Behind the Curtain

Mar 16: DanceMakers Session with Urban Bush Women’s Jawole Willa Jo Zollar


The Dance Center: DanceMakers Session with Urban Bush Women’s Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
The Dance Center proudly announces DanceMakers Sessions, a FREE series combining artist discussions, shared practice and experiential learning for a deeper exploration of the choreographic process.

Monday, March 16, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
at American Rhythm Center, Fine Arts Building | 410 S Michigan Avenue, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60605




Master teachers and world-renowned dance artists who have contributed to the progressive landscape of the art form and underscored The Dance Center’s legacy of presenting bold contemporary dance in Chicago will offer unique insights into the crafting and execution of dance gleaned from their many years of making work. Each session is individually designed to reflect the creative aesthetic of the presenting artist and offers the opportunity for meaningful exchange between dancers and dancemakers.

Recommended for professional dance artists, dance students, dancemakers and movement practitioners.


FREE but registration is required. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP.



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Mar 16: Quiver - Public Reading


Route 66 Theatre Company - "The Driver's Seat" Monthly Reading Series
Route 66 Theatre believes that theatre is an invitation to discussion and participation with both artists and patrons. The Road Begins by engaging audiences in the play selection process by putting them in “The Driver’s Seat” with Route 66 Theatre Company's 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 Theatre Company invites you to join them for a relaxed and informal event full of exciting theatre and discussion.

Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7:30pm
at Mrs Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro | 3905 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613




Quiver
By Jenni Lamb

Quiver is the story of twin siblings Adam and Diane’s annual bow hunting trip, which is interrupted when Cassie, Adam’s wife, arrives with their daughter Pearl who has been suspended from school for drinking. Cassie leaves it to Adam to watch over Pearl for the week and keep her out of trouble. She also leaves Adam with the task of telling Pearl that their marriage is ending. The play explores our relationship to our surroundings and habitat. It also delves into the way we experience the end of relationships, childhood, and life itself.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Mar 14 - 28: Chicago Park District Tour of Red Kite, Blue Sky


Chicago Children’s Theatre announces Chicago Park District Tour of Red Kite, Blue Sky
Children on the autism spectrum can participate in free, live theater experience at three park district facilities in March.

Saturday, March 14 -  Saturday, March 28, 2015 | Performances at 10:30am, 11:30 am, and 1:00pm
Independence Park - Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15
Harrison Park - Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22
Ridge Park - Friday & Saturday, March 27 & 28




The performance is free of charge. Registration is required and seating is limited to an audience of 10 CHILDREN, each accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Chicago Children's Theatre can also accommodate a limited number of observers (other parents, siblings, etc.) in each performance.

All registrants will receive a "Social Story" closer to the performance date, which provides an overview of the experience and can be used to help prepare children for attendance.


FREE but registration is required. RSVP for Family and Individual Tickets here. RVSP for Class and Group tickets here.



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Mar 14: Let Hope Rise Monthly Series


Collaboraction's Let Hope Rise Monthly Series
Beginning February 14th, 2015, Collaboraction continues its mission to unite communities, spark dialouge, and incite change with the newly announced Let Hope Rise Monthly Series hosted by Anthony Moseley & Brian Keys.

Saturday, March 14, 2015 | Lunch at 12:00pm, Performance at 1:00pm
at Austin Town Hall | 5601 W Lake St Chicago, IL 60644




Join Collaboraction the 2nd Saturday of every month on the north, south, and west side as they use artistic sharing and community to increase the peace in Chicago.

The day kicks off at noon with a FREE Community meal by Connie's Pizza and is followed by a Variety Show hosted by Anthony Moseley featuring inspirational speakers, performers, and DJ Shon Roka backed by the Let Hope Rise house band.

For more information, click here


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Mar 14: Interrogation


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MARCH
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, March 14, 2015 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL




Interrogation
By Resident Playwright SCOTT WOLDMAN
Directed by SCOTT WESTERMAN

When Ellie Kimbel’s boyfriend graduated college, his family threw a party to celebrate—a party Ellie attended. It was the last thing she ever did. Now everyone is a suspect, no one is innocent, and someone is a murderer. This play is commissioned by and ho-hosted with The Artistic Home.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Mar 10: The August Wilson Monologue Competition- Chicago FINALS


The August Wilson Monologue Competition: Chicago FINALS
High school students compete for a chance to represent Chicago in the national finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition in New York.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
at Goodman Theatre | 170 N. Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60601





The August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC)—a partnership between STM, the UIC CHANCE Program, The League of Chicago Theatres, and the Goodman Theatre—is a national acting competition open to high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. The goal of the Chicago competition is to promote literacy by encouraging the study of works by African-American playwright August Wilson. To participate, students perform a 2-3 minute monologue from one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s Century Cycle. In 2014 over 500 hundred students participated and more than 87% of last year’s participants were of African-American or Latin descent. STM recognizes this opportunity to serve Chicago’s underrepresented communities by encouraging participants to consider college enrollment and to provide support services that positively impact the retention and graduation rates of students of color.

FREE but registration is recommended. RSVP online here.



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Mar 9: Muslim American Artists: Reshaping the Narrative A Panel Discussion


Muslim American Artists: Reshaping the Narrative A Panel Discussion
Move over Muslim boogeyman, the artists are gonna put you out of business! An illuminating and empowering event. The panel is being produced by Silk Road Rising in association with Chicago Dramatists.

Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7:00pm
at Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 West Washington St., Chicago, IL




As part of Silk Road Rising’s ongoing commitment to reclaiming, dissecting, and subverting representation, Silk Road has assembled a panel of five outstanding Chicago-based artists to discuss their work and where it fits against the broader backdrop of American culture, Muslim identity, world events, and the communities from which they hail.

These artists have not been content simply sitting around, waiting to condemn the next atrocity from ISIS; instead, they've been busy Creating While Muslim (that is "Muslim" as each defines "Muslim"). CWM - it's a beautiful thing to watch!

Meet the artists: the comedian, Azhar Usman; the musician, Marwan Kamel; the filmmaker, Rashid Ghazi; the writer, Nura Maznavi; and the playwright, Rohina Malik. The panel will be moderated by Silk Road Rising's founding artistic director Jamil Khoury.

By coming together to discuss their identities as professional artists and Muslim Americans, the panelists will provide us insights that are sorely lacking in the public sphere.


FREE but registration is required. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP.



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Mar 7 - Apr 18: The August Wilson Celebration


The August Wilson Celebration
In honor of the late playwright and his frequent collaborations with the Goodman, the theater will lead a citywide retrospective of his life and work.

Featuring a revival of Wilson’s masterpiece Two Trains Running and concert readings of his nine other “20th Century Cycle” plays, this unprecedented exploration of Wilson’s work includes educational seminars, panel discussions and other special events. Presented in collaboration with over 20 theaters, universities and organizations across Chicago, the Celebration is curated by the Goodman’s Resident Director Chuck Smith and runs March 7 through April 18.

Saturday, March 7, 2015 through Saturday, April 18, 2015




CONCERT READINGS

Fences | Tuesday, March 17 | Goodman Theatre | 7pm

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom | Saturday, March 21 | Logan Center for the Arts | 2pm

Seven Guitars | Tuesday, March 24 | Chicago State University, Breakey Theatre | 7pm

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone | Saturday, March 28 | Beverly Arts Center | 2pm

Gem of the Ocean | Tuesday, March 31 | Historic Pullman Foundation Visitor Center | 7pm

The Piano Lesson | Saturday, April 4 | Evanston Public Library | 2pm

Radio Golf | Monday, April 6 | Court Theatre | 7pm

Jitney | Tuesday, April 14 | Venue TBA | 7pm

King Hedley II | Saturday, April 18 | DuSable Museum | 2pm

Concert readings are FREE. Click here for more information and to learn more about reserving tickets.


PANEL DISCUSSIONS

August Wilson in Chicago | Monday, March 9 | Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium | 6pm

The Women of August Wilson | Sunday, March 22 | Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center | 7pm

August Wilson at Yale | Monday, March 2 | The Theatre School at DePaul University, Fullerton Stage | 7pm

August Wilson in St. Paul, MN | Tuesday, April 7 | Northwestern University, Mussetter-Struble Theater | 12noon

August Wilson in New York | Sunday, April 12 | Goodman Theatre | 6pm

Black Theater in America | Monday, April 13 | Goodman Theatre | 6pm 

Panel Discussions are FREE. Click here for more information and to learn more about reserving tickets.


SPECIAL EVENTS

August Wilson Monologue Competition—Chicago Finals | Tuesday, March 10 | Goodman Theatre | 6pm

Artist Encounter: Two Trains Running | Sunday, March 15 | Goodman Theatre | 5pm

August Wilson: From Poet to Playwright | Wednesday, March 25 | The Poetry Foundation | 7pm

Reading Series: How I Learned What I Learned | Monday, March 30 | Northwestern University, Mussetter-Struble Theater | 7pm

Teaching August Wilson | Saturday, April 25 | Goodman Theatre | 10am - 3pm

Some special events are FREE. Click here for more information and to learn more about reserving tickets.



Concert readings and most special events are open to the public and are FREE. Reservation is required. For more information about reserving tickets and the celebration, click here.



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Mar 7: Civil Wars


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MARCH
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, March 7, 2015 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL




Civil Wars
By Network Playwright CORINNE KAWECKI

It is the morning of July 3, 2013, the 150th anniversary of Pickett’s Charge, a pivotal battle in the American Civil War. In Matthew and Edmond’s condo, Edmond is recreating the battle on his kitchen table. Next door, Natalie is preparing a breakfast tray for her overnight guest, Gwen.

As the morning unfolds, so does the internal garbage that these four people carry, threatening to crush them all.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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March: Pre-Amble for Dunsinane


Dunsinane 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. Dunsinane runs through March 22, 2015 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.




Saturday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m. – Gina Buccola
Saturday, March 14 at 2:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, March 15 at 1:00 p.m. – Gina Buccola
Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. – Gina Buccola


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


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Mar 7: Open House: The One and Only Ivan


Lifeline Theatre KidSeries Open Houses
Bring the whole family and learn more about Lifeline Theatre's KidSeries shows! Kids will meet the cast, watch a scene or song from the show, and experience craft activities based on the play with one of Lifeline's teaching artists. Adults will enjoy coffee and conversation with Lifeline's writers, directors, and educators and get a behind-the-scenes peek at what goes into bringing their children's stories to life.


Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 1:00pm

at Lifeline Theatre | 6912 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60626




The One and Only Ivan
Meet adaptor James E. Grote, director Dorothy Milne, and the cast of Lifeline Theatre's world premiere musical as they present scenes and songs from the show.

These hour-long events are open to the public.


FREE but registration is required. Call 773-761-4477 or email erica@lifelinetheatre.com. RSVP by March 6.



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Mar 6: Backstage with BJ: Outside Mullingar


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: Outside Mullingar
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. Outside Mullingar runs March 13th through April 19, 2015 in Skokie, IL

Friday, March 6, 2015
12:00pm

at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL



Join Northlight Theatre Artistic Director BJ Jones and special guest artists on Friday, March 6 at noon for behind-the-scenes insight into Outside Mullingar 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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Mar 2: DanceMakers Session with Shantala Shivalingappa


The Dance Center: DanceMakers Session with Shantala Shivalingappa
The Dance Center proudly announces DanceMakers Sessions, a FREE series combining artist discussions, shared practice and experiential learning for a deeper exploration of the choreographic process.

Monday, March 2, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
at American Rhythm Center, Fine Arts Building | 410 S Michigan Avenue, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60605




Master teachers and world-renowned dance artists who have contributed to the progressive landscape of the art form and underscored The Dance Center’s legacy of presenting bold contemporary dance in Chicago will offer unique insights into the crafting and execution of dance gleaned from their many years of making work. Each session is individually designed to reflect the creative aesthetic of the presenting artist and offers the opportunity for meaningful exchange between dancers and dancemakers.

Recommended for professional dance artists, dance students, dancemakers and movement practitioners.


FREE but registration is required. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP.



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Mar 1: Meet Amy Timberlake, author of One Came Home


Lifeline Theatre: Meet Amy Timberlake, author of One Came Home
One Came Home was awarded a Newbery Honor by the American Library Association and an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. It has been called "a valentine to sisterhood and a bird that no longer exists" by The Washington Post, and "a rare gem of a novel" by The Christian Science Monitor. Timberlake's earlier books include That Girl Lucy Moon and The Dirty Cowboy. She lives with her husband in Chicago.


Sunday, March 1, 2015 following the 4:00pm performance of One Came Home

at Lifeline Theatre | 6912 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60626



Lifeline welcomes author Amy Timberlake on Sunday, March 1st. Following the 4pm performance of One Came Home, Timberlake will join adaptor Jessica Wright Buha and director Elise Kauzlaric for an audience talkback, and then will sign books in Lifeline Theatre's lobby. The book signing and talkbacks are free and copies of One Came Home will be on sale.


This event is FREE, but tickets to the proceeding performance required.



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Feb 28: Five of Us Staged Reading


Staged Reading of Five of Us at Strawdog Theatre Company
You are invited to a FREE Staged Reading of the the very first play Strawdog Theatere Company produced!

Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 4:00pm
at Strawdog Theatre Company | 3829 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613




FIVE OF US
by Len Jenkins

The performance will be followed by a brief panel discussion about Strawdog's history, as lead by company members new and old!


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 28: Saturday Series - The New Republic


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 28, 2015 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL




The New Republic
By Network Playwright WENDY SCHMIDT

Maximum LXXXVIII—the self-proclaimed greatest animal lover of all time—has led a revolution against his own human race, and set himself up as dictator of The New Republic.

Saddled with a cabinet of nature’s more inept species, Maximum recruits the beautiful and intelligent Francine Fox. But Francine soon discovers the dictator’s own prejudices are most of the problem.

Can Francine save the republic without betraying her fellow beasts, or going to the guillotine herself?


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 28: Stories Come Alive! - The One and Only Ivan


Lifeline Theatre: Stories Come Alive! - The One and Only Ivan
An interactive storytelling session with on-your-feet theatre games exploring the book behind the play — all designed to make positive connections between your children and literature that will last a lifetime.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 10:00am to 11:00am

at the Rogers Park Branch Chicago Public Library | 6907 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60660



Lifeline actors will read from Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan and play drama games with children of all ages (parents welcome too). Lifeline's spring children's adaptation of The One and Only Ivan runs at Lifeline Theatre from March 21-April 26, 2015.       


This event is FREE and open to the public. For further information, call Lifeline's box office at 773-761-4477.



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Feb 27: MCA Talk: Mariano Pensotti


MCA Talk: Mariano Pensotti
One of Latin America’s foremost experimental theater artists, Argentine writer-director Mariano Pensotti makes his Chicago debut with his boldly innovative “filmic drama” in which art and life unfold simultaneously—and the distinction between them blurs.

On a two-level stage, four film crews meet, argue, and shoot four different films in Buenos Aires, seemingly oblivious to one another, while the filmmakers’ own stories unfold on the second level. Pensotti directs five actors in all the roles and conceived the color-saturated stage as two floors—like the split screen of a film. By ingeniously adapting cinematic techniques—flashback, montage, cross-cuts, voice-over—he tells compelling stories about intertwined strangers’ love, loss, joy, and despair. Is life informing art? Or is it the other way around? In Cineastas, it becomes tantalizingly unclear where imagination ends and reality begins.

Friday, February 27, 2015 following the 7:30pm performance

at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago | 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611



Audience members are invited to stay at the end of the performance for a conversation with Mariano Pensotti and collaborators, moderated by Yolanda Cesta Cursach. For more information, click here.         


This event is FREE with museum admission.



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Feb 26: The MECCA TALES Panel Discussion


The MECCA TALES Panel Discussion at IMAN
Join Chicago Dramatists for an informative discussion!

Muslims in America: Misperceptions & Myths will be moderated by Rummana Hussain of Chicago Sun-Times, and featuring Ayesha Aktar, Tahera Rahman and K. Rizwan Kadir.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
at Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) | 2744 W. 63rd Chicago, IL 60629



The Mecca Tales
By Rohina Malik
Directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith

Five American Muslim women of diverse cultural backgrounds meet for the first time in Mecca during the Islamic pilgrimage known as the Hajj. Each pilgrim is encouraged to reveal her unique and personal reason for making this journey. The women must choose whether to reveal themselves and go forward, or to guard their stories and stay behind. The Mecca Tales explores the power of ritual and redemption, and what it means to be an American Muslim Woman.

Previews: March 5, 6, 7, 8
Opening Nights: March 13, 14
Performances: March 15 through April 12

Click here to select performances and purchase tickets for this wonderful play!



This panel discussion is FREE and open to the public. For more information, click here.



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Feb 25: Owning Our Worth Conference - Equity and Equality


Owning Our Worth Conference
Congo Square Theatre Company is celebrating its 15th season with a focus on the theme of the fragility of the mind and how extreme circumstances drive people. As an award-winning ensemble company, Congo Square is extending outreach into new areas of thought, with an exploration of the delicate state of the human mind, and how people often find solutions to extreme circumstances via extreme measures.

To highlight this focus, Congo Square is conducting a nationwide conversation entitled “Owning our Worth”. A series of conversations will culminate in a mini-conference during the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, hosted by the city of Chicago in June 2015. These gatherings will discuss overall sustainability for theaters of color, and will engage key players from theatre groups of color across the country.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

at The Dance Center of Columbia College | 1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60605




Equity and Equality


Larger theaters are now producing African-American theater, and the purpose of culturally-specific theaters is being questioned by great stakeholders, who are essential to the longevity of the Arts in Illinois. The conversation 
will cover diversity and inclusion within the American theatre landscape, and the realities of creating sustainability 
for artists of color and culturally-specific theatre institutions. This series will culminate in a mini-conference during the American for the Arts Convention this June 2015.      

The event is in cooperation with the League of Chicago Theatres and the Joyce Foundation.

MODERATOR:
Sylvia Ewing, journalist and producer, WTTW

PANELISTS:
Michelle Boone, Commissioner, City of Chicago, Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Ben Cameron, Program Director of the Arts, Doris Duke Foundation
Suzanne Connor, Senior Program Officer, Arts and Culture, The Chicago Community Trust
Teresa Eyring, Executive Director, Theatre Communications Group
Ra Joy, Executive Director, Arts Alliance Illinois
Martha Lavey, Artistic Director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Mary McColl, Executive Director, Actors' Equity Association
Angelique Power, Senior Program Director, Joyce Foundation


FREE but registration required. RSVP to TWard@congosquaretheatre.org by Friday, Feb. 20th or click here.



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