An Epic Tale of Scale written and directed by Henry Wishcamper and Jo Cattell, music by Gabriel Ruiz is part of Chicago Children’s Theatre's 2017-18 season
An Epic Tale of Scale
Created and Directed by Jo Cattell and Henry Wishcamper
Music and Lyrics by Gabe Ruiz
Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave.
March 10, 2018 – April 8, 2018
In the spring, The Station itself transforms into an all-immersive, two-story theatrical environment, totally unique to Chicagoland, titled An Epic Tale of Scale, created and directed by Henry Wishcamper and Jo Cattell, collaboratively designed by CCT Community Programs Artistic Director Frank Maugeri, with original music by Gabriel Ruiz. Think The Magic School Bus meets Sleep No More, and you’re close for an encounter that surely defies description. Incorporating original music, science experiments, games, arts and craft projects and more, kids and adults alike embark on this world premiere, interactive theatrical experience spanning two levels of The Station. Kids will explore the wonders and mysteries of scale while journeying deep inside the human body and out to the farthest reaches of the galaxy.
Recommended for Ages 6 and up.
The critics are raving about Johnny 10 Beers' Daughter by Dana Lynn Formby!
Now playing at Something Marvelous
This story is tight. Formby opens our eyes to the overlooked victims of war. Their pain is real. And their stories are the kind no one wants to believe happen. The drama is intense yet Formby peppers the dialogue with humor. She also digs deeper for a stunning reveal that is unforgettable. JOHNNY’s 10 BEER DAUGHTER is the trifecta of writing, directing and acting. A must see!
-Katy Walsh,The Fourth Walsh
Dana Lynn Formby’s tight, intense drama, being given its world premiere by Something Marvelous, isn't an easy play to watch—or to turn away from...
Formby tells her story well; hours after the play ended I found myself still brooding over the fates of these two lost souls.
-Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader
Johnny Ten Beers' Daughter is surprisingly apolitical. The characters' suffering — and they suffer plenty — isn't portrayed as a failure of the Department of Veterans' Affairs or of any elected officials. Nobody even questions whether a second generation of soldiers should be heading to Iraq. Instead, the Iraq War is treated as an immutable fact of life, something that's always been happening and will always happen. That is, perhaps, more heartbreaking than something more pointedly political could be.
-Adelaide Lee, TheaterMania
The hero of this world-premiere play, former Gunnery Sergeant John Russell—nom de guerre, Johnny 10 Beers ( because "nine aren't enough" ) is not the first North American white male to find a home in the warrior culture of the United States Marine Corps, nor is he the only military man who, lacking sons, raised his daughter to pledge unswerving loyalty to the creed at the foundation of his call to arms. Be advised, though, that awareness of this precedent will not prepare you for Dana Lynn Formby's exploration of war's hidden toll.
- Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times
KXT - KINGS CROSS THEATRE and bAKEHOUSE present
American Beauty Shop by Dana Lynn Formby
as part of the 2017 Season
When that baby's born . . . your life ceases being your life. That child owns every single one of your actions. Every breath of your body. Every dream that you ever had, Mrs. Top Two Percent, those dreams are sucked out of you and poured into the soul of that child.
It's hard to pull yourself up by your bootstraps in this economy-Sue should know. It's harder when you've got kids, even whip-smart, talented ones like Judy. Sue has big dreams for both her basement beauty shop and her daughter, who's anxiously waiting for a letter from Berkeley that could change her life.
Armed with tough love, combative humor and an uncompromising work ethic, Sue is struggling to balance her own livelihood and Judy's future. A heartfelt play about the true cost of dreams.
Local Theater Company Presents...
February 28-March 26, 2018
Wisdom From Everything
a world premiere by Mia McCullough
“People are uncomfortable when women are powerful.”19-year-old Syrian refugee Farsana is stuck. Once the top student in her school, she’s now educating girls while they wait for the war to end. But when an older Jordanian doctor offers Farsana an education in exchange for marriage, she takes the chance—and finds herself embroiled in her new husband’s bizarre plot to redeem himself.
Wisdom From Everything is the story of one young woman trying to better herself in a world where she has very little agency, few rights, no country, and very little support. Is there hope?
First presented at Local Lab 2017!
Wisdom From Everything by Mia McCullough: Finalist for University of Arkansas Department of Theatre’s Kernodle New Play Contest
Kernodle New Play Award
The University of Arkansas Department of Theatre administers the Kernodle New Play Award, a national playwriting competition named for George R. Kernodle, beloved U of A theatre professor and author of Invitation to the Theatre. The award recognizes full-length plays that invite the audience’s imagination and are inherently theatrical.
This year's finalist:
Wisdom From Everything by Mia McCullough
A 19 year old Syrian refugee agrees to marry a much older Jordanian doctor so that she can escape the refugee camp and get an education, but when she gets to his home in Amman she finds herself a pawn in a strange family drama.
From TheLink News
& Juliet full of fascinating intrigue and drama
By Madeline Schulman
Long Branch — Robert Caisley, the author of “& Juliet,” having its world premiere at NJ Rep, probably knows all about University Drama Departments, as well as what makes compelling drama. I hope that real life Drama Departments are not as full of dispute, intrigue, and violent anger bubbling below the surface as the one at the unnamed University at which the play is set. However, we can all agree that drama can’t exist without conflict, and the three characters in & Juliet have plenty of that....
To sum up, people quietly resolving their differences is good in real life, but people arguing, fighting and maneuvering makes for exciting theater.
As for lessons learned, guard your e-mail password, don’t keep sharp knives in your office, and if you want to put on an all-male production of Shakespeare, know your audience.
& Juliet runs through June 4 at NJ Rep, 179 Broadway, Long Branch. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at njrep.org or by calling 732-229-3166.
From Broadway World Portland
Following a sold out run last fall in Portland with CoHo Season 21, this hit co-production of The Gun Show by E.M. Lewis starring Vin Shambry will travel to the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival for 3 weeks this summer. Other tour locations in the US will raise support for this incredible opportunity to share a play about one Oregonian's personal gun stories in a "country full of gun stories" and generate civic conversation with an international audience. A video is now live, featuring footage and reviews from CoHo's hit production, and messages from the playwright and actor asking for support for this tour.
2017 Tour Dates for The Gun Show
July 1, 2017: Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland, OR
July 6-16, 2017: Logan Festival of Solo Performance; 1st Stage Theatre, Tysons, VA
August 4-28, 2017: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, presented by theSpace UK at SpaceTriplex Studio Theatre, 19 Hill Place, Edinburgh, EH8, UK
December 1-2, 2017: Willamette University Theatre, Salem, OR
ABOUT THE PLAY
Playwright E.M. Lewis sits with the audience while actor Vin Shambry shares her stories - just five gun stories in a country full of gun stories.
Her words. His voice. Our story.
She grew up in rural Oregon, where everyone has guns. She learned to shoot on a date. She worked at Jackson's Bookstore during an armed robbery, and once encountered a threatening cop in New York. And then there's the fifth story: the one that doesn't let go, the story that triggered this show.
The Gun Show takes aim at America's most dangerous past-time with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, it jumps into the middle of the gun control debate and asks "Can we have a conversation about this?"
Gun Talks will follow each performance. Audience members may share their own gun stories together with the artists and community members in a moderated conversation about issues raised in the production, including safety, violence, control and personal gun stories.
As part of The Gun Show, we believe in engaging young people in this critical conversation. To that end, every city we visit we will bring the production into local high schools free of charge as well as stops at colleges and universities. Young people have a unique and powerful perspective on guns in America, and we want to ensure they have the opportunity to speak and be heard.
"Seeing The Gun Show totally opened my eyes to an issue that I had never bothered to think about in more than one light. I saw it three times- once with my friends, once at school with classmates, and once with the general public, and each time, the conversation post show helped me to learn even more about the many ways we in America interact with guns." - Quinland, Wilson High School Senior
This touring production of The Gun Show, directed by Shawn Lee, featuring Vin Shambry premiered in Portland, OR in 2016 as part of CoHo Productions Season 21. The play premiered at 16th Street Theater in Chicago, directed by Kevin Christopher Fox and starring Juan Francisco Villa. It has since toured the US extensively, including Los Angeles, Denver, Berkeley, Tuscon, Tampa, Trenton, New York City, Bellingham, Richmond, Minneapolis, Santa Barbara and Fort Myers. It was developed at Moving Arts (LA), Emerging Artists Theater's One Man Talking Series (NY), Dramatists Guild Conference (Chicago) and Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC).
THE PLAYWRIGHT, E.M. Lewis
E.M. Lewis (Playwright, Performer) is a playwright and librettist. Recipient of the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the Steinberg Award (Song of Extinction) and Primus Prize (Heads) from the American Theater Critics Association, the Ted Schmitt Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. She was recently commissioned by the Kennedy Center to write a play for college students, called You Can See All the Stars. Her epic play Magellanica, which is set in Antarctica, will premiere at Artists Rep in Portland and her intimate play Apple Season will premiere at New Jersey Rep next season. Lewis is published by Samuel French, and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. She lives in Oregon. www.emlewisplaywright.com
Kristiana Rae Colón and Donna Hoke are on the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist List!
"Each year, the O'Neill begins its selection processes anew. By the end of November 2016, over 1,300 plays had been submitted for consideration for the National Playwrights Conference and 210 music theater works had been submitted for consideration for the National Music Theater Conference. Many months were spent reading, re-reading, reviewing, and corresponding, and at the end of it, three new musicals and eight new plays were selected for development during the 2017 summer season."
florissant & canfield by Kristiana Rae Colón
at the intersection of tear gas and teddy bear memorials, at the intersection of darren wilson and michael brown, the intersection of looting and liberation, florissant & canfield refracts the realities of ferguson in the wake of the black lives matter movement. colliding in the unlikely eden of a civil rights renaissance, a newly formed alliance of protesters are forced to put their nascent ideologies to the test in the quest for new visions of justice.
ELEVATOR GIRL by Donna Hoke
Elevator Girl was never meant to be more than an urban legend, a sexual revenge fantasy cum comic character created by Vanessa and her graphic illustrator boyfriend. But now, a flesh-and-blood Elevator Girl has begun stalking Urbanville, unveiling an uncomfortable intersection between superhero, fantasy, and rape cultures. A 2017 O'Neill finalist.
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