Steppenwolf Theatre Company and LookOut announce conversations and events designed to enrich the experience of audiences around MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT, a new work by ensemble members Tina Landau and Tarell Alvin McCraney. This series of events celebrates the real-life inspiration for this thrilling new work, Ms. Joan Jett Blakk aka Terence Alan Smith, the activists who were a part of the queer political movement of the era and those who carry on Ms. Blakk’s legacy today through performance, celebration and activism.
Join UrbanTheater Company (UTC) as they take you back to the 80s, to the glory days of house music when Black and Latino dance crews set such legendary local juice bars like Jenal’s and Medusas on fire with their dance moves. From June 19 and until August 3, UTC will transform the Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division St., into a nightclub as they present Back in the Day, artistic director Miranda González’s work-in-progress adaptation of José “Gringo” Echevarría’s memoir The Real Dance Fever: Book One. Co-directed by González and Raquel Torre, the final version of Back in the Day will have its world premiere as part of Destinos, the third annual Chicago International Latino Theater Festival (CLATA), in the fall. Back in the Day concludes UTC’s 13th season, titled Born and Raised, dedicated to native Chicago playwrights telling neighborhood specific stories.
Amy Rubenstein, Artistic Director and Evelyn Jacoby, Managing Director of Windy City Playhouse today announced the 2019-2020 season featuring the Windy City Playhouse premiere of Duncan MacMillan’s one-person-show, “Every Brilliant Thing” directed by Jessica Fisch this fall and Mart Crowley’s revolutionary play, “The Boys in the Band” directed by Playhouse Associate Artistic Director, Carl Menninger in the winter of 2020. The productions join Windy City Playhouse’s previously announced psychological thriller “The Recommendation,” which begins performances at Windy City Playhouse flagship in July. Season subscriptions are now available by calling 773-891-8985 or visiting www.windycityplayhouse.com.
The Gift Theatre is pleased to announce casting for its Chicago premiere of Hansol Jung’s WOLF PLAY, a messy, funny, and disturbing theatrical experience grappling with a wolf, a puppet, and a very prickly problem: What is a family? What do we need from them, today? Is it very different from the things humans have needed from families before? The cast includes ensemble member Jennifer Glasse* with Isa Arciniegas, Dan Lin, Tim Martin and AJ McGhee.
The Second City invites you to our outrageously wacky, family-friendly kids show, Totally Bonkers Improv Showdown, this summer. With performances starting June 12, bring the whole gang to watch two teams of totally top-notch improv maniacs face off in a comedy showdown of totally bonkers proportions.
The New Colony is pleased to present UNCHARTED, a two-week showcase of plays at different points in their journeys to production, playing July 11 – 20, 2019 at TNC’s resident home, The Den Theatre (2B) 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets will go on sale in June at www.thenewcolony.org
The New Colony’s UNCHARTED Festival playwrights include (top, l to r) Fin Coe, Grace McLeod, Michael Turrentine, Mario (Mars) Wolfe, Christina Renee Jones, Patriac Coakley and Evan Linder. Directors include (bottom, l to r) Elyse Dolan, James Fleming, Toma Tavares Langston, Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary, Dani Wieder, Megan Johns and Zach Weinberg.
Otherworld Theatre will produce BRING the BEAT BACK: a Queer, Black, Sci-Fi, Staged Concert Experience written by Derek Lee McPhatter, Featuring music by Derek Lee McPhatter, Avery R. Young, ALEXA GRÆ, Germono Toussaint, Manchildblack, and DJ Alinka. Directed by Christopher Burris with musical direction by Dayna Lynn Nuckolls, the show runs June 14- June 30, 2019. Press opening is June 14, 2019 at 3914 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60613 in the Bradbury space within Otherworld Theatre. Tickets to all performances are available at www.OtherworldTheatre.org
As irregular weather and natural disasters become evermore prevalent worldwide, so, it seems, does environmental dystopian fiction. And while many of these stories are preoccupied with doomsday drama, Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children is not one of them; rather than focusing on grisly details and destruction, the script delves instead into how humanity both changes and remains the same in the face of devastation--how we desperately hold on to connections and relationships despite the knowledge of pending doom. It’s a deeply moving and thought-provoking script, one that propels its viewers deep into the recesses of what ifs, but Steppenwolf’s production lacks a certain intensity to make the earth-shattering impact forecasted in Kirkwood’s text.
Otherworld Theatre Company’s board of directors announced today that it has named Katie Ruppert as the company’s new Managing Director. Ruppert will assume her new position at Otherworld in addition to being the Sketch and Improv Curator, on May 6, 2019, replacing founding Managing Director, Mary-Kate Arnold. Arnold will move to a new dual-role within the company as Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director. Otherworld is committed to developing productions and acts which match their mission to bring a live experience to the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. Otherworld is the world’s first and only live performance venue dedicated to the production of Science Fiction and Fantasy works.
In a departure from the company’s previous production model, but not from its mission of fostering the development of new feminist plays, Artemisia Theatre will mount two fully staged productions in 2019-20 and forego its Fall Festival of New Play Readings. Previously, Artemisia’s seasons consisted of the Fall Festival and a single fully-staged production.