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BWW Review: AN IMPROBABLE FICTION at American Players Theatre Photo BWW Review: AN IMPROBABLE FICTION at American Players Theatre
by Scott Rawson - Jun 17, 2021

Tonight‚Äôs festivities are especially exciting, James DeVita‚Äôs ‚ÄúAn Improbable Fiction‚ÄĚ! Six improbable Shakespearean characters hang out at The Boar‚Äôs Head Tavern during the plague

Court Theatre Announces Return to Live Theatre With 2021/22 Season Photo Court Theatre Announces Return to Live Theatre With 2021/22 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 25, 2021

Court Theatre has announced a return to live theatrical programming with its 2021/22 Season. The 2021/22 Season has Court returning to the stage with The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice which will now open the 2021/22 Season in October, specifically conceived for a smaller audience.

Chicago February 2021 Virtual Theatre Celebrates Black History Month Photo Chicago February 2021 Virtual Theatre Celebrates Black History Month
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 2, 2021

Chicago theatres are presenting a wide range of online productions and events to celebrate Black History Month. Theatre venues in Chicago and across the world remain closed due to the pandemic yet the creative spirit remains bright.

ASF Presents PLAY CLUB As Part Of ASF Insights Photo ASF Presents PLAY CLUB As Part Of ASF Insights
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 21, 2021

Alabama Shakespeare Festival invites friends to get closer to the artistry of playwrights by joining the ASF Play Club, part of ASF Insights. Play Club members will read up to four scripts and participate in a live online seminar for each script with an expert (actor/director) and a scholar on the playwright and material.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater Presents WE RISE: MKE'S CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONT Photo Milwaukee Repertory Theater Presents WE RISE: MKE'S CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 13, 2021

Milwaukee Rep presents We Rise: MKE’s Celebration of Black History Month with four Facebook Live events every Monday night in February at 7pm CT. The celebration is in honor of the rich contributions that African American artists, administrators, audiences, and board members have made to the growth, strength and development of Milwaukee Rep.

Congo Square Theatre Presents Three-Day Festival On The Square Photo Congo Square Theatre Presents Three-Day Festival On The Square
by Stephi Wild - Jan 12, 2021

Congo Square Theatre Company (Congo Square), one of the nation's premier African American theatres, announces its Festival on the Square, a three-day virtual festival celebrating the arts, February 4-6, 2021.

Court Theatre and the University of Chicago Launch ARTISTS & ELDERS: A BRIDGE, A GIF Photo Court Theatre and the University of Chicago Launch ARTISTS & ELDERS: A BRIDGE, A GIFT PROJECT
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 20, 2020

Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre, presents a virtual presentation, Artists & Elders: A Bridge, A Gift, on December 10, 2020 at 7pm CST to mark the culmination of their collaboration with the Experimental Performance Initiative and For You.

Writers Theatre Announces Expanded 2020/21 Season Photo Writers Theatre Announces Expanded 2020/21 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 20, 2020

Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma have announced changes to the company’s 2020/21 Season, to include additional digital programming and updates to previously announced productions.

AAAA Announces Black Theater United Auditions And Workshop Photo AAAA Announces Black Theater United Auditions And Workshop
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 21, 2020

Sponsored by the African American Arts Alliance and in celebration of Black Arts Month this October, several Black theaters of Chicago will partner for a united audition for Black theater artists.

TimeLine Theatre Company Announces RELENTLESS- Inspired Online Programming Photo TimeLine Theatre Company Announces RELENTLESS- Inspired Online Programming
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 18, 2020

TimeLine Theatre has announced online public programs and related virtual content inspired by its production of Relentless by Tyla Abercrumbie.

52nd Annual Equity Jeff Awards Nominations Announced Photo 52nd Annual Equity Jeff Awards Nominations Announced
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 15, 2020

The Jeff Awards has announced the nominees for the 52nd annual awards for theater excellence that include 142 theater artists across 30 artistic and technical categories. The awards will be presented in an online program on Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7:00PM.

Court Theatre Announces Revamped 2020-2021 Season, Including Digital Access to Live P Photo Court Theatre Announces Revamped 2020-2021 Season, Including Digital Access to Live Performances and More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 14, 2020

Court Theatre has announced updates to its 2020/21 Season in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The reimagined season has Court returning to the stage in February 2021 with Owen McCafferty's Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry, 1912), followed by Shakespeare's Othello, and then August Wilson's Two Trains Running.

Writers Theatre Announces Innovative New Producing Model For 2020-21 Season Photo Writers Theatre Announces Innovative New Producing Model For 2020-21 Season
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 27, 2020

Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce plans for the company's 2020/21 Season with a new adaptive producing model, one committed to remaining flexible and responsive to current events and that allows the theatre to welcome patrons back to the theatre when the time is right. 

Photo Flash: First Look at PIPELINE at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Photo Photo Flash: First Look at PIPELINE at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
by Stephi Wild - Mar 12, 2020

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is going back to school with the regional premiere drama, Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau, the acclaimed MacArthur 'Genius' Grant playwright.

TimeLine Theatre Company Has Announced 2020-21 Season Photo TimeLine Theatre Company Has Announced 2020-21 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 6, 2020

TimeLine Theatre Company has announced its 24th season. The company's entire 2020-21 subscription season will be presented at its longtime home in Chicago's Lakeview East neighborhood, located at 615 W. Wellington Avenue, and will feature two theatrical classics, a Chicago premiere, and the world premiere of a new play developed through TimeLine's Playwrights Collective.

Ensemble Theatre to Present the Regional Premiere of PIPELINE Photo Ensemble Theatre to Present the Regional Premiere of PIPELINE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 21, 2020

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is going back to school with the regional premiere drama, Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau, the acclaimed MacArthu 'Genius' Grant playwright. This 2018 Obie Award-winning play powerfully brings an urgent conversation to the forefront, compassionately probing the limits of our education system and a mother's fight to give her son a future-without turning her back on the community that made him who he is. Directed by Ron OJ Parson. Production Sponsor is The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.

TimeLine Theatre Presents World Premiere Of Tyla Abercrumbie's RELENTLESS Photo TimeLine Theatre Presents World Premiere Of Tyla Abercrumbie's RELENTLESS
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 20, 2020

Chicago playwright and TimeLine Theatre Company Member Tyla Abercrumbie weaves a mother's past with her daughters' present in Relentlessa?"her world premiere play developed through the company's Playwrights Collective and presented as the culmination of TimeLine's 23rd season, running May 6 a?" June 27, 2020.

Chicago Theatre Week Offers Selections For Valentine's Day, Black History Month, And  Photo Chicago Theatre Week Offers Selections For Valentine's Day, Black History Month, And More
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 5, 2020

Audiences can celebrate Valentine's Day, honor Black History Month, and more during Chicago Theatre Week (#CTW20).  With over 120 participating productions, there is something for everyone during Chicago Theatre Week, running February 13-23, 2020. Value-priced tickets, priced at $30, $15, or less, are now available at ChicagoTheatreWeek.com. 

Court Theatre Announces 2020-2021 Season Photo Court Theatre Announces 2020-2021 Season
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 4, 2020

Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre, announces its 66th season. The company's 2020/21 season will feature the sixth play in August Wilson's American Century Cycle, Two Trains Running, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson; the Americana musical Violet, with book and lyrics by Brian Crawley and music by Jeanine Tesori, directed by Charles Newell; the culmination of Court's Oedipus Trilogy with the Sophocles classic Antigone, directed by Seret Scott; Caryl Churchill's Fen, directed by Vanessa Stalling; and a new production of Shakespeare's Othello, starring Kelvin Roston, Jr. and Timothy Edward Kane, adapted and directed by Charles Newell.

Mary Ann Thebus And Michael And Mona Heath To Receive 2020 Corona Award Photo Mary Ann Thebus And Michael And Mona Heath To Receive 2020 Corona Award
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 21, 2020

Eclipse Theatre Company announces the recipient of 2020's Eleventh Annual Corona Award: Mary Ann Thebus and Michael and Mona Heath. The Corona Award honors individuals and organizations which play an important role in supporting and nurturing the growth of the Chicago theatre community as well as small- to medium-sized theatres like Eclipse Theatre.

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