Behind the Curtain

March 3: KidSeries Open House


A family-friendly open house at Lifeline Theatre!
Bring the whole family and learn more about our KidSeries shows! Kids will meet the cast, watch a scene or song from the show, and experience craft activities based on the play with one of Lifeline's teaching artists. Adults will enjoy coffee and conversation with our writers, directors, and educators and get a behind-the-scenes peek at what goes into bringing our children's stories to life.

Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:00pm
at Lifeline Theatre | 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago 60626



Open House: You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?
Meet director Heather Currie, co-adapter Derek Czaplewski, composer Laura McKenzie, and the cast of our world premiere musical as they present scenes and songs from the show.

This hour-long event is FREE and open to the public (performance starts at 1pm), but reservations are required. Call 773-761-4477 or email erica@lifelinetheatre.com. RSVP by March 2.



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Feb 26: Felons and Familias (Staged Reading)


Theater on the Lake: In the Work presents reading of Sandra Delgado's play, Felons and Familias

Theater on the Lake: In the Works presents Felons and Familias, a staged reading of a play in progress by Sandra Delgado.

Monday, February 26, 2018 at 7:30pm
at Theater on the Lake | 2401 N Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60614



Theater on the Lake: In the Works presents the third of four staged readings of the play Felons and Familias by Chicago playwright Sandra Delgado. Please stay for the community talkback! The reading will be immediately followed by a talk back session inviting the audience input into the development of the play. Food and drinks will be available at the Lakefront Restaurant.

This event is FREE, but RSVP is recommended. To RSVP, please click here.



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Feb 24: Stories Come Alive! - You Think It's Easy Being The Tooth Fairy


Lifeline Theatre presents Stories Come Alive! - You Think It's Easy Being The Tooth Fairy?
Free drama games in Rogers Park with Lifeline Theatre's You Think It's Easy Being The Tooth Fairy? Lifeline's spring children's adaptation runs March 7 - April 22, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
at the Rogers Park Public Library | 6907 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626



Lifeline actors will read from Sheri-Bell-Rehwoldt and David Slonim's You Think It's Easy Being The Tooth Fairy? and play drama games with children of all ages (parents welcome too). 

This event is FREE and open to the public. For further information, call Lifeline's box office at 773-761-4477.



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Feb 19: Notes and Letters (Reading)


2018 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival presented by Underscore Theatre Company hosts free reading NOTES AND LETTERS

In addition to 7 fully-staged productions, CMTF is hosting two free readings during their festival. The second one is Notes and Letters. Notes and Letters, inspired by a true story, chronicles four friends living in Chicago during WWI as their music, business, relationships, and pride are put to the test. 

Monday, February 19, 2018 at 8 pm

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



Notes and Letters
Book, Music and Lyrics by Annabelle Revak

Joe Loula departs war-torn Bohemia for Chicago in 1917 seeking a new job and a new independence. He quickly befriends Charlie, Nora, and Olivia at Williams' Custom Pianos. As the foursome become inseparable, the U.S plunges into the World War I: businesses, relationships and pride are put to the test. A true story set to a jazz score, Notes and Letters chronicles the attempt to find an even beat in a world where the meter is constantly shifting. Fans of Wonderful Town or Thoroughly Modern Millie will love Notes and Letters!

Annabelle Revak (Composer/Music Director) is a junior at Columbia College, studying music composition and musical theatre. Recent credits as a music director include Lysistrata Jones (Refuge Theatre Project), [title of show] (Columbia College Chicago), and Abduction (Locked Door Productions). Current project is orchestrations and music direction for Make Me Bad (Columbia College Chicago). 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are now open and can be made by visiting https://www.cmtf.org/readings. For more information, call the Greenhouse Theater Center box office at 773-404-7336 or email boxoffice@greenhousetheater.org.



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Feb 19: National Ubu Bake-Off President's Day 2018


Victory Gardens Theater hosts a reading of fresh-baked plays upon Paula Vogel's nationwide call to action 

Paula Vogel, the Pulitzer-Prize winning writer of How I Learned to Drive and Broadway's Indecent, has called for a national Ubu Bake-Off to be held on President's Day. Original pieces. Wine. Community. Join us for a reading of these fresh-baked plays!

Monday, February 19, 2018 at 7:00pm
at Zacek-McVay Theater | Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614



Paula has started a national grassroots movement to respond to our global crisis with a bake-off inspired by the play, Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, which opened (and closed) on December 10, 1986. The event will take place on Presidents Day 2018 (February 19) as artists will be writing plays and coming together to share them all over the country. Learn more about this nation-wide event here

Writers to be featured include:
Marsha Estell
Ben Fisher
Isaac Gomez
Tanuja Jagernauth
Samie Jo Johnson
Jasmine Henri Jordan
Nora Anne Leahy
Nancy Garcia Loza
Brian James Polak 

This event is FREE, but RSVP is required. Reserve your spot for an evening of free wine, snacks, good company, and #NewWerk! To RSVP, please click here.



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Feb 12: Murderous Innocent (Reading)


2018 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival presented by Underscore Theatre Company hosts free reading MURDEROUS INNOCENT

In addition to 7 fully-staged productions, CMTF is hosting two free readings during their festival. The first one up is MURDEROUS INNOCENT. 

Monday, February 12, 2018 at 8pm

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



MURDEROUS INNOCENT
Book by Tommy Jamerson, Music and Lyrics by Mark Contorno

Jacob Freeman seems to have it all; a thriving career, a bestselling novel, and an adoring wife. But when his past comes to haunt him in the form of his estranged seventeen year old daughter, Jacob's perfect life is suddenly turned on its head and secrets long since buried begin to rise to the surface yet again. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are now open and can be made by visiting https://www.cmtf.org/readings. For more information, call the Greenhouse Theater Center box office at 773-404-7336 or email boxoffice@greenhousetheater.org.



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Feb 13: Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened screening


Porchlight Music Theatre presents documentary, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
Merrily We Roll Along opened to enormous fanfare in 1981, and closed after sixteen performances. For the first time, “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened” draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of the show’s creation—and tells the stories of the hopeful young performers whose lives were transformed by it. See this (free) award-winning documentary!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:30pm

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts | 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610



Directed by Porchlight Advisory Board Member Lonny Price, who played "Charley" in the original cast, the film is a bittersweet meditation on the choices we all make and the often unexpected consequences of those choicesthrough success and failure. Featuring exclusive appearances by Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Guettel, Frank Rich and the original Broadway cast of Merrily We Roll Along

But there's more! The screening includes pre-film performances of musical numbers from Merrily and post-film discussion with audience and Porchlight cast members. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, email the Porchlight Box Office at BoxOffice@PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or call 773.777.9884.



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Jan. 24: Backstage at the Biograph - Breach


Victory Gardens Theater: BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH
A free event series that takes you behind-the-scenes for an in-depth look at a unique aspect of the rehearsal process! Then, enjoy complimentary wine, beer and snacks as you mingle with members of the cast and design team in the Victory Gardens Theater lobby.





Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH - Breach
How many roles do you play throughout the day? Who are you with your family and friends? With your co-workers? Online? Jeff Award-winning playwright Antoinette Nwandu's world-premiere play, Breach, explores these very questions. On Wednesday, January 24th, join us for an exclusive glimpse into the rehearsal process as the cast shares a scene from the production during one of their very first rehearsals. Then, participate in an interactive workshop on performing stories from your own life, facilitated by performance scholar and artist Dr. Raquel Monroe. Afterwards, celebrate with appetizers from Olive Mediterranean Grill and complimentary beer! 

FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP is required. Click here to reserve a seat. For questions, please email information@victorygardens.org or call 773.871.3000.



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Jan. 19: Backstage with BJ: Skeleton Crew


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: Skeleton Crew

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. Dominique Morriseau's Skeleton Crew opens January 25 and runs through March 4.  

Friday, January 19, 2018 at 12:00pm

Northlight Theatre | 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077



Dominique Morriseau's Skeleton Crew is described as follows:

At the start of the Great Recession, rumors of impending closure surround one of the last auto plants in Detroit. The nation's financial crisis gets personal as each of the workers confronts the life-altering choices they must make if their plant goes under, while the supervisor is torn between allegiances to his makeshift family of co-workers and management's cost-saving demands. When pushed to the limits of survival, how far over the lines are people willing to cross?

The discussion will start at noon and last approximately for one hour. 

This event is FREE, but reservations are required. Contact Francisco Lopez at flopez@northlight.org or 847.324.1232 to change or cancel your reservation.



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Jan 10: Free Kick-Off Event for Fillet of Solo Festival 2018


Lifeline Theatre presents a free kick-off event for the 2018 Fillet of Solo Festival: Discounted pass
At the Fillet of Solo Kick-Off Night, join Lifeline Theate Artistic Director Dorothy Milne for an evening of performance and conversation with Fillet of Solo storytellers R.C. Riley, Shelby Edwards, Kendra Stevens (from Serving the Sentence), Jameson Wentworth, Julie Ganey, and Nestor Gomez. 


Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:00pm

Empirical Brew Pub | 1328 W. Morse Ave., Chicago, IL 60626



Learn about the form, the history of the festival, and details on Chicago's many storytelling nights from the people who make them happen — all while hearing stories of different styles interspersed throughout.

Chicago’s Live Lit scene is a rapidly-growing community of people who gather to tell and listen to stories. While storytelling as an art form dates back to ancient times, the current evolution of the form has recently exploded in popularity. On any given night in Chicago, you can find a place to listen to stories as an audience member or to test out your work as a writer-performer.

This event is FREE and open to the public. No reservations required. Contact the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477 for more information.



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Jan 3: The Obedient Son (Reading)


Kevin Wiczer's new play to have staged reading at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre


Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 7:30pm

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre | 111 W Campbell St, Arlington Heights, IL 60005



Greg Whittmer has done everything his family expected of him. He was groomed to be a successful and wealthy lawyer starting from a young age, and to marry a woman from a wealthy family to follow in his family’s footsteps. After years of being told what to do and complying, Greg has reached a turning point. Greg is a gay man being forced to live the life of a straight man. He has tried to ignore that part of himself all of his life in fear of being disowned and discarded by his family. However, after meeting Ben Stevens, a quirky and confident English teacher, Greg decides to rediscover himself. But there are always consequences for your actions.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Dec 11: The Making of The Importance of Being Earnest


Writers Theatre's The Making Of Series
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of the shows you love? For each production, Writers Theatre offers insight into a different aspect of creating theatre to a group of Writers Theatre patrons. Enjoy a short and lively presentation by their designers and other experts, who will walk you through the process of preparing for and executing a show.

Monday, December 11, 2017 at 6:30pm
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022





FREE but registration is required. To RSVP, please click here.



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Dec 11: TimePieces Play Reading - Too Heavy for Your Pocket


TimeLine Theatre's TimePieces Play Reading Series presents Too Heavy for Your Pocket
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, December 11, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Stage 773 | 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657





Too Heavy for Your Pocket
By Jiréh Breon Holder
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown

In this award-winning work about the personal costs of public crusades, 2016 Yale School of Drama graduate and Tennessee-born Jiréh Breon Holder takes us back to Nashville in the summer of 1961. The Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own.

The cast of Too Heavy for Your Pocket includes Sydney Charles, Kevin Patterson, Camille Robinson, and Denzel Tsopnang.

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



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Dec 10: In the Next Room: Sunday Scholars Series


TimeLine Theatre presents their next Sunday Scholars Series: Dr Lauren Streicher and Terri Kapsalis to tackle female "hysteria" then and now. 
Join TimeLine for this special hour-long panel discussion, moderated by In the Next Room or the vibrator play dramaturg Maren Robinson and featuring expert guest panelists Terri Kapsalis and Lauren Streicher, MD.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 4:30pm
at Stage 773 | 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657



Catch the buzz at TimeLine’s free Sunday Scholars event, which follows immediately after the 2 pm matinee of its current hit production of Sarah Ruhl’s intimate and humorous play about a Victorian era doctor, his sexually repressed wife, and the invention of a new piece of electrical machinery meant to treat the common affliction of female “hysteria.”

Streicher is an Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University’s medical school, The Feinberg School of Medicine; the medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause; and a noted TV personality.

Kapsalis is the author of Jane Addams’ Travel Medicine Kit, The Hysterical Alphabet, and Public Privates: Performing Gynecology from Both Ends of the Speculum; a co-founder of Theater Oobleck; and a collective member at Chicago Women’s Health Center.

Both will bring their deep expertise to TimeLine’s “Sunday Scholars,” and delve into the story and themes of sexual awakening and female equality found in Ruhl’s In the Next Room, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award nominee for Best Play. TimeLine Company Member Maren Robinson, who served as dramaturg on the production, 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 4:30pm and you can enter the theatre once the performance concludes. Questions? Call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6.



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Dec 9: Stories Come Alive! - Montauciel Takes Flight


Lifeline Theatre presents Stories Come Alive! - Montauciel Takes Flight
Free drama games in Rogers Park with Lifeline Theatre's Montauciel Takes Flight . Lifeline's spring children's adaptation runs January 13 - February 18, 2018

Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10:00am to 11:00am
at the Rogers Park Public Library | 6907 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626




Lifeline actors will share stories about the first hot air balloon flight and play drama games with children of all ages (parents welcome too).

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Dec 4: The Making of Quixote: On the Conquest of Self


Writers Theatre's The Making Of Series
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of the shows you love? For each production, Writers Theatre offers insight into a different aspect of creating theatre to a group of Writers Theatre patrons. Enjoy a short and lively presentation by their designers and other experts, who will walk you through the process of preparing for and executing a show.

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 6:30pm
Gillian Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022





FREE but registration is required. To RSVP, please click here.



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Dec 4: Faith in a Fallen World (Reading)


Something Marvelous presents Faith in a Fallen World by Georgette Kelly
Directed by Rinska Carrasco Prestinary

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7:30pm
Vagabond School of the Arts | 4001 N Ravenswood Ave, Ste 504, Chicago, IL 60613



Featuring Jen Bosworth, Cage Sebastian Pierre, Aurora Real de Asua, Sofia Tew, and H.B. Ward.

Bethany is the only daughter of a charismatic creationist preacher who has founded The Museum of God’s Creation in rural Kentucky. When Bethany returns home from her first year in a liberal arts college, she finds herself working retail in the museum’s gift shop–until her Muslim boyfriend shows up and she must juggle two worlds and a big secret. Meanwhile, Bethany discovers a six-year-old girl who has been living in the museum and who promises to deliver a miracle.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Dec 3: Sunday Spotlight - The Importance of Being Earnest


Writers Theatre's Sunday Spotlight
Are you curious about the world that surrounds your favorite plays? Sunday Spotlight offers access to the finest speakers, academicians and cultural leaders. This one-hour event takes place following select Sunday matinees and extends the conversation on Writers Theatre's stages by featuring an expert in an area connected to the play. For example, past audiences have learned from the experiences of Holocaust survivor Aaron Elster in a layered discussion around The Diary of Anne Frank and explored the nature of suspicion in Doubt: A Parable with the Director of Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions Karen Daniel.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 following the 2:00pm performance
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022




Sunday Spotlight:
This event directly follows the conclusion of the 2pm matinee performance. Start time is approximate.

The Importance of Being Earnest:
One of the cleverest comedies by one of the greatest writers in the English language, The Importance of Being Earnest introduces us to Jack and Algernon, two charming bachelors who are each living a double life, aided by a fictional alter ego called “Ernest.” But when they fall truly in love with a pair of proper young women, will they be able to bring an end to the charade and convince the formidable Lady Bracknell that they are suitable candidates for marriage? After all, “the one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.”

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



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Dec 2: Meet Paramount’s Buddy the Elf


Bring the kids to meet Buddy the Elf at free events at three public libraries in Aurora and Oswego
Direct from Paramount Theatre’s holiday production, Elf The Musical, everybody’s favorite oversized elf will meet his fans, make holiday mischief and spread Christmas cheer.

Saturday, December 2, 2017



10 a.m.
Aurora Public Library, Eola Road Branch 
555 S. Eola Rd., Aurora (630) 264-3400
Meet Buddy and make an elf craft! Enter a raffle for a basket including an Elf book and other goodies.

11:30 a.m.

Oswego Public Library
32 Jefferson Street, Oswego (630) 978-1272
Crafts for kids and teens. Kids can write and mail a letter to Santa. Drawings for prizes for all ages include a $100 gift card to Paramount Theatre.

1 p.m.
Aurora Public Library, Santori Branch
101 S. River St., Aurora (630) 264-4100
Come early for a sing-a-long beginning at 12:15 p.m. Buddy the Elf arrives at 1 p.m. Enter a raffle for a basket including an Elf book. Free refreshments.

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



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Nov 13: Prodigy: A Modern Family Portrait (Reading)


Brown Paper Box Company, in association with DePaul University's First Year Program present a staged reading
Prodigy: A Modern Family Portrait, a new play by Anna Schutz, with director led talk back to follow

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:00pm
Room 301 at The Theatre School at DePaul University | 2350 N Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60614




Danielle and Emily's 4-year-old daughter, Macie, shows a promising artistic gift. When gallery owner Rebecca convinces the couple to start displaying and selling Macie's paintings, playtime starts to get serious. Is Macie a prodigy, or just a kid who likes to paint? Can Danielle and Emily's marriage weather Macie's newfound fame? The characters grapple with these and other questions as they traverse the complicated world of old flames, private elementary schools, and modern art.

Staged reading featuring:
Deanalís Resto (Danielle)
Kristi Szczepanek (Emily)
Nicole Nola (Rebecca)

Director-led talkback to follow
Erin Shea Brady - Director
Anna Schutz - Playwright
Michelle Kritselis - Dramaturg
​Roy Curiale - Mix Engineer
with poster design by Charlie Sheets

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



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