First Floor Theater is pleased to announce casting for the Chicago premiere of Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s wild, social commentary HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES, directed by Mikael Burke.HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES will feature Company Member Andrew Cutler with Jalen Gilbert, Caroline Hendricks, Jayson Lee, Lauren Pizzi Montgomery, Casey Morris, Brian Nelson Jr. and Maggie Scrantom.
During last night's Season Release Bash at Filament Theater, Artistic Director and Co-Founder Michael Patrick Thornton proudly announced The Gift Theatre's 2019 Season will include: a revival of John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning drama DOUBT: A PARABLE directed by Ensemble Member John Gawlik and featuring Ensemble Members Jennifer Glasse, Maryann Thebus and Michael Patrick Thornton (February 27 – March 31) and the Chicago premiere of Hansol Jung’s WOLF PLAY, directed by guest artist Jess McLeod (October 18 – November 24). The Gift’s 17th season will also include a soon-to-be-announced third production (July 12 – August 18).
The McAninch Arts Center, located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage, is pleased to present the world premiere of “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Live!”, a new live stage version of the two-time Emmy Award-winning television show, “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation,” in advance of the show’s national tour. Adapted and directed by Griffin Theatre Company Artistic Director William Massolia,“The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Live!” will bring to life the world-changing innovations featured in the television show and preserved in the museum’s archives.
AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to announce casting for its production of Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy THE LONESOME WEST, directed by Company Member Dana Anderson*. THE LONESOME WEST will feature AstonRep Company Member Robert Tobin* with Phoebe Moore, Mark Tacderas and Dylan Todd.
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (RTE), Chicago’s only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core, presents the World Premiere of Scientific Method by Jenny Connell Davis, directed by Devon de Mayo, and featuring RTE Member Ashley Neal, with Glenn Obrero, Josh Odor, Courtney Williams and Carmen Roman. Scientific Method runs October 19 – December 2, 2018, at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago. The press opening is Tuesday October 30, 2018 at 7:00pm.
Lookingglass Theatre Company, Court Theatre and Manual Cinema, Lifeline Theatre, and Remy Bumppo Theatre Company announce FRANKENSTEIN: Unearthed, a one-time-only event exploring the four productions of this classic tale coming to Chicago stages during the 2018-2019 season. FRANKENSTEIN: Unearthed takes place September 30, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Lookingglass Theatre Company. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=85009b. Lookingglass is located at 821 N Michigan Avenue at Pearson.
The Second City announces the cast for The Second City’s 107th Mainstage Revue. Under the direction of ten-time resident stage director and Jeff Award winner Matt Hovde and with returning music direction by Vinnie Pillarella, The Second City’s 107th Mainstage Revue will feature current Mainstage ensemble members Ryan Asher, Tyler Davis, Jeffrey Murdoch, and Nate Varrone, who will be joined by Gaslight District cast member Emily Fightmaster and She the People cast member Kimberly Michelle Vaughn. The stage manager is Craig Taylor. The official press opening is Thursday, December 6 at 8pm.
After last year's incredible response, The Hawk Chicago is thrilled to bring the Chicago Theatre Awards back for 2018. The CTAs were created to give YOU, the Chicago theatre audience, an opportunity to celebrate the artists working across our great city. Over 4,000 votes were cast in celebration of an incredible year of Chicago theatre. Check out the full list of winners below!
The New Colony, under the new artistic leadership of Fin Coe* and Stephanie Shum*, is pleased to launch its 2018-19 season with the world premiere of FUN HARMLESS WARMACHINE, written by Co-Artistic Director Fin Coe* and directed by James Fleming. This kinetic journey down the rabbit hole of online masculinity cults will play October 3 – November 4, 2018 at The New Colony’s resident home, The Den Theatre’s Upstairs Main Stage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at www.thenewcolony.org.
Forty floors up, behind the windows of a posh Swiss hotel, a man sings, a maid cleans, children run wild, a banker makes things difficult, and one elderly woman’s fight against a corrupt world order changes everything. Or nothing. Disturbingly funny, Amelia Roper’s Zürich dives below the surface of lives lived in the moments before.