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LOOKING FORWARD: Chicago Shows We're Excited About

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.

Raven Theatre presents The Play About My Dad directed by Marti Lyons

playing now through November 28 at Raven Theatre

6157 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

The play by Boo Killebrew tells of the author's father, a doctor in Gulfport, Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina who stayed behind to tend to those who couldn't or wouldn't evacuate to safety when the waters began to rise. Their fights for survival against the storm are played against the backdrop of the doctor's relationship with his adult daughter, the playwright. Raven's production of this meta-theatrical tragicomedy will be staged in October, shortly after the tenth anniversary of that devastating storm that hit the Gulf coast from August 23-31, 2005.

Ticket Prices: $18-42 buy tickets here

The cast includes Tuckie White (Boo Killebrew), Joe Mack (Larry Killebrew), JoAnn Montemurro (Sallye Killebrew), Patrick Agada (Kenny Tyson), Nick Horst (Neil Plitt), Aaron Lamm and Henry Stegemann (alternating as Michael Thomas*), Paloma Nozicka (Rena Thomas), Miguel Nunez (Jay Thomas), Sandra Watson (Essie Watson)

The Goodman Theatre presents The New Stages Play Festival

playing now through November 15 in the Owen Theatre

170 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL

Since its inception at Goodman Theatre in 2004, New Stages has offered theatergoers a glimpse into the development process of new plays, many of which have gone on to receive full productions at the Goodman and elsewhere. Of the 65 plays seen in a developmental production or staged reading at New Stages over the years, 65% were written by playwrights of color and/or women. As the festival has grown, technical aspects of the productions have advanced as well. The three developmental productions, Mother Road , Objects in the Mirror, and King of the Yees, all receive full technical support with a design team​

Ticket Prices: FREE Reserve standby tickets here

The cast includes Lakin Valdez, Lisandra Tena, Angelica Roque, Chelcie Ross, Tommy Rivera, Ronnel Taylor, Christopher Meister, Ricardo Gutierrez, Brenda Barrie, Charles Andrew Gardner, Lily Mojekwu, Jeff Parker, AC Smith, Melissa Canciller, Rammel Chan, Francis Jue, Deanna Myers and Daniel Smith

Don't forget about our previously recommended shows, which you can still get tickets for...

Mariposa Nocturna presented by 16th Street Theatre​, Charm presented by Northlight Theatre, Love and Information presented by Remy Bumppo Theatre, R & J: The Vineyard presented by Red Theatre and Oracle Theatre, Miss Buncle's Book presented by Lifeline Theatre and 1984 presented by Steppenwolf Theatre.

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