Teatro Vista announces the world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker’s The Abuelas, a sequel to her acclaimed play The Madres, February 9-March 17, 2019 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. Press opening is Friday, February 15 at 8 p.m. Regular show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets, $20-$35, go on sale December 17. For tickets and information, visit teatrovista.org, victorygardens.org or call (773) 871-3000.
Victory Gardens Theater presents with Actors Theatre of Louisville the Co-World Premiere of HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF
Victory Gardens Theater, with Actors Theatre of Louisville, to present the Co-World Premiere of How to Defend Yourself, written by Lily Padilla and directed by Marti Lyons. How to Defend Yourself will be presented at the 2019 Humana Festival of New American Plays (March 21 – April 7, 2019) and as part of the Victory Gardens Theater 2019/2020 Season (January 24 – February 23, 2020).
Red Tape Theatre announces the cast of our second show in our 15th Season - IN THE BLOOD by Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Chika Ike. In the Blood is the story of the impoverished Hester La Negrita's mission for redemption. She tries to make a way for her and her five children but is instead constantly used, abused, and condemned by everyone around her. Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Park's provocative riff on The Scarlet Letter is an unflinching look at how we judge each other, how we separate from each other and how we determine what is "otherness." The show will star Casey Chapman, Richard Costes, Jyreika Guest, Emilie Modaff, Kiayla Ryann, and Max Thomas.
I KNOW MY OWN HEART by Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue, was inspired by the secret coded diaries of Yorkshire gentlewoman Anne Lister. It details Lister’s affairs with various women in the early 19th Century. Donoghue is best known for her novel and subsequent screenplay and stage play of ROOM. The film version of ROOM was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay and Brie Larson’s award-winning performance. This will be the US premiere of I KNOW MY OWN HEART and it will be directed by Elizabeth Swanson. Swanson says, “Heart is a colorful chamber drama about a woman who works toward that most elusive end – to know herself. And what she uncovers about her needs and desires challenges every traditional queer narrative.”
Broadway In Chicago today announced their plans to honor the late James M. Nederlander, the legendary Broadway theatre owner and producer, patriarch of Broadway and champion of Chicago's Downtown Theatre District, by renaming the Oriental Theatre as the James M. Nederlander Theatre. The new marquee and signage will be unveiled as the NEDERLANDER THEATRE, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, with the opening of Dear Evan Hansen.
Barrel of Monkeys celebrates the season with THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA Rings in the Holidays, directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd, playing Mondays at 8 pm (plus special weekend performances) from December 10 – December 22, 2018 at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.barrelofmonkeys.org or by calling (773) 506-7140.
Not many events are able to sustain a seven-year run in the Windy City, making us increasingly curious about The House Theatre's The Magic Parlour starring Dennis Watkins. What does one even expect at an intimate magic show like this, and could it possibly live up to the hype? The answer is a resounding yes, in that The Magic Parlour is a truly baffling and exciting experience from start to finish.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of A Doll’s House, Part 2 by award-winning playwright Lucas Hnath, helmed by acclaimed director Robin Witt and featuring ensemble members Celeste M. Cooper (Emmy), Sandra Marquez (Nora) and Yasen Peyankov (Torvald), with Barbara Robertson (Anne Marie). Hnath’s bitingly funny play continues this classic story 15 years after the infamous door slam that ended Ibsen’s original play.
Tis the season for holiday theatergoing! This year, Goodman Theatre offers two choices for Chicago audiences—Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, now in its 41st year, and the Goodman debut of David Sedaris’ contemporary, irreverent The Santaland Diaries, adapted by Joe Mantello. The Goodman kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, November 17 at 7pm with its annual tree lighting featuring cast members of A Christmas Carol, prior to the evening performance. A Christmas Carol directed by Henry Wishcamper appears November 17 – December 30 in the Albert Theatre; tickets are $25 - $119 (subject to change). The Santaland Diaries directed by Steve Scott appears November 30 – December 30 in the Owen Theatre; tickets are $15-45 (subject to change). Tickets to both productions are available by telephone 312.443.3800, online at GoodmanTheatre.org or at the Box Office (170 N. Dearborn).
Artemisia is now accepting submissions from playwrights who are represented by an agent or reside in the greater Chicago area to be considered for Fall Festival 2019. Our annual fall festival will change somewhat this year, but will feature three to four full-length, women-empowering plays discovered through a passionate search by our artistic staff. Each play is read only once and followed by a dedicated audience discussion focused by two questions – Does the Play Empower Women? Does the Play challenge you to see women in a new light? Artemisia’s Artistic Director chooses a play from the festival to undergo an exciting development process that celebrates the playwright’s unique feminist voice and engages our audience directly in workshops and discussion, leading to a premiere production in Chicago. There is no fee to submit and complete submission guidelines can be found at ARTEMISIATHEATRE.ORG. The deadline to receive submissions is January 15, 2019.