Her Story Theater will stage the world premiere of INVISIBLE, written by Mary Bonnett, as its Fall 2019 production. INVISIBLE imagines a woman in a small Mississippi town in 1925 who is forced to reconcile her involvement in the modern Women’s Ku Klux Klan movement with her religious beliefs and sense of decency.
Akvavit Theatre is pleased to announce its 2019 season: FAMILY Drama, 2 Norwegian Plays appearing this fall in a double bill. The two one-acts presented in partnership with the International Voices Project, include the U.S. premiere of GOLIATH by Maria Tryti Vennerød, translated by May-Brit Akerholt and directed by Co-Artistic Director Kirstin Franklin and THE RETURNING by Fredrik Brattberg, translated by Henning Hegland and directed by Lee Peters.
Raven Theatre is pleased to announce casting for its 2019-20 season opener: Katori Hall’s drama HOODOO LOVE, directed by Wardell Julius Clark with music direction by The Ricky Harris. HOODOO LOVE will feature Matthew James Elam, Christopher Wayland Jones, Martasia Jones and Shariba Rivers.
Lips, the ultimate in drag dining, today announced the Grand Opening date of their long-anticipated Chicago location. Beginning Friday, August 23, Chicago audiences will be able to experience Lips’ one-of-a-kind glitz and glamour, located at 2229 S. Michigan Avenue, joining its lineup of successful venues in New York City, San Diego, Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta.
Nothing Without a Company in association with Aloha Center Chicago is proud to announce the production team and casting for the Chicago premiere of Pakalolo Sweet, written by Hannah Ii-Epstein, and directed by Rachel Slavick, with Lanialoha Lee as Cultural Specialist & Music Director. Pakalolo Sweet previews September 13, 14 & 16th 7:30pm - 9:30pm, and runs September 17th to October 5th, Monday - Saturday at 7:30pm & Saturday at 4:30pm in The Coach House at Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan Rd., Chicago IL. Pre-Sale tickets are priced between $10 - $20, and are available now until August 17th at NothingWithoutaCompany.org.
The Artistic Home Ensemble’s first production of the 2019-20 Chicago Theatre Season will be the world premiere of VANYA ON THE PLAINS, a Chekhovian tragicomedy by Jason Hedrick, Director of the O’Neil Theatre and Instructor of Theatre and Speech at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL. Hedrick’s play imagines a future totalitarian society in which in-person human interaction is greatly diminished and daily life experiences are detached from reality in favor of digital virtual reality experiences. The “plains” of the title is a barren land only somewhat more livable than the neighboring sector, the Outlands. In an attempt to acquaint his family and friends with real-time and real-space personal interaction and genuine relationships, the 79-year old Elijah convinces them to perform Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA despite the fact that the younger members of the family have never seen a play and have no conception of acting.
Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, opens its 2019/20 Season with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical masterpiece Into the Woods, directed by Gary Griffin. Into the Woods runs August 14-September 22, 2019 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe.
Join The Gift Theatre Ensemble for the company’s annual SEASON RELEASE BASH on Sunday, August 18 from 6 pm – 8 pm at Park & Field, 3509 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Enjoy a late summer evening at Logan Square’s vintage sports club with cocktails by the bonfire (open bar from 6 – 8 pm), bocce ball and The Gift’s 2020 season announcement at 7 pm. Tickets are currently available at www.thegifttheatre.org.
About Face Theatre is pleased to launch its 2019-20 season with the world premiere of AFT Artistic Associate Scott Bradley’s intimately moving solo show PACKING, one artist’s personal journey of self discovery as it intersects with recent queer history. Directed by Chay Yew, PACKING will play October 31 – December 7, 2019 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 6 at aboutfacetheatre.com, by calling (773) 975-8150, or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office.
Steppenwolf Theatre’s 1982 production of True West is arguably one of the most significant events in Chicago theatre history. The company’s original production, starring Gary Sinise and John Malcovich, was the first show in the company’s history to go on national tour and established Chicago as one of the premier cities for theatre work. Since Steppenwolf’s production, True West has seen countless revivals across the country, including the legendary role-switching performances of Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly on Broadway in early 2000.
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