Behind the Curtain

Sept 5: Backstage with BJ

Northlight Theatre 'Backstage with BJ': The Commons of Pensacola
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 Commons of Pensacola runs Sept 12 - Oct 19, 2014 in Skokie, IL.

Friday, September 5, 2014

at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL

Join Northlight Theatre Artistic Director BJ Jones and special guest artists on Friday, Sept 5 at noon for behind-the-scenes insight into The Commons of Pensacola while it is still in rehearsal.
Backstage with BJ will last approximately one hour.

FREE but RSVP is required. Call 847.679.9501 x3605 to RSVP.

Sept 2: Free Staged Reading

Free reading of Thinking Caps by Strangeloop Company Member, Keith Gatchel
Part of the Greenhouse Theater Center's Trellis staged reading series. The Trellis reading series is Greenhouse's artist development program that showcases plays from playwrights who aren’t otherwise able to find a space for their work to be seen.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, Chicago

The near future. Websites and the internet are dead. Telepathy and Headsites are the new reality. Everyone who is anyone has a Thinking Cap and they live in a semi-virtual, semi-real world where imagination is the key to success.

But how far is too far when it comes to technology?

Thinking Caps, an original play by Strangeloop Company Member Keith Gatchel, explores the upsides and downsides of virtual reality technology in the near future.

The staged reading is directed by Strangeloop Co-Artistic Director Letitia Guillaud. The cast includes Strangeloop Company Members Michael Houghton Wagman, Maria Burnham and Holly Robison, as well as the talents of Justin Cornwell, Nick Vidal, and Patricia Tinsley.

Free and open to the public.
Also, there's free parking in the garage at 2316 N. Lincoln Ave., and drinks are half price at the Greenhouse bar.

August 31: Martinis for Muses

Idle Muse Theatre Company's Martinis for Muses
An afternoon of casual beverages and conversation in support of Chicago storefront theatre.

Sunday, August 31, 2014
2:00 - 5:00pm

at Marty's Martini Bar
1511 W. Balmoral, Chicago, IL 60640

Have a Drink with Idle Muse August 31st - No Cover! No tickets to buy! Just come by and have a drink or three!

Marty's Martini Bar, the #1 Ranked martini bar in Chicago, has graciously opened its doors to Idle Muse Theatre Company. Sales between 2:00-5:00pm on Sunday, August 31st will go directly to benefit Idle Muse activities and productions.

No cover charge. Open to the public.
For more information, click here.

#Stage37 Performance Series

Four Chicago companies participate in the 'Hot Tix Series' in the pedway of Block Thirty Seven

Positioned conveniently between the CTA’s red and blue lines, this summer, the pedway level of Block Thirty Seven at 108 N. State is the place to experience free live pop-up entertainment during lunchtime and rush hour on select dates through September.

Hot Tix is proud to present 4 performances as part of #Stage37 series.
Before you hop on the train, stop by for a taste of theatre, dance, comedy, and more!

Monday, August 25  11:30am – Chicago Tap Theatre

Tuesday, August 26  5:00pm – Chicago Fringe Festival: Dream Theatre

Monday, September 8  5:00pm – Waltzing Mechanics’ EL Stories

Friday, September 12  5:00pm – Laugh Factory’s Chicago’s Best Standup!

Come upstairs before or after to snag some half-price tickets at Hot Tix (open 10am-6pm).

August 23-24: ShopFest Hot Tix Pop-up

Free Character Photo-Ops, Half Price Theatre Tickets, and more!
Part of The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, Hot Tix is popping up outside the Water Works location for two days.

Saturday, August 23 11am-6pm
Sunday, August 24 11am-4pm

Located outside the Water Works Pumping Station at the corner of Michigan Ave. and Pearson St. in downtown Chicago

Join Hot Tix this weekend outside of their Water Works location along Michigan Avenue!

Stop by Saturday 8/23 or Sunday 8/24 to discover what’s playing now and what’s coming soon to Chicago stages this fall and winter. Take a photo with a Chicago theatre character, buy half-price theatre tickets, receive free swag*, and more!

CHARACTER APPEARANCES (subject to change)

Saturday 8/23:
11AM - Lookingglass Theatre Company - Lookingglass Alice
12PM - Mercury Theater - Avenue Q
1PM - Chicago Shakespeare Theater
2PM - Mercury Theater - Avenue Q
4PM - The Joffrey Ballet

Sunday 8/24:
11AM - Chicago Fringe Festival - Dream Theatre
12PM - The Joffrey Ballet
1PM - Goodman Theatre - A Christmas Carol
2PM - Chicago Fringe Festival - New Pluto
3PM - Apollo Theater - Million Dollar Quartet

Click here to RSVP to the Facebook event. Use the hashtag #ShopFest on Twitter when sharing about this event.
For half-price theatre tickets, visit

*While supplies last.

August 16: Strawdog Season Kick Off

Strawdog Theatre Company's Season 27 Kick Off Party
An opportunity to get to know Strawdog Theatre Company from top to bottom, meet their ensemble, learn about next season, and become a "producer" for Season 27. Featuring food from local restaurants, a scavenger hunt through the nooks and crannies of the theatre, and a season subscription raffle prize.

Saturday, August 16, 2014
11:00am - 2:00pm

at Strawdog Theatre
3829 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613

Get a first look at the eight shows that are going to make Strawdog Theatre's Season 27 one for the books. This is an incredible opportunity to get to know Strawdog Theatre Company and the people that make it unique.

Explore the space that Strawdog calls home, taste the food of their local restaurants, a scavenger hunt through the nooks and crannies of the theatre, and enter to win a night out at the theatre!

Drop in, catch up, tour the space, and learn about each of their upcoming productions and special events. With eight full production there's going to be something for everyone this season at Strawdog!

Featuring food from community partner Spritz Burger.

Free and open to the public.
For more information, click here.

August: Chicago Dramatists Saturday Series

Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series
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, August 2, 2014

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

The Corner Office
by Network Playwright TONY WERNER

Lisa put everything she had into getting the promotion. The job, the office, the titleundefinedto Lisa, it all seemed to somehow be her destiny. And then it went to someone else. A transfer. From Des Moines. As her rival moves in, Lisa tries to be welcoming, but hurt feelings are hurt feelings, and Lisa soon finds herself stoking the fires of a company witch hunt. An absurdist take on entitlement and office bullying.

TONY WERNER is a playwright based in Chicago. His work has been produced or developed at Chicago Dramatists, Collaboraction, Steep Theatre Company, Ensemble 113, Pinebox Theatre Company, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and Jackalope Theater. He’s a member of the Living Room Playmakers, a playwright’s collective dedicated to making theatre in unusual spaces. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

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

Lake View Roulette
by Resident Playwright JON STEINHAGEN
Directed by Associate Artist ILESA DUNCAN

Peg’s sister, Blythe, has vanished from her apartment in a trendy, historic building. When Peg turns to Blythe’s friends and neighbors for help, she becomes involved in their monthly game night, a series of twisted psychological variations on familiar games that culminates in Lake View Roulette, a sinister creation that blurs the lines between reality and “fun.”

JON STEINHAGEN was recently one of Clubbed Thumb’s three awarded finalists for their Biennial Commission for his play “Devil’s Day Off.” His other plays and musicals include “The Next Thing,” “Successors,” “Blizzard ‘67,” “Aces,” “The Analytical Engine,” and “Deb and Debra.”

Saturday, August 16, 2014

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

Participating writer/performers from Resident Playwright Arlene Malinowski’s ADVANCED SOLO SHOW class perform selections from their work. This summer’s writer/performers: Anne Asher, Noreen Cashman, Brenda Kilianski, Theresa Puskar, Martha Reeves, Eileen Tull, and Doug Widowski.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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

Purple Heart in the Poudre River
by Resident Playwright DANA LYNN FORMBY
Directed by Artistic Director RUSS TUTTEROW

Bone is a practical man, with practical thoughts, and practical actions. It just so happens that he carries a gun with him practically everywhere he goes, making it seem that he is unpractical. Being arrested the umpteenth time for illegally packing heat, his family returns home to make him get rid of his guns. People don’t make Bone do anything. Bone is the one in control. As he draws a line between his guns and his family, Bone finds that to keep control, sacrifices must be made.

DANA LYNN FORMBY’s plays have been produced, workshopped, or read by Pegasus, Mortar Theatre Company, Steep, PICT, Victory Gardens, WordBRIDGE, Florida Studio Theatre, The Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, The Kennedy Center, and New York Theatre Workshop. Her play UNTIL DEATH will be produced this season at Concordia College in association with Chicago Dramatists. Her play AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP will be read this summer at Steppenwolf’s First Look Program. She is represented by The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency in New York.

These events are FREE and open to the public.

July 24-27: Ignition Festival

Ignition Festival of New Plays 2014
The Ignition Festival of New Plays was conceived to support Victory Gardens Theater's mission of new plays and diversity. Free with an RSVP, check out this lineup of new, challenging, and innovative plays.

Where Did We Sit on the Bus? by Brian Quijada and Lack on Lack by April Fools (Kristiana Colón & Damon Williams)
Thurs July 24 | 7:00pm | Zacek-McVay Theater

During a 3rd grade lesson on the Civil Rights movement and Rosa Parks, a Latino boy raises his hand to ask “Where did we sit on the bus?” and his teacher can’t answer the question. Told through rap, hip-hop, spoken word, and live looping, Brian Quijada’s autobiographical Where Did We Sit On The Bus? looks at what it means to be Latino in America.

In their theatrical debut, brother/sister hip hop duo April Fools (Kristiana Colón & Damon Williams) fuse music, spoken word, and humor in Lack on Lack, a journey through Chicago to plan a surprise birthday party for their mother April. Damon and Kristiana navigate the neighborhoods of Chicago, childhood memories, and the turns of their new grown-up relationship in this city of practical jokers.

Ignition Festival Opening Night Reception
Thursday July 24 | Victory Gardens Theater Lobby | 9:00 p.m.

Sender by Ike Holter
Fri July 25 | 7:00pm | Zacek-McVay Theater

Over a year after faking his death in a sensational fashion, a young man returns to his former apartment: alive, well, and with a new found ambition to fix what went wrong. What starts as a miracle reunion turns into a catastrophic disaster as the past begins to catch up with the present and old debts return, expecting payment in full.

Artist Night: Meet & Greet
Friday July 25 | 9:00 p.m.

Slingshot by Kia Corthron
Sat July 26 | 3:00pm | Zacek-McVay Theater

After suffering a terrible work accident as a result of a negligent manufacturing defect, Malik must live with the inevitable consequences. In a nation where lawsuits have been equated with greed, how can Malik’s father Gid attain compensation and justice comparable to human life?

Panel Discussion | New Plays in Chicago {Process}
Saturday July 26 | Zacek-McVay Theater | 6:00 p.m.

As one of the leading centers of new play development, Chicago is home to some of the richest and boldest new plays premiering across the country. In a city where audiences are hungry for new theatre work, what is the current state of new play development and its future? What should we be doing more to nurture the artists, audiences and the field?

Hillary and Clinton by Lucas Hnath
Sat July 26 | 7:00pm | Zacek-McVay Theater

In 2008, a woman named Hillary is trying to become the president of a country called the United States of America, but she’s not doing well in the polls and needs more money to keep the campaign going. She calls her husband for help and he offers her a deal, but it’s a deal that ends up costing a lot more than either of them had reckoned.

Ignition Festival Cocktail Hour
Saturday July 26 | 9:00 p.m.

For Tomorrow, Please Prepare by Paul Downs Colaizzo
Sun July 27 | 2:00pm | Zacek-McVay Theater

Racial tensions in the suburban south reach a boiling point when a white student at a public high school in Georgia makes an inflammatory comment during a lesson on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The school’s disciplinary process is threatened when hidden agendas are revealed, proving that when it comes to how we should teach our country’s racial history, the issue is anything but black and white.

Panel Discussion | ​From Script to the Stage ​{Practice}
Sunday July 27 | Zacek-McVay Theater | 5:00 p.m.

From the first draft to opening night, new plays are changing and evolving as new elements are introduced. With IGNITION Festival as a catalyst for developing new work, how does a rehearsal room shift when a living playwright is in the room? What are the best practices and collaborations? How do we better support and produce new plays and playwrights?

Cocked by Sarah Gubbins
Sun July 27 | 6:00pm | Zacek-McVay Theater

Taylor and her girlfriend, Izzie have always been staunchly opposed to gun ownership. But when Taylor’s brother shows up unannounced one afternoon, that position slowly corrodes as new discoveries surface and the lines between safety and protection are blurred.

Ignition Festival Closing Night Celebration
Sunday July 27 | Victory Gardens Theater Lobby | 8:00 p.m.

To RSVP or more information about Victory Gardens Theater's Ignition Festival, click here.

July: Chicago Dramatists Saturday Series

Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series
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, July 19, 2014

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

Love Monk
By Network Playwright CHRISTINE HODAK

At an isolated desert gas station in the late 1960s, a newly married couple’s happiness is threatened by the dinging of a service bell, angry letters from home, and the arrival of a challenging house guest. “Love Monk” examines the sustainability of romantic love: what sparks it, what dampens it, what makes it last.

CHRISTINE HODAK’s “The Iroquois” was a semi-finalist at the 2013 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference; the play received a Workshop Production at Raven Theatre in June 2014. With Madison-based composer Scott Lamps, she has created “Tomato Queen,” which Quest Theatre Ensemble is developing for a Spring 2015 production. Chris is a Network Playwright, a Member of the Dramatists Guild and a writer in Will Dunne’s Scene Shop where “Love Monk” was first heard.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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

Daughters of the Moon
By Resident Playwright REGINALD EDMUND
Directed by Associate Artist ILESA DUNCAN

The first play in Reginald Edmund's “City of the Bayou” Collection, “Daughters of the Moon” follows a runaway slave girl and a former plantation mistress wanted for murder as they embark on a perilous journey North towards freedom, guided by an Ancient African Goddess.

REGINALD EDMUND was a 2009-2010, 2010-2011 Many Voices Fellow with The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. He earned an MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University. His play “Southbridge” (produced in 2013 by Chicago Dramatists) won the 2012 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and the Black Theatre Alliances’ Lorraine Hansberry Award for Best New Play. Theatre Communication Group has named him a 2014 Young Leader of Color.

The July 26th reading of “Daughters of the Moon” is in collaboration with “Something Incredibly Marvelous Happens,” which seeks to engage the Chicago community in exploring the genre of Magical Realism. “Something Incredibly Marvelous Happens” curates a series of staged readings involving local theatre companies, introduces new work to the community, leads discussion in blog format, and puts up a full production each summer to spark a dialogue about the possibilities for igniting the imagination through theatrical storytelling.

FREE and open to the public.

June 29: Summer Film Series - Brigadoon

Free Screening of the classic film Brigadoon in Millennium Park
Goodman Theatre's production of Brigadoon runs until August 10, 2014.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

in Millennium Park, Chicago

Come see Brigadoon on the big screen! Sunday, June 29, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will partner with Goodman Theatre to present a FREE screening of the classic musical starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse, as a part of the City of Chicago’s Summer Film Series.

For more information, visit the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at

Free to all; Reservations not necessary.

June 29: Equanimity - Writing and Exile

Equanimity: Writing and Exile
A public program for Death and the Maiden, now playing at Victory Gardens Theater through July 20, 2014. Connecting our theater to the world beyond the stage and rehearsal room, Public Programs events bridge ideas, provoke dialogue, and deepen the relationship between audiences and productions.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

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

Being forced to leave one’s homeland can leave one with a sense of loss, trauma, and confusion. But for many writers, exile and political writing can also be a source of creativity and a way to reconnect with a life that seems increasingly distant. Join John Rich (Director of the Guild Literary Complex) as he opens a dialogue with a panel of Chicago-based writers exploring first-hand experiences of exile and political activism in their creative works.

Free and open to the public.
To RSVP, visit

June 23: The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing
A public program for Death and the Maiden, now playing at Victory Gardens Theater through July 13, 2014. Connecting our theater to the world beyond the stage and rehearsal room, Public Programs events bridge ideas, provoke dialogue, and deepen the relationship between audiences and productions.

Monday, June 23, 2014

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

In this chilling and inventive documentary, celebrated Indonesian death squad leaders are challenged to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary – Feature, The Act of Killing is an unprecedented film that, according to the Los Angeles Times, “could well change how you view the documentary form.”

Free and open to the public.
To RSVP, visit

June 3: Celebration of Authors

Barrel of Monkeys, in collaboration with the The University of Chicago Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, invites you to join student-authors, their classmates, family, and educators for the annual FREE CELEBRATION OF AUTHORS, featuring performances of student-written stories created at all of its partner schools and after-school program during the 2013-2014 season. Performed by more than 30 Barrel of Monkeys actors and musicians and directed by Artistic Director Molly Brennan.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
(6:30 reception)
at University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. in Hyde Park

During 2013-14, Barrel of Monkeys worked with 13 Chicago Public school partners in 38 classrooms, plus one after-school program. The Chicago-based arts education theater ensemble, now in its 17th season, conducts creative writing workshops with 3rd through 5th grade students in underserved Chicago Public Schools. The ensemble of actor-educators then turns their stories and words into professionally performed theater, presented both in-school and for the general public through its revues.

"Celebration of Authors" is a FREE event and open to the public. Reservations can be made by calling (312) 409-1954.

May/June: Lookingglass Free Community Panel Discussions

Community Panel Discussions for In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story
Sunday Panel Discussions take place directly following the 3:00pm matinee (around 5:15pm) at Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N Michigan Ave.

Sundays, May 11 around 5:15pm
Evolution of Evolution: Darwin’s Impact on Natural Science
Darwin’s landmark work revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. How has his theory been borne out, what did he get wrong, and how has Evolution adapted since? Curated The Field Museum of Natural History

Sunday, May 18th around 5:15pm
Opposites Attract: The Chemistry and Progression of a Relationship

How much do we depend on desire versus demographic variables to predict compatibility? In a world that relies on social media to create connections, what are the factors that sustain our relationships through life’s challenges? Curated by Loyola University Chicago

Sunday, June 1st around 5:15pm
Creating a Little Space: How do we talk to each other when we strongly disagree?

We all have disagreements with people we like, whether it’s within a relationship, a family, or the body politic. How do we respectfully navigate these conversations while staying true to our own beliefs?

[Additional Discussion] Saturday, June 7th at 1:30pm
Daring to be Darwin: The Evolution of a Religious Species
Darwin’s ideas challenged – and continue to challenge – deeply held convictions about God, creation and the origin of species. This workshop explores how it feels when new ideas challenge our convictions. Curated by The Raven Foundation

Sunday, June 8th around 5:15pm
Co-existence: The Ongoing Conversation about Faith and Science

There are as many different creation stories as there are faiths. How can religious leaders successfully lead their congregation’s conversation about the origin of life?

Sunday, June 15th around 5:15pm
Behind the Scenes of In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story

A conversation with the director and designers around In The Garden. What was the inspiration behind the design elements of the show? What is the evolution of a show’s design?

Lookingglass Theatre panel discussions are free and open to the public. Seating is subject to availability.

May 13: Free TimePieces Play Reading

TimeLine Theatre Company's TIMEPIECES Play Reading Series
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.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago

The Best of Everything
adapted by Julie Kramer
based on the book by Rona Jaffe
directed by Megan Shuchman

This new adaptation of Rona Jaffe's 1958 bestseller explores the lives of ambitious secretaries within a Mad Men world. As they find their way in the big city, these women want thrilling careers, fun adventures, and husbands and children too—in due time.

The New York Times praised this hit new play as “a clear and abidingly useful gaze on women caught in a moment in time that isn’t as distant as you might suppose … What they have to say isn’t, in some ways, all that different from what the women of Sex and the City and even Lena Dunham’s Girls would be saying decades later." Also includes a brief post-show discussion to give you a chance to reflect on the piece and the themes and issues it presents.

FREE and open to the public. Reservations strongly recommended; seating is limited!
For reservations, call (773) 281-8463 x6 or email

May: Lost in Yonkers Community Conversations

Northlight Theatre Community Conversations: Lost in Yonkers
Scene selections and Q&A with the director and cast members of Northlight Theatre's production of Lost in Yonkers, now playing through June 8, 2014 in Skokie, IL.

Tuesday, May 13 at 1:00pm at Vi at the Glen (2500 Indigo Ln, Glenview)

Tuesday, May 13 at 3:30pm at Wilmette Public Library (1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette)

Tuesday, May 20 at 3:30pm
at Skokie Public Library (5215 Oakton St, Skokie)

Wednesday, May 21 at 10:30am
at Highland Park Library (494 Laurel Ave, Highland Park)

May 14: Salon Series

Salon Series: Lost in Yonkers
An interfaith panel explores notions of family and how family bonds are forged and changed through challenging times.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie


Rabbi Jeff Pivo, Congregation Beth Judea (Lon Grove), is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Judea in Long Grove. Rabbi Pivo came to the Northwest suburbs after serving congregations in New Jersey for two years and Pennsylvania for eight. He has also taught in the Solomon Schechter Day School system. Rabbi Pivo was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2000. He and his wife Lisa, both of whom grew up in Southern California, have three children, all of whom attend Jewish day schools in the area. When he is not busy with synagogue or family responsibilities, he indulges his lifelong passion collecting records.

Rosalie Musiala, Principal Emeritus, Pope John XXIII School (Evanston), was born in a small town in Sicily. She immigrated with her family to the United States when she was seven years old. She has lived in Chicago since then. She is a mother of three children and grandmother of two little girls. An educator for the past 35 years, she has worked as a teacher and most recently as principal of Pope John XXIII School in Evanston for fifteen years. Rosalie retired in July 2013 and now serves as an educational consultant. Areas of expertise include: early childhood education, the reading process, administration, and the Blue Ribbon Award application. Rosalie received her BA degree from DePaul University with a double major - English and Education. She earned her masters degree through a special partnership with six universities - The Consortium of Colleges and Universities. This included study in England at London University. She has completed masters' degree work as a reading specialist and school administration requirements. She has completed classes and passed comprehensive doctoral exams and is an ABD (all but the dissertation) from National Louis University. She is a life-long learner with 79 hours of university course work above and after the required hours for her two masters' degrees in Personalized Learning and Reading. Rosalie enjoys travel, reading, and attending theater productions here in Chicago at Northlight, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and at the Stratford Festival in Canada.

This event will last approximately one hour.
The 6:15pm Salon is followed by a 7:30 performance - the Salon is free and open to the public; tickets are required to attend the performance (attendance at the performance is NOT required to attend the Salon). For more information, click here.

May: Free Clowning & Puppetry Workshops

Join First Floor Theater for FREE clowning and shadow puppetry workshops for ages 6-12.
Meet at the Humboldt Park Field House (First Floor Theater's performance space) at 2:00 pm for special crafts, games, and a snack before the performance at 3:00 pm. Participation in the workshop earns the participant and their accompanying grown-ups free admission to the 3pm matinee.

Three workshops remaining: Sundays at 2PM on May 4, 11, and 18! at the Humboldt Park Field House, 1400 N. Sacramento, Chicago

A NOTE FOR PARENTS: First Floor Theater's teaching artists are working together with the Chicago Park District to create a unique, educational experience for your children! In the free workshops, your child will learn great team-building theater skills as well as put imaginations to work..what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon. No sign-up necessary, just drop by and First Floor will take it from there. Come back at 3pm if you'd like to see the show with your child; Tollbooth is an enjoyable treat for all ages!

Contact for more details.

(Click here to download a flyer with your chance to receive an EXTRA special prize!)

April 29: Free Staged Reading

Free reading of The Running Mate by Skye Robinson Hillis
Polarity Ensemble Theatre: This is one of the four DIONYSOS CUP scripts for this year in a preview reading.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, Chicago

In THE RUNNING MATE, a presidential campaign functions as a battle ground for the candidate and his equally successful wife. As they struggle to navigate America's changing political climate and weave in and out of favor with the electorate, they must also find the balance of happiness, fulfillment, and sacrifice between the two parties of their own marriage across fifty states and fourteen months' time.

< Photo: Playwright Skye Robinson Hillis
Directed by Richard Shavzin with dramaturg Jesse Roth and a cast featuring Norm Woodel, Janet Ulrich Brooks*, Steve Savage, Lindsey Pearlman, Sean Sinitski, Alyssa Thordarson, Shantelle Szyper, and Elaine Rivkin*.
*member of Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

Also, there's free parking in the lot a block north. Drinks are half price for the informal conversation in the lobby after the reading.

This is one of the four Polarity Ensemble Theatre DIONYSOS CUP scripts for this year in a preview reading. The full festival workshop performances of the scripts will take place July 10-20.

April 30: Cross-Country Collaborations

Cross-Country Collaborations: How The Lark is Creating a Movement Around New Plays
A dialogue for Chicago theatre-makers and funders initiated by the current production of Pinkolandia at 16th Street Theater, playing through May 10, 2014.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
6:30 PM

in the Healy Rehearsal Room at Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn, Chicago

A dialogue for Chicago theatre-makers and funders. Meet the four Artistic Directors who engaged in producing the rolling world premiere of Andrea Thome's new play Pinkolandia in four cities across the country. Spearheaded by Lark Play Development Center, the Launching New Plays into the Repertoire program puts the playwright at the center of the process in an experiment to “create a movement” around selected plays, ideally changing the narrative of the American Theatre. How can this model be replicated? What is to be gained from cross-country collaboration? How has spending time and resources going "deeper and wider" with this new play impacted these four theater companies and the playwright?

Lisa Rothe, Offsite Programs and Partnerships, Lark Play Development Center: New York, NY
John Eisner, Artistic Director, Lark Play Development Center: New York, NY
Andrea Thome, playwright Pinkolandia
John Dias, Artistic Director, Two River Theatre Company: Red Bank, NJ
Lou Moreno, Artistic Director, INTAR: New York, NY
Jenny Larson, Artistic Director, Salvage Vanguard: Austin, TX
Ann Filmer, Artistic Director, 16th Street Theater: Berwyn, IL

Moderated by: Tanya Palmer, Director of New Play Development, Goodman Theatre

This special dialogue is FREE, but reservations are required.
Reserve here.

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