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December 8: Stories Come Alive! - We Found A Hat!
11.29.2018 12:00:00
Lifeline Theatre presents Stories Come Alive! - We Found a Hat! 
Free drama games in Rogers Park with Lifeline Theatre's We Found a Hat! Lifeline's spring children's adaptation runs March 7 - April 22, 2018

Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10:00am
at the Rogers Park Public Library | 6907 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626



Lifeline teaching artists will read We Found a Hat! 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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December 15: KidSeries Open House: We Found a Hat!
11.29.2018 12:00:00
A family-friendly open house at Lifeline Theatre!

Bring the whole family and learn more about our upcoming KidSeries musical, We Found a Hat! Kids will meet the cast, watch a scene and song from the show, and join one of Lifeline's teaching artists for a show-themed project. Adults will enjoy coffee and conversation with our artists and educators and get a behind-the-scenes peek at what goes into bringing our children's stories to life. 

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 1:00pm
at Lifeline Theatre | 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago 60626



Open House: We Found a Hat!


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 info@lifelinetheatre.com. RSVP by December 14.



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December 1: First Draft Playwrights Collective Festival: Campaigns, Inc. by Will Allan
11.26.2018 12:00:00
TimeLine Theatre presents a festival of new plays from the First Draft Playwrights Collective! 

TimeLine is thrilled to announce their newest offering--the inaugural First Draft Playwrights Collective Festival

First Draft is the culmination of our two-year new-play incubator program offering residenc to Chicago-based emerging and established writers. The festival will take place December 1 - 3, 2018 with one-time-only FREE public readings of new plays by current Playwrights Collective members Tyla Aberbrumie, Will Alan, Maureen Gallagher, and Calamity West. 

Don't miss this fascinating and invaluable opportunity to hear these new plays during a critical moment in their continuing development. 

CAMPAIGNS, INC. 
Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657



Written by: Will Allan
Directed by: Nick Bowling 

Cast includes: Amy Carpenter, Bryce Gangel, Francis Guinan, Terry Hamilton, Juliet Hart, Anish Jethmalani, Phillip Earl Johnson, Travis Knight, and Mark Ulrich

Synopsis: In 1934, famous novelist Upton Sinclair was all but guaranteed to become the first Democratic governor of the state of California -- until a young, unknown couple formed the first political consulting firm in U.S. history in order to take him down. Clem Whitaker and Leone Baxter methodically constructed one of the most spectacular, star-studded smear campaigns ever and, in many respects, became the founders of "fake news." 


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


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December 1: First Draft Playwrights Collective Festival: Greetings from Moscow! A Love Story
11.26.2018 12:00:00
TimeLine Theatre presents a festival of new plays from the First Draft Playwrights Collective! 

TimeLine is thrilled to announce their newest offering--the inaugural First Draft Playwrights Collective Festival

First Draft is the culmination of our two-year new-play incubator program offering residency to Chicago-based emerging and established writers. The festival will take place December 1 - 3, 2018 with one-time-only FREE public readings of new plays by current Playwrights Collective members Tyla Aberbcrumie, Will Alan, Maureen Gallagher, and Calamity West. 

Don't miss this fascinating and invaluable opportunity to hear these new plays during a critical moment in their continuing development. 

GREETINGS FROM MOSCOW! A LOVE STORY  
Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 8:00 pm

TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657



Written by: Calamity West
Directed by: Elly Green 

Cast includes: Harry Belden, Sydney Charles, Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel, Susaan Jamshidi, Niko Kourtis, Kelli Simpkins, and Samuel Taylor 

Synopsis: Chronicling the brief courtship and marriage of actor Olga Knipper and playwright Anton Chekhov, Greetings From Moscow! is a love story for the ages. A fantasy set against the backdrop of a rising Moscow art scene in the 20th century and the sprawling vacuum of rural Russia, this play is a love letter to the dreamers, the lovers, and the magic of life and death. 


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


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December 3: First Draft Playwrights Collective Festival: Relentless by Tyla Abercrumbie
11.26.2018 12:00:00
TimeLine Theatre presents a festival of new plays from the First Draft Playwrights Collective! 

TimeLine is thrilled to announce their newest offering--the inaugural First Draft Playwrights Collective Festival

First Draft is the culmination of our two-year new-play incubator program offering residency to Chicago-based emerging and established writers. The festival will take place December 1 - 3, 2018 with one-time-only FREE public readings of new plays by current Playwrights Collective members Tyla Aberbcrumie, Will Alan, Maureen Gallagher, and Calamity West. 

Don't miss this fascinating and invaluable opportunity to hear these new plays during a critical moment in their continuing development. 

RELENTLESS 
Monday, December 3, 2018 at 7:00 p m

TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657



Written by: Tyla Abercrumbie
Directed by: Ron OJ Parson

Cast includes: Adia Alli, Ayanna Bakari, Chanell Bell, Aaron Todd Douglas, Tiffany Renee Johnson, Kelvin Roston Jr., and Maggie Scrantom 

Synopsis: Two sisters return to their childhood home in Philadelphia in 1918. Annelle is a happy socialite desperate to keep safe the illusion of a perfect life with her husband Dr. Marcus Stanton. Janet is a single professional nurse, determined to change history and propel black women into power. When they selfishly finger though the pages of their late mother's diaries, it lands them at the foothills of a woman they never really knew and a legacy whose truths are chillingly, explosively RELENTLESS. 


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


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December 2: First Draft Playwrights Collective Festival: Kent State Jackson State by Maureen Gallagher
11.26.2018 12:00:00
TimeLine Theatre presents a festival of new plays from the First Draft Playwrights Collective! 

TimeLine is thrilled to announce their newest offering--the inaugural First Draft Playwrights Collective Festival

First Draft is the culmination of our two-year new-play incubator program offering residenc to Chicago-based emerging and established writers. The festival will take place December 1 - 3, 2018 with one-time-only FREE public readings of new plays by current Playwrights Collective members Tyla Aberbrumie, Will Alan, Maureen Gallagher, and Calamity West. 

Don't miss this fascinating and invaluable opportunity to hear these new plays during a critical moment in their continuing development. 

KENT STATE JACKSON STATE 
Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm

TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657



Written by: Maureen Gallagher
Directed by: Wardell Julius Clark 

Cast includes: Sam Boeck, Sydney Charles, Richard Costes, Charles Andrew Gardner, Kayla Raelle Holder, James Leaming, and Ayssette Muñoz

Synopsis: On May 4, 1970, four college students were killed and nine were wounded at Kent State University. That shocking event was immortalized in song, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, and extensive coverage. Eleven days later, two students were killed and as many as 20 were wounded at a peaceful protest at Jackson State College. Few people around the country heard about it then or know about it now. This play is a personal story about the six students who died and their loved ones, and the coming together of the two schools in a solidarity which continues to this day. Their history raises questions about how and for what we are willing to rise up today.  


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


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December 4: Theater Tag 2018
11.21.2018 03:50:27

The League of Chicago Theatres and Christkindlmarket Chicago presents: Theater Tag 2019

 

Join the League of Chicago Theatres and Christkindlmarket Chicago in celebrating the heartwarming and hilarious holiday theatre that Chicago has to offer this season at Theater Tag (pronounced Tay-ah-ter Tuhg). Four spectacular performances will help ring in the holidays at the world famous Christkindlmarket Chicago!


Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 4:30pm
Christkindlmarket Chicago, Daley Plaza in the Loop



Schedule of Performances
4:30pm - El Stories: Holiday Train | Waltzing Mechanics

EL Stories is back and this holiday season, we're bringing you the biggest, loudest, brightest, and jolliest edition of Holiday Train ever! Featuring true stories of adventure and Yuletide cheer, EL Stories Holiday Train is a tradition celebrating one of the Chicago Transit Authority's most beloved institutions. Join us for a ride!

5:00pm - Young Artist Holiday Medley | Chicago Opera Theater

The Chicago Opera Theater and Roosevelt University Young Artists perform classical winter songs from the great canon of classical music and opera. 

5:30pm - That's Weird, Grandma Rings in the Holidays | That's Weird, Grandma

Barrel of Monkeys' beloved holiday special returns with a mix of classic stories from the That's Weird, Grandma repertoire alongside brand new sketches and songs. 

6:00pm - Bros do Prose: Peter Pan | Mercury Theater

In this two-actor rendition of Peter Pan, Bros do Prose brings new life to the classic and beloved tale in a whirlwind of creativity, sick beats and physical feats. Join Wendy Darling on the adventure of a lifetime full of pirates, Lost Boys, and flying!


 

 



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November 2 : Backstage with BJ: Mansfield Park
10.08.2018 12:00:00
Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: Mansfield Park

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. Mansfield Park opens November 8 and runs through December 16.  

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 12:00pm

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



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

Mansfield Park, adpted from the Jane Austen novel by Kate Hamill

When shy but clever Fanny Price is sent away by her impoverished parents, she must adapt to life as the poor relation of her aunt and uncle's wealthy estate. But Fanny soon learns that beneath the glitter of wealth and status, people aren't always what they seem. Playwright Kate Hamill brings her sense of playfulness and theatricality to Austen's classic tale of the clash between love and consequence. 

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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Oct 13: B-Free Dance Workshop and Jam
10.05.2018 12:00:00
B-Free is a festival celebrating innovate expression and progressive action in hip-hop and street dance culture

B-Free features workshops, performances, panel discussions and a community dance jam and competition. 


Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 is the B-FREE Dance Jam
at Dance Center | 1306 S. Michicgan Avenue




SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
11:30p. - Registration for workshop and battle
12-1p. - Dance workshop with Ephrat Asherie Dance (Studio 300). 
12:30p. - Doors open for B-Free Jam (theater) and a dance party and competition 
1:30p. - Prelims begin, registration closes
3:45p. - Performance by Qudus Onikeku 
4:30p. - Judges showcaes, final battle and awards 

Judges: Fabulous Freddie Ninja, Natural1 and Vero
DJs: Vader and Sir Limitless
Host: Bravemonk 

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP's are not required, for more information click here.



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Oct 15: Satellite Series: "3 Ways to Cover Distance" (Reading)
10.05.2018 12:00:00
Shattered Globe Theatre's Satellite Series presents new play reading of 3 Ways to Cover Distance by Cara Beth Heath

SGT's Satellite Series presents a lineup of staged readings of new and seasonal works featuring both emerging and established artists. 

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8:00pm

Lincoln Lofts | 3036 N. Lincoln Ave., Floor 2



3 Ways to Cover Distance
by Cara Beth Heath 

Directed by SGT ensemble member, Kelsey Colleen Melvin 

Featuring Jazzma Pryor and Kelly Nesheim 

Karen the cowgirl and Annie the time-traveling horse follow Suzanne - the love of Karen's life - to 1822. Lyft driver K and passenger 5 navigate Chicago streets and awkward small talk. College besties Karen and Suzanne slowly close the gap of time and distance through pivotal moments in their lives. 
Three whimsical, poignant stories featuring female relationships at different stages that explore the distance between two people, what connection really means, and the moments where you finally see what is in front of you. 
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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September 30: Global Perspectives: Professor Irina Ruvinsky
09.27.2018 12:00:00
Shattered Globe hosts free, curated post-show discussions with artists and experts following the Sunday matinees of our performances of Crime and Punishment.

These discussions will begin around 5:15pm in Theater three at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Shattered Globe welcomes Irina Ruvinsky, professor of philosophy and literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Russian Literature in the Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures at UIC will join director Jou Contey in conversation 

Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 5:15pm
at Shattered Globe Theatre | 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657



This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information on tickets to Crime and Punishment, click here.



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October 14: Global Perspectives: Professor Robert Bird
09.27.2018 12:00:00
Shattered Globe hosts free, curated post-show discussions with artists and experts following the Sunday matinees of our performances of Crime and Punishment.

These discussions will begin around 5:15pm in Theater three at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Shattered Globe welcomes Robert Bird, Associate Professor from The University of Chicago Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Professor Bird's areas of interest include Russian literature, cinema, aesthetic theory and intellectual history. 

Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 5:15pm
at Shattered Globe Theatre | 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657



This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information on tickets to Crime and Punishment, click here.



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October 1: Victory Gardens Theater hosts writer Dan Kois for a one-night-only reading and discussion of The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America
09.24.2018 12:00:00
Victory Gardens Theater hosts writer Dan Kois for a one-night-only reading and discussion of The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America

Join Victory Gardens for a panel, meet & greet with artists, and free tastings from local restaurants to celebrate the new season! Event to feature Chicago actors and writers including Jeff Christian, K. Todd Freeman, Philip E. Johnson, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Natasha Lowe, Ian Owens, Keith Phipps and Barbara Robertson. 

Monday, October 1, 2018 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



Victory Gardens Theater hosts writer Dan Kois for special discussion and singing of his book The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America. Kois will be joined on stage by Chicago actors and writers for a reading of excerpts from the book.

Join author Dan Kois and hear excerpts from The World Only Spins Forward read by Chicago actors and writers, many of whom have performed Angels in America around the country. Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the event.

Expanded from a popular Slate cover story and built from nearly 250 interviews, The World Only Spins Forward is both a rollicking theater saga and an uplifting testament to one of the great works of American art of the past century, from its gritty San Fransico premiere to its starry, much-anticipated Broadway revival in 2018. The oral history of Angels in America, as told by the artists who created it and the audiences forever changed by it, is a moving account of the AIDS era, essential queer history, and an exuberant backstage tale. 

Actors include Steppenwolf ensemble member K.Todd Freeman (Belize) who performed with Center Theater Group the first time in Angels in America was presented as a full piece; Barbara Robertson (Hannah Pitt) and Philip E. Johnson (Joe Pitt) who both performed under Director Michael Mayer in the First National Tour which originated in Chicago; as well as Natasha Lowe (Harper Pitt), Jeff Christian (Joe Pitt) and Elizabeth Laidlaw (The Angel), from David Cromer's 1998 Journeymen Theater Production. Also appearing will be local Chicago writers Ian Owns and Keith Phipps. 

This event is FREE, but requires a ticket reservation as space is limited. To reserve tickets please email tickets@victorygardens.org or call the Box Office at 773.871.3000.



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September 23: Church of the New Play: "Passing Time In Animal Time" (Reading)
09.18.2018 12:00:00
Prop Thtr presents new play reading by Ryan Oliveira

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, September 23, 2018 at 11 am-2 pm

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



Church of the New Play presents... Passing Time In Animal Town by Ryan Oliveira

In the virtual-reality community of Animal Town, humans custom-create a community as animal avatars. And in this Animal Town server, sheepish Mari struggles to fit in with her younger, more experienced, seemingly picture-perfect villagers. The longer she gets to know her neighbors, the more she discovers her value in creating a community that has long felt like a lonesome pass-time. But what will the neighbors think when they discover Mari's real-life descent infiltrating her virtual life in Animal Town? Or that the Mari they know isn't Mari at all?

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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Sep 6-9, 13-16: DocFest2018
09.04.2018 12:00:00
Erasing the Distance presents DocFest2018, a Documentary Theatre Festival Exploring Mental Health Issues. 

This year, Erasing the Distance's festival of new work takes place over the first two weekends of September. DocFest2018 includes two shows, 10 developmental monologues, and three reservation-only workshops. 

Monologues and workshops are FREE! Each feature performance is preceded by a monologue reading. The topics include being explored in the monologues include bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, disordered eating, and more. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018 through Sunday, September 16, 2018
at Erasing the Distance | 4001 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Suite 503C, Chicago, IL 60613



Karen's Story
Thursday, September 6 | 7:30pm
read by Brenda Barrie

Cheryl's Story
Friday, September 7 | 7:30pm
read by Stacy Stoltz

Workshop: Trauma & the Body
Saturday, September 8 | 2:00pm

Marie B's Story
Saturday, September 8 | 4:30pm
read by Melanie Thompson

Jamie's Story
Saturday, September 8 | 7:30pm
read by Stephen O'Connell

Workshop: Food & Mood
Sunday, September 9 | 2:00pm

Ariel's Story 
read by Katie Relkin
Sunday September 9 | 4:30pm

Steph's Story
Thursday, September 13 | 7:30pm
read by Nik Zaleski

Josh's Story
Friday, September 14 | 7:30pm
read by MT Cozzola

Grace's Story
Saturday, September 15 | 4:30pm
read by Diana Clegg

Mike's Story
Saturday, September 15 | 7:30pm
read by Mike Rice
Workshop: Emotion in Motion
Sunday, September 16 | 2:00pm 

Story read by Wannapa Pimtong-Eubanks
Sunday, September 16 | 4:30pm


The above events are FREE and open to the public. If you are interested in tickets to other events at DocFest2018 click here.



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September 1: StoryTime with Theatre Y
08.24.2018 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, 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
08.13.2018 12:00:00
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, please click here.



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August 17- 19: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest
08.08.2018 12:00:00
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, please click here.



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August 12: Church of the New Play: "The Queen of Spades" (Reading)
08.06.2018 12:00:00
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, click here.


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August 13: Broadway In Chicago: Summer Concert at Millennium Park
08.06.2018 12:00:00
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.




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