Behind the Curtain

Sep 28: Lyric From the Inside


Lyric Unlimited Presents Lyric From the Inside
To celebrate the start of their new season, Lyric invites you to explore the inner workings of our world-renowned opera company with behind-the-scenes access, an array of demos and hands-on activities, and a short performance of live opera music.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
at Lyric Opera of Chicago | 20 N Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606




  • Enter via the Civic Opera House loading dock on Wacker Drive
  • Walk on stage through the set of the new production of Das Rheingold
  • Visit the orchestra pit
  • Try on costumes
  • See tech and stagecraft demonstrations
  • Enjoy a short live opera performance by a member of The Ryan Opera Center

 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are not required. To RSVP, click here.



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Sep 28: Inside Look: The City of Conversation


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

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 10:30am
at Highland Park Public Library 494 Laurel Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035




Approximately one hour.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Sep 24: New Residents Showcase (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: SEPTEMBER
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, September 24, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The Remarkable Journey of the First Fruits
by Resident Playwright Alumna Susan Lieberman and Network Playwright Jeff Bouthiette
Directed by Jay Steigmann

First Fruits
is a family musical that views the Jewish holiday of Shavuot at three turning points in history -- Jerusalem in 69 AD, Spain in 1492 and the Lower East Side in 1910. Faced with obstacles in each era, a young woman and her aunt must find new ways to celebrate the harvest festival.


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



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Sep 24 - Oct 9: Pre-Ambles for Tug of War: Civil Strife


Tug of War: Civil Strife 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. Tug of War: Civil Strife runs through October 9, 2016 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.



Dates, times and presenting scholar subject to change.

Saturday, September 24 at 3:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, September 25 at 12:00 p.m. – Regina Buccola
Saturday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m. – Stephen Bennett
Sunday, October 2 at 12:00 p.m. – Regina Buccola
Saturday, October 8 at 3:00 p.m. – Stuart Sherman
Sunday, October 9 at 12:00 p.m. – Stuart Sherman

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




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Sep 22 - Oct 1: Her Story Is Our Story - 2016 Fall Festival Play


Artemisia presents Her Story is Our Story, Fall Festival 2016
Artemisia produces plays that empower women, gives playwrights career-altering opportunities and brings groundbreaking new theatre to Chicago audiences, who are engaged as a vital part of Artemisia’s play selection process. Pick your next theatrical adventure at Artemisia’s 2016 Fall Festival. For the sixth year in a row, Artemisia stages six cutting-edge and all-new feminist plays. Performances are September 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th & October 1st.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 through Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7:30pm
at Edge Theatre | 5451 N. Broadway , Chicago, IL 60640





Join Artemisia for a one-of-a-kind event in Chicago Theatre. Artemisia’s annual Fall Festival features visionary yet timeless feminist plays with dynamic leading characters seeking full production. Each night a new play is staged by Chicago’s outstanding pool of talent and is free to the public. From this thrilling lineup, the audience chooses Artemisia’s next world premiere. Audience members must attend a minimum of three readings to receive a voting ballot.

This year’s emotional, relatable and female-empowering plays are:

IMAGE by Jack Rushen

BLACK SUPER HERO MAGIC MAMA by Inda Craig-Galván

SWEET TEXAS RECKONING by Traci Godfrey

MR. PINK by Rick Kinnebrew

THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF EDNA FLINT by Anne Walaszek

CIRCULAR by Laura Shamas

For a complete listing of plays and performance times and for more information click here


FREE but reservations are strongly encouraged. Seating is limited. To reserve your seats click here.



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Sep 21 - Oct 9: New Stages Festival


Founded in 2004, the New Stages Festival is a celebration of innovative new plays, and is designed to give playwrights an opportunity to take risks and experiment.
Since its inception, New Stages has offered theatergoers a first look at adventurous new plays, many of which have gone on to receive successful full productions at the Goodman and elsewhere—including Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined. Please join Goodman Theatre for this year’s festival which features an exciting roster of developmental productions and staged readings. See below for a full line-up.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 through Sunday, October 9, 2016
at Goodman Theatre | 170 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60601





DEVELOPMENTAL PRODUCTIONS

Blue Skies Process
By Abe Koogler | Directed by Henry Wishcamper
September 21 - October 8, 2016

To make something new. That's the task facing co-workers Amy, Peter and Kenny. To bolster their efforts, the team’s visionary leader has mandated a “blue skies process”: no hierarchy, everything is on the table and everyone's equal. Except they're not. Underneath the veneer of workplace civility, an epic power struggle is unfolding. Hilariously absurd and darkly menacing, Blue Skies Process pokes fun at office politics but takes the process of creation very, very seriously. Reserve tickets here


Support Group for Men
By Ellen Fairey | Directed by Kimberly Senior
September 23 - October 9, 2016

Every Thursday night in an apartment on the border of Wrigleyville and Boystown, four men gather—not to blow off steam at a Cubs game, but as a make-shift support group complete with invented Native American names, a baseball bat/talking stick, and most importantly a ‘no women’ policy that is strictly enforced. But when a gender non-conforming visitor abruptly crashes their party, the guys’ traditional notions of masculinity are upended. This topical comedy spotlights the many ways gender functions in an increasingly non-binary world—and proves help can sometimes be found in the most unlikely places. Reserve tickets here.


The King of Hell's Palace
By Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig | Directed by Tea Alagić
September 25 - October 9, 2016

For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee’s father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a Chinese American men’s club formed a 150 years ago. But when her father goes missing, Lauren must plunge into the rabbit hole of San Francisco’s Chinatown and confront a world both foreign and familiar. Reserve tickets here



STAGED READINGS

And Moira Spins
By Kirsten Greenidge | Directed by Lisa Portes
Saturday, October 8 at 10:30AM

Determined to have a perfect vacation with her sisters, Lavinia has dropped off her kids at camp and rented a summer house. Her siblings, however, bring along their own baggage that threatens to ruin Lavinia’s meticulously planned week. And when their long-estranged stepmother shows up out of the blue, dormant tensions boil to the surface, forcing the women to face their cherished notions of family and how far they will go to preserve those beliefs. Tickets are sold out. For more information click here.


Florissant & Canefield
By Kristiana Rae Colón
Saturday, October 8 at 2:00PM

Colliding in the fevered arena of a civil rights renaissance, a newly formed alliance of protesters is forced to put their nascent ideologies to the test in the quest for new visions of justice. Located at the intersections of tear gas and teddy bear memorials, of policeman Darren Wilson and teenager Michael Brown, of looting and liberation, Florissant & Canfield refracts the realities of Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. Reserve tickets here.


Amy and the Orphans
By Lindsey Ferrentino | Directed by Scott Ellis
Sunday, October 9 at 10:00AM

When their 85-year-old father dies, sparring siblings Maggie and Jake must break the news to their sister Amy, who has Down syndrome and lives in a state care facility. As they travel to their father’s memorial service with Amy and her straight-talking caregiver in tow, Jake and Maggie try to save the family by reintegrating Amy back into their lives—but soon must confront the truth about how truly far apart they’ve all grown. Reserve tickets here.



These events are FREE and open to the public.



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Sep 17: New Residents Showcase (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: SEPTEMBER
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, September 17, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



New Residents Showcase
By New Resident Playwrights Georgette Kelly, Susan H. Pak, Isaac Gomez, Ricardo Gamboa, and Jay Torrence

Selected scenes from the work of their new Resident Playwrights, followed by interviews with the writers.

MARABAR by Susan H. Pak, directed by Cary Shoda, Artistic Director of A-Squared Theatre Company

BURNING BLUEBEARD by Jay Torrence, director TBA

THE REAL LIFE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY DE LAS ROSAS by Ricardo Gamboa, director TBA

IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE, by Georgette Kelly, directed by Vanessa Stalling, Artistic Director of Oracle Theatre

THE DISPLACED by Isaac Gomez, director TBA


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



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Sep 16: Voter Registration


Northlight Theatre's Voter Registration
Exercise your right to vote! Voter registration will be available pre-show, at intermission, and post-show, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Evanston.

Friday, September 16 before the show at 8:00pm & Saturday, September 17 before the show at 8:00pm
at Northlight Theatre | 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077




To register, one must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen.
  2. Be 18 years old by the General Election Day.
  3. Have been a resident of your precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
  4. Present two forms of ID, one of which must have your current address. This can be a driver’s license, state ID, utility bill, checkbook.

The Evanston League is a nonpartisan political organization with a rich history of voter and citizen education in the Evanston community. Members are women and men of every age, race, background and political perspective who believe that informed citizens are the key to effective government.

This event is FREE. For more information, please click here.



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Sep 10: Solo Show: From Page to Stage (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: SEPTEMBER
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, September 10, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Solo Show: From Page to Stage
By Margaret Ghielmetti, Ralph Gerbie, RC Riley, Kathleen Kollar, Raymond Wohl, Theresa Puskar, and Doug Widowski
Directed by MT Cozzola, Emmi Hilger, and Erin Kraft

Join Chicago Dramatists for an afternoon of excerpts from work-in-progress solo shows, developed in Arlene Malinowski’s “Page To Stage” class


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



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Sep 9: Backstage with BJ: The City of Conversation


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: The City of Conversation
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. The City of Conversation runs September 15 through October 23, 2016 in Skokie, IL.

Friday, September 9, 2016 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 The City of Conversation while it is still in rehearsal.

Approximately one hour.

Event is FREE, but reservations are required. Please call 847.679.9501 x3605 to RSVP, or email specialevents@northlight.org. For more information, please click here.



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Sep 8: Backstage at the Biograph - Hand to God


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, September 8, 2016 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH- Hand to God: Puppet Talk
Hosted by Director of New Play Development Isaac Gomez

Featuring puppet director Daniel Dempsey, puppet designer Rachel Christianson, director Gary Griffin, and members of the cast of Hand to God

It takes a village to bring a play to life. But what about a puppet? Get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Hand to God star puppet Tyrone at this electrifying open rehearsal event with Hand to God puppet director Daniel Dempsey, puppet designer Rachel Christianson, director Gary Griffin, and members of the cast. Then, stick around for complimentary drinks and snacks while making a sock puppet of your own.

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



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Aug 27: The Crooner (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: AUGUST
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, August 27, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The Crooner
By Resident Playwright Marsha Estell
Directed by Mignon McPherson Stewart

14 year-old Songbird-the one is pretty, popular and the best singer in her school choir, plus she just hooked up with “the Crooner”, Yes, he’s more than twice her age, but hey, their love is strong, just don’t tell anyone. Life is good, until the videotape is leaked. The Crooner explores the consequences of the male gaze, while asking why society deems black/brown girls less innocent.


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



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Aug 27: Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys Post-Show Discussions


Raven Theatre Post-Show Discussions for Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys
In its initial run last fall, Direct from Death Row the Scottsboro Boys sparked much discussion of social justice in America and how things have or haven't changed since the days of the Scottsboro case. Raven Theatre is happy to welcome several guests to participate in post-show discussions to learn more about the continuing issues underlying the play.

Sunday, August 27, 2016 after the 7:30pm performance
at Raven Theatre | 6157 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660



Elizabeth Clarke, Executive Director Juvenile Justice Initiative

Veronica Williams, Mothers Against Wrongful Convictions.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets needed for all Scottsboro performances. For more information about this event and others, please click here.



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Aug 20 - Oct 22: PLAY 'N 90


Introduce your kids to the exciting world of creating theater at the Play ‘N 90 family workshop!
This interactive workshop invites families to create a play together in just 90 minutes! Together, children and their guardians work with professional theater artists to devise a storyline, characters and setting—then perform their show! It’s an opportunity for children to have fun with the adults in their lives, even when things get a little silly! Recommended for children ages 5-12.

Saturday, August 20, 2016 through Saturday, October 22, 2016
The Alice Center: Roger and Julie Baskes Rotunda at The Goodman Theatre | 170 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60601





Play ‘N 90 provides families with children ages 5 to 12 the opportunity to create a play together in just 90 minutes. Participants work with four professional theater artists to brainstorm a setting, characters and storyline. Together, the adults and children then develop their characters and plot through exercises led by the theater artists. Participants also create the set and costumes, and then perform their very own production in front of an audience! This one-of-a-kind program allows parents and grandparents to watch their children unleash their imagination and engagewith them in a unique and playful manner. The program also provides children with the opportunity to let loose and have fun with the adults in their lives, even when things get a little silly!


This event is FREE for children ($5 for adults). Reservations are required. To reserve tickets, please click here.



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Aug 20: The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: AUGUST
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, August 20, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas
By Resident Playwright Ricardo Gamboa
Directed by Tara Branham

Jimmy de las Rosas is just your average boy on the block: He listens to his grandmother and mother, loves baseball and elotes, and speaks Spanish. Oh—And he’s telekinetic. A little something that’s a big help when it comes to hitting homeruns. Soon enough, people are talking about him just as much as they are about all the disappearances plaguing his Chicago neighborhood. But on his 13th birthday, Jimmy will use his powers for something else besides baseball miracles when his mother goes missing and mutant chihuahuas appear on the street. With the help of two super-powered friends, Jimmy will stop at nothing to find out what is going on. Who is actually pulling people off the streets and sidewalks? And where are they all going?


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



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Aug 14: Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys Post-Show Discussions


Raven Theatre Post-Show Discussions for Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys
In its initial run last fall, Direct from Death Row the Scottsboro Boys sparked much discussion of social justice in America and how things have or haven't changed since the days of the Scottsboro case. Raven Theatre is happy to welcome several guests to participate in post-show discussions to learn more about the continuing issues underlying the play.

Sunday, August 14, 2016 after the 3:00pm performance
at Raven Theatre | 6157 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660



Kim Foxx (left), Democratic Party Nominee for Cook County State's Attorney

Lanetta Haynes Turner (right), Executive Director of the Cook County Justice Advisory Council

Moderated by Elizabeth Clarke, Executive Director Juvenile Justice Initiative


This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets needed for all Scottsboro performances. For more information about this event and others, please click here.



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Aug 13: Fay Burns! (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: AUGUST
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, August 13, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Fay Burns!
By Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke
Directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith, Associate Artistic Director of Chicago Dramatists and Chicago Dramatists' Associate Artist.

When a star struck middle-aged dreamer discovers that her long-time singing teacher has just returned from Manhattan, it can mean only one thing — he has found a producer for the Broadway musical they have created as her vehicle to stardom! Fay has one night to rehearse Sea Side Story, and be more ready than she has been in her whole life ever. (Good bye Kokomo, Indiana!)


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



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Aug 12: On Air


Adventure Stage Chicago presents On Air
Thanks to a grant from the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS), 24 Chicago youth are taking part in a free, 8-week summer camp with Adventure Stage at Rowe Elementary School. Trailblazers will learn to work as an ensemble to devise an original piece premiering August 12 with two performances at the Vittum Theater.

Friday, August 12 at 2:00pm and 6:00pm
at Adventure Stage Chicago at the Vittum Theater | 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago, IL 60642




News travels - between friends and across dinner tables, via Twitter posts and from TV newscasters, in front of our eyes, into our ears, and through the very air around us. Young or old, we all absorb the news. And lately, the news has been terrifying - a barrage of violence and hate comes at us from every angle. We can't avoid it, so what do we do? In On Air, the ASC Trailblazers' Summer Camp wrestles with pressing issues like gun violence, racism, bullying, and how we talk about it. And they do it the best way they know how - through theatre, movement, music, and dance.


This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve tickets, click here.



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Aug 9: The Color Game: whitewashing Latinx stories


Hosted by ALTA Chicago (Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists)
Join ALTA Chicago and Victory Gardens Theater for this town hall community gathering to better understand the process of producing and casting plays of color.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 8:00 pm to 10:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60614






Historically, stories by and for people of color have been commodified by white theaters. In the wake of recent casting practices from several Chicago theaters whitewashing Latinx stories and narratives ("Evita" at the Marriott, "In the Heights" at Porchlight, among countless others), who should take responsibility for this invisibilization of culture and community? What role does the actor play in all of this? The theater? Join ALTA Chicago and Victory Gardens Theater for this town hall community gathering to better understand the process of producing and casting plays of color; the consequences and effects of cultural and racial appropriation; and create action towards making change in the greater Chicago theatre community (perhaps nationally) around race, representation and equity in casting practices.


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Aug 9: The Chicago Inclusion Project: In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play (Reading)


The Chicago Inclusion Project Partners with TimeLine Theatre on staged reading of Sarah Ruhl's In The Next Room or the vibrator play
The mission of The Chicago Inclusion Project is to create inclusive theater experiences that illuminate our shared human story by bringing together Chicago artists and audiences normally separated by physical ability, gender identity and ethnic background, providing inspiration and resources for the Chicago community to embrace inclusive programming in the arts.

Their professional staged reading series will highlight contemporary classics and will be performed by Chicago artists of various ethnicities, physical abilities and gender identities.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 7:00pm
at TimeLine Theatre | 615 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL 60657





In The Next Room or the vibrator play
by Sarah Ruhl
directed by TimeLine Company Member Mechelle Moe

In a seemingly perfect, well-to-do Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary new device for treating "hysteria" in women (and occasionally men): the vibrator. Adjacent to the doctor's laboratory, his young and energetic wife tries to tend to their newborn daughter—and wonders exactly what is going on in the next room. When a new "hysterical" patient and her husband bring a wet nurse and their own complicated relationship into the doctor's home, Dr. and Mrs. Givings must examine the nature of their own marriage, and what it truly means to love someone.

After the reading, please head over to Victory Gardens to participate in the workshop portion of "The Color Game: whitewashing Latinx stories" with ALTA Chicago (Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists). Click here for more information on this event.


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