The Gift Theatre is pleased to welcome Jennifer Glasse as its newest Ensemble member. Glasse has appeared in The Gift’s world premieres of Hang Man and A Life Extra Ordinary. Comments The Gift Artistic Director Michael Patrick Thornton, “Jennifer’s work is high wire acrobatics of the heart without a net. Over the years, we’ve watched Jennifer in awe as she slid effortlessly into different worlds and characters with a ferocious spirit and a presence and present-ness that electrifies anyone within a square mile. We’re honored that Jennifer has joined The Gift Ensemble and look forward to collaborating again very soon.”
Black Ensemble Theater is adding two additional weeks to the run of Rick Stone the Blues Man written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor. Rick Stone the Blues Man will be performed at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, now through September 9, 2018.
First Floor Theater is pleased to announce its seventh season, featuring a world premiere and two Chicago premieres. The 2018-19 season will be presented at FFT’s resident home, The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighorbood.
Strawdog Theatre Company is pleased to announce casting for its world premiere of MASQUE MACABRE, a dark and bloody thrill ride inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe – think Carrie meets Eyes Wide Shut. The handlers of a "bad boy" entrepreneur go to extremes to give him one last big bash before his past catches up to him. An explorative immersive theatre experience a la Sleep No More, guests travel from room to room throughout the space and follow stories of revenge and murder as they play out in real time.
Due to popular demand, actor and magician Brett Schneider’s hit one-man show COMMUNION: An Evening of Magic, returns to Chicago for six performances only, September 13 – 22, 2018 at The Den Theatre’s Upstairs Mainstage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently avaiable at thedentheatre.com. Recommended for ages 13+. The press opening is Thursday, September 13 at 8 pm.
Blank Theatre Company has announced the cast and creative team for their inaugural production, SPRING AWAKENING. SPRING AWAKENING features music by Duncan Sheik, book & lyrics by Steven Sater, based on the play by Frank Wedekind, orchestrations by Alan Stevens Hewitt, vocal arrangements by AnnMarie Milazzo, and string orchestrations by Simon Hale.
Eight cast members, a blend of 2nd Act Players’ veterans and new faces, will make up the cast of the theater’s fall production of the new, two-act drama, New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House, announced 2nd Act Players’ cofounder John N. Frank. The play looks at the American immigrant experience through the eyes of an Italian-American family in the early 1960s.
Barrel of Monkeys is thrilled to announce the 2018-19 season of its lauded original sketch show THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA, performing at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. For tickets and additional information, visit barrelofmonkeys.org.
With the original run and first extension completely sold out, Steep Theatre is extending the run of Penelope Skinner’s Linda through September 15. Tickets for these eight additional performances will go on sale at noon on Thursday, August 16, and they’re expected to sell very quickly. Tickets will be available at steeptheatre.com/linda.
Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to launch its 2018-19 season with 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, playing September 6 – October 20, 2018 at SGT’s resident home Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Single tickets are currently available at www.shatteredglobe.org, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office. The press opening is Wednesday, September 12 at 8 pm.