Behind the Curtain

Dec 21: Theatre Trivia Night at The Call


A fun night of theatre trivia at The Call!
City Lit Theater Company is hosting a Theatre Team Trivia night.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 from 7:00pm through 10:00pm
at The Call | 1547 W Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60660



This event is only for ages 21+. Happy Hour drink specials: $2.50 Well Drinks, $3.00 Domestic Beer Bottles.

This event is free and open to the public.



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Dec 19: The Making of East Texas Hot Links


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 19, 2016 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 17: 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, December 17, 2016 at 1:00pm
at Lifeline Theatre | 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago 60626



Meet adaptor Chris Hainsworth and director Heather Currie, and the cast of Lifeline's world premiere production of Fable-ous! as they present scenes 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 December 16.



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Dec 13: Bookends & Beginnings: Miss Bennet


Bookends & Beginnings: Miss Bennet
Join Northlight Theatre and The Jane Austen Society as they discuss Jane Austen's influence on contemporary society.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:00pm
at Bookends & Beginnings in Evanston | 1712 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201




Featured guests include Jessica Thebus, director of Northlight's Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley and Diane Capitani, Education Director of The Jane Austen Society. This event will feature a Q&A discussion and will provide historical and literary context for Jane Austen's work, and the modern work it inspires. Approximately 90 minutes.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Dec 11: Cyrano (Reading)


Theatre Above the Law presents Cyrano
Join Theatre Above the Law for an open reading of a new adaptation of Cyrano by local playwright Michael P. Dalberg.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
at McKaw Theater | 1439 W. Jarvis, Chicago, IL 60626



The first reading of a new adaptation by Michael P. Dalberg of the classic comedy. Read by a group of Evanston Township High School students. There will be a brief talkback with the playwright and cast of students afterward.


This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. To reserve your ticket, please email tony@theatreatl.org. For more information, click here.



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Dec 10: Marabar (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: DECEMBER
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, December 10, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Marabar
By Resident Playwright Sue Pak
Directed by Cary Shoda, Artistic Director of A-Squared Theatre

Joseph and Helen Yao are comfortable expats in an oil-rich, Arab Gulf State. But after their adopted infant daughter dies at a local hospital, this Asian American couple is forced to deal with the issues of xenophobia, American exceptionalism, and ethnic self-hatred that emerge in the aftermath. When faced with life or death stakes, how far will the Yao’s go to assert their innocence in a strange land?


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



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Dec 9 - 17: PUNK - Associate Company Workshop Production


The New Colony Theatre presents PUNK
Join The New Colony for a workshop production from their Associate Company Members!

Friday, December 9, 2016 through Saturday, December 17, 2016
The Den Theatre | 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60622




Written by Michael Allen Harris
Directed by Diana Raselis
Featuring Jos N. Banks, Jen Bosworth, Kyle Encinas, Keyanna Khatiblou, Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Shtivelberg

4 PERFORMANCES ONLY Fri 12/9, Sat 12/10, Fri 12/16 and Sat 12/17 at 7:30pm

Set in a maximum-security prison in present day America, Punk is the story of a group of inmates who are protected and housed in a special unit for gay, bisexual and transgender inmates. Tensions rise when Travis, a young man sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a gay man, requests to transfer into the unit. Fear and suspicion hover over the inmates who call this unit home. Punk will receive its world premiere in the fall of 2017 as part of The New Colony’s Main Stage season.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve your tickets, click here.



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Dec 7: Inside Look: Miss Bennet


Northlight Theatre's Inside Look: Miss Bennet
Explore the historical and political context of Miss Bennet through a discussion and Q&A session with artists related to the production.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 11:00am
at Morton Grove Public Library | 6140 Lincoln Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053




Explore the historical and literary context of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley 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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Dec 4: Sunday Spotlight - East Texas Hot Links


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 4, 2016 following the 2:00pm performance
Green Family Rehearsal Room 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.


East Texas Hot Links:
In the woods of East Texas, the Top o' the Hill Cafe offers comfort, solace and companionship for the regulars who come in each night. However, it is the summer of 1955, and times are changing. In the face of oppressive Jim Crow laws, seven strong-willed locals join forces to protect one of their own—until the unthinkable catches them by surprise, changing life at Top o' the Hill forever.

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



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Dec 3: Glass (Zujaj) (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: DECEMBER
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, December 3, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Glass (Zujaj)
By Resident Playwright Rohina Malik
Directed by Sean Graney, Artistic Director of the hypocrites

The members of the Syrian rock band ZUJAJ dream of winning Syria's battle of the bands. But when revolution soon escalates into civil war, the band members are forced to battle for their lives.

Glass
is a commission by the hypocrites; it is the culmination of a 28-Hour Workshop at Chicago Dramatists.


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



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Dec 2: Men on Boats - First Look Event


American Theater Company - Men on Boats First Look Event
Ten explorers set out on four boats to map the raging rapids of the Green and Colorado Rivers on the government’s first sanctioned expedition in the American West. Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus and director Will Davis team up again on this play, originally produced by Clubbed Thumb with a second production at Playwrights Horizons in New York this summer, in Davis’ first production as ATC’s artistic director. Performed by a genderfluid cast of women and folks otherwise defined, Men on Boats takes back 1869.

Friday, December 2, 2016 at 6:00pm
at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613





6:00pm - Reception in the ATC lobby with beer, wine, and appetizers
6:30pm - Presentation by director Will Davis and design team
7:00pm - First read through with the cast of Men on Boats


Please RSVP to Emma Palermo, Manager of Individual Giving & Special Events at epalermo@atcweb.org or 773-4509-4125 ext. 102.



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Dec 1: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Discussion


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Book Club
Join Broadway In Chicago and BookClub Chicago for a discussion of Mark Haddon's best-selling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, now a Tony Award-winning play coming to the Oriental Theatre from December 6-24, 2016!

Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
BookClub Chicago | 1211 N Wood, Chicago, Illinois 60622





FREE but seating is limited. RSVP is required by emailing info@bookclubchicago.net



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Nov 29: Inside Look: Miss Bennet


Northlight Theatre's Inside Look: Miss Bennet
Explore the historical and political context of Miss Bennet through a discussion and Q&A session with artists related to the production.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Wilmette Public Library | 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091




Explore the historical and literary context of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley 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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Nov 19: Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - Day of Absence


Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - A citywide, yearlong event to rediscover classic plays by writers of color
At Court Theatre, they're embarking on a new effort to connect with communities and revive a love for classic plays from outside of the traditional canon through their Spotlight Reading Series. Join Court Theatre as they bring together professional directors and actors to showcase these rarely performed plays all over Chicago—for free.

Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 3:00pm

at South Shore Cultural Center | 7059 S South Shr, Chicago, IL 60649





Day of Absence
By Douglas Turner Ward
Directed by Ron OJ Parson

A classic satire about an imaginary Southern town where the white residents, to their shock and horror, wake up to find that the town's black residents have vanished.

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 15 - Dec 11: Roz and Ray Public Programs


Victory Gardens Theater Public Programs: Roz and Ray
As part of Victory Gardens’ initiatives to bridge the gap between their plays, their audiences, and the world outside these productions, Victory Gardens curates a series of events to especially enhance your Victory Gardens experience. Their Public Programs event series explores themes and issues presented in their plays – sparking ideas and provoking meaningful dialogue. Through film screenings, play readings, town hall meetings, spoken word performances, post show discussions, and many more, Victory Gardens invites you to join them and be a part of that conversation.

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




AFTERWORDS
After every performance of Roz and Ray (unless otherwise noted). Join Victory Gardens for one of their 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. Free, but tickets needed for all Roz and Ray performances.


(HER)STORY: A CELEBRATION OF PLAYWRIGHTS
Post-Show Conversation | Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 6:30pm - 9:30pm

While American theater companies still have a long way to go before true gender parity is reached, many are making a more active effort to ensure that women, trans, and gender non-conforming playwrights are widely represented in their upcoming seasons. How far have we come? What’s next? Join Victory Gardens for this industry night pre-show celebration and raise a glass to the brilliant women, trans, and gender non-conforming playwrights of our time. Then, stay for a special post-show conversation breaking open the trials and tribulations of navigating the patriarchy in the American theater.


A CONVERSATION WITH KAREN HARTMAN
Post-Show Conversation | Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | Following the performance of Roz and Ray

The genesis of a play can often be a very personal journey, and one that is ever-evolving. From writing in the privacy of her attic nook to showcasing her work on the main stage, what is the new play process like for playwright Karen Hartman? Stick around for this insightful post-show conversation as Director of New Play Development Isaac Gomez chats with Karen about the process and inspiration in writing Roz and Ray.


WORLD AIDS DAY: ART & HEALING
Off-night Event | Center on Halsted | Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 7:30pm

Community, Healing. Art. Life. Now. In 1985, the first AIDS-related play — The Normal Heart, by Larry Kramer — opened in New York. Since then, several plays & films inspired by the events of the HIV/AIDS crisis have surfaced both to critical acclaim as well as to social anxiety. What is the relationship between life & art? How have things evolved between then and now? Join Victory Gardens in partnership with the Center on Halsted for this World AIDS Day panel conversation breaking open the HIV/AIDS crisis in conversation with the art created from those events.


WORLD AIDS DAY: THEN & NOW
Pre-Show Gallery Exhibit & Reception | Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 6:00pm

Beauty. Sex. Loss. Courage. Politics. Much has changed between the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and today, and World AIDS Day is both a marker of remembrance as well as one of celebration. Join Victory Gardens for this joint World AIDS Day event in partnership with ART AIDS AMERICA CHICAGO, a groundbreaking exhibition that underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. Start the journey with a curated tour of the gallery at its opening night celebration. Then, make your way to the Victory Gardens lobby for pre-show appetizers and spoken word performances before the evening performance of Karen Hartman’s Roz & Ray.


ENCUENTRO: GROWING PAINS
Post-Show Conversation | Friday, December 2, 2016 | 6:30pm

Hemophilia is a rare condition where a person’s blood has a reduced ability to clot. About 400,000 people worldwide are living with hemophilia, and 400 babies are born with it each year, according to the Hemophilia Federation of America. What does it mean to have a child with hemophilia in America today? In partnership with Victory Gardens’ Encuentro event, join Victory Gardens for a pre-show reception and then stick around for a riveting post-show conversation hosted by Jorge Valdivia.


MODERN MEDICINE
Pre-Show Celebration | Post-Show Panel Conversation | Saturday, December 3, 2016 | Following the performance of Roz and Ray

Historically and presently, in many parts of the world, women’s participation in the profession of medicine (as physicians or surgeons) has been significantly restricted. However, women’s informal practice of medicine in roles such as caregivers or as allied health professionals has been historically widespread. Why has this been the case? What is the temperature of women & medicine today? Join Victory Gardens for a pre-show celebration, raising a toast to women in medicine today. Then, stick around for this epic post-show conversation hosted by the American Medical Women’s Association as women in medicine break open a conversation centering on themes resonating in Karen Hartman’s medical drama Roz and Ray.


OUTLOUD: STILL HERE
Post-Show Panel Discussion | Wednesday, December 7 2016 | 6:30pm

In Karen Hartman’s Roz & Ray, Ray realizes how easy it is to call terminal the end, and how difficult it is to see it as a beginning. Throughout the decades, however, with greater emphasis on advocacy/awareness, prevention, and testing, the evolution of HIV and AIDS has changed this narrative dramatically. What does it mean to be queer and HIV+ in America today? Join Victory Gardens for this riveting post-show conversation as activists, scholars, and many others break stigmas and speak their truth.


A QUESTION OF ETHICS
Post-Show Panel Conversation | Thursday, December 8, 2016 | Following the performance of Roz and Ray

Right and Wrong. Yes and No. Black and White. Ethical decision making in hospitals is often one of the most challenging places for grey areas to exist, especially when medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in America. How far is too far when it concerns families and loved ones? What lengths would you go to prove that right is right and wrong is wrong? Join Victory Gardens for a post-show conversation that tackles one of the most prominent human controversies: a question of ethics.


FACTOR 8
Post-Show Panel Conversation | Friday, December 9, 2016 | Following the performance of Roz and Ray

Before the 1960’s physicians hardly knew anything on treatments for patients with hemophilia. Hemophilia is a genetic disorder which is caused by a missing or defective clotting protein. However, there are many myths or unclear facts that surround hemophilia that still exist today, especially as it relates to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. What does it mean to live with hemophilia today? Join Victory Gardens for this special post-show conversation demystifying myths and shedding light on hemophilia.


Public Programs are free and open to the public. Tickets needed for all Roz and Ray performances. For more information, click here.



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Nov 14: CORE - CJ (Reading)


American Theater Company - Chicago Open Residency Experiment (CORE) presents CJ
CORE is a week-long workshop opportunity for artists of all disciplines. American Theater Company awards a free week of rehearsal space and a presentation of the work to ten projects and groups of artists. ATC is committed to creating new work for the American theater and asking questions about how we make what we make as American theater artists.

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:00pm
at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613




CJ

CJ is a work of theatre about the fictional life of a theatre critic in Chicago. CJ hates musicals. CJ imagines himself as the titular character in the plays he sees. In this exploration of this larger than life individual, Bonnie Metzgar and Jesse Morgan Young examine questions about reality, what makes a good critic, and what makes a good story.


FREE but reservation is required. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP. For more information, click here.



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Nov 13: Family Fun Day


Auditorium Theatre’s 3rd Annual Family Fun Day – Making the Magic!
Bring your family for a FREE afternoon at the Auditorium Theatre! Aspiring performers can take workshops with the Joffrey Ballet, DanceWorks Chicago, and Too Hot To Handel’s Rodrick Dixon, budding architects can join Auditorium Theatre's partners at the Chicago Architectural Foundation to more closely explore their landmark building, dance-critics-in-training can review a dance piece with Zac Whittenburg, and everyone can enjoy self-guided tours, crafts, games, and a walk across their historic landmark stage! This is your family’s opportunity to learn how Auditorium Theatre “Make the Magic” of a full scale professional performance.

Sunday, November 13th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
at Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University | 50 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60605



FEATURED FAMILY FUN DAY EVENTS

Dance Like the Pros with The Joffrey Ballet’s Erica Edwards (1-3PM)
The Joffrey Ballet’s Director of Community Engagement (and a Joffrey Ballet dancer for 15 years) Erica Edwards will lead dance classes for families. During her time dancing with The Joffrey Ballet, Edwards was named a Black History Maker by the Chicago Sun-Times, nominated for the Princess Grace Foundation Award, and featured in Ebony magazine as a Young Leader of the Future in the Arts. She has performed in productions including The Nutcracker and Cinderella.

Raise Your Voice with Too Hot to Handel’s Rodrick Dixon (1-3:30PM)
Explore your artistic voice and learn to sing like a star when you join Rodrick Dixon, star of the Auditorium Theatre’s annual production Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz Gospel-Messiah. Young people will warm up their vocal instruments and then create their own short performance to be shared with friends and family! The 12th annual performance of Too Hot to Handel takes place on January 14 and 15, 2017.

Be the Critic with Zachary Whittenburg (2-4PM)
For aspiring writers in the middle and high school range, former Time Out Chicago dance editor and regular contributor to Dance Magazine Zac Whittenburg will lead four 20-minute writing workshops. Culture critics-in-training will learn critiquing tips from a pro as they watch a filmed dance performance and get the chance to write their own reviews!

Be the Choreographer with DanceWorks Chicago (3-5PM)
Choreographers from the contemporary dance company DanceWorks Chicago will be on hand at the Auditorium to lead choreography workshops! Perfect for future Balanchines, Aileys, and Grahams.

Plus, families who complete the scavenger hunt will be entered into a drawing for a Family Night Out, which includes a family set of tickets to an upcoming Dance Theatre of Harlem performance (Nov. 18-20) and dinner at the Italian restaurant tesori!


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



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Nov 12: Trade Show (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: NOVEMBER
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, November 12, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Trade Show
By Resident Playwright Alumna Aline Lathrop
Directed by Associate Artis Kevin Christopher Fox

Isabel and Ed meet at a trade show and begin a relationship that exists only there, and at similar events around the country. It barely feels like adultery, because the real world seems to recede into the background of purgatorial hotel rooms, and anonymous convention centers. But familiarity blurs the boundary between both worlds they inhabit, forcing them to look for answers where they didn't know there were questions before.


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



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Nov 10-12: B-Series Fall 2016


B-The Bridge? Teach-In featuring the B-Real Jam with a look at Hip-Hop Culture, Movement and the Academy
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.

Thursday, November 10 through Saturday, November 12, 2016
at Columbia College Chicago & Chicago Venues



The organizers of B-The Bridge? Teach-In featuring B-Real Jam invite you to join in this community celebration of tradition, shifting cultural landscapes, challenging conversations, and exaltations through dance and Hip-Hop culture. Activities will feature presentations, workshops, panels, film screenings, verbal cyphers, and build-sessions (participatory “panel” discussions), performances, social dancing, an open dance session, and battles (a form of competition specific to Hip-Hop and street-dance culture).

Whether you are a veteran street dancer who has won international titles, or someone who has never set foot inside of the scene, we invite you to participate: rocking out to the infectious music from your proscenium seat, head-bobbing on the edge of a cypher where you can feel the heat and sweat of the dancers, grooving out in a corner with your friends during the open dance moments, or throwing down in the center of the battles.


Thursday, November 10 @ Film Row Conference Center

Verbal Cypher | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Film Row Conference Center 8th Floor
1104 S Wabash, Chicago IL 60605

All are invited to this community dialogue, commonly known as a “build session” in the Hip-Hop community.



Friday, November 11 @ Conaway Center

Conaway Center
1104 S Wabash, Chicago IL 60605

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | This Bridge Called My Block
This 3-hour laboratory workshop focuses on liberatory frameworks and techniques and is highly interactive.

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Resource Fair (lunch on your own)

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions 1

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Columbia College Presentation: Hip-Hop Minor with short performance by D-Nick and the Microphone Misfitz

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions 2

4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions 3

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Words, Beats & Life Presents From Sifrs to Cyphers & Keynote by Saud Abdul Khabeer + Short Performance by Ang 13

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Everything Remains Raw Film Screening



Saturday, November 12 @ The Dance Center

The Dance Center
1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

Film Screening | WAVE: A True Story in Hip Hop |
A documentary about the life story of Tony “Mr. Wave” Wesley, legendary dancer of the New York City Breakers and Beat Street.

Workshops | 12 - 3 p.m.

12pm – 1:30pm: Remind Workshop | Studio 300 | $15 fee
1:30pm – 3:00pm: Loose Joint Workshop | Studio 300 | $15 fee

B-Real Jam | 3 - 8 p.m. | FREE
The B-Real Jam will feature internationally renowned judges Remind, Loose Joint, Asia One, BraveMonk and Claydoh as well as Masters of Ceremony El La Katrina and Moncell “Ill Kozby” Durden with DJs Moz Definite, Illanoiz & Fa$t Money Mike.

These events are FREE (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Nov 7: The Arts Circle Presents: Ayad Akhtar and Kimberly Senior In Conversation


The Arts Circle Presents: Ayad Akhtar and Kimberly Senior In Conversation
Please join Northwestern University Arts Circle for Ayad Akhtar & Kimberly Senior in conversation. The exciting event is co-presented by Arts Circle, Department of Theatre, Global Humanities Initiative, the Wirtz Center, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7:00pm
at the Josephine Louis Theater | 20 Arts Cir Dr, Evanston, IL 60208





The informative evening is Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ayad Akhtar in conversation with Jeff-award winning director Kimberly Senior. Akhtar's new play JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt takes us back to the hotbed of the ‘80s and offers an origin story for the world that finance has given us. The talk will be illustrated with scenes from the play, performed by theatre students and directed by Kimberly Senior. They will discuss the issues in this work and refer to their collaboration on the Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced, looking at people’s indebtedness to their family histories and inherited identities and the pull between countries of origin and countries of citizenship.

Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, playwright, actor and screen writer whose work addresses the identity politics of belonging and acceptance.

Kimberly Senior is the recipient of the 2016 Special Jeff Award for her Chicago career achievements as a trail blazer, champion, and role model for emerging artists. In addition to her stellar directing career, Kimberly has won recognition for her work in theatre education programs and work with young adults.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. Click here to RSVP.



"Behind the Curtain" is a special section of ChicagoPlays.com listing free events that enhance and complement your theatre-going experiences. Get an inside look at local Chicago theatre companies through forums, panel discussions, community events, and even parties. Planning to attend this "Behind the Curtain" event? Post about it on Twitter with the hashtag #BehindTheCurtain. For more upcoming events, visit http://bit.ly/behindcurtain.


 
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