Behind the Curtain

Apr 4: Chicago Opera Theater 17/18 Season Announcement


Join COT for their 17/18 Season Annoucement!
Join COT's Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson Artistic Director, Andreas Mitisek and Executive Director, Douglas Clayton as they share the exciting details of next season's operas! Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6:00pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)
at State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University | 401 S. Sate St., Chicago, IL 60605



Post-Announcement, COT invites you to attend Fourth Coast Ensemble's A Dream and a Mouse presented in collaboration with Chicago Opera Theater in the State Street Gallery. This concert series will highlight moments of the life of Walt Disney in preparation to COT's upcoming production of The Perfect American. A Dream and a Mouse will begin at 7:00pm and tickets can be purchased here. The performance will run approximately 60 minutes followed by a post-show Meet-and-Greet reception.

The season announcement is FREE and open to the public. Tickets needed for the A Dream and A Mouse performance.



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Apr 4: TimePieces Play Reading - The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin


TimeLine Theatre's TimePieces Play Reading Series presents The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin
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, April 4, 2017 at 7:00pm 
at TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657





The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin
by Jessica Huang
directed by Helen Young

Near the end of the 1930s, Harry Chin, a Chinese national, emigrated to the U.S. through a loophole in the Chinese Exclusion Act. Haunted by the ghosts of his past and provoked by the curiosity of his daughter, Harry is forced to confront his buried secrets. Through leaps of time and space, we experience the abhorrent conditions at Seattle Immigration Station, Harry’s longing for the life he left in China, and the complications of love in a new land. Jessica Huang’s powerful new drama explores the personal and political repercussions of making a group of people “illegal.”

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



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Apr 1: Changing Climate, Changing Lives


Northlight Theatre's Inside Look: By the Water
In By the Water, the Murphy family and their Staten Island neighbors lose their home to Hurricane Sandy – a natural disaster amplified by global warming. Join their panel of environmental experts to discuss the very human implications of climate change, and the many ways our changing environment can affect our lives.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 4:00pm
at Evanston Public Library | 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201



Panelists include Aaron Packman, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Northwestern University, Anna Roosevelt, American archaeologist and Professor of Anthropology University of Illinois at Chicago, Robert A. Dalrymple, Willard & Lillian Hackerman Professor of Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins University and Katie Freeman, Director of Operations, Hagerty Consulting.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. To RSVP, click here or call 847-448-8620.



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Apr 1: The House of the Negro Insane (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: APRIL
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, April 1, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The House of the Negro Insane

By Terence Anthony

The year is 1935 and the Taft State Hospital is one of seven psychiatric facilities in the U.S. built exclusively to care for “insane and idiotic negroes,” where the homeless and downtrodden are housed alongside the criminally insane and diseased. Attius builds coffins at Taft Hospital, where he has been locked up for over a decade, but when two new patients ask him to help them escape Attius dares to dream of a life beyond the hospital walls.

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



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Mar 29: Let's Talk It Out!


20% Theatre Chicago presents Let's Talk It Out!
20% Theatre Chicago will be hosting Talk It Out as part of The 100% Project at Chicago Foundation for Women, an all-in, all-out effort to end gender bias by 2030

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:00pm
at the Cornservatory | 4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618




Join 20% Theatre for a conversation exploring the ways gender bias impacts our lives, our art and our community, and how we can all help end it.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.



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Mar 29: Inside Look: By the Water


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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 10:45am
at the JCC in Northbrook | 300 Revere Dr, Northbrook, IL 60062




Explore the cultural and environmental context of By the Water, as well as the creative process through a discussion and Q&A session with director Cody Estle. Approximately one hour.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Mar 27: Kita y Fernanda


Join 16th Street Theater for a free community performance underwritten by 16th Street’s 100 Club Members
In honor of 16th Street’s 10th Anniversary Season, enjoy a free performance of Kita y Fernanda by Tanya Saracho.

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Morton East's Historic Chodl Auditorium | 2423 S Austin Blvd, Cicero, IL 60804



Kita y Fernanda is a look at class, immigration and women’s friendships as it follows the lives of two girls growing up in the same household; one the privileged daughter of a rich Mexican family living in Texas the other Kita the child of an undocumented maid. Featuring original cast from 2008 production: Charin Alvarez, Belinda Cervantes, Stephanie Diaz, Suzette Mayobre. 

Kita y Fernanda is told in English with Spanish and is appropriate for adults and students ages 10 and up. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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Mar 27: The Making of The Scene


Writers Theatre's The Making Of Series
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of the shows you love? For each production, Writers Theatre offers insight into a different aspect of creating theatre to a group of Writers Theatre patrons. Enjoy a short and lively presentation by their designers and other experts, who will walk you through the process of preparing for and executing a show.

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 6:30pm
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022





FREE but registration is required. To RSVP, please click here.



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Mar 27: AIDS on Stage - And All the Dead Lie Down (Reading)


About Face Theatre presents OUT FRONT series
Since 2013, AFT’s OUT FRONT Series has presented workshops and readings of new and developmental works exploring LGBTQIA themes. For their 1st season’s OUT FRONT Series, in conjunction with the groundbreaking exhibition Art AIDS America at Alphawood Gallery, About Face will present AIDS ON STAGE, a series of readings from HIV/AIDS focused plays to provide a chronological retrospective look at how theatre artists have addressed the devastating health crisis throughout the decades.

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
at Alphawood Gallery | 2401 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614



And All the Dead Lie Down
By Harrison David Rivers

When an unexpected phone call upsets Alvin and Foss’ usual Saturday routine, the couple must navigate a minefield of long suppressed resentments, past histories, and hurt feelings. And All the Dead Lie Down is a portrait of a sero-discordant couple at a crossroads, a couple pondering the questions: Is love enough to sustain a relationship? And is it worth the risk?

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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Mar 26: In These Times


In These Times
In These Times is a series of events and discussions that examine the power of art in times of upheaval and crises. Partnering with cultural organizations and community partners across the city, In These Times hopes to be a catalyst for conversation and creative expression about our lives and our world.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3:00pm
at the Alphawood Gallery | 2401 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614




Who Tells Your Story?: Artists Response to HIV/AIDS

The AIDS pandemic devastated the arts community. In the largest exhibition of its kind, Art AIDS America offers a story of beauty and resilience in the face of devastation.

In collaboration with the exhibition, Goodman Theatre hosts a series of narrative writing and performance workshops to explore what we leave behind and who tells our stories when we can no longer speak. The stories created in the workshops will be part of a curated performance at the gallery on Sunday.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. To RSVP, click here.



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Mar 25: A Wolf at Every Window (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MARCH
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, March 25, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



A Wolf at Every Window

By Resident Playwright Jon Steinhagen
Directed by Drew Martin

In 1837, the nation is in a financial panic and Chicago becomes a city. Several mismatched people - laborers, thieves, displaced natives, abandoned women - try to establish relationships to each other while building their futures in the muddy, crude community.

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



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Mar 20: AIDS on Stage - In the Continuum (Reading)


About Face Theatre presents OUT FRONT series
Since 2013, AFT’s OUT FRONT Series has presented workshops and readings of new and developmental works exploring LGBTQIA themes. For their 1st season’s OUT FRONT Series, in conjunction with the groundbreaking exhibition Art AIDS America at Alphawood Gallery, About Face will present AIDS ON STAGE, a series of readings from HIV/AIDS focused plays to provide a chronological retrospective look at how theatre artists have addressed the devastating health crisis throughout the decades.

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
at Alphawood Gallery | 2401 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614



In the Continuum
By Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter

In the Continuum puts a human face on the devastating impact of AIDS in Africa and America through the lives of two unforgettably courageous women. Living worlds apart, one in South Central LA and the other in Zimbabwe, each experience a kaleidoscopic weekend of life changing revelations in this story of parallel denials and self-discoveries.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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Mar 19: Sunday Spotlight - The Scene


Writers Theatre's Sunday Spotlight
Are you curious about the world that surrounds your favorite plays? Sunday Spotlight offers access to the finest speakers, academicians and cultural leaders. This one-hour event takes place following select Sunday matinees and extends the conversation on Writers Theatre's stages by featuring an expert in an area connected to the play. For example, past audiences have learned from the experiences of Holocaust survivor Aaron Elster in a layered discussion around The Diary of Anne Frank and explored the nature of suspicion in Doubt: A Parable with the Director of Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions Karen Daniel.

Sunday, March 19, 2017 following the 2:00pm performance
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022




Sunday Spotlight:
This event directly follows the conclusion of the 2pm matinee performance. Start time is approximate.


The Scene:
What starts off with an amusing exchange at a hip Manhattan party quickly turns into something more complex. When close friends Charlie and Lewis meet Clea, a determined young woman making her mark on the New York scene, it sets them off on an emotional roller coaster. This provocative comedy-drama explores the dark edges of commitment and the struggles of balancing authenticity with ambition.

FREE but seating is limited. RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.



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Mar 18: Headshots (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MARCH
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, March 18, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Headshots

By Janet Burroway

After the invasion of Iraq, Vera must come to terms with her son’s suicide. But his widow arrives demanding her help to sue the government. Did her son have PTSD? Is there another "truth" to find? Headshots is an exploration of grief and its bedfellows: guilt and blame.

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



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Mar 17 - 19: Picnic Opening Weekend


American Theater Company - Picnic Opening Weekend
Closeted and dogged by an acute sense of failure for most of his life until he ended it, William Inge wrote some of the great lyrical plays of the American mid-century, and Picnic was his masterpiece, his playground, and, quite possibly, his fantasy. In this loving reimagining, Artistic Director Will Davis puts Inge at the center of his play and animates what is both sacred and profane about small town life against the backdrop of dust bowl hymns and love songs. Part seance, part love letter to a ghost, this Picnic explores a life lived at the periphery of one’s own desire.

Friday, March 17, 2017 through Sunday, March 19, 2017




Friday, March 17th
8:00pm | Performance of Picnic
9:45pm | Post-Performance Talkback with Director Will Davis

Saturday, March 18th
Join director Will Davis and choreographer Evvie Allison for a behind-the-scenes look at the original choreography in this production, and learn a sequence featured in the show. Then, try your luck at ATC’s good old fashioned Cake-Walk and see if you can “take the cake!” Generously hosted by Melanie Peterson

6:30pm | Pre-Performance Dance Demonstration and Cake Walk Rast Ballet & Dance Studio (1803 West Byron Street, Suite 201)                   Complimentary sweets and refreshments
8:00pm | Performance of Picnic

Sunday, March 19th
Enjoy a selection of the hymns featured in Picnic performed by members of the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus. Then, hear from director Will Davis about his “loving reimagining” of William Inge’s play, exploring a life lived at the periphery of one’s own desire. Generously hosted by Becky Huinker. Honorary Underwritters: Larry and Susanne Broutman

12:30pm | Pre-Performance Concert by the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus. Stained Glass Room at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln Ave.)
2:00pm | Performance of Picnic

All pre-performance events for Opening Weekend are FREE, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Emma Palermo, Manager of Individual Giving & Special Events at epalermo@atcweb.org or 773-4509-4125 ext. 102. For more information, please click here.



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Mar 13: Victory Gardens Season Kick Off Event


You're invited to a first look at the exciting 2017/18 season at Victory Gardens Theater!
Join Managing Director Erica Daniels and Director of New Play Development Isaac Gomez as they discuss each play in their 17/18 season with featured artists and share their artistic visions with you.

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Zacek-McVay Theater | Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614



Following the conversation, there will be a reception in the lobby.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here.



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Mar 13: AIDS on Stage - Jeffrey (Reading)


About Face Theatre presents OUT FRONT series
Since 2013, AFT’s OUT FRONT Series has presented workshops and readings of new and developmental works exploring LGBTQIA themes. For their 1st season’s OUT FRONT Series, in conjunction with the groundbreaking exhibition Art AIDS America at Alphawood Gallery, About Face will present AIDS ON STAGE, a series of readings from HIV/AIDS focused plays to provide a chronological retrospective look at how theatre artists have addressed the devastating health crisis throughout the decades.

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
at Alphawood Gallery | 2401 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614



Jeffrey
By Paul Rudnick

Jeffrey, the Obie Award-winning play by Paul Rudnick, laughs in defiance at the fear around the AIDS crisis. Jeffrey’s exploits take him across New York City, from hoedown charity galas to the confessional of a church, but he faces his biggest challenge yet when he falls in love.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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Mar 11-12: The Art of Translating: Interpreting Cultures and Context


Silk Road Rising presents The Art of Translating: Interpreting Cultures and Context
This event will include a conversation with two German artists; a staged reading of Maxi Obexer's powerful one act docudrama, Illegal Helpers; and a panel discussion exploring the challenges, risks, and power inherent in the act of translating plays.

Saturday, March 11, 2017 through Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
at Silk Road Rising | 77 W Washington St., Lower Level, Chicago, IL 60602



As part of The Art of Translating, Silk Road Rising will be performing a staged reading of the 2016 Eurodram Prize-winning play, Illegal Helpers as a representative sample of theatrical translation.

This documentary play by playwright Maxi Obexer addresses the plight of the "illegal helpers" who seek to provide aid and shelter to migrants—even though it is against the law. A powerful insight into a contemporary tragedy that theatrens to engulf Western Europe, it provides a sharp look at those who help, and those who callously sit by doing nothing.

The Art of Translating will also feature a panel discussion with translator Neil Blackadder, award winning playwright and translator Ulrike Syha, and director and arts educator Susanne Knierim. Their insight will provide perspective into the role of translation and its power in the reception and effectiveness of a playwright's work.

About the Panelists

Neil Blackadder has established himself as a prominent translator of contemporary drama from German and French, having received major grants, staged readings, and productions of his work.

Ulrike Syha is an award winning playwright and translator who studied Dramaturgy in Leipzig. She has had numerous plays published and was nominated for the Mülheimer dramatist prize in both 2003 and 2009.

Susanne Knierim is a theatre director and arts educator whose work has been seen on stages throughout Germany, including Theatre N.N. Hamburg, Schauspiel Leipzig, and Lichthof Theatre in Hamburg.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. Reservations are required. To RSVP, click here.



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Mar 11: Bountiful Gifts (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MARCH
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, March 11, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Bountiful Gifts

By Dan Noonan

It’s the 1990’s and as usual, Rosemary, the matriarch of the Sullivan clan, is hosting Thanksgiving for her somewhat dysfunctional and contentious family. But this year the stakes are especially high because her husband Ed was just offered a big transfer/promotion out to California. But Rosemary, who has devoted her life to her family, does not want to move so in order to convince Ed to stay, she is determined to make this the most peaceful, joyous, family affirming Thanksgiving of her career.

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



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March 10: Backstage with BJ: By the Water


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: By the Water
Join Artistic Director BJ Jones for a mid-day discussion featuring special guest artists, actors, directors, and designers, offering behind-the-scenes insight into each production while it is still in rehearsal. By the Water runs March 16 through April 23, 2017 in Skokie, IL.

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 12:00pm
at Northlight Theatre | 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077




A mid-day discussion with Artistic Director BJ Jones, featuring special guest artists, actors, directors and designers, offering behind-the-scenes insight into By the Water while it is still in rehearsal.

Approximately one hour.

Event is FREE, but reservations are required. Note: Patrons who have not made a reservation WILL NOT be admitted to Backstage with BJ. To RSVP, please call 847.679.9501 x3605 or click here.



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