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LOOKING FORWARD: 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.

Jackalope Theatre presents Octagon

Written by Kristiana Rae Colón

Directed by Tara Branham

After Wall Street and Tahrir Square, after ISIS and the NSA, after Ferguson and Eric Garner: here come the poets. In a downtown poetry slam with a place on the team to be won, eight young poets prepare to do battle. But backstage it’s all kicking off with love triangles, families to feed and wounds to rip open. And in the end, is it about winning – or finding the words that need to be said?

Ensemble includes Mykele deville, Sydney Charles, Travis Delgado, Eric Gerard, Ryan Hallahan, Will Kiley, KiKi Layne, Tina Muñoz-Pandya

Performed at Broadway Armory Park,

5917 N Broadway

Through November 20


Reserve your tickets HERE

The New Colony presents Merge

Written by Spenser Davis

Directed by Andrew Hobgood

In 1976, Atari was the fastest growing company in the history of the United States, an arcade manufacturer with a workplace fueled by pot smoking, jacuzzi parties and nobody wearing socks. When they have to sell themselves to Warner Bros. to stay afloat, they quickly realize that corporate cash comes with baggage, as they lose a piece of the identity that made them who they were in the first place. And what’s worse… they have to start wearing socks. Merge is the story of a small band of programmers who stand up and fight back against the very company that saved them from bankruptcy, in a battle that threatens to crash an entire industry.

Ensemble includes Will Cavedo, Fin Coe, Jeffrey Owen Freelon Jr., Daria Harper, Wes Needham, Lindsay Pearlman, Victoria Perez, Michael Peters, Kristi Parker Barnhart, Esteban Reyna, Robert Salazar, Abbas Salem, Evan Sesek, Stephanie Shum, Kevin Stangler and David Weiss

Performed at The Den Theatre

1333 N Milwaukee

Through November 13


Reserve your tickets HERE

Steppenwolf Theatre presents The Burials

Written by Caitlin Parrish

Directed by Erica Weiss

Sophie is everything an upstanding young millennial should be: engaged, devoted to her family, and a likely valedictorian. But her life is shattered when her brother goes on a high school shooting rampage. Thrust into the national spotlight, Sophie finds herself torn between defying the narrative being woven about her brother in the media, and stopping the father she loves from using the rampage for his own political ends. Inspired by Antigone, The Burials is a modern tale of civic responsibility and the gun epidemic in America

Ensemble includes Aurora Adachi-Winter, Stephanie Andrea Barron, Joel Boyd, Olivia Cygan, Matt Farabee, Coburn Goss, Ty Olwin, Becca Savoy, Kristina Valada-Viars

Performed at Steppenwolf Theatre

1650 N Halsted

Through October 22


Reserve your tickets HERE

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