June 25, 2016

Continuing our support of productions that embrace inclusion for artists and audiences, below are shows that you can buy tickets to THIS WEEK that we feel are moving our community in the right direction.  Let your wallet do the talking. Buy tickets to shows that celebrate inclusion.​ Then write to producers and tell them you want to see more of it.  Decision makers are led by numbers and this is one way we can all make a difference.    

American Theatre Company presents Xanadu

Book by Douglas Carter Beane

Music & Lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar

Based on the Universal Pictures film

Screenplay by Richard Danus & Marc Rubel
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown

As a tribute to ATC's late artistic director, PJ Paparelli, ATC closes its Legacy Season with a musical spoof of his all-time favorite movie - the 1980's camp classic, Xanadu!  Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time - the first ROLLER DISCO! (Hey, it's 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.

The ensemble includes Landree Fleming, Jim DeSelm, Aaron Holland, Missy Aguilar, Karla Beard, Hannah Rose Nardone, Kasey Alfonso, James Nedrud, Michelle Lauto, Daniel Spagnuolo and Cameron Turner.

Ticket price $40 Get your tickets HERE

Second City presents A Red Line Runs Through It

Written by Lisa Beasley, Aasia LaShay Bullock, Peter Kim, Katie Klein,  Julie Marchiano, Scott Morehead

Directed by  Matt Hovde

A Red Line Runs Through It rides the rails of Chicago in order to answer life’s tough questions. How does the past sculpt the future? Are we all guided by anger? In this ever-changing landscape of nostalgia and uncertainty sometimes we need a brunch with friends to sort it all out. Who will snap first? No one knows what tomorrow will bring and the only thing that is certain is that this train keeps moving. This diverse cast of comedians will take you on their own ride exploring the new mother blues, black girl magic, and salacious local news. This non-stop locomotive launches from north to south along a transit line of pure comic bliss.

The ensemble includes Lisa Beasley, Aasia LaShay Bullock, Peter Kim, Katie Klein,  Julie Marchiano, Scott Morehead

Ticket price $28-48  Get your tickets HERE

Steppenwolf Theatre presents Constellations

Written by Nick Payne

Directed by Jonathan Berry

Roland (a bee keeper) and Marianne (a theoretical physicist) meet at a party. In that single moment, an unfathomable multitude of possibilities unfold. Their chance meeting might blossom into a meaningful relationship or a brief affair: it might lead to nothing at all. Each step along those possible paths in turn offers a new series of potential outcomes: a marriage can exist alongside a breakup and a tragic illness can exist on a parallel plane to a happily ever after. In this clever, eloquent and moving story, Roland and Marianne’s romance plays out over a myriad of possible lifetimes, capturing the extraordinary richness of being alive in the universe.

Constellations features Jessie Fisher and Steppenwolf ensemble member Jon Michael Hill

Ticket price $40-65  Get your tickets HERE

Hope 31:9 presents A Light in the Darkness

Written by Jennifer Glasse, Andrea Rios McMillion, Jesica Adderly, Gretchen Kelley and Tyla Abercrumbie

Directed by Tyla Abercrumbie

A Light in the Darkness features original stories that explore the search for hope in the face of injustice, lost relationships, and finding faith.  Hope 31:9 exists to serve the child (including the child inside all of us) who's been conditioned not to have dreams...it's for the child who's seed for the dream was never planted.  We will tell stories that will speak up for the people who have no voice, no dreams, deferred hope. As an ensemble we will serve as the vessels of those whose voices demand to be heard.

The ensemble includes Gregory Fenner, Catherine Dildilian, Jennifer Glasse, Melissa Canciller, Candice Jeanine, and Wardell Julius Clark.

Ticket price $10 Get your tickets HERE

June 24, 2016

More perspectives in the room.  More opportunities.  This is what we want for our city and our industry.  Inclusion onstage and in our audiences begins with diversity on both sides of the table.  There are wonderful shows in our community featuring work from playwrights with different voices, and some new voices to Chicago.   Let's go and see some shows, shall we?  

Victory Gardens Theatre presents The House That Will Not Stand

Written by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley

Directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew

Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA - In early 1800s New Orleans, a time when free women of color entered into common-law marriages with rich white men, Beartrice has become one of the city’s wealthiest women. After the mysterious death of her husband, the life Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters threatens to collapse as the household turns on each other in their fight for survival. Told through music, dance, and poetry THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND byMarcus Gardley and directed by Chay Yew is a bewitching new drama filled with desire,

jealousy, murder, and voodoo.  

Ticket Price $35-60

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Sideshow Theatre presents Caught

Written by Christopher Chen

Directed by Seth Bockley

A Chinese dissident artist and activist publishes an incredible account of his harrowing confinement at the hands of the government. But can he prove it? Layers of perception peel back, with echoes of Ai Weiwei, Mike Daisey and Jonah Lehrer, until reality itself comes into question. A hallucinatory new experience featuring celebrated visual and performance artists, Caught explores what happens when we blur the dangerous line between story and truth.

Produced in collaboration with Xiong Art Gallery

Ticket Price $20-30

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Lookingglass Theatre presents Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure

Written by Ensemble Member Kevin Douglas

Directed by Ensemble Member J Nicole Brooks and Krissy Vanderwalker

It’s 1908 and Chicago’s Majestic Theatre is the jewel of the vaudeville circuit. The only thing stopping Thaddeus and Slocum from becoming the next great stage act is as simple – and complicated – as black and white. Will laughter triumph and friendship endure as racial boundaries threaten to destroy their dreams of making the “big time?”

Lookingglass dives deep into the divided heart of American culture and show biz for a daring cavalcade of slapstick, song and dance, and burlesque as two best friends risk everything to make it to the top together.

Ticket Price $37.50-60

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Interrobang Theatre presents The North Pool

Written by Rajiv Joseph

Directed by James Yost

Khadim has no idea why he's been called into the Vice Principal’s office at Sheffield High. At first, Vice Principal Danielson is cagey, using a minor violation to keep the boy at school for detention. It doesn’t take long for tensions to mount around a crime that Khadim may (or may not) have committed. The truth is ever-shifting in what amounts to a game of cat-and-mouse. As the clock winds down on the last hours of the semester, both Danielson and Khadim must carefully maneuver hauntingly unexpected revelations. THE NORTH POOL is a psychological drama that explores the complexities of racial and cultural profiling and personal accountability.

Ticket Price $14-24

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The Greenhouse Theatre Solo Celebration presents The Way She Spoke: A Docu-Mythologia

Written by Isaac Gomez

Directed by Laura Baker

When an actress enters an empty warehouse to read a new play about the missing and murdered women of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, she embarks on an expedition through the broken roads of a city offering far more questions than answers. With thousands of women disappearing every year, who is responsible for these crimes? “The Way She Spoke: A Docu-mythologia” is an daring solo-performance piece pulling from hundreds of interviews collected down a rabbit hole of drug cartels, ex-convicts, unsavory reporters and resilient women; asking audiences what lies in the shadows of telling a story that isn't yours?

Ticket Price $42-48

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Congo Square Theatre presents A Small Oak Tree Runs Read

Written by Lekethia Dalcoe

Directed by Harry Lennix

In A SMALL OAK TREE RUNS RED, audiences enter a realm between reality and purgatory with historical figures Mary Turner and Sidney Johnson. Shackled and trapped someplace between a dream and a nightmare, Mary and Sidney struggle to move on, but like the rest of us, have to piece together their past to ensure that history doesn’t repeat.

Ticket Price $22

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Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre presents A Song for Corretta

Written by Pearl Cleage

Directed by Artistic Director Tim Rhoze

On February 6, 2006, hundreds of people began lining up at dawn outside of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church to pay their respects to the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King. When a cold rain began to fall at sunset, the crowd had dwindled to a determined few. Five of the remaining women shared, with joy, memories of Mrs. King’s extraordinary life and reveal things about themselves that free them up to move forward in life with a more determined purpose.

Ticket Price $12

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June 17, 2016

Continuing our support of productions that embrace inclusion for artists and audiences, below are shows that you can buy tickets to THIS WEEK that we feel are moving our community in the right direction.  Let your wallet do the talking. Buy tickets to shows that celebrate inclusion.​ Then write to producers and tell them you want to see more of it.  Decision makers are led by numbers and this is one way we can all make a difference.    

The Yard at Theatre on the Lake presents I & YOU

Written by Laura Gunderson

Directed by Dana Murphy

Playing through June 26 at Berger Park Cultural Center

6205 N Sheridan Rd Chicago, IL

 One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline's door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass and an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn't been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I & You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.

Ticket Price: $10  Buy tickets HERE

The show features Olivia Shine and Tavion Lanier

The Gift Theatre presents The Grapes of Wrath

Directed by Ensemble Member Erica Weiss

Adapted by Frank Galati

Playing through August 14 at The Gift Theatre

4802 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL

The Gift Theatre, Chicago’s most intimate Equity theater, presents John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tale, The Grapes of Wrath, centering on an American family forced off of their land during the Great Depression and their epic journey west to California. “Now, more than ever, this classic tale of the Joad family desperately trying to hold together in a dangerous America feels so urgent. Like many folks, Steinbeck’s novel had a profoundly moving effect on me and I’m overjoyed our ensemble member Erica Weiss is directing our production—simultaneously modern and timeless—on an epic journey in our intimate space,” shared Artistic Director Michael Patrick Thornton.

Ticket Prices: $25-35  Buy tickets HERE 

The Grapes of Wrath cast includes Gift ensemble members Alexandra Main (Good for Otto), Jay Worthington (Richard III), Kyle Zornes (Richard III) and Paul D’Addario (Good for Otto) with guest artists Amaris Sanchez, Art Fox, Casey Morris, Charlie Strater, Chris Mathews, Diego Colon,Emily Marso, Jerre Dye, Jose Nateras, Kona Burks, Lane Flores, Mesiyah Oduro, Michael Turrentine, Namir Smallwood and Tim Martin

Pride Films and Plays presents The Boys Upstairs

Directed by Executive Director, David Zak

Written by Jason Mitchell

Playing through July 2 at Mary's Attic

5400 N Clark Ave, Chicago

The Boys Upstairs welcomes you into the living room of Josh and Seth, awaiting the arrival of Ashley, the third of our gay musketeers. In a series of short scenes, we see the personal and professional thrills and disappointments, tops and bottoms that Hell’s Kitchen has to offer. Just when the men settle into their usual rhythm of celebrating life and then analyzing it the next morning, they are all thrown for a loop when a new neighbor moves in below. The “is he or isn’t he” question is just one of many that these city boys ponder with style, scandal, and specialty cocktails!

Ticket Prices: $25-30  Buy tickets HERE 

PFP Artistic Associate Nelson Rodriguez leads a cast including Gary Henderson as Seth, Tristien Winffree as Eric, Shaun Baer as Ashley, and PFP Company Member Luke Meierdiercks playing a variety of different roles. 

First Floor Theatre presents World Builders

Directed by Company member, Jesse Roth

Written by Johnna Adams

Playing through July 2 at  Collboraction Studios - The Vault

1579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL

A new drug has been developed to suppress the complex internal worlds of those with schizoid personality disorder. Max and Whitney are two participants in a clinical trial, and as the drug begins to take effect, they must choose which dream to pursue: their disparate fantasies or a future together. 
Johnna Adams, playwright of the 2014 Chicago hit, Gidion’s Knot, presents a funny, intimate, and beautifully observed love story about what it really means to be “cured.”

Ticket Prices: $10-20  Buy tickets HERE 

World Builders features Carmen Molina and Andrew Cutler

Lifeline Theatre presents Northanger Abbey

Directed by Elise Kauzlaric

Adapted by Robert Kauzlaric

Playing through July 17 at Lifeline Theatre

6912 N Glenwood, Chicago, IL

Catherine Morland leaves her quiet country home for the splendors of Bath, armed only with an innocent heart and the examples of her favorite literary heroines. Immersed in a new world of parties, balls, and high society, Catherine soon finds herself caught in a web of social scheming far above her skill to master. False friends, greedy lovers, and a wealth of misunderstandings lead to the revelation that bruises of the heart can be far more painful than the imagined terrors of Gothic novels. Take a turn through the ballrooms of Bath and unravel the mysteries of Northanger Abbey in a world premiere musical based on the satirical 1817 comedy of manners by Jane Austen.

Ticket Prices: $20-40  Buy tickets HERE 

Northanger Abbey features Chris Ballou, Shelby Lynn Bias, Andres Enriquez, Javier Ferreira, Peter Greenberg, Lydia Hiller, Stephanie Stockstill and Frederick Tilney

Jackalope Theatre presents Prowess

Directed by Marti Lyons

Written by Ike Holter

Playing through July 2 at Broadway Armory Park

5917 N Broadway, Chicago, IL

Summer in Chicago: Temperatures flare, shootings spike and the city is stuck in status quo. Enter a mixed bag of underdogs ready to save whatever’s left of the day. Completely powerless but sky-high on passion, they join forces.  But as broken bones multiply and alliances splinter, the team is forced to draw the line between well meaning heroism and vigilante justice.

Ticket Prices: $30  Buy tickets HERE 

Prowess features Donovan Diaz, Julian Parker, Sydney Charles and Andrew Goetten (going on for Andrew Swanson).

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