Behind the Curtain

Mar/Apr: Pre-Ambles for Road Show

Road Show Pre-Ambles at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
A half-hour lecture scheduled one hour before the curtain on selected weekend dates, the Pre-Amble examines a CST production both from the point of view of scholarship and performance. This program is free and no reservations are necessary. Dates, times and presenting scholar subject to change. Road Show runs through May 4, 2014 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Addison (right: Michael Aaron Lindner) amazes the socialites of Palm Beach
with his inventive architecture. Photo by Liz Lauren.

Friday, March 28 at 6:45 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Saturday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, March 30 at 1:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Saturday, April 5 at 2:00 p.m. – Bea Bosco
Sunday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m. – Ira Murfin
Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. – Bea Bosco
Sunday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. – Ira Murfin
Sunday, April 20 at 1:00 p.m. – Bea Bosco

For more information about Chicago Shakespeare Theater's FREE Open Door audience enrichment programs, click here.

March 30: Stage to Screen

Free Screening of the 1963 film version of The Playboy of the Western World
Raven Theatre's production of The Playboy of the Western World closes on April 5, 2014.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

at Raven Theatre's West Stage, 6157 N. Clark, Chicago

Join Raven Theatre on Sunday, March 30 for a FREE screening of the 1963 film version of The Playboy of the Western World featuring famed Irish actress Siobhan McKenna as Pegeen Mike.

Free to all; Reservations not necessary.

March 25: Women in Science

Women in Science: The How and the Why
A free panel discussion inspired by The How and the Why at TimeLine Theatre.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
5:00pm check-in
5:30 - 7:00pm panel discussion with reception to follow

This event will take place on Northwestern University's Chicago Campus in Baldwin Auditorium of the Lurie Building, 303 E. Superior St., Chicago.

Sarah Treem's The How and the Why is a smart and compelling new play about science, family, and survival of the fittest that features two women—both brilliant evolutionary biologists—who share a zeal for science and a bold, contrarian approach to their male-dominated field.

At a time when women hold fewer than 18% of science faculty positions in higher education, The How and the Why inspires a closer examination of the role of women within academia. Join TimeLine as they use brief scenes from the play (performed by actors Janet Ulrich Brooks and Elizabeth Ledo) to embark on a scholarly discussion exploring how to increase and enhance the role of female scientists.

The panel will feature (pictured above, from left):

Keira Fromm, the director of TimeLine's production of The How and the Why
Melina Kibbe, MD, professor in Surgery-Vascular & Vice Chair of Research, Department of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Monica Laronda, PhD, a Post Doctoral Fellow, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Teresa Woodruff, MD, director of the Women's Health Research Institute, Chief & Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Phyllis Zee, MD/PhD, the Associate Director of the Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology, Professor in Neurology, Feinberg School of Medicine & Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University

Admission for this special event is FREE but reservations are required.
Make your reservations here.
Questions? Call the TimeLine Box Office at 773-281-8463 x6.

March 23: Spark Sneak Peek

SPARK Free Sneak Peek
A special open rehearsal at Adventure Stage Chicago.

Sunday, March 23, 2014
4:00 - 5:00pm

at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St.
in the heart of Chicago’s West Town neighborhood

Check out this special open rehearsal of SPARK! Participate in an interactive story circle similar to those conducted during the play's early development process, and see an excerpt of the upcoming production. Enjoy refreshments afterward and mingle with the cast and crew.

Recommended for ages 9 (grade 4) and up. For more information about the play, click here.
No reservations required...just come on out!

March 24: New Work Series

Bailiwick Chicago presents a table read of BILLY: A POST-APOCALYPTIC COMEDY by Derek Lee Barton
Bailiwick Chicago's reading series is free of charge and open to everyone. Invite friends and make an evening of it!

Monday, March 24, 2014
6:00 - 8:30pm

Upstairs at Schuba's Tavern
3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60657

What happens when ideals like ‘freedom’ and ‘love’ collide with a reality in which everything has a price, and corporations determine the value of the human soul? Billy examines the struggle of a young man, Ruston, whose life is bounded by the walls of his cubicle, and whose memories only vaguely hint at a life outside those walls. Inspired by the current recession and housing crisis, Billy depicts a nightmare other America in which everyday people are pushed to ever greater extremes to merely eat or keep a roof over their head, and in which everything can be bought and sold, even one’s own body and identity.

Free and open to the public.
To RSVP, click here.

March 20: Luna Gale Webinar

How to help the real Luna Gales and their families in the child welfare system
Did the play Luna Gale at Goodman Theatre touch and inform you of the dangers and biases inherent in the child welfare system?

Thursday, March 20, 2014
12:15pm - 1:15pm

Free Online Webinar presented by the Family Defense Center and co-sponsored by Goodman Theatre


• Current information about the child welfare system in Illinois and nationally, and how the play Luna Gale mirrors real issues involving the best interests of children and families
• Policies to prevent real-life Luna Gales from being lost in the system and ways in which these policies need to be enhanced
• Recommendations for how you can become involved in helping children and families in the child welfare system
• Opportunity to ask questions of experts who work on child welfare advocacy in Illinois

Diane L. Redleaf, founder and executive director of the Family Defense Center, a nationally renowned legal advocate who has represented children and families in the child welfare system for 30 years

Angela Inzano, staff attorney and lead policy advocacy attorney at the Family Defense Center

April Curtis, nationally renowned advocate for foster youth

Anita Weinberg, clinical law professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and director of Loyola's innovative Legislation and Policy Clinic and the Policy Clinic within the Civitas Childlaw Center

Shawn Taylor, moderator of panel, journalist and president of communications and media firm Treetop Consulting

To register for the webinar, click here.

March 23: Mosque Alert

Mosque Alert: The Intersection of Theatre and Civic Engagement
A free workshop presented by Silk Road Rising Artistic Director, Jamil Khoury.

Sunday, March 23, 2014
3:00 - 4:30pm

at the Evanston Public Library
Main Library, Community Meeting Room, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

At the event, Jamil Khoury will introduce his latest work-in-progress, Mosque Alert, and share select video clips from the groundbreaking new play development and civic engagement process he has created online. Mosque Alert explores resistance to the building of mosques in communities across the U.S. with a specific focus on two families, one Muslim, the other Christian, living in Naperville, IL. Khoury's talk will address questions of religious pluralism, Islamophobia, and civil rights, drawing upon local, national, and international contexts. After the presentation, the audience will be invited to participate in a talk-back with Khoury and to share their personal experiences and comment upon the fictional scenarios created in Mosque Alert. In 2013, Mosque Alert received the ChangeMaker Award in recognition of the project's contributions towards creating a socially just environment for Muslim Americans.

The event is 90 minutes long and includes a speech by Khoury, screening of a video, and a discussion with attendees.
Free and open to the public.

March 24: American Promise

American Promise
A public program for The Gospel of Lovingkindness, now playing at Victory Gardens Theater through March 30, 2014.

Monday, March 24, 2014

at Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

A special screening of the documentary produced and directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson. Spanning 13 years, American Promise, follows Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., as the pair turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country.

Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity. An Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Free and open to the public.
To RSVP, visit
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