Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC), a program of the Northwestern Settlement, is proud to announce the Grand Reopening of the Vittum Theater. ASC will present its first production in the newly rehabbed Vittum Theater on February 15th. As part of the festivities, there will be a free staged reading of Carlos Murillo’s I Come From Arizona . The reading will be preceded by tours of the new offices, ribbon cutting hosted by the West Town and Wicker Park Bucktown Chambers of Commerce, a toast to our community for their support, and more.
The Vittum Theater, along with the offices of Adventure Stage and the Northwestern Settlement, suffered major damages after the sprinkler system malfunctioned on November 15th. While no one was injured during the evacuation, Adventure Stage has been greatly impacted, displacing staff members and forcing the closure of ASC’s production of La Ofrenda two weeks early. After two and a half months of renovations, the stage floor, lighting system, carpet, and curtains have all been replaced; a project estimated around $200,000.
The Grand Reopening will take place on Saturday, February 15th. Activities, tours and celebrations from 2:30-3:30pm. The ribbon cutting will take place at 3:45 directly followed by the staged reading at 4pm. While the Grand Reopening is free for all patrons, tickets must be reserved through the google form found here: https://forms.gle/gNu9kvqSrFbQL3wj6
A reimagining of Murillo’s Augusta & Noble first produced by ASC in 2013, I Come From Arizona tells the story of Gabi Castillo, a 14 year old Mexican American girl just about to start high school at the prestigious Northside Prep. The halls and students of Northside are a long ways away from her home on the South Side of Chicago. Through an assignment in her Global Perspectives class, Gabi uncovers the meaning of courage and her part in keeping the American Dream alive. I Come From Arizona taps into the human stories of immigration in America that are often ignored.