Behind the Curtain

May 16: Nothing Without a Company Season Announcement Party


Nothing Without a Company host a Season Announcement Party
Join Nothing Without a Company for their 2018/19 Season Announcement Party at The Waterfront Cafe in Berger Park Cultural Center, right on the lake! NWaC is excited to announce the next 3 plays in their upcoming season and introduce the playwrights and directors!

Tuesday, May 16 2017 at 6:00pm
The Waterfront Cafe at Berger Park Cultural Center | 6219 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660



This is a FREE party for the community! Join NWaC in celebrating their accomplishments from the past year! Featuring an epic playlist of awesome 90's throw back jams!

With a special appearance by their Homie and Jeff Nominated Best Actress for THE KID THING, Shalyn Welch!

The party starts at 6pm!
7:30pm: The Season Announcement!
8pm: Dance Party Begins (90s throwback jams)
9pm: Raffle Winners Announced

Donations will be accepted at the entrance. Suggested donation of $10 to receive a cup for wine or beer, or both!

Light food from local businesses will also be provided.

Be sure to bring extra cash so you can participate in our raffle! Also available for purchase will be limited edition Nothing Without a Company merch, including buttons, stickers, t-shirts and more!

Parking Note: Berger Park is located on the corner of Sheridan and Granville in the Edgewater neighborhood. There is limited parking in the area so we highly suggest taking the CTA Red Line to the Granville exit, then heading east toward the lake.

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



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May 16: International Voices Project - Wales - "The 9 Fridas"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVP celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Tuesday, May 16 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: The 9 Fridas
Playwright: Kaite O'Reilly
Director: John Green
Collaborator: Columbia College Chicago 

Synopsis: Kaite O'Reilly's The 9 Fridas was commissioned by Sherman Cymru Theatre (Wales, UK), and is exclusively licensed to Taipei Arts Festival to conduct the premiere outside the UK. Directed by internationally known director/actor-trainer, Phillip Zarrilli, co-produced by Mobius Strip Theatre and Hong Kong Repertory Theater, The 9 Fridas challenges conventional ways of looking at the world famous female Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo--an everywoman whose life has great resonance for today. The 9 Fridas explores disability, love, creativity, and politics. It is a salute to the artist as well as to the tenacity and passion in life.

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



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May 13: Young Playwrights for Change Celebration


Adventure Stage Chicago’s Young Playwright for Change Finalist Honored with National Prize & Readings
ASC celebrates its Young Playwrights for Change finalists with staged readings of original, 10-minute plays by middle-school writers on the theme of EMPATHY IN ACTION: Combating Bullying. ASC’s regional winner was recently announced as the National Young Playwrights for Change winner by Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA) and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). His play will receive its own celebratory reading at One Theatre World 2017 in San Francisco this May.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
at Adventure Stage Chicago at the Vittum Theater | 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago, IL 60642



Regional & National Winner:
Fletcher Fraher, The Principle

Regional Finalists:
Phillip Nguyen, Bullying is Not Okay
Jason Park, Why Me?
Megan Albania, The Things Left Unsaid

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



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May 13: Tilikum (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 13, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Tilikum
By Resident Playwright Kristiana Rae Colón
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown

On the wet crags of a marine theme park pool, a sprightly orca trainer dangles a treat for her captive killer whale. The dark shadows of his wives, calves, and grandcalves float past the back glass of the stadium pool. Above, in a cramped control booth, the park owner considers the dangerous weight of his investment. Tilikum, inspired by the CNN documentary Blackfish featuring the shocking story of the eponymous whale, is a lyrical investigation of captivity, rebellion, and the savagery of enclosure.

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



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May 12: International Voices Project - Australia - "Rice"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVP celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Friday, May 12, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: Rice
Playwright: Michele Lee
Director: Bec Willett

Synopsis: Rice by Michele Lee explores the role of two Australian women of Asian heritage and their roles in the business of global food production. Nisha, a late 20s second generation Australian Indian is the Executive Officer of Golden Fields, Australia’s biggest rice company. Yvette, an older Chinese woman and cleaner at the same office is trying to connect with her daughter whose experience growing up in Australia is far removed from her own. The relationship that forms between these women is one that reveals the complexity of the Australian identity.

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



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May 11: International Voices Project - India - "A Fine Balance"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVPS celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: A Fine Balance
Author: Rohinton Mistry
Adaptors: Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith
Director: Kamal Hans
Collaborator: Rasaka Theatre

Synopsis: With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recalls the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India.

The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.

As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.

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



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May 7: Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion: Beyond Caring


Beyond Caring Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion
Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.

Wednesday, May 7, 2017 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611



Crossing the Atlantic: Beyond Caring in the U.K. and the U.S.

Join conceiver and director Alexander Zeldin and Chicago partners for a unique conversation about Beyond Caring‘s original production in London and the process of adapting it for Chicago. Panelists include Alexander Zeldin (creator and director, Beyond Caring) and Tim Bell (Chicago Worker’s Collaborative).

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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May 6: La Elotera (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 6, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



La Elotera

By Resident Playwright Ricardo Gamboa
Director: Azar Kazemi

Ines is an aging, out-of-work actress turned elotera. Ines is almost indistinguishable from the hundreds of other Mexican vendors selling corn or elotes from their pushcarts. Except her cart houses an arsenal of weapons for Ines's other side hustle as a female assassin. But Ines's career as a cold-blooded killing machine will be complicated when she is tasked with assassinating Vivi, a trans activist holding it down for immigrant rights. Ines will find herself breaching her contract as she tries to keep her and Vivi alive and find out who put a hit on her before they catch up to both of them.

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



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May 5-6: Turn the Page


Adventure Stage Chicago's Trailblazers present Turn the Page
Adventure Stage Chicago’s Trailblazers ensemble is a FREE and unique mentoring program that places young people (11-15) with mentors who are professional theater artists. Student participants guide the program’s content with thoughtful assistance from their mentors. In addition to creating original performances throughout the year, Trailblazers go on field trips, stretch their creative muscles with exposure to different forms of theater, and learn to work collaboratively in a supportive environment.

Friday, May 5, 2017 through Saturday, May 6, 2017
at Adventure Stage Chicago at the Vittum Theater | 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago, IL 60642




How do we know when we are truly healed? A magical book transports our young artists and their mentors on a journey through time—to World War II and the Civil Rights movement—exploring grief and our struggles to communicate and ask for help. Join ASC as the Trailblazers take the stage this spring with another originally-devised show.

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



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May 5: International Voices Project - Germany - "The Nest"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVPS celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Friday, May 5, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: The Nest
Playwright: Franz Xaver Kroetz
Translator: Conor McPherson
Director: Andy Hager
Collaborator: TUTA Theatre

Synopsis: Parents-to-be Kurt and Martha just want the best for their baby. They're not afraid of hard work - the latest buggy doesn't come cheap. But when Kurt's boss offers him a chance to make some easy money with a mysterious side job, his rashness catches up with him. A fable about the moral and environmental cost of our materialistic nesting instincts, Conor McPherson's powerful new version of Franz Xaver Kroetz's Das Nest premiered at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, in 2016.

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



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May 5: Backstage with BJ: Relativity


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: Relativity
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. Relativity runs through June 18, 2017 in Skokie, IL.

Friday, May 5, 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 Relativity 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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May 3: Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion: Beyond Caring


Beyond Caring Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion
Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 immediately following the 7:30pm performance
at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611



The Ethics of Investigative Journalism

Alison Cuddy (Chicago Humanities Festival) moderates a discussion with panelists Louise Kiernan (ProPublica Illinois. Editor in Chief), Alison Flowers (Invisible Institute) and Natalie Moore (WBEZ reporter, author of The South Side).

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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May 1: International Voices Project - Serbia - "Kumovi"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVPS celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Tuesday, May 1, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: Kumovi
Playwright: Dušan Kovačević
Translator: Dennis Barnett
Director: Liz Carlin-Metz
Collaborator: Vitalist Theatre, Consulate General of The Republic of Serbia in Chicago

Synopsis: Kumovi is a domestic comedy that takes place on Milan and Ana's twenty-fifth anniversary. Milan has recently lost his job and his best friend, Boban, has disappeared, leaving Milan depressed and anxious. But Milan has made a new friend, a stray dog, who comes to his rescue when he is mugged in the park, and one of the policemen investigating the mugging happens to be a dog "specialist." Through the combined efforts of Milan, the policeman and the dog, both the mystery of the missing man and Milan's anxiety find a happy resolution.

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



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May 1: The Freshness Initiative - Wally World


Join Sideshow Theatre for the 3rd Annual FRESHNESS INITIATIVE
The Freshness Initiative, Sideshow Theatre Company’s new play development program to support playwrights in Chicago and develop work that intersects, explores and explodes our aesthetic and mission – to present "Familiar Stories & Unorthodox Methods"

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7:30pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



Wally World
By Isaac Gomez
Directed by Gabby Randle
Dramaturgy by Rebecca Adelsheim

It's Christmas Eve and Wally World employees are about to lose it. On the one day of the year this mega department superstore is to close its doors for the holidays, secrets come to life as store manager, Andy, does everything in her power to keep her store in line and her employees in check. But can one protest for workers' rights ruin everything she's ever worked for? Wally World is a hysterical examination of finding magic in the mundane as eleven employees do everything they can to find purpose in a place that has never seen purpose in them.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, email tickets@sideshowtheatre.org.



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May 1: Impact/React: Inclusion Strategies in Chicago Theatre


2016-2017 Steppenwolf Multicultural Fellows present Impact/React: Inclusion Strategies in Chicago Theatre
IMPACT/REACT is a symposium in which leaders from various Chicago theatres and theatre service organizations will engage in conversations about inclusion strategies through a series of speakers, group discussions, and tabling organizations.

Monday, May 1, 2017 from 6:45pm to 9:00pm
at the Merle Reskin Rehearsal Space | 1624 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614





Participating collectives include The Yard, ALTA (The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists), League of Chicago Theaters, YEPP (Youth Empowerment Performance Project) and more!

There will be a networking mixer with food and drinks during the final hour.

Presented by the 2016-17 Steppenwolf Multicultural Fellows: Gabe Alaniz, Fatima Sowe, Lucas Garcia, and Ligia Sandoval.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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May 1: Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - Roosters


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, May 1, 2017 at 6:30pm
at the National Museum of Mexican Art | 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608





Roosters
By Milcha Sanchez-Scott
Directed by Ricardo Gutierrez, artistic director of Teatro Vista

A father-son battle ensues within a Chicano family that raises fighting roosters. Gallo wants to exploit his son Hector’s prized rooster, and Hector argues that they should sell the animal and use the proceeds for family needs. Set in the American Southwest, the play blends drama and magical realism.

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



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Apr 30: Audience Engagement Events for Not About Nightingales


Post-show discussion with members of the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform
Are the issues that inspired Tennessee Williams to write "Not About Nightingales" still relevant today? On Sunday, April 30 and Thursday, May 18, Raven Theatre will host speakers from organizations that review current incarceration practices in Illinois to give an update and take questions from the audience.

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



Post-show discussion with members of the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.
The Commission is charged with developing comprehensive, evidence-based strategies to meet the goal of reducing Illinois’ prison population 25 percent by 2025.

Guests: Commission members Dr. David Olson, Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Loyola University; and Pamela Rodriguez - President and CEO, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities


SPEAKER BIOS

David Olson is as a Professor in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at Loyola University Chicago, where he is also the Graduate Program Director, and previously served as Department Chairperson and Director of Loyola’s interdisciplinary Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Olson worked at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he was a Senior Scientist responsible for overseeing the evaluation of federally funded drug and violent crime control efforts in the State of Illinois. During his 29 years in the field of criminal justice, David has worked with a variety of federal, state and local agencies to develop, implement and evaluate programs and policies, particularly in the area of community and institutional corrections.

Pamela Rodriguez is president of TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities), a statewide provider of prison diversion and community reentry services. In addition to leading TASC’s services for courts, corrections, and child welfare systems, Ms. Rodriguez directs TASC’s public policy and international consulting services. She serves on the Governor’s Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform; the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, an independent organization in the U.S. executive branch; the oversight board of Redeploy Illinois, which supports community-based alternatives to incarceration for youth; the Illinois Juvenile Justice Leadership Council; and the advisory board of the Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice. Recognized as an expert in connectingresearch to clinical practice, Ms. Rodriguez has co-authored numerous articles on alternatives to incarceration and access to health care for justice populations.

This event is FREE and open to the public. There is no additional charge to attend any of these post-show events. Regular ticket prices apply for the performances of "Not About Nightingales." For more information about this event and others, please click here.



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Apr 30: Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion: Beyond Caring


Beyond Caring Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion
Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611



Power Dynamics: Women in Today’s Workforce

What are the obstacles and issues uniquely faced by women in the workplace? How has the role of working women in America evolved? Panelists include Isaura Martinez (Chicago Worker’s Collaborative) and Melissa Josephs (Women Employed) and Angela Hamilton (Chicago Urban League).

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Apr 29 - Jun 11: Pre-Ambles for Shakespeare in Love


Shakespeare in Love 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. Shakespeare in Love runs through June 11, 2017 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.



Dates, times and presenting scholar subject to change.

Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. – Ira Murfin
Sunday, April 30 at 1:00 pm – Casey Caldwell
Saturday, May 6 at 2:00 pm – Rebecca Fall
Sunday, May 7 at 1:00 pm – Regina Buccola
Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 pm – Regina Buccola
Sunday, May 14 at 1:00 pm – Casey Caldwell
Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 pm – Elizabeth Charlebois
Sunday, May 21 at 1:00 pm – Elizabeth Charlebois
Saturday, May 27 at 2:00 pm – Rebecca Fall
Sunday, May 28 at 1:00 pm – Ira Murfin
Saturday, June 3 at 2:00 pm – Regina Buccola
Sunday, June 4 at 1:00 pm – Rebecca Fall
Saturday, June 10 at 2:00 pm – Ira Murfin
Sunday, June 11 at 1:00 pm – Casey Caldwell

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Apr 25: International Voices Project - Romania - "Migraaaants"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVPS celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: Migraaaants
Playwright: Matei Visniec
Translator: Nick Awde
Director: Kate Hendrickson
Collaborator: Trap Door Theatre

Synopsis: They're from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Eritrea, Syria, Irak, Lybia, Mali, Algeria, Morocco, Haiti and many other places where life is no longer compatible with the idea of a future. There are millions of them. How many million? No one knows. They're called "migrants" and they have only one thing on their minds: the desire to reach Europe.

In the space of just five months, Europe panicked. Political authorities and public opinion understood that there are about 80 million people on the planet living in war-torn regions and they have the right, in principle, to ask for international protection and thus political asylum in Europe. Borders began to close; the symbol of barbed wire rose up from the nightmarish depths of history. Europe didn't know what was happening to it, didn't know what to do, and the temptation to repudiate its values was great (freedom of movement, human rights, an open society, etc.) and to stop the millions of candidates for exile on the way.

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