Random Acts has announced several additional artists joining comedian Scott Duff at their #SafeSpace event on Thursday, May 31st at 8pm. The fundraiser, which will be held at Mrs. Murphy and Son's Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln) is Pay-What-You-Can, with proceeds benefitting The Night Ministry.
Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series is pleased to announce its exciting Summer 2018 lineup, which includes offerings from more than 20 different artists and groups ranging from standup to theatre to live music to a live podcast episode and more! LookOut’s Summer 2018 lineup provides audiences with a variety of reasons to step out of the heat, grab a cool drink from Front Bar and head into Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre to experience diverse artists and genres.
Casting has been announced for Pride Films and Plays’ American premiere of PINK ORCHIDS - the first play of the “PAC Pride Fest” - a summer season of five plays. PINK ORCHIDS, by Patrick Cash, is a British play in which five eloquently interwoven and often funny monologues explore the experience of living with HIV - a virus that attacks the emotions as well as the body. It premiered in London in 2016 under the title THE HIV MONOLOGUES. This production will be directed by Brennan T. Jones and will open to the press on Friday, June 8 at 7:30 pm, in the Pride Arts Center’s Buena space. Jones directed JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS for Pride Films and Plays in summer 2017 and was Assistant Director for TimeLine Theatre’s THE AUDIENCE last fall.
Chicago has a new, family-friendly summer festival to look forward to: the BOING! Festival (Big Outdoor Indoor Neighborhood Gathering), Sunday, June 10, at Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station, 100 S. Racine Avenue in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.
Barrel of Monkeys invites you to join student-authors, their classmates, families and educators for the annual CELEBRATION OF AUTHORS, featuring performances of student-written stories created at each of its partner schools and after-school program during the 2017-18 season. Performed by Barrel of Monkeys’ ensemble of actors and musicians and directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd, this FREE event takes place Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm (6:30 pm pre-show reception and activities, 7 pm curtain) at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. in Chicago. For reservations, please visit barrelofmonkeys.org/coa or call (773) 506-7140. Tickets are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
Artemisia launches its 2018-19 Theatre Season with six ground breaking and all-new feminist plays featured in Fall Festival 2018. This year’s playwrights were chosen after a dedicated search by Artemisia’s Artistic Staff and their remarkable new works are not to be missed! Each play is staged only once by Chicago’s excellent pool of talent. From this unique lineup, one play will be chosen by Artistic Director, Julie Proudfoot, whose dedicated development process with the playwright will be shared directly with Artemisia’s audience and lead to the play’s exciting premiere production in Chicago. This year’s festival follows diverse and fascinating female characters, all on a journey of empowerment.
With the original run and four-week extension completely sold out, Steep Theatre Company is adding three more performances of Simon Stephens’ Birdland on June 10, 14, and 15. With the ensemble’s next production (Penelope Skinner’s Linda directed by Robin Witt) right around the corner, June 15 will be the last chance to catch this runaway hit at Steep. Tickets will go on sale at noon on Friday, May 18, and they’re expected to sell very quickly. Tickets will be available at steeptheatre.com/birdland.
Chimera Ensemble today announced the casting for its US Premiere of DON’T SMOKE IN BED, written by award-winning playwright Aurin Squire, and directed by acclaimed director Chika Ike. Kai A. Ealy, who earlier this year appeared in MARY STUART at Chicago Shakespeare and FRANKLINLAND for Jackalope Theatre company; and ensemble member Nicole Fabbri, seen in Chimera’s SISTER CITIES, will play an interracial couple being interviewed about their marriage by an unseen journalist via webcam. Director Ike comes to the project from her recent sellout hit DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA, by Nathan Alan Davis, produced by First Floor Theater. Ike’s other recent directing credits include Janine Nabers’s A SWELL IN THE GROUND (The Gift Theatre) and Lloyd Suh’s FRANKLINLAND (Jackalope Theatre Company).
Goodman Theatre is pleased to announce the “Disney Musicals in Schools” Student Share Celebration, featuring nearly 200 students from five Chicago schools performing for their classmates, families and community members. As a capstone to their 17-week partnership between the Goodman and Disney Theatrical Productions, each school will perform one song from a musical they’ve selected to produce, along with a joint performance of “It Starts With a Dream”—an original song by eight-time Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken. Hosted by Chicago favorite actors Bri Sudia and Ariana Burks, the participating elementary schools include Gillespie Elementary (Chatham), The Lion King KIDS; Mozart Elementary (Logan Square), AladdinKIDS; Providence Englewood Charter (Englewood), The Lion King KIDS; William G. Hibbard Elementary (Albany Park), 101 Dalmatians KIDS; and Irma C. Ruiz Elementary (Pilsen), Aladdin KIDS. For more information, visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Engage-Learn or call 312.443.5581. Fifth Third Bank is the Sponsor of Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share Celebration.
Broken Nose Theatre, recipient of the 2018 Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theatre Award, is pleased to announce casting for Sam Chanse’s contemplative new drama THE OPPORTUNITIES OF EXTINCTION, directed by company member Jen Poulin*