Stage773 Announces January-April Events


Stage773 announces performances taking place January - April 2011. Tickets are available at theStage773 box office, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., 773.327.5252 or online at

Dog Sees God
Epic Theatre Company
Opening: January 21
Closing: February 12
Performance Schedule: Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and 10:30pm
Tickets: $20 adults/$15 students
When CB's dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group's bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that's both haunting and hopeful.
The Ankle Todd Show
Opening Date: January 22
Closing Date: March 26
Performance Schedule: Saturdays at 4 p.m.
Tickets: $9/Kids ages 10 years and younger: $7
Shenanigans! is an all-new show with an all-new cast brought to you by the wacky minds behind the long running and popular The Ankle Todd Show. Shenanigans! is a modern madcap variety vaudeville show for the whole family featuring Chicago's best and brightest improv, sketch and physical comedians! In the spirit of classic variety shows such as "Your Show of Shows," "The Jack Benny Show," "Sid Caesar's Hour" and "The Ed Sullivan Show," Shenanigans! features sketch comedy, music, dance, special guests and an amazingly talented cast.


Dead Pile
XIII Pocket
Opening Date: February 3
Closing Date: February 27
Performance Schedule: Thursdays - Sundays at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Jeremy is a wannabe investigator: someone who goes undercover at factory farms to film the often-horrific abuses committed within. But when he's sent to do an exposé on a dairy farm in southern Indiana, he runs up against some difficult questions about his choSen Line of work. A play that forces us to look at what we eat - and what we're willing to sacrifice.
The Briefcase Boys: A Blues Brothers Tribute Review
Danny Martinez Productions
Opening Date: February 4
Closing Date: February 19
Performance Schedule: Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m.
Tickets: $10
The Briefcase Boys are here to reinvigorate the spirit of classic Chicago Blues. So much of the music we hear today is auto-tuned, bass pounding, disco-tech poppy music. By the year 2020 the music known as the Blues will only be found in the mp3 section of your local library. And it is during trying times like these, when the Blues is all around us, that people of all creeds and conditions need to come together under one sound, and rock the funk out. So grab a drink, or several - matter of fact, you head up to that bar as often as you please (and tip well). Have fun, sing along, and be merry! IT'S A CELEBRATION!
Amaneci Como Con Ganas de Morrirme/ Mmmm How Does One Kill Oneself?
(Performed in Spanish)
Water People Theatre Company
Opening Date: February 4
Closing Date: February 5
Performance Schedule: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $30/$25 students
After eight years of successes in Caracas, Miami and New York, 350 presentations and more than 40,000 spectators, Water People Theater Company brings to Chicago the Award Winner Comedy Mmmm...How Does One Kill Oneself? This dark comedy, by Indira Páez, demystifies the fatality of death and is an opportunity to laugh about our mortal misfortune and fears. Starring Rebeca Alemán (Ace award winner, NYC / Best Actress) and Mónica Pasqualotto, accompanied by Leda Santodomingo and David Miranda. (Performed in Spanish)
Lorca Alma presente Lorca's Soul
(Performed in Spanish)
Water People Theatre Company
Opening Date: February 6
Closing Date: February 6
Performance Schedule: Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $25/$20 students
A collection of five of the best plays by one of the emblematic figures of the Spanish Literature: Federico Garcia Lorca; Yerma, Bodas de Sangre, Doa Rosita La Soltera, Mariana Pineda and La Zapetera Prodigiosa. The reading will be directed by the internationally recognized director and Lorca expert Iraida Tapias with an outstanding Spanish-speaking cast.

Bohemian Trilogy
Hedwig Dances
Opening Date: February 10
Closing Date: February 13
Performance Schedule: Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $15 - $25 students
Hedwig Dances, an eminent Chicago-based dance theater company known for its theatricality and originality, presents Bohemian Trilogy in four performances only. Three free-spirited, iconoclastic works combine poetic choreography with sculptural artifacts, vivid images and haunting original music, as we take a magical-realist dance tour and encounter Fellini-esque characters, stunning aerialists and other muses on a journey from circus tent to illuminated dreamlike realm. A post-show discussion will take place on opening night, February 10 and a special Post-Show Valentine Soiree will be held on Saturday night, February 12, with tickets at $40-$45 (including champagne, chocolates and show).

The Cupid's Players
Special Valentine's Day Performances
Saturday, Feb. 12 at 10:30 p.m.
At iO Theatre, 3541 N. Clark
Monday, Feb.14 at 8:30 p.m.
At Stage 773
Tickets: $25
"Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships"
Opening Date: ongoing run at iO Theatre
Performance Schedule: Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20

Named Best Sketch Comedy Group in Chicago by the Chicago Reader, The Cupid Players have been making audiences laugh until it hurts for 10 years. Their revue Cupid Has A Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships has been playing every Saturday night at iO Theater for seven years and been named a "must-see" by Time Out Chicago and feted as "full of wit and zest" by the Chicago Tribune. The Saturday, Feb. 12 10:30pm performance at iO will be a special Valentine's Day show with a $25 ticket, including a goodie bag for attendees. The Monday, Feb 14 Valentine's Day show at 8:30pm at Stage773 is $25 per ticket and includes goodie.
Leopold Group
Opening Date: February 17
Closing Date: February 20
Performance Schedule: Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20
A world premiere evening length dance work, inspired by Carl Sagan's 1977 NASA Golden Record.

The Seldoms
Opening Date: February 17
Closing Date: February 20
Performance Schedule: Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $18
Stupormarket is The Seldoms' new dance theater work about the economic blowout and the ongoing wobbly recovery. From the luxury market to the unemployment line, and the trading floor to the housing market, Stupormarket ranges broadly across the economic terrain and two different camps of economic thought, neither of which warnEd Loudly enough of the impending crisis. Directed and choreographed by Artistic Director Carrie Hanson in collaboration with the company, Stupormarket is the culmination of a three-year long project about the economy, and features sound design by Richard Woodbury and lighting design by Julie Ballard.
3 of Hearts Productions
Opening Date: February 23
Closing Date: February 26
Performance Schedule: Wednesday - Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets: $17.50 - $22.50, discounts available for groups of ten or more
When life is rough at home, Brandy leaves and doesn't look back, emerging as Babygirl. Learning from her mentor on the streets; she perfects the game and acquires a reputation on the street as one not to mess with.

But What About Asian Dudes? A Black Man's Quest for Answers
Opening Date: February 24
Closing Date: March 6
Performance Schedule: Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Tickets: $20 Students/$25 adults
For TheMASSIVE's inaugural performance, executive artistic director Kyle Vincent Terry uses dance, theatrics, and words to explore how prejudices and preconceptions steer us in a world of stifling political correctness. The evening-length work acknowledges the pressures and expectations placed on individuals based on how they look. Terry crafts works based on his exploration of his own insecurities and inquiries, as well as stories and opinions collected from an online survey and candid interviews that TheMASSIVE conducted on the topics of race and relationships. Join TheMASSIVE's ensemble of creators and movers for artistic analysis of the hubris, humility and humor of being different in "post-racial" America. When you're young, talented and different, it's a thin line between standing out and sticking out.

Meet John Doe
Porchlight Music Theatre
Preview Start: March 4
Opening Date: March 8
Closing Date: April 17
Performance Schedule: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38.00
Meet John Doe includes music by Andrew Gerle, lyrics by Eddie Sugarman, book by Andrew Gerle and Eddie Sugarman with additional story by Matt August. In a last-ditch effort to save her job, a newspaper columnist fabricates an anonymous letter from a reader threatening suicide over the state of the nation. Capitalizing on the public's reaction to the letter, she convinces the paper not only to keep her employed, but also to hire an out of work baseball player to be her "John Doe." Can a social movement borne from a media ruse succeed as a catalyst for change?
Chicago Tap Theatre
Opening Date: March 11
Closing Date: March 20
Performance Schedule: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $30.00
A tangled tale of space travel, alien despots and social upheaval, based on David Bowie's seminal work, "Ground Control to Major Tom."
From Generation to Generation
Genesis Theatrical ProductionNFP, Inc.
Previews Start: March 26
Opening Date: March 30
Closing Date: May 1
Performance Schedule: Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and
Sundays at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $30
From Generation to Generation tells the story of Rose Lieberman, a very charming and lovable Jewish woman who wants to leave a lasting legacy for her unborn granddaughter. Rose is ecstatic to learn that her only child is finally pregnant, but she may not live long enough to see her future grandchild. So, with encouragement from her rabbi, she decides that she will leave an ethical will for her granddaughter. Rose creatively records many tapes and videos describing her life, with the help of her friends and family. Written by Karen Sokolof Javitch and Elaine Jabenis and music and lyrics Karen Sokolof Javitch.

The King and I
Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago
Opening Date: April 22
Closing Date: June 5
Performance Schedule: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38
The King and I by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein. Based on the book Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. As America fights its Civil War, Anna, an English widow, sails to Bangkok with her young son to tutor the wives and children of the King of Siam. The King wishes Siam to have a larger role on the world stage while maintaining its traditions as he increasingly turns to Anna for assistance. Featuring such classics as "Shall We Dance" and "Getting to Know You," The King and I is a story of a man and a woman with matching intelligence and strength, but clashing personalities, prejudices and politics.
About STAGE 773
Stage773 celebrates off-Loop Chicago performing arts and artists. Formerly known as Lukaba Productions, Stage773 is a non-profit Chicago company that produces The Cupid Players, Bri-Ko, The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and other programs, as well as offering subsidized theater rental space to the hundreds of itinerant off-Loop companies and performers. Stage773 is located at 1225 W. Belmont (the former Theatre Building Chicago); Stage773's three theaters are home to performances by some of Chicago's most innovative, creative and passionate off-Loop performing artists.

Beginning July 2011 Stage773 will break ground on a $1 million renovation, which will include:
Redesigning the Belmont Avenue façade;
Increasing the amount of lobby light and opening the lobby to street side viewing with the addition of floor to ceiling windows along Belmont Avenue;
Modernizing and doubling the number of lavatories;
Completely overhauling the South Theater, including relocating the stage and seating to allow for easier load-in, better sound proofing and convenient audience access.
Transforming the West Theater into two new flexible spaces: a cabaret and a blackbox.

Tickets are available at STAGE 773 box office, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. or 773.327.5252 or online at The box office is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon until 6 p.m. and Thursdays - Sundays from noon until the beginning of last show of the day. If there is a performance Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, we will have the box office open for that show. ?Phone order convenience fee: $3.85 per order


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