Behind the Curtain

Jan 25: Eden in Silence (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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