Waltzing Mechanics is set to premiere another edition of their long-running Documentary Theater series, EL Stories, this Holiday Season at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Lincoln Park. After taking a 2 year break, EL Stories is back and better than ever! Along with a return to the classic EL Stories format, featuring true stories from Chicagoans about their strange, hilarious or even sometimes heartwarming experiences on the CTA, this production will again feature the fabled Holiday Train, but this time with a renewed focus on how these shared experiences can help bring people together, even in the most chaotic and trying of times.
Directed by Associate Artistic Director Carinne Uslar and adapted by Uslar and Director of New Play Development Keely Leonard, Holiday Train will focus on bringing Chicagoans together with a little bit of holiday cheer. “I'm excited to open our minds to the joy that can be found on the CTA even when it's not the Holiday Train,” says Uslar. “Everyone gets excited when they stumble upon the train filled with lights, music and seeing Santa riding on a flat car. But there is also something magical about getting on a train with strangers and sharing an experience together. For a moment you are living in the same experience with people you don't know. It could be witnessing someone helping out a less fortunate person, a group of strangers joining in a song together, suffering through a ride with a foul smell in the air, maybe even watching an impromptu dance between strangers. Those are moments that some people will brush off, but to me those are glimpses into other people's lives and a chance to be a part of it.”
This edition of the EL Stories marks another stop into new territory for the series. For those that weren't able to make it out to our late night shows in the past, this EL Stories will run in prime time to welcome early birds and night owls alike aboard our train! With 5 performances a week (including 2 matinees!), there is a chance for all to come enjoy the show.
EL Stories: Holiday Train features a mix of new and returning actors. The show features Alli Braun, Alison Donnelly, Jordan Golding, Ryan Jendrycki, Darnell Jordan, Josephine Longo, Jonathan Rooney Taylor, Kianna Rose and Joe Sergio. The production is stage managed by Nikki Marquardt. Lighting Design is to be provided by Brian Uslar. The show will have a Scenic Design by Kaitlin Taylor and will reuse the original train design by Tom and Jan Murray.
EL Stories: Holiday Train will be performed at the Greenhouse Theater Center at 2257 N Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Park and will play on November 29 - December 22 with 8pm performances on Thursdays through Saturdays and 3pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets for EL Stories: Holiday Train are $25 and can be purchased at the door or online at https://www.greenhousetheater.org/holidaytrain.
Founded in 2010, Waltzing Mechanics produces documentary theatre inspired by real people telling stories about their lives. Using methods of performance ethnography, we facilitate dialogues among our audiences and within our communities. For more information about us and more about our members, please visit http://www.waltzingmechanics.org/.