Behind the Curtain

Apr 29 - Jun 11: Pre-Ambles for Shakespeare in Love


Shakespeare in Love Pre-Ambles at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
A half-hour lecture scheduled one hour before the curtain on selected weekend dates, the Pre-Amble examines a CST production both from the point of view of scholarship and performance. This program is free and no reservations are necessary. Dates, times and presenting scholar subject to change. Shakespeare in Love runs through June 11, 2017 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.



Dates, times and presenting scholar subject to change.

Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. – Ira Murfin
Sunday, April 30 at 1:00 pm – Casey Caldwell
Saturday, May 6 at 2:00 pm – Rebecca Fall
Sunday, May 7 at 1:00 pm – Regina Buccola
Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 pm – Regina Buccola
Sunday, May 14 at 1:00 pm – Casey Caldwell
Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 pm – Elizabeth Charlebois
Sunday, May 21 at 1:00 pm – Elizabeth Charlebois
Saturday, May 27 at 2:00 pm – Rebecca Fall
Sunday, May 28 at 1:00 pm – Ira Murfin
Saturday, June 3 at 2:00 pm – Regina Buccola
Sunday, June 4 at 1:00 pm – Rebecca Fall
Saturday, June 10 at 2:00 pm – Ira Murfin
Sunday, June 11 at 1:00 pm – Casey Caldwell

For more information about Chicago Shakespeare Theater's FREE Open Door audience enrichment programs, click here.




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Apr 25: International Voices Project - Romania - "Migraaaants"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVPS celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: Migraaaants
Playwright: Matei Visniec
Translator: Nick Awde
Director: Kate Hendrickson
Collaborator: Trap Door Theatre

Synopsis: They're from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Eritrea, Syria, Irak, Lybia, Mali, Algeria, Morocco, Haiti and many other places where life is no longer compatible with the idea of a future. There are millions of them. How many million? No one knows. They're called "migrants" and they have only one thing on their minds: the desire to reach Europe.

In the space of just five months, Europe panicked. Political authorities and public opinion understood that there are about 80 million people on the planet living in war-torn regions and they have the right, in principle, to ask for international protection and thus political asylum in Europe. Borders began to close; the symbol of barbed wire rose up from the nightmarish depths of history. Europe didn't know what was happening to it, didn't know what to do, and the temptation to repudiate its values was great (freedom of movement, human rights, an open society, etc.) and to stop the millions of candidates for exile on the way.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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Apr 25: Menorca


Join 16th Street Theater for a free community performance underwritten by 16th Street’s 100 Club Members
In honor of 16th Street’s 10th Anniversary Season, enjoy a free performance of Menorca by Robert Koon.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:30pm
at JPAC on Morton College Campus | 3801 S. Central, Cierco, IL 60804



Menorca by Robert Koon; Directed by Ann Filmer

On the island of Menorca, an archeological dig reveals human remains. Ollie (Alesandese), a woman of Basque origin, is there. She is with her students and James, her boss who is also her lover. In the Southern California desert, a border is being watched and guarded. Ollie is there too, with George, a Mexican- American border patrol agent, when more human bones are discovered. The present intrudes on the past as boundaries are set, crossed, and broken. All in the search for the identity of a woman misplaced.

Robert Koon’s plays include Vintage Red and the Dust of the Road (Jeff Award for New Work), St. Colm’s Inch and Odin’s Horse. Menorca was developed at the William Inge Theatre Festival. This is its world premiere.

Featuring original cast members from 2010 production: Kirsten D’Aurelio, Juan Gabriel Ruiz, Doug MacKechnie, Rachel Rizzuto plus others TBA.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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Apr 24: International Voices Project - Finland - "Mammoth"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVPS celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Monday, April 24, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: Mammoth formally Jessika's Club
Playwright: Leea Klemola
Translator: Penny Black
Director: Brehan Pautsch
Collaborator: Akvavit Theatre

Synopsis: Jessika’s Cub is a comedy about Jessika’s family, her role as a wife and a mother, and her panic attack-inducing longing for nature and need to get away from the technological world of today.

Jessika, her mother, her husband, and her mental health therapy dog stage a play to help Jessika confront her demons. The idea is to show Jessika’s now adult, absent son what she wishes his upbringing had been like via a video feed of the play. Instead of staying home in front of the computer, in Jessika’s scenario the whole family goes into the woods to get lost.

Right from the get-go, everything goes awry. Despite their best efforts, Jessika’s mother and husband don’t seem able to create a world without technology that would satisfy her. Through personal and marital crises they are, however, able to understand that Jessika doesn’t belong in the modern era but with mammoths and other wild beasts, and start again from there. Jessika’s Cub is about animal instincts and being untamed.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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Apr 24: Interplay: Sanctions


Interplay: Sanctions
Through Interplay, Northlight seeks to serve the specific needs of the play and can provide playwright commissions, workshops with actors, and private or public readings. The public reading series is an instrumental part of the Interplay program, providing audiences the opportunity to participate in a part of the evolutionary process from initial idea to full theatrical production, including first-hand insight from the playwright. Also through the reading series, the playwright has the opportunity to hear audience response that is integral to shaping the play for full production.

Monday, April 24, 2017 from at 7:00pm
at Northlight Theatre | 9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077



Sanctions
by Bruce Graham (Funnyman, The Outgoing Tide, White Guy on the Bus)

This reading is a part of Northlight’s Interplay Program, providing customized support for new work in the critical stages of early play development.

About the play:
A university athletic department returns to the big business of college football after their NCAA probation is lifted, but staff conflict and a new scandal involving a freshman tutor threaten to blow up the whole program.

The reading will feature: Mary Beth Fisher, James Vincent Meredith, Patrese McClain and Lindsay Stock.

Catch a glimpse of this timely new drama while still in the process of new play development. Post-show discussion with the playwright immediately following.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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Apr 23: Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion: Beyond Caring


Beyond Caring Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion
Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.

Sunday, April 23, 2017 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611




Welcome to The Jungle: Chicago Workers Then and Now

From Upton Sinclair’s early 20th century stockyards to today’s temporary labor market, learn more about Chicago’s history of dependence on immigrant labor. Panelists include Michael Grabell (ProPublica), Tim Bell (Chicago Worker’s Collaborative) and Wanda DeCwikiel-Avila (La Familia Unida).

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Apr 22: Creating Justice Symposium


Oakton Community College presents Creating Justice Symposium
A day of presentations, workshops and performances to celebrate art and community activism. This event is a unique way to build community and friendship, awaken our imaginations, and broaden our vision through discussion, food, and music.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 12:30pm to 7:00pm
at the TenHoeve Center | Oakton Community College | 1600 E. Golf Rd. Des Plaines, IL 60016



Schedule

12:30 - 1pm
Registration and refreshments


Workshops, Panels, and Presentations

1 - 2:15pm

William and Tai Estrada
Mobile Street Art Cart
Estrada studied food vendor carts in Little Village to develop a colorful, pedal-powered art-cart that would allow him to create free art projects with people on the streets in their neighborhoods.

Kristiana Rae Colón
Imagining a World: From Ferguson to Freedom Square
Trace the genesis of the #LetUsBreathe Collective in Ferguson and the evolution of the group’s creative resistance.

2:30 - 3:45pm

Media Resistance to Police Violence

podcast workshop
Salome Chasnoff and Meredith Zielke facilitate this workshop based on their ongoing project, Present Absence, making visible the lives of people killed by Chicago police.

Covenant
staged reading
In Kristiana Rae Colón’s Covenant, four black teen femmes gathering on a bridge to cast a ritual of protection when an erstwhile hiker ally stumbles upon their ceremony.

4 - 5pm

Rozalinda Borcil
Daytripping the Petrocapital
Explore experimental field trips as art projects examining how fossil fuels and financial markets shape notions of "community."

William and Tai Estrada
Screen Printing
workshop

5 - 6pm

Salome Chasnoff
Code of the Freaks
film screening and discussion
In this blistering critique of Hollywood representations of disabled characters, Code of the Freaks gives the mic to some of Hollywood’s most incensed and ignored critics—actual disabled people.

Rozalinda Borcil
Mapping Petroleum Lives workshop
Inspired by popular education and prison abolition organizing, participants work to diagram ways that petroleum shapes our lives.

6 - 7pm Cafeteria

Dinner and Live Concert by Groove Witness
Following in the tradition of jazz-funk groups like Liquid Soul, Galactic, and Soulive, Groove Witness plays both instrumentals and vocals, but all the music is informed by a driving rhythmic groove with jazz and blues sensibilities.


This event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required. To RSVP, click here.



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Apr 22: White Fragility (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: APRIL
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



White Fragility

By SJ Spencer
Directed by Jacob Harvey, Artistic Director of Greenhouse Theater Center

Tim is a straight cis white male. And that’s the least of his problems. He’s the head of HR and has been tasked with creating a more progressive workplace. As social activist protests grow outside the corporation’s headquarters, Tim desperately tries to navigate modern identity politics without alienating or offending…everyone. White Fragility is a dark comedy about what it truly means to be privileged.

This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Apr 23: Strawdog Theatre Season Announcement


Martinis and Season 30 Announcement
Wondering what Strawdog has planned for next year? Then raise a glass with them at Marty's Martini Bar!

Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
at Marty's Martini Bar | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Get a cocktail, chat with the ensemble about the current season (including their upcoming production of The Night Season). By the end of the afternoon, you'll get the inside scoop on all Strawog has planned for next season, including two productions in their new home at 1802 W Berenice. What better way to spend your Sunday afternoon! The event is free. Proceeds from drinks and raffle tickets will go directly towards Strawdog's future productions.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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April 21-22: CVRTAIN


CVRTAIN by Yehuda Duenyas
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) presents an ongoing performing arts series that showcases both emerging and established music, theater, dance and multi-disciplinary artists at the Chicago Cultural Center and other venues. Dedicated to capacity building in the arts, DCASE hires the artists and provides performance space as well as technical and marketing support.

Friday, April 22, 2017 through Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
at the Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Square | 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602



CVRTAIN is a virtual reality (VR) experience starring you. Placed center stage in a beautiful theater, the curtain parts to reveal an audience of thousands teaming with adulation. Do you freeze in the spotlight or bow graciously? Emmy Award-winning experiential director Yehuda Duenyas digitally experiments with emotional states, and in CVRTAIN, he is trying to see if a feeling of adoration and love can be transmitted and felt inside of a digital environment. Using room-scale VR (HTC Vive), hand controllers and new SkullcAndy Headphones that give haptic feedback, Duenyas draws on techniques of gaming and immersive theater to deliver a highly personalized, celebratory experience for one.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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April 21-22: blue fish


blue fish by Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) presents an ongoing performing arts series that showcases both emerging and established music, theater, dance and multi-disciplinary artists at the Chicago Cultural Center and other venues. Dedicated to capacity building in the arts, DCASE hires the artists and provides performance space as well as technical and marketing support.

Friday, April 22, 2017 through Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602



This contemporary dance premier by Ayako Kato examines movement dialogue between human and fish which trace the eroded, yet inseparable relationship between human and nature, gazing into their antagonistic values and common principles to find equilibrium. Taking inspiration from Iwaishima and Fukushima, Japan, this interactive solo engages audiences to transform their perception of nature’s impact on humans and humans’ impact on environment.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Apr 18 - May 13: Queen Public Programs


Victory Gardens Theater Public Programs: Queen
As part of Victory Gardens’ initiatives to bridge the gap between their plays, their audiences, and the world outside these productions, Victory Gardens curates a series of events to especially enhance your Victory Gardens experience. Their Public Programs event series explores themes and issues presented in their plays – sparking ideas and provoking meaningful dialogue. Through film screenings, play readings, town hall meetings, spoken word performances, post show discussions, and many more, Victory Gardens invites you to join them and be a part of that conversation.

at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614




AFTERWORDS
After every performance of Queen (unless otherwise noted). Join Victory Gardens for one of their intimate post-show conversations. Led by members from the Victory Gardens community—artistic affiliates, subscribers, Artistic staff, Teen Arts Council members, and community partners—reflect on what you’ve seen and share your response. Free, but tickets needed for all Queen performances.


HONEY, HONEY
Pre-Show Celebration & Post-Show Conversation | Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Reception begins at 6:30pm 

Avocados, coffee, cilantro, strawberries, and, yes, honey. All foods that we enjoy because of bees. What do we lose when we lose bees? Join VG for a pre-show honey tasting and beekeeping demonstrations, featuring urban beekeepers in Chicago. After the performance of Queen, join local beekeepers to talk about the loss of bees from a more personal perspective.


YES, QUEEN!
Pre-Show Celebration & Post-Show Conversation | Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | Reception begins at 6:30pm

STEM: Science, technology, engineering, mathematics. Just 25% of the workforce in these fields is comprised of women. Join VG for a pre-show celebration to recognize the women, like Sanam and Ariel, that have pushed ahead in a field that continually tries to shut them out. After the evening’s performance of QUEEN, join VG for a discussion with local scholars, researchers, and scientists about their work and experiences in the field.


ARTIST TALK WITH MADHURI SHEKAR
Post-Show Conversation | Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Following the evening performance of Queen

Have you ever wondered what goes into writing a play like Queen? Join playwright Madhuri Shekar and Director of New Play Development Isaac Gomez as they delve into the process of developing a new play from the ground up.


EARTH DAY
Pre-Show Celebration | Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 6:30pm

Every day should be Earth Day! How can we make daily changes to care for our planet? Join VG for an evening of interactive events. From a food waste composting demo to the Zero Waste Challenge, VG will feature three local artists and activists whose work centers around the environment. Then, join VG for an evening performance of Queen. Each ticket includes a gift bag with seeds to help you start your bee-friendly garden and other fun favors! VG will feature three local visual artists that work with recyclable and sustainable materials.


FROM STEM TO STEAM
Post-Show Performances | Saturday, April 29, 2017 | Following the evening performance of Queen

Art and science are often seen from the opposite ends of the education spectrum. But, in reality, they are more connected than we may think. Science and art are both methods to understand our place in the world and why things happen the way they do. Join VG after the performance of Queen for a post-show full of science-related poetry; applying math and science to the arts, applying art to math and science.


COLLEGE NIGHT
Pre-Show Celebration & Post-Show Conversation | Friday, May 12, 2017 | Reception begins at 6:30pm

Gender parity is just one issue that the scientists in Queen, Sanam and Ariel, face throughout their careers. Even among the struggle, there is joy and pride to be found in the work that they did and will continue to do. Their fight is not just fictional: women comprise only 25% of the workforce in STEM fields. Join VG for a night of short plays written and performed by Chicago college students from Northwestern, DePaul, University of Chicago, and Columbia, reflecting on the challenges that women face in their professional lives.


BEE IN THE KNOW
Post-Show Conversation | Saturday, May 13, 2017 | Following the evening performance of Queen

In our current political climate, the issue of climate change is an often contentious one. A clear partisan issue, what does this mean in the years to come? How is climate change affecting our day to day lives and how can we get involved? Join VG after the performance of Queen as they talk with local scientists, activists, and scholars and dive into climate change and its effect on the bee population, as well as on our futures.


Public Programs are free and open to the public. Tickets needed for all Queen performances. For more information, click here.



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Apr 18: International Voices Project - Ireland - "The Virgin Father"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVPS celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: The Virgin Father
Playwright: Jimmy McAleavey
Director: Warner Crocker

Synopsis:
“Surely you don’t think you failed him?’ Who, me? God’s chosen one? The holy stepfather? Of course I failed him. He’s dead, isn’t he?” Mary has disappeared. And now Joe is being hunted down. He urgently needs to understand what has happened to his family if he is to save himself…. Joe married the quiet girl in the village even though she was carrying someone else’s child. He failed to deal with her delusions about the pregnancy, and to keep the boy from joining a cult. But what could he have done in a land occupied by foreign forces who were targeting their son? Jimmy McAleavey’s superb monologue is a love story about the temptation to believe…

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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Apr 17: Elephant: A Comedy (Reading)


Join Windy City Playhouse for the first event in its new works reading series, The Sandbox!
This new artistic initiative was conceived in 2016 by Playhouse Artistic Director Amy Rubenstein & Artistic Associate Carl Menninger. In the vein of the Playhouse's mainstage programming, this reading series both offers unique opportunities artists, while also creating an inviting space for "non-traditional" theater patrons to get an inside look at the new play development process. Both the reading itself and the discussion to follow will be structured such that theater professionals and novices alike will be able to learn about the writing process, provide critical feedback to the writer, and above all, be entertained.

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Windy City Playhouse | 3014 W. Irving Rd., Chicago, IL 60618



Elephant by Ivan Faute, directed by Carl Menninger
Featuring: Eric Gerard, Jaclyn Holtzman, Matt Maxwell, Brian McCaskill, Teri Schnaubelt, and Amy Rubenstein

The Playhouse invites the community to enjoy a reading of the new play, Elephant: A Comedy. When Susan Billough brings home an elephant from Africa as her fiancé, it leads to a chain reaction of accusations and confessions about family indiscretions. As each sibling or parent's crime eclipse the previous, we learn that everyone is guilty of something, and blame is all relative.

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are strongly recommended. To RSVP, click here.



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Apr 17: International Voices Project - Spain - "Promised Land"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVPS celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Monday, April 17, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: Promised Land
Playwright: Guillem Clua
Translator: Marion Peter Holt
Director: Emilio Williams

Synopsis:
Promised Land is a farce on the subject of climate change and the inefficiency of international organizations to stop its terrible consequences. The play is set in the future at the United Nations headquarters in New York City and tells the story of the president and the diplomatic delegation of a fictitious country, Malvati, that is about to sink under the sea. Comedy, melodrama, political intrigue and mythology intertwine to make Promised Land one of Guillem Clua’s more reality-aware plays but also one of his funniest. Although an array of characters appear in the play, the script requires only four actors. Clua has given the roles of the mythological Malvati, one self-satisfied UN official, and some twenty-five delegates from different countries to a single actor. It can only be called an actor’s tour-de-force.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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Apr 16: Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion: Beyond Caring


Beyond Caring Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion
Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.

Sunday, April 16, 2017 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611




The State of the Union: Will Collective Bargaining Survive?

Chicago, famously a hub of union organizing, remains one of the biggest open markets for temporary labor in the country. How do unions stay relevant in an age of increasing individualism? Panelists include Patrick Colbert (Chicago Urban League) and Chris Williams (Workers’ Law Office).


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Apr 14-15: B-Series Spring 2017


B-Series Presents: B-IL. Celebrating Chicago’s Local Legends, Legacies, Histories and Pioneers in the Street Dance Scene & Hip Hop Culture
The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago celebrates Hip-Hop and street dance culture through a biannual mini festival: The B-Series. This spring, partnering with GIRL ILLA Tactics, BraveMovement Dance & The Center for Community Arts Partnerships, The B-Series presents a look at local Chicago legacies in the Street Dance scene and Hip Hop Culture featuring presentations, workshops, panels, and a community dance and competition called the B-IL.

Friday, April 14, 2017 through Saturday, April 15, 2017
at Columbia College Chicago & Chicago Venues



The organizers of the B-IL Jam invite you to join in this community celebration of tradition, shifting cultural landscapes, challenging conversations, and exaltations through dance and Hip-Hop culture. Activities will feature presentations, workshops, panels, a community-organizing teach-in, verbal cyphers, and build-sessions (participatory “panel” discussions), performances, social dancing, an open dance session, and battles (a form of competition specific to Hip-Hop and street-dance culture).

Whether you are a veteran street dancer who has won international titles, or someone who has never set foot inside of the scene, we invite you to participate: rocking out to the infectious music from your proscenium seat, head-bobbing on the edge of a cypher where you can feel the heat and sweat of the dancers, grooving out in a corner with your friends during the open dance moments, or throwing down in the center of the cyphers and battles.


Friday, April 14 @ The Dance Center

The Dance Center | 1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Open Cyphers/Session (practice session dedicated to practitioners of any street dance style: popping, house, breaking, footwork, etc. all levels welcome)

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Verbal Cypher featuring Chicago local legacies in Street Dance Culture (a twist on the traditional panel discussion)

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Community Organizing Teach-in w/Asad Jafri (power analysis/strategy session around critical issues in the Hip-Hop/street dance communities)


Saturday, April 15 @ The Dance Center

The Dance Center | 1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

Workshops | 12 - 2 p.m. (Room 300/3rd floor)

12pm – 1:00pm: Boogie (House Workshop) | Studio 300 | $10 fee**
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Quanzy (Footwork Workshop) | Studio 300 | $10 fee**

**Workshops are $10 each or $15 for both, Columbia Students are $7 each or $10 for both

B-Real Jam | 2 - 8 p.m. | FREE (The Dance Center Theater/1st Floor)
The B-Real Jam will feature local Chicago legends of the street dance scene including renowned judges Wicked, Boogie, Quanzy, Jose Amaro, Space Capitol as well as Masters of Ceremony, BRAVEMONK, and our DJs, DJ Phil and VADER. Featuring a 1V1 Open-Style Battle (with cypher entries). $200 1st Place & $100 2nd Place Prize


These events are FREE (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Apr 13: One Voice Performance at Columbia College Chicago


Chicago DanzTheatre Ensemble: One Voice
For the 2nd year, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble teams up with Sexual Assault Awareness Education Committee of Columbia College Chicago for "One Voice," a special performance for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm

at HAUS Columbia College | 623 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605



One Voice is an ongoing series produced by CDE featuring stories of survival and hope through poetry, song, dance and short plays. This year's performance, taking place at HAUS Theatre (623 S. Wabash), features works of storytelling, dance and theatre to discuss how survivors triumphed, reasons individuals stay in abusive relationships, the healing process, activism and community support.

Featured performances by: CDE's Directors, Ellyzabeth Adler and Sara Maslanka Ally Subak and Dana Jerman of Laboratory Dancers Playwright, Susan Lieberman with Director Amy Szerlong as well as activist interludes with members of MOVED.


This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Apr 9: Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion: Beyond Caring


Beyond Caring Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion
Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.

Sunday, April 9, 2017 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611




Division Street: Race, Class and Who’s in Charge

A discussion of the role that immigration, race and class play in keeping communities divided, wages low and workers disunited in the labor force. Panelists include Alma Castro (Chicago Workers' Collaborative), Analia Rodriguez (Latino Union of Chicago) and Andrew Wells (Chicago Urban League).


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Apr 8: Cultivating Critics of Color: A Panel Discussion


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: APRIL
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



A conversation curated by Tanuja Jagernauth and Regina Victor responding to the urgent need for authentic conversation about theatrical criticism.

Questions that will be addressed at the panel: 

What are the avenues to becoming a theatre critic? What obstacles prevent writers of color from becoming theatre critics? How does developing critics of color benefit our industry? What programs or platforms are writers of color currently using to promote their work?

If you're interested in the answers to these questions, come be a part of the discussion at Chicago Dramatists!

Moderator: Regina Victor
Panelists: Ike Holter, Coya Paz, Loy Webb, and a Mentor/Mentee from the Goodman Youth Critics Program.

This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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