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With Love and a Major Organ in Broadway WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN
Strawdog Theatre Company
9/12-10/14/2015
CHICAGO-Strawdog Theatre Company, Artistic Director Hank Boland and Hugen Hall Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer are proud to announce the first production in its 2015–2016 Hugen Hall season, the United States premiere of Julia Lederer’s With Love and a Major Organ, September 12 – October 14, directed by Thrisa Hodits at Hugen Hall in Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. Opening night performance is Monday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Saturdays at 4 p.m., Sundays at 12 p.m., and Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. with an added performance Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8p.m. Preview tickets are $10, single tickets are $15 and are currently on sale. Based on availability, a limited number of rush tickets are available at 50% off one hour prior to curtain and must be purchased in person at the box office. Subscriptions, group, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll free: 866.811.4111. A young woman finds she’s given her heart, the actual, beating muscle, to a boy she’s just met on the subway. With Love and a Major Organ was first produced at the Toronto Fringe and Next Stage Theatre Festivals, where it was awarded “Patron’s Pick,” “Best of Fringe” and named “Outstanding New Play” by NOW Magazine. Thrisa Hodtis, the assistant director of The Hypocrites’ epic All Our Tragic helms this edgy tale of love in the age of social media. The cast includes Tom Murphy, Melissa Riemer, and Abby Pierce with understudy Jill Karrenbrock. The production team includes Strawdog Company members John Kelly, light designer; Heath Hays, sound designer; with guest artists Ashley Ann Woods, scenic design; Delia Baseman, costume design; Jamie Karas, properties designer and Jen Poulin, assistant director. ABOUT JULIA LEDERER, playwright Lederer is a Toronto-based writer and performer. Her work has been seen in New York, Los Angeles, London, Toronto and now Chicago. Recent other projects include Spooning (Midtown International Short Play Festival: NY), Frame (Seven Collective: NY), Emotional Self-Mutilation (Gi60: NY), Reality Theatre (Driftwood Theatre Jury Prize Winner, 2014), and developing her first play for young audiences, It’s Nothing, with Roseneath Theatre in Toronto. Film/Television include Upstaged (Great Lake Productions, LA Comedy Festival Selection, 2013), Self-Esteem On Pizza (rorbi web short). Lederer’s new play, The Best Plan for Living Happily, will be produced with Birdtown & Swanville Theatre in Toronto next April. ABOUT THRISA HODITS, director With Love marks Hodits directing debut with Strawdog Theatre. This summer, she was the second director on the 12-hour All Our Tragic and is currently assistant directing Second Nature, a new children’s opera at Lyric Opera. This fall, Hodits will direct for The Inconvenience’s Citizens Anthology as well as co-direct alongside Sean Graney for The Hypocrites’ Gilbert & Sullivan regional tour to Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Repertory Theatre and The Olney Theatre. In spring 2016, she will direct a world premiere play for The New Colony. Hodits has worked with The Strange Tree Group, Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, 2nd Story, Jackalope Theatre Company, The Inconvenience, First Floor Theatre and is a proud member of The Hypocrites and The New Colony. ABOUT STRAWDOG THEATRE COMPANY Since its founding in 1988, Strawdog Theatre Company has offered Chicagoland the premiere storefront theatre experience and garnered numerous Non-Equity Jeff Awards with its commitment to ensemble acting and an immersive design approach. The celebrated Company develops new work, re-imagines the classics, melds music with theatre, asks provocative questions and delivers their audience the unexpected. ABOUT HUGEN HALL Under Hugen Hall’s Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer, Hugen Hall has grown from a cabaret space and Chicago’s “Best Theater Bar” (Chicago Reader) to a fully functional performance and gallery space. Over the past two seasons of presenting productions, Lawfer has overseen, and often directed, various premieres and new productions varying from superheroes in conflict to zombie world domination to family fare with many of Chicago’s leading talents. In addition, Hugen Hall has also displayed artwork from David Csicsko and other Chicago artists that reflect the action onstage. The neighborhood has limited paid parking and is easily accessible by public transportation (via the Red Line Sheridan stop, plus 36-Broadway, 80-Irving Park, and 151-Sheridan buses). Strawdog Theatre Company, Artistic Director Hank Boland and Hugen Hall Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer are proud to announce the first production in its 2015 – 2016 Hugen Hall season, the United States Premiere of Julia Lederer’s With Love and a Major Organ, September 12 – October 13, directed by Thrisa Hodits at Hugen Hall in Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St.. Opening night performance is Monday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Saturdays at 4 p.m., Sundays at 12 p.m., and Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m, with an added performance on Wednesday, October 14 at 8p.m.. Preview tickets are $10, single tickets are $15 and are currently on sale. Based on availability, a limited number of rush tickets are available at 50% off one hour prior to curtain and must be purchased in person at the box office.Subscriptions, group, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix tollfree: 866.811.4111. # # # Strawdog Theatre Company is supported in part by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency) and the annual support of businesses and individuals. Photo features Abby Pierce. Credit to Jon Cole Media.
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CAPTAIN LOUIE JR in Broadway CAPTAIN LOUIE JR
WOLF BRANCH MIDDLE SCHOOL
10/15-10/16/2015

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS in Broadway LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
NORTH SHORE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL{UPPER}
10/16-10/17/2015

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GODSPELL-2012 REVISED VERSION in Broadway GODSPELL-2012 REVISED VERSION
ELMHURST COLLEGE THEATRE
10/8-10/17/2015

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS in Broadway LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
OAK PARK RIVER FOREST HIGH SCHOOL
10/9-10/17/2015

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INTO THE WOODS in Broadway INTO THE WOODS
WHEATON ACADEMY
10/14-10/17/2015

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PETER AND THE STARCATCHER in Broadway PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
DRURY LANE OAKBROOK
8/27-10/18/2015

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DOGFIGHT in Broadway DOGFIGHT
BOHEMIAN THEATRE ENSEMBLE
9/5-10/18/2015

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SHREK THE MUSICAL in Broadway SHREK THE MUSICAL
SPOTLIGHT YOUTH THEATER
10/15-10/18/2015

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YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN in Broadway YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
WOODSTOCK MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY
10/2-10/18/2015

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SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! in Broadway SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!
CATERPILLAR EMPLOYEE MIXED CHORUS
10/15-10/18/2015

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THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER in Broadway THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
SPOTLIGHT YOUTH THEATER
10/15-10/18/2015

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DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR in Broadway DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR
WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
10/9-10/18/2015

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JEKYLL & HYDE (B'WAY) in Broadway JEKYLL & HYDE (B'WAY)
JOHN A LOGAN COLLEGE
10/16-10/18/2015

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Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra in Broadway SHEN YUN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Chicago Symphony Center
10/18-10/18/2015
Accentuating the beauty of ancient Chinese instruments amidst the grandeur of a Western symphony, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra draws on cherished ancient melodies and delightful musical styles to create a brand new, yet wonderfully familiar, experience. Part of Shen Yun Performing Arts, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is rooted in 5,000 years of civilization. It shares in Shen Yun’s mission to revive five millennia of divinely inspired culture.
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DISNEY'S 101 DALMATIANS KIDS in Broadway DISNEY'S 101 DALMATIANS KIDS
STORM DANCE ALLIANCE
10/17-10/18/2015

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DISNEY'S 101 DALMATIANS KIDS in Broadway DISNEY'S 101 DALMATIANS KIDS
WOODLAWN ARTS ACADEMY
10/16-10/18/2015

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DISGRACED
Goodman Theatre
9/12-10/18/2015
Ayad Akhtar; dir: Kimberly Senior.
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FEATHERS AND TEETH
Goodman Theatre
9/19-10/18/2015
Charise Castro Smith; dir: Henry Godinez.
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FUNNYMAN
Northlight Theatre
9/11-10/18/2015
Bruce Graham; dir: BJ Jones.
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SUCKER PUNCH
Victory Gardens Theater
9/18-10/18/2015
Roy Williams; dir: Dexter Bullard.
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ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Footlight Players
10/2-10/18/2015

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FOOTLOOSE
Elmhurst Children's Theatre
10/16-10/18/2015

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GODSPELL JR in Broadway GODSPELL JR
LEROY JUNIOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
10/17-10/18/2015

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Side Show in Broadway SIDE SHOW
Porchlight Music Theatre
9/11-10/18/2015
The recipient of Tony Award-nominations for both “Best Score” and “Book of a Musical,” Side Show is inspired by the true-life story of the legendary conjoined twin circus, vaudeville and movie stars The Hilton Sisters, Daisy and Violet, and their search for love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny while under the spotlight of public opinion. Set against the backdrop of 1930’s show business, Side Show seamlessly blends the worlds of carnival, vaudeville, and Hollywood glamour in a haunting and sympathetic story of extraordinary humanity. Porchlight Music Theatre was personally contacted and invited by the authors to present the exclusive first post-Broadway production of their newly revised version that debuted in 2014 here in Chicago. Featuring news songs, characters and additional details of the Hilton twins' true-life story, this presentation will be still further refined through the intimate vision of the Porchlight lens to create a newly conceived experience in the telling of the lives of these two astonishing women.
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Ordinary People in Broadway ORDINARY PEOPLE
Citadel Theatre
9/18-10/18/2015
Ordinary People tells the story of a Lake Forest High School student, Conrad Jarrett (Matt Ronzani). Conrad had an older brother named Buck, and now Buck is gone. What’s left of young Conrad’s family, with his successful, well-intentioned father (Jeff Gamlin) and his beautiful, organized and remote mother (Julie Stevens), is in terrible jeopardy, as is Conrad himself. They are all “ordinary people” and each is fighting a hard battle.
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JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH-TYA in Broadway JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH-TYA
HARRISBURG HIGH SCHOOL
10/17-10/18/2015

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS in Broadway LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
OAK PARK RIVER FOREST HIGH SCHOOL
10/9-10/18/2015

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INTO THE WOODS in Broadway INTO THE WOODS
ALTHOFF CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
10/16-10/18/2015

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Twin Set in Broadway TWIN SET
the side project
10/1-10/18/2015
Love cuts both ways, but how deep? Sisters Meggy and Betty are busy preparing for the 1976 Bicentennial – working together, dressing like twins, and sharing a super-cute apartment. But when former schoolmate Marnie shows up needing help, Betty begins to question her past and Meggy starts fighting for her future.
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Bullets Over Broadway: The Musicals in Broadway BULLETS OVER BROADWAY: THE MUSICALS
Sangamon Auditorium
10/20-10/20/2015
Based on the screenplay of the acclaimed 1994 film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY brings the talents of Woody Allen and Tony-Winning director Susan Stroman together for the first time. Hailed by Time Magazine as, "Musical Theatre Gold!", BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is the hilarious musical comedy about the making of a Broadway show. It's the story of a young playwright who, in desperate need of financial backing for his next show, accepts an offer he can’t refuse from a mobster looking to please his showgirl girlfriend. The original Broadway production of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY played the St. James Theatre. The production received six Tony-Award nominations, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Choreography. Don't miss what the New Yorker exclaims as, "a Fun Machine from Start to Finish!" with "zingers and puns, slapstick and visual gags, and tap-dancing chorus girls" (New York Post). Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters, and the songs that made the 20s roar, Bullets Over Broadway is bringing musical comedy back with a bang. Casting for the national tour of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is yet to be announced.
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Confidential Musical Theatre Project (Chicago) in Broadway CONFIDENTIAL MUSICAL THEATRE PROJECT (CHICAGO)
Stage 773
10/20-10/20/2015
It's Chicago's Confidential Musical Theatre Project debut! On Tuesday October 20th a group of the bravest performers in the city of Chicago will take to the stage and present a musical, having had absolutely no group rehearsal. And the title of the musical? Well, that's all part of the Confidential aspect – we can't tell you. It's a secret. It's scary, it's exhilarating, it's captivating. And it will remind you of why you fell in love with live theatre in the first place. Come and experience the new theatrical concept that's already expanded to eight cities before celebrating its one year anniversary. Can you keep a secret? We can! Be in on the secret. On October 20th, all will be revealed! Tickets $25. Purchase here: http://bit.ly/1LkXx7S
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MERCHILD
16th Street Theater
9/17-10/24/2015
Aline Lathrop; dir: Ann Filmer.World Premiere
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AMERICAN IDIOT
The Hypocrites
8/28-10/24/2015
Billie Joe Armstrong; lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong; music: Green Day; dir: Steven Wilson.
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BUTCHER
Signal Ensemble Theatre
9/17-10/24/2015
CHICAGO – Signal Ensemble Theatre presents the United States premiere of Butcher by Nicolas Billon and directed by Signal Ensemble Member Bries Vannon at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave., September 17 – October 24. Previews are Thursday, Sept.17 and Friday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. Opening/Press night is Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. Regular performances are Thursday – Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $23 for single tickets, $15 for industry/students/seniors/groups and $12 for previews. Tickets may be purchased by calling 773.698.7389 or by visiting www.signalensemble.com. NOTE: An Industry Night Performance will be Monday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. There is no Sunday, Sept. 20 matinee performance. On Christmas Eve, an old man in a military uniform and a Santa hat is dumped at the front door of a police station. Around his neck hangs a meat hook with a simple note attached: “arrest me.” As the night progresses, a lawyer, a police officer and a translator find themselves deep in a snare of secrets, lies and sins buried but not forgotten. Fresh off its critically acclaimed premiere at Alberta Theatre Projects, Nicolas Billon’s taut thriller confronts with questions of justice, revenge and humanity’s darkest capacities. The cast and production team for Butcher includes: CAST: Todd Frugia (Inspector Lamb), Vincent Lonergan* (Josef Dzibrilovo), Simone Roos* (Elena), Joseph Stearns* (Hamilton Barnes), and Lauren Viteri (Young Girl). *Indicates Signal Ensemble Theatre Member CREW: Jon Beal (Violence Coach), Matthwq Chapman (Sound Design), Carla Hamilton* (Costume Design), Stephanie Ingram* (Stage Manager), Elise Kauzlaric (Dialect Coach), Christopher Neville (Props Design), Michael C. Smith (Lighting Design), Bries Vannon* (Director), and Ian Zywica (Scenic Design). *Indicates Signal Ensemble Theatre Member ABOUT NICOLAS BILLON, playwright Nicolas Billon’s work has been produced in Toronto, Stratford, New York and Paris. His triptych Fault Lines garnered the 2013 Governor-General’s Award for Drama. He recently adapted his first play, The Elephant Song, into a feature film starring Bruce Greenwood, Xavier Dolan, Carrie-Anne Moss and Catherine Keener. ABOUT BRIES VANNON, director Bries Vannon is in his sixth year as an ensemble member at Signal Ensemble Theatre, where he serves as the company’s literary manager.. Previously, he directed Signal’s Plainsong and Princes of Waco and served as assistant director on Hostage Song and The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie. As a performer he has been seen in Red Bud, Successors, Motion, Aftermath, Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Hamlet, and She Stoops to Conquer. Vannon is also the creator and director of The Nine, an independent project focusing on free experimental performance. Vannon has also worked as an actor/director with Mary-Arrchie Theatre, The Right Brain Project, the side project, The Building Stage,and WNEP Theater. Signal Ensemble Theatre presents the United States premiere of Butcher by Nicolas Billon and directed by Signal Ensemble Member Bries Vannon at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave., September 17 – October 24. Previews are Thursday, Sept.17 and Friday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. Opening/Press night is Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. Regular performances are Thursday – Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. There is no Sunday, Sept. 20 matinee performance. Ticket prices are $23 for single tickets, $15 for industry/students/seniors/groups and $12 for previews. Tickets may be purchased by calling 773.698.7389 or by visiting www.signalensemble.com. Street parking available on Ravenswood and Berenice (runs one way going west) CTA Brown line EL stops Irving Park and Addison. CTA busses #80-Irving Park, #152-Addison, #50-Damen, #11-Lincoln. The theatre is handicapped accessible.
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MARY POPPINS in Broadway MARY POPPINS
KANKAKEE VALLEY THEATRE
10/10-10/25/2015

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AMERICAN IDIOT in Broadway AMERICAN IDIOT
HYPOCRITES
9/4-10/25/2015

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YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN in Broadway YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
WOODSTOCK MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY
10/9-10/25/2015

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XANADU in Broadway XANADU
BEVERLY THEATRE GUILD
10/16-10/25/2015

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AMERICAN IDIOT in Broadway AMERICAN IDIOT
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
10/16-10/25/2015

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THE DROWSY CHAPERONE in Broadway THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
CHICAGO HEIGHTS DRAMA GROUP
10/16-10/25/2015

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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
9/10-10/25/2015

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The Revel in Broadway THE REVEL
The House Theatre of Chicago
9/4-10/25/2015
CHICAGO – The House Theatre of Chicago presents the The Revel at the Chopin Theatre Upstairs Theatre, 1543 W. Division St., Friday, Sept. 4 – Sunday, Oct. 25. The play was adapted by returning guest artist Damon Kiely, with music by Chicago composer Jess McIntosh, and will be directed and choreographed by Leslie Buxbaum Danzig of 500 Clown and dance-theatre company Lucky Plush Productions in her House Theatre debut. Previews begin Friday, Sept. 4 through Saturday, Sept.12 on Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30pm p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Press opening is Sunday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. Regular performances are Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Preview tickets are $15, regular run tickets range from $30 - $35, and $10 Student and Industry same-day discounted tickets available, based on availability. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.thehousetheatre.com or call 773.769.3832. Daddy died, the coal ran out, and the town went bust. His son’s new factory promises riches but when Deacon rolls in preaching salvation through song, spirit, and moonshine all the workers hightail it up the mountain. Foot-stomping, heart-shaping mountain music fills the air. But what happens when the search for light and love leads to fire and brimstone? Damon Kiely (Thieves Like Us) pens a probing look at how music ignites a spiritual spark even in non-believers. Chicago composer and fiddler Jess McIntosh creates an all-new, old-time country gospel score for a unique chorus of women’s voices. Helmed by Leslie Buxbaum Danzig (500 Clown, Lucky Plush Productions) dynamic and percussive choral movement fuels the world created for this powerful ensemble of actresses. With the driving forces of Greek tragedy at play, Kiely’s story races toward its bloody end. The cast for The Revel includes: Chris Mathews+, Christine Mayland Perkins+, and Michael E. Smith+, with guest artists Jeanne Arrigo, Sarah Charipar*, Kamille Dawkins, Courtney Jones, Andy Lutz, Casey Morris, Bridget Rue, Alex Stage, and Eunice Woods. The design team for The Revel includes: Damon Kiely (writer, co-lyricist), Jess McIntosh (composer, co-lyricist), Leslie Danzig (director), Grant Sabin (scenic designer), Lee Keenan+^ (lighting designer), Izumi Inaba (costume designer), Dan Carlyon (sound designer), Matt Hawkins+ (fight choreographer), and Brian DesGranges*+ (stage manager). The Revel was commissioned and developed by The House Theatre of Chicago and the Chicago Performance Lab through the Theatre and Performance Studies Program at the University of Chicago. Photograph is of Company Member Mayland Perkins by Michael Brosilow.
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Monty Python's Spamalot in Broadway MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
9/10-10/25/2015
Winner of three Tony awards, this highly irreverent comedy combines all your favorite moments from the cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail with the added flair of musical Vegas glitz. See King Arthur, Lancelot and the rest on their quest to find the Holy Grail, complete with Frenchmen, Knights that say “Ni”, and of course a killer rabbit. New York Times calls Spamalot, “a resplendently silly new musical.” Full of fun musical numbers like Find Your Grail, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and more. Preview Performances: September 10-13, 2015 Tickets: $30 Regular Run: September 16 - October 25, 2015 Tickets: $38 www.metropolisarts.com Box Office: 847-577-2121
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THE BLACK WHITE PLAY (HONORING THE MEMORY OF ROGER EBERT THROUGH MUSIC)
Black Ensemble Theater
9/19-11/1/2015
Jackie Taylor; dir: Jackie Taylor.World Premiere
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THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY
First Folio Theatre
9/23-11/1/2015
adapt: David Rice from David Rice; dir: Alison C. Vesely.
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Miss Buncle's Book in Broadway MISS BUNCLE'S BOOK
Lifeline Theatre
9/11-11/1/2015
CHICAGO– Lifeline Theatre presents a world premiere adaptation of D.E. Stevenson’s Miss Buncle’s Book, by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Christina Calvit (four-time Jeff Award winner), and directed by Lifeline Theatre Artistic Director Dorothy Milne (Jeff Award and After Dark Award winner). Barbara Buncle is just an ordinary, unassuming spinster passing an unremarkable existence in the sleepy village of Silverstream. But when the Great Depression wipes out her nest egg, she tries her hand at writing and publishes a novel – under an assumed name – about her quaint hometown and the oddball characters that inhabit it. When the book becomes a surprise bestseller and her neighbors’ foibles are thrust into the national spotlight, Miss Buncle must navigate a madcap storm of accusations, rivalries, and romances. A rollicking look at life imitating art and art imitating life, in a world premiere adaptation of the 1934 novel by D.E. Stevenson. The production runs approximately two hours with one intermission. The book will be on sale in the lobby. Miss Buncle’s Book runs September 11 – November 1 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. (free parking and shuttle; see below). Press opening is Sunday, September 20 at 4 p.m. Opening night is Monday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. (Previews are Fridays, September 11 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, September 12 and 19 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, September 13 at 4 p.m.) Regular performance times (September 24 – November 1) are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. (No performances Halloween, Saturday, October 31.) Ticket prices are $40 for regular single tickets, $30 for seniors, $20 for students (with I.D.), $20 for rush tickets (available half hour before show time, subject to availability), and $20 for previews. Group rate for 12 or more is available upon request. Tickets may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com. Accessible Performances: The Sunday, September 27, 4 p.m. performance will feature open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The Saturday, October 10, 4 p.m. performance will feature a pre-show touch tour of the set at 2:30 p.m. and live audio description for patrons who are blind or have low vision. For more information about Lifeline’s accessibility services, please contact Accessibility Coordinator Erica Foster at 773.761.4477 x703 or at access@lifelinetheatre.com. The complete cast and production team for Miss Buncle’s Book includes: CAST: Lifeline Theatre ensemble members Peter Greenberg (Mr. Abbott/Mr. Durnet), Elise Kauzlaric (Mrs. Greensleeves/Miss King), Katie McLean Hainsworth (Mrs. Featherstone Hogg), and Jenifer Tyler (Barbara Buncle); with guest artists Mark-Anthony Gonzalez (Ernest Hathaway/Mr. Fortunum), Kate Hildreth (Mrs. Carter/Mrs. Walker), Kristina Loy (Sally/Margaret), Martel Manning (Stephen Bulmer/Dr. Walker), Tiffany Oglesby (Sarah Walker/Dorothea Bold), Sean Siniski (Col. Weatherhead/Mr. Featherstone Hogg). With understudies Shelby Lynn Bias, Caroll Furlough Jr, Jhenai Mootz, and Linsey Falls. PRODUCTION TEAM: Lifeline Theatre ensemble members Christina Calvit (Adaptor), Alan Donahue (Scenic & Properties Designer), Kevin D. Gawley (Lighting Designer), and Dorothy Milne (Director); with guest artists Becky Bishop (Stage Manager), Benjamin W. Dawson (Production Manager), Izumi Inaba (Costume Designer), Anthony Ingram (Sound Designer), Lavina Jadhwani (Casting Director), Annaliese McSweeney (Dramaturg), Sam Moryoussef (Master Electrician & A/V Supervisor), Kate Reed (Assistant Stage Manager), Joe Schermoly (Technical Director), and Kendra Thulin (Dialect Coach). Lifeline Theatre presents Miss Buncle’s Book, running September 11 – November 1 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. (free parking and shuttle; see below). Press opening is Sunday, September 20 at 4 p.m. Opening night is Monday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. (Previews are Fridays, September 11 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, September 12 and 19 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, September 13 at 4 p.m.) Regular performance times (September 24 – November 1) are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. (No performances Halloween, Saturday, October 31.) Ticket prices are $40 for regular single tickets, $30 for seniors, $20 for students (with I.D.), $20 for rush tickets (available half hour before show time, subject to availability), and $20 for previews. Group rate for 12 or more is available upon request. Tickets may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com. Free parking is available at the designated lot west of the theatre (NE corner of Morse and Ravenswood) with free shuttle service before and after the show. Street parking is also available and Lifeline Theatre is handicapped and CTA accessible (Red Line Morse stop/busses). # # # Now in its 33rd season, Lifeline Theatre is driven by a passion for story. Our ensemble process supports writers in the development of literary adaptations and new work, and our theatrical and educational programs foster a lifelong engagement with literature and the arts. A cultural anchor of Rogers Park, we are committed to deepening our connection to an ever-growing family of artists and audiences, both near and far. Lifeline Theatre – Big Stories, Up Close. Lifeline Theatre’s programs are partially supported by Alphawood Foundation; The Arts Work Fund; Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; a CityArts grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; The Common Cup; Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; FGMK LLC; Flex Print , Inc.; The Grover Hermann Foundation; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; Netrix LLC; The Polk Bros. Foundation; S&C Foundation; The Shubert Foundation; and the annual support of businesses and individuals.
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THE CHEATS
Steep Theatre Company
10/1-11/7/2015
Hamish Linklater; dir: Joanie Schultz.
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JEST A SECOND
Oil Lamp Theater
9/24-11/8/2015
James Sherman; dir: Keith Gerth.
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MY MA??ANA COMES
Teatro Vista, Theatre With A View
10/5-11/8/2015
Elizabeth Irwin; dir: Sandra Marquez.
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I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE
Village Theatre Guild
10/16-11/8/2015

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My Mañana Comes in Broadway MY MAÑANA COMES
Teatro Vista
10/3-11/8/2015
CHICAGO – Teatro Vista presents Elizabeth Irwin’s My Mañana Comes, directed by Ensemble Member Sandra Márquez, at The Richard Christiansen Theater at The Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., October 3 – November 8. Preview performances are Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Opening/Press night is Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Regular performances are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. NOTE: Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. there will be a 25th Anniversary Celebration to honor Eddie Torres and Henry Godinez, founders of Teatro Vista as well as Carlos Tortolero, president and founder of the National Mexican Museum in Pilsen. Preview performances are $20, regular run weeknight and matinee performances are $25 and Saturday night performances are $30. Students and seniors (65+) with valid I.D. are $15. Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased at the Victory Gardens box office at 773.871.3000 or by visiting www.teatrovista.org. For more information on My Mañana Comes and Teatro Vista, please visit www.teatrovista.org. My Mañana Comes is a fun and high-energy production that exposes the travails of immigrant workers and how their quest for the American Dream often clashes with society’s views on immigration. Within the kitchen of an elegant New York restaurant as its background, this play is a snapshot of the lives of four busboys from different social backgrounds that cling to dreams of life beyond their dingy back-of-house grind while juggling delicate entrees, serving fussy customers, and facing an opportunistic manager. My Mañana Comes was a Lucille Lortel Outstanding Play nominee, Drama Desk Outstanding Play nominee, Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award nominee and received its critically acclaimed off Broadway debut by the Playwrights Realm in 2014. In addition to Teatro Vista, the production is also slated to be performed at San Diego REPertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company and ArtsWest Seattle. The cast of My Mañana Comes includes Dennis García, Cameron Knight, Víctor Maraña and Johnathan Nieves. ABOUT ELIZABETH IRWIN, playwright Elizabeth Irwin was born in Worcester, raised by Brooklyn and finished by el D.F. (aka Mexico City). Before becoming a playwright she was a high school English teacher followed by a very long stint as a wanderer. She was selected as a member of the 2012-13 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab while living shoe-free on a Mexican beach so she came back to New York. She then became a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow in 2013, followed by Playwrights Realm’s Page One Resident Playwright in 2014-15. ABOUT SANDRA MÁRQUEZ, director Sandra Márquez is an actor, director and educator, as well as a longtime ensemble member of Teatro Vista, serving as the company’s Associate Artistic Director from 1998 – 2006. Venues worked as an actor include Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and off-Broadway at Second Stage Uptown. Last season she received a Jeff Award for Best Actress for her work in Teatro Vista’s A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller. Most recently she directed the well-received Pride Films and Plays production of Men on the Verge of a Hispanic Breakdown. This fall she will be playing Clytemnestra in Agamemnon at Court Theater and later in the season she will be in Mary Page Marlow at Steppenwolf. Some of her on-camera credits include Boss and Timer as well as many national commercials. Sandra has been a member of the Northwestern University theater faculty since 1995 where she very much enjoys teaching and mentoring young people. ABOUT TEATRO VISTA Teatro Vista, Theatre with a View (Ricardo Gutiérrez, Executive Artistic Director; José Antonio Cruz, Managing Director), is firmly committed to sharing and celebrating the riches of Latino culture with Chicago theater audiences and beyond. This commitment stems from the belief that there are as many similarities between people as there are differences, and perhaps the answer to breaking down the walls of prejudice and stereotypes lies in understanding these similarities and differences. Ultimately, it is through this “view” that Teatro Vista intends to bridge the gap between Latino and non-Latino cultures in Chicago. The company believes in the transformative power of theater, inclusiveness through the idea that everyone is intricately connected to each other and that sharing stories through performance is an exceptionally potent way to bring people together. Teatro Vista is the vanguard of Latino theatre in the United States, a place where Latino and non-Latino artists can expressively flourish and excel to the highest level of theatrical professionalism. It is dedicated to sharing new work by new playwrights in cutting-edge productions and presenting classic plays featuring artists of color. Teatro Vista presents Elizabeth Irwin’s My Mañana Comes, directed by Ensemble Member Sandra Márquez, at The Richard Christiansen Theater at The Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., October 3 – November 8. Preview performances are Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Opening/Press night is Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Regular performances are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. NOTE: Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. there will be a 25th Anniversary Celebration to honor Eddie Torres and Henry Godinez, founders of Teatro Vista as well as Carlos Tortolero, president and founder of the National Mexican Museum in Pilsen. Preview performances are $20, regular run weeknight and matinee performances are $25 and Saturday night performances are $30. Students and seniors (65+) with valid I.D. are $15. Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased at the Victory Gardens box office at 773.871.3000 or by visiting www.teatrovista.org. For more information on My Mañana Comes and Teatro Vista, please visit www.teatrovista.org. # # #
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