Behind the Curtain

Feb 22: Interpretations of The Rose Tattoo…and Talking with Tennessee


Shattered Globe Sunday Series: Global Perspectives Post-Show Conversations Exploring THE ROSE TATTOO
Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to offer its new Sunday Series: Global Perspectives, a collection of post-play conversations with audiences, artists and experts exploring the ideas and issues raised in its current production of Tennessee Williams’ THE ROSE TATTOO. The free discussions will take place immediately following each Sunday’s 3 pm performance. THE ROSE TATTOO plays through February 28.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 following the 3:00pm performance of THE ROSE TATTOO
at Theater Wit | 1229 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657




“Interpretations of The Rose Tattoo…and Talking with Tennessee”
With Steve Scott


As Producer at the Goodman Theatre, Steve Scott worked on their production of The Rose Tattoo; he also knew the playwright in his later years. Scott will talk about various interpretations of the play over the years as well as share some “behind the scenes” conversations with Williams from his fabled 70th birthday party in Chicago.


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



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Feb 22: Dividing the Estate Audience Talkback


Raven Theatre hosts talkback for Dividing the Estate
Audience Talkback following the Sunday, February 22 matinee performance of Dividing the Estate, led by Raven Theatre Executive Director Kelli Strickland.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 following the matinee performance 
at Raven Theatre | 6157 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60660




Raven Theatre’s regular audience talkback will give audiences a chance to offer feedback and ask questions of some of the artists involved in the production.


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



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Feb 21: Northwestern University 10-Minute Workshop


Northwestern University 10-Minute Workshop
8th Annual Readings of Graduate Student Plays

Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL






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.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 17: Rapture, Blister, Burn CONTEXT The Third Wave: Women, Men and Feminism


Goodman Theatre's Context Series presents: Rapture, Blister, Burn CONTEXT The Third Wave: Women, Men and Feminism
CONTEXT, Goodman Theatre's issues series, engages our community—here at the theater and across the city—in conversations that both illuminate their productions and act as catalysts for deeper exploration. Unlike post-show discussions that focus primarily on the production, CONTEXT events concentrate on particular issues raised within the plays and explore how they resonate in today's culture. CONTEXT offers public space for debate and discussion.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
at Geek Bar Beta | 1941 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622




CONTEXT topics are myriad, and have included concepts of identity and how we define ourselves; the ways race and class play themselves out in our communities; and a call to action for education reform or a critical look at musical mash-up acts. CONTEXT formats vary, ranging from evenings of interactive role playing to panel discussions with local and national experts. Whether on our stage or in your neighborhood, CONTEXT encourages lively discourse beyond the curtain.


Rapture, Blister, Burn CONTEXT The Third Wave: Women, Men and Feminism

The concept of feminism has evolved and changed with each decade. Now, as we experience cultural shifts brought on by technology, globalization, and practices of resistance around the world, how do we use a “Third Wave” feminist lens to critique our world and the choices we make? Join Goodman Theatre for an evening of intimate, small-group discussions on feminism inspired by Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn.

Small group discussions topics include: 
  • The Male Gaze Through an LGBTQ Lens
  • Global Feminism
  • Can Women Have it all?
  • Biases within Feminism
  • Women and Sex in Comedy
  • Slut Shaming
  • Women in Technology, Gaming, and Geekdom
  • #feminism (an inclusive space to discuss any and all feminist topics)

Suggested Materials:
In preparation for our conversations, Goodman Education will compile suggested materials. These articles, podcasts, and videos highlight a myriad of relevant feminist opinions and theories, and will include suggestions from Goodman staff and discussion facilitators alike. After you RSVP, the Education staff will provide you with links to material by email.

FREE but registration is required. RSVP online here.



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Feb 14: Saturday Series - Rocks and Shoals


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 14, 2015 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL




Rocks and Shoals
By Network Playwright JACK O'DONNELL
Directed by JUDY BLUE

During World War II, a young Navy lawyer from a privileged background has his comfortable service in San Francisco (not to mention his office romance) disrupted, when he is assigned to defend an African American sailor accused of inciting a mutiny.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 17: TimePieces Play Reading - The Tiger Among Us


TimeLine Theatre's TimePieces Play Reading Series presents The Tiger Among Us
TimePieces is TimeLine Theatre's ongoing series of one-night only presentations designed to extend their mission beyond the four subscription series productions they offer each season. The series offers audiences a chance to hear new or rarely produced plays inspired by history that connect with today's social and political issues. Each play reading is FREE (donations are accepted) and includes a brief post-show discussion to give the audience a chance to reflect on the piece and the themes and issues it presents. 


Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00pm 
at TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657





The Tiger Among Us

By Lauren Yee
Directed by Lavina Jadhwani

For Lia and her ghetto wannabe brother Pao, being the only Hmong kids in town is tough. It’s even tougher when that town happens to be in outstate Minnesota. And when a stranger’s arrival in the midst of hunting season threatens their tenuous existence, Lia finds herself caught between her family and her dreams in this modern-day midwestern folktale about a Hmong American family and the tenuous bonds that tie us together. From playwright Lauren Yee, whose play Samsara opens at Victory Gardens Theater in February.

Featuring in the cast: Libby Conkle, Joseph Foronda, Kroydell Galima, Lawrence Grimm and Melissa Kong.


FREE but registration is required. Space is very limited. Call (773) 281-8483 x6 or ORDER ONLINE to RSVP.



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Feb 14: Staged Reading - The Plays About the Squirrels


Chicago Dramatists will present a free staged reading of The Plays About the Squirrels by Resident Playwright Mia McCullough
Directed by Interim Artistic Director Meghan Beals McCarthy, the cast includes Cory Krebsbach, Emi Clark, Marguerite Hammersly, Janelle Snow, and Alicia Berneche. 


Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 4:30pm 
at Water Tower Water Works | 163 E. Pearson, Chicago, IL 60611



About The Plays About the Squirrels
Infestation: Sarah and Tom don't want squirrels. They don't want them in their house or on the premises, not even on the fence. It's in the pre-nup. So when Tom accidentally traps a squirrel in their attic and Sarah must call in an exterminator, it nearly tears their relationship to shreds.

Compensation: When Sarah and Tom get the bill from the exterminator, Tom goes on a crusade to get the neighborhood association to cover part of the cost... since squirrels are a public health issue, after all. The neighborhood association doesn't feel the need to pay for other people's "carelessness" in regards to squirrels until one of their powerful members is attacked and has an extermination bill of her own.

Mia McCullough’s plays have been produced at theatres around the country, including Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists, and Stage Left (Chicago), The Old Globe (San Diego), and InterAct (Philadelphia). Mia teaches playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University, as well as teaching yearly playwriting workshops in Chicago Public schools.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 14: Let Hope Rise Monthly Series


Collaboraction's Let Hope Rise Monthly Series
Beginning February 14th, 2015, Collaboraction continues its mission to unite communities, spark dialouge, and incite change with the newly announced Let Hope Rise Monthly Series hosted by Anthony Moseley & Brian Keys.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 | Lunch at 12:00pm, Performance at 1:00pm
at Hamilton Park | Englewood 513 West 72nd St., Chicago, IL 60621




Join Collaboraction the 2nd Saturday of every month on the north, south, and west side as they use artistic sharing and community to increase the peace in Chicago.

The day kicks off at noon with a FREE Community meal by Connie's Pizza and is followed by a Variety Show hosted by Anthony Moseley featuring inspirational speakers, performers, and DJ Shon Roka backed by the Let Hope Rise house band.

Things start off February 14th at Hamilton Park with an AMAZING lineup of performers including...

- Artist/Activist FM Supreme
- Comedian Chris Redd
- The Brickheadz Crew
- Founder of Formers Annonymous Sammy Rangel
- Steven Philpott of Violence Stops Here
- Calvin Small and the Smooth Skaters
- Crime Scene Teen Ensemble

For more information, click here


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 15 - Mar 2: International Voices Project


The International Voices Project 2015
The International Voices Project (IVP) is the largest festival in the United States of contemporary International plays which have been translated into English. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents. IVP is presented in collaboration with the foreign consulates and cultural affairs offices of the consulates of Chicago. IVP has presented 29 plays from 15 countries. All events are FREE and open to the public.

What Will You See at IVP? IVP is presented as a series of staged concert readings. Think ‘radio plays’. The actors will be on stage with minimal sets, lighting and costumes. This allows the audience to focus on the voice of the playwright, and on ideas and language.

Talkbacks and Receptions! Join IVP after each performance for a talkback that explores the thematic and cultural questions raised by the play. Talkbacks create a dialogue between the audience, IVP Executive Director Patrizia Acerra, the director and actors, and IVP Visiting Artists. Each talkback is followed by a free reception with wine and appetizers! Come mingle with the cast and dignitaries.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 through Monday, March 2, 2015
at Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614





Sunday. February 15th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Play: Ramayana
Country: India
Adapted by: Gopal Sharman
Director: Anish Jethmalani
In Collaboration with: Rasaka Theatre
Synopsis: Rama, the prince of Ayodha, is exiled to the forest, but after many adventures he discovers that his wife has been abducted by Ravana, the king of demons, and Rama needs the help of Hanuman and his army of monkeys to rescue her. 
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Monday, February 16th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Play: Best Brothers
Country: Canada
Playwright: Daniel MacIvor
Director: Patrizia Acerra
Translated by: No Translator
In Collaboration with: Consulate General of Canada
Synopsis: A bittersweet comedy from one of Canada’s most beloved playwrights that explores the many ways in which we grieve and the love we find in unexpected places. Bunny Best has met her unfortunate end after a mishap at a Gay Days parade. Now her two sons, Kyle and Hamilton, have the task of arranging her funeral and caring for her most beloved companion, a troublesome Italian greyhound named Enzo. In the bustle of obituary-writing, eulogy-giving, and dog-sitting, sibling rivalry quickly reaches its peak and years of buried contentions surface.
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Tuesday, February 17th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Play: We Are a Hundred
Country: Sweden
Playwright: Jonas Hassen Khemiri
Director: Anna Bahow
Translated by: Rachel Willson-Broyles
Synopsis: A near-death experience! In Khemiri’s third play we meet a trio of women: A young revolutionary, a middle-aged comfort junkie and an old truth seeker. Three persons who, in their fight to define themselves, realize that they are the same person. Join Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s unpredictable world where everyone fights to define the meaning of the word “we”.
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Sunday, February 22nd from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Play: The Walruses
Country: Cuba
Playwright: Laura Liz Gil Echenique
Director: Kelly Lynn Hogan
Translated by: Yael Prizant
In Collaboration with: Vitalist Theatre
Synopsis: The essential desire to share genuine intimacy compels lovers to stumble toward one another in an eternal dance as basic as breathing, revealing that we can be as authentic as the rest of the creatures of the earth, who have much to teach us, if only we could listen.
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Monday, February 23rd from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Play: A Chance Encounter
Country: Syria
Playwright: Mohammad al-Attar
Director: Fouad Teymour
Translated by: Clem Naylor
In Collaboration with: Red Tape Theatre
Synopsis: Glimpse the human side of the current Syrian conflict through the unique artistic voice of this playwright, drama practitioner, and commentator who has been chronicling the rapid transformations taking place in his homeland since 2011. In Al-Attar’s short play A Chance Encounter, a simple interaction on a Beirut street corner draws us into a mire of Syrian politics and alliances.
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Tuesday, February 24th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Play: Nothing of Me
Country: Norway
Playwright: Arne Lygre
Director: Breahan Pautsch
Translated by: May-Brit Akerholt
In Collaboration with: Akvavit Theatre
Synopsis: The new play is the story of a passion gradually convulsed by visiting ghosts from the past, and by the risk at which the characters are from one another. In a playful style Arne Lygre delves into the bond of love, its force and its dead-ends, using ruthlessly telltale dialogue. The play warns us of the danger we’re at of imprisoning others within our expectations, through the very love we feel for them.
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Sunday, March 1st
Play: No Matter How Hard We Try
Country: Poland
Playwright: Dorota Maslowska
Direcotr: Max Truax
Translated by: Artur Zapalowski
In Collaboration with: Trap Door Theatre
Synopsis: No Matter How Hard We Tried is literary phenomenon Dorota Masłowska’s hilarious and devastating portrait of a schizophrenic post-communist Polish society divided against itself, buried under the weight of history, and torn between national pride and shame. With wildly inventive language and razor-sharp humor the play captures Poland’s contemporary moment bringing together nouveau-riche media celebrities, the abject poor, phony artists, and disaffected youth all struggling to stay afloat in a toxic stew of commercialism, intergenerational confusion, Catholic nationalism, and idealized visions of Poland’s tragic past.
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Monday, March 2nd
Play: The Reunion
Country: Chile
Playwright: Trinidad Gonzalez
Director: John C. Green
Translated by: Alexandra Ripp
In Collaboration with: MCA
Synopsis: When Spanish royalty imprisoned Christopher Columbus for abusing his power in the Indies, the explorer begged an audience with Queen Isabella to explain himself and plead for absolution. La Reunión, an intense single-act play, revisits this historic event to imagine a conversation between Columbus and Isabella, in the hour before the queen’s death in 1504. This steely vivisection of history and personal responsibilities takes place in the privacy of the queen’s chambers. In a probing dialogue, they duel about the power of the church and the oligarchy, class struggle, and the vindication of indigenous people, all the while accusing each other of greed and false morality. Stripped of props and design, the bare stage focuses the audience’s attention on two people whose actions changed the world—with only a massive round table, and their heated words, between them.
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Feb 15: Free Screening of The Trip to Bountiful


Raven Theatre hosts free screening of The Trip to Bountiful
featuring the Tony and Emmy Award-winning performance of Cicely Tyson. Introduction by Professor Anna Everett of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 7:00pm
at Raven Theatre | 6157 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60660




The acclaimed Broadway performances of Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams were recreated for a feature film, shot on location in Georgia and shown on Lifetime Television in 2014. Our screening of this film will be intorduced live, via Skype, by Professor Anna Everett of the University of California at Santa Barbara, a noted broadcast historian and scholar in Black Film Studies.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 15: Scholars' Series: Sondheim On Sondheim


Porchlight Music Theatre: Scholars' Series
Porchlight Music Theatre's Sondheim on Sondheim runs Feb. 6 - Mar 15, 2015. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015 following the 2:00pm performance
at Stage 773 | 150 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60657




Hosted by a member of the Porchlight Music Theatre team, Scholars' Series discussions provide audience members an opportunity to experience a lively, in depth discussion of the play and its creators with experts in the field from various institutions, related fields and theatres. Held after select performances, these discussions are an excellent way to get the very most out of the production.


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



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Feb 15: The White and the Not Quite White: "Racial" Encounters in the World of Tennessee Williams


Shattered Globe Sunday Series: Global Perspectives Post-Show Conversations Exploring THE ROSE TATTOO
Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to offer its new Sunday Series: Global Perspectives, a collection of post-play conversations with audiences, artists and experts exploring the ideas and issues raised in its current production of Tennessee Williams’ THE ROSE TATTOO. The free discussions will take place immediately following each Sunday’s 3 pm performance. THE ROSE TATTOO plays through February 28.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 following the 3:00pm performance of THE ROSE TATTOO
at Theater Wit | 1229 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657




"The White and the Not Quite White: 'Racial' Encounters in the World of Tennessee Williams”
With Jamil Khoury


In characterizing once disparaging attitudes towards immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe, American scholars on race and immigration coined the term PIGS (Poles, Italians, Greeks, and Slavs), referencing those communities perceived as incapable of assimilating into Anglo-American culture. Irish, Jewish, Lebanese-Syrian, Portuguese, and Spanish communities were also perceived as "culturally inferior" to Americans of Northern and Western European backgrounds, but as "preferable" to African Americans and Native Americans. Mindful of this history, Silk Road Rising Artistic Director Jamil Khoury will lead a post-performance conversation about gradations of whiteness and the juxtaposition of "whites" and "white ethnics" in Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo and A Streetcar Named Desire.


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



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Feb 11: 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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 10:30am to 11:30am
at Highland Park Public Library | 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL, 60035




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


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



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Feb 8: What Ever Happened to Passion?


Shattered Globe Sunday Series: Global Perspectives Post-Show Conversations Exploring THE ROSE TATTOO
Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to offer its new Sunday Series: Global Perspectives, a collection of post-play conversations with audiences, artists and experts exploring the ideas and issues raised in its current production of Tennessee Williams’ THE ROSE TATTOO. The free discussions will take place immediately following each Sunday’s 3 pm performance. THE ROSE TATTOO plays through February 28.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 following the 3:00pm performance of THE ROSE TATTOO
at Theater Wit | 1229 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657




“What Ever Happened to Passion?”
With Neal Spira


Neal Spira is the Dean of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and former President of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society. He is a training and supervising analyst at the Chicago Institute, a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Spira practices psychiatry and psychoanalysis in Chicago, and blogs at “A Deeper Look” on the Chicago Now website.


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



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Feb 8 - Mar 4: Samsara Public Programs


Samsara - Public Programs
Public programs for Samsara, playing at Victory Gardens Theater February 6 - March 8, 2014. Public Programs is an event series designed to enhance your experience by exploring the themes and issues within Victory Gardens’ Productions. Connecting the theater to the world beyond the stage and rehearsal room, Public Programs events bridge ideas, provoke dialogue, and deepen the relationship between audiences and productions.

Sunday, February 8, 2015
Wednesday, February  11, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
Tuesday February 17, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

at Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614




AFTERWORDS
After every performance of SAMSARA (unless otherwise noted)

Join us for one of our 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.


OUTSOURCING SURROGACY
Town Hall | Sun Feb 8th, 2015

For American couples seeking a surrogate, the process is tricky – to say the least. Due to federal regulations and costs upwards of $100,000, American couples are seeking alternatives from developing countries across the globe. With surrogate mothers needing financial stability, this lower-cost agreement is a way to keep both parties happy. But at whose expense? Join us for this timely town hall conversation addressing globalization and the surrogacy trend.


THE NEW NORMAL
Wednesday Night Out | Wed Feb 11th, 2015

6:30pm cocktail get together at Victory Gardens | Special Afterwords following performance
With same-sex marriage legalized in almost three-fourths of the country, the definition of a “normal” American home is fast-changing. But when homophobia and discrimination enable adoption and surrogacy restrictions, how do same-sex couples combat adversity? Join us for a pre-show reception at Victory Gardens, then stick around for this special Afterwords discussion giving voice to the challenges and triumphs of “the new normal.”


SILENCE, STEREOTYPES, & AMERICAN SURROGATES OF COLOR
Encuentros | Thurs Feb 12th, 2015

6:30pm cocktail hour at Victory Gardens | Special Afterwords following performance
Statistically, women of color face greater obstacles protecting reproductive rights, are less likely to seek fertility treatment, and are most often pressured into becoming surrogates themselves. How might stereotypes of class, race, and gender contribute to these rising trends? Hosted by Amor Montes de Oca, join us for a pre-show reception at Victory Gardens then stick around for this special Afterwords discussion exploring the complexities surrounding stereotypes, surrogacy and women of color.


THE PLAYWRIGHT’S VOICE: THE HATMAKER’S WIFE
Staged Reading | Mon Feb 16th, 2015

Can’t get enough Lauren Yee? Join Victory Gardens in association with Dog & Pony Theatre Co. for a staged reading of Lauren Yee’s play, The Hatmaker’s Wife. This imaginative new play tells the story of a young woman who moves in with her boyfriend expecting domestic bliss, but instead has trouble getting comfortable. This sweet and surreal story bends time and space to redefine the idea of family, home, and true love itself.


THE PLAYWRIGHT’S VOICE: THE TIGER AMONG US
February 17th, 2015 | Timeline Theater Company

Continue the journey into Lauren Yee’s fantastical worlds by joining Timeline Theatre Company for a reading of The Tiger Among Us. For Lia and her ghetto wannabe brother Pao, being the only Hmong kids in town is tough; it’s even tougher when that town happens to be in outstate Minnesota. And when a stranger’s arrival in the midst of hunting season threatens their tenuous existence, Lia finds herself caught between her family and her dreams in this modern-day midwestern folktale about a Hmong American family and the tenuous bonds that tie us together.


THE HANDS THAT MADE ME
Pre Show Spoken Word Performance Series | Wed Feb 18th, Fri Feb 27th & Tues March 3rd | 7:00pm

Every family has a story. Whether we come from immigrants or adoption, a second marriage or a single-parent home, our identities are shaped by the hands that make us. Hear Chicago’s most dynamic slam poets riff on families near and far, nuclear and nontraditional, in this pre-show spoken word series.


ARTIST TALK: THE MANY CYCLES OF SAMSARA
Special Afterwords | Wed Feb 18th, 2015

A new play in process is very much like the Hindu definition of Samsara: an endless series of births, deaths, and rebirths. With its first appearance at Victory Gardens at the Ignition Festival of New Plays in 2012, Samsara has evolved tremendously since its inception. Moderated by Isaac Gomez (Literary Manager, Samsara dramaturg), join Lauren Yee (playwright), Seth Bockley (director), and members of the cast as they discuss the themes and ideas in Samsara and the circuitous process of bringing this imaginative world premiere to life.


A CHANGING FACE: SURROGACY IN INDIA
Special Afterwords | Fri Feb 20th, 2015

Surrogacy clinics in India are on the rise, and the challenges of international surrogacy are more apparent than ever. Inconsistent regulations, potential dangers for Indian surrogates, and cultural divisions all pose challenges to both the characters in Samsara and real-life parents-to-be. As more Americans look to India as a cheaper option for alternative reproduction, are both parties really benefitting from this arrangement? Join us for this crucial Afterwords discussion on old views and new ways.


COLLEGE NIGHT: HOMELANDS
Pre-show Performance | Special Afterwords | Thurs Feb 26th, 2015

The years during and following college are a turbulent time of first apartments, moving boxes, and friends that become family. In the wake of transition, what does it mean to form a new family? What does it mean to leave family behind? Hear young local artists respond in a pre-show performance, then stick around for a special Afterwords conversation investigating the true nature of family at a time of rebirth – at a time of Samsara.


THE MODERN AMERICAN FAMILY
Special Afterwords | Sat Feb 28th, 2015

In the 21st century, the definition of family is constantly changing. From interracial to same-sex couples, from adoption to In Vitro Fertilization, how do we create a family? Join us for this special Afterwords discussion exploring all areas of collaborative reproduction, the modern American family, and the many ways families are created.


BREAKING THE BARRIER: SOUTH ASIA SPEAKS
Special Afterwords | Tue March 3rd, 2015

Western pop culture is filled with riffs on South Asian stereotypes. But the voices of South Asian artists themselves are among the most under represented in the American theatre landscape. Some artists turn to culturally-specific institutions to create theater – but how can we further increase visibility and sustainability for South Asian stories? Join a panel of Chicago’s top South Asian artists as they navigate cultural bias and fight to be heard in this crucial post-show discussion.


HOW NOT TO SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE
Special Afterwords | Wed March 4th, 2015

Studies show that having children increases stability within a marriage… but at the expense of a couple’s happiness. Between maintaining childcare, providing education, and managing finances, many couples find themselves at a crossroads where they must choose between their own needs and the needs of their child. With all the pressures and complexities that come with having children, is starting a family an obligation? A dream? A solution to a conflict? Join families and social workers for this special Afterwords discussion exploring the realities of wedded bliss.

Free and open to the public. Tickets needed for all Samsara performances.
For more information, visit http://victorygardens.org/our-season/samsara/.



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Feb 8: A Cappella en Español: Lecture


A Cappella en Español : Lecture
Arrive early for a free pre-concert lecture by Dr. Robert Kendrick, Professor of Music at the University of Chicago.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 3:30pm
at the University of Chicago, Logan Center for the Arts | 915 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637




A Cappella en Español
Winter 2015

This colorful tapestry of music from the Spanish-speaking world will feature fresh sounds and exciting rhythms from South America, Spain, and the Caribbean, with a special focus on Mexico. Dancers from the acclaimed Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater will bring a dazzling visual embellishment to this not-to-be-missed event.


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



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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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