Returning for the holidays, The Agency Theater Collective is proud to once again present the Chicago classic HELLCAB by Will Kern, directed by Cordie Nelson, playing November 30 – December 30, 2018 at The Raven Theatre (West Stage), 6157 N. Clark St. in Chicago. All performances are pay-what you-can (suggested $20 donation). Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 1, 2018 at wearetheagency.org or by calling (773) 680-4596.
Goodman Theatre’s commitment to new works and emerging artists continues in its 2018/2019 Season. Today, the Goodman named four Chicago-based writers to its Playwrights Unit--Georgette Kelly, whose play Ballast was featured on The Kilroys List and received the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Play; Dianne Nora, a playwright, dramaturg, theater scholar and comedy writer who works in Chicago, Brooklyn and Dublin; Marisela Treviño Orta, semifinalist for the 2018 O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference and 2019 Kendeda Finalist (Alliance Theatre); and Stacey Rose, whose work has been presented at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, National Black Theatre and more. The Playwrights Unit, in partnership with Chicago Dramatists, meets bi-monthly to discuss their commissioned plays-in-progress with the Goodman’s artistic team. The residency culminates in a public staged reading of each new play in Summer 2019.
Chicago Theatre Week (#CTW19), an annual celebration of the rich tradition of theatre-going in Chicago during which visitors and residents can access value-priced tickets, will take place February 7-17, 2019. From joy to heartache and every feeling in between, Chicago theatre tells stories that evoke big emotions. Stories that take risks, inspire awe, ask tough questions – and dare audiences to do the same. From musicals to plays to comedy, theatre is for everyone in Chicago. Chicago Theatre Week is a celebration of the stories we share and will kick off 2019 as the Year of Chicago Theatre, a first-of-its-kind initiative designated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The classic mid-life crisis plot does not come close to the troubling revelations exposed in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, currently being presented by Interrobang Theatre Project in their new home at Rivendell Theatre. Penned in 2002 and skyrocketed to immediate success, this tragi-comic play explores the emotional upheaval of a family coping with their 50 year old patriarch’s confession that he’s sleeping with Sylvia--no, not a hot young 20-something--a goat.
Haven Theatre is pleased to present its fourth DIRECTORS HAVEN, the company’s ever-growing initiative annually showcasing the talents of three rising directors. This season, Charlotte Drover directs Madame Rachilde’s surreal horror ballet THE CRYSTAL SPIDER, with translation by Daniel Gerould; Airos Sung-En Medill helms Josefina Lopez’ heartfelt and healing SIMPLY MARIA, OR THE AMERICAN DREAM; and Dani Wieder directs an imaginative take on William Inge’s drama PEOPLE IN THE WIND. The three productions, which will have the support of a full production team, will run back-to-back in one program. DIRECTOR’S HAVEN 2018 will play October 15 – 31, 2018 at Haven Theatre’s resident home, The Den Theatre (2A), 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. All performances are pay-what-you-can. Tickets are currently available at haventheatrechicago.com.
TUTA Theatre Chicago is pleased to present the U.S. Premiere of RADIO CULTURE, an intimate depiction of one day in the life of a young Belorussian, by writer and artist Maxim Dosko, in a new English translation by Natalia Fedorova and Amber Robinson, directed by Amber Robinson. RADIO CULTURE will play October 17 – December 2, 2018 at TUTA Theatre, 4670 N. Manor Ave. in Chicago. Reservations are currently available at www.tutatheatre.org/upcoming-radio-culture/. The press openings are Thursday, October 25 at 8 pm and Friday, October 26 at 8 pm.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of Familiar written by Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead, Black Panther, Broadway’s Eclipsed) and directed by Danya Taymor, who helmed Steppenwolf’s powerful 2017 production of Pass Over. As previously announced, this fiercely funny production features ensemble members Celeste M. Cooper (Nyasha) and Ora Jones (Marvelous Chinyaramwira), who appeared together in Steppenwolf’s The Doppelgänger (an international farce) last season. Rounding out the cast are Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Anne), Erik Hellman (Chris), Lanise Antoine Shelley, (Tendikayi), Luigi Sottile (Brad), Jacqueline Williams (Margaret Munyewa) and Cedric Young (Donald Chinyaramwira).
AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to launch its 2018-19 season with Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy THE LONESOME WEST, directed by Company Member Dana Anderson*, playing October 18 – November 18, 2018 at The Raven Theatre (West Stage), 6157 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.astonrep.com or by calling (773) 828-9129. The press opening is Saturday, October 20 at 8 pm.
Underscore Theatre Company is pleased to announce its full 2018-19 Season, featuring two fully-produced musicals, plus the 5th annual CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL. The season kicks off this fall with Jamie Shriner’s one-woman musical comedy WIFE MATERIAL, directed by Dana Anderson,with music direction by Kyra Leigh. WIFE MATERIAL will play at Underscore’s new-remodeled, permanent home, The Understudy, 4609 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.
The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLLAW) return for CLLAW XXXI: Fall Brawl on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. in Chicago. CLLAW’s 31st benefit match will feature Chicago’s biggest, baddest lady arm wrestlers, live musical entertainment and a cash bar. Doors open at 9 pm with the first match beginning at 9:30 pm. Tickets, priced at $20, are available in advance at www.cllaw.org or $25 at the door (the ladies will gladly take cash or credit at the door). The event is 21+.