5th Annual Indie Boots Theatre Festival Opens 5/8

The fifth annual Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2017: The Zoe Plays celebrates new short plays featuring underrepresented perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. The plays grapple with our unstable present and unknown future though hilarious comedy, engaging drama, biting satire, complicated realism, and a queer time traveling farce.

On Monday, May 8 through Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30pm at Stage 773, teams of Chicago directors and actors bring life to new scripts selected from hundreds of submissions inspired by this year's writing prompt, "Zoe." All the finalists are performed each night in quick succession. Then, it's up to the savvy audience to experience these lively, full staged collaborations and determine the winning play.

Tickets are $15 for this entertaining show, with discounts available for artists, students, educators, seniors, low income and social justice workers. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/2nrSdiG, 773.327.5252, and Stage 773, an accessible theatre at 1225 W. Belmont, near the L in the Belmont Theatre District. For more information about the plays, players, or Indie Boots, please visit www.indieboots.org, facebook.com/indieboots, or twitter.com/indieboots.

THE WRITERS

L.C. Bernadine, Adrienne Dawes, Theo Germaine, Richard Paro, June Thiele, and Eileen Tull

THE DIRECTORS

Ashely Bagot, Gaby Labotka, Jessica Rae Olsen, Richard Paro, Breahan Eve Pautsch, and Helen Young, with stage management by Amy Hopkins, and select casting by Charlie Hano

THE ACTORS

Jojo Brown, Jessica Jane Childs, Laura Elliott, Ellen Girvin, Joshua Harris, Nicole Michelle Haskins, Gabriel Faith Howard, Katia Jackson, Justine Krueger, Stephanie Mattos, Danny Mulae, Rosie O'Leary, Cyra K. Polizzi, Daena Ramos, Taylor Raye, Laura Stephenson, June Thiele, Jessica Vann, and Ashley Yates

ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUILDING INITIATIVES

Audience members are invited to join Indie Boots in donating wish list items to the Chicago Women's Health Center. Each night, Indie Boots will collect donations at the shows and then deliver them directly to this essential local organization to help support the services they provide, "facilitating the empowerment of women and trans people by providing access to health care and health education in a respectful environment where people pay what they can afford." For the CWHC wish list, please visit: http://www.chicagowomenshealthcenter.org/get-involved/wishlist

Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2017: The Zoe Plays is the inaugural participating event of Voters Take The Stage, a new grassroots effort to empower performing arts organizations and audiences to become active in elections. Participating theatres compile and distribute to audiences, local resources about voter registration, upcoming elections, candidate information, and voting rights. For more information about Voters Take The Stage, please visit: www.VotersTakeTheStage.com

TICKETING

General admission tickets are $15, with discounts available for artists, students, educators, seniors, low income and social justice workers. Tickets are available at the Stage 773 box office, http://bit.ly/2nrSdiG, and 773.327.5252.

ABOUT INDIE BOOTS THEATRE

Indie Boots Theatre creates and celebrates art featuring underrepresented perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. Indie Boots projects encourage collaboration and coalition building among artists and activists. www.IndieBoots.org

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