Lucky Plush Productions is thrilled to return to Steppenwolf’s LookOut series this fall for a three-week run of The Better Half.
The Second City is proud to announce a partnership with the Theater Development Fund (TDF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone by engaging and cultivating a broad and diverse audience and eliminating barriers to attendance. This partnership will allow Second City to produce at least seven open captioned performances during the 2018-19 season, the next of which will be a performance of “Gaslight District” on Thursday, September 13th at 8:00 p.m. During open captioned performances, text is displayed on the side of the stage, showing word-for-word what performers are saying in real time, as well as describing the corresponding music and sound effects.
Chicago actor, improviser, and director Michael Patrick Thornton brings back his hit improv show YOU & ME, a two-person, entirely improvised, no suggestion-inspired set featuring Thornton and a different guest artist each week. YOU & ME will play Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm from August 24 – September 15, 2018 at Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Tickets, priced at $10, are currently available at www.filamenttheatre.org/youandme. All proceeds benefit Filament Theatre.
Steep’s new cabaret-lounge space, The Boxcar, is set to open to the public this weekend, expanding the company’s artistic programming and offering a community gathering place five nights a week, Thursday through Monday evenings. Audiences at Steep’s main stage shows (Penelope Skinner’s Linda will run through September 15) can enjoy quiet conversations, post-show receptions with Steep artists, and beverages to be sipped in the Boxcar or brought into the theatre. The space will also provide an intimate venue for music, storytelling, and other performances on Sunday and Monday evenings.
This fall, Hell in a Handbag Productions is thrilled to explore THE ARTIFICIAL JUNGLE, the final play by the legendary master of camp, Charles Ludlam. Who better to direct this criminal tale of lust and murder than Hell in a Handbag’s longtime partner in crime, Shade Murray of A Red Orchid Theatre.
Complete casting and production team have been announced for The Artistic Home’s production of ROCK /N/ ROLL, by Tom Stoppard, set to open to the press Sunday, October 7th. The company’s Artistic Director, Kathy Scambiatterra, who is directing the production, made the announcement today. Appearing as Jan, the Czech citizen studying at Cambridge University in England at the time of the Soviet invasion of Prague, will be company member Julian Hester, seen last year in LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST with Chicago Shakespeare and THE SCHOOL FOR LIES with The Artistic Home. Max, a Cambridge professor and mentor to Jan, will be played by guest artist H.B. Ward, seen recently in EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE at Red Orchid and FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAY with Shattered Globe. Ensemble member Kristin Collins, who last appeared with the company as Hester in BY THE BOG OF CATS and was in BARBECUE with Strawdog Theatre as part of Steppenwolf’s LookingOut Series, will play the dual roles of Max’s wife Eleanor and their daughter Esmé as an adult.
American Blues Theater announces the cast for its 2018-2019 season opener, Flyin’ West, written by Pearl Cleage and directed by Artistic Affiliate Chuck Smith. Flyin’ West features Sydney Charles (Fannie Dove), Wardell Julius Clark (Frank Charles), Tiffany Renee Johnson (Minnie Renee Johnson), Joslyn Jones (Miss Leah), Tiffany Oglesby (Sophie Washington) and Henri Watkins (Wil Parish).
The Gift Theatre is pleased to welcome Jennifer Glasse as its newest Ensemble member. Glasse has appeared in The Gift’s world premieres of Hang Man and A Life Extra Ordinary. Comments The Gift Artistic Director Michael Patrick Thornton, “Jennifer’s work is high wire acrobatics of the heart without a net. Over the years, we’ve watched Jennifer in awe as she slid effortlessly into different worlds and characters with a ferocious spirit and a presence and present-ness that electrifies anyone within a square mile. We’re honored that Jennifer has joined The Gift Ensemble and look forward to collaborating again very soon.”
Black Ensemble Theater is adding two additional weeks to the run of Rick Stone the Blues Man written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor. Rick Stone the Blues Man will be performed at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, now through September 9, 2018 .
First Floor Theater is pleased to announce its seventh season, featuring a world premiere and two Chicago premieres. The 2018-19 season will be presented at FFT’s resident home, The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighorbood.