Behind the Curtain

Feb 11: Panel Discussion: Understanding New Play Development


Understanding New Play Development Panel Discussion
Join Chicago Dramatists for a Saturday afternoon discussion on the inner workings of new play development. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Moderated by Chicago Dramatists Artistic Director Meghan Beals

Where does a play begin? How do playwrights go from idea, to script, to production? What does a playwright need from directors and actors? What is an actor’s role in the room? A Director’s? And, if you are interested in new work as a creative or an audience member, how can you get involved?

Panelists will include three Resident Playwrights of Dramatists. Following the panel discussion, audience questions and participation will be encouraged.

This panel discussion is part of Chicago Theatre Week, presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 7: TimePieces Play Reading - An Experiment with an Air Pump


TimeLine Theatre's TimePieces Play Reading Series presents An Experiment with an Air Pump
TimePieces is TimeLine Theatre's ongoing series of one-night only presentations designed to extend their mission beyond the four subscription series productions they offer each season. The series offers audiences a chance to hear new or rarely produced plays inspired by history that connect with today's social and political issues. Each play reading is FREE (donations are accepted) and includes a brief post-show discussion to give the audience a chance to reflect on the piece and the themes and issues it presents. 


Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:00pm 
at TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657





An Experiment with an Air Pump
by Shelagh Stephenson
directed by TimeLine Company Member Mechelle Moe

On the eve of a new century in 1799, a Northern English house buzzes with scientific experiments, furtive romance, and farcical amateur dramatics. And in a present-day world of scientific chaos and genetic engineering, the same house reveals a dark secret buried for 200 years. The New York Times wrote that An Experiment with an Air Pump explores “such provocative concerns as the state of medical ethics, passion versus love, the evolving role of women and the aims of science at the dawning of eras nearly 200 years apart … suggesting that while the machinery has evolved, human impulses have changed not one whit.”

The cast includes Anish Jethmalani, Travis Turner, Rob Fagin, Ashley Hicks, TimeLine Associate Artist Danica Monroe, Sadieh Rifai, and Olivia Shine.

FREE but registration is strongly recommended. Space is limited. Reserve seats online here or call (773) 281-8483 x6.



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Feb 7 - Feb 27: Black Words Matter


Goodman Theatre is proud to join citywide celebrations of Black History Month with the 4-part series Black Words Matter: Celebrating Black Voices On Stage and Beyond.
Join Goodman for engaging, community-driven programming that emphasizes the Goodman’s three guiding principles—Quality, Diversity and Community.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 through Monday, February 27, 2017




Weaving Our Stories: A Community Read-In and Viewing
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 2:00pm
DuSable Museum of African American History | 740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637

In partnership with the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Goodman presents a community read-in of the play Gee’s Bend by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, which focuses on the turbulence of 20th century race relations and the real-life quilting community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The reading is presented alongside DuSable’s featured exhibit “Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, an African American Quilt Scholar. Sold out.


Film Screening: The Piano Lesson
Monday, February 13, 2017 at 6:30pm
AMC Dine-In Theatres Block 37 | 108 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602

Join us for a special screening of the film adaptation of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson (1995) with an introduction by artist and scholar Ron OJ Parson. This screening is presented in partnership with AMC Dine-In Theatres Block 37. Sold out.


Chuck Smith Lecture Series: Playwrights from Past to Present
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:30pm
Harold Washington Library Auditorium | 400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

Goodman Artistic Collective member Chuck Smith, Harvey Young and Goodman playwrights discuss Black theater in Chicago and the post-August Wilson generation of writers. Reserve tickets here


Panel Discussion: Diversity in Theater Administration & Intern/Apprentice Networking Event
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 5:30pm
The Alice Center at Goodman Theatre | Baskes Rotunda | 170 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60601

Calling all young professionals and Chicago theater administrators! In response to continued need for more diverse representation in theater administration, Goodman partners with the League of Chicago Theatres to present this diversity-focused networking event and panel. Reserve tickets here.


These events are FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 7: Inside Look: Faceless


Northlight Theatre's Inside Look: Faceless
Explore the historical and political context of Faceless through a discussion and Q&A session with artists related to the production.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Skokie Public Library | 5215 Oakton St., Chicago, IL 60077




Explore the cultural and political context of Faceless, as well as the creative process behind a world premiere, through a discussion and Q&A session with artists related to the production. Approximately one hour.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Feb 4: The Official Biography (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: FEBRUARY
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, February 4, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The Official Biography
By Network Playwright Kurt McGinnis Brown
Directed by Andrea Tymer

Henry Percival was on top of the literary world after publishing We Need to Talk, a novel in which the narrator commits a gruesome crime. Sales were boosted by rumors that the novel was autobiographical. Decades later, Xan Smith’s new essay about Henry’s famous novel leads to a commission to write a full biography—which is certain to be a bestseller if Xan can show that Henry not only is a great novelist but also a murderer.


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



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Feb 2: Backstage at the Biograph - A Wonder in My Soul


Victory Gardens Theater: BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH
A new, free event series that takes you behind-the-scenes for an in-depth look at a unique aspect of the rehearsal process! Then, enjoy complimentary wine, beer and snacks as you mingle with members of the cast and design team at the kick-off party in the Victory Gardens Theater lobby.





Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH- A Wonder in My Soul: Damn Good Hair

Marcus Gardley’s A Wonder in My Soul chronicles the lives of two Black women from The Great Migration to the 2008 election. After their friendship, the thing that most unites them is their passion for Black hair. The Black beauty shop experience is an integral part in telling the history of Black women in the US. From the notable self-made entrepreneur Madam CJ Walker, who rose to fame selling Black beauty products, to the resurgence of Black natural hair during The Civil Rights movement, hair is a key part of telling the Black woman’s experience. Join us in this conversation moderated by Jasmine Henri Jordan, Victory Gardens’ Audience Development Manager, with Black beauty salon owners and members of the cast as they discuss the history, cultural impact, and their own relationship with Black hair.


FREE but space is limited. RSVP is required. Click here to reserve a seat.



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Jan 31: Interfaith Community Panel


Northlight Theatre's Interfaith Community Panel
Join Northlight and several religious leaders from the community for a post-show conversation with perspectives from Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Faceless runs January 26 through March 4, 2017 in Skokie, IL.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 7:30pm
at Northlight Theatre | 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077




Arrive at approximately 9:00pm for panel discussion only. Approximately 45 minutes. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets to the performance not required to attend.



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Jan 28: Tutterow Fellows Showcase (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: JANUARY
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, January 28, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Selected scenes from the debut class of our Tutterow Fellows.

LONELY HEARTS by Rachel DuBose
Directed by Steven Wilson

from SHOLA’S GAME by Osiris Khepera
Directed by Azar Kazemi

from LINDA & SUELLA'S URBAN SAFARI by Caroline Macon
Directed by Azar Kazemi

TEA TIME WITH BEVERLY by Derek Lee McPhatter
Directed by Dawn Renee Jones

INTERVIEW WITH FREDDIE MERCURY by Cassandra Rose
Directed by Steven Wilson

I AM A WOMAN by Loy A. Webb
Directed by Dawn Renee Jones


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



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Jan 25: Ascension (Reading)


The New Colony Theatre's Staged Reading of Ascension
Join The New Colony for a sneak peek at one of their works in development! The reading will be followed by a brief talkback.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 7:30pm
The Den Theatre | 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60622




By Michael Allen Harris
Directed by Siiri Scott

Featuring Jen Bosworth, Jose Tony Garcia, Will Green, Kiki Layne, Kevin Patterson, and Rinska Carrasco Prestinary

A menagerie of queer fables that span the globe and time. From Ancient Greece to 1800’s Japan, Ascension resurrects forgotten myths, and explores how same-gender love thrived under the harshest of circumstances.

Presented as part of The New Colony’s Writers’ Room.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jan 22: Men on Boats - Post-Show Discussion


American Theater Company - Men on Boats Post-Show Discussion
Ten explorers set out on four boats to map the raging rapids of the Green and Colorado Rivers on the government’s first sanctioned expedition in the American West. Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus and director Will Davis team up again on this play, originally produced by Clubbed Thumb with a second production at Playwrights Horizons in New York this summer, in Davis’ first production as ATC’s artistic director. Performed by a genderfluid cast of women and folks otherwise defined, Men on Boats takes back 1869.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 after the 2:00pm matinee
at American Theater Company | 1909 W. Byron St., Chicago, IL 60613



Post-performance discussion with director Will Davis and other staff/creative team after the 2 pm matinee. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets needed for all Men on Boats performances. For more information, please click here.



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Jan 21: Inauguration Blues (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: JANUARY
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, January 21, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Inauguration Blues
Featuring work by Robert Koon, Georgette Kelly, Elaine Romero, Derek McPhatter, John & Rich Green, Susan Lieberman, Arlene Malinowski, Rachel DuBose, Mary Ruth Clarke, Stephen J. Spencer, Cassandra Rose, David Finney, Mia McCullough, David Ben-Arie, Isaac Gomez, Tania Richard & Dana Lynn Formby

Chicago Dramatists’ playwrights and artistic associates will read selections of their work inspired by the tumultuous events and fractious politics of 2016.

All are invited to join Chicago Dramatists after for an informal reflection on these short plays and on our own personal experiences and observations of the last year.


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



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Jan 21 - 28: Chicago International Puppet Festival - Festival Neighborhood Tour


The Festival Neighborhood Tour
Blair Thomas & Co., Navy Pier, The Chicago Park District, and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events present 18 performance at 6 locations.

Saturday, January 21, 2017 through Saturday, January 28, 2017




The Festival Neighborhood Tour fosters an appreciation of puppetry in every corner of the city by presenting three Festival artists—Schroeder Cherry, Interstate Arts and Magali Chouinard—in six locations. These FREE events invite families to share a full day of activity, or to sample performances and drop in on workshops as they please. Each show runs 40-45 minutes. This event is family friendly.

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave
Saturday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: Free to the public, no reservations required

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St
Sunday, January 22 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Tickets: Free to the public, no reservations required

Garfield Park Conservatory, Jensen Room, 300 N. Central Park Ave
Wednesday, January 25 at 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: Free to the public. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Please use the form here to make your reservations.

Calumet Park, 9801 S. Ave. G
Thursday, January 26 at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: Free to the public, no reservations required

Marquette Park, 6743 S. Kedzie Ave
Friday, January 27 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets: Free to the public, no reservations required

Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd St.
Saturday, January 28 at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Tickets: Free to the public, no reservations required


This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are required for Wednesday, January 25th at Garfield Park Conservatory. For more information, please click here.



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Jan 20: Backstage with BJ: Faceless


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: Faceless
Join Artistic Director BJ Jones for a mid-day discussion featuring special guest artists, actors, directors, and designers, offering behind-the-scenes insight into each production while it is still in rehearsal. Faceless runs January 26 through March 4, 2017 in Skokie, IL.

Friday, January 20, 2017 at 12:00pm
at Northlight Theatre | 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077




A mid-day discussion with Artistic Director BJ Jones, featuring special guest artists, actors, directors and designers, offering behind-the-scenes insight into Faceless while it is still in rehearsal.

Approximately one hour.

Event is FREE, but reservations are required. Note: Patrons who have not made a reservation WILL NOT be admitted to Backstage with BJ. To RSVP, please call 847.679.9501 x3605 or click here.



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Jan 14: Martin Luther King Celebration!


Join Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre for a Day of Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The City of Evanston invites everyone to attend the “Day of Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”. This event will pay tribute to Dr. King through music, dance and excerpts from his speeches.

Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 12:00pm
at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center | 1655 Foster St., Evanston IL 60201




The day promises to be inspiring and entertaining, with many special guest artists and esteemed speakers. Speakers will include Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, former Mayor Lorraine H. Morton, 5th Ward Alderman Delores Holmes, and ETHS student and keynote speaker Alexis Harris-Dyer. Music and entertainment will be provided by the Evanston Children’s Choir, violinist Eli Ho, cellist Linus Ho, pianist Judy Chen, and a member of the Evanston Dance Ensemble.

This event is presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jan 14: Lorca in New York (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: JANUARY
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, January 14, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Lorca in New York
By Resident Playwright Anne García-Romero
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner

Featuring Ramon Camín*, Kristin Ellis, Laura T. Fisher*, Aaron Kirby*, Doug MacKechnie*, Krystal Ortiz, Adam Poss*, Tommy Rivera-Vega*, Penelope Walker* & Dominique Watkins

In 1929, Federico García Lorca, acclaimed Spanish poet and playwright, travels to New York City to study English at Columbia University. He arrives heartbroken and artistically blocked but soon experiences the wonders of this American metropolis and begins to create innovative and experimental work. Based on historical events, this play explores how Lorca seeks personal and professional freedom during his trip to New York City.

Lorca in New York is a DCPA Theatre Company commission. This reading is the culmination of its 28-Hour Workshop at Chicago Dramatists.

Leah C. Gardiner, is an Obie award-winning director based in New York City. Ms. Gardiner holds an M.F.A. in Directing from the Yale School of Drama.

* Member of Actor's Equity


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



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Jan 9: Women in Theatre Public Forum


Join the conversation; Vagabond School of the Arts want to hear your voice!
On Monday evening, a public forum will be held to dream together about the kind of culture Vagabond would like to see become a reality. Vagabond's goal is to see female and female-identified artists empowered to live and create in an environment that respects, honors, supports, and uplifts them. Vagabond knows that each of your voices, perspectives, experiences, and desires are important. The world needs to hear from women like you. Let’s take another step onward and upward on January 9th.

Monday, January 9, 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Vagabond School of the Arts | 4001 North Ravenswood Ave. #504, Studio 3 Chicago, IL 60613



The theatre industry is ripe for change. Many artists, directors, writers, and producers here in Chicago are champions of progress and equal rights. Recently, our community has seen brave artists speak out to expose sexual harassment, steps taken in casting to become more gender inclusive, and a fire ignited to give more opportunities to artists of color and women. It is an exciting time.

While it is good that these topics are finally being discussed, many of us still experience harassment, discrimination, and oppression. It makes it difficult to be the confident, powerful, talented people we all are, and that is a shame. Our society needs strong artists to tell stories that teach us about each other, to reflect the beauty and pain of life, that we may grow in compassion and understanding. We need to continue investing in the conversation by creating opportunities to come together, speak out, and support one another.

The majority of the forum will be devoted to small and large group discussion. Wine and snacks will be plentiful!

Goals of the forum:
-promote unity among women in the industry
-empower women by affirming that they are in fact powerful, talented, individuals whose voices need to be heard
-provide a space to talk and dream about the positive change we want to see through small group discussion
-introduce a mentorship program
-get people connected to further breakout sessions that will focus on one issue to give more space for processing and empowerment


FREE but registration is required. To RSVP, please click here.



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Jan 9: The Making of The Hunter and The Bear


Writers Theatre's The Making Of Series
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of the shows you love? For each production, Writers Theatre offers insight into a different aspect of creating theatre to a group of Writers Theatre patrons. Enjoy a short and lively presentation by their designers and other experts, who will walk you through the process of preparing for and executing a show.

Monday, January 9, 2017 at 6:30pm
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022





FREE but registration is required. To RSVP, please click here.



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Jan 6: Cinderella: A Salon-cert


Cinderella: A Salon-cert
The cast of the Hypocrites' Cinderella at the Theater of Potatoes presents a final salon-style performance of the show!

Friday, January 6, 2017 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm
at The Den Theatre | 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622



Because Cinderella at the Theater of Potatoes is closing early, The Hypocrites have decided to put together a salon-style version of the show, in true Pauline Viardot fashion. Come join The Hypocrites, in the bar area outside of the Heath Stage, for a cozy, concert version of Cinderella!

This event is free and open to the public. There will be a jar for donations! Everything donated will go to the Hypocrites to support them in this time of needed giving.



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Jan 6 - 8: Men on Boats - Opening Weekend


American Theater Company - Men on Boats Opening Weekend
Ten explorers set out on four boats to map the raging rapids of the Green and Colorado Rivers on the government’s first sanctioned expedition in the American West. Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus and director Will Davis team up again on this play, originally produced by Clubbed Thumb with a second production at Playwrights Horizons in New York this summer, in Davis’ first production as ATC’s artistic director. Performed by a genderfluid cast of women and folks otherwise defined, Men on Boats takes back 1869.

Friday, January 6, 2017 through Sunday, January 8, 2017




Friday, January 6th
6:00pm | Pre-Performance Reception at Big Bricks Restaurant, 3832 N. Lincoln Ave Conversation with director Will Davis, playwright Jaclyn Backhaus, Dr. Amy Lippert, professor of history at University of Chicago, and Mollie Fullerton, Education and Programs Manager of the John Wesley Powell River History Museum, about the historical context of John Wesley Powell’s 1860 expedition.
8:00pm | Performance of Men on Boats at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron Street
9:45pm | Post-Performance Reception at KICK Restaurant, 1943 W. Byron Street Mingling with director Will Davis and members of the cast, featuring a specialty cocktail from KICK Restaurant. KICK to provide 50 complimentary drink tickets for sponsors and artists.

Saturday, January 7
6:00pm | Pre-Performance Reception at Big Bricks Restaurant, 3832 N. Lincoln Ave Conversation with director Will Davis, playwright Jaclyn Backhaus and Megan Carney, Director of Gender and Sexuality Center UIC on inclusive casting and performing gender and identity onstage.
8:00pm | Performance of Men on Boats at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron Street
9:45pm | Post-Performance Reception at KICK Restaurant, 1943 W. Byron Street Mingling with director Will Davis and members of the cast, featuring a specialty cocktail from KICK Restaurant. KICK to provide 50 complimentary drink tickets for sponsors and artists.

Sunday, January 8
12:30pm | Pre-Performance Reception at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave Conversation with by director Will Davis and playwright Jaclyn Backhaus Generously hosted by: Windy City Times
2:00pm | Performance of Men on Boats at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St.
3:45pm | Post-Performance Talkback with director Will Davis


All pre-performance events for Opening Weekend are FREE, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Emma Palermo, Manager of Individual Giving & Special Events at epalermo@atcweb.org or 773-4509-4125 ext. 102. For more information, please click here.



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Dec 21: Theatre Trivia Night at The Call


A fun night of theatre trivia at The Call!
City Lit Theater Company is hosting a Theatre Team Trivia night.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 from 7:00pm through 10:00pm
at The Call | 1547 W Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60660



This event is only for ages 21+. Happy Hour drink specials: $2.50 Well Drinks, $3.00 Domestic Beer Bottles.

This event is free and open to the public.



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