By Brynne Frauenhoffer, Directed by Lexi Saunders
Broken Nose Theatre will present BECHDEL FEST 8: REALIGN, the company's annual festival of new short plays featuring an ensemble of femme, female-identifying, non-binary, trans and queer actors talking about things other than men. This year's festival showcases eight stories that center around characters who find themselves at pivotal moments, as new circumstances push each of them to reconsider both their identity and their place in the world. BECHDEL FEST 8 will stream for free from JANUARY 29 - MARCH 26, 2021 on BNT's YouTube channel, with a new play released each Friday for an entire week before it's removed and a new play is broadcast.
All the works in BNT's perennial feminist festival are inspired by the famous Bechdel-Wallace Test. Created by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the test asks whether a work of entertainment features at least two non-male identifying characters in conversation about something other than a man. Since the fest's first iteration in 2013, Broken Nose has worked with some of the most exciting voices in the Chicago theater landscape on over 50 stories that, by design, do not revolve around men. For additional information, visit brokennosetheatre.com.
Comments BNT Artistic Director Elise Marie Davis: "Many of the immensely talented artists involved in this season's festival have been signed on since last spring, back when we were expecting to host the event in-person during the summer. The fact that they graciously and enthusiastically stayed onboard as this year's lineup was pushed back, and ultimately pivoted to becoming digital, is enormously exciting to the Broken Nose family and myself. This week-by-week release structure is brand-new to us, but we're thrilled to bring the magic of the fest into audiences' homes, virtually and entirely free-of-charge. We look forward to sharing these stories with you!"
News About The High at Broken Nose Theatre
Goodman Theatre Present LAYLINA Virtual Reading January 30
January 14, 2021
Layalina by Martin Yousif Zebari, the first play of Goodman Theatre's Future Labs, makes its virtual debut, launching the theater's newest effort to develop new plays. Directed by Azar Kazemi, Layalina examines how families maintain their love in the midst of turbulent global and social change.
Steep Theatre Expands Ensemble
December 29, 2020
Steep Theatre will welcome several new members to its ensemble of artists. Laura Alcalá Baker, Debo Balogun, Chris Chmelik, Destini Huston, Omer Abbas Salem, and Joe Schermoly are Steep’s newest Ensemble Members. All six of these artists have played pivotal roles in Steep’s artistic development over the past several years, and the company is honored to have them involved in shaping the organization’s future.
Broken Nose Theatre Presents BECHDEL FEST 8: REALIGN
December 21, 2020
Broken Nose Theatre will present BECHDEL FEST 8: REALIGN, the company’s annual festival of new short plays featuring an ensemble of femme, female-identifying, non-binary, trans and queer actors talking about things other than men.
Healing Illinois Grant Supports Launch Of Paramount Theatre's The Inception Project
December 17, 2020
Paramount Theatre in Aurora will launch next month The Inception Project, a new play development initiative designed to create artist driven, courageous, thought provoking new work in a radically inclusive environment.
Strawdog Theatre Company Welcomes New Ensemble Members
November 17, 2020
Strawdog Theatre Company's is pleased to welcome seven new ensemble members for 2020, including: Paul Cook, Leah Hummel, Yeaji Kim, Alyssa Maldonado, Karissa Murrell Myers, Manuel Ortiz and Johnard Washington.
Violence Designer Chloe Baldwin To Guest On Radio's IT'S SHOWTIME WITH RIKKI LEE
September 28, 2020
On Friday, October 2, 2020 Chicago-based violence designer/fight choreographer Chloe Baldwin will be the featured guest for Rikki Lee Travolta's weekly radio program It's Showtime with Rikki Lee at 3 PM Central on 101.5 FM WHRU-LP. For those outside the listening area, It's Showtime with Rikki Lee can be live streamed at www.HuntleyRadio.com.
New Conservatory Theatre Center Announces IN GOOD COMPANY, New Episodic Podcast Series
July 29, 2020
New Conservatory Theatre Center has announced the release of a brand-new podcast, In Good Company, available for streaming and download starting August 26, with weekly episodes made available every Wednesday.
Casting Announced for Broken Nose Theatre's THIS IS ONLY A TEST
February 28, 2020
Broken Nose Theatre has announced casting for its world premiere of Eric Reyes Loo's terrifyingly timely drama This is Only a Test, directed by Toma Langston.
Kathleen Chalfant Will Star in Industry Reading of HERLAND in New York
January 14, 2020
Producers Brennan T. Jones and Danielle Demisay have announced the first New York presentation of Grace McLeod's acclaimed New Play, Herland, directed by James Fleming. Herland is cast by Hano Casting.
Participants Announced for Midsommer Flight's Inaugural DIRECTORS FLIGHT Professional Development Program
January 07, 2020
Midsommer Flight has announced the five theater professionals who will participate in the inaugural session of the company's new 'Directors Flight' initiative. Announced in fall 2019, Directors Flight is a program with the goal of promoting, cultivating, and inspiring classical directing talent in Chicago. The announcement last fall included a call for applications to participate. Instead of a tuition-based model, Midsommer Flight has opted to pay each selected director a small fellowship stipend for their participation.
Free Performance Of Dolores Diaz's LOS TEQUILEROS Announced At Jedlicka Performing Arts Center
October 09, 2019
16th Street Theater in association with Jedlicka Performing Arts Center will give a free community performance of Dolores Díaz's Los Tequileros directed by company member Miguel Nuñez at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Centera?" located at 3801 S. Central Avenue in Cicero, IL on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 PM.
Steep Theatre Announces 19th Season
August 21, 2019
Steep Theatre announces the programming for its upcoming 19th season, which will continue the company's tradition of presenting bold plays from today's most exciting playwrights, brought to life by fearless ensembles and visionary directors.
Otherworld Theatre Presents Violet Surprise: Femslash Fest
July 31, 2019
Iris Sowlat and Allison Fradkin, in collaboration with Otherworld Theatre Company, present Violet Surprise, a festival of femslash fanfiction parodies.
Collaboraction's 4th Peacebook Festival Launches Aug 15-17 With 21 Shows At Kennedy-King College Theater
July 01, 2019
Collaboraction Theatre Company will launch its 2019-20 mainstage season at Kennedy-King College (KKC) at 63rd and Halsted in the college's 292-seat, state-of-the-art mainstage theater, with its fourth annual Peacebook Festival, Thursday through Saturday, August 15-17.
Photo Flash: Inside Broken Nose Theatre's LANGUAGE ROOMS
April 22, 2019
Broken Nose Theatre is pleased to continue its seventh season with the Midwest premiere of Yussef El Guindi's dark comedy LANGUAGE ROOMS, directed by Kaiser Zaki Ahmed, playing April 19 - May 18, 2019 at BNT's resident home,The Den Theatre (2A), 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood.