Behind the Curtain

Feb 25: Northwestern University 10-Minute Play Workshop (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: FEBRUARY
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Northwestern University 10-Minute Play Workshop

11th Annual Readings of Graduate Student Plays

Chicago Dramatists’ professional actors and directors stage readings of short plays and scenes, developed in the Northwestern University Department of Radio/Television/Film’s M.F.A. in Writing for the Screen and Stage program, taught by Resident Playwright Emeriti Rebecca Gilman and Brett Neveu, with Bill Bleich, Thomas Bradshaw, Zayd Dohrn, and Dave Tolchinsky.

Plays include AWOL by Kate Royal, LOVE STINGS by Gail Gilbert, THE HAND by Lars Steier, REMEMBRANCES OF THE LAST BEAR by Joe Shetina, WILLING IT by Oona O’Leary, THE ROCK AND THE HARD PLACE by Kristen Field and WHERE ISN'T WALDO? By Ellie Goodman.

Directed by Richard Shavzin, Kaiser Ahmed, Melanie Keller and Kevin Christopher Fox (producer).


This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Feb 25: Stories Come Alive! - Giggle, Giggle, Quack


Free drama games in Rogers Park with Lifeline Theatre's Giggle, Giggle, Quack. 
Lifeline's spring children's adaptation runs March, 18 - April 23, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10:00am to 11:00am
at the Rogers Park Public Library | 6907 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626




Lifeline actors will read from Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's Giggle, Giggle, Quack and play drama games with children of all ages (parents welcome too).

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 23: OnEdge


DCASE: OnEdge
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) presents the fourth annual OnEdge, the experimental live performance series. The FREE admission series will feature Chicago and world premieres from national and international artists and companies at venues including the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.), Dfbrl8r gallery (1463 W. Chicago Ave.), American Theater Company (1909 W. Byron St.), The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th St.) and the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse (3035 N. Hoyne Ave.)

Thursday, February 23, 2017 through Saturday, March 25, 2017



Schedule

The Triumph of Fame by Marie-Caroline Hominal
February 23-25, 2017 | 5-10pm (one-on-one performances take place every 20 minutes)
Dfbrl8r, 1463 W. Chicago Ave.

Swiss-based performer Marie-Caroline Hominal strips down the codes of theatrical artifice in a phantasmagorical and intimate one-on-one encounter with an audience member scheduled every 20 minutes.


A Ride on The Irish Cream by Erin Markey
February 24-25, 2017 | 8pm
American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St.

A fresh and surprising new musical anchored inside the memory of a Michigan backyard on the bank of the Kawkawlin River, A Ride On The Irish Cream rushes forth from the mind of celebrated cabaret and performance artist Erin Markey.


minor matter by Ligia Lewis
March 3-4, 2017 | 6pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Dance Studio, 78 E. Washington St.

Berlin-based choreographer Ligia Lewis uses dance, visual arts and the theater to pose questions concerning otherness and empathy in this second installment of a racially-conscious trilogy.


Three Matadores by Every house has a door
March 11, 2017 at 7pm and March 12, 2017 at 2pm
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

The setting of a bullring offers a poetic meditation on identity, violence and the resonant beauty of language.


lil BLK by NIC Kaylil BLK
March 16 & 17, 2017 at 7:30pm and March 18, 2017 at 2pm
Hamlin Park Fieldhouse, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave.

In an experimental solo performance influenced by New York City gay/queer ballroom culture, live punk shows, butoh and praise dance, lil BLK tells the autobiographical story of a fairy boi, child of god, little black girl, performer and activist.


Court/Garden by a canary torsi
March 24-25, 2017 | 7:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

A spectacle in three acts, Court/Garden is a multimedia, dance and live music performance taking its inspiration from the imperial ballets of Louis XIV’s French Court and the participatory practices of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.


These events are FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 18: Nat Turner: A Prophet's Sorrow (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: FEBRUARY
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Nat Turner: A Prophet's Sorrow
By Network Playwright Reginald Edmund
Directed by Gloria Bond Clunie
With André Teamer as Nat Turner

While Nat Turner sits in his darkened cell awaiting death, he knits together his story of rebellion.


This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Feb 18 - Mar 26: Pre-Ambles for Love's Labor's Lost


Love's Labor's Lost Pre-Ambles at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
A half-hour lecture scheduled one hour before the curtain on selected weekend dates, the Pre-Amble examines a CST production both from the point of view of scholarship and performance. This program is free and no reservations are necessary. Dates, times and presenting scholar subject to change. Love's Labor's Lost runs through March 26, 2017 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.



Dates, times and presenting scholar subject to change.

Saturday, February 18 at 2:00pm – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, February 19 at 1:00pm – Casey Caldwell
Saturday, February 25 at 2:00pm – Rebecca Fall
Sunday, February 26 at 1:00pm – Casey Caldwell
Sunday, March 4 at 1:00pm – Stephen Bennett
Saturday, March 5 at 2:00pm – Rebecca Fall
Sunday, March 12 at 1:00pm – Casey Caldwell
Saturday, March 18 at 2:00pm – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, March 19 at 1:00pm – Stephen Bennett
Saturday, March 25 at 2:00pm – Rebecca Fall
Sunday, March 26 at 1:00pm – Rebecca Fall

For more information about Chicago Shakespeare Theater's FREE Open Door audience enrichment programs, click here.




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Feb 17: An Intimate Night: A live reading of Sycamore


An Intimate Night: A live reading of Sycamore with Raven Theatre Company
Raven Theatre Company performs a live reading of Sycamore by Sarah Snyder ahead of its world premiere.

Friday, February 17, 2017 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre | Center on Halsted | 3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613



Celia and Henry are teenaged siblings living in a Midwestern suburb who both become interested in their new next-door neighbor, John. This isn’t the first time Celia and Henry have been romantic rivals. Will trouble strike again? Meanwhile, Celia and Henry’s parents face stress in their own marriage. Sycamore is a warm and frequently funny look at family life in a world where all the rules have changed.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Online reservations are closed. Registration is available at the door.



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Feb 12: Muslims on Stage and Screen


Northlight Theatre's Muslims on Stage and Screen
The Muslim Community Center's Interfaith & Outreach Committee and Northlight Theatre have partnered to present a panel discussion addressing how Muslims are portrayed in contemporary plays and Hollywood films. Faceless runs January 26 through March 4, 2017 in Skokie, IL.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
at the Muslim Education Center | 8601 Menard Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053



In the new play Faceless by Selina Fillinger, a female Muslim lawyer is selected to prosecute a white American teenager on trial for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. Inspired by this unique scenario, the Muslim Community Center’s Interfaith & Outreach Committee and Northlight Theatre have partnered to present a panel discussion addressing how Muslims are portrayed in contemporary plays and Hollywood films, the importance of stories about Muslims, and how portrayals affect the Muslim-American community’s sense of self.

Panelists include Selina Fillinger (Faceless playwright), Rohina Malik (playwright and performance artist), and Omer M. Mozaffar (Loyola University Chicago professor and Muslim Chaplain, and Hollywood film consultant), with moderator Terri Birch Arain, founder of Muslim Arts Collaborative.

Refreshments provided.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are requested: MCCInterfaithTeam@gmail.com.



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Feb 11 - 13: Chicago Theatre Week Special Events


Chicago Theatre Week 2017 - Free Special Events
The fifth annual Chicago Theatre Week will take place February 9-19, 2017. Please visit the main CTW website for the $15 and $30 Theatre Week ticket offers.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 through Monday, February 13, 2017




PANEL DISCUSSION: UNDERSTANDING PLAY DEVELOPMENT
Saturday, February 11 2:00 PM | Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave.

Moderated by Chicago Dramatists Artistic Director Meghan Beals Join Chicago Dramatists for a Saturday afternoon discussion on the inner workings of new play development. Where does a play begin? How do playwrights go from idea, to script, to production? What does a playwright need from directors and actors? What is an actor’s role in the room? A Director’s? And, if you are interested in new work, as a creative or an audience member, how can you get involved? Panelists include three Resident Playwrights of Chicago Dramatists. Following the panel discussion, audience questions and participation will be encouraged.


BELMONT THEATER DISTRICT OPEN HOUSE & TOURS
Monday, February 13 5:00 to 9:00 PM Celebrate

Chicago Theatre Week with the Belmont Theater District and receive FREE ENTRY to 14 participating BTD theater partners, free drinks & food, show excerpts, improv, stand-up comedy, exclusive backstage tours, meet-n-greets with artists, and more. Attendees get a chance at a Grand Prize of free tickets to 20 BTD Theaters. Entry to this open house is free, but RSVPs are required. RSVP at the BTD Event Page to secure your place, pick your tour, and keep abreast of enticing, up-to-the-minute event details!

These events are FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 11 - Mar 10: A Wonder in My Soul Public Programs


Victory Gardens Theater Public Programs: A Wonder in My Soul
As part of Victory Gardens’ initiatives to bridge the gap between their plays, their audiences, and the world outside these productions, Victory Gardens curates a series of events to especially enhance your Victory Gardens experience. Their Public Programs event series explores themes and issues presented in their plays – sparking ideas and provoking meaningful dialogue. Through film screenings, play readings, town hall meetings, spoken word performances, post show discussions, and many more, Victory Gardens invites you to join them and be a part of that conversation.

at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614




AFTERWORDS
After every performance of A Wonder in My Soul (unless otherwise noted). Join Victory Gardens for one of their intimate post-show conversations. Led by members from the Victory Gardens community—artistic affiliates, subscribers, Artistic staff, Teen Arts Council members, and community partners—reflect on what you’ve seen and share your response. Free, but tickets needed for all A Wonder in My Soul performances.

A CONVERSATION WITH MARCUS GARDLEY
Post-Show Conversation | Saturday, February 11, 2017 | Following the evening performance of A Wonder in My Soul

The new play process is an exciting one and the collaboration with a living playwright is electric. How are artists empowered when creating new plays? In what ways are they challenged? Join VG Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley as he and Director of New Play Development, Isaac Gomez, shed light on the new play process in this post-show conversation.


AIN'T I A WOMAN?
Post-Show Performance | Sunday, February 12, 2017 | Following the matinee performance of A Wonder in My Soul

In a culture of censorship and silence, the voices of Black women continue to pervade the national conversation. Spoken word remains a powerful tool amongst women artists of color. Join vg for an afternoon in which local Black women artists share poetry and essays by their favorite Black women artists of all time. Save room for a sampling of appetizers provided by Black-owned restaurants from all over Chicago.


THE DIVINE NINE & MORE
Pre-Show Celebration | Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 6:30pm

It’s the Victory Gardens House Social, so grab your Big and your Little and step on over to the theater’s Historically Black Fraternity and Sorority night. In celebration of Marcus Gardley’s A Wonder in My Soul, join vg for a pre-show reception for Black Greek organization members and alumni. Complimentary wine and refreshments with the purchase of your ticket.


#BLACKGIRLMAGIC
Pre-Show Celebration & Healing | Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 6:30pm

Celebrate the tenacity, beauty, and creativity of Black women in Marcus Gardley’s A Wonder in My Soul, in Chicago, and around the world. For this very special public program, join VG for pre-show #blackgirlmagic healing and spiritual self-love rituals, including guided meditation and divination. Additionally, experience free food and live art and performances in the lobby that highlight the power and potency of #blackgirlmagic.


THE HEART OF BLACK AMERICA
Pre-Show Celebration & Post-Show Conversation | Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 6:30pm

While Chicago is one of the most segregated cities in the country, its Black community has a long political and economic legacy. With historical icons like congressman Oscar DePriest, journalist Ida B. Wells, gospel great Mahalia Jackson, and many others all rooted historically in Chicago, it’s no wonder Chicago is considered the heart of Black America. Enjoy Marcus Gardley’s A Wonder in My Soul and then stick around for this enlightening post-show conversations where historians, icons, and more talk about the beating heart of the Windy City.


BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL
Lobby Festival | Saturday, February 25, 2017: 12:00pm - 7:30pm | Sunday, February 26, 2017: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

While The Black is Beautiful movement started in the 1960s, this fight for equal rights and a positive perception of the Black body starts much earlier in American history and the fight continues today. What makes beauty and wellness such an essential part of Black culture? Join VG for a festival of Black owned and operated beauty and wellness products as we celebrate Marcus Gardley’s A Wonder in My Soul. Then, following the Saturday evening performance, stick around for a special post-show conversation featuring several business owners talking about their products and the evolution of Black beauty.


COLLEGE NIGHT: A WONDROUS SIGHT
Post-Show Performance | Thursday, March 2, 2017 | Following the evening performance of A Wonder in My Soul

In Marcus Gardley’s A Wonder in My Soul, expectations are shattered as characters are forced to stand their ground fervently in what they believe. To what lengths are we willing to stand our ground and at what expense? Join VG for a pre-show reception in the lobby featuring delicious drink specials & free pizza. Then, stick around for A Wonder in My Soul and stay for post-show performances featuring short scenes written by, directed by, and performed by college artists around the city.


OUR MISS BROOKS 100
Pre-Show Celebration & Post-Show Conversation | Sunday, March 5, 2017 | Reception begins at 2:00pm

“Everyday there is something exciting or disturbing to write about. With all that’s going on, how could I stop?” This year marks the centennial celebration of the life and literary legacy of the late, great Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American author to receive a Pulitzer Prize. How do the works of Miss Brooks connect to the world of Birdie and Bell? How do they continue to illuminate the lives of Black Chicagoans? Experience music inspired by the works of Gwendolyn Brooks while enjoying complimentary light refreshments. Join VG after the performance of A Wonder in My Soul for a panel discussion, featuring poets who studied under Miss Brooks, as well as the poet’s very own daughter, Nora Brooks Blakely.


THE ART OF ACTIVISM
Pre-Show Spoken Word | Friday, March 10, 2017 | 7:00pm

Much like in many of Marcus’ plays, the intersection between art and activism is a recipe for social change. This recipe is potent but often comes with a cost. How do artists resist and protest with their art? Come hear Chicago spoken word and performance poets slay the mic in this special pre-show event. Then, stick around for free refreshments before enjoying Marcus Gardley’s A Wonder in My Soul.


Public Programs are free and open to the public. Tickets needed for all A Wonder in My Soul performances. For more information, click here.



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Feb 11 - Feb 12: MCA Cunningham Event


Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Cunningham Event
The MCA presents the MCA Cunningham Event, a series of dances performed in the fourth-floor atrium, to mark the opening weekend of Merce Cunningham: Common Time.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 through Sunday, February 12, 2017
at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago | 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611



Schedule
1:30–2pm, Event
2:30–3:30pm, Intermittent excerpts
4–4:3 pm, Event

Drawing from key works that span six decades of original choreography, the remarkable Dylan Crossman, Silas Riener, Jamie Scott, and Melissa Toogood, all former dancers of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, perform Cunningham’s signature approach to dance in non-conventional spaces, alongside trios of live musicians. Two unique Events are performed each day during gallery hours (with limited capacity) and each lasts about 30 minutes.

First developed out of necessity, Museum Event No. 1 (1964) was Cunningham’s devised solution to Vienna’s Museum of the Twentieth Century invitation to the company to perform in a gallery—an unencumbered space without the aid of theatrical illusion. Events have since been performed at hundreds of locations as diverse as gymnasiums and the front of the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, and now for the first time at MCA. The MCA Cunningham Event was arranged and staged by Andrea Weber expressly for the MCA’s Common Time exhibition.

Presented in conjunction with Merce Cunningham: Common Time


This event is FREE (with admission) and open to the public.



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Feb 11: Panel Discussion: Understanding New Play Development


Understanding New Play Development Panel Discussion
Join Chicago Dramatists for a Saturday afternoon discussion on the inner workings of new play development. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Moderated by Chicago Dramatists Artistic Director Meghan Beals

Where does a play begin? How do playwrights go from idea, to script, to production? What does a playwright need from directors and actors? What is an actor’s role in the room? A Director’s? And, if you are interested in new work as a creative or an audience member, how can you get involved?

Panelists will include three Resident Playwrights of Dramatists. Following the panel discussion, audience questions and participation will be encouraged.

This panel discussion is part of Chicago Theatre Week, presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 7: TimePieces Play Reading - An Experiment with an Air Pump


TimeLine Theatre's TimePieces Play Reading Series presents An Experiment with an Air Pump
TimePieces is TimeLine Theatre's ongoing series of one-night only presentations designed to extend their mission beyond the four subscription series productions they offer each season. The series offers audiences a chance to hear new or rarely produced plays inspired by history that connect with today's social and political issues. Each play reading is FREE (donations are accepted) and includes a brief post-show discussion to give the audience a chance to reflect on the piece and the themes and issues it presents. 


Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:00pm 
at TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657





An Experiment with an Air Pump
by Shelagh Stephenson
directed by TimeLine Company Member Mechelle Moe

On the eve of a new century in 1799, a Northern English house buzzes with scientific experiments, furtive romance, and farcical amateur dramatics. And in a present-day world of scientific chaos and genetic engineering, the same house reveals a dark secret buried for 200 years. The New York Times wrote that An Experiment with an Air Pump explores “such provocative concerns as the state of medical ethics, passion versus love, the evolving role of women and the aims of science at the dawning of eras nearly 200 years apart … suggesting that while the machinery has evolved, human impulses have changed not one whit.”

The cast includes Anish Jethmalani, Travis Turner, Rob Fagin, Ashley Hicks, TimeLine Associate Artist Danica Monroe, Sadieh Rifai, and Olivia Shine.

FREE but registration is strongly recommended. Space is limited. Reserve seats online here or call (773) 281-8483 x6.



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Feb 7 - Feb 27: Black Words Matter


Goodman Theatre is proud to join citywide celebrations of Black History Month with the 4-part series Black Words Matter: Celebrating Black Voices On Stage and Beyond.
Join Goodman for engaging, community-driven programming that emphasizes the Goodman’s three guiding principles—Quality, Diversity and Community.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 through Monday, February 27, 2017




Weaving Our Stories: A Community Read-In and Viewing
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 2:00pm
DuSable Museum of African American History | 740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637

In partnership with the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Goodman presents a community read-in of the play Gee’s Bend by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, which focuses on the turbulence of 20th century race relations and the real-life quilting community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The reading is presented alongside DuSable’s featured exhibit “Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, an African American Quilt Scholar. Sold out.


Film Screening: The Piano Lesson
Monday, February 13, 2017 at 6:30pm
AMC Dine-In Theatres Block 37 | 108 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602

Join us for a special screening of the film adaptation of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson (1995) with an introduction by artist and scholar Ron OJ Parson. This screening is presented in partnership with AMC Dine-In Theatres Block 37. Sold out.


Chuck Smith Lecture Series: Playwrights from Past to Present
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:30pm
Harold Washington Library Auditorium | 400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

Goodman Artistic Collective member Chuck Smith, Harvey Young and Goodman playwrights discuss Black theater in Chicago and the post-August Wilson generation of writers. Reserve tickets here


Panel Discussion: Diversity in Theater Administration & Intern/Apprentice Networking Event
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 5:30pm
The Alice Center at Goodman Theatre | Baskes Rotunda | 170 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60601

Calling all young professionals and Chicago theater administrators! In response to continued need for more diverse representation in theater administration, Goodman partners with the League of Chicago Theatres to present this diversity-focused networking event and panel. Reserve tickets here.


These events are FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 7: Inside Look: Faceless


Northlight Theatre's Inside Look: Faceless
Explore the historical and political context of Faceless through a discussion and Q&A session with artists related to the production.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Skokie Public Library | 5215 Oakton St., Chicago, IL 60077




Explore the cultural and political context of Faceless, as well as the creative process behind a world premiere, through a discussion and Q&A session with artists related to the production. Approximately one hour.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 4: The Official Biography (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: FEBRUARY
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The Official Biography
By Network Playwright Kurt McGinnis Brown
Directed by Andrea Tymer

Henry Percival was on top of the literary world after publishing We Need to Talk, a novel in which the narrator commits a gruesome crime. Sales were boosted by rumors that the novel was autobiographical. Decades later, Xan Smith’s new essay about Henry’s famous novel leads to a commission to write a full biography—which is certain to be a bestseller if Xan can show that Henry not only is a great novelist but also a murderer.


This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Feb 2: Backstage at the Biograph - A Wonder in My Soul


Victory Gardens Theater: BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH
A new, free event series that takes you behind-the-scenes for an in-depth look at a unique aspect of the rehearsal process! Then, enjoy complimentary wine, beer and snacks as you mingle with members of the cast and design team at the kick-off party in the Victory Gardens Theater lobby.





Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH- A Wonder in My Soul: Damn Good Hair

Marcus Gardley’s A Wonder in My Soul chronicles the lives of two Black women from The Great Migration to the 2008 election. After their friendship, the thing that most unites them is their passion for Black hair. The Black beauty shop experience is an integral part in telling the history of Black women in the US. From the notable self-made entrepreneur Madam CJ Walker, who rose to fame selling Black beauty products, to the resurgence of Black natural hair during The Civil Rights movement, hair is a key part of telling the Black woman’s experience. Join us in this conversation moderated by Jasmine Henri Jordan, Victory Gardens’ Audience Development Manager, with Black beauty salon owners and members of the cast as they discuss the history, cultural impact, and their own relationship with Black hair.


FREE but space is limited. RSVP is required. Click here to reserve a seat.



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Jan 31: Interfaith Community Panel


Northlight Theatre's Interfaith Community Panel
Join Northlight and several religious leaders from the community for a post-show conversation with perspectives from Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Faceless runs January 26 through March 4, 2017 in Skokie, IL.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 7:30pm
at Northlight Theatre | 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077




Arrive at approximately 9:00pm for panel discussion only. Approximately 45 minutes. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets to the performance not required to attend.



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Jan 28: Tutterow Fellows Showcase (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: JANUARY
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Selected scenes from the debut class of our Tutterow Fellows.

LONELY HEARTS by Rachel DuBose
Directed by Steven Wilson

from SHOLA’S GAME by Osiris Khepera
Directed by Azar Kazemi

from LINDA & SUELLA'S URBAN SAFARI by Caroline Macon
Directed by Azar Kazemi

TEA TIME WITH BEVERLY by Derek Lee McPhatter
Directed by Dawn Renee Jones

INTERVIEW WITH FREDDIE MERCURY by Cassandra Rose
Directed by Steven Wilson

I AM A WOMAN by Loy A. Webb
Directed by Dawn Renee Jones


This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Jan 25: Ascension (Reading)


The New Colony Theatre's Staged Reading of Ascension
Join The New Colony for a sneak peek at one of their works in development! The reading will be followed by a brief talkback.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 7:30pm
The Den Theatre | 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60622




By Michael Allen Harris
Directed by Siiri Scott

Featuring Jen Bosworth, Jose Tony Garcia, Will Green, Kiki Layne, Kevin Patterson, and Rinska Carrasco Prestinary

A menagerie of queer fables that span the globe and time. From Ancient Greece to 1800’s Japan, Ascension resurrects forgotten myths, and explores how same-gender love thrived under the harshest of circumstances.

Presented as part of The New Colony’s Writers’ Room.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jan 22: Men on Boats - Post-Show Discussion


American Theater Company - Men on Boats Post-Show Discussion
Ten explorers set out on four boats to map the raging rapids of the Green and Colorado Rivers on the government’s first sanctioned expedition in the American West. Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus and director Will Davis team up again on this play, originally produced by Clubbed Thumb with a second production at Playwrights Horizons in New York this summer, in Davis’ first production as ATC’s artistic director. Performed by a genderfluid cast of women and folks otherwise defined, Men on Boats takes back 1869.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 after the 2:00pm matinee
at American Theater Company | 1909 W. Byron St., Chicago, IL 60613



Post-performance discussion with director Will Davis and other staff/creative team after the 2 pm matinee. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets needed for all Men on Boats performances. For more information, please click here.



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