Behind the Curtain

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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Feb 25: MCA Studio Mariano Pensotti, Open Doors


MCA Studio Mariano Pensotti, Open Doors
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.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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



Museum visitors are invited to quietly come and go from the theater to observe the artists working on the production Cineastas (Feb 26–Mar 1). For more information, click here.         


This event is FREE with museum admission.



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Feb 22: Interpretations of The Rose Tattoo…and Talking with Tennessee


Shattered Globe Sunday Series: Global Perspectives Post-Show Conversations Exploring THE ROSE TATTOO
Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to offer its new Sunday Series: Global Perspectives, a collection of post-play conversations with audiences, artists and experts exploring the ideas and issues raised in its current production of Tennessee Williams’ THE ROSE TATTOO. The free discussions will take place immediately following each Sunday’s 3 pm performance. THE ROSE TATTOO plays through February 28.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 following the 3:00pm performance of THE ROSE TATTOO
at Theater Wit | 1229 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657




“Interpretations of The Rose Tattoo…and Talking with Tennessee”
With Steve Scott


As Producer at the Goodman Theatre, Steve Scott worked on their production of The Rose Tattoo; he also knew the playwright in his later years. Scott will talk about various interpretations of the play over the years as well as share some “behind the scenes” conversations with Williams from his fabled 70th birthday party in Chicago.


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



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Feb 22: Dividing the Estate Audience Talkback


Raven Theatre hosts talkback for Dividing the Estate
Audience Talkback following the Sunday, February 22 matinee performance of Dividing the Estate, led by Raven Theatre Executive Director Kelli Strickland.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 following the matinee performance 
at Raven Theatre | 6157 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60660




Raven Theatre’s regular audience talkback will give audiences a chance to offer feedback and ask questions of some of the artists involved in the production.


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



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Feb 21: Northwestern University 10-Minute Workshop


Northwestern University 10-Minute Workshop
8th Annual Readings of Graduate Student Plays

Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL






Chicago Dramatists’ professional actors and directors stage readings of short plays and scenes, developed in the Northwestern University Department of Radio/Television/Film’s M.F.A. in Writing for the Screen and Stage program, taught by Resident Playwright Emeriti Rebecca Gilman and Brett Neveu, with Bill Bleich, Thomas Bradshaw, Zayd Dohrn, and Dave Tolchinsky.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 17: Rapture, Blister, Burn CONTEXT The Third Wave: Women, Men and Feminism


Goodman Theatre's Context Series presents: Rapture, Blister, Burn CONTEXT The Third Wave: Women, Men and Feminism
CONTEXT, Goodman Theatre's issues series, engages our community—here at the theater and across the city—in conversations that both illuminate their productions and act as catalysts for deeper exploration. Unlike post-show discussions that focus primarily on the production, CONTEXT events concentrate on particular issues raised within the plays and explore how they resonate in today's culture. CONTEXT offers public space for debate and discussion.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
at Geek Bar Beta | 1941 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622




CONTEXT topics are myriad, and have included concepts of identity and how we define ourselves; the ways race and class play themselves out in our communities; and a call to action for education reform or a critical look at musical mash-up acts. CONTEXT formats vary, ranging from evenings of interactive role playing to panel discussions with local and national experts. Whether on our stage or in your neighborhood, CONTEXT encourages lively discourse beyond the curtain.


Rapture, Blister, Burn CONTEXT The Third Wave: Women, Men and Feminism

The concept of feminism has evolved and changed with each decade. Now, as we experience cultural shifts brought on by technology, globalization, and practices of resistance around the world, how do we use a “Third Wave” feminist lens to critique our world and the choices we make? Join Goodman Theatre for an evening of intimate, small-group discussions on feminism inspired by Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn.

Small group discussions topics include: 
  • The Male Gaze Through an LGBTQ Lens
  • Global Feminism
  • Can Women Have it all?
  • Biases within Feminism
  • Women and Sex in Comedy
  • Slut Shaming
  • Women in Technology, Gaming, and Geekdom
  • #feminism (an inclusive space to discuss any and all feminist topics)

Suggested Materials:
In preparation for our conversations, Goodman Education will compile suggested materials. These articles, podcasts, and videos highlight a myriad of relevant feminist opinions and theories, and will include suggestions from Goodman staff and discussion facilitators alike. After you RSVP, the Education staff will provide you with links to material by email.

FREE but registration is required. RSVP online here.



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Feb 14: Saturday Series - Rocks and Shoals


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 14, 2015 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL




Rocks and Shoals
By Network Playwright JACK O'DONNELL
Directed by JUDY BLUE

During World War II, a young Navy lawyer from a privileged background has his comfortable service in San Francisco (not to mention his office romance) disrupted, when he is assigned to defend an African American sailor accused of inciting a mutiny.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 17: TimePieces Play Reading - The Tiger Among Us


TimeLine Theatre's TimePieces Play Reading Series presents The Tiger Among Us
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. 


Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00pm 
at TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657





The Tiger Among Us

By Lauren Yee
Directed by Lavina Jadhwani

For Lia and her ghetto wannabe brother Pao, being the only Hmong kids in town is tough. It’s even tougher when that town happens to be in outstate Minnesota. And when a stranger’s arrival in the midst of hunting season threatens their tenuous existence, Lia finds herself caught between her family and her dreams in this modern-day midwestern folktale about a Hmong American family and the tenuous bonds that tie us together. From playwright Lauren Yee, whose play Samsara opens at Victory Gardens Theater in February.

Featuring in the cast: Libby Conkle, Joseph Foronda, Kroydell Galima, Lawrence Grimm and Melissa Kong.


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



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Feb 14: Staged Reading - The Plays About the Squirrels


Chicago Dramatists will present a free staged reading of The Plays About the Squirrels by Resident Playwright Mia McCullough
Directed by Interim Artistic Director Meghan Beals McCarthy, the cast includes Cory Krebsbach, Emi Clark, Marguerite Hammersly, Janelle Snow, and Alicia Berneche. 


Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 4:30pm 
at Water Tower Water Works | 163 E. Pearson, Chicago, IL 60611



About The Plays About the Squirrels
Infestation: Sarah and Tom don't want squirrels. They don't want them in their house or on the premises, not even on the fence. It's in the pre-nup. So when Tom accidentally traps a squirrel in their attic and Sarah must call in an exterminator, it nearly tears their relationship to shreds.

Compensation: When Sarah and Tom get the bill from the exterminator, Tom goes on a crusade to get the neighborhood association to cover part of the cost... since squirrels are a public health issue, after all. The neighborhood association doesn't feel the need to pay for other people's "carelessness" in regards to squirrels until one of their powerful members is attacked and has an extermination bill of her own.

Mia McCullough’s plays have been produced at theatres around the country, including Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists, and Stage Left (Chicago), The Old Globe (San Diego), and InterAct (Philadelphia). Mia teaches playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University, as well as teaching yearly playwriting workshops in Chicago Public schools.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 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, February 14, 2015 | Lunch at 12:00pm, Performance at 1:00pm
at Hamilton Park | Englewood 513 West 72nd St., Chicago, IL 60621




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.

Things start off February 14th at Hamilton Park with an AMAZING lineup of performers including...

- Artist/Activist FM Supreme
- Comedian Chris Redd
- The Brickheadz Crew
- Founder of Formers Annonymous Sammy Rangel
- Steven Philpott of Violence Stops Here
- Calvin Small and the Smooth Skaters
- Crime Scene Teen Ensemble

For more information, click here


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 15 - Mar 2: International Voices Project


The International Voices Project 2015
The International Voices Project (IVP) is the largest festival in the United States of contemporary International plays which have been translated into English. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents. IVP is presented in collaboration with the foreign consulates and cultural affairs offices of the consulates of Chicago. IVP has presented 29 plays from 15 countries. All events are FREE and open to the public.

What Will You See at IVP? IVP is presented as a series of staged concert readings. Think ‘radio plays’. The actors will be on stage with minimal sets, lighting and costumes. This allows the audience to focus on the voice of the playwright, and on ideas and language.

Talkbacks and Receptions! Join IVP after each performance for a talkback that explores the thematic and cultural questions raised by the play. Talkbacks create a dialogue between the audience, IVP Executive Director Patrizia Acerra, the director and actors, and IVP Visiting Artists. Each talkback is followed by a free reception with wine and appetizers! Come mingle with the cast and dignitaries.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 through Monday, March 2, 2015
at Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614





Sunday. February 15th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Play: Ramayana
Country: India
Adapted by: Gopal Sharman
Director: Anish Jethmalani
In Collaboration with: Rasaka Theatre
Synopsis: Rama, the prince of Ayodha, is exiled to the forest, but after many adventures he discovers that his wife has been abducted by Ravana, the king of demons, and Rama needs the help of Hanuman and his army of monkeys to rescue her. 
Click here to reserve FREE tickets.


Monday, February 16th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Play: Best Brothers
Country: Canada
Playwright: Daniel MacIvor
Director: Patrizia Acerra
Translated by: No Translator
In Collaboration with: Consulate General of Canada
Synopsis: A bittersweet comedy from one of Canada’s most beloved playwrights that explores the many ways in which we grieve and the love we find in unexpected places. Bunny Best has met her unfortunate end after a mishap at a Gay Days parade. Now her two sons, Kyle and Hamilton, have the task of arranging her funeral and caring for her most beloved companion, a troublesome Italian greyhound named Enzo. In the bustle of obituary-writing, eulogy-giving, and dog-sitting, sibling rivalry quickly reaches its peak and years of buried contentions surface.
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Tuesday, February 17th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Play: We Are a Hundred
Country: Sweden
Playwright: Jonas Hassen Khemiri
Director: Anna Bahow
Translated by: Rachel Willson-Broyles
Synopsis: A near-death experience! In Khemiri’s third play we meet a trio of women: A young revolutionary, a middle-aged comfort junkie and an old truth seeker. Three persons who, in their fight to define themselves, realize that they are the same person. Join Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s unpredictable world where everyone fights to define the meaning of the word “we”.
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Sunday, February 22nd from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Play: The Walruses
Country: Cuba
Playwright: Laura Liz Gil Echenique
Director: Kelly Lynn Hogan
Translated by: Yael Prizant
In Collaboration with: Vitalist Theatre
Synopsis: The essential desire to share genuine intimacy compels lovers to stumble toward one another in an eternal dance as basic as breathing, revealing that we can be as authentic as the rest of the creatures of the earth, who have much to teach us, if only we could listen.
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Monday, February 23rd from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Play: A Chance Encounter
Country: Syria
Playwright: Mohammad al-Attar
Director: Fouad Teymour
Translated by: Clem Naylor
In Collaboration with: Red Tape Theatre
Synopsis: Glimpse the human side of the current Syrian conflict through the unique artistic voice of this playwright, drama practitioner, and commentator who has been chronicling the rapid transformations taking place in his homeland since 2011. In Al-Attar’s short play A Chance Encounter, a simple interaction on a Beirut street corner draws us into a mire of Syrian politics and alliances.
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Tuesday, February 24th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Play: Nothing of Me
Country: Norway
Playwright: Arne Lygre
Director: Breahan Pautsch
Translated by: May-Brit Akerholt
In Collaboration with: Akvavit Theatre
Synopsis: The new play is the story of a passion gradually convulsed by visiting ghosts from the past, and by the risk at which the characters are from one another. In a playful style Arne Lygre delves into the bond of love, its force and its dead-ends, using ruthlessly telltale dialogue. The play warns us of the danger we’re at of imprisoning others within our expectations, through the very love we feel for them.
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Sunday, March 1st
Play: No Matter How Hard We Try
Country: Poland
Playwright: Dorota Maslowska
Direcotr: Max Truax
Translated by: Artur Zapalowski
In Collaboration with: Trap Door Theatre
Synopsis: No Matter How Hard We Tried is literary phenomenon Dorota Masłowska’s hilarious and devastating portrait of a schizophrenic post-communist Polish society divided against itself, buried under the weight of history, and torn between national pride and shame. With wildly inventive language and razor-sharp humor the play captures Poland’s contemporary moment bringing together nouveau-riche media celebrities, the abject poor, phony artists, and disaffected youth all struggling to stay afloat in a toxic stew of commercialism, intergenerational confusion, Catholic nationalism, and idealized visions of Poland’s tragic past.
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Monday, March 2nd
Play: The Reunion
Country: Chile
Playwright: Trinidad Gonzalez
Director: John C. Green
Translated by: Alexandra Ripp
In Collaboration with: MCA
Synopsis: When Spanish royalty imprisoned Christopher Columbus for abusing his power in the Indies, the explorer begged an audience with Queen Isabella to explain himself and plead for absolution. La Reunión, an intense single-act play, revisits this historic event to imagine a conversation between Columbus and Isabella, in the hour before the queen’s death in 1504. This steely vivisection of history and personal responsibilities takes place in the privacy of the queen’s chambers. In a probing dialogue, they duel about the power of the church and the oligarchy, class struggle, and the vindication of indigenous people, all the while accusing each other of greed and false morality. Stripped of props and design, the bare stage focuses the audience’s attention on two people whose actions changed the world—with only a massive round table, and their heated words, between them.
Click here to reserve FREE tickets.


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



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Feb 15: Free Screening of The Trip to Bountiful


Raven Theatre hosts free screening of The Trip to Bountiful
featuring the Tony and Emmy Award-winning performance of Cicely Tyson. Introduction by Professor Anna Everett of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 7:00pm
at Raven Theatre | 6157 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60660




The acclaimed Broadway performances of Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams were recreated for a feature film, shot on location in Georgia and shown on Lifetime Television in 2014. Our screening of this film will be intorduced live, via Skype, by Professor Anna Everett of the University of California at Santa Barbara, a noted broadcast historian and scholar in Black Film Studies.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 15: Scholars' Series: Sondheim On Sondheim


Porchlight Music Theatre: Scholars' Series
Porchlight Music Theatre's Sondheim on Sondheim runs Feb. 6 - Mar 15, 2015. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015 following the 2:00pm performance
at Stage 773 | 150 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60657




Hosted by a member of the Porchlight Music Theatre team, Scholars' Series discussions provide audience members an opportunity to experience a lively, in depth discussion of the play and its creators with experts in the field from various institutions, related fields and theatres. Held after select performances, these discussions are an excellent way to get the very most out of the production.


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



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Feb 15: The White and the Not Quite White: "Racial" Encounters in the World of Tennessee Williams


Shattered Globe Sunday Series: Global Perspectives Post-Show Conversations Exploring THE ROSE TATTOO
Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to offer its new Sunday Series: Global Perspectives, a collection of post-play conversations with audiences, artists and experts exploring the ideas and issues raised in its current production of Tennessee Williams’ THE ROSE TATTOO. The free discussions will take place immediately following each Sunday’s 3 pm performance. THE ROSE TATTOO plays through February 28.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 following the 3:00pm performance of THE ROSE TATTOO
at Theater Wit | 1229 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657




"The White and the Not Quite White: 'Racial' Encounters in the World of Tennessee Williams”
With Jamil Khoury


In characterizing once disparaging attitudes towards immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe, American scholars on race and immigration coined the term PIGS (Poles, Italians, Greeks, and Slavs), referencing those communities perceived as incapable of assimilating into Anglo-American culture. Irish, Jewish, Lebanese-Syrian, Portuguese, and Spanish communities were also perceived as "culturally inferior" to Americans of Northern and Western European backgrounds, but as "preferable" to African Americans and Native Americans. Mindful of this history, Silk Road Rising Artistic Director Jamil Khoury will lead a post-performance conversation about gradations of whiteness and the juxtaposition of "whites" and "white ethnics" in Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo and A Streetcar Named Desire.


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



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Feb 11: White Guy on the Bus Community Event


Northlight Theatre's Community Event: White Guy on the Bus
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. White Guy on the Bus runs Jan 23 - Feb 28, 2015 in Skokie, IL.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 10:30am to 11:30am
at Highland Park Public Library | 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL, 60035




Northlight artists and cast members engage in audience Q&A following scene selections from the play.


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



"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.


 
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