Chicago Opera Theater’s Orli and Bill Staley Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya and Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson General Director Ashley Magnus today announced the plans for the company’s 47th season, to include productions of two exciting contemporary operas, a Chicago premiere by Rachmaninov, and the company’s second world premiere commission. Yankovskaya will conduct each of these Chicago Opera Theater (COT) productions.
THE CLOWN SCHOOL, the Los Angeles-based studio devoted to teaching and promoting the art of clowning and related physical theatre disciplines, is expanding its offerings nationwide. Beginning now and running through 2019 and beyond, The Clown School is thrilled to announce the official opening of new branches in Chicago (IL), Annapolis (MD) and Lorton (VA). The classes in Chicago will be taught by Jeremy Aluma. The classes in Annapolis (MD) and Lorton (VA) will be taught by Mike Funt. Additionally, the School is launching an Online Certificate Training in Clown - the first of its kind in the world.
Be a queen of the dance floor this spring at About Face Theatre’s annual gala and Chicago’s hottest party: WONKA BALL: Disco Inferno on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8 pm (VIP cocktail reception and awards ceremony at 7 pm) at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St. in Chicago. Shake your groove thing with Chicago's celebrated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied (LGBTQIA) theatre as it celebrates its 23rd season on this truly fabulous evening. Tickets are currently available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or by calling (773) 784-8565
Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today the full casting for the world premiere of MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT, co-written by ensemble members Tina Landau (SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical) and Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight, Academy Award). Conceived by Tina Landau, she also directs this true and little-known Chicago story that will star Tarell Alvin McCraney as Ms. Joan Jett Blakk. Joining McCraney in the cast are Patrick Andrews, Molly Brennan, Daniel Kyri, Jon Hudson Odom and Sawyer Smith.
The Saint Sebastian Players (SSP) conclude their 38th season with Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, writers/directors of such films as You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally. Performances are April 26–May 19, 2019 at SSP’s home in the lower level of St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, Chicago.
Citadel Theatre Company will close its 2018-19 season with the world premiere of a “musical remembrance” written and performed by one of Chicago’s best-loved actors, Ross Lehman.
The Second City announces a showcase of the Greatest Hits from previous decades with The Second City’s Greatest Hits: 90s Edition, The Second City’s Greatest Hits: 80s Edition, and The Second City’s Greatest Hits: 70s Edition. Each decade will play for a consecutive month on Tuesday and Wednesdays at 8pm, beginning in March 2019 at UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave.
Comedian Christopher Titus brings his newest show, AMERIGEDDON, to The Den Theatre for five performances only, April 11 – 13, 2019 on The Heath Main Stage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Rachel Bradley opens. Tickets ($30 general admission, $45 VIP table seating) are currently available at www.thedentheatre.com, in person at the The Den box office or by calling (773) 697-3830. Ages 21+.
Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to conclude its 2018-19 Season with Kate Fodor’s drama HANNAH AND MARTIN, directed by SGT Ensemble Member Louis Contey*. This World War II drama in which a passionate love affair is abruptly interrupted by political realities will play April 11 – May 25, 2019 at 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.
Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series is thrilled to share their dynamic Spring 2019 Lineup. From comedy to poetry, one-person plays to music groups, familiar faces and new—there’s something for everyone this spring in the 1700 Theatre. Spring 2019 highlights include The Gift Theatre’s now playing production of Doubt, the Q Brothers’s Dress the Part, Eighth Blackbird’s Dissolve, Melissa DuPrey’s SEXomedy 2.0: The Second Coming, PREACH!’s We Have Nothing Left to Lose but Our Chains and more. Full lineup below.