UrbanTheater Company (UTC) is proud to present the World Premiere of Back in the Day, a House Music dancesical written by artistic director Miranda González and inspired by José “Gringo” Echevarría’s memoir The Real Dance Fever: Book One. Originally staged as a workshop production at the Chopin Theater this past summer and featuring a mostly new ensemble and design team, González has significantly revised the play to offer a brand new, equally fully immersive experience. Back in the Day will run from October 8-November 2 at UrbanTheater at Batey Urbano, 2620 W. Division St., on the Paseo Boricua in the heart of Humboldt Park.
American Blues Theater continues its 2019-2020 Season with its 18th Annual Production of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! from Frank Capra’s film and directed by Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside with musical direction by Ensemble Member Michael Mahler. It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! runs November 14, 2019 – January 4, 2020 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. The official press opening is November 16, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
First Floor Theater is pleased to announce casting for its Chicago premiere of the award-winning SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS, part of playwright Donja R. Love’s trilogy of black love at pivotal moments in history, helmed by Company Member Mikael Burke, director of last season’s acclaimed production of Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies.
Strawdog Theatre Company is pleased to launch its 32nd season, “Truth,” with the Chicago premiere of Lucy Prebble’s bold drama THE EFFECT, directed by ensemble member Elly Green*, playing October 13 – November 23, 2019 at 1802 W. Berenice Ave. in Chicago’s Northcenter neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at www.strawdog.org. The press opening is Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 pm.
Returning to the stage for the first time since its celebrated Chicago premiere, Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) presents The Brothers Size by ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney (Academy Award Moonlight, co-creator of MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT) and directed by acclaimed Chicago director Monty Cole. Both shows in SYA’s 2019/20 Season explore the question, “How do you navigate family history while trying to write your own?”
Nothing Without a Company in association with Aloha Center Chicago photos & trailer release. You will not want to miss this immersive karaoke party and Chicago premiere of our limited run of Pakalolo Sweet. Due to space restrictions, we will not be extending this run! So tickets are very exclusive. 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. Tickets are priced between $10 - $35, and are available now at NothingWithoutaCompany.org. Press preview Saturday, September 14th, 7:30pm.
Barrel of Monkeys is pleased to launch its 2019-20 season with a spooky twist: THAT’S WEIRD GRANDMA: Goes Trick or Treating, directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd, playing Sundays at 3 pm from October 6 – November 3, 2019 at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 27 at www.barrelofmonkeys.org or by calling (773) 506-7140. The press opening is Sunday, October 13 at 3 pm.
Random Acts is pleased to present SCARY STORIES: ARE YOU AFRAID?, featuring ten world premiere tales by some of the country’s most exciting playwrights. Performances take place at Otherworld Theatre (3914 N. Clark). Tickets ($15 per performance) are currently available at RandomActsChicago.com. The press performance will be Tuesday, October 8 at 8pm.
Lookingglass Theatre Company presents the return of Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman’s instant holiday classic The Steadfast Tin Soldier, from the story by Hans Christian Andersen. This holiday show, perfect for the whole family, runs November 1, 2019–January 26, 2020 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. Press Performances will be held November 6–8, 2019.
The Passage Theatre (TPT) kicks off its second season with the world premiere of HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARS ROVERby Chicago playwright Preston Choi, directed by Alison Thvedt. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARS ROVER will play November 15 – December 2, 2019 at Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church, 4511 N Hermitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60640. Tickets are currently available at https://www.thepassagetheatre.com/ or in person at Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church 30 minutes prior to performance. The press opening is Friday, November 15 at 7:30 pm.
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