The Second City will bring diverse new voices to the forefront of the comedy world with a series of events June 6 - 9, 2018. The weekend kicks off with the 5th annual Bob Curry Fellowship Showcase, featuring 16 of the best and brightest new voices in comedy. The 4th annual NBCUniversal Second City Break Out Comedy Festival, which spotlights rising talent from across the country, will be hosted by incomparable comic Godfrey (Comedy Central, VH1, BET), Second City alumnus David Pompeii (Comedy Central, Key and Peele) and special guest Azhar Usman (Comedy Cellar of NY).
The MoonSharks Present: An Improvised Play is presented as part of the LookOut Series - Steppenwolf’s performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. The performances will be held on Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9, 2018 in Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre (1700 N. Halsted St, Chicago 60614). Tickets for the show are $15 for general admission. Tickets are available for cash or credit at the door, or online at www.steppenwolf.org. The show’s running time is 1 hour and 30 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission.
Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels announce Victory Gardens Theater’s Public Programs line-up in conjunction with Mies Julie, written by Yaël Farber, directed by Dexter Bullard, and adapted from August Strindberg’s Miss Julie. Mies Julie runs May 25 – June 24, 2018, with the press performance on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.
Cast and production team were announced today for Promethean Theatre Ensemble’s Joint World Premiere production BLISS (OR EMILY POST IS DEAD!) by Jami Brandli. Promethean’s staging, to be directed by Anna Bahow, is part of a rolling world premiere for the play, along with San Diego’s Moxie Theatre and Los Angeles’s Moving Arts at Atwater Village Theatre. BLISS (OR EMILY POST IS DEAD!) is a dramedy in which four women of Greek tragedy – Clytemnestra, Medea, Antigone, and Cassandra – become New Jersey neighbors in the year 1960. The SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE called it “a hilarious, sharply written and fast-paced comedy-drama.”
CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY LATE NIGHT WRITERS ROOM will be performed in the Broadway, Pride Arts Center at 4139 N. Broadway, Pride Arts Center, at 10 pm. This irreverent night of improv comedy is inspired by the popular and politically incorrect party game “Cards Against Humanity.” After audience members pitch their ideas, the best suggestions are acted out by the Cards Against Humanity writers and a team of improvisers. The worst suggestions will be mercilessly ridiculed. Recommended for ages 18+.
Random Acts has announced several additional artists joining comedian Scott Duff at their #SafeSpace event on Thursday, May 31st at 8pm. The fundraiser, which will be held at Mrs. Murphy and Son's Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) is Pay-What-You-Can, with proceeds benefitting The Night Ministry.
Complete cast and crew were announced today for Circle’s Chicago premiere production of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, a musical by Max Vernon, whose musical KPOP last week won Best Musical honors in off-Broadway’s Lortel Awards and is also nominated for seven Drama Desk awards. THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, which opened off-Broadway in February 2017, is inspired by real life events of the 1973 arson attack at the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant gay bar in New Orleans. Now accepted as a targeted anti-gay attack, the arson resulted in the deaths of 32 people and was, until the 2016 Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting, the deadliest assault on a gay club in U.S. history. The show is inspired by and pays tributes to many of the patrons that frequented the venue.
Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series is pleased to announce its exciting Summer 2018 lineup, which includes offerings from more than 20 different artists and groups ranging from standup to theatre to live music to a live podcast episode and more! LookOut’s Summer 2018 lineup provides audiences with a variety of reasons to step out of the heat, grab a cool drink from Front Bar and head into Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre to experience diverse artists and genres.
Casting has been announced for Pride Films and Plays’ American premiere of PINK ORCHIDS - the first play of the “PAC Pride Fest” - a summer season of five plays. PINK ORCHIDS, by Patrick Cash, is a British play in which five eloquently interwoven and often funny monologues explore the experience of living with HIV - a virus that attacks the emotions as well as the body. It premiered in London in 2016 under the title THE HIV MONOLOGUES. This production will be directed by Brennan T. Jones and will open to the press on Friday, June 8 at 7:30 pm, in the Pride Arts Center’s Buena space. Jones directed JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS for Pride Films and Plays in summer 2017 and was Assistant Director for TimeLine Theatre’s THE AUDIENCE last fall.
Chicago has a new, family-friendly summer festival to look forward to: the BOING! Festival (Big Outdoor Indoor Neighborhood Gathering), Sunday, June 10, at Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station, 100 S. Racine Avenue in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.