Behind the Curtain

Oct 13: B-Free Dance Workshop and Jam


B-Free is a festival celebrating innovate expression and progressive action in hip-hop and street dance culture

B-Free features workshops, performances, panel discussions and a community dance jam and competition. 


Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 is the B-FREE Dance Jam
at Dance Center | 1306 S. Michicgan Avenue




SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
11:30p. - Registration for workshop and battle
12-1p. - Dance workshop with Ephrat Asherie Dance (Studio 300). 
12:30p. - Doors open for B-Free Jam (theater) and a dance party and competition 
1:30p. - Prelims begin, registration closes
3:45p. - Performance by Qudus Onikeku 
4:30p. - Judges showcaes, final battle and awards 

Judges: Fabulous Freddie Ninja, Natural1 and Vero
DJs: Vader and Sir Limitless
Host: Bravemonk 

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP's are not required, for more information click here.



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Oct 15: Satellite Series: "3 Ways to Cover Distance" (Reading)


Shattered Globe Theatre's Satellite Series presents new play reading of 3 Ways to Cover Distance by Cara Beth Heath

SGT's Satellite Series presents a lineup of staged readings of new and seasonal works featuring both emerging and established artists. 

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8:00pm

Lincoln Lofts | 3036 N. Lincoln Ave., Floor 2



3 Ways to Cover Distance
by Cara Beth Heath 

Directed by SGT ensemble member, Kelsey Colleen Melvin 

Featuring Jazzma Pryor and Kelly Nesheim 

Karen the cowgirl and Annie the time-traveling horse follow Suzanne - the love of Karen's life - to 1822. Lyft driver K and passenger 5 navigate Chicago streets and awkward small talk. College besties Karen and Suzanne slowly close the gap of time and distance through pivotal moments in their lives. 
Three whimsical, poignant stories featuring female relationships at different stages that explore the distance between two people, what connection really means, and the moments where you finally see what is in front of you. 
This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information regarding this event, clickhere.


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September 30: Global Perspectives: Professor Irina Ruvinsky


Shattered Globe hosts free, curated post-show discussions with artists and experts following the Sunday matinees of our performances of Crime and Punishment.

These discussions will begin around 5:15pm in Theater three at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Shattered Globe welcomes Irina Ruvinsky, professor of philosophy and literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Russian Literature in the Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures at UIC will join director Jou Contey in conversation 

Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 5:15pm
at Shattered Globe Theatre | 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657



This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information on tickets to Crime and Punishment, clickhere.



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October 14: Global Perspectives: Professor Robert Bird


Shattered Globe hosts free, curated post-show discussions with artists and experts following the Sunday matinees of our performances of Crime and Punishment.

These discussions will begin around 5:15pm in Theater three at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Shattered Globe welcomes Robert Bird, Associate Professor from The University of Chicago Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Professor Bird's areas of interest include Russian literature, cinema, aesthetic theory and intellectual history. 

Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 5:15pm
at Shattered Globe Theatre | 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657



This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information on tickets to Crime and Punishment, clickhere.



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October 1: Victory Gardens Theater hosts writer Dan Kois for a one-night-only reading and discussion of The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America


Victory Gardens Theater hosts writer Dan Kois for a one-night-only reading and discussion of The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America

Join Victory Gardens for a panel, meet & greet with artists, and free tastings from local restaurants to celebrate the new season! Event to feature Chicago actors and writers including Jeff Christian, K. Todd Freeman, Philip E. Johnson, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Natasha Lowe, Ian Owens, Keith Phipps and Barbara Robertson. 

Monday, October 1, 2018 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



Victory Gardens Theater hosts writer Dan Kois for special discussion and singing of his book The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America. Kois will be joined on stage by Chicago actors and writers for a reading of excerpts from the book.

Join author Dan Kois and hear excerpts from The World Only Spins Forward read by Chicago actors and writers, many of whom have performed Angels in America around the country. Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the event.

Expanded from a popular Slate cover story and built from nearly 250 interviews, The World Only Spins Forward is both a rollicking theater saga and an uplifting testament to one of the great works of American art of the past century, from its gritty San Fransico premiere to its starry, much-anticipated Broadway revival in 2018. The oral history of Angels in America, as told by the artists who created it and the audiences forever changedby it, is a moving account of the AIDS era, essential queer history, and an exuberant backstage tale. 

Actors include Steppenwolf ensemble member K.Todd Freeman (Belize) who performed with Center Theater Group the first time in Angels in America was presented as a full piece; Barbara Robertson (Hannah Pitt) and Philip E. Johnson (Joe Pitt) who both performed under Director Michael Mayer in the First National Tour which originated in Chicago; as well as Natasha Lowe (Harper Pitt), Jeff Christian (Joe Pitt) and Elizabeth Laidlaw (The Angel), from David Cromer's 1998 Journeymen Theater Production. Also appearing will be local Chicago writers Ian Owns and Keith Phipps. 

This event is FREE, but requires a ticket reservation as space is limited. To reserve tickets please email tickets@victorygardens.org or call the Box Office at 773.871.3000.



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September 23: Church of the New Play: "Passing Time In Animal Time" (Reading)


Prop Thtr presents new play reading by Ryan Oliveira

Church of The New Play is a weekly reading series featuring new work by local Chicago writers, devisers, and text generators of all performance forms. In each session, a new piece is read or presented followed by a talkback tailored to the artists' needs. This is an alternative to a script submission policy in that it gives creators' the space to present their work as it's meant to be experienced: live and out loud. 

Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 11 am-2 pm

Prop Thtr | 3502-04 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618



Church of the New Play presents... Passing Time In Animal Town by Ryan Oliveira

In the virtual-reality community of Animal Town, humans custom-create a community as animal avatars. And in this Animal Town server, sheepish Mari struggles to fit in with her younger, more experienced, seemingly picture-perfect villagers. The longer she gets to know her neighbors, the more she discovers her value in creating a community that has long felt like a lonesome pass-time. But what will the neighbors think when they discover Mari's real-life descent infiltrating her virtual life in Animal Town? Or that the Mari they know isn't Mari at all?

Free coffee! 
This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information regarding this event, clickhere.


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Sep 6-9, 13-16: DocFest2018


Erasing the Distance presents DocFest2018, a Documentary Theatre Festival Exploring Mental Health Issues. 

This year, Erasing the Distance's festival of new work takes place over the first two weekends of September. DocFest2018 includes two shows, 10 developmental monologues, and three reservation-only workshops. 

Monologues and workshops are FREE! Each feature performance is preceded by a monologue reading. The topics include being explored in the monologues include bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, disordered eating, and more. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018 through Sunday, September 16, 2018
at Erasing the Distance | 4001 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Suite 503C, Chicago, IL 60613



Karen's Story
Thursday, September 6 | 7:30pm
read by Brenda Barrie

Cheryl's Story
Friday, September 7 | 7:30pm
read by Stacy Stoltz

Workshop: Trauma & the Body
Saturday, September 8 | 2:00pm

Marie B's Story
Saturday, September 8 | 4:30pm
read by Melanie Thompson

Jamie's Story
Saturday, September 8 | 7:30pm
read by Stephen O'Connell

Workshop: Food & Mood
Sunday, September 9 | 2:00pm

Ariel's Story 
read by Katie Relkin
Sunday September 9 | 4:30pm

Steph's Story
Thursday, September 13 | 7:30pm
read by Nik Zaleski

Josh's Story
Friday, September 14 | 7:30pm
read by MT Cozzola

Grace's Story
Saturday, September 15 | 4:30pm
read by Diana Clegg

Mike's Story
Saturday, September 15 | 7:30pm
read by Mike Rice
Workshop: Emotion in Motion
Sunday, September 16 | 2:00pm 

Story read by Wannapa Pimtong-Eubanks
Sunday, September 16 | 4:30pm


The above events are FREE and open to the public. If you are interested in tickets to other events at DocFest2018 click here.



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September 1: StoryTime with Theatre Y


Theatre Y presents free children's performance series

This completely FREE monthly program brings children and parents from the Lincoln Square community together for a lively, interactive performance that incorporates children's books, music, and improvisation, followed by treats for little ones, coffee for grown-ups, and conversation with our audience. 

Saturday, September 1, 2018 @ 10:00am

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center | 4740 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60625



Recommended for ages 6 and under but ALL AGES WELCOME! Come play with us!

This program and more are brought to you thanks to the Free Theater Movement as well as our community partners. For more information about Theatre Y and the Free Theater Movement, visit here or email info@theatre-y.com. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. For all StoryTime inquiries, email katie.b.sherman@theatre-y.com.


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August 26: Belmont Theater District Season Launch BBQ


Belmont Theater District Presents Season Launch BBQ

Theater Wit, Chicago's "smart art" theater company, in conjunction with the Belmont Theater District. is hosting a Season Launch BBQ event celebrating the upcoming Fall Seasons of BTD Member Theaters. Get info on BTD Theaters' upcoming seasons, with ticket offers, live performances, live music and food/drink from Whole Foods, Fahlstrom's Fish Market, Metropolis Cafe, and Windy City Sweets.

Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 5pm-9pm 
Theater Wit's Parking Lot, 1232 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657



Enjoy standup comedy from Laugh Factory, Disney comedy from Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, amazing magic from Trickery, and MORE... from participating BTD theaters: Theater Wit, About Face Theatre, Athenaeum Theatre, The Playground Theater, Remy Bumppo, and Shattered Globe Theatre.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. To secure a place, pleaseclick here.



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August 17- 19: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest


Glenwood Avenue Arts District Presents Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest
The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) is a free, weekend-long arts festival that features 150+ artists, open studios, and live entertainment on three outdoor stages.

Friday Night Cobblestone Jam
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 6pm-10pm

Artists' Market
Saturday, August 18 & Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 11am-9pm

along Glenwood Ave. at Morse Ave. in Rogers Park, Chicago, IL



Experience art of all disciplines, music, theater, food, and drink on the cobblestone streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Chicago's historic Rogers Park neighborhood.

These events are FREE and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. which opens thirty minutes prior to the performance. For more information, pleaseclick here.



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August 12: Church of the New Play: "The Queen of Spades" (Reading)


Prop Thtr presents new play reading by Lon West

Church of The New Play is a weekly reading series featuring new work by local Chicago writers, devisers, and text generators of all performance forms. In each session, a new piece is read or presented followed by a talkback tailored to the artists' needs. This is an alternative to a script submission policy in that it gives creators' the space to present their work as it's meant to be experienced: live and out loud. 

Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 11 am-2 pm

Prop Thtr | 3502-04 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618



Church of the New Play presents... The Queen of Spades by Lon West

The Queen of Spades is a full-evening adaptation of Pushkin's classic story of a gambling obsession in 19th century Russia, which inspired Tchaikovsky's opera and a film version. The story is seasoned by plot twists and supernatural revenge. In this version, social expectations are turned upside down by the protagonist being female and the pathetic young woman "he" pursues in the original story being male.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information regarding this event, clickhere.


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August 13: Broadway In Chicago: Summer Concert at Millennium Park


Broadway In Chicago Presents Summer Concert at Millennium Park

Broadway In Chicago is delighted to announce their annual FREE BROADWAY IN CHICAGO SUMMER CONCERT, sponsored by ABC 7 Chicago and hosted by Janet Davies, ABC 7 Chicago's entertainment reporter and host of the entertainment and lifestyle program 190 NORTH on ABC 7. The Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert at Millennium Park is presented with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This year, performances include A Bronx Tale the Musical; Anastasia; The Book of Mormon; Dear Evan Hansen; Falsettos; Fiddler on the Roof; Heartbreak Hotel; Hello, Dolly!; Miss Saigon; and Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Monday, August 13, 2018 at 6:15pm

Jay Pritzker Pavillion at Millennium Park | 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601



"This is the highlight of the summer for Broadway fans - it's like 'Broadwaypalooza'," says Eileen LaCario, Vice President of Broadway In Chicago.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information regarding this event and new Millennium Park security measures, click here.


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August 9: The Blunt Way: A Journey Through A Complex Mind- A New Devised Piece by the TimeLine South Ensemble


TimeLine Theatre Company in partnership with the Harold Washington Cultural Center presents...

The Blunt Way: A Journey Through A Complex Mind

A new piece devised by the TimeLine South Ensemble. 
A girl released from a youth mental health facility still finds herself in the midst of her struggles, and takes an unexpected journey through worlds beyond our grasping. However, it is not at all what she expected... 

Thursday, August 9, 2018 @ 7:00pm

The Harold Washington Cultural Center | 4701 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago, IL 60653



TimeLine South is a unique arts program that provides teens a safe space for self-expression, creativity, and ensemble building on the south side of Chicago. Teens have the opportunity to learn basic skills in theatre and performing arts from some of the most experienced and dynamic artists in the city, and explore topics that they feel a strong curiosity about and connection to. TimeLine South promotes leadership in the arts and teaches teens that theatre can also be a vehicle for social justice. TimeLine South is offered free of charge Monday through Friday for six weeks and includes field trips to Chicago arts organizations, various Bronzeville historic sites, and sessions with professional guest artists. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are free, although reservations are recommended and donations are accepted. For more information about this event, clickhere.


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August 4: StoryTime with Theatre Y


Theatre Y presents free children's performance series

This completely FREE monthly program brings children and parents from the Lincoln Square community together for a lively, interactive performance that incorporates children's books, music, and improvisation, followed by treats for little ones, coffee for grown-ups, and conversation with our audience. 

Saturday, August 4, 2018 @ 10:00am

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center | 4740 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60625



Recommended for ages 6 and under but ALL AGES WELCOME! Come play with us!

This program and more are brought to you thanks to the Free Theater Movement as well as our community partners. For more information about Theatre Y and the Free Theater Movement, visit here or email info@theatre-y.com. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. For all StoryTime inquiries, email katie.b.sherman@theatre-y.com.


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July 30: William Street Rep's LAB Staged Reading Series: Snowfall


LAB Stage Reading Series: Snowfall by Robin Brooks

WS Rep's LAB Series is dedicated to showcasing new scripts and emerging playwrights, giving the audience an artist's perspective of the play on the page and bringing audiences & theater artists together to share and discuss a wide range of exciting new work.
July 30, 2018
Raue Center For The Arts | 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake, IL 60014


When artist Li and her architect boyfriend become snowbound in their new home, only one thing could make it worse: his ex and her new husband showing up to get stuck there as well. Can Jubilee, a fragile, astonishing child, provide the common ground they've been searching for? Or will they succumb to the frosty secrets they've been keeping?

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more details, clickhere.


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unity 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.

July 23: Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - The Independence of Eddie Rose


Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series presents William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.'s The Independence of Eddie Rose

Court’s Spotlight Reading series hopes to rediscover plays by writers of color largely missing from the American stage and absent from the traditional canon. 

Monday, July 23, 2018 at 6:30pm
at American Indian Center | 3401 West Ainslie St., Chicago, IL 60625





The Independence of Eddie Rose
By William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.
Directed by Juan Ramirez

The Story: This Native American drama tells the story of a teenage boy confronted with the challenges of family alcoholism and domestic violence. Eddie is forced to choose between the learned way of a broken society and traditional values of the Red Road. While pursuing self-discovery, he saves his younger sister and, with the help of his aunt's wisdom, works to save his family.

The Spotlight Reading series is made possible in part by a grant from The Joyce Foundation. 
    This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve tickets, clickhere



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    July 19 and 22: Grant Park Music Festival -Grant Park Chorus in the Parks


    Grant Park Chorus in the Parks
    For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Jointhe members of the Grant Park Chorus as they perform at the South Shore Cultural Center and the Columbus Park Refectory.

    Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 7pm
    at the South Shore Cultural Center | 7059 S. South Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60649
    Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 7pm
    at the Columbus Park Refectory | 5701 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60644


    Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Chorus returns to two of the city's cultural hubs with a concert of a cappella music, featuring works by Bruckner, Britten, Tippet, Leighton and more.

    These events are FREE and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis, which opens thirty minutes prior to the performance. For more information, pleaseclick here.



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    July 15: Church of the New Play: "Raeann's Gotta Win: A Practical Guide to Dragon Slaying" (Reading)


    Prop Thtr presents new play reading by Barbara Ihota

    Church of The New Play is a weekly reading series featuring new work by local Chicago writers, devisers, and text generators of all performance forms. In each session, a new piece is read or presented followed by a talkback tailored to the artists' needs. This is an alternative to a script submission policy in that it gives creators' the space to present their work as it's meant to be experienced: live and out loud. 

    Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 11 am-2 pm

    Prop Thtr | 3502-04 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618



    Church of the New Play presents... Raeann's Gotta Win: A Practical Guide to Dragon Slaying by Barbara Ihota

    Synopsis: Raeann, an aging, flailing boxer, has a new girlfriend, a new coach, a new self-help book and the guts to go after the WBC world title in boxing. But her mom and the past are forcing her to face a much bigger battle: the one within.

    This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information regarding this event, clickhere.


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    Jul 14: The Freshness Initiative - Pro-Am


    Join Sideshow Theatre for the 4th Annual FRESHNESS INITIATIVE
    Each year Sideshow Theatre Company invites three of Chicago's hottest playwrights 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 work with each resident writer to develop plays that intersect, explore and explode Sideshow’s aesthetic and mission. The result is three bold, fresh works for the stage that push audiences' expectations of what a Sideshow play might be.

    Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 3pm
    at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



    Pro-Am
    By Brynne Frauenhoffer
    Directed by Regina Victor
    Dramaturgy by Tanuja Devi Jagernauth

    The porn industry isn't what it used to be, but upstart performers in Miami are making the most of the amateur scene. Joe was a community college dropout who got fired from Jiffy Lube, but now he's transformed himself into an assistant talent scout; he finds the girls, flies them to Florida, and gets them the gigs. But they don't stick around for long- usually about three months- so the rental house where he lives with the talent sees a lot of turnover. Until Chloe Kendall arrives, determined to turn her stint as a "teen" star into a lasting career in adult entertainment, for herself and for her new housemates.

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



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      July 28: Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: Mah Jongg Swingers Club (Reading)


      July: Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series

      The Saturday Series, our longest-running program, lies at the heart of Chicago Dramatists play development. Most Saturday Series events are public readings of plays-in-progress, but other events include panel discussions and fireside chats with visiting artists. 



      All plays read in the Saturday Series are directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. And since the theatre operates under an agreement with Actors' Equity Association, at least half of all roles in the Saturday Series involve union actors- which allows them to use some of the best acting talent in Chicago.

      After each reading the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a moderated post-reading discussion, thereby adding their grist to the mill from which the playwright creates the play. We'd love to have you join us at any of our upcoming readings to witness the birth of new theatrical works and participate in their rearing. 

      Saturday, July 28, 2018
      2:00pm

      at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago

      Mah Jongg Swingers Club
      By Resident Playwright Scott Woldman
      Most people believe the Paradise Gold Retirement Community is a tranquil, idyllic place for Jewish couples to live out their Golden Years. However, most people would be wrong; as by day the women of Paradise Gold are dedicated to destroying anyone not part of the "in-group", while by night some of the women have launched a secret swingers community. It's who's in and who's out in this post-retirement quest for social dominance and sexual fulfillment. Based upon the awkward, uncomfortable and unwanted stories forced upon the playwright by his mother and her friends.

      These events are FREE and open to the public, but pay what you can donations at the door are highly encouraged. For more details about the Saturday Series, click here.


       
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