Babes With Blades Theatre Company (BWBTC) proudly announces its 22nd Anniversary Season, “Take Control. Take Action. Make History.,” consisting of two full productions and three developing scripts as part of the Fighting Words Festival 2020, all reflecting how women take ownership of their circumstances and how they manage to prevail. Tickets for the 2019 – 2020 season go on sale soon. For more information go to BabesWithBlades.org.
Due to popular demand, Goodman Theatre adds eight performances to its run of The Music Man, staged by Tony Award-winning Director Mary Zimmerman—now appearing through August 11. Hailed a “musical comedy at its feel-good best” (The New York Times), Meredith Willson’s Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece, based on the story by Willson and Franklin Lacey, features beloved songs including “Goodnight My Someone,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Gary, Indiana,” and “Till There Was You.” The Music Man appears at Goodman Theatre June 29 to August 11, 2019, in the 856-seat Albert Theatre. Tickets ($25 – $142; subject to change) are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/MusicMan, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn).
The About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the world premiere of 20/20, an exhilarating dive into recent queer history devised and performed by members of the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble and co-directed by Associate Director of About Face Youth Theatre (AFYT) Donny Acosta and Artistic Director Megan Carney. 20/20 will play July 12 – 28, 2019 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. in Chicago. Tickets ($20 or pay-what-you-can) are currently available at aboutfacetheatre.com or by calling (773) 784-8565.
Strawdog Theatre, under the new artistic leadership of Leda Hoffmann, is pleased to announce its 32nd season, “Truth.”
A Red Orchid Theatre announces its 27th Season, kicking off the with world premiere of Grey House by Ensemble Member Levi Holloway, directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray (October 10 – December 1, 2019). The season continues with the Chicago premiere of Do You Feel Anger? By Mara Nelson-Greenberg, directed by Ensemble Member Jess McLeod (January 16 – March 8, 2020), and concludes with the Chicago Premiere of The Moors by Jen Silverman, directed by Marti Lyons (April 23 – June 14, 2020). Subscriptions to the 27th Season are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the box office at 312-943-8722 or visiting www.aredorchidtheatre.org.
Interrobang Theatre Project is pleased to announce its tenth anniversary season: “No Man’s Land,” exploring the fear and anxiety that accompany journeys into the unknown, and the courage it takes to make it through to the other side. The 2019-20 season will be staged at Interrobang’s resident home, Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.
The Gift Theatre is pleased to continue its 2019 Season with the Chicago premiere of Hansol Jung’s WOLF PLAY, a messy, funny and disturbing theatrical experience grappling with a wolf, a puppet, and a very prickly problem: What is a family? What do we need from them, today? Is it very different from the things humans have needed from families before? Directed by guest artist Jess McLeod, WOLF PLAY will play July 11 – August 18, 2019 at The Gift’s home at 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood. Single tickets and two-show subscriptions are currently available at www.thegifttheatre.org or by calling (773) 283-7071.
Victory Gardens Theater Artistic Director Chay Yew, Executive Director Erica Daniels and Director of New Play Development Skyler Gray announce the lineup for the 2019 IGNITION Festival of New Plays, including The Tasters by Meghan Brown; The Gradient by Steph Del Rosso; [hieroglyph] by Erika Dickerson-Despenza; #NEWSLAVES by Keelay Gipson; Reckoning: Furies from a New Queer Nation by Geraldine Inoa; and They Could Give No Name by Exal Iraheta. The 2019 Festival runs August 2 -4, 2019 at Victory Gardens Theater, located at 2433 N Lincoln Avenue.
The New Colony is pleased to present UNCHARTED, a two-week showcase of plays at different points in their journeys to production, playing July 11 – 20, 2019 at TNC’s resident home, The Den Theatre (2B) 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets ($10 per performance) are currently available at www.thenewcolony.org.
In a 2012 interview with RadioFreeEurope, the three founding members of Pussy Riot stated that the only performances they would ever put on were illegal ones. Even after an outpouring of support from world renowned musicians and dozens of offers to share their message on stage with the likes of Madonna and Bjork, Pussy Riot stayed steadfast in their idea that their music was that of protest and rebellion.