Collaboraction can’t wait to increase the peace in Chicago by kicking off the fall tour of its second annual PEACEBOOK Festival - a free festival of theater, dance, music and spoken word focused on cultivating peace in Chicago – Friday throughSunday, October 5-7, 2017 at Hamilton Park, 2513 W. 72nd St. in Englewood
Thursday and Friday night show times are 7 p.m.
The festival starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday with Collaboraction’s trademark Dome of Dance competition. A free community meal and peace panel with Chicago peacemakers Che “Rhymefest” Smith (Creative Director, Donda’s House), Chelle Rashad (Program Manager, R.A.G.E) and Robbin Caroll (Founder, I Grow Chicago) starts at 4 p.m. The PEACEBOOK Hamilton Park program starts at 5 p.m.
All PEACEBOOK performances are free. Each night also features a different musical guest. To reserve tickets and for more information, visit collaboraction.org/peacebook2017, firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Collaboraction box office,
PEACEBOOK launched on August 26 at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre with a one-day, marathon of 24 world premiere “prayers for peace.” Selected from more than 100 submissions, these 24 chapters are collectively created by more than 200 Chicago artists and peace activists, all intent on creating real connections with Chicagoans in communities around the city.
All 24 chapters were presented at the Goodman as three programs of eight short works, each seven minutes or less. The Chicago Tribune was quick to recognize Collaboraction “carefully curated each program to reflect specific challenges faced by the communities near the park where it will go to next” and “does pique one’s curiosity and appetite for visiting the city’s edges to see the programs in the parks.”
The Chicago Defender agreed, “The World Needs PEACEBOOK…a magnificent theatrical experience that pushes the boundaries from sadness within our communities to working successfully as one Chicago.”
What's PEACEBOOK all about? Watch last year's sizzle reel from the first annual
PEACEBOOK Festival at Englewood's Hamilton Park in August 2016.
Following are the eight works on tap for PEACEBOOK, October 5-7 at Hamilton Park:
by Marsha Estell, directed by Mignon McPherson Stewart
A heartfelt story about loss and how violence and peace are not always mutually exclusive.
The Example Setters
by The Example Setters
A hypnotic and syncopated spoken word piece performed by south side teens who want to set the Example in the city of Chicago.
#Hashtag Who’s Next The Musical
written and directed by Frederick Alphonso
An eye-opening, ultimately uplifting song that invites us to join/live the justice revolution through facing our constructed narratives around crime.
by Kaye Winks, directed by Schoen Smith
Uptown meets the Gold Coast and Bronzeville has some news for Lincoln Park when the Chicago family, made up of different neighborhoods in the city, sits down for a group art therapy session to talk out their long-established communication problems.
devised by David Dastmalchian and Aisha June
LA film, TV, and stage actor, David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight, Ant Man, Twin Peaks) teamed up with Collaboraction Teen Peacemaker ensemble member, Aisha June, to write a devised work about peace in Chicago.
by Brian Keys, directed by Kristina Valada-Viars
Keys’ solo show examines the confrontation between a black man and society that takes us to the core of our prejudices.
led by Yuri “The Human Beatbox” Lane, directed by Elizabeth Lovelady
Human beatbox conductor Yuri Lane leads a musical collaboration with Chicago rapper ang13, classical guitarist Marcus Dunleavy and tap dancer Jabowen Dixen to inspire peace in Chicago.
Triumphs, Burdens, and Laughs
choreographed by Elysia Banks
South Side native Elysia Banks choreographed this dance piece to highlight the resilience of South Side communities and pay homage to their grit and fortitude.
Each performance is accompanied by a Chicago DJ who connects the pieces through music. The Hamilton Park DJ lineup is Jo De Presser (October 5), Lady D (October 6) and DJ Shon Roka (October 7).
On Saturday, October 7, the Dome of Dance will be followed by a free community meal with food from MacArthur’s Restaurant and a Peace Panel with Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Chelle Rashad and Robbin Caroll at 4 p.m. Moderators are Collaboraction Artistic Director Anthony Moseley and Managing Director Dr. Marcus Robinson.
After its first stop in Englewood, PEACEBOOK travels to Kelvyn Park, 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave. in Hermosa, October 19-21, and LaFollette Park, 1333 N. Laramie Ave. in Austin,November 2-4.
Each neighborhood will be treated to its own unique line-up of eight new works. Thursdayand Friday shows start at 7 p.m. Saturday shows begin with the Dome of Dance competition at 3 p.m., free community meal and peace panel at 4 p.m. and performance at 5 p.m.
“In these times of rising homicides and racial tension, we believe in the power of theater to incite empathy, knowledge, dialogue and change around peace in Chicago,” said Collaboraction Artistic Director and PEACEBOOK Festival Director Anthony Moseley. “With over 200 artists from throughout the city and partnerships with the Goodman Theatre and the Chicago Park District, we have established PEACEBOOK as a place for our city to come together around this most critical social issue with our future at stake.”
Collaboraction (collaboraction.org) collaborates with artists, community activists, and citizens from throughout the city to create original theatrical experiences that push artistic boundaries and explore critical social issues with a diverse community of Chicagoans. Collaboraction has worked with over 3,000 artists to bring more than 60 productions and events to upwards of 250,000 audience members.
Production highlights include Collaboraction’s acclaimed series of Crime Scene productions responding to Chicago’s current crime epidemic, 15 years of the SKETCHBOOK Festival, Sarah Moeller’s Forgotten Future: The Education Project in 2014, 2010’s Chicago premiere of 1001 by Jason Grote, 2008’s world premiere of Jon by George Saunders and directed by Seth Bockley, and 2007’s The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow: an instant message with excitable music by Rolin Jones.
Collaboraction, based on the third floor of Wicker Park’s historic Flat Iron Arts Building with three theatre spaces, is led by Artistic Director Anthony Moseley, Managing Director Dr. Marcus Robinson, and a dedicated staff and board of directors. Collaboraction is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation via the MacArthur Foundation, and the Wicker Park & Bucktown SSA #33 Chamber of Commerce. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
For tickets and information, visit collaboraction.org or call 312.226.9633.
About the Chicago Park District’s Nights Out in the Parks program
Collaboraction’s PEACEBOOK Festival is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in its fifth year, the 2017 Night Out in the Parks series will host over 1,000 cultural events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks a safe haven and hubs of activity. Projects will vary from traditional performances and concerts, to movies, peace rallies, community workshops, nature based programs, dance pieces, festivals and more. The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 100 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this successful initiative.