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NEW FACES SING BROADWAY
Porchlight Music Theatre
11/3-11/3/2015
CHICAGO – Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the first production in a new musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway. The first edition with Director Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Associate Christopher Pazdernik, Music Director Kory Danielson and Emcee Meghan Murphy is New Faces Sing Broadway 1991, Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway. Tickets are $22, with no drink minimum and are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling 773.777.9884. Future performances are scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, 2016 and Tuesday, June 7, 2016. From 1934 – 1968, New Faces, a series of musical revues on Broadway in New York City was instrumental in introducing the public to emerging talent with names like June Carrol, Robert Clary, Imogene Coca, Jane Connell, “Professor” Irwin Corey, Henry Fonda, Alice Ghostley, Ronny Graham, Billy Hayes, Tiger Haynes, Van Johnson, Madeline Kahn, Eartha Kitt, Robert Klein, Carol Lawrence, Paul Lynde, Virginia Martin, Bill McCutcheon, John Reardon, Maggie Smith, Inga Swenson and many, many more. In tribute, Porchlight Music Theatre announces a new Chicago musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway. The first production in the series shines a spotlight on the year 1991 and is hosted by Meghan Murphy and features a company of Porchlight’s hottest up-and-coming talent. The evening is a journey from the start to the finish of the 1991 musical season on Broadway, peppered with photos and films of the era in an exciting multimedia presentation. Songs featured from include numbers from Once on this Island, Shogun: The Musical, Miss Saigon, The Secret Garden, The Will Rogers Follies and more. In addition to the performances on stage, Murphy engages the audience to sing along as the chorus of some of the best-known production numbers from that classic Broadway season and challenges them to “Name that Show Tune,” a fun and fast-moving music theatre game where participants win prizes. ABOUT PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE Porchlight Music Theatre, now in its 21st season, is nationally recognized for developing innovative new works, reimagining classic productions and showcasing musical theatre’s noted veterans and rising stars. Porchlight elevates the genre in Chicago by providing intimate and powerful theatrical experiences for its growing and diverse audience. With the vision of Artistic Director Michael Weber, Porchlight builds on its role as Chicago’s only Equity not-for-profit company exclusively specializing in music theatre. Porchlight’s rich history includes the staging of more than 60 productions with 13 Chicago premieres and five world premieres. Through Porchlight’s “Off the Porch” new works program, the musicals of the next generation are developed and given a first audience. The School at Porchlight is Chicago’s new center for music theatre training in the areas of performance, writing and appreciation. The company’s many accolades include 11 Black Theatre Alliance nominations and two awards, as well as a total of 103 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations resulting in 31 Jeff Awards, recently garnering back to back Best Production awards for A Class Act (2103) and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (2014). Porchlight Music Theatre’s New Faces Sing Broadway 1991, Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway. Tickets are $22, with no drink minimum and are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling 773.777.9884. Future performances are scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, 2016 and Tuesday, June 7, 2016. # # # Porchlight Music Theatre is partially supported by generous contributions from the Arts Work Fund at the Chicago Community Trust, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the National Association of Realtors, Peoples Gas, and The Saints. The season program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.
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DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
PRINCEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
11/5-11/6/2015

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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Coronado Performing Arts Center
11/6-11/6/2015
Disney's Beauty and the Beast features the animated film's Academy Award-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton. The original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this new touring production! The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award winner for her work on Disney's Beauty and the Beast), Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Scenic Design by Stanley A. Meyer, Sound Design by John Petrafesa Jr. and Music Supervision by Michael Kosarin.
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GETTING TO KNOW... THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
11/5-11/6/2015
By Kids For Kids! • A Metropolis School of the Performing Arts Production Music By Richard Rodgers • Lyrics By Oscar Hammerstein II Captain Von Trapp is in need of a governess for his seven children; the Sisters of the Abbey aren’t sure Maria is cut out for life in the church, and so an arrangement is made. Maria is up for the challenges that these mischievous children throw at her and quickly befriends each one, becoming much more than just a governess. Recommended for grades 2-8. November 5-7, 2015 Adults $12 • Children 12 & Under $10 Thursday, November 5, 10AM & 6PM Friday, November 6, 10AM & 6PM Saturday, November 7, 1PM
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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
VERNON HILLS HIGH SCHOOL
10/30-11/7/2015

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THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE JR
OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE SCHOOL
11/7-11/7/2015

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DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
LEYDEN HIGH SCHOOL
10/30-11/7/2015

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DISNEY'S WINNIE THE POOH KIDS
GRUEN VOCAL STUDIO
11/7-11/7/2015

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ELF THE MUSICAL
Sangamon Auditorium
11/6-11/7/2015
ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.
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THE CHEATS
Steep Theatre Company
10/1-11/7/2015
Hamish Linklater; dir: Joanie Schultz.
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THE SOUND OF MUSIC
William Fremd High School
11/4-11/7/2015

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GETTING TO KNOW... THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Education Department
11/5-11/7/2015

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ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Thornton Fractional South High School
11/5-11/7/2015

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STARLIGHT EXPRESS
Libertyville High School
11/5-11/7/2015

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G2K CINDERELLA
Blackhawk Middle School
11/6-11/7/2015

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ANNIE
RIVER RIDGE SCHOOL
11/6-11/7/2015

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SHREK THE MUSICAL
REAVIS HIGH SCHOOL
11/5-11/7/2015

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THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE JR
GWENDOLYN BROOKS MIDDLE SCHOOL
11/6-11/7/2015

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HONK! JR
PALATINE PARK DISTRICT
11/6-11/7/2015

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SHREK THE MUSICAL
ALLEMAN HIGH SCHOOL
11/5-11/8/2015

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SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!
SPOTLIGHT YOUTH THEATER
11/5-11/8/2015

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DISNEY'S CAMP ROCK THE MUSICAL
SPOTLIGHT YOUTH THEATER
10/29-11/8/2015

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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
ROSARY HIGH SCHOOL
11/6-11/8/2015

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LES MISERABLES SCHOOL EDITION
SPOTLIGHT YOUTH THEATER
10/30-11/8/2015

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JEST A SECOND
Oil Lamp Theater
9/24-11/8/2015
James Sherman; dir: Keith Gerth.
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INTO THE WOODS JR
YOUTH CHORAL THEATER OF CHICAGO
11/8-11/8/2015

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DISNEY'S THE LION KING JR
BARRINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL PRAIRIE CAMPUS
11/5-11/8/2015

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JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
YORK HIGH SCHOOL
11/6-11/8/2015

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GODSPELL
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIV EDWARDSVILLE
11/5-11/8/2015

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THE 4TH GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE-SUICIDE
The Hypocrites
10/30-11/8/2015
Sean Graney; dir: Joel Ewing, Mechelle Moe.
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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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ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Bloomfield High School
11/5-11/8/2015

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THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA
North Central College
11/5-11/8/2015

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INTO THE WOODS JR
CURTAIN CALL COMMUNITY THEATRE
11/6-11/8/2015

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INTO THE WOODS
GLENWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
11/6-11/8/2015

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DISNEY'S CINDERELLA KIDS
OREGON PARK DISTRICT
11/6-11/8/2015

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SEUSSICAL
WESTVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
11/7-11/8/2015

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DISNEY'S ALADDIN KIDS
CURTAIN CALL CHILDRENS THEATRE
11/6-11/8/2015

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THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
DEKALB SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
11/5-11/8/2015

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THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
QUINCY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
11/4-11/8/2015

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BUGSY MALONE
GRANT PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL
11/6-11/8/2015

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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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TWYLA THARP'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR IN CHICAGO
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
11/5-11/8/2015
CHICAGO, IL — The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University presents Twyla Tharp – 50th Anniversary Tour including two Chicago premieres, “Preludes and Fugues” and “Yowzie” November 5 – 8, at the historic Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway. In a momentous co-commission with Ravinia Festival, as well as four other dance presenters in four other cities, the Auditorium is thrilled to present these two new works by world-renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp. The performance schedule is Thursday, Nov. 5 – Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are priced $33 - $103 and are available online at AuditoriumTheatre.org by calling (312) 341-2300 or in-person at the Auditorium Theatre’s Box Office, 50 E. Congress Parkway. Subscriptions for the Auditorium Theatre’s 2015 - 2016 season and discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are also on sale. For more information visit AuditoriumTheatre.org.
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THE WEDDING SINGER
SULLIVAN HIGH SCHOOL
11/6-11/8/2015

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GODSPELL-2012 REVISED VERSION
ROCKFORD LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL
11/6-11/8/2015

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UNSPEAKABLE
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
10/6-11/8/2015
Sex, Drugs and Comedy. Unspeakable is an unflinching ride through the emotional landscape of Richard Pryor spanning sixty-one years and focused on the period between 1967 and 1982. Born and raised in a Peoria brothel owned and operated by his grandmother, Pryor faced situations that forever shaped and scarred his sensitive soul. With a pimp for a father and his mother a whore, young Pryor’s imagination allowed him to escape and ultimately led him to comedy. Unspeakable captures the energy of a man battling success and the demons it invites. Given the strong language and adult situations inherent in this story, this production is recommended for audiences 16 years of age and older. UNSPEAKABLE is not endorsed, supported or sponsored in any manner by the Estate of Richard Pryor or any other party connected with the Estate or the comedian himself. UNSPEAKABLE is a theatrical event inspired by known facts about a public figure in order to offer a perspective on the entertainment business, race, human nature (and/or whatever you take away from the experience). Otherwise it is work of fiction, and any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental and not intended.
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TARZAN
GRAYSLAKE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL - DISTRICT 127
11/6-11/14/2015

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SWEENEY TODD
BEECHER COMMUNITY PART TIME PLAYERS
11/6-11/14/2015

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AMERICAN IDIOT
GRIFFIN THEATRE COMPANY
9/26-11/15/2015

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JOHN STEINBECK'S EAST OF EDEN
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
9/17-11/15/2015
adapt: Ensemble member Frank Galati; dir: Ensemble member Terry Kinney.World Premiere
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SHREK THE MUSICAL
PM & L THEATER
10/30-11/15/2015

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MARY POPPINS
ST IGNATIUS COLLEGE PREP
11/6-11/15/2015

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A FUNNY THING...FORUM
RISING STARS MUSICAL THEATRE
11/6-11/15/2015

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STEPPENWOLF FOR YOUNG ADULTS: GEORGE ORWELL'S 1984
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
10/21-11/15/2015
adapt: Andrew White; dir: Hallie Gordon.
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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
University of St. Francis
11/6-11/15/2015

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REEFER MADNESS
Moraine Valley Community College
11/6-11/15/2015

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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR
ROUND LAKE AREA PARK DISTRICT COMMUNITY THEATRE
11/6-11/15/2015

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BLOOD BROTHERS
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
9/26-11/15/2015
Blood Brothers, the megahit British musical by Willy Russell is the story of twin brothers separated at birth – one raised by a rich family, the other by the impoverished birth mother of the boys.Though the mothers try to keep the boys apart, the two become close friends in spite of their very different social circumstances.
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OLIVER!
Wilmette Center for the Arts
11/6-11/15/2015
The Wilmette Center for the Arts presents OLIVER! The Tony Award winning musical adaptation of Charles Dicken’s novel opens on November 6th in the Theatre of the Wilmette Park District’s Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette, IL. Performances run through November 15. The production takes a new approach on the enduring musical by embracing the dark comedic nature of the characters in the show. Inspired by various revivals of the production as well as the novel Oliver Twist itself, director Kristen Williams seeks to give the audience the highest of highs mixed with the lowest of lows. “The story is ultimately sad, but how often do we get to tell an unhappy story through comedic song and dance?” states Williams. “We were extremely lucky enough to find some of the best comedic musical theater actors the North Shore has to offer. Mixing them with the cast of extremely talented kids, allows us to bring this classic tale to life with a comedic perspective not often seen in Oliver remounts.” Williams is joined by Paul Scavone as Music Director and Bryan J. Wlas as Choreographer, who together lead a 24 person ensemble, ages 11 – 86.
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NEW KID
Adventure Stage Chicago
10/27-11/21/2015
Dennis Foon; dir: Julie Ritchey.
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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Elkhart Civic Theatre
11/5-11/21/2015

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DOGFIGHT
BOHEMIAN THEATRE ENSEMBLE
10/23-11/22/2015

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LEGALLY BLONDE
COMMUNITY PLAYERS OF BLOOMINGTON
11/6-11/22/2015

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THE PRICE
Timeline Theatre Company
8/18-11/22/2015
Arthur Miller; dir: Louis Contey.
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WHITE CHRISTMAS
TownSquare Players, Inc
11/6-11/22/2015

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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Skokie Park District
11/7-11/22/2015

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A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD- TYA
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
11/6-11/22/2015

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MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS
Lifeline Theatre
10/24-11/29/2015
CHICAGO – Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries presents Mr. Popper’s Penguins, a world premiere musical adaptation with script by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Robert Kauzlaric (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: New Adaptation, The Island of Dr. Moreau and Neverwhere), music and lyrics by George Howe (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Work-Musical, Queen Lucia), and directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Paul S. Holmquist (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Best Production-Play, The Island of Dr. Moreau; Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Director-Musical, The Robber Bridegroom, Griffin Theatre), based on the novel by Richard and Florence Atwater. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission. Mr. Popper’s Penguins runs Saturday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Nov. 29 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Press opening is Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. Regular performance times are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., with an added relaxed/sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. (Previews are Saturday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m.) Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com.
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HOLMES VS. HOLMES
E.D.G.E. Theatre
11/5-11/29/2015
CHICAGO - E.D.G.E Theatre is pleased to announce the world premiere of Holmes vs Holmes, conceived by Orion Couling and Angela Davis Couling, written by Bill Daniel and directed by Orion Couling, November 5 - 29 at Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N Glenwood. Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22. Tickets may be purchased at www.edgeoforion.com. It is 1893 and all of the world waits and watches in anticipation as Chicago opens the gates to its great World’s Fair, the Columbia Exposition. For a city that has literally risen from the ashes, it is an achievement that is at once magnificent and unparalleled. However, a darkness has begun to stir and prowl through the streets of the beautiful White City, consuming innocence and anything that stands in its way. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, England continues to mourn the loss of the great detective, Sherlock Holmes, after his supposed death over the falls of Reinchenbach. But not everything is as it seems and very soon the famous detective will find himself being swept up in the midst of a case unlike any he has known before. The cast of Holmes vs Holmes includes Alexandra Boroff (Elizabeth Holton,) Alexandra Cross (Julia Smythe-Connor,) Bill Daniel (H.H. Holmes,) Richard Eisloeffel (Ned Connor/Marion Hedgepeth/George Bowman/Professor Moriarty,) Sarah Franzel (Emeline Cigrand,) Erin Gordon (Minnie Williams,) Allison Reinke (Anna Williams,) T Issac Sherman (Sherlock Holmes,) RoK Teasley, (Pitezel/Jonathan Belknap,) Lucas Thatcher (Detective Frank Geyer,) Lisa Tosti (Myrta Belknap) and Sarah Wisterman, (Clara Loverling). The Holmes vs Holmes production team includes Angela Davis Couling, assistant director; Becca Goldberg, stage manager; Emma Cullimore, costumes; Peter McManus, set designer and Benjamin Dionysis, lighting designer. ABOUT E.D.G.E. THEATRE E.D.G.E.’s anachronism stands for “Esteem Development through Greater Expectations”. Using the theatre arts, they educate and entertain to foster the tools of social change. E.D.G.E has a goal of finding every participant’s personal best and holding them accountable to it. E.D.G.E. main thrust is developing theatre for marginalized communities and to bring a message of non-violence, civic and social change through exploration of the theatre arts. E.D.G.E.’s four sectors are: E.D.G.E Core, company produced classes offered on a select curriculum in theatre, social skills, history and stage combat; E.D.G.E. Satellite, E.D.G.E programs produced, collaborated or sub contracted by an outside produced program; E.D.G.E Troupe, a professional actor program providing a training ground for interns from our marginalized community to observe the highest standards of professionalism and be part of the process and E.D.G.E Workshops, limited time commitment programs are meant to harness their educational and entertainment abilities in a workshop environment. These programs are targeted for school assemblies, conventions, and camps. E.D.G.E Theatre is pleased to announce the world premiere of Holmes vs Holmes,, November 5 – 29, at Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N Glenwood. Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22. Tickets may be purchased at www.edgeoforion.com. # # #
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AGAMEMNON
Court Theatre
11/5-12/6/2015
Aeschylus ; trans: Nicholas Rudall; dir: Charles Newell.
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NEVER THE SINNER
Victory Gardens Theater
11/6-12/6/2015
John Logan; dir: Gary Griffin.
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LETTERS HOME
Griffin Theatre Company
10/16-12/7/2015
William Massolia; dir: William Massolia.
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THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME
Strawdog Theatre Company
10/30-12/12/2015
CHICAGO - Strawdog Theatre Company and Artistic Director Hank Boland are proud to announce the second main stage production in its 2015 - 2016 season, Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home, October 30 - December 12, directed by Josh Sobel, at Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. Preview performance tickets are $15 with performances Thursday, Nov. 5, Friday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. There is a Board Preview Event Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. with $50 tickets that include access to a post-performance reception. Opening Night performance is Monday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. An industry performance is Monday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and a fully accessible performance in conjunction with the Access Project at Victory Gardens is Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.* Single Tickets are $28 and on sale now. Subscriptions, group, rush, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111. Past, present and future collide for a troubled family on a snowy Christmas Eve when their car spins out of control after a disastrous holiday dinner. This hauntingly beautiful and poetic play by Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel is told with actors and the centuries-old form of Japanese puppetry, Bunraku. The Long Christmas Ride Home deftly navigates the lasting impact of a moment in the lives of three siblings Stephen (Sam Hubbard), Claire (Kristen Johnson) and Rebecca (Sarah Gitenstein) that sets the rest of their lives in motion. Additional cast includes Ensemble Member John Taflan with guest artists Ed Dzialo and Lorretta Rezos. The production team also includes Strawdog Company Ensemble Members Sarah Goeden, assistant director; Mike Mroch, scenic designer; John Kelly, lighting designer; with guest artists Raquel Adorno, costume designer; Alexa Berkowitz, stage manager; Peter Carpenter, choreographer; Stephanie Diaz, puppet designer; Jamie Karas, properties designer; Jeffrey Levin, sound designer, and Michelle Underwood, projection designer. *FULLY ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCE Strawdog Theatre Company continues its partnership with the Access Project at Victory Gardens to present The Long Christmas Ride Home at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, in the Prince Charitable Trust Rehearsal Room, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., with a touch tour at 6:45 p.m. The performance is fully wheelchair accessible with audio description and open captioning. ABOUT PAULA VOGEL, PLAYWRIGHT Paula Vogel is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and chair of the playwriting department at the Yale School of Drama. A proficient playwright since the 1970s, Vogel first gained national attention for her play The Baltimore Waltzthat won the Obie Award for “Best Play.” Not just a renowned playwright Vogel has taught a menagerie of esteemed playwrights including, Pulitzer Prize winners Nilo Cruz, Lynn Nottage and Quiara Algeria Hundes. ABOUT JOSH SOBEL, DIRECTOR Josh Sobel is an ensemble member and literary manager of Strawdog Theatre Company, where he directed the world premieres of The Hunting of the Snark(subsequently remounted with Chicago’s “Night Out In The Parks” and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Best Beloved: The Just So Stories and The Pied Piper in Hugen Hall. Directing credits include work at Victory Gardens, Steep Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Collaboraction, The Ruckus, LiveWire, WildClaw, Tympanic, Polarity Ensemble, Fine Print Theatre, Citadel, the side project and New Leaf. He is also currently the artistic director at Haven Theatre and the former associate director of the National Theater Institute summer program at the O’Neill Theater Center. Sobel is currently an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. 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. Strawdog Theatre Company and Artistic Director Hank Boland are proud to announce the second main stage production in its 2015 - 2016 season, Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home, October 30 - December 12, directed by Josh Sobel, at Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. Preview performance tickets are $15 with performances Thursday, Nov. 5, Friday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. There is a Board Preview Event Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. with $50 tickets that include access to a post-performance reception. Opening Night performance is Monday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. An industry performance is Monday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and a fully accessible performance in conjunction with the Access Project at Victory Gardens is Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.* Single Tickets are $28 and on sale now. Subscriptions, group, rush, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111. RUSH TICKETS Strawdog Theatre Company offers six tickets at a 50% discount one hour before every production. The rush ticket must be purchased in person, exclusively at the Strawdog Box Office. Limit of two tickets per person, not applicable with other discounts, offers or on previously purchased tickets, first come, first served. 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 is supported in part by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, The Saints, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency) and the annual support of businesses and individuals.
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