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LOOKING FORWARD: Chicago Shows We're Excited to See

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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