Plays to see...
New Jersey Repertory presents the World Premiere of Apple Season by E.M. Lewis. Twenty years ago, Lissie and Roger fled from their family farm and made themselves disappear. But the family secrets haunt them still. A funeral and a question from an old friend send the two siblings tumbling down a rabbit hole of memory and grief, as they try to let go of a tangled past that refuses to release them.
The Light by Loy A. Webb come to MCC in its New York Premiere! Not every marriage proposal goes as planned. Loy A. Webb’s The Light introduces us to Rashad and Genesis on what should be one of the happiest days of their lives, but their joy quickly unravels when ground-shifting accusations from the past resurface in this gripping two character drama.
Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale in “The Lifespan of a Fact," by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell is a new play adapted from a 2012 book about the real-life, multiyear, wildly tortured editing of a magazine essay about an adolescent’s suicide.
good friday by Kristiana Rae Colón has its New York Premiere at The Flea Theater . It is fierce and funny feminist debate is disrupted by a ricochet of bullets. Assaulted at every turn, a group of millennial women must decide whether they are ready to put their bodies on the line for each other. good friday tackles #metoo feminism at the intersection of gun and sexual violence.
Sisters Three by Jami Brandli premiers at Inkwell Theater. It's Christmas Eve. After the sudden death of her brother, Charlotte has dropped out of society and joined a commune on Gondol Island. Concerned for her safety, Charlotte’s sisters EJ and Anne build a canoe to rescue her. “Sisters Three” is an off-center dramedy about family, social media, fame, the holidays, and the perfect cupcake.
The Abuelas by Stephanie Alison Walker asks how one goes on after discovering their life is a lie? Does the restoration of truth bring freedom or only suffering? Is it possible to integrate two identities into one life? The Abuelas explores these questions as well as the heart’s capacity for forgiveness even in the face of the harshest betrayal. Set 37 years after The Madres ends, The Abuelas receives its World Premiere at Teatro Vista .
Elevator Girl by Donna Hoke is presented in a Joint World Premiere with Vanguard Arts Collective and InProximity Theatre . Elevator Girl was never meant to be more than an urban legend, a sexual revenge fantasy created by Vanessa and her graphic illustrator boyfriend. But when the comic superhero unleashes her boyfriend’s darkest fantasies, as well as a flesh-and-blood copycat, Vanessa must stop EG in her tracks—with the truth.
Plays to Read...
K-I-S-S-I-N-G by Lenelle Moise
The Wizards by Ricardo Gamboa
The Fixer by Susan Pak
When They Came by MT Cozzola
The Hanging Tree by Yussef El Guindi
The Forest by Lia Romeo
In the News...
Teatro Vista Presents
By Stephanie Alison Walker
Directed by Teatro Vista's Executive Artistic Director, Ricardo Gutiérrez
An NNPN Rolling World Premiere
It's 1979 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where people are disappearing right off the street. The so-called "Dirty War" waged by the military Junta against its own people is in full-swing. Carolina and her mother Josefina are searching for their pregnant daughter/granddaughter, Belén, who has been missing for twelve weeks. When they receive a surprise visit first from a priest who is now the chaplain to the military at ESMA (one of the known concentration camps) and then by a soldier from the neighborhood who is also stationed at ESMA, they come up with a plan to try to see Belén one last time. Will it work? Will they be able to save her baby? Will they be able to save themselves.
From American Theatre:
CoHo Productions Slates 4 New Plays for 2016–17 Season
The season will feature plays about gun control, evolutionary biologists, con artists, and leading ladies onstage.
BY AMERICAN THEATRE EDITORS
PORTLAND, ORE.: CoHo Productions has announced its 2016–17 season, featuring four contemporary plays.
The season will begin with E.M. Lewis’s The Gun Show (Sept. 9–Oct. 1), presented with Shawn Lee. The playwright will sit in the audience for the interactive show, which shares five of her personal stories about guns—from learning how to shoot on a date to working at a bookstore during an armed robbery to the harrowing story that inspired her to write this play. The play will feature Vin Shambry and Lee will direct.
by Richard Strand
directed by Stuart Carden
MARCH 11, 2016 - APRIL 17, 2016
"It's part comedy, part historical drama and part biography, often all at once, and sometimes none of those. Yet the show is easy enough to review. Just call it splendid." -The New York Times
Early in the Civil War, three escaped slaves arrive at a Union fort to seek sanctuary from Major General Butler. Despite the conflict between the states, law requires that the slaves be returned to their rightful owner. Seeking a solution that satisfies both ethics and duty, Butler embarks on a battle of words and wits, calling into question what is legal versus what is right in a captivating story based on actual events.
The Playground Theater is thrilled to present Empanada For A Dream by Juan Francisco Villa.
MONDAY JANUARY 11, 2016 @ 5 pm
Our 2nd MOSAIC program run at Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at 78 East Washington St. on the 4th Floor in The Millennium Room.
Performance of Empanada for a Dream by Juan Francisco Villa
Jeff nominated and award winning solo performer and writer, Juan Villa, will perform his solo show, Empanada for a Dream, which tells his personal story of growing up as the only Colombian in New York’s Lower East Side. The show has performed across the USA in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Syracuse.
This show is FREE to all who attend.
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Juan Villa’s award winning and Jeff nominated show returns to the Chicago stage. Empanada for a Dream transports the audience to Allen Street, in New York’s Lower East Side, everybody’s blasting music – bacchata, merengue and salsa. Everybody’s cooking – plantains, arapas, and empanadas. Boys play baseball and football on the street while the most beautiful girl watches from a window. In his living memoir Juan Francisco Villa uncovers the treasures of his family’s dark legacy.
The performances are in conjunction with The Playground Theater and Chicago Department of Cultural Arts and Special Events
Artists of Concordia Theatre Presents "Until Death"
by Dana Lynn Formby
Directed by Stephanie Stroud
In association with Chicago Dramatists
Madison Street Theatre (View)
1010 W. Madison Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
February 12th-February 22nd, 2015
Devon Thompson is in love and inspired from her feminist roots has just proposed to the man of her dreams, Josiah Boor, but her mother in law to be is a Mormon and the pair can not see eye to eye on what it means to be a family. As the two battle their way through their relationship, ala Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon style, they find that life is more precious than a their differences that try to keep them apart.
Step Up Productions Presents 2nd Annual HoliDaze at Chicago Dramatists with plays by Kristiana Rae Colón, Dana Lynn Formby, Aline Lathrop, Steven Peterson, Joshua Rollins and Steve Simoncic
Due to popular demand, Step Up's popular holiday round up returns for its second year! This series of original one-acts showcases the crazy, zany, dysfunctional chaos of the holiday season. Twelve talented playwrights and directors put relationships, family and friends in the holiday pressure cooker for an unforgettable evening!
Throughout the run, Step Up Productions will be collecting donations of new hats, glove, coats and scarves for Make It Better Foundation's annual Warming Hearts & Hands program. Proceeds from HoliDaze will also help provide counseling for Seasonal Affective Disorder through Dr. Jacqueline Duke, PsyD, LLC. As part of its mission, Step Up Productions donates a portion of its proceeds to organizations in and around Chicago that support issues often highlighted in its productions. (Read the full article in Broadwayworld.)
New Play Bake-Off Monday, November 10 at 7pm | FREE Inspired by Master teacher Paula Vogel’s legendary playwriting bake-offs, this exciting event gives aspiring writers an opportunity to craft a brand-new play in just one weekend and then see it performed by an ensemble of professional actors on the Goodman’s Owen stage. Join us to discover what the writers come up with! RESERVE TICKETS
CYCLIST ATTACKED BY MOUNTAIN LION
By ROBERT KOON
On his morning bike ride on a local trail, Jerry finds a sign warning of a local sighting of a mountain lion. He successfully avoids an encounter with the predator, but as his day unfolds the presence of wildlife in the city becomes more and more pronounced…and more and more suspicious. Are the animals launching an attack on the humans who are annexing their territory, or are the humans themselves de-evolving—sliding back into their selfish, animal nature?
Directed by KEVIN CHRISTOPHER FOX
With: Emanueal Buckley, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Shawn Douglas, Lucy Hancock, Martin Yurkek, Mike Perez, and Matt Isler
1105 W. Chicago Avenue
Impenetrable by Mia McCullough
Directed by Judy Blue at Clockwise Theatre
Opens October 10th and runs through November 2nd, 2014
HEAT WAVE by Steven Simoncic based on the book Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago by Eric Klinenberg at Steppenwolf Garage
Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced the lineup for its sixth annual Garage Rep, the theater’s yearly repertory of local storefront work, on Tuesday. The three participating theaters include Cold Basement Dramatics, Pride Films and Plays and Red Tape Theatre. Garage Rep 2015 runs for ten weeks February through April.
Cold Basement Dramatics will perform “Heat Wave” by Steven Simoncic. Rinska Prestinary directs the play about the turbulent 1995 Chicago summer...(continue reading)
“Heat Wave” was fist produced by Pegasus Players at Live Bait Theater, directed by Ilesa Duncan
REGINALD EDMUND'S THE LAST CADILLAC
directed by Samuel G. Roberson, Jr.
August 28 - September 21, 2014
2936 N Southport
American Demigods is proud to present the world premiere of the latest play in Reginald Edmund's City of the Bayou collection.
Isaac, a young wanderer on a quest that he doesn't fully understand, breaks into Big Daddy's auto shop and finds himself on the wrong end of a shotgun, an event that will change both their lives forever. Isaac goes to work for Big Daddy to pay off his debt, and he soon discovers there's more to this garage than meets the eye. A tale of gods, grease, lost cities and found heritage, The Last Cadillac is an unforgettable blend of ancient mythology and contemporary drama.
FOURTH ANNUAL SCRAPBOOK
with Mia McCullough and other Resident Playwrights
The Official Start of Our 2014-2015 Saturday Series Season and Chicago Dramatists’ 36th Anniversary!
Chicago Dramatists’ Resident Playwrights choose a “prompt” to inspire new theatrical pieces through individual and group writing efforts, directed and acted by the artistic staff and Associate Artists.
Mia will be at Powell's Books
1218 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607
She will be reading several of her plays and they will be available for purchase.
Don't miss it!
FIRST DATE by Steven Simoncic
Prologue Theatre’s Landmark Festival
Performed at Chicago Dramatists on 9/1, 9/2 and 9/3 @ 7:30pm.
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