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A poignant yet uplifting story of two extraordinary women exemplifying the triumph of the human spirit and the bonds of sisterhood. Beaches was adapted from the 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart, which was later adapted into the popular 1988 film starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.
In Between You, Me and the Lampshade the lives of Jesse, a single mother (Sandra Marquez), and her teenage son (Tommy Rivera-Vega) are turned upside down one night when a wounded, undocumented immigrant (Ayssette Muñoz) breaks into their trailer home in rural South Texas. As Jesse covertly takes in the immigrant, she has to go to increasingly complicated lengths to hide her secret from the various people in her life, including a border protection agent (Jim Farruggio) with a crush and her web-addicted teenage son. Hilarious and searing, this play examines the consequences of secrets.
As vital today as when it was first written, Anne Frank's extraordinary diary has become an essential part of how we remember one of the darkest periods of human history. Filled with its young author's luminous spirit – her "boundless desire for all that is beautiful and good" – the diary also illuminates the coming of age of a complex, passionate young girl as she falls in love, grows into a woman and struggles to survive with her family amid the chaos of war and religious persecution.
Bessie, Alice and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith, and they are dead. Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after, The Drowning Girls is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, and lyrical language.
Reduced to poverty by the loss of their Oklahoma farm during the Dust Bowl, the Joad family pile into their battered old truck and head west for California, hoping to find work and a better life. Led by the willful Ma Joad and her volatile young son Tom, the entire family encounters an epic journey, testing their resilience and calling on their strength as a family as they struggle to find community. John Steinbeck's classic novel comes to breathtaking life through song, movement and gritty portrayals in a theatrical adventure that is a soaring and deeply moving affirmation of the essential goodness that is the foundation of the American spirit and family.
For the second time in The House Theatre of Chicago's history, Artistic Director Nathan Allen employs an epic format and creates a multi-year play cycle. Now presented as a full series in both repertory and marathon performances, The Hammer Trinity tells the story of young Casper Kent recovering the lost Hammer and taking the Crown, defending it against pirates and the Crownless faction, and ultimately relinquishing the Hammer's great power for the greater good.
Reaching a milestone in the legacy of the land of New Plymouth and The House Theatre of Chicago, the company engages 16 actors to bring 54 characters to life in a tale spanning three full-length plays. Almost 120 scenes developed from 500 pages of original work overseen by an artistic team comprised of 16 of Chicago's greatest established and emerging artists and designers to create an unparalleled experience for audiences who have enjoyed The Hammer Trinity since its journey began in 2012.
It is Chicago, in the summer of 1995, and an intense heat wave has gripped the city with temperatures soaring above 100 degrees. By the time it's all over, 739 people will have died, mostly the poor, elderly, or minorities with nowhere to seek shelter. As the morgues overflow, the city's emergency response team is called into question. The Mayor's Office combats the criticism with a public relations campaign that successfully turns the blame onto the victims and their families.
As Chicago approaches the 20th anniversary of that summer, Heat Wave tells the incendiary story of those who were made invisible and the resulting inflammation of civic passions, reminding Chicagoans of their strengths and city leaders of their responsibilities to citizens across all spectrums.
Married into the peak of London high society, rich, titled, beautiful and proper Lady Margaret Windermere is 21 years old and without a care in the world. Before the next sunrise, malicious gossip, a glamorous woman with a dangerous past, a charming gentleman with a wicked reputation, and a misplaced fan will threaten to destroy everything she holds dear and change her forever.
Marius von Mayenburg's Martyr is an oft-harrowing, oft-comical depiction of a young man's journey towards religious radicalism. Benjamin's mother and teachers are alarmed when he begins espousing Fundamentalist Christian beliefs. Is it a ploy to ditch swimming class, or is it something more? Steep brings one of Germany's most widely produced playwrights to its audiences.
This production contains nudity and violence and is intended for mature audiences.
Melancholy Play is a modern day farce that explores the often un-examined realm of sadness with surprising humor. The play's main character is Tilly-a bank teller whose incredible melancholy invokes the romantic passions of almost everyone she encounters. Tilly's seductive melancholy turns to joy during a game of duck, duck, goose. The other characters (a tailor, a hairdresser, a nurse and a psychologist) are baffled by Tilly's extreme transformation and struggle to navigate their own emotions.
Authored by Piven alum and Tony Award nominee Sarah Ruhl, Melancholy Play premiered at PIven as a straight play in 2002 and it returns to our stage as a two-act chamber musical directed by Polly Noonan.
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.
The Pulitzer Prize-nominated and Tony Award-winner for Best Play Side Man is the heartbreaking story spanning three decades of a splintered family as told through the eyes of Clifford (Michael Mahler), the only son of Gene (Michael Ehlers), a jazz trumpet player, and Terry (Kate Buddeke), an alcoholic mother. Alternating between their New York City apartment and a smoke-filled music club, Clifford narrates the story of his broken family and the decline of jazz as popular entertainment. In Side Man "The joy and despair of the musicians is skillfully illustrated," according to Variety.
The Trojan War, the Mother of all Western Wars, spawned the Mother of all Western Literature. What if, at the dawn of western history, there had been no epic poem of the glory of war, but rather a passionate plea made by a warrior for a story of peace? What would have happened had the Trojan War been avoided? Could it have been avoided? In John Arthur Lewis' production of Tiger at the Gates (originally titled The Trojan War Will Not Take Place) the Gates of War are omnipresent, threatening to open at any time. Because war is always threatening. And peace is always longed for.
We must be able to have these conversations with our community. The intent of Twisted Melodies is to open up a safe and healing conversation about mental illness in our community and ways we can help each other cope. Donny (Hathaway) was a musical genius coping with schizophrenia, it was a part of him and a part of his music and brilliance. Maybe through seeing this illness through a beloved artist will allow us to view it differently than we have viewed it before.