrights.


Sick
written by Spenser Davis
directed by Angie Forshee
This intimate two-character drama dives into trauma, art, and the road to recovery--as well as the binding ties of sisterhood.
Performances: Saturday, May 28 and Sunday May 29 at 3:00 PM

The Last Sane Man
written by Amy Crider
directed by Natalie Sallee
This one-act tackles mental illness, college campus ethics, and the challenges of acknowledging one's sexuality and sense of self.
Performances: Saturday, June 4 and Sunday June 5 at 3:00 PM

Snapshots
written by Nelson Rodriguez
directed by Derek Van Barham
This innovative one-act bends the rules of time and space, painting a portrait equal parts broad and deep of loneliness and the search for a remedy.
Performances: Saturday, June 11 and Sunday June 12 at 3:00 PM

40 Minutes to Howard
written by Creg Sclavi
directed by Daniel Sappington
An adult and a child discover common ground when a typical weekday commute takes an intriguing turn.
Performances: Saturday, June 18 and Sunday June 19 at 3:00 PM

Between Us
written by Kimberly Banks
directed by Andy Monson
A high stakes conversation deals with the harsh realities of the criminal justice system--and how the choices of our past dictate our present condition.
Performances: Saturday, June 25 and Sunday June 26 at 3:00 PM



This event is FREE and open to the public.



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May 24: From Page to Stage Series - Trivia Night: The American Theatrical Canon


From Page to Stage Series - Trivia Night: The American Theatrical Canon
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the tenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Highland Park Public Library | 1930 Glenview Rd., Glenview, IL 60025



Featuring: Chris Jones, Chief Theatre Critic and a Sunday Culture Columnist for the Chicago Tribune

Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody is a mash-up of four of the best-loved dramas in the American theatrical canon. See how much you know about the source material in a lively round of theatre trivia.


FREE but registration is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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May 23: Discord Community Event


Northlight Theatre's Discord Community Event
The strong relationship that Northlight Theatre has with our surrounding community leads to exciting events that supplement our shows. These events are FREE and open to the public. Discord runs May 6 - June 12, 2016 in Skokie, IL.

Monday 6, 2016 at 3:00pm

at Wilmette Public Library | 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091




INSIDE LOOK
Artists from Discord will discuss the play, its relevance today, and their preparations for this production.

This event is free and open to the public



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May 21: 10-Minute Play Workshop (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MAY
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, May 21, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



10-Minute Play Workshop

Join Chicago Dramatists for an afternoon of staged readings of 10-Minute Plays, selected through open (public) submissions and directed by the MFA Directing students from The Theatre School at DePaul University. This event is part of a class called "The Director and the New Play Development Process," taught by Artistic Director Meghan Beals.

Plays
JOKES ABOUT TED BUNDY by Gabriella Bonamici, SKY BURIAL by Jeff Bouthiette, GRABASS by Spenser Davis, BLACK GIRL IN THE BATHTUB by Marsha Estell, MARABAR by Sue Pak, LOCKED OUT by Mary Parisoe, SUPER DAD! by Maria Pretzl and SAVING INGE by Loy Webb

Directors
Erin Kraft, Brian Balcolm, Andrew Peters and Nathan Singh



This event is FREE ($5 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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