The New Colony is pleased to announce its exciting spring line-up of Side Stage programming, a collection of free readings presented throughout April and May at its new home, The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood.
For reservations and additional information on Side Stage, visit www.thenewcolony.org.The Spring 2015 Side Stage Line-Up Includes:
Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30pm
SCAPEGOAT - Staged Reading
Written by Connor McNamara
Directed by Co-Artistic Director Andrew Hobgood
Featuring Alex Grelle, Susan Monts-Bologna, Liz Sharpe,Stephanie Shum, Cole Simon and Norm Woodel
The Porter family have made good lives for themselves: Anse is a revered United States Senator, his loyal wife Ellie and he have three adopted children, and his son-in-law has become his closest political advisor. They've also managed to hide the fact that they happen to be Satanists. When news begins to trickle out that the Senator is not all that he claims to be, the family must decide if it's best to stick together, or destroy itself in order to survive. Gathering at the family's secret lake house, the Porter's history and unique sense of right and wrong weigh out against their choices between loyalty and self-preservation. Scapegoat strives to ask who controls our own stories, and what are the fictions we choose to believe?
Sunday, April 26 at 7:30 pm - NEWLY ADDED!
LOST AND FOUND - Staged Reading
Written by Erika Hakmiller
Directed by Sarah Laeuchli
Featuring Rachel Brownjohn, Julia Daubert, David Keohane, Kristi Parker-Barnhart, Esteban Reyna, Evan Sesek and Dayna Shrader
A sneak peek at the upcoming world premiere summer production by The New Colony's Associate Company Members. Julianne, an unhappy and unseen sales associate, finds herself drawn towards Jack, a recluse living off the grid. As Julianne becomes more and more enamored with Jack and his way of life, her friends and family intervene and Julianne must choose between being unseen in the modern world or only being seen by Jack in the depths of the California woods.
Wednesday, April 29 at 7:30 pm
THE TERRIBLE - Staged Reading
Written by Morgan McNaught
Directed by Jesse Roth
Featuring Daeshawna Cook, Chris Fowler, Andrew Hobgood and Jessica London-Shields
A sneak peek at The New Colony's Fall 2015 mainstage production! Controversial performance artist Woolfe wakes up dead in a weird room with a therapist, a magician and a grifter. Together, they must come to terms with the terrible or else.
Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30 pm
PSYCHONAUT LIBRARIANS - Staged Reading
Written and directed by Sean Kelly
Featuring Johnny Arena, David Cerda, Ryan Jarosch, Marika Mashburn, Aileen May and Jack McCabe
The library is closed. The windows are black. Deep in the stacks, a Bunsen burner flicks on in the dark. The librarians sip their boiling concoction while the room whirls color and light. Just another night on the midnight shift maintaining the barrier of reality. Originally devised for Collaboraction's Sketchbook 12, the Psychonaut Librarians saga has been reimagined and will be presented as a new epic adventure.
Complimentary food will be provided at each event, courtesy of Side Stage sponsor Whole Foods Market.
This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, or the Illinois General Assembly.
About The New Colony
The New Colony, the 2011 recipient of the Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theater Award, strives to contribute original material to the American artistic canon and develop a new kind of theater going audience. Through collaboration with emerging artists of all disciplines, The New Colony continually develops new work and fresh perspectives. With the goal of exploring enticing subject matter and the common language of experience, The New Colony will cultivate the next generation of arts supporters.