Behind the Curtain

Jun 26: The Freshness Initiative - Something Clean


Join Sideshow Theatre for the 3rd Annual FRESHNESS INITIATIVE
Each year Sideshow Theatre Company invites three of Chicago's hottest playwrights to develop brand new, full-length, totally fresh works inside the laboratory of The Freshness Initiative. During the year-long program, Sideshow artists and staff work with each resident writer to develop plays that intersect, explore and explode Sideshow’s aesthetic and mission. The result is three bold, fresh works for the stage that push audiences' expectations of what a Sideshow play might be.

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7:30pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



Something Clean
By Selina Fillinger
Directed by Lauren Shouse

Charlotte has been a mother for nineteen years, a wife for three decades, and a respectable community member her entire life. But when her only child is incarcerated for sexual assault, her once immaculate world is forever tainted. Selina Fillinger’s intimate new drama, Something Clean, follows one woman struggling to make sense of her own grief, love, and culpability.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, email tickets@sideshowtheatre.org.



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Jun 26: The Making of Parade


Writers Theatre's The Making Of Series
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of the shows you love? For each production, Writers Theatre offers insight into a different aspect of creating theatre to a group of Writers Theatre patrons. Enjoy a short and lively presentation by their designers and other experts, who will walk you through the process of preparing for and executing a show.

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 6:30pm
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022





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



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Jun 24: The Woman, the Dog, and the Machete (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 24, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The Woman, the Dog, and the Machete
By Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby
Directed by Steven Wilson

A man is on trial for assault and battery with a deadly weapon and animal abuse. 12 jurors hold his fate in their hands. Will the evidence favor his freedom or find a way for him to join his brother in prison?

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



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Jun 23: Grant Park Music Festival - Stravinsky Firebird


Grant Park Music Festival - Stravinsky Firebird
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Friday, June 23, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



The season heats up with Khachaturian's festive Armenian Piano Concerto with American pianist Conrad Tao, along with Stravinsky's heroic masterpiece, The Firebird. The evening begins with the Midwest premiere of David Schiff's Infernal, a jazzy tribute to Stravinsky's Firebird.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Jun 22: From Page to Stage Series - Film Screening: The People v. Leo Frank


From Page to Stage Series - Film Screening: The People v. Leo Frank
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 Parade.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 6:30pm
Hosted by Glenview Public Library | 1930 Glenview Rd, Glenview, IL 60025



Join Writers for a screening of this docudrama by Ben Loeterman, which uses transcripts of the actual words spoken by the participants in Leo Frank's trial to dramatize those events. Put yourself in the shoes of a jury member as they grapple with the question: guilty or not guilty?


This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservation is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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Jun 21: Grant Park Music Festival - Beethoven Symphony No. 4


Grant Park Music Festival - Beethoven Symphony No. 4
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Wednesday, June 21 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



Join the Orchestra for Beethoven's classic Fourth Symphony, along with American composer Aaron Copland's homage, Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson with soprano Susanna Phillips in her Festival debut. Wagner's orchestral interpretation of the Faust overture opens the program.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Jun 17: An Evening at the Pekin Theatre


Illinois Humanities presents An Evening at the Pekin Theatre
Bronzeville’s Pekin Theatre, often called the “Temple of Music,” was the first Black-owned and -operated stock theatre company in the United States. The Pekin opened the first all-Black show ever produced in Chicago on June 18th, 1905 to an estimated crowd of 400 patrons. Join Illinois Humanities just one day shy of 112 years later as they reanimate history at the corner of 27th and S. State Street with an evening of ragtime-era performances by MacArthur-winning pianist Reginald Robinson and some of Chicago’s other most talented artists and musicians.

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:00pm
at the Northwest Corner of 27th and South State Streets



Directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce
Written by McKenzie Chinn
Musical Arrangements by William Hayes

In partnership with Empty Bottle Presents
With generous support from the Joyce Foundation

Featuring Sydney Charles, Breon Arzell, Destiny Strothers, Christopher Audain, MacArthur-winning pianist Reginald Robinson, and his band: Aidan Sinclair Daniels
Ernest Dawkins
Dushun Mosley
Samuel WIlliams
Robert Griffin
Roosevelt Griffin III
Tracy Kirk

Cultural Historian and Consultant: Tim Samuelson
Production Stage Manager: Adia Alli
Choreographer: Breon Arzell

An Evening at the Pekin Theatre is proud to be a part of the 2017 Year of Public Art Chicago.

This live, outdoor concert is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Jun 17: When They Came (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 17, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



When They Came
By Resident Playwright MT Cozzola
Directed by Jeremy Aluma

In When They Came, the citizens of a typical American town recover from the loss of a group of aliens who had come to them in need of a new home. The citizens defend their actions, interrogate each other, and reveal their deepest hopes and fears as they seek to explain, as a community, how their hospitable intentions resulted in disaster.

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



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Jun 16-17, 23-24: Jambalaya Series


Congo Square Theatre Company presents the 2017 Jambalaya Series
Join Congo Square for two weekends of staged readings and fun after dark with Congo Square! Featuring a sneak peek at the World Premiere of Jaret Landon's innovative opera Strange Land. Staged readings of plays were submitted to Congo Square through the August Wilson New Play Initiative (AWNPI).

Friday, June 16, 2017 through Saturday, June 24, 2017
at the Greenhouse Theater Center | 2257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614



Dedicated to the memory of Sam Roberson Jr.

Featuring: 

Strange Land by Jaret Landon
Friday June 16th at 7:30pm
Friday June 23rd at 7:30pm

Blowin Fire by Gloria Bon Clunie
Directed by Artistic Associate Edgar Sanchez
Saturday June 17th at 5:30pm

The Master Comic by Ensemble member Aaron Todd Douglas
Directed by Seth Thomas
Saturday June 17th at 7:30pm

SBF by Lisa B. Thompson
Directed by Ensemble member TaRon Patton
Saturday June 24th at 5:30pm

For Flow by Kesav Wable
Directed by Ensemble member Anthony Irons
Saturday June 24th at 7:30pm

Plus local Chicago sketch comedy, stand-up comedians, short films, and dancers!!!

These events are FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, please click here.



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Jun 16: Grant Park Music Festival - A Sea Symphony


Grant Park Music Festival - A Sea Symphony
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Friday, June 16, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



The Grant Park Chorus join the Orchestra for Vaughan Williams' monumental A Sea Symphony, based on Walt Whitman's celebrated poetry collection, Leaves of Grass. Sweeping and bold, it is paired with orchestral works from Benjamin Britten's beautiful and terrifying opera, Peter Grimes.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Jun 14: Grant Park Music Festival - Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto


Grant Park Music Festival - Opening Night: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra open the Festival's 2017 season with one of the most enduring violin concertos of all time featuring Vadim Gluzman. The evening gets started with Alfvén's Festival Overture and a medley of the best-known music from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Jun 13: Celebration of Authors


Join Barrel of Monkeys for the Culminating Event of the School Year!
The Monkeys want YOU, along with your family and friends, to attend our annual end-of-the-school-year performance, Celebration of Authors!
Los Monkeys quieren que USTED, con sus amigos y familia, asistan nuestra presentación de fin de año, ¡Celebracion of Autores!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 / 13 de junio, 2017 at 6:30pm
at University of Chicago: Logan Center for the Arts | 915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637



6:30 PM Reception and Activities for the Kids / recepción y actividades para los niños
7:00 PM Showtime / el espectáculo

The show will be made up of stories written by students from all over Chicago (including one from every school we work with!) and performed by the Barrel of Monkeys ensemble at University of Chicago.

El espectáculo estará lleno de cuentos escritos por estudiantes de todo Chicago (incluyendo algunos de su escuela) y realizados por los actores de Barrel of Monkeys, y será presentado en la Universidad de Chicago.

¡Costo: Gratis! This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve your tickets, please click here.



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Jun 11: From Page to Stage Series - . . .Fair Treatment To All: The Anti-Defamation League


From Page to Stage Series - . . .Fair Treatment To All: The Anti-Defamation League
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 Parade.

Saturday, June 11, 2017 at 2:00pm
Hosted by Wilmette Public Library | 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091



Featuring: Jessica Gall, Associate Regional Director of Anti-Defamation League Chicago

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all," partially in response to Leo Frank's ordeal that same year. We are honored to host representatives of ADL and discuss their history, the inclusive work that they do and the resonance of Parade in today's society.


This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservation is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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Jun 10: Scrapbook (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 10, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Scrapbook
Chicago Dramatists' Resident Alumni playwrights, current Residents, Writer's Studio Members and Tutterow Fellows will present ten minute plays responding to this year’s prompt: Edvard Munch’s The Scream. At this reunion of their favorite playwrights, Chicago Dramatists will celebrate where they've been and where they're going, join Chicago Dramatists afterwards for a celebration!

Writers include: Cassandra Rose, Susan Lieberman, Mark Young, James Henry, John Green, Dennis Fisher, Karin McKie and Cheryl Coons.

Directors: Ana Velasquez, Morgan McCabe, Richard Shavzin.

Ensemble: Landree Fleming, Razz Jenkins, Vahishta Vafadari, Abbas Salem, Richard Henzel, Kelley Owens and Rob Koon.

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



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Jun 5: The Making of The Mystery of Love & Sex


Writers Theatre's The Making Of Series
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of the shows you love? For each production, Writers Theatre offers insight into a different aspect of creating theatre to a group of Writers Theatre patrons. Enjoy a short and lively presentation by their designers and other experts, who will walk you through the process of preparing for and executing a show.

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 6:30pm
Gillian Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022





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



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Jun 4: Where Have They Gone? (Reading)


The New Colony Theatre's Staged Reading of Where Have They Gone?
Presented as part of The New Colony’s Writers’ Room. Join The New Colony for a sneak peek at one of their works in development! The reading will be followed by a brief talkback.

Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Den Theatre | 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60622




By Tiffany Oglesby
Directed by Shariba Rivers
Featuring Brianna Buckley, Kiki Layne, Regina Mays, Max Thomas and Lauren Wells

For the past five years, seventeen year old Norelle and her mother Gwendolyn have found refuge in a haven created for black women in order to mentally escape the trauma of losing the black men in their lives due to death and incarceration. With Norelle’s upcoming eighteenth birthday, she has to make the choice of whether to stay in the town permanently or leave the only family she has left. Norelle then meets Cory, a young man dealing with his own inner turmoil. Together, they form a bond which causes Norelle to become more uncertain of her decision than ever before.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jun 3: Arts in Action


Goodman Theatre presents Arts in Action
Inspired by Shedrick Yarkpai’s story in Objects in the Mirror, this panel discussion will feature organizations working with refugees and immigrants living in the Chicagoland area. Patrons may stay afterward to learn tangible ways to support their efforts.

Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 5:00pm
the Alice Center at Goodman Theatre | 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60601



Partner organizations include:

RefugeeOne: Since 1982, RefugeeOne has welcomed to Chicago more than 17,000 refugees fleeing every major world crisis, from Cambodian survivors of the killing fields to Syrians displaced by the ongoing civil war. As Illinois’ largest resettlement agency, they walk alongside refugees on the road to self-reliance—greeting them at O’Hare, finding their first apartments, teaching English and helping them find jobs, supporting children in school, and matching refugees with volunteers to help them acclimate to life in the United States.

Syrian Community Network: Syrian Community Network (SCN) assist, aids, and eases the resettlement of Syrian refugees to the Chicagoland area by facilitating a bridge of mutual support between the newly arrived refugees and the local community.

American Relief Coalition for Syria: The American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS) is a coalition of secular, non-political, Syrian diaspora led humanitarian organizations that provide multi-sector relief inside of Syria, as well as assistance and services to millions of displaced Syrian refugees in host countries.

Latinos Progresando:
Latinos Progresando’s mission is to deliver high-quality information and resources for people to build secure, healthy, and productive lives. The Chicago based organization’s programming includes comprehensive immigration legal services, theater arts programs, scholarship funds, health education and community organizing.

Hyde Park Refugee Project: The Hyde Park Refugee Project consists of Hyde Park residents and other volunteers from Chicago’s South Side working together to resettle refugee families in our neighborhood and transition them to self-sufficiency.

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



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Jun 2: Where is Everybody (Reading)


Join Windy City Playhouse for the second presentation in their new works reading series, The Sandbox!
The Playhouse invites the community to enjoy a reading of the new play, Where is Everybody... the story of retiring high school physics teacher whose attempts to connect with his two adult sons by giving himself fully to his oldest son’s imaginative entrepreneurial ideas.

Friday, June 2, 2017, 2017 at 7:30pm
at Windy City Playhouse | 3014 W. Irving Rd., Chicago, IL 60618



written by Kevin Daly
directed by Kyle Davis
featuring: Will Casey, Grant Niezgodski, & Steve Lords

Where is Everybody was developed both at the Neil Simon Festival (Cedar City, Utah) in 2016 and with Panndora Productions (Long Beach, California) in 2015. The script was the winner of the Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest, a finalist for the Reva Shiner Comedy Award (Bloomington Playwrights Project), a finalist for the Hope on Stage Award (Cornell University & University of Notre Dame), and a winner of the Panndora’s Box New Works Festival.

THE SANDBOX is a new artistic initiative, conceived in 2016 by Playhouse Artistic Director Amy Rubenstein & Artistic Associate Carl Menninger. In the vein of the Playhouse's mainstage programming, this reading series both offers unique opportunities artists, while also creating an inviting space for "non-traditional" theater patrons to get an inside look at the new play development process. Both the reading itself and the discussion to follow will be structured such that theater professionals and novices alike will be able to learn about the writing process, provide critical feedback to the writer, and above all, be entertained.

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are strongly recommended. To RSVP, click here.



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May 25: From Page to Stage Series - Trivia Night: History of Musicals


From Page to Stage Series - Trivia Night: History of Musicals
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 Parade.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Highland Park Public Library | 494 Laurel Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035



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

Parade is a musical about an actual event in American history. See how much you know about the history of musical theatre – as well as other musicals about history - with a lively round of trivia, hosted by a surprise guest. Bring your A-game and let your competitive streak shine! 


This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservation is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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May 23: Backstage at the Biograph - Native Gardens


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.





Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH - Native Gardens

Grab your friends and family and head on over to the Victory Gardens Theater’s Block Party in celebration of Karen Zacarías’s hilarious neighborly comedy Native Gardens. Enjoy some mouth-watering barbecue, backyard games, and, of course, an exclusive sneak peek at Native Gardens!

FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP is required. Click here to reserve a seat.



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