Behind the Curtain

April 21-22: CVRTAIN


CVRTAIN by Yehuda Duenyas
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) presents an ongoing performing arts series that showcases both emerging and established music, theater, dance and multi-disciplinary artists at the Chicago Cultural Center and other venues. Dedicated to capacity building in the arts, DCASE hires the artists and provides performance space as well as technical and marketing support.

Friday, April 22, 2017 through Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
at the Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Square | 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602



CVRTAIN is a virtual reality (VR) experience starring you. Placed center stage in a beautiful theater, the curtain parts to reveal an audience of thousands teaming with adulation. Do you freeze in the spotlight or bow graciously? Emmy Award-winning experiential director Yehuda Duenyas digitally experiments with emotional states, and in CVRTAIN, he is trying to see if a feeling of adoration and love can be transmitted and felt inside of a digital environment. Using room-scale VR (HTC Vive), hand controllers and new SkullcAndy Headphones that give haptic feedback, Duenyas draws on techniques of gaming and immersive theater to deliver a highly personalized, celebratory experience for one.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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April 21-22: blue fish


blue fish by Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) presents an ongoing performing arts series that showcases both emerging and established music, theater, dance and multi-disciplinary artists at the Chicago Cultural Center and other venues. Dedicated to capacity building in the arts, DCASE hires the artists and provides performance space as well as technical and marketing support.

Friday, April 22, 2017 through Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602



This contemporary dance premier by Ayako Kato examines movement dialogue between human and fish which trace the eroded, yet inseparable relationship between human and nature, gazing into their antagonistic values and common principles to find equilibrium. Taking inspiration from Iwaishima and Fukushima, Japan, this interactive solo engages audiences to transform their perception of nature’s impact on humans and humans’ impact on environment.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Apr 18 - May 13: Queen Public Programs


Victory Gardens Theater Public Programs: Queen
As part of Victory Gardens’ initiatives to bridge the gap between their plays, their audiences, and the world outside these productions, Victory Gardens curates a series of events to especially enhance your Victory Gardens experience. Their Public Programs event series explores themes and issues presented in their plays – sparking ideas and provoking meaningful dialogue. Through film screenings, play readings, town hall meetings, spoken word performances, post show discussions, and many more, Victory Gardens invites you to join them and be a part of that conversation.

at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614




AFTERWORDS
After every performance of Queen (unless otherwise noted). Join Victory Gardens for one of their intimate post-show conversations. Led by members from the Victory Gardens community—artistic affiliates, subscribers, Artistic staff, Teen Arts Council members, and community partners—reflect on what you’ve seen and share your response. Free, but tickets needed for all Queen performances.


HONEY, HONEY
Pre-Show Celebration & Post-Show Conversation | Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Reception begins at 6:30pm 

Avocados, coffee, cilantro, strawberries, and, yes, honey. All foods that we enjoy because of bees. What do we lose when we lose bees? Join VG for a pre-show honey tasting and beekeeping demonstrations, featuring urban beekeepers in Chicago. After the performance of Queen, join local beekeepers to talk about the loss of bees from a more personal perspective.


YES, QUEEN!
Pre-Show Celebration & Post-Show Conversation | Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | Reception begins at 6:30pm

STEM: Science, technology, engineering, mathematics. Just 25% of the workforce in these fields is comprised of women. Join VG for a pre-show celebration to recognize the women, like Sanam and Ariel, that have pushed ahead in a field that continually tries to shut them out. After the evening’s performance of QUEEN, join VG for a discussion with local scholars, researchers, and scientists about their work and experiences in the field.


ARTIST TALK WITH MADHURI SHEKAR
Post-Show Conversation | Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Following the evening performance of Queen

Have you ever wondered what goes into writing a play like Queen? Join playwright Madhuri Shekar and Director of New Play Development Isaac Gomez as they delve into the process of developing a new play from the ground up.


EARTH DAY
Pre-Show Celebration | Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 6:30pm

Every day should be Earth Day! How can we make daily changes to care for our planet? Join VG for an evening of interactive events. From a food waste composting demo to the Zero Waste Challenge, VG will feature three local artists and activists whose work centers around the environment. Then, join VG for an evening performance of Queen. Each ticket includes a gift bag with seeds to help you start your bee-friendly garden and other fun favors! VG will feature three local visual artists that work with recyclable and sustainable materials.


FROM STEM TO STEAM
Post-Show Performances | Saturday, April 29, 2017 | Following the evening performance of Queen

Art and science are often seen from the opposite ends of the education spectrum. But, in reality, they are more connected than we may think. Science and art are both methods to understand our place in the world and why things happen the way they do. Join VG after the performance of Queen for a post-show full of science-related poetry; applying math and science to the arts, applying art to math and science.


COLLEGE NIGHT
Pre-Show Celebration & Post-Show Conversation | Friday, May 12, 2017 | Reception begins at 6:30pm

Gender parity is just one issue that the scientists in Queen, Sanam and Ariel, face throughout their careers. Even among the struggle, there is joy and pride to be found in the work that they did and will continue to do. Their fight is not just fictional: women comprise only 25% of the workforce in STEM fields. Join VG for a night of short plays written and performed by Chicago college students from Northwestern, DePaul, University of Chicago, and Columbia, reflecting on the challenges that women face in their professional lives.


BEE IN THE KNOW
Post-Show Conversation | Saturday, May 13, 2017 | Following the evening performance of Queen

In our current political climate, the issue of climate change is an often contentious one. A clear partisan issue, what does this mean in the years to come? How is climate change affecting our day to day lives and how can we get involved? Join VG after the performance of Queen as they talk with local scientists, activists, and scholars and dive into climate change and its effect on the bee population, as well as on our futures.


Public Programs are free and open to the public. Tickets needed for all Queen performances. For more information, click here.



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Apr 18: International Voices Project - Ireland - "The Virgin Father"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVPS celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: The Virgin Father
Playwright: Jimmy McAleavey
Director: Warner Crocker

Synopsis:
“Surely you don’t think you failed him?’ Who, me? God’s chosen one? The holy stepfather? Of course I failed him. He’s dead, isn’t he?” Mary has disappeared. And now Joe is being hunted down. He urgently needs to understand what has happened to his family if he is to save himself…. Joe married the quiet girl in the village even though she was carrying someone else’s child. He failed to deal with her delusions about the pregnancy, and to keep the boy from joining a cult. But what could he have done in a land occupied by foreign forces who were targeting their son? Jimmy McAleavey’s superb monologue is a love story about the temptation to believe…

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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Apr 17: Elephant: A Comedy (Reading)


Join Windy City Playhouse for the first event in its new works reading series, The Sandbox!
This new artistic initiative was conceived in 2016 by Playhouse Artistic Director Amy Rubenstein & Artistic Associate Carl Menninger. In the vein of the Playhouse's mainstage programming, this reading series both offers unique opportunities artists, while also creating an inviting space for "non-traditional" theater patrons to get an inside look at the new play development process. Both the reading itself and the discussion to follow will be structured such that theater professionals and novices alike will be able to learn about the writing process, provide critical feedback to the writer, and above all, be entertained.

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Windy City Playhouse | 3014 W. Irving Rd., Chicago, IL 60618



Elephant by Ivan Faute, directed by Carl Menninger
Featuring: Eric Gerard, Jaclyn Holtzman, Matt Maxwell, Brian McCaskill, Teri Schnaubelt, and Amy Rubenstein

The Playhouse invites the community to enjoy a reading of the new play, Elephant: A Comedy. When Susan Billough brings home an elephant from Africa as her fiancé, it leads to a chain reaction of accusations and confessions about family indiscretions. As each sibling or parent's crime eclipse the previous, we learn that everyone is guilty of something, and blame is all relative.

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are strongly recommended. To RSVP, click here.



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Apr 17: International Voices Project - Spain - "Promised Land"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVPS celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Monday, April 17, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: Promised Land
Playwright: Guillem Clua
Translator: Marion Peter Holt
Director: Emilio Williams

Synopsis:
Promised Land is a farce on the subject of climate change and the inefficiency of international organizations to stop its terrible consequences. The play is set in the future at the United Nations headquarters in New York City and tells the story of the president and the diplomatic delegation of a fictitious country, Malvati, that is about to sink under the sea. Comedy, melodrama, political intrigue and mythology intertwine to make Promised Land one of Guillem Clua’s more reality-aware plays but also one of his funniest. Although an array of characters appear in the play, the script requires only four actors. Clua has given the roles of the mythological Malvati, one self-satisfied UN official, and some twenty-five delegates from different countries to a single actor. It can only be called an actor’s tour-de-force.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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Apr 16: Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion: Beyond Caring


Beyond Caring Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion
Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.

Sunday, April 16, 2017 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611




The State of the Union: Will Collective Bargaining Survive?

Chicago, famously a hub of union organizing, remains one of the biggest open markets for temporary labor in the country. How do unions stay relevant in an age of increasing individualism? Panelists include Patrick Colbert (Chicago Urban League) and Chris Williams (Workers’ Law Office).


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Apr 14-15: B-Series Spring 2017


B-Series Presents: B-IL. Celebrating Chicago’s Local Legends, Legacies, Histories and Pioneers in the Street Dance Scene & Hip Hop Culture
The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago celebrates Hip-Hop and street dance culture through a biannual mini festival: The B-Series. This spring, partnering with GIRL ILLA Tactics, BraveMovement Dance & The Center for Community Arts Partnerships, The B-Series presents a look at local Chicago legacies in the Street Dance scene and Hip Hop Culture featuring presentations, workshops, panels, and a community dance and competition called the B-IL.

Friday, April 14, 2017 through Saturday, April 15, 2017
at Columbia College Chicago & Chicago Venues



The organizers of the B-IL Jam invite you to join in this community celebration of tradition, shifting cultural landscapes, challenging conversations, and exaltations through dance and Hip-Hop culture. Activities will feature presentations, workshops, panels, a community-organizing teach-in, verbal cyphers, and build-sessions (participatory “panel” discussions), performances, social dancing, an open dance session, and battles (a form of competition specific to Hip-Hop and street-dance culture).

Whether you are a veteran street dancer who has won international titles, or someone who has never set foot inside of the scene, we invite you to participate: rocking out to the infectious music from your proscenium seat, head-bobbing on the edge of a cypher where you can feel the heat and sweat of the dancers, grooving out in a corner with your friends during the open dance moments, or throwing down in the center of the cyphers and battles.


Friday, April 14 @ The Dance Center

The Dance Center | 1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Open Cyphers/Session (practice session dedicated to practitioners of any street dance style: popping, house, breaking, footwork, etc. all levels welcome)

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Verbal Cypher featuring Chicago local legacies in Street Dance Culture (a twist on the traditional panel discussion)

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Community Organizing Teach-in w/Asad Jafri (power analysis/strategy session around critical issues in the Hip-Hop/street dance communities)


Saturday, April 15 @ The Dance Center

The Dance Center | 1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

Workshops | 12 - 2 p.m. (Room 300/3rd floor)

12pm – 1:00pm: Boogie (House Workshop) | Studio 300 | $10 fee**
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Quanzy (Footwork Workshop) | Studio 300 | $10 fee**

**Workshops are $10 each or $15 for both, Columbia Students are $7 each or $10 for both

B-Real Jam | 2 - 8 p.m. | FREE (The Dance Center Theater/1st Floor)
The B-Real Jam will feature local Chicago legends of the street dance scene including renowned judges Wicked, Boogie, Quanzy, Jose Amaro, Space Capitol as well as Masters of Ceremony, BRAVEMONK, and our DJs, DJ Phil and VADER. Featuring a 1V1 Open-Style Battle (with cypher entries). $200 1st Place & $100 2nd Place Prize


These events are FREE (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Apr 13: One Voice Performance at Columbia College Chicago


Chicago DanzTheatre Ensemble: One Voice
For the 2nd year, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble teams up with Sexual Assault Awareness Education Committee of Columbia College Chicago for "One Voice," a special performance for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm

at HAUS Columbia College | 623 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605



One Voice is an ongoing series produced by CDE featuring stories of survival and hope through poetry, song, dance and short plays. This year's performance, taking place at HAUS Theatre (623 S. Wabash), features works of storytelling, dance and theatre to discuss how survivors triumphed, reasons individuals stay in abusive relationships, the healing process, activism and community support.

Featured performances by: CDE's Directors, Ellyzabeth Adler and Sara Maslanka Ally Subak and Dana Jerman of Laboratory Dancers Playwright, Susan Lieberman with Director Amy Szerlong as well as activist interludes with members of MOVED.


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



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Apr 9: Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion: Beyond Caring


Beyond Caring Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion
Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.

Sunday, April 9, 2017 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611




Division Street: Race, Class and Who’s in Charge

A discussion of the role that immigration, race and class play in keeping communities divided, wages low and workers disunited in the labor force. Panelists include Alma Castro (Chicago Workers' Collaborative), Analia Rodriguez (Latino Union of Chicago) and Andrew Wells (Chicago Urban League).


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Apr 8: Cultivating Critics of Color: A Panel Discussion


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

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



A conversation curated by Tanuja Jagernauth and Regina Victor responding to the urgent need for authentic conversation about theatrical criticism.

Questions that will be addressed at the panel: 

What are the avenues to becoming a theatre critic? What obstacles prevent writers of color from becoming theatre critics? How does developing critics of color benefit our industry? What programs or platforms are writers of color currently using to promote their work?

If you're interested in the answers to these questions, come be a part of the discussion at Chicago Dramatists!

Moderator: Regina Victor
Panelists: Ike Holter, Coya Paz, Loy Webb, and a Mentor/Mentee from the Goodman Youth Critics Program.

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



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Apr 8: Picnic Neighbor Night


American Theater Company - Picnic Neighbor Night
Closeted and dogged by an acute sense of failure for most of his life until he ended it, William Inge wrote some of the great lyrical plays of the American mid-century, and Picnic was his masterpiece, his playground, and, quite possibly, his fantasy. In this loving reimagining, Artistic Director Will Davis puts Inge at the center of his play and animates what is both sacred and profane about small town life against the backdrop of dust bowl hymns and love songs. Part seance, part love letter to a ghost, this Picnic explores a life lived at the periphery of one’s own desire.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 6:00pm




6:00pm | Pre-Performance Reception and Discussion of Playwright William Inge led by Director Will Davis and Playwright Philip Dawkins (Dovetail Brewery, 1800 W Belle Plaine Ave)
8:00PM | Performance of Picnic

Use code NEIGHBOR for $5 off tickets.


This pre-performance event is FREE and are open to all ticketed patrons for that performance. Capacity is limited. Please RSVP to Emma Palermo, Manager of Individual Giving & Special Events at epalermo@atcweb.org or 773-4509-4125 ext. 102. For more information, please click here.



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Apr 6: Backstage at the Biograph - Queen


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, April 6, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH- Queen

Madhuri Shekar’s Queen follows the journey of two graduate students through the final moments of the most important research project of their lives. Bees are dying at an alarming rate, and Ariel and Sanam have proven the cause through years of field research and the most perfect population algorithm ever created. Or have they? Join Victory Gardens Backstage for a night of interactive demonstrations and a conversation hosted by Director of New Play Development Isaac Gomez, with local scientists, bee experts, and members of the cast, as they delve into the intersecting worlds of math, science, and theater.

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



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Apr 4: Chicago Opera Theater 17/18 Season Announcement


Join COT for their 17/18 Season Annoucement!
Join COT's Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson Artistic Director, Andreas Mitisek and Executive Director, Douglas Clayton as they share the exciting details of next season's operas! Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6:00pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)
at State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University | 401 S. Sate St., Chicago, IL 60605



Post-Announcement, COT invites you to attend Fourth Coast Ensemble's A Dream and a Mouse presented in collaboration with Chicago Opera Theater in the State Street Gallery. This concert series will highlight moments of the life of Walt Disney in preparation to COT's upcoming production of The Perfect American. A Dream and a Mouse will begin at 7:00pm and tickets can be purchased here. The performance will run approximately 60 minutes followed by a post-show Meet-and-Greet reception.

The season announcement is FREE and open to the public. Tickets needed for the A Dream and A Mouse performance.



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Apr 4: TimePieces Play Reading - The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin


TimeLine Theatre's TimePieces Play Reading Series presents The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin
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, April 4, 2017 at 7:00pm 
at TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657





The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin
by Jessica Huang
directed by Helen Young

Near the end of the 1930s, Harry Chin, a Chinese national, emigrated to the U.S. through a loophole in the Chinese Exclusion Act. Haunted by the ghosts of his past and provoked by the curiosity of his daughter, Harry is forced to confront his buried secrets. Through leaps of time and space, we experience the abhorrent conditions at Seattle Immigration Station, Harry’s longing for the life he left in China, and the complications of love in a new land. Jessica Huang’s powerful new drama explores the personal and political repercussions of making a group of people “illegal.”

FREE but registration is strongly recommended. Space is limited. Reserve seats online here or call (773) 281-8483 x6.



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Apr 1: Changing Climate, Changing Lives


Northlight Theatre's Inside Look: By the Water
In By the Water, the Murphy family and their Staten Island neighbors lose their home to Hurricane Sandy – a natural disaster amplified by global warming. Join their panel of environmental experts to discuss the very human implications of climate change, and the many ways our changing environment can affect our lives.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 4:00pm
at Evanston Public Library | 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201



Panelists include Aaron Packman, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Northwestern University, Anna Roosevelt, American archaeologist and Professor of Anthropology University of Illinois at Chicago, Robert A. Dalrymple, Willard & Lillian Hackerman Professor of Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins University and Katie Freeman, Director of Operations, Hagerty Consulting.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. To RSVP, click here or call 847-448-8620.



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Apr 1: The House of the Negro Insane (Reading)


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

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The House of the Negro Insane

By Terence Anthony

The year is 1935 and the Taft State Hospital is one of seven psychiatric facilities in the U.S. built exclusively to care for “insane and idiotic negroes,” where the homeless and downtrodden are housed alongside the criminally insane and diseased. Attius builds coffins at Taft Hospital, where he has been locked up for over a decade, but when two new patients ask him to help them escape Attius dares to dream of a life beyond the hospital walls.

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



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Mar 29: Let's Talk It Out!


20% Theatre Chicago presents Let's Talk It Out!
20% Theatre Chicago will be hosting Talk It Out as part of The 100% Project at Chicago Foundation for Women, an all-in, all-out effort to end gender bias by 2030

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:00pm
at the Cornservatory | 4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618




Join 20% Theatre for a conversation exploring the ways gender bias impacts our lives, our art and our community, and how we can all help end it.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.



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Mar 29: Inside Look: By the Water


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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 10:45am
at the JCC in Northbrook | 300 Revere Dr, Northbrook, IL 60062




Explore the cultural and environmental context of By the Water, as well as the creative process through a discussion and Q&A session with director Cody Estle. Approximately one hour.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Mar 27: Kita y Fernanda


Join 16th Street Theater for a free community performance underwritten by 16th Street’s 100 Club Members
In honor of 16th Street’s 10th Anniversary Season, enjoy a free performance of Kita y Fernanda by Tanya Saracho.

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Morton East's Historic Chodl Auditorium | 2423 S Austin Blvd, Cicero, IL 60804



Kita y Fernanda is a look at class, immigration and women’s friendships as it follows the lives of two girls growing up in the same household; one the privileged daughter of a rich Mexican family living in Texas the other Kita the child of an undocumented maid. Featuring original cast from 2008 production: Charin Alvarez, Belinda Cervantes, Stephanie Diaz, Suzette Mayobre. 

Kita y Fernanda is told in English with Spanish and is appropriate for adults and students ages 10 and up. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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