Behind the Curtain

Feb 5: White Guy on the Bus Community Event


Northlight Theatre's Community Event: White Guy on the Bus
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. White Guy on the Bus runs Jan 23 - Feb 28, 2015 in Skokie, IL.

Thursday, February 5, 2015 following the 7:30pm performance of White Guy on the Bus
at Northlight Theatre | 9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077




A panel of civic leaders and social service representatives will address the local impact of issues raised in the play. Panelists include representatives from: Connections for the Homeless, The James B. Moran Center, Youth Job Center of Evanston and YWCA Evanston/North Shore.


This event is FREE, but tickets to the proceeding performance required.



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Feb 3: White Guy on the Bus Community Event


Northlight Theatre's Community Event: White Guy on the Bus
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. White Guy on the Bus runs Jan 23 - Feb 28, 2015 in Skokie, IL.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
at Wilmette Public Library | 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091




Northlight artists and cast members engage in audience Q&A following scene selections from the play.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 2: DanceMakers Session with David Roussève


The Dance Center: DanceMakers Sessions
The Dance Center proudly announces DanceMakers Sessions, a FREE series combining artist discussions, shared practice and experiential learning for a deeper exploration of the choreographic process.

Monday, February 2, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
at American Rhythm Center, Fine Arts Building | 410 S Michigan Avenue, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 




Master teachers and world-renowned dance artists who have contributed to the progressive landscape of the art form and underscored The Dance Center’s legacy of presenting bold contemporary dance in Chicago will offer unique insights into the crafting and execution of dance gleaned from their many years of making work. Each session is individually designed to reflect the creative aesthetic of the presenting artist and offers the opportunity for meaningful exchange between dancers and dancemakers.

Recommended for professional dance artists, dance students, dancemakers and movement practitioners.


FREE but registration is required. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP.



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Feb 1: RCP 20th Annual High School Chamber Music Competition


Rembrandt Chamber Players: 20th Annual High School Chamber Music Competition
Founded in 1996, the RCP Annual High School Chamber Music Competition is widely regarded as one of the premier youth competitions in the country. Participants are drawn from a variety of public and private schools throughout the Midwest, focusing primarily on the greater Chicago area. Competition winners have gone on to prestigious careers in music with some holding positions in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and San Diego Symphony Orchestras as well as the New York Philharmonic.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 10:30am
at Regenstein Recital Hall – Northwestern University | 60 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston, IL 60208





In addition to the prestige of being named a Rembrandt Young Artist, winners receive cash prizes, master class instruction from RCP musicians, and additional performance opportunities. 2014 competition winners participated in the RYA Outreach Program, bringing interactive educational sessions to Chicago area schools that have no established music program.

The RCP Annual High School Chamber Music Competition is held on the first Sunday in February each year and is free and open to the public. Rembrandt musicians and specially invited guest judges evaluate participating groups. Competition winners will perform at RCP's first concert of the spring season on March 22nd in Evanston and March 23rd in Chicago.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jan 31: Saturday Series - Hurry Slowly


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

Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL




Hurry Slowly
By Network Playwright GARY SLEZAK
Directed by Artistic Associate RICHARD SHAVZIN

It is the summer of 1984 and Casey Cermak’s friends are dying. Visiting his family on the South Side, he secretly awaits the results of a blood test. As tensions mount, an argument with his father erupts into a battle and the truth of Casey’s life is revealed.

Each member of the family is drawn into the vigil that follows, but it is his father, a veteran suffering from survivor guilt, from whom Casey seeks to draw courage and hope.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jan 29: White Guy on the Bus Community Event


Northlight Theatre's Community Event: White Guy on the Bus
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. White Guy on the Bus runs Jan 23 - Feb 28, 2015 in Skokie, IL.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
at Curt's Café, 2922 Central Street, Evanston, IL




A panel of civic leaders and social service representatives will address the local impact of issues raised in the play. Panelists include representatives from: City of Evanston, Curt's Café and Literature for All of Us.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jan 29: A Conversation with Peter C. Brosius: An Exploration of The Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis Apprentice Program


The Theatre School at DePaul University: Chicago Live: The Arts
Chicago Live: The Arts is a discussion series that is free and open to the public. These discussions have been a recurring event at The Theatre School for over two decades. You don't need to be a Theatre Student in order to attend.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm
at The Theatre School at DePaul University | Room 301 | 2350 North Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL




HOSTED BY ERNIE NOLAN

PETER C. BROSIUS joined The Children's Theatre Company (CTC) as its third artistic director in 1997. During Mr. Brosius' tenure, CTC was the winner of the 2003 Tony Award for outstanding Regional Theatre, the first time ever a youth theatre was bestowed this honor.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jan 26: Petterino's Monday Night Live With The Artists Of Sondheim On Sondheim 


Monday Night Live with Porchlight Music Theatre
Now in its eighth smash season, Monday Night Live, co-hosted by Denise McGowan Tracy and Beckie Menzie have welcomed more than 700 singers to the stage. Previous appearances include cast members from the productions of I Love Lucy, Sweet Charity, Barnum, Smokey Joes, The Jungle Book and Pullman Porter Blues had the audience cheering for more! Appearances by local cabaret, jazz and musical theater performers include Nan Mason, Tammy McCann, Denise Tomasello, Tom Michael and Joan Curto. Petterino’s is the place to be for live music on Mondays.

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7:00pm
at Petterino's Restaurant, 150 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL




Enjoy the famous Petterino's Restaurant and Monday Night Live cabaret with special guest performances from Porchlight Music Theatre's Sondheim on Sondheim company.


This even is FREE and open to the public. When dining after 7:00pm, valet parking is on Petterino's Restaurant! Make your reservation now at 312-422-0150.



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Jan 24-25: Workshop Reading of STANDING UNDERNEATH NIGHT AND DAY


A one-night-only workshop reading of About Face Theatre's STANDING UNDERNEATH NIGHT AND DAY
AFT’s 2014-15 season includes the return of the OUT FRONT Series, a year-round line-up of workshops and readings of new and developmental works exploring LGBTQIA themes. This year’s OUT FRONT Series will focus on plays by and/or about women. Join us after each reading for a discussion and casual reception with the artists and staff.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:00pm
Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3:00pm
at Hoover-Leppen Theater |Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL




STANDING UNDERNEATH NIGHT AND DAY is a narrative, theatrical work in progress about youth, seniors and the gaps in between and explores the intergenerational sense of isolation in the LGBTQIA community. The piece uses a collection of 50 interviews conducted over a five month period with intergenerational members of the Chicago LGBTQIA community and those advocating for youth and seniors.

This is a workshop presentation and will be the first public reading of the beginning portions of this original work created by a team of four AFT Artistic Associates (Sara Kerastas (SK), Patrick Andrews, Kelli Simpkins and Ben Sprunger) and four other collaborators (Caitlin Kane, Judson Rose, Reed Motz and Al Evangelista) This project is written, directed and led by Artistic Associate, Kelli Simpkins.

Audience members for this event are a crucial part of the development of this work. In this very early stage, we are sharing pieces of this work to create dialogue, share knowledge and build community around this project and this contemporary issue. We are thrilled to be partnering with Center on Halsted for this presentation!

Stick around after the reading for a casual talk back and reception with AFT artists and staff!

FREE but registration is required. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP.



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Jan 24: Saturday Series - Whozit?


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

Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL




Whozit?
By Resident Playwright STEVE PETERSON
Directed by KEVIN CHRISTOPHER FOX

Ed Brooks is the kind of guy nobody notices. Which helps a lot as he goes backwards in time to rescue his beloved daughter from an unhappy marriage to the man developing Whozit, the latest killer app.

A comedy about the choices we make.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jan 22: David Bevington Discussion: Waiting for Godot


A post-show conversation of Court Theatre's Waiting for Godot
Join world-renowned UChicago theater scholar David Bevington in a lively post-show conversation. Audience comments and questions are part of the discourse as Professor Bevington and the artistic staff provide context and probe the deeper issues of Waiting for Godot.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 following the 7:30pm performance
at Court Theatre (Abelson Auditorium), 5535 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL



Waiting for Godot
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Ron OJ Parson

On a lonely road, beneath a barren tree, two vagabonds wait for a man named Mr. Godot. As the evening unfolds, a desperate, humorous, and unchanging universe is revealed that has delighted and challenged audiences for over half a century. Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson (Seven Guitars) returns to direct this absurdist classic with an all-star cast featuring Court Theatre favorites A.C. Smith, Allen Gilmore, and Alfred Wilson. As elusive as it is illuminating, Waiting for Godot offers a haunting meditation on the meaning of human existence.

Waiting for Godot runs from January 15 - February 15, 2015 at Court Theatre. For more information, click here.

This event FREE and open to all—even if you saw the show on another night, come back and join Court Theatre!



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Jan 21: Crime Scene Chicago


A one-night-only performance of Collaboraction's Crime Scene Chicago: Let Hope Rise
In partnership with the 2015 DREAM Committee of Northwestern University School of Law, Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Law School's Black Law Students Association - A new incarnation of the acclaimed theatrical reaction to Chicago's history of violent crime and a call to discover what it might take to create lasting change in our city.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
6:00pm:
Registration & Reception
7:00pm:
Performance
8:30pm:
Discussion
at Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago



In the wake of the Mike Brown and Eric Garner incidents that have sparked protests around the country, it is important to understand the situation that is going on in our own backyard. Crime Scene Chicago: Let Hope Rise, is a timely theatrical reaction to Chicago’s history of violent crime and a call to discover what it might take to create lasting change in our city. The show, a Collaboraction produced play conceived and directed by Anthony Moseley, couples nonfiction source material such as interviews, articles, and online comments with re-enactments of true Chicago crimes and examples of people working to increase the peace to raise critical questions surrounding segregation, poverty, the news media, popular culture, and our numbness to it all. The performance will include a post-show community discussion about the ongoing violent crime epidemic.

Crime Scene Chicago: Let Hope Rise will be part of Northwestern's DREAM Week celebrating the life & legacy of Martin Luther King that features revered guest speakers, panel discussion, movie screenings, and more.

Tickets are free to Northwestern University and community members; but due to the high level of interest, will be issued on a first-come basis. If all seats have been filled, you will be waitlisted and advised only if a space becomes available. Those affiliated with Northwestern will be prioritized for waitlist seating.

FREE but registration is required. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP.



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Jan 20: Dragons & Warblers & Foxes (Oh My!)


A puppet-design demo with artists from The House's upcoming fantasy trilogy THE HAMMER TRINITY.
This night will serve as a preview of THE HAMMER TRINITY, produced by The House Theatre of Chicago and opening February 20th. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:00pm
at Geek Bar Beta, 1941 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL



Join The House Theatre of Chicago for a puppet-design demo with artists from The House’s upcoming fantasy trilogy THE HAMMER TRINITY at the new Geek Bar Chicago! Grab a geek-inspired cocktail, learn how The House Theatre created the animals of The Land, and try your hand at bringing them to life.

FREE but registration is recommended. Click here to RSVP.



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Jan 19: The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights


Commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and enjoy a production ofThe MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights by Writers Theatre
Writers Theatre continues its annual tour of The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights for the ninth year with a special free performance at the Chicago History Museum on Monday, Jan. 19, which is celebrated as Martin Luther King Day. A community discussion will follow the performance and audience members will also receive free museum admission for the day.

Monday, January 19, 2015 at 10:30am
at Chicago History Museum (1st Floor, Rubloff Auditorium), 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL



Written by Yolanda Androzzo and directed by Jimmy McDermott, the one-woman show weaves together history, poetry and hip hop. Caren Blackmore plays Alaya, a Chicago student who goes through a personal transformation while studying the civil rights movement and interviewing local heroes of the movement. While she starts out being angry, she realizes that she can use her voice and her hip hop to bring about change.

45-minute performance followed by post-show discussion
Recommended for 6th grade and up. All ages welcome.

In addition, The MLK Project will be staged by the Chicago Children's Theatre Jan. 24 to Feb. 6 for kids 8 and up. For tickets and info for these dates, see the website or call 872-222-9555.

This event is FREE and open to the public with Museum admission. Museum admission is complimentary for Illinois residents on this day. No reservations needed.



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Jan 19: MLK Day Staged Reading: The Gift Horse


A Martin Luther King Day commemoration special event presented in association with Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre and the City of Evanston

Monday, January 19, 2015 at 2:00pm
at Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Chicago, IL




The Gift Horse
By Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Aaron Todd Douglas
Featuring Tim Rhoze, Artistic Director of Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre

Ruth, a young African American artist and teacher discovers how to appreciate what she has while she has it. A beautiful and mysterious cellist spools her own story, as Ruth takes the audience on a tumultuous journey, moving back and forth in time as characters from the past and present collide. Penned by Lydia R. Diamond (Broadway's STICK FLY and Northwestern University Alumna), The Gift Horse explores the complexities of human interaction in love, commitment and tragedy and celebrates the resilience of the soul.

General admission seating, doors open at 1:45PM.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois


FREE but registration is required. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP.



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Jan 18: "HOUSE RULES" Featuring The House!


Live shows + Nerdtastic podcasts = "Your Stories" with Nerdologues!
Every month, the Nerdologues invite their friends and Nerds from the community to come and share their stories. Then they put it up on a podcast. This month, The House Theatre of Chicago are the special guests! Appropriately, they've given The House Theatre of Chicago the theme of "House Rules."

Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 7:00pm

at The Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, Chicago, IL




Come on over to hear from The House Theatre about how The House makes theirplays, along with The Hammer Trinity dramaturg (and all-together super-genius) Derek Matson. The House will delicately dodge spoilers while sharing the House rules of how Storytelling IS Magic in the Trinity.

Bonus Trivia: This happens in the very building where we first put on a show back in 2001!


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jan 17 - 18: Multi Meets Poly: Multiculturalism and Polyculturalism Go on a First Date


A New Video Play, Written by Jamil Khoury and Directed by A. George Bajalia
Featuring Gordon Chow and Virginia Lee Marie Martinez

Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 4:00pm - 5:30pm
at Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 West Washington St., Chicago, IL




Multi Meets Poly: Multiculturalism and Polyculturalism Go on a First Date (33 min, 59 sec) is a thought-provoking and often-humorous reflection on the theoretical and practical differences between two powerful social ideas: multiculturalism and polyculturalism. By personifying these ideas as human characters—one male, one female—and by endowing each with professional rivalry, intellectual one-upmanship, and sexual tension, playwright Jamil Khoury posits a would-be romantic evening as a vehicle for exploring American interpretations of cultural pluralism, cultural interchange, and diversity.

Event Proceedings (90mins):
A pre-screening presentation by author Jamil Khoury.
Screening of the video play.
Interactive conversation with the playwright, director, and actors following the screening.
Audience will be encouraged to reflect upon the ideas presented in Multi Meets Poly.


FREE but registration is required. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP for January 17th. Click here to RSVP for January 18th.



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Jan 17: USO of Illinois Day - Symphony of Clouds


US Armed Forces personnel & their families can reserve up to four free tickets to see Symphony of Clouds.
With over 30 public performances annually, there is always something happening at The Theatre School. The Theatre School's public programming offers you the unique opportunity to see tomorrow’s theatre professionals today, by featuring their work in professional and full-scale productions.​​​

Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:00pm
at DePaul Unniversity's Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo Drive, Chicago, IL






Symphony of Clouds
by Margaret Larlham
directed by Ann Wakefield

Follow the adventures and joyful milestones in the life of young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: boy genius, musical prodigy, and gifted composer. Discover how nature inspires and impacts Mozart, and how his family faces the acclaim, fame, trials, and tribulations of his early creative life in this story infused with music, dance, and a bit of magic.

Recommended for all ages.

THEMES: Biography; Classical Music and Composition; Family; Happiness and Growing Pains; Health and Illness; History; Nature

For more information about The Theatre School at DePaul, click here.


FREE: US Armed Forces personnel and their families can reserve up to four free tickets. Free tickets are available ONLY to Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve Military Personnel and their families.

Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve Military Personnel and Dependents can receive up to four (4) tickets Per Military Household for this event. Single Military will be allowed 2 tickets only. For more information about this event through the 2014 USO Illinois Programs click here.



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Jan 17: Saturday Series - And Eat It, Too


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

Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL




And Eat It, Too
By Resident Playwright ALINE LATHROP
Directed by Associate Artistic Director RACHEL EDWARDS HARVITH

Sheila and Naomi are two young HIV research scientists who make opposite professional choices when they become mothers. But each must face new challenges to her marriage and to her sense of worth, as she tries to find her own way in this world of antiquated maternal expectations and modern opportunities that come with a price.

How does a mother, or anyone else today, define important, meaningful work?


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jan 17: Explore: The World of Airline Highway


Explore. Lively conversation, food & drinks! at Steppenwolf Theatre
At the Explore event series, Steppenwolf Theatre invites audience members to join them in a social, fun setting to celebrate the ideas and themes in their shows. Each Explore event is a journey through the world of a play currently in production and every event is a unique experience tailored to create an immersive environment that reflects the world of that play. Explore events typically feature some combination of food, drink and guest speakers, performers and musicians.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 5:30pm
in Steppenwolf's Garage Theatre, 1624 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL




Steppenwolf hosts EXPLORE: The World of Airline Highway, a free between-shows event featuring performance poetry from New Orleans-based Danny Kerwick, the real-life inspiration for the character of Francis. Danny is joined by some of Chicago’s coolest performance poets, including Gregorio Gomez, Marty McConnell and Billy Tuggle, music from Four Star Brass Band (Chicago-based New Orleans-style brass), cuisine by authentic New Orleans chefs from Chicago’s Blue Door Farm Stand and surprises.


Explore events are FREE, but space is limited. RSVP to reserve your spot today by calling Audience Services at 312-335-1650.



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