Behind the Curtain

June 24: El Semillero Series: Incriminate, Part 1: Promises Made (Reading)


Victory Gardens Theater and ALTA Chicago present new play reading by Wilfredo "Freddie" Ramos

Since 2014, El Semillero (Spanish for seedbed or nursery) is a Chicago-based playwriting circle dedicated to fostering emerging Latinx playwrights and their work. Sponsored by ALTA Chicago (The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists) and in residency at Victory Gardens Theater, El Semillero fosters playwrights developing first drafts of original plays over the course of 12 months, culminating in a series of free public readings. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 5:00 pm

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

Written by Wilfredo "Freddie" Ramos
Directed by Daniella Wheelock & Chris Sylvie

After an unconventional campaign and an improbable victory, Brenda Blender, America's first Al President-elect, is getting ready to deliver on her promise to provide universal deliciousness. At the same time, Bilious Baker, the Vice President-elect and Brenda's creator, is hungrily preparing to advance his own foodful agenda. Yet questions nibble at the Inaugural festivities Who sent the fruitcakes? What's in the muffins? And just what sort of President will Brenda be?


There will be an opportunity to provide feedback to the playwright after the reading. Any insights and curiosities to offer to develop the piece further are greatly appreciated!

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more details, clickhere.


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June 10: To Catch a Fish: Sunday Scholars Series


TimeLine Theatre presents their next Sunday Scholars Series featuring Ace da Vinci, John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge 
Join TimeLine for this special hour-long panel discussion, moderated by To Catch a Fish assistant director Kristiana Rae Colón and featuring special guest panelists Ace da Vinci, John Diedrich, and Raquel Rutledge. da Vinci, Diedrich and Rutledge will discuss the themes and events that the play is inspired by.

Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 4:00pm
at TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington, Chicago, IL 60657



Join in the conversation at TimeLine’s free Sunday Scholars event, which follows immediately after the 2 pm matinee of its current hit production of Brett Neveu’s striking and compelling new play that exposes a flawed law enforcement operation that walks the line between good intentions an deceit, testing the bonds of a family and community.

Ace da Vinci is a Chicago musician and activist who intertwines his passions and walks the line of balance by self expression and promoting positivity in others' lives. A canvasser and fundraiser for political outlets, alongside with pushing thought-provoking hip hop, is something Ace is passionate about, and he has intentions on bringing both to the light. 

John Diedrich is a reporter and assistant editor on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's investigative team, covering criminal justice and federal issues and using data and social media to advance the team's work. His work has been honored with numerous national awards. 

Raquel Rutledge is an investigative reporter. Her work has been recognized with numerous national awards, including a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for exposing rampant fraud in Wisconsin's child-care subsidy program. 

Our three guests will delve deeper into the themes of mis-placed justice and wrongful arrest in the play, as well as the true-life events that inspired it. Assistant Director Kristiana Rae Colón 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 3:50pm and you can enter the theatre once the performance concludes. Questions? Call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6.

Click here for more info!



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June 7: From Page to Stage Series - A New American Dream


From Page to Stage Series - A New American Dream

Writers' Theatre is proud to present the thirteenth 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 Buried Child.

Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7 pm
Hosted by Glencoe Public Library | 320 Park Avenue, Glencoe, IL 60022



The family at the center of Sam Shepard's Buried Child grapples with a changing America in an era of rapid growth for some of the population, but not all. As we watch them fight for self-preservation, questions arise about how we can achieve success in an America where the American Dream is a moving, evolving target. How do we prepare our childrenfor success in a world where the definition of success constantly changes? Join us as we welcome Matthias Doepke (Northwestern University), who will share a presentation on how we, and our families, work toward a "New American Dream."  

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are requested to reserve your seat. To reserve your seat, please clickhere.



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June 4: TimePieces Play Reading - Lions and Tigers


TimeLine Theatre's TimePieces Play Reading Series presents Lions and Tigers
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, June 4, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Stage 773 | 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657





Lions and Tigers
By Tanika Gupta
Directed by Associate Aritst Anish Jethmalani

Based on the true story of her great uncle and freedom fighter Dinesh Gupta, Lions and Tigers is a new play by leading playwright Tanika Gupta. This dramatically relevant and authentic story charts Dinesh Gupta's emotional and political awakening as this extraordinary 19-year-old pits himself against the British Raj. Culminating in actions that shook the foundations of the British Empire, Lions and Tigers challenges our assumptions about Indian independence and offers new insights into the battles between the British lions and Bengal tigers, and the lives of the ordinary men and women struggling to achieve freedom. 

Featuring Associate Artist Dennis William Grimes, Andy Nagraj, Bilal Dardai, Owais Ahmed, Johann George, Kamal Joseph Hans, Nina Jayashankar, Murtaza Kapasi, Ronnie Malley, Alka Nayyar, Siddhartha Rajan, Associate Artist Mark Richard, and Priyank Thakkar. 

Dramaturg: Maren Robinson
Stage Manager: Katie Klemme 

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



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June 6: Post-Show Panel Meet the Cast:From South Africa and Back


Mies Julie Post-Show Panel: Meet the Cast: From South Africa and Back

Miss Julie is one of the most renowned and produced plays of all time. But what is it like to embody those iconic characters? And what is it like for Americans to play South Africans? What are the similarities between experiences? Join us after the performance of Mies Julie for a panel discussion with the cast to talk about their experience in bringing the play to life. 

Wednesday June 6, 2018 immediately following the 7:30pm performance
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60614



Mies Julie: Meet the Cast: From South Africa and Back

Public Programs are free and open to the public. You do not need to purchase a ticket to Mies Julie to attend any of our public programs. Come to one, come to them all- we'd love to have you. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP's are not required, for more information click here.



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June 9: Post-Show Panel The Intersection of #METOO & #BLACKLIVESMATTER


Mies Julie Post-Show Panel: The Intersection of #METOO & #BLACKLIVESMATTER

Both the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements were created to help heal the members of their communities that have been violently marginalized. Both of these movements have a common goal, so what happens when they intersect? In Mies Julie, we see two people experience systemic violence and how they navigate within it. Join us for a post show panel conversation with the Invisible Institute about the Intersection of these two movements that are vital to social change.  

Saturday June 9, 2018 immediately following the 3:00pm performance
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60614



Mies Julie: The Intersection of #METOO & #BLACKLIVESMATTER


Public Programs are free and open to the public. You do not need to purchase a ticket to Mies Julie to attend any of our public programs. Come to one, come to them all- we'd love to have you. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP's are not required, for more information click here.



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June 6: El Semillero Series: Near & Nigh (Reading)


Victory Gardens Theater and ALTA Chicago present new play reading by Jose Nateras

Since 2014, El Semillero (Spanish for seedbed or nursery) is a Chicago-based playwriting circle dedicated to fostering emerging Latinx playwrights and their work. Sponsored by ALTA Chicago (The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists) and in residency at Victory Gardens Theater, El Semillero fosters playwrights developing first drafts of original plays over the course of 12 months, culminating in a series of free public readings. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7:30pm

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


Written by: Jose Nateras
Directed by: Denise Yvette Serna

Performed by Jose Nateras, Brian Fabry Dorsam

Vacillating between Poem, Academic Lecture, Drama, and Ritual, Near & Nigh explores the intersections of Identity and Culture, Mythology and Academia, Destruction and Creation. The third and final play in "The Tetzcatlipoca Cycle," Near & Nigh follows the journey of a Mexican-American Poet/Academic as he struggles to embrace the sense of conflict within himself as well as between him and the world he lives in. Will he be able to bridge the gap separating past and present so as to find a desperately needed opportunity for change, growth, and understanding?


There will be an opportunity to provide feedback to the playwright after the reading. Any insights and curiosities to offer to develop the piece further are greatly appreciated!

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more details, clickhere.


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June 7: El Semillero Series: New Personalidad (Reading)


Victory Gardens Theater and ALTA Chicago present new play reading by Jose Nateras

Since 2014, El Semillero (Spanish for seedbed or nursery) is a Chicago-based playwriting circle dedicated to fostering emerging Latinx playwrights and their work. Sponsored by ALTA Chicago (The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists) and in residency at Victory Gardens Theater, El Semillero fosters playwrights developing first drafts of original plays over the course of 12 months, culminating in a series of free public readings. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7:30pm

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

Written by: Nelson A. Rodriguez

Synopsis: A household of devout Jehovah's Witnesses, the Alvarez family struggles to financially prosper, remain true to their faith, and accept the loss of their youngest member, Vladimir. As time becomes fluid, father, mother, and daughter slide into a past haunted by secrets (and Vladimir) with unprecedented consequences in the present. Can the family come to terms with their past and move forward with their new personality?


There will be an opportunity to provide feedback to the playwright after the reading. Any insights and curiosities to offer to develop the piece further are greatly appreciated!

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more details, clickhere.


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June 8: El Semillero Series: Jellyfish Queer (Reading)


Victory Gardens Theater and ALTA Chicago present new play reading by Ryan Oliveira

Since 2014, El Semillero (Spanish for seedbed or nursery) is a Chicago-based playwriting circle dedicated to fostering emerging Latinx playwrights and their work. Sponsored by ALTA Chicago (The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists) and in residency at Victory Gardens Theater, El Semillero fosters playwrights developing first drafts of original plays over the course of 12 months, culminating in a series of free public readings. 

Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7:30pm

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

Written and composed by: Ryan Oliveira
Directed by: Topher Leon 

Synopsis: A solo kinda-musical in progress. A drunk Brazilian country singer casts doubt on Ryan's heritage, locking Ryan outside himself and into a past where he struggles to belong - not just as a Brazilian, but as an American (and a queer one at that). After all, he just wants to be loved. By Mom. By Men. By God. Or maybe he needs to belong to the ocean.


There will be an opportunity to provide feedback to the playwright after the reading. Any insights and curiosities to offer to develop the piece further are greatly appreciated!

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more details, clickhere.


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June 2: #JusticeFor (Reading)


Waltzing Mechanics  presents a free reading of#JusticeFor, by David Guiden as part of 2018 Documentary Play Festival. 

Waltzing Mechanics' goal with the festival is to highlight some of the exceptional work being developed across the country in the realm of non-fiction theater. With each performance they will showcase selections from 8 plays that run the gamut in terms of style, subject matter, and source material. Each piece featured is between 10-20 minutes in length. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 7:30pm

Waltzing Mechanics | 1106 W. Thorndale Ave., Chicago, IL 60660



#JusticeFor
Written by: David Guiden
Directed by: Kanomé Jones
Featuring: Kristen Alesia, Brandon Boler, Brian Bradford, Bernadette Carter, Ian Voltaire Deanes, Emily Demko, John Ham, Raymond Jacquet, Rob Koon, Maeghan Looney, Neil O'Callaghan, Morayo Orija, Julian Ortis, Allison Ristaino, and Toma Lynn Smith

Justice For was born out of the rage felt when Guiden learned of yet another Black life fallen prey to the hands of a police officer. In a whirlwind, he dove into the mountains of news articles, video archives, and social media accounts to stitch together an arresting narrative that exposes a seemingly endless cycle of police violence against African Americans. 

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


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June 3: Continuing Literary Legacies


Goodman Theatre celebrates Chicago's rich literary history with a special event with the American Writers Museum


Join Goodman Theatre and the American Writers Museum for a celebration of iconic Chicago voices.

 

Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 4-6pm
American Writers Museum | 180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60601


This event will include selected readings from works by Gwendolyn Brooks, Lorraine Hansberry, Richard Wright and Sandra Cisneros. Acclaimed writer Megan Stielsra, author of The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, will be the featured guest.

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



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June: Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: June

The Saturday Series, our longest-running program, lies at the heart of Chicago Dramatists play development. Most Saturday Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress, but other events include panel discussions and fireside chats with visiting artists. 



All plays read in the Saturday Series are directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. And since the theatre operates under an agreement with Actors' Equity Association, at least half of all roles in the Saturday Series involve union actors- which allows them to use some of the best acting talent in Chicago.

After each reading the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a moderated post-reading discussion, thereby adding their grist to the mill from which the playwright creates the play. We'd love to have you join us at any of our upcoming readings to witness the birth of new theatrical works and participate in their rearing. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018
2:00pm

at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago

The Widow's League
By Resident Playwright Steve Peterson
Directed by Kevin Christopher Fox

Diana is the Queen Bee of the Over-70 set at her Florida condo village, fighting her fear of old age by endless rounds of golf and tennis. New widow Kate joins her team and sets her eyes on Jeffrey, the widower who takes turn dating all the team's ladies. Total war ensues. 

Saturday, June 16, 2018
2:00pm

at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago


Page to Stage Student Presentation (Public Reading)

More information to come!

 

Saturday, June 30, 2018
2:00pm

at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago

The Fixer

By Sue Pak

 

A bitter, despondent, Asian American expat is thrilled when her best friend, a beautiful and brilliant attorney, joins her in the sparkling city of Dubai. The two enjoy a luxurious and decadent existence at their dream jobs, until one of them is unceremoniously fired. Can the two keep their friendship intact, as they attempt to navigate the shark infested waters of overseas office politics? The Fixer hilariously examines the ways in which lifelong best friends confront issues of allyship, intersectional feminism, and American exceptionalism, as they attempt to protect themselves and each other from an increasingly hostile and intolerant world.

 

These events are FREE and open to the public, but pay what you can donations at the door are highly encouraged. For more details about the Saturday Series, click here.


May 29: May Trellis Residency- Ghosts of Freedom devised by Sami Ismat (Reading)


Greenhouse Theater Center presents Ghosts of Freedom devised by Sami Ismat as part of their May Trellis Residency Initiative 

The Trellis Residency Initiative (TRI) is the Greenhouse Theater Center's revitalized professional development effort designed to cultivate emerging playwrights and devisors under 30 years old through a series of comprehensive one-month residencies. Each resident, selected through an open submission process, is provided with full access to our space and production resources, a mid-career mentor, and the opportunity to elevate their work and career by staffing their project with thriving local artists. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 7:30-10:30pm

Greenhouse Theater Center | 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



This month's free Trellis public reading presents a new play, Ghosts of Freedom, devised by Sami Ismat, under the mentorship of Josh Sobel and Brett Neveu, assistant directed and staged managed by Lucy Schuh. Ghosts of Freedom'sensemble includes Robin Chaplik, Margo Chervony, Jake Drummond, Logan Hulick, Eddie Lynch, and Gloria Petrelli.

Ghosts of Freedom is a theatrical exploration of the war atrocities committed against people in Syria. This piece attempts to highlight the tragic as well as the absurd through different means of storytelling; presenting the lost voices and the absurdity of how we look at this tragedy from a distance.
This play is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 1 hour with no intermission.

This event is FREE. Reserve your free tickets here. For more information regarding this event, clickhere.


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May 30: Quill Reading- Something Unspoken


Raven Theatre presents reading by Tennessee Williams in their Quill reading series 

In tandem with their production of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer, Raven Theatre will be hosting a staged reading of Williams' other "Garden District" play, Something Unspoken, a comedy that premiered alongside Suddenly Last Summer Off-Broadway in 1958.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 7:30-8:30pm

Raven Theatre | 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60660



Featuring Maggie Cain and Heather Branham Green
Directed by Jake Fruend
Synopsis: Miss Cornelia Scott is a grand, Southern woman whose outer extravagance belies inner insecurities. She has a complex, codependent relationship with her secretary, and during an election for the leadership of a local organization, their tensions reach a tipping point.

Doors open at 7:00 pm, and the performance begins at 7:30 pm. Before the show, enjoy some complimentary wine in the lobby, courtesy of Income Tax Bar!

This event is FREE, with a suggested donation of $10 at the door or pay what you can. No reservations are required. For more information regarding this event, clickhere.


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May 20: Not for Sale (Staged Reading)


UrbanTheater Company presents staged reading by Guadalis Del Carmen

As a part of their R.A.W (REAL.AGGRESSIVE. WRITING.) series, UTC presents Not for Sale.

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 5:30pm
UrbanTheater Company | 2620 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622


Written by: Guadalis Del Carmen*

Directed by: Sara Carranza*

* Denotes UTC Company Member

Synopsis: With the Puerto Rican festival less than two weeks away, Humboldt Park prepares for the big event. With new neighbors looking to make changes, those that have lived in the community have to work together to either brace for change or let go of the legacies laid out by those that are long gone. A story about community, family, and politics, the question persists, who gets to lay claims to a neighborhood?

 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are not required, but highly recommended. For more information regarding this event, clickhere.



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May 23: Having Your Say (Estate Planning)


Goodman Theatre presents Spotlight Society program tackling estate planning


Make sure you have the last word! Join Goodman's Spotlight Society for an afternoon of insights, artistic conversation and lunch. Learn from Spotlight Advisory Council, a group of talented estate planning professionals, as they discuss the fundamental tools of estate planning and hear how you can "have your say" in your estate plans.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 11:30am
The Alice Center at Goodman Theatre | 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60622


11:30am - Estate Planning Program and Audience Q&A

Immediately Following - Having Our Say Artistic Discussion

Immediately Following - Buffet Lunch

 

Enjoy a chat with the creative artists of Having Our Say, the heartfelt and heartwarming story of the Delany sisters, written by Emily Mann and directed by Resident Director Chuck Smith.

 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are required. To RSVP, please email Victoria Rodriguez at VictoriaRodriguez@GoodmanTheatre.org or call 312.443.3811 ext. 539. For more information regarding this event, clickhere.



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May 21: The Making of Smart People


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 our designers and other experts, who will walk you through the process of preparing for and executing a show.

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 6:30pm
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022




Playwright Lydia R. Diamond will discuss her writing career and its beginnings in Chicago, the inspiration and motivations behind her play, as well as the different resonance the play has now, two presidential cycles after its setting.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. RSVP is required. To RSVP, please clickhere.



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May 27: Church of the New Play: Finnegan's Wake (Reading)


Prop Thtr presents new play reading by Aniello Fontano

Church of The New Play is a weekly reading series featuring new work by local Chicago writers, devisers, and text generators of all performance forms. In each session, a new piece is read or presented followed by a talkback tailored to the artists' needs. This is an alternative to a script submission policy in that it gives creators' the space to present their work as it's meant to be experienced: live and out loud. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 11 am-2 pm

Prop Thtr | 3502-04 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618



Church of the New Play presents...Finnegan's Wake by Aniello Fontano

Synopsis: A group of lifelong friends gather at a bar to celebrate a birthday. After finding a worn copy of James Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake" in the back office, they attempt to analyze the novel over flowing beer and gallows humor. Shots of bottom shelf whiskey, laughs, confessions, and haymakers propel them through the night as one of their own contemplates sharing a secret that will change the course of their lives forever.
Free coffee and tea will be provided as well as a talkback after the reading!

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information regarding this event, clickhere.


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May 20: Church of the New Play: Rev (Reading)


Prop Thtr presents new play reading by Rachel Bykowski

Church of The New Play is a weekly reading series featuring new work by local Chicago writers, devisers, and text generators of all performance forms. In each session, a new piece is read or presented followed by a talkback tailored to the artists' needs. This is an alternative to a script submission policy in that it gives creators' the space to present their work as it's meant to be experienced: live and out loud. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 11 am-2 pm

Prop Thtr | 3502-04 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618



Church of the New Play presents...Rev by Rachel Bynowski

Synopsis: Camaro Gibson loves only three things in this life: strawberry glazed donuts, her Daddy, and Route 66. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in her Daddy's car repair shop, Camaro dreams of hitting the road; taking historic Route 66 all the way to the West Coast. Camaro has never seen the ocean before, only in her Daddy's stories. She is determined to break out of the Southside and take him back to his home. Camaro keeps her daddy's heart in the repair shop: a 1967 Chevy Camaro engine. For the last ten years, since her daddy passed away, she has been trying to get that baby to rev. Today might be the day, if it wasn't for the customers still coming in and a lot full of cars that need a lot of work. Something keeps her showing up everyday. Whether it's the motor oil, diesel fuel, or rusty carbonators, she keeps plunging her hands in the grease because it feels like home. 

Free coffee!

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information regarding this event, clickhere.


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May 15-26: Wrights of Spring Festival


The Theatre School at DePaul University presents new works in Wrights of Spring Festival 

Wrights of Spring is a free, school-wide, student-driven annual celebration to come together and see work by the next generation of playwrights. 

Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00pm - Saturday, March 26 at 10:00pm
The Theatre School at DePaul University, 2350 N. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



Readings will be held on the fourth floor of The Theatre School at DePaul University. Patrons may sign up for readings by finding the festival schedule or filling out the form. 

To keep up with the festival on social media, visit Facebook.com/wrightsofspring and @wrightsofspring

For additional information, contact the student producing team at wos.tts@gmail.com. 

These events are FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. Tickets can be reserved here.


 
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