Behind the Curtain

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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Mar 8: Puget Sound (Reading)


A Red Orchid Theatre's Incubator Series
A Red Orchid Theatre's Incubator Series presents a workshopped reading of Puget Sound, a play by Brent Ervin-Eickhoff, directed by Kyle Stoffers.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 8:00pm
at A Red Orchid Theatre | 1531 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610




Featuring Mary Jo Bolduc, Jessica Ervin, Arti Ishak, and Londen Shannon, with stage directions by Molly Wagner. A talkback will follow the performance.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Mar 6: AIDS on Stage - As Is (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 6, 2017 at 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
at Alphawood Gallery | 2401 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614



As Is
By William Hoffman

William Hoffman’s landmark Drama Desk-winning and Tony-nominated play was among the first to explore how the AIDS pandemic affected the LGBT community. The play tells the story of a man’s life turned on its head after he is diagnosed with AIDS – who he turns to, who turns away from him, and how the world reacts to the beginning of the crisis.

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 5: Richard Greenberg and the American Jewish Theatre


Audience Engagement Events for Raven Theatre's The Assembled Parties
Join Raven Theatre for free talkbacks after all remaining Sunday matinees of Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties

Sunday. March 5, 2017 at approximately 5:30pm (after the 3:00pm performance)
at Raven Theatre | 6157 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660



Jeff Ginsberg, an actor, director and educator and the coordinator of the Acting program of the Theater Department of Columbia College Chicago and former co-artistic director of the National Jewish Theater.

Richard Greenberg is one of the most successful and prolific Jewish-American writers of our time. Many of his plays: Eastern Standard, The American Plan, Everett Beekin and Our Mother’s Brief Affair along with The Assembled Parties, feature Jewish characters; Ginsberg will additionally explore how Greenberg’s cultural role as a New York City Jew generally informs Greenberg’s writing.

This event is FREE with any ticket to any performance and does not require an RSVP.



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Mar 4: Fay Burns! (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 4, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Fay Burns!

By Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke
Directed by Artistic Director Meghan Beals
Music Direction by Gay Glenn
Starring Mary Ruth Clarke, Tommy Bullington, & Ann Whitney

When a star struck middle-aged dreamer discovers that her long-time singing teacher has just returned from Manhattan, it can mean only one thing — he has found a producer for the Broadway musical they have created as her vehicle to stardom! Fay has one night to rehearse Sea Side Story, and be more ready than she has been in her whole life ever. (Good bye Kokomo, Indiana!)

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



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Mar 4: KidSeries Open House


A family-friendly open house at Lifeline Theatre!
Bring the whole family and learn more about our KidSeries shows! Kids will meet the cast, watch a scene or song from the show, and experience craft activities based on the play with one of Lifeline's teaching artists. Adults will enjoy coffee and conversation with our writers, directors, and educators and get a behind-the-scenes peek at what goes into bringing our children's stories to life.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 1:00pm
at Lifeline Theatre | 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago 60626



Open House: Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Meet adaptor James E. Grote, composer George Howe, director Shole Milos, and the cast of their beloved musical as they present scenes and songs from the show.

This hour-long event is FREE and open to the public (performance starts at 1pm), but reservations are required. Call 773-761-4477 or email erica@lifelinetheatre.com. RSVP by March 3.



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Feb 27: Black Lives, Black Words at Northwestern University


Black Lives, Black Words
Born here in Chicago in 2015, Black Lives, Black Words gives voice to contemporary African American theatre artists investigating the question ‘Do black lives matter today?’ This event will be a one night, script-in-hand 10-minute play festival including monologues and spoken word featuring the work of Northwestern School of Communication students.

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 8:00pm
at Ethel M. Barber Theater | 30 Arts Circle Drive Evanston, IL 60208



The BLBW project, founded by Reginald Edmund, has been held in multicultural cities around the world including Chicago, Minneapolis, Charlotte, Baltimore, Washington DC, London, UK; featuring the work of Nambi E. Kelley, Kristiana Rae Colón, David Barr III, Reginald Edmund, Shepsu Aakhu, Aaron Todd Douglas, Marsha Estell, Theresa Ikoko, Sha Cage, Idris Goodwin and many more. Prior to now the project has only been produced professionally, making this the first time BLBW would be produced at a University.

Hosted by Reginald Edmund (BLBW founder and curator), Aaron Todd Douglas (BLBW Associate Artist and member of NU Acting faculty) and Laura Schellhardt (Head of NU Playwriting Program).

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



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Feb 26: American Politics in 1980 and 2000


Audience Engagement Events for Raven Theatre's The Assembled Parties
Join Raven Theatre for free talkbacks after all remaining Sunday matinees of Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties

Sunday, February 26, 2017 at approximately 5:30pm (after the 3:00pm performance)
at Raven Theatre | 6157 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660



Dr. Michelle Nickerson, Associate Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago.

Dr. Nickerson’s research and teaching focuses on United States political, social, and urban history. In a question-and-answer format following the performance, she will address the political and social context surrounding the presidential elections of 1980 and 2000 which form the backdrop for the two acts of The Assembled Parties.

This event is FREE with any ticket to any performance and does not require an RSVP.



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Feb 25: Diamond Dogs Insider Intro


Meet award-winning author Alastair Reynolds!
Join The House Theatre of Chicago for a fun and informative conversation before the show. Special guest Alastair Reynolds, UK-based novelist and author of Diamond Dogs, is joined by adaptor Steve Pickering of the Chicago collective Shanghai Low, and Nathan Allen, Artistic Director of The House.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 6:45PM
at The Chopin Theatre | 1543 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642 




Hear from Reynolds about his inspirations for creating his 'Revelation Space Universe' where Diamond Dogs is set, and from their Chicago-based artists about shaping this world premiere adaptation. Plus, hear Alastair talk about his background as an astrophysicist with the European Space Agency. Join The House even if you aren't seeing the show that night. Everyone is welcome!

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



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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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