Behind the Curtain

September 1: 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, September 1, 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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August 26: Belmont Theater District Season Launch BBQ


Belmont Theater District Presents Season Launch BBQ

Theater Wit, Chicago's "smart art" theater company, in conjunction with the Belmont Theater District. is hosting a Season Launch BBQ event celebrating the upcoming Fall Seasons of BTD Member Theaters. Get info on BTD Theaters' upcoming seasons, with ticket offers, live performances, live music and food/drink from Whole Foods, Fahlstrom's Fish Market, Metropolis Cafe, and Windy City Sweets.

Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 5pm-9pm 
Theater Wit's Parking Lot, 1232 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657



Enjoy standup comedy from Laugh Factory, Disney comedy from Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, amazing magic from Trickery, and MORE... from participating BTD theaters: Theater Wit, About Face Theatre, Athenaeum Theatre, The Playground Theater, Remy Bumppo, and Shattered Globe Theatre.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. To secure a place, pleaseclick here.



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August 17- 19: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest


Glenwood Avenue Arts District Presents Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest
The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) is a free, weekend-long arts festival that features 150+ artists, open studios, and live entertainment on three outdoor stages.

Friday Night Cobblestone Jam
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 6pm-10pm

Artists' Market
Saturday, August 18 & Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 11am-9pm

along Glenwood Ave. at Morse Ave. in Rogers Park, Chicago, IL



Experience art of all disciplines, music, theater, food, and drink on the cobblestone streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Chicago's historic Rogers Park neighborhood.

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, pleaseclick here.



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August 12: Church of the New Play: "The Queen of Spades" (Reading)


Prop Thtr presents new play reading by Lon West

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, August 12, 2018 at 11 am-2 pm

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



Church of the New Play presents... The Queen of Spades by Lon West

The Queen of Spades is a full-evening adaptation of Pushkin's classic story of a gambling obsession in 19th century Russia, which inspired Tchaikovsky's opera and a film version. The story is seasoned by plot twists and supernatural revenge. In this version, social expectations are turned upside down by the protagonist being female and the pathetic young woman "he" pursues in the original story being male.

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


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August 13: Broadway In Chicago: Summer Concert at Millennium Park


Broadway In Chicago Presents Summer Concert at Millennium Park

Broadway In Chicago is delighted to announce their annual FREE BROADWAY IN CHICAGO SUMMER CONCERT, sponsored by ABC 7 Chicago and hosted by Janet Davies, ABC 7 Chicago's entertainment reporter and host of the entertainment and lifestyle program 190 NORTH on ABC 7. The Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert at Millennium Park is presented with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This year, performances include A Bronx Tale the Musical; Anastasia; The Book of Mormon; Dear Evan Hansen; Falsettos; Fiddler on the Roof; Heartbreak Hotel; Hello, Dolly!; Miss Saigon; and Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Monday, August 13, 2018 at 6:15pm

Jay Pritzker Pavillion at Millennium Park | 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601



"This is the highlight of the summer for Broadway fans - it's like 'Broadwaypalooza'," says Eileen LaCario, Vice President of Broadway In Chicago.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information regarding this event and new Millennium Park security measures, 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.


August 9: The Blunt Way: A Journey Through A Complex Mind- A New Devised Piece by the TimeLine South Ensemble


TimeLine Theatre Company in partnership with the Harold Washington Cultural Center presents...

The Blunt Way: A Journey Through A Complex Mind

A new piece devised by the TimeLine South Ensemble. 
A girl released from a youth mental health facility still finds herself in the midst of her struggles, and takes an unexpected journey through worlds beyond our grasping. However, it is not at all what she expected... 

Thursday, August 9, 2018 @ 7:00pm

The Harold Washington Cultural Center | 4701 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago, IL 60653



TimeLine South is a unique arts program that provides teens a safe space for self-expression, creativity, and ensemble building on the south side of Chicago. Teens have the opportunity to learn basic skills in theatre and performing arts from some of the most experienced and dynamic artists in the city, and explore topics that they feel a strong curiosity about and connection to. TimeLine South promotes leadership in the arts and teaches teens that theatre can also be a vehicle for social justice. TimeLine South is offered free of charge Monday through Friday for six weeks and includes field trips to Chicago arts organizations, various Bronzeville historic sites, and sessions with professional guest artists. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are free, although reservations are recommended and donations are accepted. For more information about this event, clickhere.


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