September 23, 2019

All of us at The Chicago Inclusion Project are thrilled to bring back our salon reading series. This month we will present an informal reading and discussion of THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams in collaboration with The Hyde Park Art Center and their current exhibits of "Black and Brown are Beautiful" and "Intersectional Touch."

We are so happy that Haley Bolithon can join us to deliver the dark, hopeful and poetic words of Tennessee Williams' stage directions.

Haley is so stoked to be working with the inclusion project! She is currently in The Grey House at A Red Orchid Theatre. Past theatre credits include The Haven Place at A Red Orchid, Hatfield & McCoy and The Nutcracker at The House Theatre of Chicago, A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre, Herland (u/s) at Redtwist Theatre, Spring Awakening at Blank Theatre Company, and Pinocchio at Chicago Children’s Theatre. Film and TV credits include Knives and Skin and Work in Progress. Haley is a graduate of School of Steppenwolf and is represented by Stewart Talent.

Come see Haley and the rest of our wonderful cast next Monday, September 23 at The Hyde Park Art Center.

September 20, 2019

All of us at The Chicago Inclusion Project are thrilled to bring back our salon reading series. This month we will present an informal reading and discussion of THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams in collaboration with The Hyde Park Art Center and their current exhibits of "Black and Brown are Beautiful" and "Intersectional Touch."

Members of our casting team have been huge fans of Lars for awhile and cannot see what he will bring to the role of Jim, the gentleman caller.

 "I am thrilled to take the stage with The Chicago Inclusion Project to give The Glass Menagerie a well-needed update."

Recent credits for Lars Ebsworth: Male performer in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change Goes LGBTQ (CTW), Aiden in TEN (The Gift), and u/s of every non-cis male in the Chicago trial of Albert Cashier The Musical (Permoveo Productions). He is also the artistic director/lead producer of Trans Voices Cabaret CHI. Proudly represented by Gray Talent Group.

Come see Lars and the rest of our wonderful cast next Monday, September 23 at The Hyde Park Art Center at 6pm.

September 19, 2019

All of us at The Chicago Inclusion Project are thrilled to bring back our salon reading series. This month we will present an informal reading and discussion of THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams in collaboration with The Hyde Park Art Center and their current exhibits of "Black and Brown are Beautiful" and "Intersectional Touch."

We were thrilled to finally get to work with Abbas Salem, a Chicago theater treasure, and long time friend of The Chicago Inclusion Project. We're so thrilled he is our Tom.

"As a person who's been in charge of his own theatrical education, I chose what plays I read and I always assumed that The Glass Menagerie was a world I would never be invited into, so I didn't bother exploring it. However, it's all about wanting to change the present, and what could be more relatable. Tom can't accept how mundane his life is but feels trapped, unlike the magician in the coffin. I feel trapped by my life all the time and sometimes it hurts to see how free others can be. I've felt the need to grasp at change for no reason other than making things different and I've felt just as lost within it."

Omer Abbas Salem is a Chicago actor and writer and he's so thrilled to finally work with the Chicago Inclusion Project. His Chicago work includes Pinocchio (The House), Linda and Earthquakes in London (Steep Theatre), Merge and Even Longer and Further Away (The New Colony), INVASION! (Silk Road Rising), Princess Mary (Bailiwick Chicago), In to America (Griffin Theatre), Le Switch (About Face), and Washer/Dryer (Rasaka Theatre). Regional work: Angels in America I & II, A Christmas Carol, and You Across From Me (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Off Broadway: Eddie and Dave (The Atlantic Theater) and I am Going to Change the World (Roundabout Theater). He is a proud core ensemble member of The New Colony and Acting Apprentice at the Actors Theatre of Louisville 17/18. He is represented by Shirley Hamilton and more at www.omerabbassalem.com.

Come see Abbas and the rest of our wonderful cast next Monday, September 23 at The Hyde Park Art Center.

September 17, 2019

All of us at The Chicago Inclusion Project are thrilled to bring back our salon reading series. This month we will present an informal reading and discussion of THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams in collaboration with The Hyde Park Art Center and their current exhibits of "Black and Brown are Beautiful" and "Intersectional Touch."

Our selection of THE GLASS MENAGERIE was inspired by a conversation we had with actor and TCIP friend, Terri Lynne Hudson who told us that Laura was one of her dream roles. We cannot wait for the heart, intelligence grace we know she will breathe into the text...

 "I love the dreamlike, otherworldly way this play feels while dealing with very real, very human emotions and situations. As a disabled adult, I feel like the play captures some of the complex dynamic between non-disabled parents and their disabled children; what they expect of and hope for us and how their intentions can yield very different results than intended."

Terri Lynne Hudson is an actor and interdisciplinary performance artist living in Chicago. She has most recently appeared in Stage Left Theatre's reading/workshop of _The Volunteer_ and Pop Magic/Global Hive Laboratories' _Medusa_.

Come see Terri and the rest of our wonderful cast next Monday, September 23 at The Hyde Park Art Center at 6pm.  RSVP here (https://www.facebook.com/events/400093897571392/, as space is limited.

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