Behind the Curtain

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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Dec 19: The Making of East Texas Hot Links


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, December 19, 2016 at 6:30pm
Gillian Theatre  at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022






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



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Dec 17: KidSeries Open House


A family-friendly open house at Lifeline Theatre!
Bring the whole family and learn more about our KidSeries shows! Kids will meet the cast, watch a scene or song from the show, and experience craft activities based on the play with one of Lifeline's teaching artists. Adults will enjoy coffee and conversation with our writers, directors, and educators and get a behind-the-scenes peek at what goes into bringing our children's stories to life.

Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 1:00pm
at Lifeline Theatre | 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago 60626



Meet adaptor Chris Hainsworth and director Heather Currie, and the cast of Lifeline's world premiere production of Fable-ous! as they present scenes from the show.

This hour-long event is FREE and open to the public (performance starts at 1pm), but reservations are required. Call 773-761-4477 or email erica@lifelinetheatre.com. RSVP by December 16.



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Dec 13: Bookends & Beginnings: Miss Bennet


Bookends & Beginnings: Miss Bennet
Join Northlight Theatre and The Jane Austen Society as they discuss Jane Austen's influence on contemporary society.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:00pm
at Bookends & Beginnings in Evanston | 1712 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201




Featured guests include Jessica Thebus, director of Northlight's Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley and Diane Capitani, Education Director of The Jane Austen Society. This event will feature a Q&A discussion and will provide historical and literary context for Jane Austen's work, and the modern work it inspires. Approximately 90 minutes.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Dec 11: Cyrano (Reading)


Theatre Above the Law presents Cyrano
Join Theatre Above the Law for an open reading of a new adaptation of Cyrano by local playwright Michael P. Dalberg.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
at McKaw Theater | 1439 W. Jarvis, Chicago, IL 60626



The first reading of a new adaptation by Michael P. Dalberg of the classic comedy. Read by a group of Evanston Township High School students. There will be a brief talkback with the playwright and cast of students afterward.


This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. To reserve your ticket, please email tony@theatreatl.org. For more information, click here.



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Dec 10: Marabar (Reading)


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



Marabar
By Resident Playwright Sue Pak
Directed by Cary Shoda, Artistic Director of A-Squared Theatre

Joseph and Helen Yao are comfortable expats in an oil-rich, Arab Gulf State. But after their adopted infant daughter dies at a local hospital, this Asian American couple is forced to deal with the issues of xenophobia, American exceptionalism, and ethnic self-hatred that emerge in the aftermath. When faced with life or death stakes, how far will the Yao’s go to assert their innocence in a strange land?


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



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Dec 9 - 17: PUNK - Associate Company Workshop Production


The New Colony Theatre presents PUNK
Join The New Colony for a workshop production from their Associate Company Members!

Friday, December 9, 2016 through Saturday, December 17, 2016
The Den Theatre | 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60622




Written by Michael Allen Harris
Directed by Diana Raselis
Featuring Jos N. Banks, Jen Bosworth, Kyle Encinas, Keyanna Khatiblou, Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Shtivelberg

4 PERFORMANCES ONLY Fri 12/9, Sat 12/10, Fri 12/16 and Sat 12/17 at 7:30pm

Set in a maximum-security prison in present day America, Punk is the story of a group of inmates who are protected and housed in a special unit for gay, bisexual and transgender inmates. Tensions rise when Travis, a young man sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a gay man, requests to transfer into the unit. Fear and suspicion hover over the inmates who call this unit home. Punk will receive its world premiere in the fall of 2017 as part of The New Colony’s Main Stage season.

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



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Dec 7: Inside Look: Miss Bennet


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

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 11:00am
at Morton Grove Public Library | 6140 Lincoln Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053




Explore the historical and literary context of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley 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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