What happens when you try to make a show from scratch, with no rulebook or script? What if you had to perform it in two completely different spaces, across the city, back to back?
The Storefront Project asks six Chicago-based directors to each choose a text—not written for theater—and devise a new project, tailor-made for MCA Chicago and Prop Thtr—a major downtown institution and a scrappy Avondale theater. Two weekends of shows highlight the innovations that are possible when directors experiment with making theater under shifting circumstances. Each translating the same project from the MCA’s theater and public spaces to the distinct industrial theaters and alcoves of the Prop Thtr, directors Dado Gyure, Lucky Stiff, Denise Yvette Serna, Coya Paz, Sydney Chatman, and Mikael Burke with April Cleveland demonstrate Chicago theater’s uncanny ability to pop up anywhere. Behind-the-scenes footage of their rehearsal process at each venue will be on view during each performance to give you a peek into the ins and outs of devised theater.
Weekend 1 : Program B
Weekend 2: Program A
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This celebration of the city’s long traditions of storefront, underground, and devised theater is cocurated by MCA’s associate curator of performance Tara Aisha Willis with Olivia Lilley, the new artistic director of Chicago’s own PROP THTR.
Program A: Sydney Chatman, Coya Paz, and Denise Serna
Program B: Lucky Stiff, Dado Gyure, and Mikael Burke with April Cleveland