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May 20: Not for Sale (Staged Reading)
05.18.2018 12:00:00

UrbanTheater Company presents staged reading by Guadalis Del Carmen

As a part of their R.A.W (REAL.AGGRESSIVE. WRITING.) series, UTC presents Not for Sale.

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 5:30pm
UrbanTheater Company | 2620 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622


Written by: Guadalis Del Carmen*

Directed by: Sara Carranza*

* Denotes UTC Company Member

Synopsis: With the Puerto Rican festival less than two weeks away, Humboldt Park prepares for the big event. With new neighbors looking to make changes, those that have lived in the community have to work together to either brace for change or let go of the legacies laid out by those that are long gone. A story about community, family, and politics, the question persists, who gets to lay claims to a neighborhood?

 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are not required, but highly recommended. For more information regarding this event, click here.



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May 23: Having Your Say (Estate Planning)
05.18.2018 12:00:00

Goodman Theatre presents Spotlight Society program tackling estate planning


Make sure you have the last word! Join Goodman's Spotlight Society for an afternoon of insights, artistic conversation and lunch. Learn from Spotlight Advisory Council, a group of talented estate planning professionals, as they discuss the fundamental tools of estate planning and hear how you can "have your say" in your estate plans.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 11:30am
The Alice Center at Goodman Theatre | 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60622


11:30am - Estate Planning Program and Audience Q&A

Immediately Following - Having Our Say Artistic Discussion

Immediately Following - Buffet Lunch

 

Enjoy a chat with the creative artists of Having Our Say, the heartfelt and heartwarming story of the Delany sisters, written by Emily Mann and directed by Resident Director Chuck Smith.

 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are required. To RSVP, please email Victoria Rodriguez at VictoriaRodriguez@GoodmanTheatre.org or call 312.443.3811 ext. 539. For more information regarding this event, click here.



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May 21: The Making of Smart People
05.18.2018 12:00:00
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 our designers and other experts, who will walk you through the process of preparing for and executing a show.

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 6:30pm
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022




Playwright Lydia R. Diamond will discuss her writing career and its beginnings in Chicago, the inspiration and motivations behind her play, as well as the different resonance the play has now, two presidential cycles after its setting.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. RSVP is required. To RSVP, please click here.



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May 20: Church of the New Play: Rev (Reading)
05.16.2018 12:00:00
Prop Thtr presents new play reading by Rachel Bykowski

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, May 20, 2018 at 11 am-2 pm

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



Church of the New Play presents...Rev by Rachel Bynowski

Synopsis: Camaro Gibson loves only three things in this life: strawberry glazed donuts, her Daddy, and Route 66. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in her Daddy's car repair shop, Camaro dreams of hitting the road; taking historic Route 66 all the way to the West Coast. Camaro has never seen the ocean before, only in her Daddy's stories. She is determined to break out of the Southside and take him back to his home. Camaro keeps her daddy's heart in the repair shop: a 1967 Chevy Camaro engine. For the last ten years, since her daddy passed away, she has been trying to get that baby to rev. Today might be the day, if it wasn't for the customers still coming in and a lot full of cars that need a lot of work. Something keeps her showing up everyday. Whether it's the motor oil, diesel fuel, or rusty carbonators, she keeps plunging her hands in the grease because it feels like home. 

Free coffee!

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


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May 15-26: Wrights of Spring Festival
05.14.2018 12:00:00
The Theatre School at DePaul University presents new works in Wrights of Spring Festival 

Wrights of Spring is a free, school-wide, student-driven annual celebration to come together and see work by the next generation of playwrights. 

Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00pm - Saturday, March 26 at 10:00pm
The Theatre School at DePaul University, 2350 N. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



Readings will be held on the fourth floor of The Theatre School at DePaul University. Patrons may sign up for readings by finding the festival schedule or filling out the form. 

To keep up with the festival on social media, visit Facebook.com/wrightsofspring and @wrightsofspring

For additional information, contact the student producing team at wos.tts@gmail.com. 

These events are FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. Tickets can be reserved here.




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May 13: Church of the New Play: Spaced Out (Reading)
05.11.2018 12:00:00
Prop Thtr presents new play reading by Amy Berryman

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, May 13, 2018 at 11 am-2 pm

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



Church of the New Play presents...Spaced Out by Danielle Malenock

Synopsis: Spaced Out intertwines three tales set in the future, far from Earth. It follows two technicians navigating love aboard a lonely station, a stranded astronaut, and two doomed pilots. Spaced Out explores the question: who are we without earth, and are we still human?

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


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May 19 & 20: Fighting Words Festival
05.11.2018 12:00:00
Babes with Blades presents Fighting Words Festival  

The first annual Fighting Words Festival showcases three developing scripts via readings, all reflecting how women define themselves and their places in their worlds– including the English countryside, medieval Scotland and the "final frontier."



All performances will take place at Strawdog Theatre at 1802 W. Berenice Ave., Chicago, IL, 60613. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018
12:00pm


The Lady Demands Satisfaction
By Arthur M. Jolly
Directed by Morgan Manasa*
Fight choreography by Samantha Kaufman*

The Lady Demands Satisfaction is the winner of Joining Sword & Pen 2017-18, BWBTC's international playwriting competition. When a young maiden learns she must defend her inheritance in a duel, she struggles with a conniving suitor, a servant girl posing as a German fencing master who doesn't speak English, and her renowned aunt – the finest blade anywhere – to save her house and lands. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018
2:30pm


Women of 4G
By Amy Tofte
Directed by Lisa Herceg*
Fight choreography by Maureen Yasko*

Seventy-five years in the future, an all-female crew and their male captain depart on what appears to be a routine mission to Mars until the captain is murdered and the real mission comes to light. Part murder mystery, part space thriller, Women of 4G uses a science fiction world to ask questions about women in power as well as their leadership, responsibility and, ultimately, sacrifice.   

Sunday, May 20, 2018
7:00pm


The Witches of Birnam
By Sara Murdoch
Directed by Andi Dymond
Fight choreography by Chloe Baldwin*

A new king is rising to the cursed throne of Scotland, doomed, like his predecessors, to lose his soul. Suthen, Edith and Leinster, powerful women with a legacy of secrets, fight to break the curse and save their people from the coming storm. Their only hope lies in gaining the trust of Gruoch, the future queen. With their unimaginable power at her fingertips, Gruoch can be Scotland's salvation or its doom. 

An exploration of ambition and corruption, honor and betrayal, madness and redemption, The Witches of Birnam is intertwined with William Shakespeare's Macbeth, delving into the motivations and struggles of Lady Macbeth and the enigmatic witches. It is the tale of the battle for a country, told through the legacy of its queens. 

*BWBTC Ensemble Member

These events are FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. Tickets can be reserved here. For more details about the festival, click here.




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May 15: Backstage at the Biograph - Mies Julie
05.11.2018 12:00:00
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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:00-9:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614




BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH - Mies Julie
Join Victory Gardens as they explore the rhythm of Mies Julie. Learn more about the beat beneath the text of this breathtaking play with a unique drumming workshop led by Coco Elysses. After the behind-the-scenes lesson and a sneak peek of a scene from Mies Julie, enjoy FREE drinks and food from Nando's PERi-PERi and mingle with fellow drummers. 

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



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May 14: El Semillero Series: Quemado (Reading)
05.11.2018 12:00:00
Victory Gardens Theater and ALTA Chicago present new play reading by Lucas Garcia

Since 2014, El Semillero (Spanish for seedbed or nursery) is a Chicago-based playwriting circle dedicated to fostering emerging Latinx playwrights and their work. Sponsored by ALTA Chicago (The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists) and in residency at Victory Gardens Theater, El Semillero fosters playwrights developing first drafts of original plays over the course of 12 months, culminating in a series of free public readings. 

Monday, May 14, 2018 at 7:30pm

Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



Written by: Lucas Garcia
Directed by: Isaac Gomez

Featuring: Jazmin Corona, Hannah Gomez, Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel, Shane Rhoades, Nelson Rodriguez, Avi Roque, and Chris Sylvie. 

Art Credit: Emma Moss

Synopsis: How do you stay soft when the world is full of thorns? How do you stay rooted when the rain finally comes down after a lifetime of drought? Quemado explores how a group of queer family, friends and lovers grapple with the secrets of the past, the pain of the present, and the uncertainty of the future. All the while the cosmic and terrestrial forces that move the world watch enraptured. A play about drought, dreams, and fierce love.

There will be an opportunity to provide feedback to the playwright after the reading. Any insights and curiosities to offer to develop the piece further are greatly appreciated!

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more details, click here.


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May 13: Sunday Spotlight - Smart People
05.07.2018 12:00:00
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, May 13, 2018 following the 2:00 pm performance
Gillian Theatre at Writers' Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022



Sunday Spotlight:
This event features Dr. Sylvia Perry. Dr. Perry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University whose research investigates stereotyping and bias, particularly in medical and academic settings. Dr. Perry will discuss with Director of New Work & Dramaturgy Bobby Kennedy the situations depicted and science explored in Smart People and what she has found in her own research.  

Smart People:
Four intelligent, attractive and opinionated young urban professionals—a doctor, an actress, a psychologist and a neurobiologist studying the human brain's response to race—search for love, success, and identity while also attempting to navigate the intricacies of racial and sexual politics. This whip-smart new play taps into current cultural conversation in an enthralling and provocative way, taking on deep questions of the nature of prejudice with razor sharp wit. 

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



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May 13: Peg (A Staged Reading)
05.07.2018 12:00:00
Broken Nose Theatre presents a staged reading by Liam Fitzgerald

Two seasons ago, BNT launched The Paper Trail, a new play development program in which an outside playwright is matched with someone in the BNT family to not only bring their story idea to fruition but also to help find it a home by submitting it to theaters across the country.

Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 7-9 pm

Bookspan space at The Den Theatre | 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622



Past productions through The Paper Trail program include Michael Allen Harris's Kingdom produced with BNT earlier this year and has received a Jeff Award nomination for best play. Michele Stine's Options is currently in search of a home now. 

The third script is Peg by Liam Fitzgerald. Directed by James Fleming and featuring the acting talents of Stephanie Shum and Gage Wallce, this raunchy, raucous two-hander will be followed by a brief audience feedback session immediately after the reading. Doors will open at 6:45 pm. Beverages and snack items will be available at the bar. 

Synopsis: For Peg and Steve, it's a pretty average evening. They've opened up a bottle of wine, dinner is being prepped, and a package of new sex toys has arrived in the mail. Only this time, it's a little different. Tonight, Peg's going to...flip the script...the...sex script. You know...with...the...like, putting...she's gonna peg him. Like the titular...you know what we mean. And even though he signed off on this idea originally, Steve is having second thoughts. Soon enough, both he and she are forced to face their own kinks, quirks, and societal conditioning, as they adjust to a world where gender politics follows them everywhereincluding the bedroom. 

Content Warning: This play features language of an explicitly sexual nature, discussed very casually. Which makes it very funny. 

This event is FREE or pay-what-you can. Reservations are highly recommended. To reserve tickets, click here. For more details, click here.


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May 6: Church of the New Play: Three Year Summer (Reading)
05.04.2018 12:00:00
Prop Thtr presents new play reading by Amy Berryman

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, May 6, 2018 at 11 am-2 pm

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



Church of the New Play presents...Three Year Summer by Amy Berryman and directed by Denise Yvette Serna

Synopsis: Set in 2002, in the early days of the internet, and the year before the fifth Harry Potter book is released, thirteen-year-old Tommie discovers the deep, dark world of online fan fiction. As Tommie watches her parents struggle to rescue their marriage, she grapples with being a teenager and her burgeoning sexuality, taking refuge in her writing, in an imaginary friend who looks a lot like Harry Potter, and fellow fanfic nerd, Pat.

Free coffee & tea! 

This event is FREE. Reservations are not required. For more information regarding this event, click here.


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May 7: Red Bike (Reading)
05.04.2018 12:00:00
Jackalope Theatre Company in collaboration with The Chicago Inclusion Project present new play reading of Red Bike

CIRCLE UP!, a collection of new play readings fresh to Chicago, continues with Caridad Svich's Red Bike. CIRCLE UP! is dedicated to amplifying diverse stories of scope and providing safe harbor for evolving work. Each reading includes a post-show discussion, encouraging our audience to share and engage with the play over drinks and light fare. Bring your friends, bring your enemies, arrive with interest, leave with questions...

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7-10 pm

Jackalope Theatre Company | 1106 W. Thorndale Ave., Chicago, IL 60660



Red Bike
Written by: Caridad Svich
Directed by: Lisa Portes
Featuring: Avi Roque

Synopsis: What kind of future will you have living in these here United States? Remember when you were eleven years old and you had a bike, one that made you dream about a world bigger than the one in which you live? This is that memory. Except it is now. 

This event is FREE although donations are accepted. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Reservations can be made by clicking here or by emailing Jackalope@Jackalopetheatre.org.


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May 5: StoryTime with Theatre Y
04.27.2018 12:00:00
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, May 5, 2018 @ 10:00am

DANK Haus | 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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May 4: Backstage with BJ: Cry It Out
04.27.2018 12:00:00
Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: Cry It Out

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. Cry It Out opens May 10 and runs through June 17.  

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 12:00pm

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



Molly Smith Metzler's Cry It Out is described as follows:

Cooped up on maternity leave and eager for conversation, Jessie invites the funny and forthright Lina for coffee in their neighboring backyards. They become fast friends, quickly bonding over their shared "new mom" experience—and arousing the interest of a wealthy neighbor hoping for a similar connection. This insightful comedy takes an honest look at the absurdities of new motherhood, the dilemma of returning to work versus staying at home, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship. 

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

This event is FREE and open to the public, 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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April 30: Victory Gardens Theater 18/19 Season Kick-Off Party
04.23.2018 12:00:00
Victory Gardens Theater hosts party to kick off 2018-19 season

Join Victory Gardens for a panel, meet & greet with artists, and free tastings from local restaurants to celebrate the new season!

Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:30pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



Victory Gardens hosts a celebration for their unprecedented season of #NewWERK. There will be a panel and meet & greet with featured artists and free tastings from local restaurants including Dog Haus, Lincoln Station, Koval Distillery, and TeaGschwender! Plus, learn more about our resident theatre companies Teatro Vista, ALTA Chicago, Definition Theatre, Rasaka Theatre, and Sideshow Theatre Company

The 2018/19 season includes: 
Indecent by Paula Vogel, directed by Gary Griffin
Rightlynd by Ike Holter, directed by Lisa Portes
Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce
Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee, directed by Marti Lyons
Miriam for President by Madhuri Shekar, directed by Chay Yew

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP to get in on the good times. Click here to RSVP. For questions, please email information@victorygardens.org or call the Box Office at 773.871.3000.



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April 30 - Verite (Reading)
04.23.2018 12:00:00
Writers' Theatre's Reading Series presents Nick Jones' Verite

Join Writers Theatre for the next selection in their reading series. 

Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:00pm
The Gillian Theatre at Writers' Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022



Verite
Written by: Nick Jones
Directed by: Brian Balcom

Featuring: Nathan Hosner*, Darci Nalepa*, Cristina Panfilio*, Vincent Teninty* and Zachary Uzarraga with additional casting TBA

*Denotes a member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers

Synopsis: Struggling writer Jo has been given the opportunity of a lifetime to write her own memoir. The only catch is that her publishers explicitly ask that she only write about her life truly, and that it be as exciting as possible. As mysterious and sinister events start happening to her, Jo has to decide how far she is willing to go to make her life into art, and whether it's all coincidence or if someone is determined to make sure her memoir is a best-seller at any cost. The play had its world premiere at Lincoln Center Theater in 2015. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited, so RSVP is highly recommended. To RSVP, click here. For more information, please contact the Writers' Theatre box office at 847-242-6000.



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April 25: Quill - Two Plays by William Inge & Tennessee Williams
04.20.2018 12:00:00
Raven Theatre presents two plays by William Inge & Tennessee Williams in their Quill reading series 

In tandem with their production of Phillip Dawkins' The Gentleman Caller, Raven Theatre will be hosting staged readings of short plays by William Inge and Tennessee Williams. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:00-8:30pm

Raven Theatre | 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60660



In A Murder by William Inge, a private man with a box of memories seeks lodging at a strange boarding house—a place where the weather and time itself can change in an instant. When the man discovers the dead body of a young boy in the wardrobe, we wonder if we really have crossed over into another dimension. 

This Property is Condemned by Tennessee Williams returns to Raven for the first time since our production of this in 1990! On a railroad embankment on the outskirts of a small Mississippi town, a 12 year-old girl named Willie spends her days balancing on the tracks (attempting to break a record), and avoiding the now condemned home where she's been abandoned. 

Featuring Lynne Baker, Phoebe Gonzalez, Chris Peltier and Sam Woodhull. Directed by Eli Newell.

This event is FREE, with a suggested donation of $10 at the door. To reserve tickets, email Audience Services Manager John Weagly at john@raventheatre.com. For more information regarding this event, click here.


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April 30: From Page to Stage Series - Race: Are We So Different?
04.20.2018 12:00:00
From Page to Stage Series - Race: Are We So Different?

Writers' Theatre is 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 Smart People.

Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7 pm
Hosted by Vernon Area Public Library | 300 Olde Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire, IL 60039



Smart People examines the role that race plays in the lives of four particular people, whose personal and professional lives become intertwined. To take a deeper look at the idea of race, Joy Bivins (Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Chicago History Museum) shares highlights from the Chicago History Museum exhibit: Race: Are We So Different? Open now through July 15, Race is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from biological, cultural and historical points of view.  

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



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April 23 & 30: Richard III (Staged Reading)
04.18.2018 12:00:00
Midsommer Flight & Unbound Theatre Company presents staged reading of Richard III 

Staged reading - two nights only! 

Monday, April 23 and April 30, 2018 @ 7:00pm

The Galway Arms Irish Bar & Restaurant | 2442 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614



Directed by Kristina McCloskey, this staged reading of Richard III, one of Shakespeare's most popular history plays, will employ a diverse, adaptive cast to tell the story of the political scheming, ascent to the throne, and short reign of the 15th Century English monarch. 

This event is FREE. Seating is limited. Reservations can be found here. For more information regarding this event, click here.


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