Behind the Curtain

Dec 1: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Discussion


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Book Club
Join Broadway In Chicago and BookClub Chicago for a discussion of Mark Haddon's best-selling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, now a Tony Award-winning play coming to the Oriental Theatre from December 6-24, 2016!

Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
BookClub Chicago | 1211 N Wood, Chicago, Illinois 60622





FREE but seating is limited. RSVP is required by emailing info@bookclubchicago.net



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Nov 29: Inside Look: Miss Bennet


Northlight Theatre's Inside Look: Miss Bennet
Explore the historical and political context of Miss Bennet through a discussion and Q&A session with artists related to the production.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Wilmette Public Library | 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091




Explore the historical and literary context of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley through a discussion and Q&A session with artists related to the production. Approximately one hour.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Nov 19: Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - Day of Absence


Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - A citywide, yearlong event to rediscover classic plays by writers of color
At Court Theatre, they're embarking on a new effort to connect with communities and revive a love for classic plays from outside of the traditional canon through their Spotlight Reading Series. Join Court Theatre as they bring together professional directors and actors to showcase these rarely performed plays all over Chicago—for free.

Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 3:00pm

at South Shore Cultural Center | 7059 S South Shr, Chicago, IL 60649





Day of Absence
By Douglas Turner Ward
Directed by Ron OJ Parson

A classic satire about an imaginary Southern town where the white residents, to their shock and horror, wake up to find that the town's black residents have vanished.

FREE, but reservations are strongly recommended. Patrons with reservations will be given priority. Limit 4 per household. Click here to RSVP



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Nov 15 - Dec 11: Roz and Ray Public Programs


Victory Gardens Theater Public Programs: Roz and Ray
As part of Victory Gardens’ initiatives to bridge the gap between their plays, their audiences, and the world outside these productions, Victory Gardens curates a series of events to especially enhance your Victory Gardens experience. Their Public Programs event series explores themes and issues presented in their plays – sparking ideas and provoking meaningful dialogue. Through film screenings, play readings, town hall meetings, spoken word performances, post show discussions, and many more, Victory Gardens invites you to join them and be a part of that conversation.

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




AFTERWORDS
After every performance of Roz and Ray (unless otherwise noted). Join Victory Gardens for one of their intimate post-show conversations. Led by members from the Victory Gardens community—artistic affiliates, subscribers, Artistic staff, Teen Arts Council members, and community partners—reflect on what you’ve seen and share your response. Free, but tickets needed for all Roz and Ray performances.


(HER)STORY: A CELEBRATION OF PLAYWRIGHTS
Post-Show Conversation | Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 6:30pm - 9:30pm

While American theater companies still have a long way to go before true gender parity is reached, many are making a more active effort to ensure that women, trans, and gender non-conforming playwrights are widely represented in their upcoming seasons. How far have we come? What’s next? Join Victory Gardens for this industry night pre-show celebration and raise a glass to the brilliant women, trans, and gender non-conforming playwrights of our time. Then, stay for a special post-show conversation breaking open the trials and tribulations of navigating the patriarchy in the American theater.


A CONVERSATION WITH KAREN HARTMAN
Post-Show Conversation | Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | Following the performance of Roz and Ray

The genesis of a play can often be a very personal journey, and one that is ever-evolving. From writing in the privacy of her attic nook to showcasing her work on the main stage, what is the new play process like for playwright Karen Hartman? Stick around for this insightful post-show conversation as Director of New Play Development Isaac Gomez chats with Karen about the process and inspiration in writing Roz and Ray.


WORLD AIDS DAY: ART & HEALING
Off-night Event | Center on Halsted | Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 7:30pm

Community, Healing. Art. Life. Now. In 1985, the first AIDS-related play — The Normal Heart, by Larry Kramer — opened in New York. Since then, several plays & films inspired by the events of the HIV/AIDS crisis have surfaced both to critical acclaim as well as to social anxiety. What is the relationship between life & art? How have things evolved between then and now? Join Victory Gardens in partnership with the Center on Halsted for this World AIDS Day panel conversation breaking open the HIV/AIDS crisis in conversation with the art created from those events.


WORLD AIDS DAY: THEN & NOW
Pre-Show Gallery Exhibit & Reception | Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 6:00pm

Beauty. Sex. Loss. Courage. Politics. Much has changed between the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and today, and World AIDS Day is both a marker of remembrance as well as one of celebration. Join Victory Gardens for this joint World AIDS Day event in partnership with ART AIDS AMERICA CHICAGO, a groundbreaking exhibition that underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. Start the journey with a curated tour of the gallery at its opening night celebration. Then, make your way to the Victory Gardens lobby for pre-show appetizers and spoken word performances before the evening performance of Karen Hartman’s Roz & Ray.


ENCUENTRO: GROWING PAINS
Post-Show Conversation | Friday, December 2, 2016 | 6:30pm

Hemophilia is a rare condition where a person’s blood has a reduced ability to clot. About 400,000 people worldwide are living with hemophilia, and 400 babies are born with it each year, according to the Hemophilia Federation of America. What does it mean to have a child with hemophilia in America today? In partnership with Victory Gardens’ Encuentro event, join Victory Gardens for a pre-show reception and then stick around for a riveting post-show conversation hosted by Jorge Valdivia.


MODERN MEDICINE
Pre-Show Celebration | Post-Show Panel Conversation | Saturday, December 3, 2016 | Following the performance of Roz and Ray

Historically and presently, in many parts of the world, women’s participation in the profession of medicine (as physicians or surgeons) has been significantly restricted. However, women’s informal practice of medicine in roles such as caregivers or as allied health professionals has been historically widespread. Why has this been the case? What is the temperature of women & medicine today? Join Victory Gardens for a pre-show celebration, raising a toast to women in medicine today. Then, stick around for this epic post-show conversation hosted by the American Medical Women’s Association as women in medicine break open a conversation centering on themes resonating in Karen Hartman’s medical drama Roz and Ray.


OUTLOUD: STILL HERE
Post-Show Panel Discussion | Wednesday, December 7 2016 | 6:30pm

In Karen Hartman’s Roz & Ray, Ray realizes how easy it is to call terminal the end, and how difficult it is to see it as a beginning. Throughout the decades, however, with greater emphasis on advocacy/awareness, prevention, and testing, the evolution of HIV and AIDS has changed this narrative dramatically. What does it mean to be queer and HIV+ in America today? Join Victory Gardens for this riveting post-show conversation as activists, scholars, and many others break stigmas and speak their truth.


A QUESTION OF ETHICS
Post-Show Panel Conversation | Thursday, December 8, 2016 | Following the performance of Roz and Ray

Right and Wrong. Yes and No. Black and White. Ethical decision making in hospitals is often one of the most challenging places for grey areas to exist, especially when medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in America. How far is too far when it concerns families and loved ones? What lengths would you go to prove that right is right and wrong is wrong? Join Victory Gardens for a post-show conversation that tackles one of the most prominent human controversies: a question of ethics.


FACTOR 8
Post-Show Panel Conversation | Friday, December 9, 2016 | Following the performance of Roz and Ray

Before the 1960’s physicians hardly knew anything on treatments for patients with hemophilia. Hemophilia is a genetic disorder which is caused by a missing or defective clotting protein. However, there are many myths or unclear facts that surround hemophilia that still exist today, especially as it relates to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. What does it mean to live with hemophilia today? Join Victory Gardens for this special post-show conversation demystifying myths and shedding light on hemophilia.


Public Programs are free and open to the public. Tickets needed for all Roz and Ray performances. For more information, click here.



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Nov 14: CORE - CJ (Reading)


American Theater Company - Chicago Open Residency Experiment (CORE) presents CJ
CORE is a week-long workshop opportunity for artists of all disciplines. American Theater Company awards a free week of rehearsal space and a presentation of the work to ten projects and groups of artists. ATC is committed to creating new work for the American theater and asking questions about how we make what we make as American theater artists.

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:00pm
at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613




CJ

CJ is a work of theatre about the fictional life of a theatre critic in Chicago. CJ hates musicals. CJ imagines himself as the titular character in the plays he sees. In this exploration of this larger than life individual, Bonnie Metzgar and Jesse Morgan Young examine questions about reality, what makes a good critic, and what makes a good story.


FREE but reservation is required. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP. For more information, click here.



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Nov 13: Family Fun Day


Auditorium Theatre’s 3rd Annual Family Fun Day – Making the Magic!
Bring your family for a FREE afternoon at the Auditorium Theatre! Aspiring performers can take workshops with the Joffrey Ballet, DanceWorks Chicago, and Too Hot To Handel’s Rodrick Dixon, budding architects can join Auditorium Theatre's partners at the Chicago Architectural Foundation to more closely explore their landmark building, dance-critics-in-training can review a dance piece with Zac Whittenburg, and everyone can enjoy self-guided tours, crafts, games, and a walk across their historic landmark stage! This is your family’s opportunity to learn how Auditorium Theatre “Make the Magic” of a full scale professional performance.

Sunday, November 13th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
at Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University | 50 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60605



FEATURED FAMILY FUN DAY EVENTS

Dance Like the Pros with The Joffrey Ballet’s Erica Edwards (1-3PM)
The Joffrey Ballet’s Director of Community Engagement (and a Joffrey Ballet dancer for 15 years) Erica Edwards will lead dance classes for families. During her time dancing with The Joffrey Ballet, Edwards was named a Black History Maker by the Chicago Sun-Times, nominated for the Princess Grace Foundation Award, and featured in Ebony magazine as a Young Leader of the Future in the Arts. She has performed in productions including The Nutcracker and Cinderella.

Raise Your Voice with Too Hot to Handel’s Rodrick Dixon (1-3:30PM)
Explore your artistic voice and learn to sing like a star when you join Rodrick Dixon, star of the Auditorium Theatre’s annual production Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz Gospel-Messiah. Young people will warm up their vocal instruments and then create their own short performance to be shared with friends and family! The 12th annual performance of Too Hot to Handel takes place on January 14 and 15, 2017.

Be the Critic with Zachary Whittenburg (2-4PM)
For aspiring writers in the middle and high school range, former Time Out Chicago dance editor and regular contributor to Dance Magazine Zac Whittenburg will lead four 20-minute writing workshops. Culture critics-in-training will learn critiquing tips from a pro as they watch a filmed dance performance and get the chance to write their own reviews!

Be the Choreographer with DanceWorks Chicago (3-5PM)
Choreographers from the contemporary dance company DanceWorks Chicago will be on hand at the Auditorium to lead choreography workshops! Perfect for future Balanchines, Aileys, and Grahams.

Plus, families who complete the scavenger hunt will be entered into a drawing for a Family Night Out, which includes a family set of tickets to an upcoming Dance Theatre of Harlem performance (Nov. 18-20) and dinner at the Italian restaurant tesori!


This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here.



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Nov 12: Trade Show (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: NOVEMBER
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Trade Show
By Resident Playwright Alumna Aline Lathrop
Directed by Associate Artis Kevin Christopher Fox

Isabel and Ed meet at a trade show and begin a relationship that exists only there, and at similar events around the country. It barely feels like adultery, because the real world seems to recede into the background of purgatorial hotel rooms, and anonymous convention centers. But familiarity blurs the boundary between both worlds they inhabit, forcing them to look for answers where they didn't know there were questions before.


This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Nov 10-12: B-Series Fall 2016


B-The Bridge? Teach-In featuring the B-Real Jam with a look at Hip-Hop Culture, Movement and the Academy
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Thursday, November 10 through Saturday, November 12, 2016
at Columbia College Chicago & Chicago Venues



The organizers of B-The Bridge? Teach-In featuring B-Real Jam invite you to join in this community celebration of tradition, shifting cultural landscapes, challenging conversations, and exaltations through dance and Hip-Hop culture. Activities will feature presentations, workshops, panels, film screenings, verbal cyphers, and build-sessions (participatory “panel” discussions), performances, social dancing, an open dance session, and battles (a form of competition specific to Hip-Hop and street-dance culture).

Whether you are a veteran street dancer who has won international titles, or someone who has never set foot inside of the scene, we invite you to participate: rocking out to the infectious music from your proscenium seat, head-bobbing on the edge of a cypher where you can feel the heat and sweat of the dancers, grooving out in a corner with your friends during the open dance moments, or throwing down in the center of the battles.


Thursday, November 10 @ Film Row Conference Center

Verbal Cypher | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Film Row Conference Center 8th Floor
1104 S Wabash, Chicago IL 60605

All are invited to this community dialogue, commonly known as a “build session” in the Hip-Hop community.



Friday, November 11 @ Conaway Center

Conaway Center
1104 S Wabash, Chicago IL 60605

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | This Bridge Called My Block
This 3-hour laboratory workshop focuses on liberatory frameworks and techniques and is highly interactive.

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Resource Fair (lunch on your own)

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions 1

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Columbia College Presentation: Hip-Hop Minor with short performance by D-Nick and the Microphone Misfitz

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions 2

4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions 3

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Words, Beats & Life Presents From Sifrs to Cyphers & Keynote by Saud Abdul Khabeer + Short Performance by Ang 13

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Everything Remains Raw Film Screening



Saturday, November 12 @ The Dance Center

The Dance Center
1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

Film Screening | WAVE: A True Story in Hip Hop |
A documentary about the life story of Tony “Mr. Wave” Wesley, legendary dancer of the New York City Breakers and Beat Street.

Workshops | 12 - 3 p.m.

12pm – 1:30pm: Remind Workshop | Studio 300 | $15 fee
1:30pm – 3:00pm: Loose Joint Workshop | Studio 300 | $15 fee

B-Real Jam | 3 - 8 p.m. | FREE
The B-Real Jam will feature internationally renowned judges Remind, Loose Joint, Asia One, BraveMonk and Claydoh as well as Masters of Ceremony El La Katrina and Moncell “Ill Kozby” Durden with DJs Moz Definite, Illanoiz & Fa$t Money Mike.

These events are FREE (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Nov 7: The Arts Circle Presents: Ayad Akhtar and Kimberly Senior In Conversation


The Arts Circle Presents: Ayad Akhtar and Kimberly Senior In Conversation
Please join Northwestern University Arts Circle for Ayad Akhtar & Kimberly Senior in conversation. The exciting event is co-presented by Arts Circle, Department of Theatre, Global Humanities Initiative, the Wirtz Center, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7:00pm
at the Josephine Louis Theater | 20 Arts Cir Dr, Evanston, IL 60208





The informative evening is Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ayad Akhtar in conversation with Jeff-award winning director Kimberly Senior. Akhtar's new play JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt takes us back to the hotbed of the ‘80s and offers an origin story for the world that finance has given us. The talk will be illustrated with scenes from the play, performed by theatre students and directed by Kimberly Senior. They will discuss the issues in this work and refer to their collaboration on the Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced, looking at people’s indebtedness to their family histories and inherited identities and the pull between countries of origin and countries of citizenship.

Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, playwright, actor and screen writer whose work addresses the identity politics of belonging and acceptance.

Kimberly Senior is the recipient of the 2016 Special Jeff Award for her Chicago career achievements as a trail blazer, champion, and role model for emerging artists. In addition to her stellar directing career, Kimberly has won recognition for her work in theatre education programs and work with young adults.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. Click here to RSVP.



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Nov 7: CORE - Battleaxe Betty (Reading)


American Theater Company - Chicago Open Residency Experiment (CORE) presents Battleaxe Betty
CORE is a week-long workshop opportunity for artists of all disciplines. American Theater Company awards a free week of rehearsal space and a presentation of the work to ten projects and groups of artists. ATC is committed to creating new work for the American theater and asking questions about how we make what we make as American theater artists.

Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7:00pm
at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613




Battleaxe Betty

Molly Brennan, Lili-Anne Brown, Diego Colon, and Malic White present Battleaxe Betty, a heavy metal musical about the illegitimate child of an Empress struggling with her predetermined legacy. She employs the help of a heavy metal singer to assist in her in the fight against a destiny she rejects. Battleaxe Betty celebrates a wide range of audiences, including vision, hearing, and mobility ­impaired folks. Rather than adding ASL interpretation and audio description to a play intended for an able­-bodied audience, Battleaxe Betty includes these modes of accessibility in the context of the play itself.


FREE but reservation is required. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP. For more information, click here.



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Nov 7: TimePieces Play Reading - Cardboard Piano


TimeLine Theatre's TimePieces Play Reading Series presents Cardboard Piano
TimePieces is TimeLine Theatre's ongoing series of one-night only presentations designed to extend their mission beyond the four subscription series productions they offer each season. The series offers audiences a chance to hear new or rarely produced plays inspired by history that connect with today's social and political issues. Each play reading is FREE (donations are accepted) and includes a brief post-show discussion to give the audience a chance to reflect on the piece and the themes and issues it presents. 


Monday, November 7 2016 at 7:00pm 
at TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657





Cardboard Piano
written by Hansol Jung
co-directed by TimeLine Company Member Mechelle Moe and Joel Ewing
presented in collaboration with The Yard

On the eve of the millennium in Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret wedding ceremony. But when an escalating civil war encroaches on their fragile union, they cannot escape its reach. Confronting the cost of intolerance, this powerful drama examines violence and the struggle to rebuild in its wake, as well as the human capacity for love and forgiveness.

The cast features TimeLine Associate Artist Charles Andrew Gardner; The Yard Company Members Dana Murphy, Victor Musoni, Liv Shine, Sharrell Rhodes and Ireon Roach; and Brittney Love Smith and Julian Parker.

FREE but registration is strongly recommended. Space is limited. Call (773) 281-8483 x6 or email the box office at boxoffice@timelinetheatre.com



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Nov 5: Em 'n' Nam (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series:: NOVEMBER
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Em 'n' Nam
By Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby
Directed by Meghan Beals, Artistic Director of Chicago Dramatists

All Em wants is to make the best egg sandwich in the history of egg sandwiches. When she enlists her culinary professor Nam to teach her how she learns that everything in the food arts must be done on purpose. As she tries to figure out how to learn correctly it ends up costing her something she didn't know she had.


This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Nov 4: Backstage with BJ: Miss Bennett


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: Miss Bennett
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. Miss Bennett runs November 10 through December 18, 2016 in Skokie, IL.

Friday, November 4, 2016 at 12:00pm
at Northlight Theatre | 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077




A mid-day discussion with Artistic Director BJ Jones, featuring special guest artists, actors, directors and designers, offering behind-the-scenes insight into The City of Conversation while it is still in rehearsal.

Approximately one hour.

Event is FREE, but reservations are required. Please call 847.679.9501 x3605 to RSVP, or email specialevents@northlight.org. For more information, please click here.



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Nov 3: Backstage at the Biograph - Roz and Ray


Victory Gardens Theater: BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH
A new, 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 at the kick-off party in the Victory Gardens Theater lobby.





Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH- Roz and Ray: From Fact to Fiction

Roz and Ray is a two-person drama about the relationship between a pediatric doctor and the father of two of her young, hemophiliac patients during the early 1980s. When the inspiration for a work of fiction is drawn from real-life events, how does one take source material and transform it into a dramatical work? What is the process that goes into the art of adaptation? Join Director of New Play Development and Roz and Ray dramaturg Isaac Gomez, as well as members of the medical community, as Victory Gardens dissects and relives the process of working from fact to create fiction.


FREE but space is limited. RSVP is required. Click here to reserve a seat.



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Nov 2: Eden in Silence (Reading)


The New Colony Theatre's Staged Reading of Eden in Silence
Join The New Colony for a sneak peek at one of their works in development! The reading will be followed by a brief talkback.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:30pm
The Den Theatre | 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60622




By Jamie Olah
Directed by Kacie Smith

Featuring Aurora Adachi-Winter, Adia Alli, Lorraine Freund, Danielle Gennaoui, Alicia Hall, Joy Pappas, Kelsey Shipley, Elise Spoerlein, Parker Sterling and Risha Tenae
with sound design Jeffery Levin

Eden in Silence uses visual spectacle and movement to tell one woman’s journey in escaping the bonds of grief. It is a story about female strength, the scars of domestic abuse, and the transformative power of human connection.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Oct 31: CORE - The Displaced (Reading)


American Theater Company - Chicago Open Residency Experiment (CORE) presents The Displaced
CORE is a week-long workshop opportunity for artists of all disciplines. American Theater Company awards a free week of rehearsal space and a presentation of the work to ten projects and groups of artists. ATC is committed to creating new work for the American theater and asking questions about how we make what we make as American theater artists.

Monday, October 31, 2016 at 7:00pm
at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613




The Displaced
By Isaac Gomez

Marísa and Lev have just moved into their new Pilsen apartment in hopes of rekindling a spark that's long been extinguished. While looking for the circuit breaker in the attic, a mysterious coconut appears, leftover from the previous tenants with a dark history inside it. Isaac Gomez’s The Displaced explores the wake of pain and yearning left behind when gentrification forces people out of their homes and the kind of vengeance that can come from that displacement. What starts off as a seemingly traditional two-person relationship drama quickly unfolds as a psychological thriller that ultimately culminates with horror theater elements as components of Santeria are introduced in the play.


FREE but reservation is required. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP. For more information, click here.



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Oct 29: The Displaced (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: OCTOBER
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The Displaced
By Resident Playwright Isaac Gomez
Directed by Jo Cattell
Foley by Carolyn Hoerdemann

Marísa and Lev have just moved into their new Pilsen apartment in hopes of rekindling a spark that's long been extinguished. While looking for the circuit breaker in the attic, a mysterious coconut appears, leftover from the previous tenants with a dark history inside it. The Displaced explores the wake of pain and yearning left behind when gentrification forces people out of their homes and the kind of vengeance that can come from it.


This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



"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.


Oct 24: The Driver's Seat - Monthly Reading Series: The Making of a Modern Folk Hero


Route 66 Theatre Company's The Driver's Seat Monthly Reading Series: The Making of a Modern Folk Hero
Route 66 Theatre believes that theatre is an invitation to discussion and participation with both artists and patrons. The Road Begins by engaging their audiences in their play selection process by putting them in “The Driver’s Seat” with their monthly reading series at the upstairs bar at Mrs Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro. Always a good time filled with drinks and conversation, their readings bring together some of the finest talent Chicago has to offer with works from local and national playwrights never before heard in Chicago. Route 66 invites you to join them for a relaxed and informal event full of exciting theatre and discussion.

Monday, October 24 2016 at 7:30pm

at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro | 3905 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613





The Making of a Modern Folk Hero
by Martín Zimmerman
Directed by James Fleming
Featuring Mark Pracht, James Earl Jones II, Celeste Cooper, and Aurora Adachi-Winter.

A despairing failed actor and a Congressman team up to create a superhero who will protest government plans to force residents out of public housing for profit. When the creation snowballs and takes on a life of its own, garnering press coverage and an unexpected, impassioned following and exposing a series of injustices, lines are drawn (and blurred) between politics and performance.The Making of a Modern Folk Hero, described as a graphic novel for the stage, is a bold, timely exploration of the frustrations of reform and possibilities for change. What do we look for in a hero? How does being the face of a movement give purpose, or not, to our lives?

This event is FREE and open to the public.



"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.


Oct 24: It Can't Happen Here (Reading)


Join Chicago Dramatist for a free reading of It Can't Happen Here
Free public reading of the new stage adaptation of It Can't Happen Here, based on the 1935 novel written by Sinclair Lewis.

Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



In 1936, the novel was adapted into a play and theatres across the country opened productions on the same night. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of those productions, regional theatres, universities, and communities across the country will read the new adaptation by Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Tony Taccone and screenwriter Bennett S. Cohen.

The new adaptation of Lewis’s classic had its world premiere performance at Berkeley Rep on September 30, 2016. The reading at Chicago Dramatists will take place upstairs at Creativo Loft.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



"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.


Oct 22: I Carry Your Heart (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: OCTOBER
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



I Carry Your Heart
By Resident Playwright Georgette Kelly
Directed by Jessica Hanna, Producing Director of Bootleg Theatre (Los Angeles), and Jeremy Webb

Phoebe is a young poet, forever living in the shadow of her estranged mother’s literary acclaim. When her mother unexpectedly dies, however, Phoebe is left with two complicated legacies: donating her mother’s organs and reading her mother’s unpublished confessional journal. Meanwhile, Tess and her partner Lydia receive a late night phone call, informing them that a donor heart is available for Tess – good news, but news that has come far sooner than they were prepared for. As these two families form an unlikely connection, they struggle to understand the politics and poetics of organ donation—and they dare to hope that pieces of us can live on after great tragedy.


This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



"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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