Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, opens its 2018/19 season with Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone, directed by Lavina Jadhwani, featuring original music and music direction by Gabriel Ruiz and choreography by Tommy Rapley. Vietgone runs August 15 – September 23, 2018 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Goodman Theatre announced today that Artistic Director Robert Falls will direct its 2018/2019 season opening production, We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time, written and performed by David Cale—Obie Award-winning “spellbinding storyteller” (Los Angeles Times). Falls, who first invited Cale to the Goodman in 1988 (The Redthroats in the Goodman Studio), replaces previously-announced director Tony Speciale. A musical memoir of hope, family and transcendence, Cale’s newest solo performance piece features songs he has written, with arrangements and underscoring composed by Matthew Dean Marsh—performed live by Marsh and a quintet of musicians at each performance. We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time appears September 15 – October 21 in the Albert Theatre. Tickets ($20-75; subject to change) are on sale now at Goodman Theatre.org/Alive, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Abbott is the Major Production Sponsor.
Thanks in large part to the “#MeToo” movement, conversations about female mistreatment in the workplace have been at the forefront of recent social discourse. Becoming ever-more relevant, then, is Penelope Skinner’s pre-”#metoo” 2015 dark comedy, Linda, about a woman fighting for visibility in the workplace in a male-dominated industry (serving, of course, primarily female clients). Steep Theatre’s production features an impressive cast with well-paced direction from ensemble member Robin Witt, but the script’s convoluted plot makes it difficult to connect fully with these characters.
Red Theater Chicago announces that its Jeff Award-winning production of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity will receive a limited remount next month as part of the 2018 Theater on the Lake Summer Theater Festival. Written by Kristoffer Diaz and directed by company member Jeremy Aluma, performances will take place August 7-10, 2018 at The South Shore Cultural Center.
Was Dr. Martin Luther King correct in saying the moral arc of the universe bends toward justice? Even if we do learn from the past, are we still doomed to repeat some of it? Promethean Theatre Ensemble Artistic Director Brian Pastor says, “Friedrich Nietzsche once noted that ‘when we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.’ As Promethean begins its 13th season, we are reminded of one of our founding tenets: that we tell stories of the past to illuminate our present. The themes that we explore this season challenge us to craft a better tomorrow by taking our cues from the boldest voices of yesteryear.”
This holiday season, Rosemont Theatre will feature six spectacular Christmas shows, starting on December 1 and ending December 22. All productions will take place at the Rosemont Theatre (5400 N. River Road). Tickets go on sale Friday, July 27 at 10am via Ticketmaster and can also be purchased at the box office.
Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to announce casting for Chris Hannan’s new stage adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s masterful novel CRIME AND PUNISHMENT. SGT Ensemble Member Louis Contey* directs an ensemble of eleven actors in this rich interpretation of one of the world’s great literary treasures. CRIME AND PUNISHMENT will feature SGT Ensemble Members Christina Gorman*, Rebecca Jordan*, Drew Schad*, Joe Wiens* and Brad Woodard*, SGT Artistic Associates Daria Harper^ and Darren Jones^ and SGT Protégé alum Jazzma Pryor+ with Christopher Acevedo, Patrick Thornton and Ilse Zacharias.
Red Tape Theatre announces the first show in our 15th Season - THE SHIPMENT by Young Jean Lee, directed by Wardell Clark, associate director Sydney Charles. In THE SHIPMENT, Lee uses her razor-sharp and unsettling humor to upend the surface stereotypes and tropes of African Americans that permeate our media, entertainment industry, and the dominant cultural (aka white perceived) narrative. Audiences are confronted with cliches, distortions, and brilliant sleights of hand that force us to go beyond the lampoon and shift the lens through which we perceive race in order to confront our own bias. The show will star Sheldon Brown, Hunter Bryant, Eric Gerard, Marcus D. Moore, and Kiayla Ryan.
Underscore Theatre's Hit Musical HAYMARKET Adds Four Weeks of Performances; Transfers To Theater Wit - August 3 - September 2, 2018
Following a successful five-week run at The Den Theatre’s Heath Main Stage, Underscore Theatre Company, in association with Theater Wit is pleased to announce a transfer and extension of its hit musical HAYMARKET, the true story of Chicago’s infamous Haymarket riot. HAYMARKET will play an additional four weeks of performances featuring the full original cast from August 3 – September 2, 2018 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets for the extension are currently available are available at underscoretheatre.org, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office. Performances continue at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago through Sunday, July 22, 2018.
Broken Nose Theatre today announced two major leadership appointments. Associate Artistic Director Elise Marie Davis has been named the company’s new Artistic Director, succeeding Founding Artistic Director Benjamin Brownson. Brownson, who has led the company since its formation in 2012, is taking a brief sabbatical and will return as the company’s Executive Director in 2019. Additionally, Company Manager Rose Hamill will assume the newly created position of Managing Director.
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