Behind the Curtain

May 8: Pub Cast Call for Sense and Sensibility


Sense and Sensibility Pub Cast Call at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Patrons are invited to join several members of the cast an hour before curtain in the Pub to informally discuss the production that evening. Cast Calls are free of charge and no reservations are necessary. Sense and Sensibility runs through June 7, 2015 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.




Friday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m.


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


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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May 6: Staged Reading of Psychonaut Librarians


The New Colony Spring Side Stage Series!
All events are FREE and include complimentary food courtesy of their Side Stage sponsor: Whole Foods Market.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 7:30pm
at The Den Theatre | 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60622




Written and Directed by Sean Kelly
Featuring Johnny Arena, David Cerda, Ryan Jarosch, Marika Mashburn, Aileen May and Jack McCabe

The library is closed. The windows are black. Deep in the stacks, a Bunsen burner flicks on in the dark. The librarians sip their boiling concoction while the room whirls color and light. Just another night on the midnight shift maintaining the barrier of reality. Originally devised for Collaboraction’s Sketchbook 12, the Psychonaut Librarians saga has been reimagined and will be presented as a new epic adventure.


FREE but registeration is recommended. Click here to reserve your tickets.



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May 6: Author Talk & Book Screening: Joan Adler


Writers Theatre's From Page to Stage Series
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 The Diary of Anne Frank.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 7:00pm
Highland Park Public Library | 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035




Featuring Joan Adler, author of For the Sake of the Children: The Letters between Otto Frank and Nathan Straus Jr.

Author and historian Adler discusses her book, based on a cache of letters discovered in 2007 which shed light on Otto Frank’s desperate efforts to save his family long before they went into hiding, the forces that conspired against him, and how hard Nathan Straus Jr., Housing Administrator under President FDR, worked to help the Frank family escape. Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing.


FREE but registration is recommended to secure your seat. Email rsvp@writerstheatre.org or call 847-242-6018 and be sure to mention the event code "Signing", your name, and how many will attend.



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May 3: Film Screening: IDA


Writers Theatre's From Page to Stage Series
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 The Diary of Anne Frank.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 1:30pm
Glenview Public Library | 1930 Glenview Rd. Glenview, IL 60025




This award-winning film features spare and evocative imagery and cinematography in its telling of a Polish nun’s experiences as a young girl during the Nazi occupation. When she was near Anne Frank’s age, Ida was hidden by nuns and raised as a Catholic, only later discovering her Jewish heritage— just as she is about to be ordained.


FREE but registration is recommended to secure your seat. Email rsvp@writerstheatre.org or call 847-242-6018 and be sure to mention the event code "Ida", your name, and how many will attend.



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May: Pre-Amble for Sense and Sensibility


Sense and Sensibility Pre-Ambles at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
A half-hour lecture scheduled one hour before the curtain on selected weekend dates, the Pre-Amble examines a CST production both from the point of view of scholarship and performance. This program is free and no reservations are necessary. Dates, times and presenting scholar subject to change. Sense and Sensibility runs through June 7, 2015 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.




Saturday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m. – Ira Murfin
Sunday, May 3 at 1:00 p.m. – Ira Murfin
Saturday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. – Bea Bosco
Sunday, May 10 at 1:00 p.m. – Bea Bosco
Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. – Carla Della Gatta
Sunday, May 17 at 1:00 p.m. – Bea Bosco
Saturday, May 23 at 2:00 p.m. – Carla Della Gatta
Sunday, May 24 at 1:00 p.m. – Carla Della Gatta
Saturday, May 30 at 2:00 p.m. – Bea Bosco
Sunday, May 31 at 1:00 p.m. – Carla Della Gatta
Saturday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. – Ira Murfin
Sunday, June 7 at 1:00 p.m. – Ira Murfin


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


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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May 1: Backstage with BJ: "Shining Lives: A Musical"


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: Shining Lives: A Musical
Join Artistic Director BJ Jones for a mid-day discussion featuring special guest artists, actors, directors, and designers, offering behind-the-scenes insight into each production while it is still in rehearsal. Shining Lives: A Musical runs May 8 through June 14, 2015 in Skokie, IL.

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 12:00pm
at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL



Join Northlight Theatre Artistic Director BJ Jones and special guest artists on Friday, May 1 at noon for behind-the-scenes insight into Shining Lives: A Musical while it is still in rehearsal. Backstage with BJ will last approximately one hour.

FREE but RSVP is required. Call 847.679.9501 x3605 to RSVP.



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Apr 29: Book Club: "The Diary of Ann Frank", as informed by "Persepolis"


Writers Theatre's From Page to Stage Series
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 The Diary of Anne Frank.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 7:00pm
Winnetka-Northfield Public Library | 768 Oak St., Winnetka, IL 60093



Featuring: Liz Poppenhouse and Kristin Carlson, curators of the Reading is the Spice of Life book discussion group

This in-depth book discussion will compare The Diary of Anne Frank with the autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis, focusing on the power of viewing important world events through the eyes of a child, parent-child relationships and loss of innocence.


FREE but registration is recommended to secure your seat. Email rsvp@writerstheatre.org or call 847-242-6018 and be sure to mention the event code “Book Club”, your name, and how many will attend.



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Apr 25: Interactive Workshop: Memoir As Art


Writers Theatre's From Page to Stage Series
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 The Diary of Anne Frank.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 1:30pm
Deerfield Public Library | 920 Waukegan Rd. Deerfield, IL 60015



Featuring: Dana Norris, Founder of Story Club, Editor-in-Chief of Story Club Magazine, instructor at StoryStudio Chicago

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the memoir as an art form, and help guide them in the creation of their own autobiographical writings—including diary, personal essay and journaling.


FREE but registration is recommended to secure your seat. Email rsvp@writerstheatre.org or call 847-242-6018 and be sure to mention the event code “Memoir”, your name, and how many will attend.



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Apr 18: Hotline


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 18, 2015 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL




Hotline
By (and Directed by) Resident Playwright MIA McCULLOUGH

When roommates Sasha, a crisis line worker, and Karina, a phone sex worker, both break the one key rule they have in common—Don't Cross the Professional/Personal Boundary Line with a Client—they find themselves entangled in a life-threatening love hexagon involving three callers, one coworker, one cat, and a cornucopia of stolen pharmaceuticals


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Apr 14: Book club discussion of Farewell: A Memoir of a Texas Childhood by Horton Foote


Book club discussion of Farewell: A Memoir of a Texas Childhood by Horton Foote
Join Raven Theatre for this special event in their Horton Foote Exploration

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
at Raven Theatre | 6157 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660



Foote’s memoir, written in 1999 is an affectionate look back at Foote’s extended family and neighbors in Wharton Texas, where he was born in 1916 and lived until he was 16 years old. As a boy, Foote eagerly listened to the stories told by his elders. Those histories, as well as his own experiences, inspired the many plays and screenplays he created over his lifetime and readers will recognize characters and situations from those works in his memoir.

Raven will have copies of Farewell for sale throughout the run of Dividing the Estate and will invite readers to gather for a one-time book club to discuss it at the theater on Tuesday, April 14th.


This event is FREE and open to the public. Call 773-338-2177 for more information.



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Apr 13: From Page to Stage Series - Kickoff


From Page to Stage Series Kickoff
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 The Diary of Anne Frank.

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:30pm
Hosted by Glencoe Public Library at Temple Am Shalom | 840 Vernon Ave Glencoe, IL 60022



Featuring: Director Kimberly Senior and artists from the production.

Artists involved in the WT production of The Diary of Anne Frank discuss the themes, challenges and opportunities presented by this powerful story. Enjoy coffee and desserts following this annual literary event!


FREE but registration is recommended to secure your seat. Email rsvp@writerstheatre.org or call 847-242-6018 and be sure to mention the event code “Kickoff”, your name, and how many will attend.



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Apr 11: 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, April 11, 2015 | Lunch at 12:00pm, Performance at 1:00pm
at Loyola Park in Rogers Park | 1230 West Greenleaf Ave. Chicago, IL 60626




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.

Check out the Lineup for April 11 at Loyola Park:

-The Glideators: Chicago's top rollerskating crew from The Rink on 87th, The Glideators combine dance and performances with roller skates and swag.

-Taylor Moore: Often called the princess of percussion, Taylor Moore is an award-winning motivational speaker, drummer/percussionist, singer, songwriter, and producer. She plays and produces a number of genres from jazz to gospel, blues to r&b and has garnered many accolades and awards. 

-Latasha Melton: Latasha Melton is the founder of the Annual Compassion Parade that calls out around the world to stop the violence in the city of Chicago & throughout the nation. She took to action after her cousin Maurice Fletcher fell victim to gun violence in 2012.

-And more soon to be announced! For more information, click here


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Apr 9: #Stage37: Adventure Stage's WORTHY - presented by Hot Tix


Hot Tix is proud to present a #Stage37 "teaser" performance by Adventure Stage Chicago this spring!
During your lunch break, April 9, come down to the pedway level of Block Thirty Seven to see "The Troll Scene" and meet the characters of the new modern fairy tale, WORTHY, and maybe even participate in some theatre games. Featuring Kamille Dawkins, Brittany Ellis, and Michael Allen Harris.

Plus, come upstairs before or after to snag half-price tickets to over 200 theatres at Hot Tix!

Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
at Stage 37 (Pedway Level) in Block 37 | 108 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60602




A BIT ABOUT THE SHOW:

A new devised play, WORTHY’s creative process began in spring 2014 and involved workshops called “Story Circles,” in which members of the Chicago community came together to share their insights. Dani Bryant, the show’s creator, noticed how energized young people and adults became when talking about misconceptions related to their gender or their age. “People are bursting to discuss this subject through self-reflection and connection to others,” Bryant said. When WORTHY receives its world premiere this spring, hundreds of youth and adults will have influenced and helped shape the artistic product. WORTHY runs April 17 - May 16, 2015 at Adventure Stage Chicago.

"The Troll Scene":
Princess Liza and Prince Joseph reach a bridge only to discover an internet troll who is living below it. In order to pass they must battle it by using their intellect and answer the troll's three riddles. This will feature Kamille Dawkins, Brittany Ellis, and Michael Allen Harris.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Apr 8: Staged Reading of Scapegoat


The New Colony Spring Side Stage Series!
All events are FREE and include complimentary food courtesy of their Side Stage sponsor: Whole Foods Market.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 7:30pm
at The Den Theatre | 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60622




Written by Connor McNamara
Directed by Andrew Hobgood
Featuring Alex Grelle, Susan Monts-Bologna, Liz Sharpe, Stephanie Shum, Cole Simon and Norm Woodel

The Porter family have made good lives for themselves: Anse is a revered United States Senator, his loyal wife Ellie and he have three adopted children, and his son-in-law has become his closest political advisor. They’ve also managed to hide the fact that they happen to be Satanists. When news begins to trickle out that the Senator is not all that he claims to be, the family must decide if it’s best to stick together, or destroy itself in order to survive. Gathering at the family’s secret lake house, the Porter’s history and unique sense of right and wrong weigh out against their choices between loyalty and self-preservation. Scapegoat strives to ask who controls our own stories, and what are the fictions we choose to believe?


FREE but registeration is recommended. Click here to reserve your tickets.



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Apr 7: TimePieces Play Reading - Practice Babies


TimeLine Theatre's TimePieces Play Reading Series presents Practice Babies
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 7, 2015 at 7:00pm 
at TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657





Practice Babies
By Shannon Pritchard
Directed by Marti Lyons

The reading of Practice Babies is presented in partnership with Northwestern University's MFA in Writing for the Stage + Screen program.

A story about the challenges of femininity, feminism, and family. Twenty-two year old Eglantine O’Malley is a promising undergraduate studying psychology at Cornell University in 1966. She is also one of three “mothers” to six-month old Adam Domecon (short for Domestic Economy), a “practice baby.” From the 1920s to the 1970s, practice babies, mostly children of unwed mothers, were loaned by local orphanages to prestigious colleges for their home economics programs. In campus apartments, young women would care for these practice children, learning homemaking as a science. A budding feminist, Eglantine has no patience for domesticity in general and children in particular. But as the semester progresses, Eglantine must confront the development of attachment between herself, Adam, and her classmates. As the emotional consequences of the class manifest, Eglantine must make a choice about Adam's future, which is as uncertain as her own.


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



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Apr 6: In Conversation with Carey Perloff


Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of American Conservatory Theater, discusses 20+ years at the helm
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents Artistic Director Martha Lavey and Steppenwolf ensemble member Frank Galati in conversation with Carey Perloff on the occasion of Perloff’s memoir, Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater. Perloff, who became Artistic Director of American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in 1992, shares her provocative and impassioned manifesto for the role of live theater in today's technology-infused world. The conversation will include a Q&A with the audience followed by a book signing in the lobby. Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater will be available for purchase at the event.

Monday, April 6, 2015 at 5:00pm
at the Garage Theater | 1624 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614




Perloff's memoir details her personal and professional journey—her life as a woman in a male-dominated profession, as a wife and mother, a playwright, director, producer, arts advocate and citizen in a city erupting with enormous change—it is a compelling, entertaining story for anyone interested in how theater gets made. Whether reminiscing about her turbulent first years as a young woman taking over an insolvent theater in crisis and transforming it into a thriving, world-class performance space, or ruminating on the potential for its future, Perloff takes on critical questions about arts education, cultural literacy, gender disparity, leadership and power.

Carey Perloff’s dream from a young age was to become an archaeologist and discover the next Troy; this led her to study ancient Greek at Stanford and then to migrate to the theater, where she first learned to direct by staging Greek tragedies outdoors while studying theatrical modernism with Martin Esslin. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in classics and comparative literature in 1980, went on a Fulbright Fellowship to Oxford, and moved to New York to begin her directing career. Perloff was the youngest person ever to be hired to run a major LORT theater when A.C.T. chose her in 1992 to become its third artistic director. Perloff has had deep collaborations with Tom Stoppard, Philip Kan Gotanda, Robert Wilson, Frank Galati and Timberlake Wertenbaker; with major actors such as Bill Irwin, David Strathairn, BD Wong and Olympia Dukakis; and with other notable artists from around the world, making A.C.T. a true destination for passionate, literate and diverse theater.

In addition, Perloff has written a number of award-winning plays, including Luminescence Dating, Higher and Kinship; has taught for many years in A.C.T.’s acclaimed M.F.A. Program and at universities around the country; and has directed dozens of major reinterpretations of classical plays, from Hecuba to ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, as well as world premieres of new work. Perloff writes and lectures regularly about the American theater and about issues in culture and contemporary life that are close to her heart.


FREE but registration is required. To RSVP, contact Audience Services at 312-335-1650 or at steppenwolf.org



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Mar 28: The Death and Life of John Smith


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MARCH
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, March 28, 2015 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL




The Death and Life of John Smith
By Resident Playwright WILL DUNNE

John Smith lies barefoot in a strange room. He doesn't know where he is or how he got here. A woman informs him that he is in Hell. That would explain why there are no doors or windows and why others who somehow come and go look slightly like demons.

But John is a devout Christian. Has he ended up in Hell by mistake? Or, after living a life of virtue and self-sacrifice, did he do something just before his death to earn eternal damnation?


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Mar 24: Free reading of Foote’s Courtship


A free reading of Horton Foote's Courtship from the Orphans' Home Cycle
Join Raven Theatre for this special event in their Horton Foote Exploration

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:30pm
at Raven Theatre | 6157 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660



The Orphans' Home Cycle is a series of nine plays based on the life of Horton Foote's father between the years 1902 and 1928. The first play, Roots in a Parched Ground, was originally written in 1962. The other eight were written in the 1970's and produced individually between 1978 and 1999. The plays were produced as a complete cycle for the first time in 2009 by Hartford Stage and New York's Signature Theater.

Courtship is the fifth play of the cycle, and concerns the courtship of Horace Robedaux and Elizabeth Vaughn, the characters based on Foote's parents.

The reading will be directed by Raven's Associate Artistic Director Cody Estle and will feature some of your favorite Raven actors, including Jen Short (All My Sons, The Playboy of the Western World) as Elizabeth and Tim Martin (Dividing the Estate) as Horace, JoAnn Montemurro and Will Casey as Mrs. and Mr. Vaughn, plus Marssie Mencotti and Catherine Marcroft (Dividing the Estate), Sophia Menendian (Good Boys and True), and Chris Borek (Vieux Carre).


This event is FREE and open to the public. Call 773-338-2177 to reserve your free seats.



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Mar 22: Stage Readings - In Their Voices


Writers Theatre Special Museum Events
Reading from the moving compilation of stories In Our Voices

Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
at The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center | 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60622




Actors from Writers Theatre in Glencoe, read from the moving compilation of stories In Our Voices, pay tribute to emotional and inspiring accounts of Holocaust survival written by Chicagoland-based survivors.


FREE for Writers Theatre patrons and members of the Illinois Holocaust Museum. Reservation required. Click here to RSVP.



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Mar 21: Alice and Celia and Whatever It Takes


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MARCH
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, March 21, 2015 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL




Alice and Celia and Whatever It Takes
By Resident Playwright MARY RUTH CLARKE

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 and open to the public.



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