The Story of a Story (The Untold Story) - World Premier Underscore Theatre

Underscore Theatre presents the World Premiere of Story of a Story: The Untold Story. Written by the Emmy Award-winning Colbert Report writer Peter Gwinn (founder, Baby Wants Candy) and with music by Jody Shelton, the much-lauded composer of "50 Shades! The Musical", "Story" is a fast-paced, epic musical comedy about two disenchanted creatives fighting to remain original in a far-away kingdom populated by tired tropes and cliches. 

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Land of Rain Open Circle Theater Laboratory and Audra Januskiene

Lithuania's Theater Open Circle presents four intimate performances "Land of Rain"

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The Nutcracker House Theatre of Chicago

 

House Theatre brings back this wholly original, ballet-free show back year after year because it truly has something for everyone. The show is fast-paced, beautifully choreographed, family-friendly, and moving for even those of us that might be on the grinch’s side from time to time

Imaginative and inventive! It's more than earned a place in the roster of EXCEPTIONAL Chicago holiday shows. I was teary-eyed in less than five minutes - Chicago Reader

A RIVETING REINVENTION! - Chicago Sun-Times

IT WILL BRING YOUR FAMILY CLOSER TOGETHER!  - Chicago Tribune

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Sketchbook 15 - The Finale Collaboraction Theatre

The 15th and Final SKETCHBOOK Festival will be taking place at The Chopin Theatre Jan 14- 24, 2016 and will return to it's classic format of 16 world premiere short plays, visual art and music. It was originally run at the Chopin Theatre in January 2000, co-created by Artistic Director Anthony Moseley, John Cabrera and Wesley Kimler.

This final SKETCHBOOK will re-unite the three co-founders and bring back many of the artists who have been part of the festival history. The SKETCHBOOK Festival has become the "premiere short play festival in the Midwest" for it's combination of provocative new work, immersive staging and multi-disciplinary environment and will gather a community of artists and audience for its' grand Finale!

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The Last Defender House Theatre of Chicago

 

Artistic Director Nathan Allen and Company Member and D.C. Comics artist Chris Burnham, team up with some of Chicago’s best loved Puzzle and Game designers! Together, they'll create a wholly new experiment in immersive story and stagecraft. It’s part performance, part puzzle hunt, and part live action game. Set in 1960s Chicago, The Last Defender draws on the era's political and social turmoil, the end of the Silver Age of superhero comics, and impending nuclear threats to give audiences a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience.
 
Audiences will become the heroes of the story that unfolds as they unlock the mystery surrounding four long lost Chicago Superheroes. 16 players will move throughout the space to recover classified documents, film footage, audio recordings, private belongings, and mementos. Everyone works together to investigate clues, reveal secrets, and solve puzzles in real time.  All to finally complete The Defender's final mission and save the world.

Artistic Director Nathan Allen and Company Member and D.C. Comics artist Chris Burnham, team up with some of Chicago’s best loved Puzzle and Game designers!  Set in 1960s Chicago, The Last Defender draws on the era's political and social turmoil, the end of the Silver Age of superhero comics, and impending nuclear threats to give audiences a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience. 

 

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United Flight 232 House Theatre of Chicago

 

“I love you, hurry home. I love you.” On July 19, 1989, a DC-10 headed for O’Hare with 296 people aboard is paralyzed mid-air. The crew hold back their own panic as they work to keep the plane from rolling out of the sky and crashing to the ground. Over the course of 44 minutes, all on board contemplate their fate as the descend for an emergency landing towards Sioux City, Iowa. As they plummet, we hear their own words mix with intimate, swirling scenes of neatly packed rows, chairs, and airplane wings. And we’ll experience the passengers’ terror turn not to panic, but to the most exceptional human kindness, illuminating the very best of what we are.
 
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 brand new play is a reflection of our inherent sense of responsibility and compassion towards one another.

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 brand new play is a reflection of our inherent sense of responsibility and compassion towards one another.

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Death & Harry Houdini House Theatre of Chicago

 

After playing sold-out crowds in Chicago and Miami from January through August of 2012 and again in the summer of 2013, we're thrilled to bring back this dynamic, award-winning, magic-filled production.
 
A ringmaster leads us through the events of Harry’s life, all told through stunning magic, poignent dialogue and original music. We travel from the untimely passing of his father, through his first tent shows with his younger brother Theo, meeting his wife Bess, and beginning a journey towards fame on the Vaudeville circuit. All the while, Harry feels Death close on his heels and he won’t rest until he’s conquered him once and for all. Harry will walk on broken glass, swallow razor blades and risk his life in the Water Torture Cell, but will he pull off an escape from Death? Marvel with us as Houdini battles Death once more.

June 1st - August 1st - After playing sold-out crowds in Chicago and Miami from January through August of 2012 and again in the summer of 2013, we're thrilled to bring back this dynamic, award-winning, magic-filled production. 

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