Create Your Garden Chopin Theatre with Heart & Bone

Throughout our fundraising we are trying to give something back to our community.
First last Fall we replaced the deteriorating gloomy fountain cover at the Polish Triangle across Chopin with new brightly colored holiday cover to give people hope and feeling of safety.

In late February we covered the now famous VOTE mural by Mac Blackout with a new beautiful one from Kelsey and Andrew w/Heart & Bone Signs. This new mural paraphrases slightly Voltaire's Candide quote - "tend your own garden".

We hope that even in these desperate times that each of us can do something meaningful. And hopefully the sign with its awesome flowers, cheers up those passing and driving by.

 

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Chopin Theatre Raises $72,000 From Grateful Fans, Hopes To Reopen This Summer: ‘It Was Really Overwhelming Block Club Chicago

"The 103-year-old Chopin Theatre will survive the pandemic thanks to donations from supporters.

The owners of the theater at 1543 W. Division St. launched a fundraiser last year to help manage monthly operating costs, which total $12,000 and cover a mortgage, insurance, property taxes, utilities and various state and city fees..." - Hannah Alani, Block Club Chicago

 

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Chicago Theater Week Chopin Theatre part of League of Chicago Theaters campaign

March 2021 - This year's Chicago Theater week was virtual. And we were happy to be apart of it a very short interpretation of Ionesco's Chairs. Hoping the ending quote cheers all of us as much as the murals.

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Dateline NBC

A lot of Chopin walls & and furniture were used for another full of mystery episode of Dateline airing in May on NBC.

To see Meade Jorgenson, Julie Kim, Bob Lapp, Natalie Morales, Mridula Rajagopal, Mark Ringo and Mike Simon in action was really something special.

 

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Hurrah & Thank You

 

A couple weeks ago we reached our fundraising goal of
$72,000 to pay operating expenses for Chopin Theatre Productions NFP
until the end of June 2021.
And resume activities after that.
The fundraising was only possible thanks to 600+ generous Funders.

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Polish Triangle making it beautiful Chopin Theatre Productions

Nelson Algren fountain cover on the Polish Triangle, which is located across from Chopin Theatre, has seen better days. It was deteriorated, unsafe and depressing. So we decided to do something about it to make you smile!....

 

 

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Illumination 2020 ClayCo Foundation

Chopin Theatre was proud to lend its facility for a taping to fundraise for  ClayCo Foundation's very noble cause of fighting RCVL (retinal vasculopathy with cerebral leukodystrophy). See details below and watch 

 

Video here

 

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102-Year-Old Chopin Theatre Asks Public For Help Surviving Pandemic BlockClubChicago.org

"Independent venues and theaters across Chicago are struggling to survive, and one historical Wicker Park theater is asking neighbors for help staying afloat" - Hannah Alani, Block Club Chicago 12/1/20

 

(photo Hannah Alani)

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Donate

 

Dear Friends.  During this season we kindly ask you consider a donation to Chopin Theatre Productions NFP as we seek to raise 6 months of operating expenses.  Even the smallest of donations will help and give us the confidence that our theater is still needed.  Please visit our GoFundMe page with provides more information and our video. 

 



 

 

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Abstract artist’s concrete message in new North Side mural — ‘VOTE’ Mac Blackout in cooperation with BergArt and Chopin Theatre

Chicago Sun Times - "The Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park remains temporarily closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but a new marquee of sorts is encouraging people to participate in what will prove to be the culmination of a remarkable show: The Nov. 3 general election...McKenzie said. "I wanted to make it a big, positive message that didn't say which way to vote, one way or another, but try to create something and use my abstract visual language and artistic elements to create a feeling of positive presence and excitement....Chopin's owners both said it was important for them to display a non-partisan message to residents to exercise their right to vote". - Katie Anthony, 10/16/20


Full article here

Watch mural creation here

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Begins a Scar Photo & Poetry Project

Dear Friends,

We hope you're spending Thanksgiving weekend in happiness and safely surrounded by your closest ones during these critical times. Perhaps this also could be a time for reflection of our bigger, human family as well.

 

Recently I was honored to be a very small part of this extraordinary exhibition, Begins A Scar, a collaboration between world renown photographer Sandro Miller and poet and recipient of Library of Congress Bobbitt Prize Patricia Smith. It confronts the issue of name calling and the scars that follow. I have been identified by some of those names but I fully realize that other peoples "names" are much more devastating and have long lasting effects on their lives.

 

Hope that those powerful photographs and overwhelming poem brings more empathy to the subject.

 

Photos - Sandro Miller.  Poem - Patricia Smith

 

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Nathan Allen, resigns as Artistic Director House Theatre of Chicago

For Immediate Release - It is a very sad day for us to hear that Nathan Allen, Artistic Director as well as guardian of The House Theatre of Chicago, resigns his artistic position. A few months ago we witnessed House moving out of their wonderful headquarters with offices, rehearsal space, storage and scenic design rooms. It was their long lasting dream and took decades to build. It felt horrible and so unfair...

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Chicago Acts Together Week Chopin Theatre part of League of Chicago Theater campaign

Dear Friends
We are alive and still here
alongside 250+ Chicago theaters


"Chicago Acts Together Week" - "The past few months have been especially difficult for artists and theatres, but we are resilient. We are still planning and working towards the day that we can be together again to sing, act, dance, write, and create. While our stages may be dark, our creative spirit is brighter than ever".

Please watch the video and you'll see two of Chopin Theatre's last productions which were stopped because of Coronavirus..

 

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Verböten House Theatre of Chicago

From House Theatre of Chicago -  "In response to the mandate issued by the State of Illinois and City of Chicago on March 12, 2020 The House Theatre of Chicago has no other course of action than to cancel the remainder of the run of Verböten, as well as the one-night concert "A Night of Songs and Stories with Verböten composer Jason Narducy."

 

The House's production of Shakespeare's Henry V will be indefinitely postponed. If you have tickets to any of these events, The House will be in touch with you soon about your options".

 

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Hundred Days Kokandy Productions

From Kokandy Productions - "We are so proud of the cast and creative team of Hundred Days. It is for their safety, and the safety of our patrons, that we are canceling tonight's scheduled opening, and postponing the run of Hundred Days.

 

We will keep updating our followers as we have more information about an official rescheduling. Those who already have tickets can contact their place of purchase for a full refund, or consider donating the amount of the ticket back to the company.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding -- we look forward to seeing you soon, friends".

 

 

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Debt and Protest

Prague's Svanda Theatre

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Fairytale at the Grand Hotel

Folks Operetta

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