Behind the Curtain

Oct 5: Inside Look: Georgia McBride


Northlight Theatre's Inside Look: Georgia McBride
Explore the context of Georgia McBride with Northlight Theatre.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 10:45am
at Evanston Public Library | 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL 60201



Explore the context of The Legend of Georgia McBride through a discussion and Q&A session with artists related to the production. Approximately one hour.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Sep 30: KidSeries Open House


A family-friendly open house at Lifeline Theatre!
Bring the whole family and learn more about our KidSeries shows! Kids will meet the cast, watch a scene or song from the show, and experience craft activities based on the play with one of Lifeline's teaching artists. Adults will enjoy coffee and conversation with our writers, directors, and educators and get a behind-the-scenes peek at what goes into bringing our children's stories to life.

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 1:00pm
at Lifeline Theatre | 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago 60626



Open House: Arnie the Doughnut
Meet director Elise Kauzlaric, composer George Howe, and the cast of their beloved musical as they present a scene and song from the show.

This hour-long event is FREE and open to the public (performance starts at 1pm), but reservations are required. Call 773-761-4477 or email erica@lifelinetheatre.com. RSVP by September 29.



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Sep 27: WRECK (Reading)


WRECK receives a staged reading at The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.
Kevin Wiczer’s new play WRECK to have a Stage Reading at The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 7:30 to 10:30pm
at The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre | 111 W. Campbell St, Arlington Heights, IL 60005



Wreck
Two men (Man #1 played by Jason Williams, and Man #2 played by Mark Stickney) survive a plane crash, and end up on a deserted island in the Caribbean. After figuring out survival strategies, they begin to learn about each other, and it’s not long before their inner demons creep to the surface. Includes strong adult language, adult situations, and violence. Playwright: Kevin Wiczer (Lake Zurich).

The cast: Mark Stickney and Jason Williams (Palatine).

There will be a talkback afterwards. The talkback will be moderated by Metropolis Resident Director and Casting Director, Robin Hughes.

Playwright Kevin Wiczer says, “This new play was a challenge. I wanted this play to consist of only two men on stage for a two-hour time period dealing with a rollercoaster of emotions. WRECK is about survival, loss, finding yourself, trust in others, and the destruction of the human soul.”

This event is FREE. Seating is first come first served.



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Sep 25 - Oct 4: Artemisia Theatre's Her Story Is Our Story - 2017 Fall Festival Play


Artemisia Fall Festival 2017
Pick your next theatrical adventure at Artemisia Fall Festival 2017, featuring six groundbreaking new plays with dynamic female characters seeking full production. Each night a new work is staged by Chicago’s outstanding pool of talent and is free to the public. From this thrilling lineup, the audience chooses Artemisia’s next world premiere. You must see a minimum of four readings to receive a digital voting ballot at the end of the festival. Fall Festival talent is excluded from voting.

Monday, September 25, 2017 through Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
at the Edge Theatre | 5451 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640






Monday, September 25 at 7:30pm
The Rug Dealer by Riti Sachdeva
An Iranian-American woman inherits her father’s rug store after his death and negotiates the costly business of carpets, family, duty and desire.

Tuesday, September 26 at 7:30pm
Jarred by Eileen Campbell
A fresh college dropout moves in with her former fourth grade teacher in order to get away from the mess. Together, the two women must reconcile their monsters.

Wednesday, September 27 at 8:00pm
Rush by Callie Kimball
A young woman and her brother risk everything to start a new life at the end of the world. But with a Chicago detective on their trail, is the Yukon Territory far enough away to escape their terrible past?

Monday, October 2 at 7:30pm
The Malta Play by Kirsten Ebsen
Based on actual events, two British Quaker women survive imprisonment by the Inquisition on the Isle of Malta during the seventeenth century.

Tuesday, October 3 at 7:30pm
Reap the Grove by Caity-Shea Violette
An estranged family is reunited to spend the mother’s final days together before she ends her life on her own terms following a terminal lung cancer diagnosis.

Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30pm
Parts of Speech by Janet Burroway
In the 1980’s, a female translation teacher waits for news of her journalist brother who has been taken hostage in Lebanon and copes by revisiting and reimaging the past.


FREE but RSVP is strongly encouraged. Seating is limited. Click here to RSVP.



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Sep 23: Stories Come Alive! - Arnie the Doughnut


Free drama games in Rogers Park with Lifeline Theatre's Arnie the Doughnut. Lifeline's spring children's adaptation runs October 21 - November 26, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10:00am to 11:00am
at the Rogers Park Public Library | 6907 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626




Lifeline actors will read from Laurie Keller's Arnie the Doughnut and play drama games with children of all ages (parents welcome too).

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Sep 23: Stray (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: September
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, September 23, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Stray
by Ryan Oliveira (RAC Writer's Group)

In a small Brazilian town, an accident leaves a mother and son from America without memories of each other. Taken in by three town's stray animals, they begin to re-member their lives, but can they remember each other anew?

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



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Sep 20 - Oct 8: New Stages Festival


Founded in 2004, the New Stages Festival is a celebration of innovative new plays, and is designed to give playwrights an opportunity to take risks and experiment.
Since its inception, New Stages has offered theatergoers a first look at adventurous new plays, many of which have gone on to receive successful full productions at the Goodman and elsewhere—including Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined. Please join Goodman Theatre for this year’s festival which features an exciting roster of developmental productions and staged readings. See below for a full line-up.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 through Sunday, October 8, 2017
at Goodman Theatre | 170 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60601





DEVELOPMENTAL PRODUCTIONS

Lottery Day
By Ike Holter | Directed by Lilli-Anne Brown
September 20 - October 7, 2017

After an act of violence robbed her of family, Mallory created a new one by opening the doors of her rambling home in a quickly gentrifying neighborhood to a wild array of lonely neighbors, hardcore activists and starving artists. Tonight she is determined to banish the ghosts of her past by throwing a raging party and all of her new family is invited. This is a holiday of her own invention—Lottery Day— and anyone could win but everyone has something to lose. In his latest play, award-winning Chicago playwright Ike Holter weaves together characters from past works including Exit Strategy, Sender, The Wolf at the End of the Block and Prowess, to create a new story about the cost of belonging and the gift of community. Reserve tickets here


Continuity
By Bess Wohl | Directed by Annie Tippe
September 22 - October 8, 2017

On a soundstage in a desert in New Mexico meant to look like a melting ice sheet in Greenland, things are running way behind schedule. As over-qualified-but-under-recognized director Maria tries to salvage her big-budget thriller about climate change and eco-terrorism, her cast and screenwriter waste precious minutes of daylight with error-ridden mis-takes and behind-the-scenes drama. Bess Wohl’s startlingly funny new play examines what is worth saving and what isn’t—especially when we’re facing the end of the world. Reserve tickets here.


Twilight Bowl
By Rebecca Gilman | Directed by Erica Weiss
September 24 - October 8, 2017

Cousins Sam and Jaycee grew up together in a small Wisconsin town. Sam, who sharpened her bowling skills at the local alley, is now heading to college with a bowling scholarship. But Jaycee’s future isn’t looking so bright. As the young women and their friends face adulthood, the alley becomes a place to celebrate, mourn and forge new identities. But can their bonds survive even as their paths diverge? And is success always earned, or is it sometimes a matter of luck?. Reserve tickets here



STAGED READINGS

How to Catch Creation
By Christina Anderson | Directed by Jess McLeod
Friday, October 6 at 10:30AM

In the mid-1960s, a black, queer, feminist writer’s life is changed when her girlfriend tells her some unexpected news. 50 years later, the reverberations of that moment still echo in the lives of four individuals in the rapidly changing city of San Francisco. Christina Anderson’s stunning and complex examination of the universal act of creation—creation of life, of family, of art—spans space and time to inspire a new generation of makers and lovers. Reserve tickets here.


Eden Prairie, 1971
By Mat Smart | Directed by Henry Wishcamper
Friday, October 6 at 2:00PM

On the night Apollo 15 lands on the moon, a draft dodger steals home to Eden Prairie, Minnesota from Canada. He risks arrest to deliver a message to a young woman from his high school class. This beautifully etched play challenges notions of our own bravery and the true cost of freedom. Reserve tickets here.


POSTNATION
Conceived and Directed by Mikhael Tara Garver
Friday, October 6 at 4:30PM in the Polk Rehearsal Room

Immersive theatre artist Mikhael Tara Garver will present sections from her work-in-progress, POSTNATION. This community engaged site-specific commission explores the U.S. postal system—which was built prior to the creation of the federal government, and grew in response to immigration and migration movements—to explore the intersecting languages and cultures of Chicago. POSTNATION asks the question: How do we continue to take leaps of faith in a system we see as broken? Reserve tickets here.


The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona
Written and Directed by José Rivera
Saturday, October 7 at 10:00AM

When Nikki’s twin sister Abril commits suicide, Nikki wishes she could tell Abril just one more thing. She seeks guidance from an organization that arranges for dying people to carry messages to the already dead—satisfaction not guaranteed. Nikki’s messenger, Orlando, promises to try to find Abril, but he has no idea what awaits him once he succumbs to cancer. Whimsical and grotesque, The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona examines grief, regret and our unflagging hope for meaning in our lifetimes—and beyond. Reserve tickets here.


We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time
Written and Performed by David Cale | Songs by David Cale
Arranged by Matthew Dean Marsh | Directed by Tony Speciale
Saturday, October 7 at 2:00PM

Growing up in an ugly English industrial town, writer and performer David Cale escaped the volatility of his parents’ marriage by singing Petula Clark songs and tending to the tropical birds in the Bird and Animal Hospital he built in a garden shed—until a violent act changed everything. Weaving together original songs and achingly beautiful writing, Cale embodies this vivid tale about learning to live when death is suddenly everywhere. Reserve tickets here.




These events are FREE and open to the public.



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Sep 18: CORE - (saliva) things that i like about my partner that are not their mouth or genitals


American Theater Company - Chicago Open Residency Experiment (CORE) presents (saliva) things that i like about my partner that are not their mouth or genitals
CORE is a week-long workshop opportunity for artists of all disciplines. American Theater Company awards a free week of rehearsal space and a presentation of the work to ten projects and groups of artists. ATC is committed to creating new work for the American theater and asking questions about how we make what we make as American theater artists.

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:00pm
at American Theater Company | 1909 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613




(saliva) things that i like about my partner that are not their mouth or genitals
By Jasmine Jordan and Valerie Gallucci

(saliva) is about sex, about discovering sex and sharing every detail with a best friend, about keeping score, about discretion, about bodies, about lust, about shame, about exes, about celebration. It is by two friends who don't have sex the same way or make art the same way and are figuring that out. It requires those two friends to learn how to dance, learn how to give a lecture, and learn how to work together for the first time since they were sixteen.

FREE but reservation is required. Suggested donation of $15. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP. For more information, click here.



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Sep 16: Launch Day (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: September
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, September 16, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Launch Day
by Michael Higgins (Writer's Studio)
Directed by Directed by Georgette Verdin, Co-Artistic Director, Interrobang Theatre

Weary of our corrupt and dying planet, a brilliant young engineer is blasting off today on a mission to colonize another world. Her ex-boyfriend believes the Earth – and their relationship – can be saved. But first he must convince her to stay – and hope his new robotic arm doesn’t ruin everything. Six couples wrestle with the future of love in Launch Day, a comedy about where we’re headed.

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



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Sep 16: Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - The Electronic Ni**er


Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - A citywide, yearlong event to rediscover classic plays by writers of color
Court’s Spotlight Reading series hopes to redefine—and ultimately expand—the canon of classic Theatre by presenting readings of rarely produced plays by authors of color. The series aims to introduce more Chicagoans to the authors and their work, and to expand Court’s artistic values into more communities in the city, with a focus on the south side.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 3:00pm
at ESO Theater | 5401-5403 W. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60644





The Electronic Ni**er
By Ed Bullins
Directed by Cedric Mays

The Story: A.T. Carpentier, a college student in his late thirties, signs up for a creative writing course and continually interrupts the class with his pretentious anecdotes and speeches. Written in 1968, this provocative comedy deals with the danger of rhetoric of any kind.

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



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Sep 11: The Making of TREVOR the Musical


Writers Theatre's The Making Of Series
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of the shows you love? For each production, Writers Theatre offers insight into a different aspect of creating theatre to a group of Writers Theatre patrons. Enjoy a short and lively presentation by their designers and other experts, who will walk you through the process of preparing for and executing a show.

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 6:30pm
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022





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



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Sep 10: Stories and Songs of Chicago


Lyric Unlimited Presents Chicago Voices Community Created Performances: Stories and Songs of Chicago
Community Created Performances are original music theater works created and performed by Chicago groups using the core element of opera: storytelling through song.

Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Harris Theater | 205 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60603



As part of Lyric Unlimited’s groundbreaking Chicago Voices initiative, three incredibly unique groups have been selected for a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to bring their community’s stories to life through song. Join them at the Harris Theater for the culmination of their 15-week creative journey, when their stories take shape as unforgettable, fully produced musical performance pieces.

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



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