Behind the Curtain

Jun 4: Alice and Celia and Whatever it Takes (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: JUNE
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, June 4, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Alice and Celia and Whatever it Takes
By Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke
Directed by Pat McKenna

Alice is living the dream as an actress with the Whatever It Takes Merry Art Players. But when she offers to make amends to her old pal Celia, Celia seizes the opportunity, moves in on her turf, and pens a new play.

Now Alice must replay her offence—on stage—over and over, as she fights to keep her dream job. Gadzooks, it's a real actor's nightmare!



This event is FREE ($5 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Jun 3: The House That Will Inspire: A Panel


Victory Gardens Theater partners with Women & Children First
Federico Garcia Lorca's work The House of Bernarda Alba is the inspiration for Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand, opening at Victory Gardens Theater on June 10th. Victory Gardens Theater partners with Women & Children First to moderate a panel with members of the cast as well as literary luminaries to discuss the strong woman characters in both works, as well as the impact of Lorca's literary legacy on modern American theater.

Friday, June 3, 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
at Women & Children First Bookstore | 5233 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640





Ciara Miller, critically acclaimed writer/scholar and a member of Victory Gardens Theater's Council of Community Leaders, moderates a panel of Black women scholars and artists, including Dr. Tara Betts (Essence, NYLON, HBO's Def Poetry Jam). There will be a reception at world-renowned feminist bookstore and gathering place, Women and Children First.

Victory Gardens’ Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley (An Issue of Blood, The Gospel of Lovingkindness) returns with another stirring portrait of historic America. This time Gardley unearths a story of 1836 New Orleans where free women of color are permitted to enter into common-law marriages with wealthy white men. The home and life that Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters, on a foundation of money, freedom and secrets, threatens to collapse after her husband mysteriously dies. Told through Gardley’s signature poetic voice and directed by Chay Yew, The House That Will Not Stand is a powerful and bewitching drama about a family of women filled with desire, jealousy, murder and voodoo.



This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jun 2 - Jul 10: The House That Will Not Stand Public Programs


Victory Gardens Theater Public Programs: The House That Will Not Stand
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 THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND (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 The Houes That Will Not Stand performances.


BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH: SETTING HOUSE
Thursday, June 2, 2016 | 7:00pm

Voodoo. ​Possession. Formation. Though The House that will not Stand is set in 1836 New Orleans, playwright Marcus Gardley uses ​​​poetry and pop culture references from our time here and now. H​ow do the costumes, set, and sound design ​​support a historical play ​told ​through a contemporary lens? Get a first hand look at what it takes to bring this play to life at this multimedia interactive open rehearsal kick-off party with artistic director Chay Yew, playwright ensemble member Marcus Gardley, and members of the design team. Then, enjoy a complimentary reception and mingle with the cast and creative team to get the inside scoop on the process. To RSVP, click here.


ARTIST TALK: A CONVERSATION WITH MARCUS GARDLEY
Post-Show Conversation | Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | 7:30pm

From historical narratives to Federico Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, Marcus Gardley pulls from several influences in crafting his New Orleans’ drama. Where do new plays pulling from history meet us in contemporary life? How are artists empowered when working on new work? In what ways are they challenged? Join playwrights’ ensemble member Marcus Gardley as he and dramaturg Isaac Gomez break open conventions and shatter expectations in this riveting post-show conversation shedding light on history’s influence on the new play process.


AND SHE STOOD LIKE THIS
Pre-Show Panel Conversation | Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | 7:30pm

In the antebellum south, Free Women of Color were forced to wrap their heads as a sign of their lack of status. As result this ritual has survived through the times and in modern day culture it remains an outlet of individual expression, serving as a celebration of ancestry and remains a universal symbol of the resilience of black women. How did free women of color come to be? How did the plaçage system develop as an outlet for survival? Join VG for a riveting post-show discussion as they unpack the story of women of color in the antebellum south and how the Louisiana Purchase affected the lives and rights of free women of color.


#LEMONADE: CELEBRATING THE SWEETNESS OF #BLACKGIRLMAGIC
Pre-Show Celebration | Free Post-Show Performances | Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 6:30pm

Beyonce’s Lemonade highlights and celebrates #blackgirlmagic through stunning visuals, powerful symbolism and poetry. The House That Will Not Stand is also a celebration of #blackgirlmagic or the ability to take lemons and transform them into lemonade. For this very special public program, join VG for pre-show lemonade and #blackgirlmagic healing and spiritual self-love rituals, including reiki, massage and divination. After the play, stay for a special Black Feminist Poetics performance featuring poets Lakeesha Harris, Sherina Rodriguez, e nina jay and Nikki Patin, who will perform and respond to poems written by Black women that have served as mantras, meditations or spells against a projected backdrop of visuals that highlight the power and potency of #blackgirlmagic.


THE BODY POLITIC
Post-Show Panel Conversation | Friday, July 1, 2016 | 7:30pm

In the 1800’s, women of color often entered into Plaçage’s, common-law marriages with European men as an alternative to slavery which included sex, abuse, and inheritance of wealth and land which were often essential to survive. Two thousand years later, what do we do to our bodies in order to survive? In what ways do we see ownership and control of bodies today? Join VG for this underexplored post-show conversation demystifying myths and shedding light to sex work and sex trafficking in our world today.


OUTLOUD: LATE TO THE PARTY
Pre-Show Celebration | Post-Show Panel Conversation | Tuesday, July 5, 2016 | 7:30pm

Survival. Ownership. Visibility. In The House that will not Stand, young women are paired with potential suitors not out of love or desire but out of the necessity to survive. For Black queer women, wearing the visibility of one’s queerness can carry power as well as controversy in a society that shames them for who they are. Transcending that shame to step fully into one’s power can take a lifetime. Until recently, many Black queer women haven’t come out until they’re well into adulthood. What are the generational gaps between black queer women today? Join VG for this pre-­show celebration with Whole Foods delicacies, then stick around for this riveting special Afterwords post-show conversation.


COLLEGE NIGHT: HISTORIES
Free Post-Show Performance | Wednesday, July 6, 2016 | 6:30pm

From Beyonce’s Lemonade to Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand, many artists are unearthing a lesser known part of our history and creating contemporary narratives around these topics. What other unknown moments in history have yet to be explored? Join VG for a pre-­­show celebration in the lobby with free drinks & pizza. Then, stick around for The House That Will Not Stand and stay for free post-­­show performances featuring short scenes of contemporized unknown historical narratives written, directed, and performed by college artists from DePaul University, University of Chicago, Columbia College, and Northwestern University.


FREE WOMEN OF COLOR FEST
Off-Night Town Hall and Celebration | Thursday, July 7, 2016 | 7:30pm

Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand is one of very few plays featuring an ensemble of black women since Ntozake Shange’s award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf and most recently Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed. Why are black women continuously underrepresented in the American theater? What are steps towards equity and representation? In collaboration with the Free Women of Color Fest, this off-night town hall and performance celebration is a Call to Action that puts #BlackGirlMagic at the forefront of the American theater landscape.


ENCUENTRO: THE INVISIBLE LINE
Pre-Show Celebration | Post-Show Panel Conversation | Friday, July 8, 2016 | 6:30pm 

One-quarter of all U.S. Latinos self-identify as Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean or of African descent with roots in Latin America. Though an integral population in American history and a huge percentage of the American population today, why is Afro Latinidad rarely explored or celebrated in mainstream culture? Where are there gaps in conversations around this community of people? Join Encuentro hosts Amor Montes de Oca and Adriana Diaz for pre-­show refreshments from Fiesta Mexicana, then stick around for this riveting special Afterwords post-show conversation.


STOMP YOUR GROUND
Pre-Show Celebration | Post-Show Second Line Parade | Sunday, July 10, 2016 | 2:30pm

A historical New Orleans’ tradition, second line parades are the descendants of the city’s famous jazz funerals that carry many of the same traditions as live music is parading and marched down the street. Come celebrate the closing of a chapter at the final performance of Victory Gardens’ 2015-16 season at this pre-show New Orleans’ bash. Then, stick around after the show and join VG in a second line down Lincoln Ave as they toast to the closing of their electric season and Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand.



Public Programs are free and open to the public. Tickets needed for all The House That Will Not Stand performances. For more information, click here.



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Jun 2: Backstage at the Biograph - The House That Will Not Stand: Setting House


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, June 2, 2016 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH: The House That Will Not Stand: Setting House
Voodoo. ​Possession. Formation. Though The House That Will Not Stand is set in 1836 New Orleans, playwright Marcus Gardley uses ​​​poetry and pop culture references from our time here and now. H​ow do the costumes, set, and sound design ​​support a historical play ​told ​through a contemporary lens? Get a first hand look at what it takes to bring this play to life at this multimedia interactive open rehearsal kick-off party with artistic director Chay Yew, playwright ensemble member Marcus Gardley, and members of the design team. Then, enjoy a complimentary reception and mingle with the cast and creative team to get the inside scoop on the process.

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



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May 29: Producing The Producers


Mercury Theater Chicago: Post Show Discussion - Producing The Producers
Wanna know what it's REALLY like to be a producer? Join Director and Producer L. Walter Stearns and the cast of The Producers for an engaging post-show discussion after the matinee performance this Sunday!

Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 5:30pm
Mercury Theater Chicago | 3745 N Southport, Chicago, IL 60613



Mercury is thrilled to have Patrizia Acerra, Artistic Director of Premiere Theatre & Performance and Executive Director of The International Voices Project, join as the discussion moderators.

Learn how Mercury adapted this hilarious Mel Brooks musical for the intimate Mercury Theater Chicago stage, get to know the cast, and hear what it's like to bring these iconic characters to life each night. Tell Mercury why you think The Producers has hit the funny bone of four different generations and still makes us laugh today! 


This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are required for the performance. For more information, please click here.



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May 28 - Jun 26: Spartan Workshop by the Spartan Theatre Company


Spartan Workshop
Spartan Theatre Company continues their tradition of developing exciting new works from up-and-coming local playwrights with their staged reading series to be presented at the historic Chicago Cultural Center. Five one-act scripts were selected for development and will be presented over five weeks.

Saturday, May 28 through Sunday, June 26, 2016 (Saturday and Sundays at 3:00pm)
Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater, 1st Floor | 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, IL 60602




Based on audience feedback, one script will be chosen for a full production at this coming September's Chicago Fringe Festival. Come be a part of the process as Spartan develops original work from Chicago's finest playwrights.


Sick
written by Spenser Davis
directed by Angie Forshee
This intimate two-character drama dives into trauma, art, and the road to recovery--as well as the binding ties of sisterhood.
Performances: Saturday, May 28 and Sunday May 29 at 3:00 PM

The Last Sane Man
written by Amy Crider
directed by Natalie Sallee
This one-act tackles mental illness, college campus ethics, and the challenges of acknowledging one's sexuality and sense of self.
Performances: Saturday, June 4 and Sunday June 5 at 3:00 PM

Snapshots
written by Nelson Rodriguez
directed by Derek Van Barham
This innovative one-act bends the rules of time and space, painting a portrait equal parts broad and deep of loneliness and the search for a remedy.
Performances: Saturday, June 11 and Sunday June 12 at 3:00 PM

40 Minutes to Howard
written by Creg Sclavi
directed by Daniel Sappington
An adult and a child discover common ground when a typical weekday commute takes an intriguing turn.
Performances: Saturday, June 18 and Sunday June 19 at 3:00 PM

Between Us
written by Kimberly Banks
directed by Andy Monson
A high stakes conversation deals with the harsh realities of the criminal justice system--and how the choices of our past dictate our present condition.
Performances: Saturday, June 25 and Sunday June 26 at 3:00 PM



This event is FREE and open to the public.



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May 24: From Page to Stage Series - Trivia Night: The American Theatrical Canon


From Page to Stage Series - Trivia Night: The American Theatrical Canon
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the tenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Highland Park Public Library | 1930 Glenview Rd., Glenview, IL 60025



Featuring: Chris Jones, Chief Theatre Critic and a Sunday Culture Columnist for the Chicago Tribune

Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody is a mash-up of four of the best-loved dramas in the American theatrical canon. See how much you know about the source material in a lively round of theatre trivia.


FREE but registration is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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May 23: Discord Community Event


Northlight Theatre's Discord Community Event
The strong relationship that Northlight Theatre has with our surrounding community leads to exciting events that supplement our shows. These events are FREE and open to the public. Discord runs May 6 - June 12, 2016 in Skokie, IL.

Monday 6, 2016 at 3:00pm

at Wilmette Public Library | 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091




INSIDE LOOK
Artists from Discord will discuss the play, its relevance today, and their preparations for this production.

This event is free and open to the public



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May 21: 10-Minute Play Workshop (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MAY
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, May 21, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



10-Minute Play Workshop

Join Chicago Dramatists for an afternoon of staged readings of 10-Minute Plays, selected through open (public) submissions and directed by the MFA Directing students from The Theatre School at DePaul University. This event is part of a class called "The Director and the New Play Development Process," taught by Artistic Director Meghan Beals.

Plays
JOKES ABOUT TED BUNDY by Gabriella Bonamici, SKY BURIAL by Jeff Bouthiette, GRABASS by Spenser Davis, BLACK GIRL IN THE BATHTUB by Marsha Estell, MARABAR by Sue Pak, LOCKED OUT by Mary Parisoe, SUPER DAD! by Maria Pretzl and SAVING INGE by Loy Webb

Directors
Erin Kraft, Brian Balcolm, Andrew Peters and Nathan Singh



This event is FREE ($5 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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May 21- June 19: Pre-Ambles for Tug of War: Foreign Fire


Tug of War: Foreign Fire 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. Tug of War: Foreign Fire runs through June 12, 2016 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.



Dates, times and presenting scholar subject to change.

Saturday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. – Regina Buccola
Sunday, May 22 at 12:00 p.m. – Rebecca Fall
Saturday, May 28 at 3:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, May 29 at 12:00 p.m. – Rebecca Fall
Saturday, June 4 at 3:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, June 5 at 12:00 p.m. – Regina Buccola
Saturday, June 11 at 3:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, June 12 at 12:00 p.m. – Regina Buccola
Saturday, June 18 at 3:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, June 19 at 12:00 p.m. – Rebecca Fall

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




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May 14: All the Dying Voices (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MAY
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, May 14, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



All the Dying Voices
By Resident Playwright Reginald Edmund
Directed by Kyle Haden

District Attorney Harrison Just is assigned to the case, when a rookie cop, is suspected of murdering a young black kid. Harrison sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, finds himself standing between an approaching battle between the community he's apart of and the city he serves.

This event is FREE ($5 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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May 16: From Page to Stage Series - Stanley vs Stanley


From Page to Stage Series - Stanley vs Stanley
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the tenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody.

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Glenview Public Library | 1930 Glenview Rd., Glenview, IL 60025



Featuring: WT artists Michael Perez and Matt Hawkins

Stanley Kowalski from Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody (actor Michael Perez) comes face-to-face with Stanley Kowalski from Writers Theatre’s 2008 production of A Streetcar Named Desire (actor Matt Hawkins), to discuss the difference in approach when creating a character from the original source text, as opposed to a new work that is parodying the original.


FREE but registration is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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May 12: From Page to Stage Series - Health Benefits of Humor & Laughter


From Page to Stage Series - Health Benefits of Humor & Laughter
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the tenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody.

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Deerfield Public Library | 920 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, IL 60015



Featuring: Clown, Nurse and Certified Laughter Leader, Debra Joy Hart

Learn how laughter helps your body stay healthy, keeps your mind sharp and helps you keep emotionally connected with other people—and yourself. Debra Joy Hart will lead attendees in laughter exercises, play-filled jocularity and mindful planned spontaneity while also tackling tough subjects such as when to laugh and when to cry.


FREE but registration is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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May 10: From Page to Stage Series - A Streetcar Named Desire (Film Screening)


From Page to Stage Series -  A Streetcar Named Desire Film Screening
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the tenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:30pm
Hosted by Wilmette Public Library | 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091



Featuring: Michael Smith, independent filmmaker, author and film studies instructor based in Chicago

Join Writers Theatre for a screening of the classic film, A Streetcar Named Desire, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Michael Smith, author of the book Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry.


FREE but registration is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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May 9: Becky Shaw (Reading)


Williams Street Repertory presents LAB: Theatre Series - Becky Shaw
In its expanded commitment to the production of diverse and engaging new plays, WSR’s LAB: Theatre Series presents a forum for more boundary-pushing and edgy programming. These staged readings will feature scripts-in-progress by new and emerging playwrights, as well as exciting plays from established contemporary playwrights. Local artists participate in full-length, script-in-hand staged readings, a uniquely intimate and accessible way to experience the thrill of the page-to-stage process. 

Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:00pm
at the Raue Center for the Arts | 26 N Williams St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014



Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo

When a couple of newlyweds set up their abrasive and confident friend with a sexy and strange new co-worker, it’s the blind date from hell. Crisis and comedy crackle throughout this firecracker of a play (and a Pulitzer Prize finalist) by Obie Award winning playwright Gina Gionfriddo. This wickedly funny dark comedy sheds light on the unpredictable and dangerous world of modern dating.

For more information, click here.


This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are recommended.



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May 9: From Page to Stage Series - Kickoff


From Page to Stage Series Kickoff
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the tenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody.

Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Glencoe Public Library at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022



Featuring: Co-director Stuart Carden and co-creator and writer Tim Sniffen

The co-director and co-creator/writer of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody discuss the themes of the play, the process of its creation and the challenges of satirizing some of the greatest works in the American Theatre canon. Enjoy coffee and desserts following this annual literary event!


FREE but registration is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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May 8: The Quality of Mercy Project - A First Look Reading of #LOVESTORIES: Inspired by BLACK LIVES MATTER


Piven Theatre Workshop announces The Quality of Mercy Project
Piven Theatre Workshop's production of Dead Man Walking is the centerpiece of the Quality of Mercy Project, a three-month public programming initiative which invites the community to discuss the complex issues arising from the themes of the play. These include, but certainly are not limited to: forgiveness, compassion, the death penalty, mass incarceration, racial inequity, and social justice. Join Piven for art installations, discussion panels, specialty workshops, pop-up performances, and community dialogue.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 3:00pm
at Evanston Public Library | 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201






A First Look Reading of #LOVESTORIES: Inspired by BLACK LIVES MATTER with Fleetwood- Jourdain Theatre (Reading)
#LOVESTORIES: Inspired by BLACK LIVES MATTER by Gloria Bond-Clunie, Marsha Estell and Tania Richard is a play in three parts exploring the breadth of love in a world of deadly conflict. Each playwright takes her turn sharing her gift of writing to tell a story of LOVE. This is a special sneak peek of a world premiere play commissioned by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre.

For more information on The Quality of Mercy programming initiatives and a schedule, please click here.


This event and a majority of The Quality of Mercy programs are FREE and open to the public.



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May 7: Boundaries (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MAY
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, May 7, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Boundaries
By Resident Playwright John Green
Directed by Emmi Hilger, Artistic Director, Something Marvelous

The year is 1993. With Bill Clinton recently elected president, Robert Gray is hopeful that our broken health care system will turn around in time to keep his mentally ill daughter, Emily, off the streets and in a safe mental institution. His son, Chris, an idealistic man on the verge of forty, believes that his Eastern Spiritual Practice is the key to saving this troubled family. Hopes are high. Reality waits in the wings.

This event is FREE ($5 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



"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.


Apr 30: 99% Walden (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 30, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



99% Walden
By Resident Playwright Stuart Flack
Directed by Shawn Douglass
Co-hosted by Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

On the hunt for dinner, 3 homeless people find a tattered copy of Thoreau's "classic" in an overflowing park garbage can. While they eat, they begin to read it aloud.


This event is FREE ($5 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



"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.


Apr 29: Backstage with BJ: Discord


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: Discord
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. Discord runs May 6 through June 12, 2016 in Skokie, IL.

Friday, April 29, 2016 at 12:00pm
at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts | 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077



Join Northlight Theatre Artistic Director BJ Jones and special guest artists on Friday, April 29th at noon for behind-the-scenes insight into Discord while it is still in rehearsal. Backstage with BJ will last approximately one hour.

FREE but RSVP is required. Call 847.679.9501 x3605 to RSVP.



"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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