Behind the Curtain

Dec 11: The Making of The Importance of Being Earnest


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, December 11, 2017 at 6:30pm
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022





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



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Dec 11: TimePieces Play Reading - Too Heavy for Your Pocket


TimeLine Theatre's TimePieces Play Reading Series presents Too Heavy for Your Pocket
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. 


Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Stage 773 | 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657





Too Heavy for Your Pocket
By Jiréh Breon Holder
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown

In this award-winning work about the personal costs of public crusades, 2016 Yale School of Drama graduate and Tennessee-born Jiréh Breon Holder takes us back to Nashville in the summer of 1961. The Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own.

The cast of Too Heavy for Your Pocket includes Sydney Charles, Kevin Patterson, Camille Robinson, and Denzel Tsopnang.

FREE but registration is strongly recommended. Space is limited. Reserve seats online here or call (773) 281-8483 x6.



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Dec 10: In the Next Room: Sunday Scholars Series


TimeLine Theatre presents their next Sunday Scholars Series: Dr Lauren Streicher and Terri Kapsalis to tackle female "hysteria" then and now. 
Join TimeLine for this special hour-long panel discussion, moderated by In the Next Room or the vibrator play dramaturg Maren Robinson and featuring expert guest panelists Terri Kapsalis and Lauren Streicher, MD.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 4:30pm
at Stage 773 | 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657



Catch the buzz at TimeLine’s free Sunday Scholars event, which follows immediately after the 2 pm matinee of its current hit production of Sarah Ruhl’s intimate and humorous play about a Victorian era doctor, his sexually repressed wife, and the invention of a new piece of electrical machinery meant to treat the common affliction of female “hysteria.”

Streicher is an Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University’s medical school, The Feinberg School of Medicine; the medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause; and a noted TV personality.

Kapsalis is the author of Jane Addams’ Travel Medicine Kit, The Hysterical Alphabet, and Public Privates: Performing Gynecology from Both Ends of the Speculum; a co-founder of Theater Oobleck; and a collective member at Chicago Women’s Health Center.

Both will bring their deep expertise to TimeLine’s “Sunday Scholars,” and delve into the story and themes of sexual awakening and female equality found in Ruhl’s In the Next Room, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award nominee for Best Play. TimeLine Company Member Maren Robinson, who served as dramaturg on the production, will moderate the panel, followed by audience Q&A.

This event is FREE and open to the public. If you would like to attend, but are not attending the show that day, please arrive by 4:30pm and you can enter the theatre once the performance concludes. Questions? Call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6.



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Dec 9: Stories Come Alive! - Montauciel Takes Flight


Lifeline Theatre presents Stories Come Alive! - Montauciel Takes Flight
Free drama games in Rogers Park with Lifeline Theatre's Montauciel Takes Flight . Lifeline's spring children's adaptation runs January 13 - February 18, 2018

Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10:00am to 11:00am
at the Rogers Park Public Library | 6907 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626




Lifeline actors will share stories about the first hot air balloon flight 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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Dec 4: The Making of Quixote: On the Conquest of Self


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, December 4, 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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Dec 4: Faith in a Fallen World (Reading)


Something Marvelous presents Faith in a Fallen World by Georgette Kelly
Directed by Rinska Carrasco Prestinary

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7:30pm
Vagabond School of the Arts | 4001 N Ravenswood Ave, Ste 504, Chicago, IL 60613



Featuring Jen Bosworth, Cage Sebastian Pierre, Aurora Real de Asua, Sofia Tew, and H.B. Ward.

Bethany is the only daughter of a charismatic creationist preacher who has founded The Museum of God’s Creation in rural Kentucky. When Bethany returns home from her first year in a liberal arts college, she finds herself working retail in the museum’s gift shop–until her Muslim boyfriend shows up and she must juggle two worlds and a big secret. Meanwhile, Bethany discovers a six-year-old girl who has been living in the museum and who promises to deliver a miracle.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Dec 3: Sunday Spotlight - The Importance of Being Earnest


Writers Theatre's Sunday Spotlight
Are you curious about the world that surrounds your favorite plays? Sunday Spotlight offers access to the finest speakers, academicians and cultural leaders. This one-hour event takes place following select Sunday matinees and extends the conversation on Writers Theatre's stages by featuring an expert in an area connected to the play. For example, past audiences have learned from the experiences of Holocaust survivor Aaron Elster in a layered discussion around The Diary of Anne Frank and explored the nature of suspicion in Doubt: A Parable with the Director of Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions Karen Daniel.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 following the 2:00pm performance
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022




Sunday Spotlight:
This event directly follows the conclusion of the 2pm matinee performance. Start time is approximate.

The Importance of Being Earnest:
One of the cleverest comedies by one of the greatest writers in the English language, The Importance of Being Earnest introduces us to Jack and Algernon, two charming bachelors who are each living a double life, aided by a fictional alter ego called “Ernest.” But when they fall truly in love with a pair of proper young women, will they be able to bring an end to the charade and convince the formidable Lady Bracknell that they are suitable candidates for marriage? After all, “the one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.”

FREE but seating is limited. RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.



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Dec 2: Meet Paramount’s Buddy the Elf


Bring the kids to meet Buddy the Elf at free events at three public libraries in Aurora and Oswego
Direct from Paramount Theatre’s holiday production, Elf The Musical, everybody’s favorite oversized elf will meet his fans, make holiday mischief and spread Christmas cheer.

Saturday, December 2, 2017



10 a.m.
Aurora Public Library, Eola Road Branch 
555 S. Eola Rd., Aurora (630) 264-3400
Meet Buddy and make an elf craft! Enter a raffle for a basket including an Elf book and other goodies.

11:30 a.m.

Oswego Public Library
32 Jefferson Street, Oswego (630) 978-1272
Crafts for kids and teens. Kids can write and mail a letter to Santa. Drawings for prizes for all ages include a $100 gift card to Paramount Theatre.

1 p.m.
Aurora Public Library, Santori Branch
101 S. River St., Aurora (630) 264-4100
Come early for a sing-a-long beginning at 12:15 p.m. Buddy the Elf arrives at 1 p.m. Enter a raffle for a basket including an Elf book. Free refreshments.

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



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Nov 13: Prodigy: A Modern Family Portrait (Reading)


Brown Paper Box Company, in association with DePaul University's First Year Program present a staged reading
Prodigy: A Modern Family Portrait, a new play by Anna Schutz, with director led talk back to follow

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:00pm
Room 301 at The Theatre School at DePaul University | 2350 N Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60614




Danielle and Emily's 4-year-old daughter, Macie, shows a promising artistic gift. When gallery owner Rebecca convinces the couple to start displaying and selling Macie's paintings, playtime starts to get serious. Is Macie a prodigy, or just a kid who likes to paint? Can Danielle and Emily's marriage weather Macie's newfound fame? The characters grapple with these and other questions as they traverse the complicated world of old flames, private elementary schools, and modern art.

Staged reading featuring:
Deanalís Resto (Danielle)
Kristi Szczepanek (Emily)
Nicole Nola (Rebecca)

Director-led talkback to follow
Erin Shea Brady - Director
Anna Schutz - Playwright
Michelle Kritselis - Dramaturg
​Roy Curiale - Mix Engineer
with poster design by Charlie Sheets

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



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Nov 12: Sunday Spotlight - Quixote: On the Conquest of Self


Writers Theatre's Sunday Spotlight
Are you curious about the world that surrounds your favorite plays? Sunday Spotlight offers access to the finest speakers, academicians and cultural leaders. This one-hour event takes place following select Sunday matinees and extends the conversation on Writers Theatre's stages by featuring an expert in an area connected to the play. For example, past audiences have learned from the experiences of Holocaust survivor Aaron Elster in a layered discussion around The Diary of Anne Frank and explored the nature of suspicion in Doubt: A Parable with the Director of Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions Karen Daniel.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 following the 2:00pm performance
Gillian Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022




Sunday Spotlight:
This event directly follows the conclusion of the 2pm matinee performance. Start time is approximate.

Quixote: On The Conquest of Self:
This engaging and creative interpretation of the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes transports audiences between time periods: from the fascinating universes created by Cervantes to the parallel realities of our current world. Along the way, the universally beloved dreamer Don Quixote helps bring new meaning to our triumphs and defeats, reawakening our forgotten desires and celebrating the joys of great literature.

FREE but seating is limited. RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.



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Nov 11: Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - Trouble in Mind


Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - A citywide, yearlong event to rediscover classic plays by writers of color
Court’s Spotlight Reading series hopes to redefine—and ultimately expand—the canon of classic Theatre by presenting readings of rarely produced plays by authors of color. The series aims to introduce more Chicagoans to the authors and their work, and to expand Court’s artistic values into more communities in the city, with a focus on the south side.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 3:00pm
at South Shore Cultural Center | 7059 S. South Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60649





Trouble in Mind
By Alice Childress
Directed by Sydney Chatman

The Story: Wiletta Mayer, a talented but struggling black actress, gets her breakthrough role and is cast in a “progressive” Broadway play about race; however, it turns out to be anything but progressive, both in terms of its script and rehearsal environment. The play is a satirical look at racism in American commercial theatre.

FREE, but reservations are strongly recommended. Patrons with reservations will be given priority. Limit 4 per household. Click here to RSVP.



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Nov 3: Backstage with BJ: The Book of Will


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: The Book of Will
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. The Book of Will runs through December 17, 2017 in Skokie, IL.

Friday, November 3, 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 The Book of Will 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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Oct 30: Herland (Reading)


The Trellis Residency Initiative Presents Herland

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:00pm
Upstairs Main Stage at the Greenhouse Theater Center | 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



Herland
By Grace McLeod
Directed by Jonathan L. Green

Jean is in her seventies, recently divorced, and ready to shake things up. She recruits her two best friends since forever and an intern, a precocious college-bound girl from down the street, to design a bold plan for the next chapter of their lives. They plot the future together inside Jean’s garage, formerly the domain of a locally famous Bruce Springsteen cover band fronted by their ex-husbands. After a lifetime of following other people’s rules, they are faced with the exhilarating prospect of making their own. HERLAND is a play about women growing up, growing old, and living life to the beat of Bruce Springsteen’s greatest hits.

This event is FREE. Seating is first come first served. To reserve tickets, click here.



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Oct 24: Backstage at the Biograph - Write, Camera, Action


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, October 24, 2017 at 7:00pm

at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH - Fade
Think you have what it takes to hold your own in a TV writing room? Tanya Saracho speaks from experience when describing the wild world of television in Victory Gardens Theater and Teatro Vista's upcoming dark comedy Fade. Join VG for an evening in which you'll dive into the world of pitching a spec script with local screenwriting teachers. You'll get a chance to flesh out an idea to pitch with the help of an accomplished writer and catch a sneak peek of rehearsal of a scene from Tanya's Fade.

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



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Oct 5: Inside Look: Georgia McBride


Northlight Theatre's Inside Look: Georgia McBride
Explore the context of Georgia McBride with Northlight Theatre.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 10:45am
at Evanston Public Library | 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL 60201



Explore the context of The Legend of Georgia McBride through a discussion and Q&A session with artists related to the production. Approximately one hour.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Sep 30: 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, September 30, 2017 at 1:00pm
at Lifeline Theatre | 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago 60626



Open House: Arnie the Doughnut
Meet director Elise Kauzlaric, composer George Howe, and the cast of their beloved musical as they present a scene and song 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 September 29.



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Sep 27: WRECK (Reading)


WRECK receives a staged reading at The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.
Kevin Wiczer’s new play WRECK to have a Stage Reading at The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 7:30 to 10:30pm
at The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre | 111 W. Campbell St, Arlington Heights, IL 60005



Wreck
Two men (Man #1 played by Jason Williams, and Man #2 played by Mark Stickney) survive a plane crash, and end up on a deserted island in the Caribbean. After figuring out survival strategies, they begin to learn about each other, and it’s not long before their inner demons creep to the surface. Includes strong adult language, adult situations, and violence. Playwright: Kevin Wiczer (Lake Zurich).

The cast: Mark Stickney and Jason Williams (Palatine).

There will be a talkback afterwards. The talkback will be moderated by Metropolis Resident Director and Casting Director, Robin Hughes.

Playwright Kevin Wiczer says, “This new play was a challenge. I wanted this play to consist of only two men on stage for a two-hour time period dealing with a rollercoaster of emotions. WRECK is about survival, loss, finding yourself, trust in others, and the destruction of the human soul.”

This event is FREE. Seating is first come first served.



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Sep 25 - Oct 4: Artemisia Theatre's Her Story Is Our Story - 2017 Fall Festival Play


Artemisia Fall Festival 2017
Pick your next theatrical adventure at Artemisia Fall Festival 2017, featuring six groundbreaking new plays with dynamic female characters seeking full production. Each night a new work is staged by Chicago’s outstanding pool of talent and is free to the public. From this thrilling lineup, the audience chooses Artemisia’s next world premiere. You must see a minimum of four readings to receive a digital voting ballot at the end of the festival. Fall Festival talent is excluded from voting.

Monday, September 25, 2017 through Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
at the Edge Theatre | 5451 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640






Monday, September 25 at 7:30pm
The Rug Dealer by Riti Sachdeva
An Iranian-American woman inherits her father’s rug store after his death and negotiates the costly business of carpets, family, duty and desire.

Tuesday, September 26 at 7:30pm
Jarred by Eileen Campbell
A fresh college dropout moves in with her former fourth grade teacher in order to get away from the mess. Together, the two women must reconcile their monsters.

Wednesday, September 27 at 8:00pm
Rush by Callie Kimball
A young woman and her brother risk everything to start a new life at the end of the world. But with a Chicago detective on their trail, is the Yukon Territory far enough away to escape their terrible past?

Monday, October 2 at 7:30pm
The Malta Play by Kirsten Ebsen
Based on actual events, two British Quaker women survive imprisonment by the Inquisition on the Isle of Malta during the seventeenth century.

Tuesday, October 3 at 7:30pm
Reap the Grove by Caity-Shea Violette
An estranged family is reunited to spend the mother’s final days together before she ends her life on her own terms following a terminal lung cancer diagnosis.

Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30pm
Parts of Speech by Janet Burroway
In the 1980’s, a female translation teacher waits for news of her journalist brother who has been taken hostage in Lebanon and copes by revisiting and reimaging the past.


FREE but RSVP is strongly encouraged. Seating is limited. Click here to RSVP.



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Sep 23: Stories Come Alive! - Arnie the Doughnut


Free drama games in Rogers Park with Lifeline Theatre's Arnie the Doughnut. Lifeline's spring children's adaptation runs October 21 - November 26, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 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 Laurie Keller's Arnie the Doughnut 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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Sep 23: Stray (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: September
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, September 23, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Stray
by Ryan Oliveira (RAC Writer's Group)

In a small Brazilian town, an accident leaves a mother and son from America without memories of each other. Taken in by three town's stray animals, they begin to re-member their lives, but can they remember each other anew?

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



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