Behind the Curtain

Jul 21-23: Goodman Theatre 2015/2016 Playwrights Unit


Women Rule the Stage: Join Goodman Theatre for new work from The Playwrights Unit
Each year, the Goodman selects four local playwrights to develop their work as members of the Playwrights Unit. Throughout the season, the writers meet regularly with the Goodman’s literary staff to read and discuss their works-in-progress. The members are chosen not only for their strong playwriting skills, but also for their aesthetic diversity; because each approaches playwriting differently, they are able to offer unique insights into one another’s work. This July, the Goodman presents staged readings of the works developed this year.

Thursday, July 21, 2016 through Saturday, July 23, 2016
at Goodman Theatre | 170 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60601






Messina
By Jenni Lamb | Directed by Vanessa Stalling
Thursday, July 21, 2016 | 7:30pm | Polk Rehearsal Room

Just as Odysseus was forced to choose between the Scylla and Charybdis in The Odyssey, first-time mother Cora must navigate the world of work and motherhood while trying not to lose herself on the journey. Reserve tickets here


La Havana Madrid

By Sandra Delgado | Directed by Cherl Lynn Bruce
Friday, July 22, 2016 | 7:30pm | Polk Rehearsal Room

In an immersive documentary theater experience inspired by the Chicago nightclub that once existed on the corner of Belmont and Sheffield, audiences are invited to share in the stories of the club’s patrons and musicians while chronicling the history of Caribbean Latino music through the 1960s. Reserve tickets here.


Tony Kushner Considers Writing a Gay Fantasia Based on National Themes
By Calamity West | Directed by Seth Bockley
Saturday, July 23, 2016 | 2:00pm | Polk Rehearsal Room

New York City, 1986. As a young playwright begins the biggest challenge of his life, the ghosts of characters-to-be collide with the real lives of a changing and dangerous metropolis almost a decade before history cracked open. Reserve tickets here


Florissant & Canfield
By Kristiana Rae Colon | Directed by Moly Cole
Saturday, July 23, 2016 | 7:30pm | Polk Rehearsal Room

Colliding in the unlikely Eden of a civil rights renaissance, a newly formed alliance of protesters are forced to put their nascent ideologies to the test in the quest for new visions of justice. The intersection of tear gas and teddy bear memorials refracts the realities of Ferguson in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. Reserve standby tickets here.


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



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Jul 21-31: About Face Youth Theatre presents AD HOC [HOME]


A World Premiere by the About Face Youth Ensemble
About Face Theatre is pleased to present the world premiere of AD HOC [HOME], a devised play exploring “family” written by and featuring members of the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble and directed by AFT Education and Outreach Director Ali Hoefnagel.  

Thursday, July 21, 2016 through Sunday, July 31, 2016
Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center | 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602




AD HOC [HOME] explores queer experiences of given family, chosen family, and the family members we collect and lose along the way. Through storytelling, video, and movement, the critically acclaimed About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble investigates the questions of who we are at our core and how families shape our identities.


This event is FREE ($15 suggested donation) and open to the public. To reserve tickets, please click here. To help About Face nurture new work like AD HOC [HOME], please consider making a $15 donation when you reserve your ticket(s) at checkout. No one will be turned away at the door for lack of ability to donate.



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Jul 18: The Making of Company


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, July 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 Company Choreographer Brock Clawson about creating the dance in the show in collaboration with the music and text.

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



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Jul 16: The Lost Bar Mitzvah Speech of Jesus (Reading)


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



The Lost Bar Mitzvah Speech of Jesus
By Network Playwright Blake Levinson
Directed by Associate Artistic Director Rachel Edwards Harvith

Long before he died on the cross for our sins or even earned the nickname "Messiah," Jesus was just your typical, skinny Jewish kid from the east side of Nazareth. But that all changes the night before his bar mitzvah when he finds himself facing a family crisis of biblical proportions. And it’s all his fault.


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



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Jul 13: I Wanna Be a Producer - Book Signing


League of Chicago Theatres to welcome I Wanna Be A Producer author John Breglio
The League of Chicago Theatres will host a speaking engagement and book signing event with John Breglio for his new book I Wanna Be a Producer : How to Make a Killing on Broadway...or Get Killed

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7:00pm
in the Owen Theatre at the Goodman Theatre | 170 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60601




John Breglio has spent nearly 40 years working in all sectors of the entertainment industry, including theater, motion pictures, publishing, and music. As an entertainment lawyer, he was instrumental in helping his clients to produce and finance plays, musicals, and films. In 2008, he retired from his law practice to produce plays, musicals, and films independently, including the critically-acclaimed revivals of A Chorus Line and Dreamgirls.

About the book
What does a producer actually do? How does one travel from that great idea for a show to a smash hit opening night on Broadway? In I Wanna Be a Producer: How to Make a Killing on Broadway...or Get Killed (Applause Theater and Cinema Books Hardcover; April 19, 2016; $29.99), John Breglio shares an exceptional road map for the hows and wherefores, the dos and don'ts of producing a Broadway play. In this highly informative book, Breglio offers practical concepts for the aspiring producer and entertains with great personal anecdotes from his illustrious career as a leading theatrical lawyer and producer.  

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made at www.bit.ly/bregliochicago.



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Jul 13: The Freshness Initiative - Tilikum (Reading)


Sideshow Theatre Company presents The Freshness Initiative
This year Sideshow Theatre Company invites three of Chicago's hottest playwrights in Chicago to develop brand new, full-length, totally fresh works inside the laboratory of the Freshness Initiative. During the year long program, Sideshow artists and staff will work with each resident writer to develop plays that intersect, explore and explode Sideshow’s aesthetic and mission. The result will be three bold, fresh works for the stage that push audiences expectations of what a Sideshow play might be. Come see each new work showcased in public readings at Victory Gardens coinciding with the conclusion of each Sideshow mainstage show.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7:00pm
at Richard Christiansen Theatre at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60614



Tilikum
by Kristiana Rae Colón
directed by Marti Lyons and Dawn Renee Jones

On the wet crags of a marine theme park pool, a sprightly orca trainer dangles a treat for her captive killer whale. The dark shadows of his wives, calves, and grandcalves float past the back glass of the stadium pool. Above, in a cramped control booth, the park owner considers the dangerous weight of his investment. Tilikum, inspired by the CNN documentary Blackfish featuring the shocking story of the eponymous whale, is a lyrical investigation of captivity, rebellion, and the savagery of enclosure.


This event is FREE and open to the public. For tickets, please RSVP to tickets@sideshowtheatre.org.



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Jul 11: The Chicago Inclusion Project: Saint Joan (Reading)


The Chicago Inclusion Project Partners with Writers Theatre on staged reading of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan
The mission of The Chicago Inclusion Project is to create inclusive theater experiences that illuminate our shared human story by bringing together Chicago artists and audiences normally separated by physical ability, gender identity and ethnic background, providing inspiration and resources for the Chicago community to embrace inclusive programming in the arts.

Their professional staged reading series will highlight contemporary classics and will be performed by Chicago artists of various ethnicities, physical abilities and gender identities.

Monday, July 11, 2016 at 7:30pm
at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Ct, Glencoe, IL 60022






The reading of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan at Writers Theatre will feature an inclusive cast of actors, including Charin Alvarez, Joseph Anthony Foronda, Nathan Hosner, Anish Jethmalani, Dan Lin, James Vincent Meredith, Jeff Parker, Julian Parker, Michael Perez, Adam Poss, Phillip Van Lear and Dominique Worsley with Avi Roque in the role of Joan. The reading will be directed by WT Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and stage managed by David Castellanos.



This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are required and will be open soon. For the most up-to-date information about reservations and programming, sign up for the mailing list at www.thechicagoinclusionproject.com or follow The Chicago Inclusion Project on Facebook.



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Jul 10: Sunday Spotlight Company


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, July 10, 2016 at 4:45pm
Green Family Rehearsal Room 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.


Company:
Winner of seven Tony Awards, Company is a witty, sophisticated and deeply honest look at contemporary relationships. Featuring some of Sondheim's best-known songs, including "Side by Side by Side," "Marry Me a Little," and "Being Alive," Company is considered a true masterpiece by one of the finest composers of our time.


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



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Jul 9: The Actuary (Reading)


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



The Actuary
By Resident Playwright Steven Peterson
Directed by Kevin Christopher Fox

Ed Brooks is an actuary, the kind of guy nobody notices. Which helps a lot as he goes backwards in time to rescue his beloved daughter from an unhappy marriage to the man developing Whozit, the latest killer app. It's a romantic comedy in reverse about the choices we make in life.

This is the culmination of a 28-Hour Workshop.


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



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Jun 29-30: AracaWorks: Chicago - New Play Development Workshop


Announcing new play readings at American Theater Company
American Theater Company is excited to announce its third year of AracaWorks: Chicago, a play development workshop in partnership with New York’s The Araca Group, one of Broadway's most innovative producing organizations. This program gives three playwrights a weeklong development opportunity at ATC, culminating in a series of readings that for the first time will be open to the public.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 and Thursday, June 30, 2016
at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613






AracaWorks: Chicago emerged from a collaboration that led to the development of Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, which received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a 2015 Tony Award nomination for Best Play. Last year, AracaWorks: Chicago developed The Goddess of Mercy by Jenny Connell Davis, Snore by Max Posner, and We’re Gonna be Okay by Basil Kreimendahl. Previous submissions to AracaWorks: Chicago include plays by Dan O’Brien, Lauren Yee, Yussef El Guindi, Philip Dawkins and Abe Koogler, whose play Kill Floor was produced in ATC’s 2015-16 Legacy Season.

This year’s AracaWorks: Chicago participants are:


Untitled Matriarch Play
By Nikole Beckwith | Directed by Erica Weiss | Wednesday, June 29, 2016 | 4:00pm

On the eve of her 55th birthday, Lorraine’s surprise announcement that she is having a son via a surrogate throws the lives of three generations of women into chaos. Her defiance of societal norms causes her four daughters to question their own positions on motherhood. Playwright Nikole Beckwith explores how difficult it is to escape the realities of motherhood and the legacy that our parents set before us.


Ontario Was Here
By Darren Canady | Directed by Lavina Jadhwani | Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 10:00am

Two caseworkers face off over the future of a young boy named Ontario. Penni, Ontario’s caseworker, wants the boy removed from his home while Nathan, representing his mother, argues to keep the family together. Nathan lets his personal feelings get in the way of professional choices, which leads to disastrous consequences.


The Quiet Ones

By Mary Elizabeth Hamilton| Directed by Sean Graney | Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 2:00pm

Katherine, an aging kindergarten teacher who has built a quiet and comfortable life, becomes caught in the middle of an alleged playground altercation that shakes up her carefully maintained placidity. At home, her familial life is haunted by her son’s fast-approaching wedding and the impending reunion with her ex-husband. This disruption on both sides of her life creates an insurmountable struggle to maintain control.



FREE but reservation is required. Space is limited. Call (773) 409-4125 or ORDER ONLINE to RSVP. For more information, click here.



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Jun 27: TimePieces Play Reading - Handbagged


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


Monday, June 27, 2016 at 7:00pm 
at TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657





Handbagged
By Moira Buffini
Directed by Vanessa Stalling

Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatcher, two enduring icons born in the same year. One destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? Moira Buffini’s celebrated new comedy speculates on what the world’s most powerful women really talked about behind closed palace doors.

Following its sell-out success at London’s Tricycle Theatre, where it first premiered in 2014 and won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, Handbagged transferred to the West End for a 4-month season, playing to packed houses and enjoying sensational reviews.

FREE but registration is strongly recommended. Space is limited. Call (773) 281-8483 x6 or ORDER ONLINE to RSVP.



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Jun 27: The Making of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody


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, June 27, 2016 at 6:30pm
Gillian Theatre at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022





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



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Jun 19: Sunday Spotlight Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody


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, June 19, 2016 at 3:30pm
Gillian 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.


Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody:
When a mysterious invitation brings Blanche DuBois back to New Orleans, she finds herself once again face-to-face with the smoldering Stanley Kowalski. They are soon joined by luckless salesman Willy Loman and hard-drinking, hard-fighting couple George and Martha, and suddenly all bets are off. Add a folksy Stage Manager and the comic genius of The Second City team, and the question quickly becomes: Will the American theatre ever be the same?


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



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Jun 17-25: Face the Day - A World Premiere


Face the Day - A World Premiere by the Associate Company Members of The New Colony!
The New Colony develops NEW ART and NEW ARTISTS in order to educate and build NEW AUDIENCES

Friday, June 17 through Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 7:30pm
The Den Theatre | 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622




What would you do if you looked in the mirror and literally saw the person you swore you’d never be? Gill is a TV personality whose life is on track – solid career, lovely fiancé, a baby on the way. Everything is thrown into chaos when Gill has a freak accident on the same day as her estranged mother overdoses. Gill wakes up in the hospital after having had a face transplant. Her new face, however, is one that she recognizes. Face the Day, a sci-fi dramedy, explores if your reflection determines your future. 


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



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Jun 9: Parody and Improv - The Birth of a New Comedy


From Page to Stage Series - Parody and Improv - The Birth of a New Comedy
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, June 9, 2016 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Skokie Public Library | 5215 Oakton St., Skokie IL 60077



Featuring: presenters from The Second City

This energetic and enlightening presentation by The Second City includes an exploration of parody and discussion of how improvisation informs the choices performers make in creating a real person or character.

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



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Jun 6: From Page to Stage Series - The Art of Not Playing by the Rules: Parody, Satire and Mash-Up


From Page to Stage Series - The Art of Not Playing by the Rules: Parody, Satire and Mash-Up
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, June 6, 2016 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Northbrook Public Library | 1201 Cedar Ln, Northbrook, IL 60062



Featuring: Dr. Ben Golobuff, Professor of English at Lake Forest College

Join Writers for an informative lecture that contextualizes Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody by examining the rules and conventions of comedy, parody, and satire, and exploring the emerging art and culture of mash-ups.

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



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Jun 6: Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - The River Niger


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

Monday, June 6, 2016 at 6:30pm

at Hamilton Park Cultural Center | 513 W 72nd St, Chicago, IL 60621





The River Niger
By Joseph A. Walker
Directed by Tyla Abercrumbie

Jeff Williams, a young African-American man, returns home to his family in Harlem after falling short in the Air Force. He reluctantly joins a militant group and is discovered by a police informer, who brings the unrest of South Africa to his door.


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



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Jun 5: Scratch Night


Scratch Night hosted by Adventure Stage Chicago
Adventure Stage is eager to nurture a supportive community for the development of compelling new theater experiences for young audiences and the adults in their lives. For one afternoon, ASC will present up to 10 minutes of five works-in-progress to a supportive audience who is looking at the potential in each piece. Performances will be followed by a facilitated conversation where the artists can ask questions, collect feedback, and gain additional ideas for the forward motion of their project.

Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
at Adventure Stage Chicago at the Vittum Theater | 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago, IL 60642




Join ASC as they support the development of new artistic work for the young audience!

What makes a SCRATCH event unique is that it’s a chance to grow new performative work in relationship to a live audience instead of behind closed doors. The goal is to “scratch” the surface of an idea...not necessarily needing to have all the answers or a finished product, but starting the journey in a supportive environment. Artists are encouraged to take risks, experiment with a radical idea, and see what happens.

This year's SCRATCH slate includes:

Three Long Years - a staged reading by Josh Mattingly
Note To Self - a staged reading by Tobi Mattingly
Hungry - a staged reading by Andrew Marikis
Challenging Christopher Columbus - a staged reading by Jeff Jenkins
The Magic Thread - a musical by Robert Eric Shoemaker



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



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Jun 4: Alice and Celia and Whatever it Takes (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: JUNE
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, June 4, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Alice and Celia and Whatever it Takes
By Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke
Directed by Pat McKenna

Alice is living the dream as an actress with the Whatever It Takes Merry Art Players. But when she offers to make amends to her old pal Celia, Celia seizes the opportunity, moves in on her turf, and pens a new play.

Now Alice must replay her offence—on stage—over and over, as she fights to keep her dream job. Gadzooks, it's a real actor's nightmare!



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



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Jun 3: The House That Will Inspire: A Panel


Victory Gardens Theater partners with Women & Children First
Federico Garcia Lorca's work The House of Bernarda Alba is the inspiration for Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand, opening at Victory Gardens Theater on June 10th. Victory Gardens Theater partners with Women & Children First to moderate a panel with members of the cast as well as literary luminaries to discuss the strong woman characters in both works, as well as the impact of Lorca's literary legacy on modern American theater.

Friday, June 3, 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
at Women & Children First Bookstore | 5233 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640





Ciara Miller, critically acclaimed writer/scholar and a member of Victory Gardens Theater's Council of Community Leaders, moderates a panel of Black women scholars and artists, including Dr. Tara Betts (Essence, NYLON, HBO's Def Poetry Jam). There will be a reception at world-renowned feminist bookstore and gathering place, Women and Children First.

Victory Gardens’ Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley (An Issue of Blood, The Gospel of Lovingkindness) returns with another stirring portrait of historic America. This time Gardley unearths a story of 1836 New Orleans where free women of color are permitted to enter into common-law marriages with wealthy white men. The home and life that Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters, on a foundation of money, freedom and secrets, threatens to collapse after her husband mysteriously dies. Told through Gardley’s signature poetic voice and directed by Chay Yew, The House That Will Not Stand is a powerful and bewitching drama about a family of women filled with desire, jealousy, murder and voodoo.



This event is FREE and open to the public.



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