May 25, 2018

Continuing our support of productions that embrace inclusion for artists and audiences, below are shows open or opening soon in Chicago that we feel are moving our community forward.  As a staff, we have not necessarily seen all of these shows but are really glad they are happening.

We are excited to list shows that offer some or all of the following:
- Non-traditional casting

- Accessible storytelling

- Variety of perspectives on the design and production teams

- Playwrights/Directors from underrepresented communities

- Diversity in season programming

Buy tickets to shows that celebrate inclusion. Then write to producers and tell them you want more of it. Decision makers are led by numbers and this is one way you can make a difference.​

The Light Fantastic
Written by Ike Holter

Directed by Gus Menary

May 8th - June 16th

In an unremarkable town on an uneventful evening, something truly terrible occurs, and a small family is thrust into a tit-for-tat game of survival against forces that are far from human. The writer and director of Jackalope's smash hit Exit Strategy and the Roustabouts' summer blockbuster Put Your House in Order team up again for a world-premiere play that is equal parts drama and comedy, and brings old school horror into the now and new. 

The cast, artistic, and production team include: Paloma Nozicka, Brianna Buckley, Elena Maria Cohen, Diego Colón, Janice O'Neill, Tommy Malouf, and Andrew Burden Swanson. Sotirios Livaditis, Christine Pascual, Lacie Hexom, Steve LaBedz, Slick Jorgenson, William Allen, Corrbette Pasko, Almanya Narula, Eleanor Axt, Danielle Stack. Tickets are $20 - $30 and can be purchased here.

Refrigerator 

Written by Lucas Baisch

Directed by Hutch Pimentel

May 13th  - June 9th 

Eighty-two percent of the planet's people have dispensed with their physical bodies and uploaded their consciousnesses to IceBox in hopes of reaching a digital paradise. Some of the last employees of IceBox and Co. continue to provide transitional services for clients making the ascent. Benjamin has won the lottery, and as he spends his last day in the office, his coworkers battle with their own moral and socioeconomic inability to abandon their individual visions of reality - what it is and what it should be. 

The cast, artistic, and production team include: Nathaniel Andrew, Andrew Cutler, Shariba Rivers, Avi Roque, Kevin Stangler, Elaine Bell, Jesse Massaro, Kyla Norton, William Boles, Jared Gooding, Thomas Dixon, Uriel Gomez, Amanda Cantlin, Sid Branca, Katrina Dion, Morgan McNaught, Charlie Baker, Aaryanna Gariss, Caitlin McCarthy, Bobby Huggins, Catherine Miller, AJ Schwartz, Anastarr Alvarez. Tickets are $15 - $20 and can be purchased here.

To Catch a Fish

Written by Brett Neveu

Directed by Ron OJ Parson

April 25th - July 1st

Inspired by true events, this compelling new play exposes a flawed law enforcement operation that walks the line between good intentions and deceit, testing the bonds of a family and community. In a low-income, residential neighborhood of Milwaukee, Terry Kilbourn has just begun a new job passing out flyers for a discount warehouse. When his bosses start asking more of him, the stakes rise quickly and his loved ones begin to question what is really going on. This play’s vibrant mix of family, romance, and danger swirls with mysteries about who to trust and what to believe. And its story confronts society’s fluid definition of justice—and the truth about who benefits from it.

The cast, artistic, and production team include: Linda Bright Clay, AnJi White, Jay Worthington,Tiffany Addison, Al’Jaleel McGhee, Geno Walker, Stephen Walker, Regina García, Christine Pascual, Mike Durst, David Kelepha Samba, Vivian Knouse, Matt Hawkins, Kristiana Rae Colón, Gabriella Welsh, Dina Spoerl, Regina Victor, Tanya Palmer, Amalie Vega. Eric Gerard, Regina W Mays, Katrina Richard, Stuart Ritter. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. 

Hollow/Wave

Written by Anu Bhatt

Directed by Barbara Zahora

May 17th - May 27th

Anu Bhatt combines the personal with the poetic in her new one-woman show about depression, body image, and confronting sexual abuse. Seeking to balance and embrace two identities, Bhatt explores her South Asian-American background with courage and insightful humor. A mix of raw memories, lyricism and tough truths, Hollow/Wave is a daring dance for empowerment through a sea of imperfection.

 A Blue Island in The Red Sea

Written and Directed by Anthony Moseley

April 12th - May 20th

Collaboraction continues to explore the harsh reality of systemic racism in Chicago with A Blue Island in the Red Sea. A Blue Island in the Red Sea is a world premiere devised work that presents a diverse cast of Chicagoans in a meta-theatrical live experience intended to open eyes and further the conversation about racism and racial healing in our city. Written and directed by Collaboraction Artistic Director Anthony Moseley, A Blue Island in the Red Sea, was created through open workshops in collaboration with a team of community members, actors and designers. 

The cast, artistic, and production team includes: Dana N. Anderson, Samuel Campbell III, Uday Joshi, Sean Patrick Leonard, Marcus D. Moore, P. Tyler Nielsen, Pearl Paramadilok, Esme Perez, Andrew Rios, Shannon Leigh Webber, Jose Manual Diaz-Soto, Liviu Passare, Parker Langvardt, Elsa Hiltner, Levert Wilkins, Jeremy Getz, John Nichols, Katy Vest, Giuliana Marchese, Elysia C. Banks, David Wooley, Noelle Hedges-Goettl, Caitlin Body, Manny Ortiz, Becs Bartle, Genevieve Fowler, Sunniva Holmlund, Chase Mathieu, Nate Ferguson, Joel Maisonet. Tickets are $15 - $30 and can be purchased here.

May 4, 2018

Continuing our support of productions that embrace inclusion for artists and audiences, below are shows open or opening soon in Chicago that we feel are moving our community forward.  As a staff, we have not necessarily seen all of these shows but are really glad they are happening.

We are excited to list shows that offer some or all of the following:
- Non-traditional casting

- Accessible storytelling

- Variety of perspectives on the design and production teams

- Playwrights/Directors from underrepresented communities

- Diversity in season programming

Buy tickets to shows that celebrate inclusion. Then write to producers and tell them you want more of it. Decision makers are led by numbers and this is one way you can make a difference.​

Suddenly, Last Summer 
Written by Tennessee Williams

Directed by Jason Gerace

May 2nd – June 17th


In 1930’s New Orleans, wealthy socialite widow Violet Venable has summoned a brain surgeon to her home. Her niece Catherine has been crazed and traumatized since witnessing the horrifyingly violent death of Violet’s son. Enraged by Catherine’s claims, and unwilling to accept other facts about her son’s life, Mrs. Venable pursues extraordinary measures to keep Catherine silent. Suddenly Last Summer originally opened on Broadway in 1958, toward the end of a 15-year period in which Williams produced his greatest and most popular works, from The Glass Menagerie (1944) through Sweet Bird of Youth(1959). The 1959 film adaptation starring Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift was a box office hit and earned Academy Award nominations for Hepburn and Taylor. 

The cast, artistic and production team include:  Ayanna Bria Bakari, Janyce Caraballo, Wardell Julius Clark, Grayson Heyl, Ann James, Mary K. Nigohosian, Andrew Rathgeber, Joanna Iwanicka, Claire Chrzan, Brittany Dee Bodley, Christopher Kriz, Mary O’Dowd, and Alex Meyer.

Tickets are $15 - $43 and can be purchased here.

 

The Madres

Written by Stephanie Alison Walker
Directed by Teatro Vista's Artistic Director, Ricardo Gutiérrez

April 21st - 27th 

It's 1979 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where people are disappearing right off the street. The genocide waged by the military Junta against its own people is in full-swing. Carolina and her mother Josefina are searching for their pregnant daughter/granddaughter, Belén, who has been missing for twelve weeks. When they receive a surprise visit first from a priest who is now the chaplain to the military at ESMA (one of the known concentration camps) and then by a soldier from the neighborhood who is also stationed at ESMA, they come up with a plan to try to see Belén one last time. Will it work? Will they be able to save her baby? Will they be able to save themselves?  

The cast, artistic and production team include: Ivonne Coll, Lorena Diaz-Dwyer, Ramon Camín, Felipe Carrasco, Ilse Zacharias, Cruz Cadel-Gonzalez, Jennifer Aparicio, Stephanie Hurowitz, Jen Sloan, Jose Manuel Diaz, Jessica Doyle, David Trudeau, Uriel Gomez, Eric Backus, Hannah Perez, and Hillarie Shockley. 

Tickets are $20 - $35 and can be purchased here. 

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The Aristophanesathon

Adapted by Sean Graney

Directed by Sean Graney

April 6th - May 27th

The eleven comedies of Aristophanes adapted into a five-hour marathon event, complete with food and a cash bar. The Hypocrites’ Lead Artist, Sean Graney will direct this script he adapted as a stand alone follow-up to the critically acclaimed All Our Tragic.

The cast, artistic and production team include: Breon Arzell, Kate Carson-Groner, Kurt Ehrmann, Tina Muñoz Pandya, Sasha Smith, Aja Wiltshire Hunter Bryant, Dakota Hughes, Jenni Hadley, Taylor Dalton, Miranda Anderson, Justine Palmisano, Jenna Madeley, Loren Shaw, Tracee Bear, Jerica Huke, Mike Durst, Kevin O’Donnell, Shain Longbehn, Tom Burch, Steph Charaska, Caswell James, Aaron Shapiro, Casey Peek, Tristan Chiruvolu, and Collin Helou.


Tickets are $60 and include a light meal and snack. They can be purchased here.

Ripped: The Living Newspaper Festival

This year's playwrights include Bret Angelos, Manny Buckley, Darren Canady, Ada Cheng, Brynne Frauenhoffer, Grace McLeod, Sarah Nowak, Tyson Carter, Josie Higgins, Sean Porter, Wandachristine, and CPS students, and an original song by Michael Mahler. 

May 7th

Since 2009, we’ve produced seventeen editions utilizing over 500 artists! Based on the 1930s WPA era program that brought Orson Welles, Arthur Miller, and Clifford Odets into public attention, we present short plays ripped from today’s headlines.

This annual festival occurs in May.

Tickets are $12 and include pizza and dessert. They can be purchased here.

Columbinus

Written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli

Directed by PJ Paparelli

May 3rd - May 26th

Columbinus, a docu-drama, explores the cultural and personal pathologies that gave rise to the horrific events in Littleton, Colorado in 1999, when two students went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School, killing a dozen students and a teacher before killing themselves.

This examination of the ecosphere of the average American high school presents an anonymous portrait of high school life in the fictionalized first act, before focusing in detail on the devastating events at Columbine in the second. columbinus probes the psychological warfare of alienation, hostility, and social pressure that goes on in high schools across America.

The cast, artistic and production team include: Meitav Aaron, Brian Baren, Alex Brinkman, Danielle Chmelewski, Joel Ewing, Jyreika Guest, Thavorey Hang, Rory Hayes, Colin Huerta, Liliana Mastroianni, Victor Musoni, Azalia Resendiz, Sheharrell Rhodes, Iza Rodriguez, Cleo Shine, Ervin Tobar, Elodie Tougne, Jared BellotMovement, Dana Murphy, Lucas Garcia, John Wilson, Aaron Stephenson, Brandon Wardell, Max Fabian, Daniel Parsons, Krista Wortendyke, Mechelle Moe, Joel Ewing, Elle Erickson, Dina Klahn, and Joe Burke. 

Tickets are are $25 and can be purchased here.

Ofrenda

Written by Isaac Gomez

Directed by Stephanie Paul and Maggie Popdiak 

April 25th - June 2nd 

In Ecuador, a girl coats herself with chicken feathers so she can fly across borders in search of her father. In Chicago, a boy hears his family dream of the day they can go back home and wonders where is home if not here? In Damascus, a teen teaches herself English as the bombs and gunfire of civil war creep ever closer. Years before “undocumented and unafraid” or DACA, a new student at a fancy Chicago university hangs La Virgencita in her dorm room, telling no one the secret of her status. At an American Embassy, a young woman interviewing for a visa denies the culture burning fervidly in her heart. In front of ICE headquarters in the Chicago Loop, a grandmother gives a press conference vowing to fight a deportation order.

The cast, artistic and production team include: Ahmad Al-Badawi, Mohamad Al-Badawi, Schantelle Alonzo, Ariel Burns, Anthony Calderon, Jennifer Calderon, Melissa Carranza, Andrea Delgado, Maria Duran, Nichole Espinelli, Itzel Espino, Nely Gonzalez, Johnny Hamzo, Ashlie Hawkins, Atreyu Kaunert, Jhazmin Lucero, Sarah Miller, Ana Morales, Teddy Morco, Chris Nieto, Phong Nguyen, Noe Rios, Samantha Romero, Mariana Rosas, Danny Sandoval, Anabel Sava, Jalen Serrano, Dayana Soto, Alex Suarez, Yailin Tejeda, Jade Trejo Tello and Melony Vizcarra. 


Tickets are $35 with $18 student tickets, and can be purchased here. 

PREACH

Improvised by the ensemble

Fridays at 8pm starting MAY 4TH

PREACH! is an Improvised Spoken Word Movement comprised of a collection of hybrid artists who aim to play on the issues we face today. PREACH is a collection of artists that strive to use improv and spoken word as a vehicle to touch on the issues that are affecting us today. Considered by most as thought provoking and innovative, this group pushes the boundaries by going out and asking the audience for some of the most vulnerable suggestions. They leave their hearts on the stage with hopes that you leave feeling something for yourself and learning something new about everyone else.

The cast, artistic and production team include: TJ Medel, Max Thomas, Asia Martin, Angela Oliver, Chris Clark,Spencer Diaz Tootle, Aaron Branch, Loreen Targosand Terrence Carey.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased HERE

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