Victory Gardens Theater Artistic Director Chay Yew, Managing Director Erica Daniels and Director of New Play Development Skyler Gray announce the lineup for the 10th Anniversary IGNITION Festival of New Plays, including Prosthesis by Robert Askins; Untitled Road Trip Play by Lauren Yee; White History by Dave Harris; How to Defend Yourself by Lily Padilla; Seeing Eye by Nick Malakhow; and The First Deep Breath by Lee Edward Colston II. The 2018 Festival runs August 3 -5, 2018 at Victory Gardens Theater, located at 2433 N Lincoln Avenue.
Discussions on race and gender can often become complicated so quickly that they run the risk of becoming non-starters; conversations that can quickly morph into ignorant shouting matches or become neutered by easy platitudes. The issues of these conversations are often inadvertently carried over into works of art that attempt to create them. It can be difficult to portray these complexities in a work of art when art itself is a subset of the discussion at hand. Don’t Smoke In Bed, however, approaches these topics in such a fresh and uncompromising manner that allows it to gain enough traction to kickstart and challenge your perspectives on gender and race. Through incredibly sharp writing, expertly paced character building, and powerful performances, Chimera Ensemble’s production is well worth your time.
Teatro Vista, Chicago’s leading professional Latinx theater company for nearly 30 years, announced today its 2018-19 season line-up.
The Greenhouse Theater Center (GTC) announced today Artistic Director Jacob Harvey will depart the Lincoln Park institution at the end of June 2018. Harvey joined GTC in January 2016, charged with transforming the longtime rental facility into a full-time producing organization.
“We are brothers, we are men. We do not give advice or comment on other people’s feelings or situations. We only talk when we have the stick.” These are the rules of Support Group for Men, a new comedy by Ellen Fairey (Graceland, TV’s Nurse Jackie, Masters of Sex, The Sinner) about what it means to be a man in today’s America. Directed by Kimberly Senior, Support Group for Men explores shifting social and gender roles through the lens of four Chicago guys—Delano (Anthony Irons), Brian (Ryan Kitley), Roger (Keith Kupferer) and Kevin (Tommy Rivera-Vega)—who gather weekly to vent about middle-aged maladies in a Wrigleyville apartment. Also cast are Jeff Kurysz, Sadieh Rifai and Eric Slater, and the creative team includes Jack Magaw (sets), Noël Huntzinger (costumes), Jen Schriever(lighting) and Richard Woodbury (sound). Support Group for Men appears June 23 – July 29, 2018 (opening night is July 2 at 7pm) in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre. Tickets ($25 - $80; subject to change) are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/SupportGroup, by telephone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn).
Drury Lane Theatre announces casting for its sultry summer drama, Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Tony nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge (2009 Broadway revival of Ragtime, Drury Lane’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe). Cat on a Hot Tin Roof runs July 5 – August 26, 2018, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.
BoHo Theatre is excited to announce Stephen Schellhardt will become BoHo’s new Artistic Director beginning next season, which will begin in early 2019. Schellhardt has been the Artistic Associate with the company since 2015. He assumes the position from outgoing Artistic Director Peter Marston Sullivan, who will remain with BoHo as the new Artistic Associate.
The Neighborhood is pleased to present Noah Haidle’s VIGILS, directed by Kadin Graeme McGreevy, playing June 15 – June 27, 2018 at The Frontier, 1106 W Thorndale Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at www.theneighborhoodtheatrechicago.com. The press opening is Thursday, June 15 at 8 pm.
Now in rehearsals, Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of The Roommate by Jen Silverman, directed by Tony Award Winner Phylicia Rashad. Ensemble members Ora Jones and Sandra Marquez star in this celebration of female friendship and midlife renaissance.
Her Story Theater, a company dedicated to raising awareness of the epidemic of sexual exploitation, has announced the world premiere of MONGERS - the fourth play in its cycle of dramas exposing sex trafficking practices in Chicago.
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