Behind the Curtain

July 19 and 22: Grant Park Music Festival -Grant Park Chorus in the Parks


Grant Park Chorus in the Parks
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join the members of the Grant Park Chorus as they perform at the South Shore Cultural Center and the Columbus Park Refectory.

Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 7pm
at the South Shore Cultural Center | 7059 S. South Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60649
Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 7pm
at the Columbus Park Refectory | 5701 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60644


Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Chorus returns to two of the city's cultural hubs with a concert of a cappella music, featuring works by Bruckner, Britten, Tippet, Leighton and more.

These events are FREE and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis, which opens thirty minutes prior to the performance. For more information, please click here.



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July 15: Church of the New Play: "Raeann's Gotta Win: A Practical Guide to Dragon Slaying" (Reading)


Prop Thtr presents new play reading by Barbara Ihota

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, July 15, 2018 at 11 am-2 pm

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



Church of the New Play presents... Raeann's Gotta Win: A Practical Guide to Dragon Slaying by Barbara Ihota

Synopsis: Raeann, an aging, flailing boxer, has a new girlfriend, a new coach, a new self-help book and the guts to go after the WBC world title in boxing. But her mom and the past are forcing her to face a much bigger battle: the one within.

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


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Jul 14: The Freshness Initiative - Pro-Am


Join Sideshow Theatre for the 4th Annual FRESHNESS INITIATIVE
Each year Sideshow Theatre Company invites three of Chicago's hottest playwrights to develop brand new, full-length, totally fresh works inside the laboratory of The Freshness Initiative. During the year-long program, Sideshow artists and staff work with each resident writer to develop plays that intersect, explore and explode Sideshow’s aesthetic and mission. The result is three bold, fresh works for the stage that push audiences' expectations of what a Sideshow play might be.

Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 3pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



Pro-Am
By Brynne Frauenhoffer
Directed by Regina Victor
Dramaturgy by Tanuja Devi Jagernauth

The porn industry isn't what it used to be, but upstart performers in Miami are making the most of the amateur scene. Joe was a community college dropout who got fired from Jiffy Lube, but now he's transformed himself into an assistant talent scout; he finds the girls, flies them to Florida, and gets them the gigs. But they don't stick around for long- usually about three months- so the rental house where he lives with the talent sees a lot of turnover. Until Chloe Kendall arrives, determined to turn her stint as a "teen" star into a lasting career in adult entertainment, for herself and for her new housemates.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, email tickets@sideshowtheatre.org.



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July 28: Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: Mah Jongg Swingers Club (Reading)


July: Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series

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, July 28, 2018
2:00pm

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

Mah Jongg Swingers Club
By Resident Playwright Scott Woldman
Most people believe the Paradise Gold Retirement Community is a tranquil, idyllic place for Jewish couples to live out their Golden Years. However, most people would be wrong; as by day the women of Paradise Gold are dedicated to destroying anyone not part of the "in-group", while by night some of the women have launched a secret swingers community. It's who's in and who's out in this post-retirement quest for social dominance and sexual fulfillment. Based upon the awkward, uncomfortable and unwanted stories forced upon the playwright by his mother and her friends.

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.


July 9 and 12: Grant Park Music Festival - Vivaldi Four Seasons


Vivaldi Four Seasons: Grant Park Orchestra in the Parks
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join the members of the Grant Park Orchestra as they perform at the South Shore Cultural Center and the Columbus Park Refectory.

Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7pm
at the South Shore Cultural Center | 7059 S. South Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60649
Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 7pm
at the Columbus Park Refectory | 5701 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60644



Concertmaster Jeremy Black leads members of the Grant Park Orchestra in a chamber concert featuring Vivaldi's masterpiece Four Seasons and Grieg's spirited Holberg Suite.

These events are FREE and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. which opens thirty minutes prior to the performance. For more information, please click here.



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Jul 7: The Freshness Initiative - Mechanisms of Fidelity


Join Sideshow Theatre for the 4th Annual FRESHNESS INITIATIVE
Each year Sideshow Theatre Company invites three of Chicago's hottest playwrights to develop brand new, full-length, totally fresh works inside the laboratory of The Freshness Initiative. During the year-long program, Sideshow artists and staff work with each resident writer to develop plays that intersect, explore and explode Sideshow’s aesthetic and mission. The result is three bold, fresh works for the stage that push audiences' expectations of what a Sideshow play might be.

Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 3pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



Mechanisms of Fidelity
By Ariel Zetina
Directed by Jonathan L. Green
Dramaturgy by Lucas Garcia

1920s rural Spain. Matriarch Maria returns from a visit to her first husband's grave with her four adult daughters in tow to find her husband Porfirio's horse missing. She knows where Porfirio is: with his younger woman Socorro. Ariel Zetina's Mechanisms of Fidelity, explores traditional and contemporary versions of fidelity and infidelity, of monogamy and polyamory, with the work of Federico Garcia Lorca as the backbone. Four sisters, a matriarch, a patriarch, lovers, husbands, a maid. Oh, and a hooved neighbor, who is also Death.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, email tickets@sideshowtheatre.org.



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July 7: StoryTime with Theatre Y


Theatre Y presents free children's performance series

This completely FREE monthly program brings children and parents from the Lincoln Square community together for a lively, interactive performance that incorporates children's books, music, and improvisation, followed by treats for little ones, coffee for grown-ups, and conversation with our audience. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018 @ 10:00am

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center | 4740 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60625



Recommended for ages 6 and under but ALL AGES WELCOME! Come play with us!

This program and more are brought to you thanks to the Free Theater Movement as well as our community partners. For more information about Theatre Y and the Free Theater Movement, visit here or email info@theatre-y.com. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. For all StoryTime inquiries, email katie.b.sherman@theatre-y.com.


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Aug 3-5: Ignition Festival of New Plays 2018


Victory Gardens Theater presents 10th Annual Ignition Festival of New Plays 2018

IGNITION Festival of New Plays is a national annual festival devoted to fostering a community of support for the development of outstanding new plays and nurturing relationships with emerging and established playwrights. 

Friday, August 3, 2018 through Sunday, August 5, 2018
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614



Prosthesis
Friday, August 3 | 7:30pm
by Robert Askins
Directed by Jess McLeod

George has sewn an iPhone into his neck. Now, he can send saws spinning and turn lights on with just a thought, but his Dad doesn't like that. George's father, a real prosthetist, steps in to try to save his son. But George doesn't want to be saved by him. He's trying to find god.


Untitled Road Trip Play
Saturday, August 4 | 11:00am
By Lauren Yee
Directed by Chay Yew

Lauren Yee's Untitled Road Trip Play follows an immigrant couple as they drive across America in 1998. As they travel to their new home in Portland, they struggle to find common ground in everything from personal philosophy to what to put in the tape deck. Twenty years later the same man recreates the road trip with his adult daughter, with the same car, same map, and same music. A Honda Civic connects these worlds as time and space weave these two journeys together. But sometimes getting there is half the battle.


White History
Saturday, August 4 | 3:00pm
By Dave Harris
Directed by Halena Kays

Bonnie and Todd, a cage-free kale-bred white couple, have just moved into a new home after accidentally burning down their last one. Soon after, an exiled KKK member kicks in their front door with a rope and a revolver, mistaking them for the Black couple that moved in across the street. Naturally, there is a dinner party. White History contends with the violence of America's foundation and the comedy of American progress.


How to Defend Yourself
Saturday, August 4 | 7:30pm
By Lily Padilla
Directed by Marti Lyons

Seven college students gather for a DIY self-defense workshop after a sorority sister is raped. They learn how to "not be a victim", how to use their bodies as weapons, how to fend off attackers. The form of self-defense becomes a channel for their rage, trauma, confusion, anxiety, and desire- lots of desire. Challenged to determine what they want and how to ask for it, the students must ultimately face the insidious ways rape culture steals one's body and sense of belonging.


Seeing Eye
Sunday, August 5 | 11:00am
By Nick Malakhow
Directed by Vanessa Stalling

Intimidated by the prospect of dating apps and online profiles, Jason, who is blind, finds himself in a whirlwind romance with a stranger after taking a chance to find the love the old fashioned way: at a bar. Their one night stand ignites a week-long romance in which both men feel like they are being seen for the first time. But what happens when people finally see us for who we really are? And even worse, what happens when we finally see ourselves?

The First Deep Breath
Sunday, August 5 | 3:00pm
By Lee Edward Colston II
Directed by Ron OJ Parson

Pastor Albert Jones is planning a special church service to honor his late daughter Diane on the sixth anniversary of her death. But when his eldest son, Abdul-Malik, returns home from prison, the First family of Mother Bethel Baptist Church is forced to confront a hornet's nest of long-buried secrets. With each member of the Jones clan desperately fighting to stay afloat, sometimes a family that stays together drowns together.


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



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July 8- Amicable (Reading)


Theatre Above the Law presents a free reading of Amicable, by Ross Compton as a preview of their 2018/19 season. 

Theatre Above the Law's mission is to challenge the norm of theatre by presenting classic and unique stories in relatable ways while mentoring the future of the artform. Join the ATL team as they showcase the closing play of their 2018/19 season, the world premiere of Amicable by Ross Compton. Be sure to join them for a brief discussion of the play after the reading!

Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 3:00pm

Theatre Above the Law | 1439 W. Jarvis, Chicago, IL 60626



Amicable
Written by: Ross Compton
Featuring: ATL Ensemble Members Abby Walburn, Gracie Brazeal, David Hartley, and Jeremy Schaye with Maria Pinos, Elise Soeder and Ian Gonzalez

Have you ever known someone who you definitely considered a friend and yet...didn't like all that much? Have you ever been enamored with someone who didn't share a fraction of that same enthusiasm? This is a play about why it can be so hard to let these "relationships" die, and the group of people who are forced to do that anyway. Things end. And that's ok.  

This event is FREE, but seating is limited. For more information, or to reserve tickets email Tony Lawry at tony@theatreatl.org


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June 24: REFLECT Post-Show Panel Discussion: 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas; Jules Verne and Victorian Sci-Fi


REFLECT Post-Show Panel Discussions- 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas
Lookingglass REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics, and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material. REFLECT post-show panel discussions take place directly following select 2PM matinees at Lookingglass Theatre. The discussions are free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 24, 2018 following the 2PM matinee.
at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611



Jules Verne and Victorian Sci-Fi will be the first topic in focus. With his fantastical journeys into deep oceans, earth, and space, the famous French author may be the inventor of Science Fiction. How has Verne's work influenced other books, films, television, and plays?

This event is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, but are not attending the show that day, you may enter the theatre once the performance concludes. For more information, click here.



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June 20: El Semillero Series: Hollywood G.T. Oh (Reading)


Victory Gardens Theater and ALTA Chicago present new play reading by Nancy Garcia Loza

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 20, 2018 at 7:30pm

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


Written by: Nancy Garcia Loza
Directed by: Laura Alcalá Baker

Performed by Erica Cruz Hernández, Debbie Baños, Emilie Modaff, Stella Martin, & Ryan Hallahan
Stage Directions: Krystal Ortiz

A lesbian AF summer wedding, a ride or die pocha friendship, August in Chicago when you just need a paleta. An attempt to explore the vows we make and break to ourselves and others. Expect to pop off some bubbly stuff, crunch a salty chip after the reading bc pochas, bc bodas


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, click here.


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June 24: Church of the New Play: The Truffle Pig Talkback(Reading)


Prop Thtr presents new play reading by Rory Jobst

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, June 24, 2018 at 11 am-2 pm

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



Church of the New Play presents...Truffle Pig Talkback by Rory Jobst

Synopsis: A talkback or "Q and A" after the screening of a film can reveal a lot about the film and even more about the filmmaker. The craft. The motivation. The context. The relevance. However, a talkback can also reveal much about the moderator and the audience...those who ask the questions. A talkback can also fail to reveal any potential issues about a film, giving way to flattery and civility as a means of to fall into good favor with the artist. Filmmaker Trent Colton is blessed with the opportunity of a talkback for his meta-film A & Q, a film about a similar kind of post-movie talkback. The proceedings go politely and appropriately to plan...until a disgruntled cinephile rebels against the noxious bootlicking and takes matters into his own hands.

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


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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, click here.


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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 click here.



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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. 

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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, click here.


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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, click here.


"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.


unity 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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