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


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

Monday, October 24 2016 at 7:30pm

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





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

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

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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


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

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



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

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


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Oct 22: I Carry Your Heart (Reading)


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

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



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

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


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



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Oct 17: The Making of Julius Caesar


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, October 17, 2016 at 6:30pm
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022



Movement Director Breon Arzell will discuss how the creative team came up with a distinct physical vocabulary for this production of Julius Caesar and how the assassination and destruction of Rome scenes were choreographed.

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



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Oct 15-16: Open House Chicago


Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago (OHC) is the city’s annual architecture festival. For one weekend in October you can explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. From mansions to sacred spaces, theaters to private clubs, hotels to secret rooms—OHC gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great spaces that are rarely, if ever, open to the public.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 through Sunday, October 16, 2016
Chicago, IL



Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free.

Have you ever walked by a building and thought, "I wish I could see what's inside?" Now you can. Tour soaring skyscrapers, repurposed mansions, opulent theaters, exclusive private clubs, private offices and breathtaking sacred spaces.

For more information on how to participate, please click here.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Oct 15: My Last Will and Testament (Reading)


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

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



My Last Will and Testament
By Resident Playwright Alumnus David Barr III
Directed by DeMone with Musical Direction by Dr. Keith Hampton

On the eve of the Civil Rights Movement the renowned educator and social activist Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Florida’s Bethune-Cookman University, delivers her final public address. Through her reflective oratory this proud daughter of former slaves recounts her Odyssean struggle in overcoming Jim Crow segregation and debilitating sexism. Her devoted friend Eleanor Roosevelt affectionately called Bethune “The First Lady of Negro America” as she evolved into arguably the country’s most influential humanitarian; indefatigably leading the charge against discrimination and gender bias across all races.


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



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Oct 4: Women in Politics: Always On Stage


Northlight Theatre's Women in Politics: Always on Stage
Join Northwestern University Faculty members and actors from The City of Conversation as they discuss the role women have played in politics over the last five decades, and how women’s place on the national stage is now being portrayed on the theatre stage.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 6:00pm
at Evanston Public Library 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL 60201




Featured guests include Alice Eagly, James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Laurel Harbridge Yong, Associate Professor of Political Science. Artists will also share a scene from the play and discuss the real women who inspired it.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Oct 3: Interplay: Faceless


Northlight Theatre's Interplay: Faceless
This new play, premiering in January, depicts an American teen that has been radicalized by ISIS. Now on trial for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism, a young female Muslim lawyer has been appointed to the prosecution. Catch a glimpse of this timely new drama while still in the process of new play development.

Monday, October 3, 2016 at 7:00pm
at Northlight Theatre | 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077




This reading is a part of Northlight’s Interplay Program, providing customized support for new work in the critical stages of early play development. Post-show discussion with the playwright immediately following the reading.

This event is FREE (suggested donation of $10) and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. To RSVP, click here.



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Oct 2: Sunday Spotlight - Julius Caesar


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, October 2, 2016 following the 2:00pm performance
The Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022




Sunday Spotlight:
This event directly follows the conclusion of the 2pm matinee performance. Start time is approximate.


Julius Caesar:
Shakespeare’s masterpiece of power and conspiracy, friendship and betrayal, stands as the greatest political drama ever written. Caesar made Rome the world’s most powerful Empire through his brilliant military strategies, and upon his return from the wars wishes for a reluctant Republic to crown him King. When his fellow Senators decide that his advancement must be halted, they come to a brutal and extreme solution: the great man must fall.


FREE but seating is limited. RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.



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Sep 28: Lyric From the Inside


Lyric Unlimited Presents Lyric From the Inside
To celebrate the start of their new season, Lyric invites you to explore the inner workings of our world-renowned opera company with behind-the-scenes access, an array of demos and hands-on activities, and a short performance of live opera music.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
at Lyric Opera of Chicago | 20 N Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606




  • Enter via the Civic Opera House loading dock on Wacker Drive
  • Walk on stage through the set of the new production of Das Rheingold
  • Visit the orchestra pit
  • Try on costumes
  • See tech and stagecraft demonstrations
  • Enjoy a short live opera performance by a member of The Ryan Opera Center

 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are not required. To RSVP, click here.



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Sep 28: Inside Look: The City of Conversation


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

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 10:30am
at Highland Park Public Library 494 Laurel Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035




Approximately one hour.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Sep 24: New Residents Showcase (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: SEPTEMBER
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, September 24, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The Remarkable Journey of the First Fruits
by Resident Playwright Alumna Susan Lieberman and Network Playwright Jeff Bouthiette
Directed by Jay Steigmann

First Fruits
is a family musical that views the Jewish holiday of Shavuot at three turning points in history -- Jerusalem in 69 AD, Spain in 1492 and the Lower East Side in 1910. Faced with obstacles in each era, a young woman and her aunt must find new ways to celebrate the harvest festival.


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



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Sep 24 - Oct 9: Pre-Ambles for Tug of War: Civil Strife


Tug of War: Civil Strife 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: Civil Strife runs through October 9, 2016 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.



Dates, times and presenting scholar subject to change.

Saturday, September 24 at 3:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, September 25 at 12:00 p.m. – Regina Buccola
Saturday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, October 2 at 12:00 p.m. – Regina Buccola
Saturday, October 8 at 3:00 p.m. – Stuart Sherman
Sunday, October 9 at 12:00 p.m. – Stuart Sherman

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




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Sep 22 - Oct 1: Her Story Is Our Story - 2016 Fall Festival Play


Artemisia presents Her Story is Our Story, Fall Festival 2016
Artemisia produces plays that empower women, gives playwrights career-altering opportunities and brings groundbreaking new theatre to Chicago audiences, who are engaged as a vital part of Artemisia’s play selection process. Pick your next theatrical adventure at Artemisia’s 2016 Fall Festival. For the sixth year in a row, Artemisia stages six cutting-edge and all-new feminist plays. Performances are September 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th & October 1st.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 through Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7:30pm
at Edge Theatre | 5451 N. Broadway , Chicago, IL 60640





Join Artemisia for a one-of-a-kind event in Chicago Theatre. Artemisia’s annual Fall Festival features visionary yet timeless feminist plays with dynamic leading characters seeking full production. Each night a new play is staged by Chicago’s outstanding pool of talent and is free to the public. From this thrilling lineup, the audience chooses Artemisia’s next world premiere. Audience members must attend a minimum of three readings to receive a voting ballot.

This year’s emotional, relatable and female-empowering plays are:

IMAGE by Jack Rushen

BLACK SUPER HERO MAGIC MAMA by Inda Craig-Galván

SWEET TEXAS RECKONING by Traci Godfrey

MR. PINK by Rick Kinnebrew

THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF EDNA FLINT by Anne Walaszek

CIRCULAR by Laura Shamas

For a complete listing of plays and performance times and for more information click here


FREE but reservations are strongly encouraged. Seating is limited. To reserve your seats click here.



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Sep 21 - Oct 9: New Stages Festival


Founded in 2004, the New Stages Festival is a celebration of innovative new plays, and is designed to give playwrights an opportunity to take risks and experiment.
Since its inception, New Stages has offered theatergoers a first look at adventurous new plays, many of which have gone on to receive successful full productions at the Goodman and elsewhere—including Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined. Please join Goodman Theatre for this year’s festival which features an exciting roster of developmental productions and staged readings. See below for a full line-up.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 through Sunday, October 9, 2016
at Goodman Theatre | 170 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60601





DEVELOPMENTAL PRODUCTIONS

Blue Skies Process
By Abe Koogler | Directed by Henry Wishcamper
September 21 - October 8, 2016

To make something new. That's the task facing co-workers Amy, Peter and Kenny. To bolster their efforts, the team’s visionary leader has mandated a “blue skies process”: no hierarchy, everything is on the table and everyone's equal. Except they're not. Underneath the veneer of workplace civility, an epic power struggle is unfolding. Hilariously absurd and darkly menacing, Blue Skies Process pokes fun at office politics but takes the process of creation very, very seriously. Reserve tickets here


Support Group for Men
By Ellen Fairey | Directed by Kimberly Senior
September 23 - October 9, 2016

Every Thursday night in an apartment on the border of Wrigleyville and Boystown, four men gather—not to blow off steam at a Cubs game, but as a make-shift support group complete with invented Native American names, a baseball bat/talking stick, and most importantly a ‘no women’ policy that is strictly enforced. But when a gender non-conforming visitor abruptly crashes their party, the guys’ traditional notions of masculinity are upended. This topical comedy spotlights the many ways gender functions in an increasingly non-binary world—and proves help can sometimes be found in the most unlikely places. Reserve tickets here.


The King of Hell's Palace
By Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig | Directed by Tea Alagić
September 25 - October 9, 2016

For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee’s father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a Chinese American men’s club formed a 150 years ago. But when her father goes missing, Lauren must plunge into the rabbit hole of San Francisco’s Chinatown and confront a world both foreign and familiar. Reserve tickets here



STAGED READINGS

And Moira Spins
By Kirsten Greenidge | Directed by Lisa Portes
Saturday, October 8 at 10:30AM

Determined to have a perfect vacation with her sisters, Lavinia has dropped off her kids at camp and rented a summer house. Her siblings, however, bring along their own baggage that threatens to ruin Lavinia’s meticulously planned week. And when their long-estranged stepmother shows up out of the blue, dormant tensions boil to the surface, forcing the women to face their cherished notions of family and how far they will go to preserve those beliefs. Tickets are sold out. For more information click here.


Florissant & Canefield
By Kristiana Rae Colón
Saturday, October 8 at 2:00PM

Colliding in the fevered arena of a civil rights renaissance, a newly formed alliance of protesters is forced to put their nascent ideologies to the test in the quest for new visions of justice. Located at the intersections of tear gas and teddy bear memorials, of policeman Darren Wilson and teenager Michael Brown, of looting and liberation, Florissant & Canfield refracts the realities of Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. Reserve tickets here.


Amy and the Orphans
By Lindsey Ferrentino | Directed by Scott Ellis
Sunday, October 9 at 10:00AM

When their 85-year-old father dies, sparring siblings Maggie and Jake must break the news to their sister Amy, who has Down syndrome and lives in a state care facility. As they travel to their father’s memorial service with Amy and her straight-talking caregiver in tow, Jake and Maggie try to save the family by reintegrating Amy back into their lives—but soon must confront the truth about how truly far apart they’ve all grown. Reserve tickets here.



These events are FREE and open to the public.



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Sep 17: New Residents Showcase (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: SEPTEMBER
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, September 17, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



New Residents Showcase
By New Resident Playwrights Georgette Kelly, Susan H. Pak, Isaac Gomez, Ricardo Gamboa, and Jay Torrence

Selected scenes from the work of their new Resident Playwrights, followed by interviews with the writers.

MARABAR by Susan H. Pak, directed by Cary Shoda, Artistic Director of A-Squared Theatre Company

BURNING BLUEBEARD by Jay Torrence, director TBA

THE REAL LIFE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY DE LAS ROSAS by Ricardo Gamboa, director TBA

IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE, by Georgette Kelly, directed by Vanessa Stalling, Artistic Director of Oracle Theatre

THE DISPLACED by Isaac Gomez, director TBA


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



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Sep 16: Voter Registration


Northlight Theatre's Voter Registration
Exercise your right to vote! Voter registration will be available pre-show, at intermission, and post-show, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Evanston.

Friday, September 16 before the show at 8:00pm & Saturday, September 17 before the show at 8:00pm
at Northlight Theatre | 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077




To register, one must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen.
  2. Be 18 years old by the General Election Day.
  3. Have been a resident of your precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
  4. Present two forms of ID, one of which must have your current address. This can be a driver’s license, state ID, utility bill, checkbook.

The Evanston League is a nonpartisan political organization with a rich history of voter and citizen education in the Evanston community. Members are women and men of every age, race, background and political perspective who believe that informed citizens are the key to effective government.

This event is FREE. For more information, please click here.



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Sep 10: Solo Show: From Page to Stage (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: SEPTEMBER
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, September 10, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Solo Show: From Page to Stage
By Margaret Ghielmetti, Ralph Gerbie, RC Riley, Kathleen Kollar, Raymond Wohl, Theresa Puskar, and Doug Widowski
Directed by MT Cozzola, Emmi Hilger, and Erin Kraft

Join Chicago Dramatists for an afternoon of excerpts from work-in-progress solo shows, developed in Arlene Malinowski’s “Page To Stage” class


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



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Sep 9: Backstage with BJ: The City of Conversation


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: The City of Conversation
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. The City of Conversation runs September 15 through October 23, 2016 in Skokie, IL.

Friday, September 9, 2016 at 12:00pm
at Northlight Theatre | 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077




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

Approximately one hour.

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



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Sep 8: Backstage at the Biograph - Hand to God


Victory Gardens Theater: BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH
A new, free event series that takes you behind-the-scenes for an in-depth look at a unique aspect of the rehearsal process! Then, enjoy complimentary wine, beer and snacks as you mingle with members of the cast and design team at the kick-off party in the Victory Gardens Theater lobby.





Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH- Hand to God: Puppet Talk
Hosted by Director of New Play Development Isaac Gomez

Featuring puppet director Daniel Dempsey, puppet designer Rachel Christianson, director Gary Griffin, and members of the cast of Hand to God

It takes a village to bring a play to life. But what about a puppet? Get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Hand to God star puppet Tyrone at this electrifying open rehearsal event with Hand to God puppet director Daniel Dempsey, puppet designer Rachel Christianson, director Gary Griffin, and members of the cast. Then, stick around for complimentary drinks and snacks while making a sock puppet of your own.

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



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