This multi-disciplinary art piece inspired by the geographical area of southern Illinois called AMERICAN BOTTOM begins life here as an experimental audio fiction, written in verse, performed by a full cast, and featuring original music and illustrations. Kevin disappeared in rural Illinois near the site of the Cahokia Mounds. AMERICAN BOTTOM follows the thoughts of the people who knew him; unearthing the many layers of life and story connected to the place he called home.
PlayMakers Laboratory is taking its signature revue online with That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay, featuring a creative line-up of stories written by elementary school students, adapted and performed …
Ghostlight Ensemble brings back its popular Make/Believe festival in 2021 with six short plays by playwrights from around the country to be presented virtually in June. This curated festival features a mix of short plays by local and out-of-state playwrights that were written for audiences 10 and under, but which are also meant to be enjoyed by all ages.
In anticipation of this summer’s Frida Kahlo: Timeless” exhibition at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAninch Arts Center New Philharmonic presents “A Salute to Frida” celebrating the rhythms and heart of Hispanic culture streaming May 15-June 15. Under the baton of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, the orchestra will works by Manuel Ponce, creator of the modern Mexican song; “Granada” by Mexico’s Agustin Lara, featuring guest tenor Jesse Donner; Jesus Gonzalez Rubio’s iconic “Mexican Hat Dance” and more. Tickets and more info is available at AtTheMAC.org.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN THE DARK is perfect for those who love the spookier elements of Scrooge’s ghostly journey through darkness. Audiences are encouraged to create dark, cozy spaces for themselves within their own homes.
H.G. Wells enters the 21st century as a Chicago science journalist thrust into the events of an alien invasion after a meteor from the “Red Planet” Mars crashes outside the suburbs of Chicago at the start of the new decade. Separated from family, friends and everything they’ve ever known, the eclectic cast of Chicagoland characters must do everything in their power to survive as our world comes crashing down around them.
Half Hour is a Steppenwolf Theatre produced, ensemble member hosted, interview-style podcast that uses the most magical amount of time there is in the theatre—the half hour before a show begins—to sit down and make connections between artists in the Steppenwolf family. To hear their stories. To learn about their processes. And to discover what motivates them to create theatre.
The Annoyance Training Center teaches students how to develop and maintain a strong individual voice in their improvisation. Through scenework, classes address the initiation of a scene; developing and maintaining strong characters; learning to hold on to your initial choices while at the same time, expanding on (heightening) the choices you have made; and learning to become deft at creating and weaving unexpected, character-based choices into your work.
The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral! 30 Digital Plays in 60 Analog Minutes is an online adaptation of our in-the-flesh, ongoing, ever-changing attempt to perform thirty plays in sixty minutes for a live audience. Today we begin a new chapter of Neo-Futurist experimentation with new forms and new means of participation from you, our audience.
Try an Online Class! Drawing upon the groundbreaking work of The Second City and the many legendary performers who have played on its stages, we have become the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world. Our online classes are all of the fun…while wearing none of the pants. (We don’t judge.)
Try an Online Class! Drawing upon the groundbreaking work of The Second City and the many legendary performers who have played on its stages, we have become the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world.
In THREE STORIES UP, Vancouver transit cop Beatrice Dulaurier has found her detective husband’s dead body. The police call it a suicide, but Beatrice doesn’t buy that explanation. To find the truth, she enlists the help of her late husband’s last known informant, a drug runner who carries secrets of his own. The two embark on a hair-raising investigation through the city’s colorful characters in search of justice…
An imaginative, digital prologue to the upcoming musical It Came from Outer Space. Before the world premiere musical from creators Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair launches onstage next year, embark on an out-of-this-world adventure alongside an investigative reporter digging into the far-fetched extraterrestrial activity around the small town of Sand Rock—and uncover secrets (and new songs from the show) along the way.
Innovative performances plus interviews with artists and experts brought to you by Chicago’s hub for adventurous works, Pivot Arts. This season we’re “Reimagining Utopia” and our monthly podcast includes short performances and conversations envisioning a more perfect world. We’ll feature exciting artists and spark your curiosity with imaginative ideas.
Eight episodes premiered weekly in a unique adaptation from Vişniec’s “dialogic spectacle of monologues” performed live between the resident Chicago ensemble and an international group of guest performers …
The three famous words opening Herman Melville’s infamous American novel likewise open Theatre in the Dark’s thrillingly experimental MOBY DICK IN THE DARK, live online audio theatre created from Chicago’s most innovative theatre company.
Take a seat, fire up your biggest screen, and experience a star-studded virtual cabaret featuring some of your favorite Broadway and Lyric voices in the comfort of your own home this June with The New Classics: Songs from the New Golden Age of Musical Theater.
A survivors’ story fraught with intrigue, bravery, and human frailty, Owen McCafferty’s Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912) tells the story of the sinking of the RMS Titanic using verbatim testimonies from a court investigation of the wreck. Presented in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, an ensemble of actors probes the causes of the catastrophe, the value systems that enabled it, and if indeed it was actually preventable.
Join Lyric for a unique, musical adventure, journeying through the timeless tale of Hansel and Gretel through the eyes of the title characters themselves. As the famous brother and sister do battle against ever-present hunger, a dark forest, and a dangerous witch, you’ll be guided through a site-specific show with four different scenes in Chicago’s beautiful North Park Village Nature Center.
Online Premiere of Lorca Alma Presente 10 years after its world debut. This Theatrical Concert created and directed by Iraida Tapias, brings together some of the most emblematic plays, poems and songs by the “Andalusian Duende”