LOOKING FORWARD: Shows We're Excited to See in 2017

Bea Cordelia Sullivan-Knoff is an award-winning, Chicago-bred writer, [solo] performer, activist, & educator specializing in issues of gender, sex[uality], queerness, & the body. Six of her plays have been produced to date and many of her poems and essays published, including the self-published chapbook of poetry 28.06 // Dear Sylvia. Her "life-changing" autobiographical solo show Chasing Blue recently featured in The Brick’s inaugural Trans Theatre Festival in Brooklyn and is making its Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf this winter. It took me a bit but I've compiled ten shows I'm looking forward to in 2017. They are (in no particular order) 1. Chasing Blue by me in Steppenwolf's LookOut Seri

LOOKING FORWARD: The Top Ten Shows We're Excited to See in 2017

Terri Lynne Hudson is an actor, improviser and performance artist living and working in Chicago. She has spina bifida. She wanted to point out that she's fairly sad to see a lack of disability representation outside of Vanya...She's wondering if she just doesn't know where to look, still being relatively new in town? Vanya (or, That's Life): Rasaka Theatre Adapted from Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya By Lavina Jadhwani Directed by Kaiser Ahmed Presented at The Edge Theater 5451 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640 Men on Boats: American Theatre Company Written by Jaclyn Backhaus Directed by Will Davis Presented by American Theater Company 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613 Picnic: American The

LOOKING FORWARD: The Top Ten Shows We're Excited to See in 2017

Abhi Shrestha is a Theatre Directing student at Columbia College Chicago, is currently the Literary Associate at Haven Theatre, and served as the Literary Assistant at Strawdog. He is currently assisting directing Marti Lyons for Wit with The Hypocrites and looks forward to working with director Will Davis in American Theater Company's upcoming production of Picnic. AHHHHH. So many things. So many GREAT things are happening. Such beautiful movement forward, and such an exciting year for Chicago theatre. Okay. my list: (in no particular order) Men On Boats - ATC Jaclyn Blachaus is ferociously staking her claim as one of the voices that is defining the immediate future of this art form — The n

LOOKING FORWARD: Shows We're Excited to See in 2017

Richard Costes is the executive director of Chicago D(ART), or Deaf ART, a new arts organization focused on bridging the Deaf and hearing communities, creating works in a wide variety of mediums that reflect the underserved d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities in Chicago. He is also an actor who can be seen in Rasaka's VANYA (or That's Life) and will direct David Rush’s POLICE DEAF NEAR FAR for Chicago D(ART). Top 8 Shows I'm Looking Forward To As a deaf theatre artist, I have taken care to include only shows that are currently listed as open captioned or ASL interpreted for accessibility. While my hearing loss does not preclude me from being able to see a show, I gain much more out of t

LOOKING FORWARD: Top Ten Shows We're Excited to See in 2017

Lavina Jadhwani is a Chicago-based director and adaptor. She wrote this list roughly in order in which they open (and all are affordably priced, to boot): - Tympanic's Waiting for Godot: I read the casting announcement for this show and thought, "You had me at hello." - Wolf at the End of the Block (Teatro Vista): Because Ike Holter does not miss a beat (and Gabe Ruiz is usually ok, too). - American Hwangap (co-pro between A-Squared and Halcyon): I first met Helen Young as an actor and I'm so excited by her work as a director as well! - Hookman at Steep Theatre: I'm such a Lauren Yeel fangirl (I've already seen two other productions of this play) and she and Vanessa Stalling seem like a per

LOOKING FORWARD: Top 10 Shows We're Excited To See in 2017

Hannah Gomez is a Freelance Actor, and Outreach and Membership Co-Manager of ALTA. She enthusiastically endorses all the choices others have contributed to TCIP and so she adapted this assignment to be "10(+) Latinx-Inclusive Works to Look Forward to in 2017". It is important to note that she wrote this in a British dialect so you know it's legit. These are not in any particular order! * American Theater Co. - MEN ON BOATS A genderfluid and inclusive cast of women and folx otherwise defined doing a Jaclyn Backhaus work (YOTMN still has my heart.) directed by THE Will Davis in the historic ATC space. A summary like this shouldn't be unique, but given the foot-dragging that some theaters are p

LOOKING BACK, GOING FORWARD: Reflections on 2016 and Hopes for 2017

The Chicago Inclusion Project founder and producer, Emjoy Gavino, discusses this past year's brightest moments and her wishes for the new year. My Favorite Moments of 2016 June, The Gift Theatre The day after the Orlando shooting, there weren't many rooms I wanted to be in, aside from my own dark corner at home. But it was the only time I could see a run through of The Grapes of Wrath at Gift Theatre before it opened. I hadn't seen many of these actors since director Erica Weiss, artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton and I cast them several months before. It was their first run through after teching the entire beast of a show. This point in any show's process is typically tense and t

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