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April/May: Out Front: Babes on Stage (Reading Series)


About Face Theatre presents Out Front: Babes On Stage 

Since 2013, AFT's Out Front series has presented workshops and readings of new work exploring LGBTQIA themes. For their 22nd season, AFT presents Babes on Stage, a showcase of new work by emerging LGBTQIA women-identified playwrights. 



These four plays were selected for their success in furthering the dialogue on gender and sexuality, pushing the boundaries of dramatic structure and form, and centering women/femmes in their storytelling. They are each exceptional for also creating opportunities for us to meet new actors and directors through this process. AFT is so excited to share this series with you. 

Each reading will be followed by a discussion and light reception. We look forward to seeing you and having some fun conversation about these new works. All public readings will take place at Rivendell Theatre at 5779 North Ridge Avenue

Monday, April 23, 2018
7:30-10:00pm


#sisterneighbors
By Hannah Li-Epstein
Directed by Anna Sung-En Medill 

Set in a six unit building in Chicago, #sisterneighbors follows the interconnected lives of a rambunctious and devoted chosen family of queer folks as the news sinks in that their home has been sold and they will all have to move. Exploring impacts of gentrification and change on this unique queer community, the plays splits the audience during the first act and reunites them for the second creating an immersive and unpredictable experience of the story. 

Monday, May 7, 2018
7:30-10:00pm


Break
By Gemma Cooper-Novack
Directed by Chika Ike

The triangle of lesbian relationships at the center of Break reveal a complex entanglement of love, desire and mental illness. With sharp dialogue and a taut revolving structure that moves backward in time, the shifting dynamics between these three women explore the impacts of bipolar disorder and trauma on our ability to maintain intimacy, preserve trust and manage long-term relationships.   

Monday, May 14, 2018
7:30-10:00pm


Tiny Thin Woman Inside
By Courtney Meaker
Directed by Elizabeth Swanson
Stage Managed by Jennifer Thusing

Tiny Thin Woman Inside is nestled in a vibrant surreal world of competitive dieting, The Biggest Loser, and our unending obsession with weight loss. Given contradictory messages around sexuality, obesity, food, sugar, fat, and health, how do we manage to live in our queer bodies? This outrageously funny and beautifully honest play brings queer sexuality and fat to the fore. 

Date TBA
7:30-10:00pm


Sunset Artists of the American West
By Shualee Cook
Creative Team TBA

Set in shifting locations from present day Tucson, Arizona to Los Angeles to the sky, Sunset Artists of the American West experiments with fantastical imagery and live painting onstage. Examining questions of personal voice, inheritance and making art, we meet multiple generations of a family preparing to say goodbye to the matriarchal Grandmother with the support of their ancestors in the spirit world.

These events are FREE and open to the public. Tickets can be reserved by clicking on the title of the reading. For more details about the Out Front Series, click here.



April 24: Gulliver devised by Aileen McGroddy (Reading)


Greenhouse Theater Center presents Gulliver devised by Aileen McGroddy as part of their April 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, April 24, 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, Gulliver, by devised Aileen McGroddy and her ensemble, Forks & Hope, under the mentorship of Laura Schellhardt and Devon de Mayo. Gulliver features Forks & Hope Ensemble members and runs at approximately one hour. 

The Forks & Hope Ensemble tackles Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels with a contemporary eye. This highly physical devised adaptation is a journey fueled by playful, satirical spectacle.  

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


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April 17: Inside Look: The Beauty Queen of Leenane


Northlight Theatre's Inside Look: The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Explore the context of The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 2:00-3:00pm
at Skokie Public Library | 5215 Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60077



Explore the context of The Beauty Queen of Leenane 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. Click here to RSVP.



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April 22: Earth Daze Open House 2018


Chicago Children's Theatre presents Earth Daze Open House 2018

Celebrate Earth Day at Chicago Children's Theatre at their free open house. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 12:00-2:00pm
at The Station | 100 South Racine Ave., Chicago, IL 60607



Join Chicago Children's Theatre for a t-shirt "make a statement" workshop, showing the world what you believe, and attend legendary and mythical workshops with our fabulous summer camp teaching artists. 

Explore CCT's summer camp themes of myth, legend, fairy tale, and folktales using craft, drama, song, and play! 20-minute workshops will be offered throughout the day. Take one! Take them all! 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. Pre-register here.


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April 22: Church of the New Play: Bill Daniel (Reading)


Prop Thtr presents new play reading by Bill Daniel 

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, April 22, 2018 at 11 am- 2 pm

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



Come on out to The Prop Thtr, Sunday April 22nd for a read of a brand new play followed by a talkback led by Prop Artistic Director, Olivia Lilley. 

Free coffee & tea! 

Church of the New Play presents...Hell Followed With Her by Bill Daniel

Synopsis: A western with violence and music, following Willow Parker, a singer turned bounty hunter on the hunt for the killer who took everything from her. On one particularly fateful day, in a small Texas saloon, Willow catches up with her past, and confronts the man who wronged her. But he's not interested in her revenge...because he's just found the legendary gunfighter he's been chasing across Texas. Before this triangle of fame and vengeance can be realized, hell literally breaks loose, trapping the denizens of the saloon in a fight for survival. 

This event is FREE. Reservations are not required. For more information regarding this event, click here.


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April: Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: April

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, April 14, 2018
2:00pm

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

Exotic Animals
By Emma Stanton
Directed by Devon De Mayo

The play begins with Ruby, a veterinary technician, and Officer Traiger, a low-ranking police officer, in the moments after a suicide on the train tracks. As they wait for Ruby to give her eyewitness account, a conversation between the two of them reveals their respective relationships with death, and which ultimately entangles their trajectories. Exotic Animals is about how we cope when unexpected tragedy enters into our lives, and how such an event can expose certain and surprising truths about who we are. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018
2:00pm

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


A Soldier's Tale
By Nancy Schaefer, a Writer Studio's Member
Directed by Brad DeFabo Akin

After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, an American marine longs to be part of something bigger than himself when he returns home. Will he finds that his dream costs more than America is willing to play?  

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.



Apr 16: Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - Puddin 'N Pete


Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series presents Cheryl L. West's Puddin 'N Pete

Court’s Spotlight Reading series hopes to rediscover plays by writers of color largely missing from the American stage and absent from the traditional canon. 

Monday, April 16, 2018 at 6:30pm
at AKArama Community Service Center | 6228 S. Ingleside Ave., Chicago, IL 60637





Puddin 'N Pete
By Cheryl L. West
Directed by Ernest Perry, Jr. 

The Story: Puddin is an executive secretary with plans for a better future and a deep mistrust of men. Pete is a high school janitor with little education or guile but plenty of down-home, country wisdom. Each one has had failed marriages, but this middle-aged couple has put their bad experiences behind them, discovering what they have in common is their need for each other. 

The Spotlight Reading series is made possible in part by a grant from The Joyce Foundation. 
This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are strongly recommended due to limited seating. Click here to RSVP.



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April 16: From Page to Stage Series - Knowing Your Audience: Code-Switching & Social Performance


From Page to Stage Series - Knowing Your Audience: Code-Switching & Social Performance

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 Smart People.

Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7 pm
Hosted by Highland Park Public Library | 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035



Featuring:
Lori D. Barcliff Bapista (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Annette D'Onoforio (Northwestern University, the Chicagoland Language Project)
Chloe Johnston (Lake Forest College, The Neo-Futurists)

"Yo!" "Greetings." "Hey there!" Whether consciously or not, most of us have engaged in a phenomenon of social interaction popularly known as "code-switching," where we alter our language, dialect, or grammar depending on who we are talking to in any given situation. As Smart People examines issues of privilege, implicit bias and miscommunication, this From Page to Stage series event seeks to decode the subtle shifts in how we perceive others, and therefore, how we choose to present ourselves and communicate.

How much of our social interactions are "performances" rather than organic? Experts in linguistics, sociology and performance join us as we use real-world examples to unpack these big questions and learn about depictions of science on stage and how we all use language to perform identity.  

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



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Apr 15: #NeverAgainChicago


Victory Gardens Theater in association with Natural Shocks National Project and HowlRound Theatre Commons presents Town Hall: #NeverAgainChicago

Join Victory Gardens for a town hall meeting to openly discuss the call to action taking place across the nation by students and allies to end gun violence. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 6:00pm
at Zacek-McVay Theater | Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614



In response to the call to end gun violence and the National Student Walkout on April 20th, join us for an excerpt of Lauren Gunderson's new play Natural Shocks, and a civic dialogue with local students and teachers. We will address how to move forward to make our communities and nation a safe place for all.

Unable to attend, but want to participate? Watch and comment on the livestream at howlround.tv.

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



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April 14: Witch Camp (Staged Reading)


Congo Square Theatre Company presents Witch Camp
Join Congo Square for a staged reading of J. Thalia Cunningham's Witch Camp as a part of their Jambalaya Series. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 7:00-9:00pm
at eta Creative Arts Foundation | 7558 S South Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60619-2644



Witch Camp
By: J. Thalia Cunningham 

A staged reading directed by Artistic Associate Shanesia Davis

Featuring:
Ensemble member Anthony Irons
Artistic Associate Velma Austin
Brandi Brown 
Ashley Crowe
AC Smith
Tina Marie Wright

For those who can stay, a brief talk back will be held after the reading. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. First come, first served! For more information and to reserve tickets, please click here.



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April/May: The Doppelganger: Special Events


Steppenwolf Theater presents engagement series for The Doppelganger

On select Sundays, join Steppenwolf staff and special guests for fun, casual and free pre/post show events to engage further with Matthew-Lee Erlbach's The Doppelganger running from April 5 to May 27.



Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 6-7pm after the 3:00pm performance and before the 7:30pm performance
1700 Theatre at Steppenwolf | 1700 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

A Conversation with Matthew-Lee Erlbach

What began as an idea for a play about workers' rights is now a sprawling comedy having its world premiere under the direction of ensemble member Tina Landau. Meet playwright Matthew-Lee Erlbach, and hear him talk candidly about the development of the play, its political message, and his own fascinating career. Moderated by dramaturg, Polly Hubbard

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 6-7pm after the 3:00pm performance and before the 7:30pm performance
1700 Theatre at Steppenwolf | 1700 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

How to Make a Farce in 2018 

Farce has for centuries been a theatrical genre which skewered reality and entertained audiences by presenting crude characterizations of characters in improbable and absurd situations. What does farce uniquely offer audiences and artists wishing to examine our world today? And for the artists tasked with remounting classic farce (or staging a world premiere), how does one remain true to form that may challenge our current standards for representing lives, realities, and identities on stage?

Panelists include Bobby Kennedy (Director of New Work & Dramaturgy, Writers Theatre), Tania Richard (Actress, Writer, and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant) and Nick Sandys (Producing Artistic Director, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company). Moderated by Lavina Jadhwani

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 6-7pm after the 3:00pm performance and before the 7:30pm performance
1700 Theatre at Steppenwolf | 1700 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

The History & Politics of Farce in Cinema

If you're watching a live piece of live theater with broad comedic characters, lots of opening and closing doors, probably a case of mistaken identities, and maybe a body double or two, you're probably a farce. But what does farce typically look like on film? In this conversation, watch clips from notable international film farces and learn about how farce made the jump from stage to screen, its key characteristics, and its political impact. With special guest Charles Coleman, programmer at Facets Cinematheque. Moderated by Lavina Jadhwani

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 6-7pm after the 3:00pm performance
Downstairs Theatre at Steppenwolf | 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

How Did They Do That? Behind the Scenes of The Doppelganger 

A core tenet of theatrical farce is improbability, so hopefully at once while watching The Doppelganger (an international farce) you will find yourself asking in wonder, "How did they do that?" This is your opportunity to learn how, in a presentation led by members of the Steppenwolf production team. 

These events are FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP through the links above or by phone at (312)-335-1650.



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April 2: The Sacajawea Project: Work-in-Progress Showing


Theater Unspeakable showcases The Sacajawea Project: Work-In-Progress Showing

Told in signature Platform style, Theater Unspeakable brings us the story of Sacajawea and her unique role in American history. 

Monday, April 2, 2018 at 9:00pm
at Vittum Theater | 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago, IL 60642


Kidnapped at age twelve, sold into marriage at thirteen, the story of this Native woman from a Shoshone tribe has been adopted as a symbol for groups across the countryfrom the early Suffragettes to the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. This play cuts through the myth to show us the real person, the people who influenced her, and her path to becoming a national legend. This work is also kid friendly.

This event is FREE and open to the public. No advance tickets are available. For more information, click here.



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Apr 7: Double Feature: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner & Loving


Court Theatre presents Double Feature: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner & Loving in their Guess Film Series

Join Court Theatre for screenings of films specially selected to accompany the play on stage.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Logan Center Screening Room (2nd Floor) |
915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637





Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), Stanley Kramer's breakthrough film about interracial romance, will be shown at 3:00pm. Loving (2016), Jeff Nichol's historical drama about the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, will be shown at 7:30pm. Come for one screening, or stay for both!

This event is FREE and open to the public. For reservations, click here to RSVP.



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April 7: Steep Theatre: Open House


Steep Theatre: Open House

Get a glimpse into Steep's plans to create a new cabaret-style venue adjacent to their theatre. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1:00-4:00pm
at Steep Theatre | 1115 W Berwyn Ave., Chicago, IL 60640




Steep Theatre is expanding into 1113 W. Berwyn Ave. The new facility will include a lobby bar and small stage for storytelling and other performance. Join Steep for an open house conversation and learn about the project from Steep's ensemble and staff. Be part of the conversation about the types of performance that will bring the space to life.  

This event is FREE and open to the public. Click here for more information about the open house and the renovation project.



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April 3: Martin McDonagh in Theatre & Film


Northlight Theatre presents Martin McDonagh in Theatre & Film

Explore the worlds created by the brilliant mind of Martin McDonagh.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:00-8:00pm
at Irish American Heritage Center | 4626 N Knox Ave., Chicago, IL 60630



Join the IAHC and Northlight Theatre as we explore the worlds created by the brilliant mind of Martin McDonagh. From his critically acclaimed film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri to the Tony Award winning The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Northlight Theatre Artistic Director B.J Jones is joined by Irish actor and director, Josephine Craven for a look into what makes McDonagh one of the most celebrated writers of his time. 

This program starts at 7pm and is free. The pub opens at 6:30pm for a cash bar. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. No reservations required. For more information, click here.



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March 31: A Pre-Show Salon with Queer Community Leaders


About Face Theatre hosts conversation with queer community leaders

Join About Face Theatre in their dynamic live conversation on the work of uncovering hidden LGBTQ histories. Special guests include Victor Salvo, the Executive Director of The Legacy Project and Mia Vivens, Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement for About Face Theatre in conversation with Megan Carney, Artistic Director of About Face Theatre. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 6:00pm
Kubo (Across the street from Theater Wit) | 1232 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



This pre-show salon will explore the ways that LGBTQ histories get passed down through generations and highlight some current initiatives in the city. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities, the National Endowment for the the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly. 

A performance of About Face Theatre's Time is on Our Side, written by R. Eric Thomas, will follow the Salon at 7:30 pm across the street at Theater Wit. Tickets are available to purchase for the performance, but are not required to attend the Salon prior.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited so RSVP is highly recommended. To RSVP, contact Dylan Toropov at dylan@aboutfacetheatre.org.


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March 29: From Page to Stage Series - Diversity & Dr. Seuss


From Page to Stage Series - Diversity & Dr. Seuss

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 Smart People.

Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 3:30 pm
Hosted by Kohl Children's Museum | 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL 60026



Sometimes it can be easier to let our differences divide us, rather than celebrate what makes us each unique. At this special Storytime with Kohl Children's Museum, we will use the classic Dr. Seuss story The Sneetches and complementary theatre games to explore the importance of diversity and acceptance! Join us for this engaging collaboration featuring the Museum's Director of Visitor Experience Vito Gioia and members of WT Education, inspired by the themes in the upcoming WT production of Smart People. All ages welcome; recommended for young people 0-8.  

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVPS are requested. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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March 25: Church of the Play: Caro Macon (Reading)


Prop Thtr presents new play reading by Caro Macon 

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, March 25, 2018 at 11 am- 2 pm

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



Come on out to The Prop Thtr, Sunday March 25th for a read of a brand new play followed by a talkback led by Prop Artistic Director, Olivia Lilley. 

Free Coffee & Tea! 

Church of the New Play presents...Front Yard by Caro Macon 

Synopsis: Rooty, a blossoming life coach, is convinced her sisters' lives are all in shambles. To help them, she organizes a sister weekend retreat. The rules are 1) Sisters must stay in their pajamas all weekend. 2) Sisters may only say intentional things that matter. 

Featuring:
Atra Asdou as Rooty
Molly Brennan as Nan
Marie Weiss as Lora
Dylan Fahoome as Jacob

This event is FREE. Reservations are not required. For more information regarding this event, click here.


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March 25: Rabbit Summer (Reading)


Redtwist Theatre hosts staged reading of Rabbit Summer, A #TheatreActionGunControl Reading

Rabbit Summer is spawned from the echoes of Michael Brown, Philando Castille, Eric Garner, and countless others. It examines toxic masculinity's relationship to gun culture, the ethics of gun ownership in the black community, racist police violence, and the effect that all of these have on the modern Black American family. Rabbit Summer asks the question: are Black Americans truly "free" in today's United States?

Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Redtwist Theatre | 1044 W Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60660



Rabbit Summer
Written by: Tracey Conyer Lee
Directed by: Katrina D. RiChard and Brennan T. Jones

Ruby: Tarina Bradshaw
Wilson: Rueben Echoles
Claire: Katrina D. Richard

Stage Manager: Olivia Jo Ellery
Graphic: Elliot Hartman 

Synopsis: Wilson is a black cop. He's married to Ruby, whose best friend, Claire, finds herself in need of a place to stay after her husband was unjustifiably killed by a white cop. The longer Claire stays with Ruby and Wilson, the more their "Rabbit Summer" - an attempt to conceive another child while their only daughter is away at camp- veers off of its intended path. 

A part of the national #TheatreActionGunControl Project, all of the proceeds from this staged reading of Rabbit Summer will be donated to Healing Hurt People, an organization devoted to rehabilitating young victims of gun violence in Chicago.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Pay what you can donations are appreciated in lieu of admission. For more information, click here.


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March 19: CORE - To the Moon


American Theater Company - Chicago Open Residency Experiment (CORE) presents To the Moon 

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, March 19, 2018 at 7:00pm
at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613




To the Moon
Written by: Beth Kander
Artistic collaborators: Allyce Torres, Amanda Long, Arian Thigpen, Sallee Murphy 

To the Moon is a clear-eyed, unapologetic, fierce, and tender portrayal of domestic abuse and its survivors. Knowing that such abuse impacts people from all walks of life, five diverse women collaborated to interview survivors and weave together their narratives- stories of strength and wit and loss and hope. Led by playwright Beth Kander, these collaborators' efforts yield a tough and touching true-stories-inspired stage play, which documents and dramatizes the tragic realities of domestic abuse in America.

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