In Through the Eye of the Needle by Jami Brandli "passionately digs into the inner workings of these average human beings – simple on the surface but complex underneath."
Through the Eye of a Needle Review – Loss and Redemption
Elaine Mura, Splash Magazine
In its world premiere, THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE takes the audience on a journey through pain and loss as the Keens slowly develop the strength to go on. This is a tale of quiet grief – but also reveals the resilience of the human spirit as ordinary folks deal with extraordinary trauma. Playwright Jami Brandli passionately digs into the inner workings of these average human beings – simple on the surface but complex underneath. Director Ann Hearn helms the production with sensitivity and insight. And let’s not forget this very talented cast who breathe life into these personalities and cause them to leap into everyone’s heart.
The School of Theatre & Music at UIC Presents a Workshop Production of "florissant & canfield" by Kristiana Rae Colón
The School of Theatre & Music at UIC
Presents a Workshop Production of
florissant & canfield
By Kristiana Rae Colón
Directed by Derrick Sanders
At the intersection of tear gas and teddy bear memorials, a loose alliance of neighbors in Ferguson, MO find themselves hurled into the national spotlight. Documenting the wild, messy birth of a civil rights renaissance in a digital age and the vanguard of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Colón’s drama is timely, powerful and real.
Directed by Jeff Award winner and UIC theatre faculty member Derrick Sanders. Playwright Kristiana Rae Colón is a poet, playwright, actor, educator, Cave Canem Fellow and executive director of the #LetUsBreathe Collective.
APR 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, at 7:30PM
APR 15, 21 at 2PM
APR 18 at 10AM
4/15 Post-Show Talk: Black Lives Matter
Scott Anderson is an actor, writer, and musician in Chicago who took several years off from theatre to focus on his family. He's back with his new comedy called The Sexy Part.
His previous plays have been produced at The Organic Theatre and American Blues Theatre and earned Joseph Jefferson Recommendations.
As an actor, he most recently appeared in episodes of Chicago P.D., starred in Reality Show on the Showtime Network, and Shooting The Warwicks, official entry at SXSW.
He has an M.F.A. from Southern Methodist University. He and is wife have two daughters who attend Chicago Public Schools.
“The Madres”: One family’s story of Argentina’s “disappeared”
The playwright allows us to get to know all five of these characters well enough to comprehend that in the crucible of history people will display the complete range of responses: from servile obedience and loss of conscience to opportunistic collaboration and moral wavering, from keeping quiet to making fearless public statements to helpless intimidation and self-deception. The technical beauty of Walker’s writing come out in the showing of all these responses: No one ever has to describe them in so many words.
Eric A. Gordon, People's World
Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith by Yussef El Guindi published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc.
"East meets West meets mayhem in this Muslim-American family comedy evoking universal themes of faith, culture, belonging, and desire. TEN ACROBATS adds a new chapter to the American immigrant narrative."
“What if Neil Simon wrote a lovable comedy about a Muslim-American family trying to hold itself together amidst the misunderstandings that run amuck and the comedy that ensues when the generations collide? It would probably resemble something like the surprisingly enjoyable, charming and oftentimes hilarious TEN ACROBATS IN AN AMAZING LEAP OF FAITH.” —Fabrizio O Almeida, New City Chicago
“With TEN ACROBATS IN AN AMAZING LEAP OF FAITH, playwright Yussef El Guindi takes the genre (of the immigrant experience) to a new place — the Arab-American experience post September 11, 2001. With humor, passion and a lovely touch of whimsy, he's created a theatrical experience that's not to be missed.” —Louis Weisberg, Chicago Free Press
“El Guindi’s engrossing play … finds a workable balance between sharp humor and head-banging angst, which shapes his story effectively.” —Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times
“Woven into this complicated family drama are scenes of delightful humor. Humanity is the substance that ties not only all of the characters together but also binds the audience to them. This play beautifully serves the purposes of drama, comedy, the artistic theatrical process and, perhaps most importantly, demystifying the hate that comes from fear of unknown cultures.” —Venus Zarris, Gay Chicago Magazine
“The drama comes from an emotionally vivid story that captures a world of anger, joy, love and frustration as it plays out in a Muslim-American family. The appeal lies in El Guindi's ability to transcend ethnicity while still writing a rich depiction of a Muslim family … The emotional difficulties could belong to any family of any (or no) religion … Smart, challenging, poignant, whimsical and at times, delightfully silly.” —Catey Sullivan, Pioneer Press
"Stephanie Alison Walker’s stirring drama is set in Buenos Aires in the 1980s, when Argentina was ruled by a ruthless military junta. Anyone who spoke out against the regime could be taken into custody and “disappeared,” and even those who privately disagreed with the government and its policies were in danger and subject to constant scrutiny by an extensive network of spies and informers...
Walker’s play begins in a fairly conventional way but builds up a strong head of steam as it progresses, culminating in in a harrowing, gut-wrenching climax." Stage Raw, Neal Weaver
"The Skylight Theatre Company's National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of THE MADRES most effectively succeeds in personalizing the plight of Argentinean mothers of 'disappeared' children during the height of La Guerra Sucia (The Dirty War) in 1978...
Walker's profound script illustrates just how far a mother must go through in those troubled times." BWW Review, Gil Kaan
An Epic Tale of Scale
Created and Directed by Jo Cattell and Henry Wishcamper
Music and Lyrics by Gabe Ruiz
Collaboratively Designed by Frank Maugeri
An immersive, interactive theatrical event unlike anything you’ve ever experienced!
In the spring, The Station itself transforms into an all-immersive, two-story theatrical environment, totally unique to Chicagoland.
Playing March 10 - April 8
at Chicago Children’s Theatre
Recommended for Ages 6 and up
By Stephanie Alison Walker
Premieres at Skylight Theatre Company
NNPN Rolling World Premiere
This powerful award winning play is being produced in 2018 by four different theatres across the nation. Come find out why?
People are disappearing off the streets but no one is talking about it. With a cruel leader in power, three generations of women in a single family face state terrorism in Buenos Aires, Argentina. THE MADRES is one family's story that asks us all, "What would you do in a time of resistance?"
Preview Performances: March 4,5 & 9
Opening Night Celebration & Benefit: March 10
Beyond Conversation follows Sunday performances
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