September 30, 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.

Timeline Theatre presents The Last Wife

Written by Kate Hennig

Directed by Nick Bowling

Fresh off an acclaimed debut at the Stratford Festival in Canada, TimeLine presents the U.S. premiere of this feminist and fearless new play, a funny and timely examination of politics, sex, and women’s rights. Katherine Parr is smart and passionate: a rising star in a world of intense competition. She also has just been crowned the sixth wife of King Henry VIII. In the process, she’s started an illicit affair, inherited three children, and begun her own political career. Now’s not the time to lose her head. The Last Wife is a bold and contemporary return to Tudor England that confronts issues as relevant today as they were 500 years ago.

Ensemble includes: AnJi White, Steve Pickering, Nate Santana, Paola Sanchez Abreu, Caroline Heffernan, Peyton Shaffer, Matthew Abraham and Chinguun Sergelen

Performed at Timeline Theatre

at TimeLine Theatre,
615 W. Wellington Ave.

Through December 18

TICKETS $38

Reserve your tickets HERE

Windy City Playhouse presents Apartment 3A

Written by Jeff Daniels

Directed by Ron OJ Parson

It might be the nicest apartment in the building, but it can’t possibly be enough to make up for the day that Annie has had. A nasty breakup, an on-air meltdown, and a fledgling romance have left her faithless and heartbroken. So when a simple visit from an enigmatic new neighbor starts to change things for the better, Annie has to ask: is it fate? Luck? Or… divine intervention?

Featuring Wardell Julius Clark, Peter Defaria, Jose Tony Garcia, Eleni Pappageorge and Daniel Smith

Performed at Windy City Playhouse

3014 W Irving Park Road

Through December 18

TICKETS $25-55

Reserve your tickets HERE

Steep Theatre presents Bobbie Clearly

Written by Alex Lubischer

Directed by Josh Sobel

Nobody from the town of Milton, Nebraska ever gave much thought to Bobbie before the tragedy in the cornfield. Two years later, it's hard for them to think of much else. In the darkly comic Bobbie Clearly, a community opens up about life in the aftermath and making sense of senseless violence.

Featuring McKenzie Chinn, David Fisch, Roy Gonzalez, Nick Horst, Tom Jansson, Erika Napoletano, Paloma Nozicka, Miguel Nunez, Joel Reitsma, Melissa Riemer and Carson Schroeder

Performed at Steep Theatre

1115 W Berwyn Ave 

Through November 5

TICKETS $10-35

Reserve your tickets HERE

Haven Theatre presents How We Got On 

Written by Idris Goodwin 

Directed by Jess McLeod

In this remixed coming-of-age an all-knowing DJ loops us through the tracks of three Midwestern teen rappers stranded in suburbia. Determined to find their artistic voices, Hank, Julian, and Luann are forced to combat the discord of crude technology, family disfunction, and ruthless rivalries as this B-Side of 1980’s hip-hop history is spun. Plug in your open mind and join Haven Theatre’s Chicago premiere of a throwback mixtape that goes to prove, we’re all just a work-in-progress.

Ensemble includes Johnathan Michael Nieves, Tevion Lanier, Angela Alise and Ireon Roach  

Performing at the Den Theatre 

1333 N Milwaukee Ave

Through November 12

TICKETS $12-32
Reserve your tickets HERE

A Red Orchid Theatre presents The Room

Written by Harold Pinter

Directed by Dado

By turns terrifying, moving and wildly funny, The Room is Pinter’s very first play. Rose prefers to stay in, safe from the hostile world outside, but her seemingly cozy sanctuary is continually being invaded. With visits from the landlord, a couple in search of their own space, a stranger and the return of her husband, it becomes increasingly unclear whether the menace comes from within or without. The Room is a precarious examination of private fears vs. social fears, as seen through the lens of the working class.

Featuring Kirsten Fitzgerald, HB Ward, Anish Jethmalani, Mierka Girten, Dano Duran and  Jo Jo Brown

Performed at the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Stage

Through November 13

TICKETS $15-35

Reserve your tickets HERE

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 Blues Theatre presents Dutchman and TRANSit

Dutchman written by Amiri Baraka and Directed by Chuck Smith

TRANSit written by Artistic Affiliate Darren Canady and Directed by Lisa Portes

Experience two powerful plays in one event. See Dutchman—one of the most important plays in 20th-century culture to take on race relations. Then inspired by Baraka’s pivotal work, watch the world-premiere commission TRANSit, about an encounter between two strangers that reveals more than planned when an explosive mix of identity, sex, and betrayal is unleashed.

Featuring (in order of appearance): Michael Pogue (“Clay” in Dutchman), Amanda Drinkall (“Lula” in Dutchman), Manny Buckley (“Veronica” in TRANSit), Jake Szczepaniak (“Luke” inTRANSit), and Edgar Miguel Sanchez (“Lalo” in TRANSit). ENSEMBLE (in alphabetical order): Grant Carriker, Sawyer Krause, Warren Levon, Kirstin McGinnis, and Nicola Rinow.

Performed at the Greenhouse Theatre Center

Through September 25

TICKETS $19-49

Reserve your tickets HERE

Court Theatre presents Man in the Ring

Written by Michael Cristopher

Directed by Charles Newell

Based on the true story of six-time world champion boxer Emile Griffith, Man in the Ring charts Emile’s humble beginnings in the U.S. Virgin Islands to his infamous match against his archrival Benny “Kid” Paret. When Benny challenges Emile's sexual identity, Griffith responds in the ring and leaves a mark that lingers long after their legendary encounter. Man in the Ring is a story of violence, love, and life under the public eye—and one man’s fight to get the world back in his corner.

Featuring Kamal Angelo Bolden, Allen Gilmore, Thomas J. Cox, Jacqueline Williams, Melanie Brezill, Gabriel Ruiz, Sheldon Brown, and Sean Michael Sullivan

Performed at the Court Theatre

Through October 16

TICKETS $38

Reserve your tickets HERE

The Cuckoo’s Theatre Project presents The Heidi Chronicles

Written by Wendy Wasserstein

Directed by Sara Carranza

Comprised of a series of interrelated scenes, the play traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland, a successful art historian, as she tries to find her bearings in a rapidly changing world. Gradually distancing herself from her friends, she watches them move from the idealism and political radicalism of their college years through militant feminism and, eventually, back to the materialism that they had sought to reject in the first place.  Eventually Heidi comes to accept the fact that liberation can be achieved only if one is true to oneself, with goals that come out of need rather than circumstance.

The ensemble includes Pearl Paramadilok, Ian Muentener, Danny Bradley, Rebecca Sparks, Aziza Macklin, Riley Mondragon, Ilse Zacaharias, Nathan Wainwright, Miranda Hamand, Tommy Foy, Brittani Ferguson

Performed at Prop Thtr

Through October 8

TICKETS $20

Reserve your tickets HERE

The Hypocrites presents You on the Moors Now

Written by Jaclyn Backhaus

Directed by Devon de Mayo

This crazy, funny show sets heroines from the 19th-century novels of Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, and the Bronte sisters, in the mythical places of the Moors. When our heroines receive proposals of marriage, they decide to escape. They men wage war on the women starting the Moors Wars. Jaclyn Backhaus’ ultimately moving and inventive play ends in beautiful prose like a chapter from the books these women originated.

Featuring Chris Acevedo. Breon Arzell, Japhet Balaban, Maurice Demus, Tien Doman, Emjoy Gavino*, Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel, Desmond Gray, Edward Mawere, Deanna Myers, Josh Odor, Sarah Price, Saraí Rodriguez, and BrittneyLove Smith

Accessibility Performances: Open Captioning Performance on Sunday, October 23 at 3pm

Performing at the Den Theatre’s Heath Main Stage

Through October 30

TICKETS $18-36


Reserve your tickets HERE

Writer’s Theatre presents Julius Caesar

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed and Adapted by Michael Halberstam and Scott Parkinson

Shakespeare’s masterpiece of power and conspiracy, friendship and betrayal, stands as the greatest political drama ever written. Caesar has made Rome the world’s most powerful Empire through his brilliant military strategies, and upon his return from the wars the citizens of Rome wish to abandon the Republic and 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.

With a new adaptation by Michael Halberstam and Scott Parkinson that is focused, streamlined and performed without an intermission, the WT production will be both epic in scale and arrestingly intimate. This fresh and innovative look at the text will immerse audiences in the struggle for global supremacy, raising important questions about the responsibilities of a citizenry when confronting radicalism and tyranny.

Ensemble includes Kareem Bandealy, Christine Bunuan, Arya Daire, Sydney Germaine, Matt Hawkins, Thomas Vincent Kelly, Julian Parker, Scott Parkinson and Madrid St. Angelo

Performed at the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Stage

Through October 16

TICKETS $50-70

Reserve your tickets HERE

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