Behind the Curtain

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.



"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.


Nov 12: Sunday Spotlight - Quixote: On the Conquest of Self


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, November 12, 2017 following the 2:00pm performance
Gillian 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.

Quixote: On The Conquest of Self:
This engaging and creative interpretation of the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes transports audiences between time periods: from the fascinating universes created by Cervantes to the parallel realities of our current world. Along the way, the universally beloved dreamer Don Quixote helps bring new meaning to our triumphs and defeats, reawakening our forgotten desires and celebrating the joys of great literature.

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



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Nov 11: Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - Trouble in Mind


Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - A citywide, yearlong event to rediscover classic plays by writers of color
Court’s Spotlight Reading series hopes to redefine—and ultimately expand—the canon of classic Theatre by presenting readings of rarely produced plays by authors of color. The series aims to introduce more Chicagoans to the authors and their work, and to expand Court’s artistic values into more communities in the city, with a focus on the south side.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 3:00pm
at South Shore Cultural Center | 7059 S. South Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60649





Trouble in Mind
By Alice Childress
Directed by Sydney Chatman

The Story: Wiletta Mayer, a talented but struggling black actress, gets her breakthrough role and is cast in a “progressive” Broadway play about race; however, it turns out to be anything but progressive, both in terms of its script and rehearsal environment. The play is a satirical look at racism in American commercial theatre.

FREE, but reservations are strongly recommended. Patrons with reservations will be given priority. Limit 4 per household. Click here to RSVP.



"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.