Behind the Curtain

Feb 20: The Last Sane Man (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: FEBRUARY
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, February 20, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642




The Last Sane Man
By Network Playwright Amy Crider
Directed by Bec Willett

A young college student named Casey meets a young man who believes insanity is caused by a virus spreading around the world. As Casey observes the absurd world around us, she starts to wonder if he is right. And could it be in the coffee?

This event is FREE ($5 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Feb 19: Halcyon Theatre - Latina Social Issues Panel


Halycon Theatre to host post-show discussion addressing social issues facing young Latina women.
In association with its mission to present new voices from inadequately represented communities, Halcyon Theatre will host a one-night-only post-show discussion immediately following the 8p.m. performance of Estrella Cruz [the junkyard queen].

Friday, February 19, 2016 after the 8:00pm performance
at Halycon Theatre | 4541 N. Spaulding Ave., Chicago, IL 60625


(L to R) Yesenia Villaseñor, Maureen Mena, Tamika Lecheé Morales


The panel will address social issues facing young Latina women as reflected in Estrella Cruz, including young motherhood. The expert panel features Maureen Mena, Association of Latino Professionals for America board member; Tamika Lecheé Morales, Halcyon Theatre company member (and Estrella Cruz cast member); and Yesenia Villaseñor, Assistant General Counsel at Exelon Corporation. Open to all theatre patrons.

The Chicago premiere of Estrella Cruz [the junkyard queen] by Charise Castro Smith is a contemporary satirical twist on the classic Greek myth of Persephone and her journey to the underworld. Directed by Halcyon Artistic Director Tony Adams, in addition to Tamika Lecheé Morales, the cast of Estrella Cruz features Johnny Garcia, Robert N. Isaac, Noe Jara, Kelly Opalko, and Allyce Torres.


SPEAKER BIOS


Maureen Mena is a wealth advisor with LPL Financial and has been in the financial services industry since 2004. She began her career soon after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Finance and Economics. She also majored in Spanish and is bilingual. Maureen prides herself on helping families and business owners to pursue financial freedom and to protect themselves against the financial impact of the unexpected. She endeavors to become a personal lifetime resource for each and every client. Maureen is registered through LPL Financial to offer mutual funds and variable annuities. She received the Life Underwriter Training Council Fellowship (LUTCF) credential from the American College and is a member of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors (NAIFA). Maureen currently serves on the board of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) as the Vice President of the Women of ALPFA. In this role, Maureen hosts and creates professional events that are designed to provide professional Latinas with the tools and the roadmap to strengthen their leadership and management skills, while fostering both their professional and personal development. She has brought high profile Chicago women leaders, to speak at these events that have provided great insight on professional development. Maureen is also involved in many other Latino & women’s organizations in the Chicago land area. Maureen lives in the southwest suburbs of Chicago with her husband, Jose and her son, Ariel. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC.

Tamika Lecheé Morales is a very proud Puerto Rican! Three adjectives to describe her are passionate, relentless and raw. Currently, what excites her most is discovering her talent as a playwright through her own personal story titled, The Nuyorican, where she recounts her struggles growing up with her eccentric Abuela in the projects of Coney Island determined to change her socio-economic status despite all odds and become the woman she is meant to be. In addition to her current role in Estrella Cruz, she has appeared in the Chicago Premiere of Julia de Burgos: Child of Water at UrbanTheater Company where she played Julia de Burgos’ Soul, one of her favorite roles to date. Morales is a proud company member of both Halcyon Theatre and UrbanTheater Company and loves working on her playwriting skills through the Victory Gardens Access Program because all of these outlets give her the opportunity to grow as an artist to make her dreams into a reality.

Yesenia Villaseñor is a mother, world-traveler and an advocate for judicial, ethnic and socio-economic justice. Her accomplishments range from achieving asylum relief for a tortured West African political refugee to assisting Central American children facing deportation. Villaseñor is currently an Assistant General Counsel with Exelon Corporation and was formerly an Environmental, Health & Safety attorney at Drinker Biddle & Reath. Villaseñor graduated from Chicago-Kent Law School and earned her MS in Environmental Management from the Stuart School of Business. She serves as a volunteer and pro-bono attorney for organization including the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center. She has served on the board of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI) as well as co-chaired the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois’ JD Mentors Program. She has received numerous recognitions for her pro bono work including a 2010 award for Excellence in Pro Bono from the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in a child abduction case under The Hague Convention. The first female to serve in the capacity as legal advisor to the Illinois State Chapter of The League of United Latin American Citizens, Villaseñor participated most recently in a trip to Cuba with the Council on Latin American Relations and the Illinois Latino Judges Association to research the Cuban legal system. As of late, Villaseñor has taken on another role as a talk show host for a sustainability pilot produced by Mainstream Media Inc.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 16 - Mar 3: Cocked Public Programs


Victory Gardens Theater Public Programs: Cocked
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 COCKED (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 Cocked performances.


ARTIST TALK: A CONVERSATION WITH SARAH GUBBINS
Post-Show Artist Talk | Tuesday, February 16, 2016 | 7:30pm

The new play process is an exciting one and the collaboration with a living playwright is electric. How are artists empowered when working on new work? In what ways are they challenged? Join Cocked's Sarah Gubbins (playwright) as she and dramaturg Isaac Gomez break open conventions and shatter expectations in this riveting post-show conversation shedding light on the new play process.


OUT LOUD: THE HOME WE KEEP
Post-Show Panel Conversation | Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | 6:30pm

In Sarah Gubbins’ Cocked, interracial couple Taylor and Izzie find themselves at a crossroads as their deepest and most personal beliefs are put to the ultimate test. Although their problems aren’t necessarily interracial, the intersection of race in queer relationships is complex. How does race factor into queer relationships, if at all? Join us for a queer friendly pre-­show celebration with free food and drinks, and stay for this special Afterwards conversation.


ENCUENTRO: HOMELAND
Post-Show Panel Conversation | Thursday, February 18, 2016

Izzie and Taylor have a hard enough time feeling a sense of stability in their home and personal lives without being terrorized by their downstairs neighbor. In Chicago, gentrification has historically terrorized Latinos and have displaced them all over the city. What does it mean to hold your ground when there are systems in place to push you out? Join Encuentro host Amor Montes de Oca (Arte y Vida) for pre­­show refreshments from Fiesta Mexicana, then stick around for a special Afterwords post­-show conversation on home among Chicago’s displaced communities.


EACH & HER
A Free Performance Celebrating Women in the Arts | Monday, February 22, 2016 | 7:30pm

From the playwright and director to the designers and actors, the creative team behind Sarah Gubbins’ Cocked is comprised mostly of women. Unfortunately, this isn’t as common among regional theaters as gender parity in the arts is far from equitable. Join this celebration of women in the arts with this free off-night performance showcase in collaboration with Beast Women ­an All­Female Performance Variety Revue. With performances including theater, music, poetry, dance, spoken word, and many others, this one night only performance celebrates some of the greatest artists in Chicago and beyond.


SHOUT
Pre-Show Spoken Word Performances | Wednesday, February 24, 2016 | 6:30pm

Taylor and Izzie are forced to challenge their deepest beliefs in Sarah Gubbins’ new play. Where is the line blurred between self­-defense and perceived fear? Is there one? Come hear Chicago performance poet C.C. Carter break it down in this special pre-­show spoken word performance piece as she riffs off the realities of terrorism and violence in Chicago neighborhoods. Then, stick around for free refreshments before enjoying Sarah Gubbins’ Cocked.


THE GUN THING
Post-Show Town Hall | Thursday, February 25, 2016

More than a third of Americans say they or someone in their household owns a gun. There are by various estimates anywhere from 270 million to 310 million guns in the United States — close to one firearm for every man, woman and child. In light of mass shootings that have plagued the country for decades, why haven’t we found a national solution that keeps us safe from guns as well as protected by them? Should we legalize gun control? Should firearms be banned? Join us for this timely town hall conversation as we break open a conversation about gun ownership and the onus around it.


RISK FACTOR
Post-Show Panel Discussion | Saturday, February 27, 2016

The 2013 passage of a concealed carry law in Illinois has led to a relatively small yet recurring dynamic in Chicago shootings: the lawful gunman. Though these “lawful” shootings are nowhere near as frequent as those involving unlicensed shooters and illegal firearms, a handful of high-­profile shootings involving licensed concealed carriers since the law went into effect in January 2014 continue to spark a rage of controversy. What is a “lawful” shooting and why? How has concealed carry shifted gun culture in the Windy City? Join legislators and specialists as we dig deep into the age-­old question of protection and prevention as it relates to Chicago’s concealed carry law.


COLLEGE NIGHT: TRIGGER FINGER
Free Post-Show Performance  | Thursday, March 3, 2016  

In Sarah Gubbins’ Cocked, the idea of terrorism in Chicago neighborhoods (real or perceived) comes to the forefront, challenging our deepest convictions of safety and protection. What would it take to make someone feel safe in their own home? Join us for a pre­­show reception in the lobby featuring delicious drink specials & free pizza. Then, stick around for Cocked and stay for post­­show performances featuring short scenes written, directed, and performed by college artists from DePaul University, University of Chicago, Loyola, and Northwestern University.



Free and open to the public. Tickets needed for all Cocked performances. For more information, click here.



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Feb 15 - Feb 29: A Celebration of Latina|o Artists - Concert Readings & Panel Discussions


Goodman Theatre presents A Celebration of Latina|o Artists.
This winter, Goodman Theatre will present two important world premiere productions: Another Word for Beauty, written by one of the country’s most distinguished playwrights, José Rivera; and 2666, Robert Falls’ and Seth Bockley’s adaptation of the landmark novel by Roberto Bolaño. To further highlight the extraordinary work of these and other Latina and Latino writers, please join Goodman for an in-depth celebration of Latina/o writing, featuring readings, panel discussions and other events focused on the uniquely poetic voices of several of our most esteemed authors.

Monday, February 15 - Monday, February 29, 2016




La Ruta by Issac Gomez
Monday, February 15 at 7pm | National Museum of Mexican Art | 1852 W. 19th St.
Presented by Goodman Theatre
Directed by Jo Cattell 

Pulled from real testimonies, La Ruta follows two mothers searching for their missing daughters. Inspired by the unsolved murders of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (a story also at the heart of 2666), this play examines a community of women attempting to live in the wake of unspeakable loss. This reading will be part of a larger conversation about the impact of violence on vulnerable communities and serves as the launch for a contest for young playwrights. Winning entries will receive a public reading at the Goodman. Free, Reservations Required. RSVP here



School of the Americas by José Rivera
Wednesday, February 17 at 7:30pm | 2620 W. Division St. 
Presented by Urban Theater Company
Directed by Juan Casteaneda 

In the Bolivian jungle, Che Guevara is captured and held in a one-room schoolhouse. For two days, his fate remains in limbo until a young school teacher in the village insists that she be granted permission to speak to the famous revolutionary. Free, Reservations Required. This event is currently sold out.



Marisol by José Rivera
Thursday, February 18 at 7:30pm | Polk Rehearsal Room at Goodman Theatre 
Presented by Teatro Vista
Directed by Ricardo Gutierrez

A war between Uzi-wielding angels and an insane God interrupts the life of a Puerto Rican copy editor living in New York. José Rivera’s award-winning play details a vision of a city where bizarre and surreal violence takes over as the end of the world draws near. Free, Reservations Required. This event is currently sold out.



The Hours are Feminine by José Rivera
Friday, February 19 at 7:30pm | Polk Rehearsal Room at Goodman Theatre 
Presented by Goodman Theatre

1960. Two immigrant families—one Italian American, the other Puerto Rican—move to Long Island. Racism and differing languages keep the neighbors apart, until a unexpected friendship offers an opportunity for kindness and a new sense of home. Free, Reservations Required. This event is currently sold out.



References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot by José Rivera
Saturday, February 20 at 1pm (Panel Discussion at 3pm) | Wallis Theatre at Northwestern University | 1949 Campus Dr., Evanston
Presented by Northwestern University Department of Theatre

The moon, a cat and the boy next door keep Gabriela company as she waits for her husband to return from fighting in the Persian Gulf. Magical realism and gritty naturalism collide in this story of lust, longing and love. Free, Reservations Required. RSVP here. Panel discussion immediately following. Scholars and artists discuss the legacy of José Rivera’s work. Tickets must be reserved seperately.



Panel Discussion on the Work of José Rivera
Saturday, February 20 at 3pm | Wallis Theatre at Northwestern University | 1949 Campus Dr., Evanston
Presented by Northwestern University Department of Theatre

Free, Reservations Required. RSVP here.



Fefu and Her Friends by María Irene Fornés
Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30pm | Rivendell Theatre Ensemble | 5779 N. Ridge Ave.
Presented by Rivendell Theatre
Directed by Jessica Fisch

Fefu, a well-to-do philanthropist, invites her closest female friends to her home to rehearse a politically subversive play they plan to present at a charity event. In the absurdist scenes that follow, the women explore their relationships, their bonds with the men who control their lives, and how power is simultaneously desired and relinquished. Free, Reservations Required. For reservations please call 773.334.7728 or reserve online here.



Mud by María Irene Fornés
Thursday, February 25 at 7:30pm | The Den Theatre | 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Presented by the Hypocrites Theater Chicago

In a desperately poor rural community, a young woman tries to pull herself out of the conditions into which she was born. When she brings home an older man, tensions come to a head and escaping home becomes a matter of life and death. Free, Reservations Required. For reservations please call 872.205.6525 or reserve online here.



Sarita by María Irene Fornés
Friday, February 26 at 7:30pm | Polk Rehearsal Room at Goodman Theatre
Presented by Goodman Theatre
Directed by Tlaloc Rivas

After an unplanned pregnancy at age 14, Sarita runs away from home and into the arms of her schoolyard crush. Romance, lust, rage and madness swirl around her as the years pass and bring with them a series of complicated loves. Free, Reservations Required. RSVP here.



The Conduct of Life by María Irene Fornés
Saturday, February 27 at 1pm | Healy Theatre at DePaul University | 2350 N. Racine
Presented by The Theatre School at DePaul University
Directed by Lisa Portes

Something’s rotten in an unnamed Latin American country where Orlando, a lieutenant specializing in torture, and his wife live a seemingly comfortable existence. But as Orlando’s unusual and unsettling passions mount, a terrible secret kept in the basement threatens to explode. Panel discussion immediately following the performance. Scholars and artists discuss the impact and legacy of María Irene Fornés’ work. Panelists include Migdalia Cruz and Brian Herrera. To reserve tickets to the reading and panel discussion call 773.325.7900 or email TheatreBoxOffice@DePaul.edu.



Poetry of Bolaño, Márquez and Galeano
Monday, February 29 at 7:30pm | Aguijon Theater | 61 W. SUPERIOR ST.
Presented by The Poetry Foundation and Aguijon Theater

The poetry of Roberto Bolaño, Gabriel García Márquez and Eduardo Galeano is among the most vivid and haunting in contemporary literature. Performances of the outstanding writings of these three uniquely Latin American artists will be presented by Aguijón Theater. Click here to learn more.



These events are free and open to the public. Reservations are required.



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Feb 15: Sycamore (Reading)


A free public reading of new teen-oriented play Sycamore at Raven Theatre. Sarah Sander’s comedy-drama explores contemporary family life including sibling rivalry between a gay teen and his straight sister.

Monday, February 15, 2016 at 7:30pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Sycamore

By Sarah Sander
Directed by Devon de Mayo

Celia and Henry are teenaged siblings living in an unnamed suburb. Celia is 18, a high school senior who is involved in cheerleading and the drama club. Henry is 16, gay, and is active in mathletics. Both Celia and Henry become romantically interested in their new next-door neighbor John, who recently moved to their town from Los Angeles with his single mom Jocelyn. This is not the first time Celia and Henry have been romantic rivals – their first competition over a boy resulted in incidents which had damaging and lasting impacts on each of them. Will trouble strike again as the two vie for John’s affections? Meanwhile, Celia and Henry’s parents, David and Louise, face stress in their marriage due to David’s reduction in hours as a college professor and need to take on a job as a short order cook in an all-night diner.

The cast will include Tom Hickey, Robyn Coffin, Olivia Shine, Brian Cook, Christopher Ruetten, and Echaka Agba.

This event is FREE and open to the public, though reservations are recommended and may be made by emailing info@raventheatre.com or by calling 773-338-2177.



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Feb 13: Throwing Rice (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: FEBRUARY
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, February 13, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642




Throwing Rice
By Network Playwright Madelyn Sergel
Directed by Dawn Jones

Set in an upscale country club, Throwing Rice takes place during the 12 hour period of the wedding day of two children born to old money. Issues of class, wealth, entitlement, and race are explored amidst the donning of finery, toasts, dancing, and celebration.

This event is FREE ($5 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Feb 8: Any Other Name (Reading)


Williams Street Repertory presents LAB: Theatre Series - Any Other Name
In its expanded commitment to the production of diverse and engaging new plays, WSR’s LAB: Theatre Series presents a forum for more boundary-pushing and edgy programming. These staged readings will feature scripts-in-progress by new and emerging playwrights, as well as exciting plays from established contemporary playwrights. Local artists participate in full-length, script-in-hand staged readings, a uniquely intimate and accessible way to experience the thrill of the page-to-stage process. 

Monday, February 8, 2016 at 7:00pm
at the Raue Center for the Arts | 26 N Williams St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014



Any Other Name by George Brant
Directed by Amy Ferraro

Edward, a struggling young poet, and his American wife, Margaret are on the verge of starvation and have moved to London with a desperate master plan. Edward will steal the poems of John Clark, a noted poet locked away in an asylum and forgotten. Edward must pretend to be Clark and take home a hefty advance from the poet’s old publisher in this dark thrilling early-Victorian tale of love, betrayal and stolen identity.

For more information, click here.


This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are recommended.



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Feb 6: Full Disclosure (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: FEBRUARY
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, February 6, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642




Full Disclosure
By Resident Playwright Arlene Malinowski
Directed by Artistic Director Meghan Beals

A family orbits around their deeply troubled daughter as they struggle with the sudden appearance of her sperm donor father.
Caution: This play is sexually graphic and not appropriate for all audiences.

This event is FREE ($5 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Feb 4: Backstage at the Biograph - Cocked


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 during each of Victory Garden's five season productions! Then, enjoy complimentary wine, beer and snacks as you mingle with members of the casts and design teams at their kick-off party in the Victory Gardens Theater lobby.

Thursday, February 4, 2015 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614







BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH for Cocked
COCKED: Breathing Life into a New Play
Free & Open to the Public
Hosted by Literary Manager Isaac Gomez

Featuring director Joanie Schultz and actors Patrese D. McClain, Kelli Simpkins, and Mike Tepeli.

From reading a first draft to opening night, new plays are always changing and evolving. What does the collaborative process of developing new work look like from the point of view of the actors? Get a first hand look at the actors perspective of working on a new play, from last minute script alterations to full-blown plot changes, and what it takes to realize Sarah Gubbins’ Cocked at this open rehearsal kick-off party with the actors of Cocked and director Joanie Schultz. Then, enjoy a complimentary reception and mingle with the cast and creative team to get the inside scoop on the process.


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



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Jan 25: The Driver's Seat - Monthly Reading Series: Tinker to Evers to Chance


Route 66 Theatre Company's The Driver's Seat Monthly Reading Series: Tinker to Evers to Chance
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, January 25, 2016 at 7:30pm

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





Tinker to Evers to Chance
by Mat Smart
Directed by Brian Balcom
Featuring Kelly O'Sullivan and Alfred H. Wilson

"Joe Tinker to Johnny Evers to Frank Chance - the double play combination for the Cubs the only two times we won the World Series in 1907 and 1908."

Route 66 regulars know how much Route 66 loves baseball and the CUBBIES! Don't miss this uniquely Chicago story about the love of baseball and family.

Lauren and her mom Nessa have never missed a Cubs opening day, and this year they're going to reverse the curse! But the bucket boys are drumming and Nessa is nowhere to be found. Her friend and caregiver R.J. is worried. Where did Nessa go, and why? And how is it connected to an old family story about Johnny Evers? Playwright Mat Smart won last year's Jeff Award for new play, and he'll be with us Monday night to talk about his play. Join us!

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jan 25: Mother and Sons Community Event


Northlight Theatre's Shining Lives: A Musical Community Event
The strong relationship that Northlight Theatre has with our surrounding community leads to exciting events that supplement our shows. These events are FREE and open to the public. Mother and Sons runs January 22 - February 27, 2016 in Skokie, IL.

Monday, January 25, 2016 at 2:00pm

at Skokie Public Library | 5215 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60077




INSIDE LOOK: The artistic team of Mothers and Sons will lead a conversation about the prescient themes of Terrence McNally's play and the actors will read a short scene. Some of the topics that will be discussed include:
  • The dynamics of a mother or older parent in the process of grieving a lost child and the themes of regret and forgiveness.
  • The historical context surrounding the play in relation to the gay rights movement and how the movement has changed over time through legislation and social momentum.
  • The conversation around family of choice and what that means today.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jan 16: The Resistance (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: JANUARY
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, January 16, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642




The Resistance
By Network Playwright Helen Valenta

Marek, a European immigrant, still can’t over the fact that he is related to Americans, and now, as he finds himself trapped in the home of his son, the past haunts him, including a long-held prejudice against Germans, and his subsequent renunciation of it after becoming best friends with the one person he wants no part of -- a German.

This event is FREE ($5 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Jan 15: Backstage with BJ: "Mothers and Sons"


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: Mothers and Sons
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. Mothers and Sons runs January 22 through February 27, 2016 in Skokie, IL.

Friday, January 15, 2016 at 12:00pm
at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts | 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077



Join Northlight Theatre Artistic Director BJ Jones and special guest artists on Friday, January 15th at noon for behind-the-scenes insight into Mothers and Sons while it is still in rehearsal. Backstage with BJ will last approximately one hour.

FREE but RSVP is required. Call 847.679.9501 x3605 to RSVP.



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Jan 13: Fillet of Solo Festival 2016 Free Kick-Off Event


Lifeline Theatre: Fillet of Solo Festival 2016 Kick-Off Event
Live Lit (n): A fast-growing genre of live performance that involves a microphone, a story and an audience, typically performed in a bar or bookstore. Chicago’s Live Lit scene is a rapidly-growing community of people who gather to tell and listen to stories. While storytelling as an art form dates back to ancient times, the current evolution of the form has recently exploded in popularity. On any given night in Chicago, you can find a place to listen to stories as an audience member or to test out your work as a writer-performer.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Mayne Stage | 1328 W Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626




At the Fillet of Solo Kick-Off Night, join host Don Hall for an evening of performance and conversation with numerous storytellers participating in Fillet of Solo, including Minita Gandhi, Julie Ganey, Nestor Gomez, Tyler Greene, David Kodeski, Jeremy Owens, and Amy Sumpter. Learn about the form, the history of the Fillet of Solo Festival, and details on Chicago's many storytelling nights from the people who make them happen, and hear stories of different styles interspersed throughout.

At the event, Fillet of Solo Festival Passes will be offered at a special discounted rate of only $25 (regularly $50).

This event is FREE and open to the public. No reservations required. Contact the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477 for more information.



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Jan 12: VG Reading Series: Modern Slave


Victory Gardens Reading Series
The VG Reading Series features monthly readings of new plays. This regularly scheduled program of play readings will provide playwrights a platform to develop their plays-in-progress, and will give audiences opportunities to experience exciting new work throughout the year. The Reading Series adds to their current programming of world premiere and new plays on their mainstage season and their IGNITION Festival of New Plays.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614




Modern Slave
By Elaine Romero
Directed by Erica Weiss

When Andrea finds a hand-scrawled note from a Chinese sweatshop worker in the pocket of her designer coat, she sets off on a passionate journey to free him. Little does she know that this journey to freedom takes her down a rabbit hole of globalization & the complicated world of modern slavery as she struggles to keep up with the world (and workers) around her.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jan 11: The Old Friends and A Loss of Roses - Open Rehearsal


Raven Theatre: The Old Friends and A Loss of Roses
Join Raven Theatre and see a scene in rehearsal - and get behind the scenes insight into set design. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2016 from 6:45pm to 8:00pm
at Raven Theatre | 6157 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660



Meet Jeff Award winning set designer Jeffrey D. Kmiec, who will talk about the challenges of designing sets for both their spacious East Stage and their intimate West Stage. You'll also be treated to a short scene from The Old Friends, which begins performances January 27.


This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP to john.olson@raventheatre.com to attend.



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Jan 11: The Making of Marjorie Prime


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 their designers and other experts, who will walk you through the process of preparing for and executing a show.

Monday, January 11, 2016 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Books on Vernon | 664 Vernon Ave, Glencoe, IL 60022




Literary Manager Bobby Kennedy will lead a 1-hour conversation and question-and-answer session with actress Mary Ann Thebus. The pair will discuss Thebus’s storied acting career in Chicago, how she developed the two very distinct versions of the character Marjorie that she performs in the play, and what it is like to perform in the intimate bookstore venue for the first time.


FREE but registration is limited. This event is now full. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please contact the box office at 847-242-6018 and they will let you know if a seat opens becomes available.



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Jan 9: Koalas (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: JANUARY
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, January 9, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642




Koalas
By Network Playwright J. Joseph Cox
Directed by Elizabeth Swanson

The only thing more territorial than the koala living in Ray’s yard is Ray himself. When his domain is unexpectedly invaded by his unemployed brother and gender nonconforming daughter, Ray clings to his status of man of the house like a koala does a tree. Can a twentieth-century man survive the dawning of the twenty-first? 

This event is FREE ($5 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Dec 6: Sunday Spotlight Marjorie Prime


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 experiences of Holocaust survivor Aaron Elster in a layered discussion around The Diary of Anne Frank and explored the nature of suspicion in Doubt: A Parable with the Director of Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions Karen Daniel.

Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 3:30pm
Books on Vernon | 664 Vernon Ave, Glencoe, IL 60022




Sunday Spotlight:
Is Artificial Intelligence good and when will it get here? Join Writers Theatre for a 45-minute conversation with Douglas Downey, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at Northwestern University. Downey will discuss the real impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on humanity and offer insight from the field on its benefits and costs. And, as the characters in the “near future” setting of the play grapple with using technology to treat aging, grief and memory loss, Writers Theatre will explore how close we really are to such developments and what they could mean for future generations.


Majorie Prime:
This clever and captivating new drama explores what it means to be human, the complicated nature of familial relationships and the moments in life that we might choose to forget, if given the chance. Directed by Kimberly Senior in the bookstore venue, Marjorie Prime will take audiences on a twisting journey into uncharted theatrical terrain.


FREE but seating is limited. RSVP is required. To RSVP, contact the box office at 847-242-6000.



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Dec 5: The Arteests


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: DECEMBER
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, December 5, 2015 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642




The Arteests
By Resident Playwright Jon Steinhagen
Directed by Artistic Director Meghan Beals

In 1966 Chicago, two average couples are inspired to turn larcenous when circumstances land Picasso's commission check (for the huge sculpture about to be built in Civic Plaza, and which he refused) in their laps; what follows is a caper laden with newly minted doubts of their own self-worth.

This event is FREE ($5 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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