Behind the Curtain

Nov 13: Family Fun Day


Auditorium Theatre’s 3rd Annual Family Fun Day – Making the Magic!
Bring your family for a FREE afternoon at the Auditorium Theatre! Aspiring performers can take workshops with the Joffrey Ballet, DanceWorks Chicago, and Too Hot To Handel’s Rodrick Dixon, budding architects can join Auditorium Theatre's partners at the Chicago Architectural Foundation to more closely explore their landmark building, dance-critics-in-training can review a dance piece with Zac Whittenburg, and everyone can enjoy self-guided tours, crafts, games, and a walk across their historic landmark stage! This is your family’s opportunity to learn how Auditorium Theatre “Make the Magic” of a full scale professional performance.

Sunday, November 13th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
at Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University | 50 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60605



FEATURED FAMILY FUN DAY EVENTS

Dance Like the Pros with The Joffrey Ballet’s Erica Edwards (1-3PM)
The Joffrey Ballet’s Director of Community Engagement (and a Joffrey Ballet dancer for 15 years) Erica Edwards will lead dance classes for families. During her time dancing with The Joffrey Ballet, Edwards was named a Black History Maker by the Chicago Sun-Times, nominated for the Princess Grace Foundation Award, and featured in Ebony magazine as a Young Leader of the Future in the Arts. She has performed in productions including The Nutcracker and Cinderella.

Raise Your Voice with Too Hot to Handel’s Rodrick Dixon (1-3:30PM)
Explore your artistic voice and learn to sing like a star when you join Rodrick Dixon, star of the Auditorium Theatre’s annual production Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz Gospel-Messiah. Young people will warm up their vocal instruments and then create their own short performance to be shared with friends and family! The 12th annual performance of Too Hot to Handel takes place on January 14 and 15, 2017.

Be the Critic with Zachary Whittenburg (2-4PM)
For aspiring writers in the middle and high school range, former Time Out Chicago dance editor and regular contributor to Dance Magazine Zac Whittenburg will lead four 20-minute writing workshops. Culture critics-in-training will learn critiquing tips from a pro as they watch a filmed dance performance and get the chance to write their own reviews!

Be the Choreographer with DanceWorks Chicago (3-5PM)
Choreographers from the contemporary dance company DanceWorks Chicago will be on hand at the Auditorium to lead choreography workshops! Perfect for future Balanchines, Aileys, and Grahams.

Plus, families who complete the scavenger hunt will be entered into a drawing for a Family Night Out, which includes a family set of tickets to an upcoming Dance Theatre of Harlem performance (Nov. 18-20) and dinner at the Italian restaurant tesori!


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



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Nov 12: Trade Show (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: NOVEMBER
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, November 12, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Trade Show
By Resident Playwright Alumna Aline Lathrop
Directed by Associate Artis Kevin Christopher Fox

Isabel and Ed meet at a trade show and begin a relationship that exists only there, and at similar events around the country. It barely feels like adultery, because the real world seems to recede into the background of purgatorial hotel rooms, and anonymous convention centers. But familiarity blurs the boundary between both worlds they inhabit, forcing them to look for answers where they didn't know there were questions before.


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



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Nov 10-12: B-Series Fall 2016


B-The Bridge? Teach-In featuring the B-Real Jam with a look at Hip-Hop Culture, Movement and the Academy
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.

Thursday, November 10 through Saturday, November 12, 2016
at Columbia College Chicago & Chicago Venues



The organizers of B-The Bridge? Teach-In featuring B-Real Jam invite you to join in this community celebration of tradition, shifting cultural landscapes, challenging conversations, and exaltations through dance and Hip-Hop culture. Activities will feature presentations, workshops, panels, film screenings, verbal cyphers, and build-sessions (participatory “panel” discussions), performances, social dancing, an open dance session, and battles (a form of competition specific to Hip-Hop and street-dance culture).

Whether you are a veteran street dancer who has won international titles, or someone who has never set foot inside of the scene, we invite you to participate: rocking out to the infectious music from your proscenium seat, head-bobbing on the edge of a cypher where you can feel the heat and sweat of the dancers, grooving out in a corner with your friends during the open dance moments, or throwing down in the center of the battles.


Thursday, November 10 @ Film Row Conference Center

Verbal Cypher | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Film Row Conference Center 8th Floor
1104 S Wabash, Chicago IL 60605

All are invited to this community dialogue, commonly known as a “build session” in the Hip-Hop community.



Friday, November 11 @ Conaway Center

Conaway Center
1104 S Wabash, Chicago IL 60605

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | This Bridge Called My Block
This 3-hour laboratory workshop focuses on liberatory frameworks and techniques and is highly interactive.

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Resource Fair (lunch on your own)

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions 1

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Columbia College Presentation: Hip-Hop Minor with short performance by D-Nick and the Microphone Misfitz

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions 2

4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions 3

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Words, Beats & Life Presents From Sifrs to Cyphers & Keynote by Saud Abdul Khabeer + Short Performance by Ang 13

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Everything Remains Raw Film Screening



Saturday, November 12 @ The Dance Center

The Dance Center
1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

Film Screening | WAVE: A True Story in Hip Hop |
A documentary about the life story of Tony “Mr. Wave” Wesley, legendary dancer of the New York City Breakers and Beat Street.

Workshops | 12 - 3 p.m.

12pm – 1:30pm: Remind Workshop | Studio 300 | $15 fee
1:30pm – 3:00pm: Loose Joint Workshop | Studio 300 | $15 fee

B-Real Jam | 3 - 8 p.m. | FREE
The B-Real Jam will feature internationally renowned judges Remind, Loose Joint, Asia One, BraveMonk and Claydoh as well as Masters of Ceremony El La Katrina and Moncell “Ill Kozby” Durden with DJs Moz Definite, Illanoiz & Fa$t Money Mike.

These events are FREE (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Nov 7: The Arts Circle Presents: Ayad Akhtar and Kimberly Senior In Conversation


The Arts Circle Presents: Ayad Akhtar and Kimberly Senior In Conversation
Please join Northwestern University Arts Circle for Ayad Akhtar & Kimberly Senior in conversation. The exciting event is co-presented by Arts Circle, Department of Theatre, Global Humanities Initiative, the Wirtz Center, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7:00pm
at the Josephine Louis Theater | 20 Arts Cir Dr, Evanston, IL 60208





The informative evening is Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ayad Akhtar in conversation with Jeff-award winning director Kimberly Senior. Akhtar's new play JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt takes us back to the hotbed of the ‘80s and offers an origin story for the world that finance has given us. The talk will be illustrated with scenes from the play, performed by theatre students and directed by Kimberly Senior. They will discuss the issues in this work and refer to their collaboration on the Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced, looking at people’s indebtedness to their family histories and inherited identities and the pull between countries of origin and countries of citizenship.

Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, playwright, actor and screen writer whose work addresses the identity politics of belonging and acceptance.

Kimberly Senior is the recipient of the 2016 Special Jeff Award for her Chicago career achievements as a trail blazer, champion, and role model for emerging artists. In addition to her stellar directing career, Kimberly has won recognition for her work in theatre education programs and work with young adults.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. Click here to RSVP.



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Nov 7: CORE - Battleaxe Betty (Reading)


American Theater Company - Chicago Open Residency Experiment (CORE) presents Battleaxe Betty
CORE is a week-long workshop opportunity for artists of all disciplines. American Theater Company awards a free week of rehearsal space and a presentation of the work to ten projects and groups of artists. ATC is committed to creating new work for the American theater and asking questions about how we make what we make as American theater artists.

Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7:00pm
at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613




Battleaxe Betty

Molly Brennan, Lili-Anne Brown, Diego Colon, and Malic White present Battleaxe Betty, a heavy metal musical about the illegitimate child of an Empress struggling with her predetermined legacy. She employs the help of a heavy metal singer to assist in her in the fight against a destiny she rejects. Battleaxe Betty celebrates a wide range of audiences, including vision, hearing, and mobility ­impaired folks. Rather than adding ASL interpretation and audio description to a play intended for an able­-bodied audience, Battleaxe Betty includes these modes of accessibility in the context of the play itself.


FREE but reservation is required. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP. For more information, click here.



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Nov 7: TimePieces Play Reading - Cardboard Piano


TimeLine Theatre's TimePieces Play Reading Series presents Cardboard Piano
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. 


Monday, November 7 2016 at 7:00pm 
at TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657





Cardboard Piano
written by Hansol Jung
co-directed by TimeLine Company Member Mechelle Moe and Joel Ewing
presented in collaboration with The Yard

On the eve of the millennium in Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret wedding ceremony. But when an escalating civil war encroaches on their fragile union, they cannot escape its reach. Confronting the cost of intolerance, this powerful drama examines violence and the struggle to rebuild in its wake, as well as the human capacity for love and forgiveness.

The cast features TimeLine Associate Artist Charles Andrew Gardner; The Yard Company Members Dana Murphy, Victor Musoni, Liv Shine, Sharrell Rhodes and Ireon Roach; and Brittney Love Smith and Julian Parker.

FREE but registration is strongly recommended. Space is limited. Call (773) 281-8483 x6 or email the box office at boxoffice@timelinetheatre.com



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Nov 5: Em 'n' Nam (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series:: NOVEMBER
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, November 5, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Em 'n' Nam
By Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby
Directed by Meghan Beals, Artistic Director of Chicago Dramatists

All Em wants is to make the best egg sandwich in the history of egg sandwiches. When she enlists her culinary professor Nam to teach her how she learns that everything in the food arts must be done on purpose. As she tries to figure out how to learn correctly it ends up costing her something she didn't know she had.


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



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Nov 4: Backstage with BJ: Miss Bennett


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: Miss Bennett
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. Miss Bennett runs November 10 through December 18, 2016 in Skokie, IL.

Friday, November 4, 2016 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 The City of Conversation while it is still in rehearsal.

Approximately one hour.

Event is FREE, but reservations are required. Please call 847.679.9501 x3605 to RSVP, or email specialevents@northlight.org. For more information, please click here.



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Nov 3: Backstage at the Biograph - Roz and Ray


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, November 3, 2016 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH- Roz and Ray: From Fact to Fiction

Roz and Ray is a two-person drama about the relationship between a pediatric doctor and the father of two of her young, hemophiliac patients during the early 1980s. When the inspiration for a work of fiction is drawn from real-life events, how does one take source material and transform it into a dramatical work? What is the process that goes into the art of adaptation? Join Director of New Play Development and Roz and Ray dramaturg Isaac Gomez, as well as members of the medical community, as Victory Gardens dissects and relives the process of working from fact to create fiction.


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



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Nov 2: Eden in Silence (Reading)


The New Colony Theatre's Staged Reading of Eden in Silence
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, November 2, 2016 at 7:30pm
The Den Theatre | 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60622




By Jamie Olah
Directed by Kacie Smith

Featuring Aurora Adachi-Winter, Adia Alli, Lorraine Freund, Danielle Gennaoui, Alicia Hall, Joy Pappas, Kelsey Shipley, Elise Spoerlein, Parker Sterling and Risha Tenae
with sound design Jeffery Levin

Eden in Silence uses visual spectacle and movement to tell one woman’s journey in escaping the bonds of grief. It is a story about female strength, the scars of domestic abuse, and the transformative power of human connection.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Oct 31: CORE - The Displaced (Reading)


American Theater Company - Chicago Open Residency Experiment (CORE) presents The Displaced
CORE is a week-long workshop opportunity for artists of all disciplines. American Theater Company awards a free week of rehearsal space and a presentation of the work to ten projects and groups of artists. ATC is committed to creating new work for the American theater and asking questions about how we make what we make as American theater artists.

Monday, October 31, 2016 at 7:00pm
at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613




The Displaced
By Isaac Gomez

Marísa and Lev have just moved into their new Pilsen apartment in hopes of rekindling a spark that's long been extinguished. While looking for the circuit breaker in the attic, a mysterious coconut appears, leftover from the previous tenants with a dark history inside it. Isaac Gomez’s The Displaced explores the wake of pain and yearning left behind when gentrification forces people out of their homes and the kind of vengeance that can come from that displacement. What starts off as a seemingly traditional two-person relationship drama quickly unfolds as a psychological thriller that ultimately culminates with horror theater elements as components of Santeria are introduced in the play.


FREE but reservation is required. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP. For more information, click here.



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Oct 29: The Displaced (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: OCTOBER
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, October 29, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The Displaced
By Resident Playwright Isaac Gomez
Directed by Jo Cattell
Foley by Carolyn Hoerdemann

Marísa and Lev have just moved into their new Pilsen apartment in hopes of rekindling a spark that's long been extinguished. While looking for the circuit breaker in the attic, a mysterious coconut appears, leftover from the previous tenants with a dark history inside it. The Displaced explores the wake of pain and yearning left behind when gentrification forces people out of their homes and the kind of vengeance that can come from it.


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



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Oct 24: The Driver's Seat - Monthly Reading Series: The Making of a Modern Folk Hero


Route 66 Theatre Company's The Driver's Seat Monthly Reading Series: The Making of a Modern Folk Hero
Route 66 Theatre believes that theatre is an invitation to discussion and participation with both artists and patrons. The Road Begins by engaging their audiences in their play selection process by putting them in “The Driver’s Seat” with their monthly reading series at the upstairs bar at Mrs Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro. Always a good time filled with drinks and conversation, their readings bring together some of the finest talent Chicago has to offer with works from local and national playwrights never before heard in Chicago. Route 66 invites you to join them for a relaxed and informal event full of exciting theatre and discussion.

Monday, October 24 2016 at 7:30pm

at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro | 3905 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613





The Making of a Modern Folk Hero
by Martín Zimmerman
Directed by James Fleming
Featuring Mark Pracht, James Earl Jones II, Celeste Cooper, and Aurora Adachi-Winter.

A despairing failed actor and a Congressman team up to create a superhero who will protest government plans to force residents out of public housing for profit. When the creation snowballs and takes on a life of its own, garnering press coverage and an unexpected, impassioned following and exposing a series of injustices, lines are drawn (and blurred) between politics and performance.The Making of a Modern Folk Hero, described as a graphic novel for the stage, is a bold, timely exploration of the frustrations of reform and possibilities for change. What do we look for in a hero? How does being the face of a movement give purpose, or not, to our lives?

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Oct 24: It Can't Happen Here (Reading)


Join Chicago Dramatist for a free reading of It Can't Happen Here
Free public reading of the new stage adaptation of It Can't Happen Here, based on the 1935 novel written by Sinclair Lewis.

Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



In 1936, the novel was adapted into a play and theatres across the country opened productions on the same night. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of those productions, regional theatres, universities, and communities across the country will read the new adaptation by Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Tony Taccone and screenwriter Bennett S. Cohen.

The new adaptation of Lewis’s classic had its world premiere performance at Berkeley Rep on September 30, 2016. The reading at Chicago Dramatists will take place upstairs at Creativo Loft.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Oct 22: I Carry Your Heart (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: OCTOBER
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, October 22, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



I Carry Your Heart
By Resident Playwright Georgette Kelly
Directed by Jessica Hanna, Producing Director of Bootleg Theatre (Los Angeles), and Jeremy Webb

Phoebe is a young poet, forever living in the shadow of her estranged mother’s literary acclaim. When her mother unexpectedly dies, however, Phoebe is left with two complicated legacies: donating her mother’s organs and reading her mother’s unpublished confessional journal. Meanwhile, Tess and her partner Lydia receive a late night phone call, informing them that a donor heart is available for Tess – good news, but news that has come far sooner than they were prepared for. As these two families form an unlikely connection, they struggle to understand the politics and poetics of organ donation—and they dare to hope that pieces of us can live on after great tragedy.


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



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Oct 17: The Making of Julius Caesar


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, October 17, 2016 at 6:30pm
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022



Movement Director Breon Arzell will discuss how the creative team came up with a distinct physical vocabulary for this production of Julius Caesar and how the assassination and destruction of Rome scenes were choreographed.

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



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Oct 15-16: Open House Chicago


Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago (OHC) is the city’s annual architecture festival. For one weekend in October you can explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. From mansions to sacred spaces, theaters to private clubs, hotels to secret rooms—OHC gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great spaces that are rarely, if ever, open to the public.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 through Sunday, October 16, 2016
Chicago, IL



Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free.

Have you ever walked by a building and thought, "I wish I could see what's inside?" Now you can. Tour soaring skyscrapers, repurposed mansions, opulent theaters, exclusive private clubs, private offices and breathtaking sacred spaces.

For more information on how to participate, please click here.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Oct 15: My Last Will and Testament (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: OCTOBER
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, October 15, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



My Last Will and Testament
By Resident Playwright Alumnus David Barr III
Directed by DeMone with Musical Direction by Dr. Keith Hampton

On the eve of the Civil Rights Movement the renowned educator and social activist Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Florida’s Bethune-Cookman University, delivers her final public address. Through her reflective oratory this proud daughter of former slaves recounts her Odyssean struggle in overcoming Jim Crow segregation and debilitating sexism. Her devoted friend Eleanor Roosevelt affectionately called Bethune “The First Lady of Negro America” as she evolved into arguably the country’s most influential humanitarian; indefatigably leading the charge against discrimination and gender bias across all races.


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



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Oct 4: Women in Politics: Always On Stage


Northlight Theatre's Women in Politics: Always on Stage
Join Northwestern University Faculty members and actors from The City of Conversation as they discuss the role women have played in politics over the last five decades, and how women’s place on the national stage is now being portrayed on the theatre stage.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 6:00pm
at Evanston Public Library 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL 60201




Featured guests include Alice Eagly, James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Laurel Harbridge Yong, Associate Professor of Political Science. Artists will also share a scene from the play and discuss the real women who inspired it.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Oct 3: Interplay: Faceless


Northlight Theatre's Interplay: Faceless
This new play, premiering in January, depicts an American teen that has been radicalized by ISIS. Now on trial for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism, a young female Muslim lawyer has been appointed to the prosecution. Catch a glimpse of this timely new drama while still in the process of new play development.

Monday, October 3, 2016 at 7:00pm
at Northlight Theatre | 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077




This reading is a part of Northlight’s Interplay Program, providing customized support for new work in the critical stages of early play development. Post-show discussion with the playwright immediately following the reading.

This event is FREE (suggested donation of $10) and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. To RSVP, click here.



"Behind the Curtain" is a special section of ChicagoPlays.com listing free events that enhance and complement your theatre-going experiences. Get an inside look at local Chicago theatre companies through forums, panel discussions, community events, and even parties. Planning to attend this "Behind the Curtain" event? Post about it on Twitter with the hashtag #BehindTheCurtain. For more upcoming events, visit http://bit.ly/behindcurtain.


 
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