Behind the Curtain

May 28 - Jun 26: Spartan Workshop by the Spartan Theatre Company


Spartan Workshop
Spartan Theatre Company continues their tradition of developing exciting new works from up-and-coming local playwrights with their staged reading series to be presented at the historic Chicago Cultural Center. Five one-act scripts were selected for development and will be presented over five weeks.

Saturday, May 28 through Sunday, June 26, 2016 (Saturday and Sundays at 3:00pm)
Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater, 1st Floor | 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, IL 60602




Based on audience feedback, one script will be chosen for a full production at this coming September's Chicago Fringe Festival. Come be a part of the process as Spartan develops original work from Chicago's finest playwrights.


Sick
written by Spenser Davis
directed by Angie Forshee
This intimate two-character drama dives into trauma, art, and the road to recovery--as well as the binding ties of sisterhood.
Performances: Saturday, May 28 and Sunday May 29 at 3:00 PM

The Last Sane Man
written by Amy Crider
directed by Natalie Sallee
This one-act tackles mental illness, college campus ethics, and the challenges of acknowledging one's sexuality and sense of self.
Performances: Saturday, June 4 and Sunday June 5 at 3:00 PM

Snapshots
written by Nelson Rodriguez
directed by Derek Van Barham
This innovative one-act bends the rules of time and space, painting a portrait equal parts broad and deep of loneliness and the search for a remedy.
Performances: Saturday, June 11 and Sunday June 12 at 3:00 PM

40 Minutes to Howard
written by Creg Sclavi
directed by Daniel Sappington
An adult and a child discover common ground when a typical weekday commute takes an intriguing turn.
Performances: Saturday, June 18 and Sunday June 19 at 3:00 PM

Between Us
written by Kimberly Banks
directed by Andy Monson
A high stakes conversation deals with the harsh realities of the criminal justice system--and how the choices of our past dictate our present condition.
Performances: Saturday, June 25 and Sunday June 26 at 3:00 PM



This event is FREE and open to the public.



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May 24: From Page to Stage Series - Trivia Night: The American Theatrical Canon


From Page to Stage Series - Trivia Night: The American Theatrical Canon
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the tenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Highland Park Public Library | 1930 Glenview Rd., Glenview, IL 60025



Featuring: Chris Jones, Chief Theatre Critic and a Sunday Culture Columnist for the Chicago Tribune

Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody is a mash-up of four of the best-loved dramas in the American theatrical canon. See how much you know about the source material in a lively round of theatre trivia.


FREE but registration is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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May 23: Discord Community Event


Northlight Theatre's Discord 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. Discord runs May 6 - June 12, 2016 in Skokie, IL.

Monday 6, 2016 at 3:00pm

at Wilmette Public Library | 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091




INSIDE LOOK
Artists from Discord will discuss the play, its relevance today, and their preparations for this production.

This event is free and open to the public



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May 21: 10-Minute Play Workshop (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MAY
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, May 21, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



10-Minute Play Workshop

Join Chicago Dramatists for an afternoon of staged readings of 10-Minute Plays, selected through open (public) submissions and directed by the MFA Directing students from The Theatre School at DePaul University. This event is part of a class called "The Director and the New Play Development Process," taught by Artistic Director Meghan Beals.

Plays
JOKES ABOUT TED BUNDY by Gabriella Bonamici, SKY BURIAL by Jeff Bouthiette, GRABASS by Spenser Davis, BLACK GIRL IN THE BATHTUB by Marsha Estell, MARABAR by Sue Pak, LOCKED OUT by Mary Parisoe, SUPER DAD! by Maria Pretzl and SAVING INGE by Loy Webb

Directors
Erin Kraft, Brian Balcolm, Andrew Peters and Nathan Singh



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



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May 21- June 19: Pre-Ambles for Tug of War: Foreign Fire


Tug of War: Foreign Fire Pre-Ambles at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
A half-hour lecture scheduled one hour before the curtain on selected weekend dates, the Pre-Amble examines a CST production both from the point of view of scholarship and performance. This program is free and no reservations are necessary. Dates, times and presenting scholar subject to change. Tug of War: Foreign Fire runs through June 12, 2016 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.



Dates, times and presenting scholar subject to change.

Saturday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. – Regina Buccola
Sunday, May 22 at 12:00 p.m. – Rebecca Fall
Saturday, May 28 at 3:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, May 29 at 12:00 p.m. – Rebecca Fall
Saturday, June 4 at 3:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, June 5 at 12:00 p.m. – Regina Buccola
Saturday, June 11 at 3:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, June 12 at 12:00 p.m. – Regina Buccola
Saturday, June 18 at 3:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, June 19 at 12:00 p.m. – Rebecca Fall

For more information about Chicago Shakespeare Theater's FREE Open Door audience enrichment programs, click here.




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May 14: All the Dying Voices (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MAY
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, May 14, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



All the Dying Voices
By Resident Playwright Reginald Edmund
Directed by Kyle Haden

District Attorney Harrison Just is assigned to the case, when a rookie cop, is suspected of murdering a young black kid. Harrison sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, finds himself standing between an approaching battle between the community he's apart of and the city he serves.

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



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May 16: From Page to Stage Series - Stanley vs Stanley


From Page to Stage Series - Stanley vs Stanley
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the tenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody.

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Glenview Public Library | 1930 Glenview Rd., Glenview, IL 60025



Featuring: WT artists Michael Perez and Matt Hawkins

Stanley Kowalski from Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody (actor Michael Perez) comes face-to-face with Stanley Kowalski from Writers Theatre’s 2008 production of A Streetcar Named Desire (actor Matt Hawkins), to discuss the difference in approach when creating a character from the original source text, as opposed to a new work that is parodying the original.


FREE but registration is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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May 12: From Page to Stage Series - Health Benefits of Humor & Laughter


From Page to Stage Series - Health Benefits of Humor & Laughter
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the tenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody.

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Deerfield Public Library | 920 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, IL 60015



Featuring: Clown, Nurse and Certified Laughter Leader, Debra Joy Hart

Learn how laughter helps your body stay healthy, keeps your mind sharp and helps you keep emotionally connected with other people—and yourself. Debra Joy Hart will lead attendees in laughter exercises, play-filled jocularity and mindful planned spontaneity while also tackling tough subjects such as when to laugh and when to cry.


FREE but registration is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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May 10: From Page to Stage Series - A Streetcar Named Desire (Film Screening)


From Page to Stage Series -  A Streetcar Named Desire Film Screening
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the tenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:30pm
Hosted by Wilmette Public Library | 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091



Featuring: Michael Smith, independent filmmaker, author and film studies instructor based in Chicago

Join Writers Theatre for a screening of the classic film, A Streetcar Named Desire, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Michael Smith, author of the book Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry.


FREE but registration is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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May 9: Becky Shaw (Reading)


Williams Street Repertory presents LAB: Theatre Series - Becky Shaw
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, May 9, 2016 at 7:00pm
at the Raue Center for the Arts | 26 N Williams St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014



Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo

When a couple of newlyweds set up their abrasive and confident friend with a sexy and strange new co-worker, it’s the blind date from hell. Crisis and comedy crackle throughout this firecracker of a play (and a Pulitzer Prize finalist) by Obie Award winning playwright Gina Gionfriddo. This wickedly funny dark comedy sheds light on the unpredictable and dangerous world of modern dating.

For more information, click here.


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



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May 9: From Page to Stage Series - Kickoff


From Page to Stage Series Kickoff
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the tenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody.

Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Glencoe Public Library at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022



Featuring: Co-director Stuart Carden and co-creator and writer Tim Sniffen

The co-director and co-creator/writer of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody discuss the themes of the play, the process of its creation and the challenges of satirizing some of the greatest works in the American Theatre canon. Enjoy coffee and desserts following this annual literary event!


FREE but registration is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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May 8: The Quality of Mercy Project - A First Look Reading of #LOVESTORIES: Inspired by BLACK LIVES MATTER


Piven Theatre Workshop announces The Quality of Mercy Project
Piven Theatre Workshop's production of Dead Man Walking is the centerpiece of the Quality of Mercy Project, a three-month public programming initiative which invites the community to discuss the complex issues arising from the themes of the play. These include, but certainly are not limited to: forgiveness, compassion, the death penalty, mass incarceration, racial inequity, and social justice. Join Piven for art installations, discussion panels, specialty workshops, pop-up performances, and community dialogue.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 3:00pm
at Evanston Public Library | 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201






A First Look Reading of #LOVESTORIES: Inspired by BLACK LIVES MATTER with Fleetwood- Jourdain Theatre (Reading)
#LOVESTORIES: Inspired by BLACK LIVES MATTER by Gloria Bond-Clunie, Marsha Estell and Tania Richard is a play in three parts exploring the breadth of love in a world of deadly conflict. Each playwright takes her turn sharing her gift of writing to tell a story of LOVE. This is a special sneak peek of a world premiere play commissioned by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre.

For more information on The Quality of Mercy programming initiatives and a schedule, please click here.


This event and a majority of The Quality of Mercy programs are FREE and open to the public.



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May 7: Boundaries (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MAY
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, May 7, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Boundaries
By Resident Playwright John Green
Directed by Emmi Hilger, Artistic Director, Something Marvelous

The year is 1993. With Bill Clinton recently elected president, Robert Gray is hopeful that our broken health care system will turn around in time to keep his mentally ill daughter, Emily, off the streets and in a safe mental institution. His son, Chris, an idealistic man on the verge of forty, believes that his Eastern Spiritual Practice is the key to saving this troubled family. Hopes are high. Reality waits in the wings.

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



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Apr 30: 99% Walden (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: APRIL
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, April 30, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



99% Walden
By Resident Playwright Stuart Flack
Directed by Shawn Douglass
Co-hosted by Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

On the hunt for dinner, 3 homeless people find a tattered copy of Thoreau's "classic" in an overflowing park garbage can. While they eat, they begin to read it aloud.


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



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Apr 29: Backstage with BJ: Discord


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: Discord
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. Discord runs May 6 through June 12, 2016 in Skokie, IL.

Friday, April 29, 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, April 29th at noon for behind-the-scenes insight into Discord 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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Apr 25: Curt’s Café Community Conversation- Youth, Stereotyping, and Criminalization: How our Community is Affected


Piven Theatre Workshop announces The Quality of Mercy Project
Piven Theatre Workshop's production of Dead Man Walking is the centerpiece of the Quality of Mercy Project, a three-month public programming initiative which invites the community to discuss the complex issues arising from the themes of the play. These include, but certainly are not limited to: forgiveness, compassion, the death penalty, mass incarceration, racial inequity, and social justice. Join Piven for art installations, discussion panels, specialty workshops, pop-up performances, and community dialogue.

Monday, April 25, 2016 at 6:00pm

at Curt’s Café North | 2922 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201






Curt’s Café Community Conversation- Youth, Stereotyping, and Criminalization: How our Community is Affected (Panel)
This moderated conversation showcases a panel of young men from Curt’s Café North, designed to provide training to at-risk youth in Evanston in both food service and life. To be discussed are the ways criminalization occurs in our community, its lasting effects, and alternatives to the current model for ensuring safety. Conversation will be centered on the stories of young people and how their lives have been impacted by the criminal justice system.

For more information on The Quality of Mercy programming initiatives and a schedule, please click here.


This event and a majority of The Quality of Mercy programs are FREE and open to the public.



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Apr 23: The Black Male Experience in Evanston


Piven Theatre Workshop announces The Quality of Mercy Project
Piven Theatre Workshop's production of Dead Man Walking is the centerpiece of the Quality of Mercy Project, a three-month public programming initiative which invites the community to discuss the complex issues arising from the themes of the play. These include, but certainly are not limited to: forgiveness, compassion, the death penalty, mass incarceration, racial inequity, and social justice. Join Piven for art installations, discussion panels, specialty workshops, pop-up performances, and community dialogue.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

at Evanston Public Library | 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201






The Black Male Experience in Evanston (Panel)
This discussion asks the question: What is it like to be a Black male in Evanston? and explores the history of the black male in Evanston, their current experience, as well as challenges and opportunities this poses for Evanston in the future. Personal testimonies will be shared as well as what the latest research says of race relations among Evanston families, in its institutions, and across its communities. Panelists include Lionel Jean-Baptiste, Circuit Court Judge of Cook County; Bennett Johnson, President, Path Press, Inc.; Nathan Norman, Youth/Young Adult Outreach Worker, City of Evanston; Dino Robinson, Founder of Shorefront and the Shorefront Legacy Center; and Dereck Woods, 28-year volunteer coach of F.A.A.M. (Fellowship of Afro-American Men), and co-founder, Black Men Against Violence.

For more information on The Quality of Mercy programming initiatives and a schedule, please click here.


This event and a majority of The Quality of Mercy programs are FREE and open to the public.



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Apr 23: Celebration of Shakespeare Fireworks


Marking 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's Legacy
In the midst of the world’s largest yearlong celebration of Shakespeare bringing 850 events to more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors throughout 2016, Shakespeare 400 Chicago announces highlights for the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on April 23, 2016, a date which also marks the playwright’s 452nd birthday. The world pays tribute to the playwright’s remarkable legacy on this day—but nowhere with as much spirit as in Chicago.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10:15pm

at Navy Pier | 800 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611       





The April 23rd festivities culminate in a dazzling display of fireworks that will light up the Chicago skyline over Lake Michigan from Navy Pier at 10:15 p.m. The show will be underscored by sweeping musical works inspired by Shakespeare. This special display in honor of Shakespeare’s Quadricentennial will be the very first of Navy Pier’s legendary Aon Firework shows of the season. Chicagoans can snag the best views from the dock or aboard an evening cruise, operating with extended hours especially for the celebration. No other city in the United States plans to stage a spectacle of this magnitude in marking the occasion.


Everyone is encouraged to join Shakespeare 400 Chicago on April 23rd in observing Talk Like Shakespeare Day, an annual event established by Chicago Shakespeare Theater as an occasion for citizens from Chicago and across the globe to bring the words of the playwright into their daily lives. Shakespeare is credited with contributing over 1,700 words and phrases to the English language which we still use today—including “bedazzled,” “swagger” and “new-fangled.” Take part in the festivities online at www.talklikeshakespeare.org and on social media at #TalkLikeShakespeareDay. For the most up-to-date information about programming, tickets and event venues, go to www.shakespeare400chicago.com.

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.


Apr 19: The Quality of Mercy Project - The Innocent by Lauri Feldman Fisher


Piven Theatre Workshop announces The Quality of Mercy Project
Piven Theatre Workshop's production of Dead Man Walking is the centerpiece of the Quality of Mercy Project, a three-month public programming initiative which invites the community to discuss the complex issues arising from the themes of the play. These include, but certainly are not limited to: forgiveness, compassion, the death penalty, mass incarceration, racial inequity, and social justice. Join Piven for art installations, discussion panels, specialty workshops, pop-up performances, and community dialogue.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7:00pm

at Evanston Public Library | 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201






The Innocent by Lauri Feldman Fisher (Film Screening)
A screening and discussion of The Innocent, a documentary about men and women wrongly sentenced to death who lived to tell about it. The director, subjects of the film, and members of the justice community will be present for a discussion immediately after the screening. Premiered at Chicago International Documentary Film Festival where it was chosen as audience favorite.

For more information on The Quality of Mercy programming initiatives and a schedule, please click here.


This event and a majority of The Quality of Mercy programs are FREE and open to the public.



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Apr 18: The Making of Arcadia


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, April 18, 2016 at 6:30pm
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022




Literary Manager Bobby Kennedy will lead a 1-hour conversation and question-and-answer session with actors Scott Parkinson (Bernard Nightingale) and Elizabeth Stenholt (Thomasina Coverly). Scott is a veteran performer at Writers Theatre (Hedda Gabler, Hamlet, Crime & Punishment), while Elizabeth is making her debut in Glencoe. The pair will discuss their acting careers, how they rehearsed this incredibly sophisticated play, and what it is like to perform in the inaugural production in the new Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre.


FREE but registration is required. To RSVP, please click here.



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