Celebrate the season in sunny Miami as Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia return for brand new holiday episodes in THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes – The Holiday Edition, Vol. 2. Written by Artistic Director David Cerda* and directed by ensemble member Stevie Love*, the latest installment of Hell in a Handbag Productions’ long-running parody of the beloved TV sitcom will play November 27 – December 28, 2019 at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. Tickets are currently available through Brown Paper Tickets at goldengirlsxmas.bpt.me or by calling or by calling (800) 838-3006. The press opening is Saturday, November 30 at 7:30 pm.
Come celebrate the holidays at The Second City with a festive, all-new holiday movie parody, Deck the Hallmark: A Greeting Card Channel Original. Under the direction of Annelise Toft, the ensemble members getting you into the spirit this season include Henrik Blix, Jess DeBacco, George Elrod, Bri Fitzpatrick, Rob Grabowski, and Shelby Plummer. Elise Wattman will step behind the keys as music director and Abby Beggs will create the lighting design and stage manage. Deck the Hallmark officially hits the UP Comedy Club stage on November 19, 2019.
Steep Theatre begins its 19th season and opens its first production as an Equity theatre in October with the U.S. premiere of Olivier Award-winner Lucy Kirkwood’s Mosquitoes, directed by Jaclynn Jutting. Kirkwood won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Play for her Chimerica, and her play The Children enjoyed a well-received run at Steppenwolf this past spring. This production marks Steep’s first venture with the playwright, as well as with director Jutting, a long-time friend of the company.
Tickets for Chicago Theatre Week (#CTW20) will go on sale Tuesday, January 14 at 10am CST. Value-priced tickets for Chicago Theatre Week performances February 13-23, 2020 will all be priced at $30, $15, or less and will be available at ChicagoTheatreWeek.com.
Otherworld Theatre presents the fifth annual PARAGON Play Fest, the world’s largest Science Fiction and Fantasy genre play festival November 9-10, 2019. PARAGON Play Fest features 40 Science-Fiction and Fantasy plays performed over 2 days. Collaborating with hundreds of Theatre Artists, locally and internationally to increase exposure for an underserved theatre genre, PARAGON Play Fest has become an annual festival and a unique part of Chicago’s diverse cultural landscape. Curated by Otherworld Theatre Company’s Literary Manager Elliott Sowards and Artistic Director, Tiffany Keane Schaefer for the fifth year running. The 40 plays chosen are a small sample of over 600 submissions from 8 different countries in 3 different continents!. Weekend and Day Pass Tickets are on sale now at www.otherworldtheatre.org
New American Folk Theatre is pleased to present the world premiere musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG by Co-Artistic Director Anthony Whitaker, the story of a woman starting her life over after a failed and abusive marriage in early 1980s South Carolina. Directed by Company Member Sarah Gise* with music direction by Joey Harbert, this new musical features a score inspired by country music of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s and explores how family and chosen family can save us from ourselves.
Comedian Jon Dore brings his stand-up tour to The Den Theatre for two performances only December 13 – 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm on The Den’s Upstairs Main Stage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Chicago’s own Matty Ryan opens. Tickets ($20 general admission) are currently available at www.thedentheatre.com, in person at the The Den box office or by calling (773) 697-3830. Ages 18+.
Haven is pleased to host In Conversation with Sonia Sanchez, a free post-show discussion with the esteemed writer, poet and activist. Sanchez’s play 2 x 2 is featured as part of DIRECTORS HAVEN, the company’s ever-growing initiative annually showcasing the talents of three rising directors. Hosted by Artistic Director Ian Damont Martin and the play’s director, Aaron Mays, the conversation about Professor Sanchez’s work, her life and the interplay between arts and activism will be held on Sunday, October 27 at 6 pm (following the 3 pm performance) at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Advance reservations are recommended by visiting Eventbrite.
Midsommer Flight’s popular perennial intimate production of Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT, performed alley style amid the flowers of the Lincoln Park Conservatory’s beautiful Show House Room, will return with a new cast for its fifth year. Performances will be December 5 – 22, 2019. Midsommer Flight company member Dylan S. Roberts, who earned raves for his staging of the company’s 2017 production, will return to helm the 2019 edition. Roberts’ production will depart from the company’s previous stagings in its modern dress costumes evocative of wealthy elites of the early 20th Century, designed by Meagan Beattie. Roberts says Shakespeare’s characters will look “ wonderful and wealthy, colorful and different but they are masking an inner pain.” The production will again include the original musical score by Elizabeth Rentfro and Alex Mauney from previous productions. The press opening will be Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm. Roberts announced his cast and production team today.
For its eighteenth season, The Seldoms aim their focus on the environment with the presentation of two dance-theater works about climate change. Local programming includes performances of a revised Exit Disclaimer: Science and Fiction Ahead (2012) at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theater, and the premiere of Floe at the Art Institute of Chicago, in the company’s first engagements at those venues, as well as informal work-in-progress showings at the Poetry Foundation and Newberry Library.
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