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March 5: From Page to Stage Series - Family Dynamics: Fathers and Daughters


From Page to Stage Series - Family Dynamics: Fathers and Daughters
Writers' Theatre and select North Shore libraries are 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 A Moon for the Misbegotten.

Monday, March 5, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Hosted by Wilmette Public Library | 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091



Featuring: Alec Ross (Family Service of Glencoe) and Rebekah Bryer (Northwestern University)

In Eugene O' Neill's masterpiece, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Josie is the only one of Hogan's children who stays in her hometown to help her father. Using this spirited relationship as a starting point, join us as we explore the sociology of family dynamics, focusing on the unique relationships between fathers and daughters. We will examine well-known father-daughter relationships throughout history and literature, and explore questions specific to these often complex relationships. From famous families in Shakespeare, American history, and O'Neill's own life, we hope this event leads to a better understanding of families and how our place in a family contributes to who we are.

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



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March 4: Sunday Spotlight - A Moon for the Misbegotten


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 future of artificial intelligence in Marjorie Prime from Northwestern University professor Douglas Downey and explored the landscape architecture in Arcadia with garden historian Cathy Maloney. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018 following the 2:00 pm performance
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols Theatre at Writers' Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022



Sunday Spotlight:
This event features Aaron Krall, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he teaches drama and first-year writing and writes about theater and the City of Chicago. He holds his PhD in Modern Studies from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. 

This event directly follows the conclusion of the 2 pm matinee performance. Start time is approximate at 5 pm.

A Moon for the Misbegotten:
In 1920s rural Connecticut, Phil Hogan cobbles together a living on rented farmland that he hopes to someday own outright, when his landlord Jim Tyrone comes into his inheritance. Hogan has driven away his three sons, but his towering daughter Josie understands her father and can hold her own. When the two learn that the land may be sold out from under them, they concoct a plan to save it that ultimately reveals the secret desires that two lonely souls have kept hidden for years.

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



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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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