Other Theatre Announces Line-Up For OTHER WAYS TO RESIST

Other Theatre Announces Line-Up For OTHER WAYS TO RESISTChicago's Other Theatre is pleased to announce the line-up for OTHER WAYS TO RESIST, a festival of four world premiere plays exploring the performance of activism, social media protest and acts of unconventional resistance. This festival will be presented in two installments, each followed by a brief talkback, on Wednesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Reservations can be made in advance at greenhousetheater.org, in person at the box office or by calling (773) 404-7336.

Through a new educational partnership between Other Theatre and the theatre department at Naperville's North Central College, this festival of premiere plays will ultimately receive a full a production as part of North Central's fall 2018 season, featuring a cast of student actors. By connecting Chicago theatre professionals to student artists, Other Theatre seeks to inspire and cultivate the next generation of arts activists in Chicago and beyond.

"What better way to invest in young performers and budding arts activists than by inviting them into the process of creating new political theatre?" comments Festival director Nick Thornton. "Projects like this show students and community members that together we can foster new plays that further essential political dialogues and new ways of thinking."

Free Performance Schedule at Greenhouse Center:

Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30 pm:

SAME SECTS!

By Paul Michael Thomson

Hooking up is supposed to be fun, but in the Age of Trump, even the extremely personal becomes overtly political. SAME SECTS! is a play about assumption, identity, intimacy and what happens when they share a bed.

AMERICANS

By David Lew Cooper

What would you do, trapped in a room with your political adversary? Two Americans find out after a protest gone wrong. Detained and unsure of each other's allegiances, the two commiserate seeking solace in one another until introductions turn to indictments and details lead to a dangerous conclusion.

Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 pm:

TOUCHÉ, THE GOLD COAST, WORKING-CLASS MUSCLE, TOMORROW'S MAN, JIMMY FRENCH, SAMMY AND ME

By Rob Onorato

TOUCHÉ, THE GOLD COAST... is an orgiastic essay-play spanning more than 70 years of white gay masculinity in the city of big shoulders. Instagram images, physique magazines and leather bar art all are assembled to explore the masc/nelly duality in this cruisy new theatrical experience.

PASSING OFF

By Carol Ann Tan

By all social media accounts, Hui Min has left Singapore in pursuit of bigger dreams. But she's finding it harder than she expected to assimilate into America, and her constant digital presence only reminds her of what she's left behind. When Hui Min finally develops a closer relationship with a white American, she must confront her personal expectations of what assimilation looks like in America - and the reasons why she'd wanted to leave Singapore at all.

About the Playwrights

Paul Michael Thomson (Same Sects!) is a professional actor and writer based in Chicago. As an actor, he has worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Greenhouse Theater, The House Theatre of Chicago, Teatro Vista and Southwest Shakespeare Company, among others. His plays have been performed by Arizona Repertory Theatre, The Ensemble Studio Theatre and been published in The Neologian and the 2014 NYTI Anthology. Paul Michael graduated as the Outstanding Senior of the College of Fine Arts with a BFA in Acting, a BA in Africana Studies and minors in Spanish and Art History from The University of Arizona. In 2016, he was awarded the M.E.H. Lewis Scholarship by Chicago Dramatists. He is represented by Gray Talent Group. For more information, visit paulmichaelthomson.com.

David Lew Cooper (Americans) is originally from Ann Arbor, MI and now resides in Chicago. He received his BFA in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University before moving to Chicago where he makes his living primarily acting and working front of house. David Lew considers himself a progressive moderate and a secular humanist. I know we can be better. I know we can do better. Together.

Rob Onorato (Touché, the Gold Coast...) is a writer, performer and historian from New England, now ensconced happily in Chicago. He often writes and performs as CJ Byrd, a "gay flamingo slut" and drag witch who exists in-between history and never wears open-toed pumps in the backroom. Miss Byrd made her debut as the closing act of the inaugural Chicago Theatre Marathon last July, and she's back onstage this spring as she workshops her new show, The CJ Byrd "Gay Rage 1979" Variety Hour, at Greenhouse Theater Center. Other plays include The Lizards, the secret show, Slugger and an in-development play about Cookie Mueller. Rob's writing has appeared frequently with HowlRound, and he's a contributor to an upcoming anthology about Taylor Mac's 24-Decade History of Popular Music.

Carol AnnTan (Passing Off) is a Singapore-born, Chicago-based director, writer and dramaturg. Her work focuses on issues surrounding race and immigration, particularly those involving the Asian diaspora. She is a 2017/18 Directors Inclusion Initiate with Victory Gardens and an artistic associate with The Comrades. Directing/writing credits include Domestic Departure for the Director's Haven 2016 (Haven Theatre), Apartment Complex, Domestic Departure (University of Chicago). Domestic Departure was awarded second place for the 2015 Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Prize in playwriting. Dramaturgy credits include Wild Boar (Silk Road Rising), peerless, Two Mile Hollow (First Floor Theater), In the Wake (The Comrades), and assisting on The Audience (TimeLine Theatre). For more information, visit www.carolanntan.com.

Nick Thornton (Festival Director) is a freelance director, dramaturg and teaching artist, in addition to being the Literary Manager and Education Coordinator at the Greenhouse Theater Center (GTC). His upcoming projects include directing for Mudlark Theatre's Short Plat Fest and serving as the dramaturg for Birds of a Feather (GTC). Recent Chicago credits include co-movement/associate director of the Greenhouse Theater Center's production of Machinal (Named one of the 10 Best Shows of 2017 by the Chicago Tribune), puppetry director for The Making of a Modern Folk Hero, dramaturg/assistant director of I Do Today (Other Theatre), and director of The Parking Lot Discord (Peacebook/Collaboration). Nick also serves as a teaching artist at Pegasus Theatre, Mudlark Theater and Windy City Musical Theatre. Nick is a proud graduate of Western Michigan University's Department of Theatre as well as an alumnus of the DirectorsLabChicago. For more information on his work, please visit nickthornton.weebly.com.

About Other Theatre:

Other Theatre is dedicated to telling the stories of persons or groups who are othered by systems of oppression. Othering individuals or groups sustains power and privilege. Othering inherently implies hierarchy. Othering keeps the power in the hands of those who already have it. Othering is an "us" vs. "them" mentality often centered around race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, identity, class, religion and ability. Other Theatre is committed to telling these stories in the hope that we can lessen the amount of discrimination and oppression in our world.

We are a collective of artist-activists who believe in the power of theatre to enact social change. We believe in equality for all human beings and we will fight for it. We believe theatre is an excellent conversation starter, and we hope you will come talk with us after the show. We believe radical social change is possible and we will continue to stand up, fight, and resist until it happens.

PHOTO CREDIT: Playwrights featured in Other Theatre's OTHER WAYS TO RESIST include (left to right) David Lew Cooper, Carol Ann Tan, Rob Onorato and Paul Michael Thomson


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