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When a terrifying sea monster is spotted off the coast, renowned scientist Professor Aronnax and fellow explorers set out to investigate. They soon find themselves kidnapped and held under the command, and spell, of the mysterious Captain Nemo. As they circle the globe aboard the most advanced submarine the world has never seen, they confront giant squids, bizarre sea creatures, and the monsters that lurk below…and within.
Adapted from Jules Verne's epic adventure exploring the murky perils of the seas, ensemble member David Kersnar invites you to board the Nautilus and "dive! dive! dive!" into this Lookingglass world premiere.
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 writing For the Loyal, playwright Lee Blessing used the real-life case of Jerry Sandusky, the Penn State football coach who was accused of assaulting young boys. The testimony of an assistant coach who saw Sandusky in a shower with a youngster was crucial in obtaining a conviction and also in exposing a cover-up aimed at protecting a legendary college football program. In Blessing's play, an angsty young coach can't help but tell his wife the mind-blowing news that he saw a legendary offensive coordinator in a compromising situation with a naked lad. This confession transforms the wife, Mia, into the play's agent of change. Through Mia, Blessing imagines blunt and well-articulated scenarios that contain consequences and choices for someone who holds volatile knowledge.
On the border of Kentucky and West Virginia, North and South, fact and fiction, two cabins both alike in dignity, wage a whip-smart war of words and bullets. Hatfield & McCoy tells the true tale of the most infamous family feud in American history. Set at the close of the Civil War, a battle of us-versus-them catches two young lovers in a deadly cycle of violence.
Gunfire and romance escalate when young Rosanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield fall in love, marry in secret, and vow to reconcile their feuding families. Their tale of woe is served up with a heaping helping of original Americana tunes, connecting their past to our present.
New music created for the show represents Americana styles across generations, from bluegrass to 2017 pop. Hatfield & McCoy features a live band onstage comprising synths, keyboards, an upright bass, fiddle, and guitar plus actors playing guitars, mandolins, banjos, and vocals.
Whispers and rumors had been swirling around the Gruber family farm long before the bodies were discovered on that cold April day. It's 1922, and a remote community in Bavaria is reeling in the aftermath of World War I: Gender roles are shifting, a generation gap is emerging, and farmers are battling poverty in the shadow of a growing urban intelligentsia. Inspired by a chilling and true unsolved crime, Hinter is a darkly comic thriller by one of Chicago's most exciting new playwrights.
Hubbard Street concludes Season 40 at the Harris Theater with a full evening-length work reimagining Ohad Naharin's Minus 16, one of his most popular and most celebrated pieces, choreographed in 1999 and first performed in the U.S. by Hubbard Street in 2000.
Ron, a young, gay African-American graduate student trying to complete his thesis on Nat Turner's slave rebellion, is feeling lost in his life and alienated from his family. When his 189-year-old great-great-grandfather, T.J., takes him back in time to meet Turner in the flesh, both men find answers they never expected. This play deals with themes of racial identity and sexuality as Ron comes to face his ancestors' history and his own personal identity. A raucous, wrenching story that is part Roots, part The Wizard of Oz, part In Living Color, and all Robert O'Hara, Insurrection: Holding History will change how you see the past and just maybe you yourself.
Join Congo Square Theatre Company as they honor August Wilson with this production of Jitney. This Tony Award-winning play is set in Jim Becker's unlicensed cab station. Delve into the lives of jitney cab drivers in the Pittsburgh Hill District during the 1970s. The eighth play in Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle, it features dynamic characters gleaning enlightenment about the importance of family and community as they're challenged by life's difficulties.
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.
The Madwoman of Chaillot reveals a plot by a group of corrupt business executives who are planning to dig up the streets of Paris so they can pump oil that they believe lies beneath. Their plot is challenged by the titular "Madwoman," the eccentric Countess Aurelia, an idealist who resolves to fight back and rescue humanity from the scheming and corrupt developers with the help of her fellow outcasts and fellow madwomen. Originally written to protest thoughtless urban renewal, today, The Madwoman of Chaillot speaks to environmental concerns, the destruction of the natural world, and the manipulation of world financial markets.
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.
The Prozorov sisters dream of returning to Moscow, but are unable to wake to their provincial reality. Each sister questions her own place in the world after the arrival of members of the Russian military. Olga, Masha, Irina, and their brother Andrey search for meaning in Chekhov's tragicomic masterpiece about broken dreams, inertia, and missed opportunities.
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).