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The 2017 Kia Corthron Season concludes with Breath, Boom. A startling acute portrayal of Prix, a hardened female gang member in New York whose only escape from her narrow, abusive life is an obsession with creating the perfect fireworks display. The play is based heavily on research into the lives of young women who choose to lead violent lives on the streets.
It captures the tough and often poetic language that people who inhabit a world cut off from normal existence use to both mask and portray a perilous existence. Mignon McPherson Stewart makes her Eclipse directorial debut.
From Pulitzer and Tony winner Robert Schenkkan (All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge) comes a provocative 80-minute theatrical event written in a white-hot fury. In a time when shocking campaign rhetoric turns into real policies, Building the Wall urgently reveals the power of theater to question who we are and where we might be going.
Since its premiere in 1953, Arthur Miller's The Crucible, a masterful and chilling portrayal of the historic Salem witch trials and an allegory for the rise of McCarthyism in the late 1940s, has rightfully become an American classic. It serves as both a cautionary tale and a provocation that compels each generation to reflect upon the harrowing world the play portrays.
The people of Salem are whipped into a bloodthirsty frenzy by a series of escalating misinterpretations after a group of teenage girls are accused of dancing devilishly in the woods. Rather than face consequences for their actions, the girls begin a chain of finger-pointing until neighbor turns against neighbor, whispers become testimony, fabrications become facts, and a once powerless teenage girl suddenly has the ability to decide the fate of all those around her. As the hearts of the townsfolk become poisoned, even virtuous farmer and family man John Proctor is falsely accused of witchcraft and must fight a corrupt court to protect his good name.
Note: This show is a Steppenwolf for Young Adults production.
From the artists that brought you The Horror Experiment and Cursed: An American Tragedy comes Dark Day, a new immersive experience created by The Horror Ensemble and Birch House Immersive. To date, The Horror Ensemble has created three unique horror experiences in three very different spaces, all with the same goal — putting the audience at the heart of the experience. More immediate than theater and more intimate than a haunted house — this experience will be like nothing you've seen before.
DEIRDRE: "Do many know what is foretold, that Deirdre will be the ruin of the Sons of Usna and have a little grave by herself, and a story will be told forever??
The final masterpiece by John Millington Synge, author of The Playboy of the Western World. A beautiful and sad love story based on the Irish myth of Deirdre, the foremost heroine of ancient Ireland. Promised in wedlock since her birth to the King of Ulster once she comes of age, she rejects the arranged marriage and flees with her lover, Naisi. Synge's play is the most famous dramatization of Ireland's most beloved romance.
Henrik Ibsen's masterwork finds renewed immediacy in a daring new production from Goodman artistic director Robert Falls. The contamination of a resort town's water supply sets the stage for a battle involving the town's respected mayor, Peter Stockmann, and his brother Thomas, a respected doctor. As the brothers become locked in a combative struggle between political wisdom and personal ethics, the economic fate of the community — and the unity of the town's residents — hangs in the balance.
In the not-so-distant future, the economy is failing, food is scarce, and paranoia is in the air. Samuel and Judith Covey live in rural England, maintaining their government-controlled farm in constant fear of losing it all. After an anonymous tip, William Bloor, a "foxfinder," arrives to investigate a suspected contamination, threatening to uncover secrets of desire and regret that will change all of their lives forever.
Tennessee Williams's classic "memory play" set in St. Louis in 1937 is about a family in crisis. The Glass Menagerie refers to a collection of glass figurines that can be seen to represent this family because each embodies elements of emotional fragility as reflections given to us through Tom's recollections.
Hadersfild is a modern drama in Serbian about four men who are facing their first serious life crisis — in their 30s, they are realizing that they haven't yet figured out the answers to their questions and problems about life. Compounding that, it's all happening in Serbia at the beginning of the new millennium. Sharp, cynical dialogue, characteristic Belgrade humor, and reminders of the sad reality of everyday life have made audiences feel Hadersfild very close to them.
Set in the center ring under the Big Top of a traveling circus that has seen better days, Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a re-telling of the Book of Job. Zuss and Nickles, popcorn and balloon vendors, decide to take on the roles of God and Satan, and together, they push J.B. through his search for justice in the world toward his discovery of what must take its place. All 23 roles in City Lit's production will be played by an ensemble of nine mature actresses.
Why? Free will or divine predestination? Welcome to a dark corner of Purgatory called Hope, where the court case over the ultimate fate of Judas Iscariot is in progress. Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, the play reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament's most infamous and unexplained sinner.
An emotionally powerful and intimate musical with a twist. Cathy and Jamie, two twentysomething New Yorkers, each present their own interpretation of their five-year love affair, with Cathy's story starting when they part and Jamie's starting when they first meet. A contemporary musical that is alternately joyous, funny, romantic, and soul-stirring.
A Drama Desk winner recently adapted into a popular film starring Anna Kendrick.
Celebrated director and playwright Aaron Posner and famed magician Teller (of duo Penn & Teller) join forces for an innovative take on "the Scottish play," returning after their Jeff Award-winning production of The Tempest at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2015. With astounding sorcery, this supernatural thriller dives into the psyches of the power-hungry Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
Come to what is sure to be a thrilling and unique night of theatre, and you create it!
Every Saturday night we open our doors at 10PM and accept the first 15 original acts that walk through the door. Scenes, Poems, Dances, Magic Tricks, Stand-Up, Sketch, Improv, Puppets, Songs, Juggling, Mime, Acrobatics and/or General Shenanigans - whatever floats your proverbial boat.
1. All material must be original
2. Performances should be no more than five minutes in length
3. You can't break anything--not yourself, not the theatre--and you can't break any laws
No Shame Theatre focuses on immediacy, originality and brevity. So, whether you're coming to perform, watch or both, together we'll create a show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again.
Oscar Wilde's only novel ranks with Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as a defining excursion into psychological horror. Dorian Gray expresses the desire that his newly painted portrait, rather than he, will age and fade. This idle, destructive wish is granted: Dorian stays young and beautiful while his portrait ages and takes on the weight of his sins. He is both fascinated and trapped by this fatal freedom from responsibility and enters into a life of hedonism. Three-time Jeff Award winner for Best Adaptation Paul Edwards returns to City Lit for his eighth production.
A world premiere translation of Aeschylus's theatrically boldest tragedy, commissioned by City Lit from Nicholas Rudall, founding director of Court Theatre and internationally acclaimed award-winning translator of Greek drama. The titan Prometheus, friend of humankind, is chained — and fastened with a spike through his chest — to a mountain as punishment for instilling in the human race the capacity for hope, thereby spoiling Zeus's plan to wipe out the human race and replace it with something better. His parade of visitors includes gods, sea nymphs, and a woman whom Zeus has turned into a cow. The production will feature both actors and life-sized puppets.
Staged by leading Broadway and Chicago director Gary Griffin, this award-winning play chronicles the seldom-told, true story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor who challenged convention by taking the London stage as the first black Othello in 1833 — sending shockwaves through the city at a time when anti-abolition protesters rioted in the streets.
Set in a typical college town, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England follows the narrative of the Dean, her young girlfriend, and her ex, who all share anything but a "typical" relationship. When the Dean motions to shut down the town's rarely frequented but beloved museum, conflict arises and forces the women to work through their differing ideas about academia, life, and love.
Troy is burning. The city has been ransacked. The men have been killed. The women and children are to be enslaved by the conquering Greek army. Held in limbo, Queen Hecuba and the women of Troy await their fates as refugees.
The classic anti-war tragedy written by Euripides centuries ago has never been more relevant. Expertly translated by Ronald Duncan from the poetic modern adaption by Jean-Paul Sartre, The Trojan Women continues to question and examine the aftermath of war.
Director: Kathryn Siegel Stage Manager: Tess Naval Sound Designer: Samuel Fitzwater-Butchart Lighting Designer: Christopher Bennett Set Designer: Nathaniel Negron Costume Designer: SR Negron
On July 19, 1989, a DC-10 headed for O'Hare International Airport with 296 aboard is paralyzed midair. For 44 minutes, the aircraft descended toward an emergency landing and crashed at Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa. To the astonishment of all who witnessed the event, 184 of 296 passengers and crew survived. Drawing on the interviews and research conducted by Evanston author Laurence Gonzales for his critically acclaimed book, Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival, this award-winning original play is a reflection on how to comprehend tragedy and celebrate human ingenuity in the face of overwhelming challenges.
Visionary Belgian director Ivo van Hove injects a raw, pulsating energy into Arthur Miller's 1955 classic, which won the 2016 Tony Awards for best revival of a play and best director. Straight from sold-out runs on Broadway and the West End comes the Chicago debut of van Hove's production. Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his immigrant cousins to America. But when one of them falls for Eddie's young niece, his jealous mistrust exposes an unspeakable secret — one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.
Ireland's most prestigious theater ensemble is back with a contemporary interpretation of Samuel Beckett's seminal work. Staged by Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes, this production marks the legendary company's third return to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, following The Cripple of Inishmaan (2011) and The Walworth Farce (2009).