LIFELINE THEATRE: Big Stories, Up Close

LIFELINE THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2019-2020 SEASON OF BIG STORIES, UP CLOSE: 

37TH SEASON FEATURES THREE WORLD PREMIERES AND TWO REVIVALS,

PLUS THE 23rd ANNUAL FILLET OF SOLO FESTIVAL.

Subscriptions available April 1, 2019

 

CHICAGO – Lifeline Theatre Artistic Director Ilesa Duncan and the artistic ensemble announce their 2019-20 season of Big Stories, Up Close. It’s another year of unforgettable stories brought to life, from beloved classics to modern titles. 

The 2019-20 MainStage season features a return of Dorothy L. Sayers’ classic whodunit Whose Body?, followed by an epic adaptation of National Book Award winner Middle Passage, and concludes with a world premiere rock musical based on Norse mythology LOKI, The End of the World Tour. The KidSeries season opens with our musical adaptation of Bernard Waber’s beloved classic Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile; followed by the world premiere of Bunny’s Book Club; and concludes with a world premiere musical adaptation of Neither, a story that celebrates what makes us unique. Additionally, Lifeline Theatre will produce the 23rd annual Fillet of Solo Festival, a three-week, multi-venue solo performance and storytelling festival.

Season subscriptions for the 2019-2020 MainStage and KidSeries seasons go on sale April 1. To purchase season subscriptions or for more information call the Lifeline Theatre Box Office at 773-761-4477, or visit www.lifelinetheatre.com.

MainStage Season

Whose Body?, September 6–October 27, 2019 (opens 9/16/19, 7:30 p.m.)

Middle Passage, February 14–April 5, 2020 (opens 2/24/20, 7:30 p.m.)

LOKI, The End of the World Tour, May 22–July 12, 2020 (opens 6/1/20, 7:30 p.m.)

 

KidSeries Season

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, October 19–November 24, 2019 (opens 10/20/19, 1 p.m.)

Bunny’s Book Club, January 11–February 16, 2020 (opens 1/12/20, 1 p.m.)

Neither, March 14–April 19, 2020 (opens 3/15/20, 1 p.m.)

Plus

The 23rd Annual Fillet of Solo Festival, January 10–26, 2020

Season subscriptions offer the three MainStage productions for $100 (a $135 value), or the three KidSeries plays for $40 (a $45/$60 value). Passes to the Fillet of Solo Festival may be added to any subscription for only $30 (a $60 value; allows entry to all performances in the 2020 Festival). Being a Lifeline subscriber allows patrons to save 25% off regular ticket prices; offers discounts on additional tickets; offers discounts to drama camp registration; and gives first choice of seats with unlimited free ticket exchanges.

Lifeline continues its popular “Book Club Add-ons,” which include copies of all three source books for the MainStage season for only $35 (paperback versions of Whose Body?Middle Passage, and The Penguin Book of Norse Myths: Gods of the Vikings), or copies of all three source books for the KidSeries season for $40 (paperback version of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and hardcover versions of Bunny’s Book Club and Neither). Read the books beforehand and then experience Lifeline’s adaptation. Copies of the source books for the MainStage and KidSeries seasons will be on sale in the lobby.

An additional add-on for KidSeries Subscriptions is admission to one “Stories Come Alive!” hour during each KidSeries production for only $10 (a $15 value). These hour-long sessions (running Saturdays and Sundays at 12 p.m., between regularly-scheduled KidSeries performances) feature readings, on-your-feet drama games, and fun to supplement the KidSeries productions.

Ticket prices for the 2019-2020 season are as follows: regular single MainStage tickets are $45; seniors and groups (12 or more) are $35; previews, and rush tickets (half-hour before show, subject to availability) are $25; students (with ID) and active and retired military personnel (with ID) are $20. Lifeline’s KidSeries single tickets for adults are $20 and kids (ages 2-18) are $15; and groups of 15 or more are $13 each. “Name Your Price” KidSeries tickets are available a half-hour before show time (subject to availability).

Lifeline Theatre is located at 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Lifeline is accessible by CTA (Red Line Morse stop/busses) and free parking is available at Sullivan High School (6631 N Bosworth Ave, lot located on the corner of Albion and Bosworth) with free shuttle service before and after the show. Street parking is also available. Lifeline is accessible to wheelchair users and visitors who need to avoid stairs.

Founded in 1982, Lifeline is known for staging innovative adaptations of great works of fiction as well as commissioning original work. In 1987, Lifeline added KidSeries plays for children and families, and has been producing full seasons of programming for both adults and children ever since.  Over the course of thirty-six seasons and two hundred productions, Lifeline Theatre has made not only an indelible mark on the Chicago theatre scene, but an invaluable contribution to the theatre world at large. Lifeline’s dedicated artistic ensemble has developed one hundred and forty-three world premiere literary adaptations and original plays, nearly forty of which have had a life beyond their Lifeline premieres, with over three hundred subsequent productions spread across over forty U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, plus productions in England, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, and Guatemala. Additionally, four scripts developed at Lifeline Theatre have gone on to U.S. national tours, and over a dozen have been published. Lifeline Theatre has garnered a total of fifty-three Jeff Awards (Equity and Non-Equity), including sixteen for New Adaptation, New Musical, or New Work.

Lifeline Theatre is driven by a passion for story. Our ensemble process supports writers in the development of literary adaptations and new work, and our theatrical and educational programs foster a lifelong engagement with literature and the arts. A cultural anchor of Rogers Park, we are committed to deepening our connection to an ever-growing family of artists and audiences, both near and far.

Lifeline’s artistic ensemble is led by Artistic Director Ilesa Duncan and includes Aly Renee Amidei, Patrick Blashill, Jessica Wright Buha, Christina Calvit, Heather Currie, Bilal Dardai, Victoria DeIorio, Amanda Delheimer, Alan Donahue, Andrés Enriquez, Diane D. Fairchild, Kevin D. Gawley, Peter Greenberg, James E. Grote, Chris Hainsworth, John Hildreth, Paul S. Holmquist, Elise Kauzlaric, Robert Kauzlaric, Anthony Kayer, Frances Limoncelli, Amanda Link, Martel Manning, Dorothy Milne, Michael McKeogh, Katie McLean Hainsworth, Shole Milos, Sandy Snyder Pietz, Suzanne Plunkett, Maren Robinson, Phil Timberlake, Jenifer Tyler, and Christopher M. Walsh.

Lifeline Theatre’s programs are partially supported by Alphawood Foundation; A.R.T League Inc.; Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois; Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; Chicago CityArts, a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; CIG Management; CNA Foundation; Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; FGMK LLC; FlexPrint Inc.; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; The Michael and Mona Heath Fund at The Chicago Community Trust Foundation; Illinois Arts Council Agency; Illinois Humanities Council; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; The National Endowment for the Arts; The PAV Grant Fund; The Polk Bros. Foundation; Rogers Park Social; The Saints; S&C Electric Company Fund; The Shubert Foundation; The Steele Foundation; Th Manufacturing; William Blair and Co.; and the annual support of businesses and individuals. 

MainStage Productions

Whose Body?

Based on the classic mystery novel by Dorothy L. Sayers

Adapted by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Frances Limoncelli

Director: TBA

September 6–October 27, 2019

Regular tickets $45; preview tickets $25

Previews: Fridays, 9/6 and 9/13 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9/7 and 9/14 at 8 p.m.; Sundays, 9/8 and 9/15 at 4 p.m.

Press Opening: Monday, 9/16, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (press also invited to final preview on 9/15 at 4 p.m.)

Regular Run: 9/19–10/27, 2019: Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 4 p.m.

When a dead body turns up in a bathtub wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez, amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey assigns himself to the case. However, when the mystery becomes labyrinthine he enlists the help of close friend Inspector Parker to follow his only lead, a teaching hospital near the scene of the crime. Could it be a harmless prank by a medical student or something more sinister? Follow the clues and uncover the truth in this beloved 1923 whodunit by Dorothy L. Sayers.

Ensemble member Frances Limoncelli, adaptor of 2009’s Busman’s Honeymoon (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Adaptation), 2006’s Gaudy Night (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Adaptation), and 2004’s Strong Poison (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: New Adaptation) re-explores this beloved and charming whodunit for a new generation.

Middle Passage

Based on the National Book Award winning novel by Charles Johnson

Adapted by David Barr, III and Lifeline Theatre Artistic Director Ilesa Duncan

Directed by Lifeline Theatre Artistic Director Ilesa Duncan

February 14–April 5, 2020

Regular tickets $45; preview tickets $25

Previews: Fridays, 2/14 and 2/21 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2/15 and 2/22 at 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2/16 and 2/23 at 4 p.m.

Press Opening: Monday, 2/24, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (press also invited to final preview on 2/23 at 4 p.m.)

Regular Run: 2/27–4/5, 2020: Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 4 p.m.
 

Middle Passage is an epic work adapted from Charles Johnson’s celebrated book of the same name. Written for the stage by David Barr, III and Ilesa Duncan, the story follows cavalier, self-confessed rascal Rutherford Calhoun, a recently freed slave, from Illinois down to decadent 1830 New Orleans. In an attempt to escape debtors and avoid a forced marriage, he stows away on an outbound rigger, The Republic. But The Republic is not just any ship. It’s a slave ship—and it’s headed to Africa. Thus begins a voyage of self-discovery that changes our young hero forever.

Co-adaptors David Barr, III and Ilesa Duncan, Lifeline Artistic Director, revisit Johnson’s epic tale, originally mounted at Pegasus Theatre in 2016 under the title Rutherford’s Travels, to share a tale of personal growth within a dark phase of American history. Of Middle Passage, the Chicago Tribune said, “Long after we’d stopped believing in the great American novel, along comes a spellbinding adventure story that may be just that.”

LOKI, The End of the World Tour

A world premiere rock musical based on Norse Mythology

Adapted by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Christina Calvit

Music and Lyrics by George Howe

Directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Heather Currie

May 22–July 12, 2020

Regular tickets $45; preview tickets $25

Previews: Fridays, 5/22 and 5/29 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 5/23 and 5/30 at 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5/24 and 5/31 at 4 p.m.

Press Opening: Tuesday, 6/2, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (press also invited to final preview on 5/31 at 4 p.m.)

Regular Run: 6/4–7/12, 2020: Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 4 p.m.

Welcome to the greatest rock and roll show not on Earth! From award-winning artists George Howe and ensemble member Christina Calvit comes a world premiere rock musical based on known, and maybe not-so-known, Norse mythology. Join Odin, Freya, Thor, and the original bad boy himself, Loki, as they explore the role of the outsider in society and question what is good and what is evil, all while is thrashing their way to Ragnarok. This show tells the stories of the gods as you’ve never seen—or heard—them before.

Ensemble member Christina Calvit and composer George Howe, reuniting from 2005’s Queen Lucia: A Musical Romp (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Work – Musical), join ensemble member Heather Currie (You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?), making her MainStage directorial debut, in bringing you a world premiere musical about the complexities of juggling relationships and ultimate power.

KidSeries Productions

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
Based on the book by Bernard Waber

Adapted by Lifeline Theatre ensemble Christina Calvit

Music and Lyrics by George Howe

Directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Amanda Link

October 19–November 24, 2019

Adult tickets $20; Child (ages 2-18) tickets $15

Previews: Saturday, 10/19 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, 10/20 at 11 a.m.

Press Opening: Sunday, 10/20 at 1 p.m.

Regular Run: 10/26–11/24, 2019: Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

While the Primm family is busily moving into their new home on East 88th Street, they are shocked to discover a crocodile in their bathtub! His name is Lyle, he performs tricks, and, oh, he only eats Turkish caviar. The Primm’s are quick to welcome Lyle into the family, but not everyone is so thrilled about a crocodile living on the block. Discover the meaning of family in this musical based off the beloved classic by Bernard Waber.

Ensemble member Christina Calvit (Mrs. Piggle-WiggleSnowflake Tim’s Big Holiday) joins George Howe (Arnie the DoughnutMr. Popper’s Penguins) and ensemble member Amanda Link (Sparky!The Velveteen Rabbit [2014]) to introduce Bernard Waber’s classic to a new generation.

Bunny’s Book Club

A world premiere based on the book by Annie Silvestro; Illustrated by Tatijana Mai-Wyss

Adapted by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Aly Renee Amidei

Director: TBA

January 11–February 16, 2020

Adult tickets $20; Child (ages 2-18) tickets $15

Previews: Saturday, 1/11 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, 1/12 at 11 a.m.

Press Opening: Sunday, 1/12 at 1 p.m.

Regular Run: 1/18–2/16, 2020: Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Ever since he overheard the librarian reading outside of the library, Bunny has been enamored with books. But upon reflection, he isn’t sure if animals are allowed in the library. With the help of his furry friends, Bunny decides to share his love for reading and start a book club, but how can they get their hands on those books? Celebrate the joy of reading in this world premiere adaptation of Annie Silvestro’s celebrated picture book.

Ensemble member Aly Renee Amidei (Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters) tackles Annie Silvestro’s new book about a group of friends who are inspired by their local library and quench their thirst for knowledge by starting a book club.

Neither

A world premiere musical based on the book by Airlie Anderson  

Adapted by Jeff Trainor and Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Bilal Dardai

Music and Lyrics by Diego Colón

Director: TBA

Based on the book Copyright © 2018 by Airlie Anderson

March 14–April 19, 2020

Adult tickets $20; Child (ages 2-18) tickets $15

Previews: Saturday, 3/14 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, 3/15 at 11 a.m.

Press Opening: Sunday, 3/15 at 1 p.m.

Regular Run: 3/21–4/19, 2020: Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (No performances on Sunday, April 12) 

In the land of This and That there are only two kinds of animals, these and those. Then, one day something different hatches! But it isn’t this or that. Is it both, or is it neither? What do you do when you feel you don’t belong? Based on the book by Airlie Anderson, explore the things that make us unique in this world premiere musical that teaches that it’s our differences that make us special.

Ensemble member Bilal Dardai (The Man Who Was Thursday) joins forces with artists Jeff Trainor and Diego Colón to bring our young audiences a world premiere musical that teaches them important lessons about what happens when you don’t fit, embracing our unique qualities, and self-love. 

The 23rd Annual Fillet of Solo Festival

January 10 – 26, 2020

Tickets: $10 per performance; Festival Pass: $60

Celebrating the breadth of Chicago’s enduring storytelling and Live Lit scene, Lifeline brings together numerous solo performers and storytelling collectives for a three-week, multi-venue selection of powerful personal stories.

Participants, locations, scheduling, and full details for the 2020 Fillet of Solo Festival will be announced Fall 2019.

Season subscriptions and single tickets for the 2019-2020 MainStage and KidSeries seasons go on sale April 1. To purchase season subscriptions, single tickets or for more information call the Lifeline Theatre Box Office at 773-761-4477, or visit www.lifelinetheatre.com

 

The Nostalgia Will Eat Itself

The Nostalgia Will Eat Itself

El Bear Theatre announces the world premiere of

The Nostalgia Will Eat Itself

Written By John Fisher

Directed by Bran Moorhead

Featuring El Bear Founding Member Shaun Rosten

April 6th-April 28th, 2019

CHICAGO, IL – El Bear Theatre presents the world premiere of The Nostalgia will Eat Itself written by John Fisher and directed by Bran Moorhead.  The Nostalgia Will Eat Itself runs April 6th-April 28th in the Salon at Collaboraction 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60662.  The press opening is April 7th at 7pm.

The cast includes Marta Jean Evans (Casey), Logan Branum (TatertotGamer), Abe Elmourabit (Gerald), and El Bear founding company member Shaun Rosten (Bryson)

The creative team includes Bailey Neill (costumes), Kristan Saloky (projections/videography/titles), Dahn Polito (image design), and Nathaniel Humphrey (Social Media).  Lights, sounds, sets, and props provided by the El Bear production team (Nathan Bell, John Fisher, Rauly Luna, Bran Moorhead, and Jared Stovell).

Casey Hobbs is living the Millennial American Dream. A dead end job, rent she can’t afford, and an overwhelming, soul crushing sense of dread. On the worst tinder date of her life, she meets YouTuber Bryson Lee, a gamer on the verge of success. His new acquisition, a rare vintage console called The ByteBoy33, should catapult him into YouTube superstardom. If they can survive the night…

The Nostalgia Will Eat Itself  is a horror romp, spook-a-blast, B-movie of a play that takes the audience through Hell and back, and back again.

The Nostalgia Will Eat Itself will run April 6th-April 28th Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm.

Tickets are $15 general, $12 industry.

The show will be playing at the Salon in Collaboraction at the FlatIron Building 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60662.

Collaboraction is accessible via the CTA Damen Blue line, #9 Ashland, #72 North, and #56 Milwaukee.

Media passes, photographs, videos, interviews and additional materials are available on request

The Nostalgia Will Eat Itself

El Bear Theatre announces the world premiere of

The Nostalgia Will Eat Itself

Written By John Fisher

Directed by Bran Moorhead

Featuring El Bear Founding Member Shaun Rosten

April 6th-April 28th, 2019

CHICAGO, IL – El Bear Theatre presents the world premiere of The Nostalgia will Eat Itself written by John Fisher and directed by Bran Moorhead.  The Nostalgia Will Eat Itself runs April 6th-April 28th in the Salon at Collaboraction 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60662.  The press opening is April 7th at 7pm.

The cast includes Marta Jean Evans (Casey), Logan Branum (TatertotGamer), Abe Elmourabit (Gerald), and El Bear founding company member Shaun Rosten (Bryson)

The creative team includes Bailey Neill (costumes), Kristan Saloky (projections/videography/titles), Dahn Polito (image design), and Nathaniel Humphrey (Social Media).  Lights, sounds, sets, and props provided by the El Bear production team (Nathan Bell, John Fisher, Rauly Luna, Bran Moorhead, and Jared Stovell).

Casey Hobbs is living the Millennial American Dream. A dead end job, rent she can’t afford, and an overwhelming, soul crushing sense of dread. On the worst tinder date of her life, she meets YouTuber Bryson Lee, a gamer on the verge of success. His new acquisition, a rare vintage console called The ByteBoy33, should catapult him into YouTube superstardom. If they can survive the night…

The Nostalgia Will Eat Itself  is a horror romp, spook-a-blast, B-movie of a play that takes the audience through Hell and back, and back again.

The Nostalgia Will Eat Itself will run April 6th-April 28th Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm.

Tickets are $15 general, $12 industry.

The show will be playing at the Salon in Collaboraction at the FlatIron Building 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60662.

Collaboraction is accessible via the CTA Damen Blue line, #9 Ashland, #72 North, and #56 Milwaukee.

Media passes, photographs, videos, interviews and additional materials are available on request

Sideshow Theatre Company Announces 2019 “The Freshness Initiative” Playwrights Plus New Artistic Associates

CHICAGO (March 22, 2019) – Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to welcome three new artistic associates to the company, and to announce the newest playwrights selected for its annual “The Freshness Initiative,” the company’s commissioning and new play development program, now in its fifth year.

The 2019 Freshness Initiative will feature The Pride Before by Aurora Real de Asua, directed by artistic associate Gabrielle Randle; Solemn Mass for a Full Summer Moon, by Michel Tremblay, newly translated and adapted by artistic associate Philip Dawkins and directed by artistic director Jonathan L. Green; and Christmas at Home by artistic associate Calamity West, directed by Wardell Julius Clark; Free readings of the productions will be presented in June and July 2019.

Sideshow premieres developed through “The Freshness Initiative” include Kristiana Rae Colón’s Tilikum, Philip Dawkins’ The Happiest Place on Earth, Calamity West’s Give It All Back, J. Nicole Brooks’ HeLa and Selina Fillinger’s Something Clean

Sideshow is also pleased to welcome three new artistic associates: Melissa DuPrey, Helen Joo Lee and Regina Victor.

For additional information on Sideshow Theatre Company’s 2018-19 season, please visit sideshowtheatre.org.

About “The Freshness Initiative” Playwrights:

Aurora Real de Asua is an actor, director and playwright based in Chicago. As a playwright, her ten-minute play Women, 1 AM debuted as a part of Victory Gardens’ College Night. As an actor, she has worked with Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Victory Gardens, Rivendell Theatre and the Hypocrites. Aurora graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in theatre and playwriting.

Philip Dawkins is a playwright and educator whose plays have been performed all over the world. His plays include Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens Theater), Le Switch (About Face Theatre, The Jungle), The Homosexuals (About Face Theatre), The Burn (Steppenwolf for Young Audiences), Dr.Seuss’s The Sneetches, the Musical with composer David Mallamud (Children’s Theater Company, Minneapolis), The Gentleman Caller (Raven Theatre, Chicago; Abingdon Theatre, NY), Charm (Northlight Theatre; MCC), Miss Marx: Or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living (Strawdog Theatre), and his solo play, The Happiest Place on Earth (Sideshow Theatre, Greenhouse Theater Center). Philip has won some awards and not won some others. He’s been a fellow at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers in Scotland and the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, and has taught playwriting at his alma mater, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University and for the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Many of Philip’s plays, including his scripts for young performers, are available through Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatic Publishing. He is currently working on a commission from Children’s Theater Company and an American English translation of Michel Tremblay’s Messe Solennelle Pour Une Pleine Lune D’été for Sideshow Theatre.

Calamity West is a Chicago-based, award-winning, Kilroys-cited playwright. In 2018, Calamity had two world premieres including In the Canyon at Jackalope Theatre Company and Hinter at Steep Theatre Company. In January 2018, her play Engines and Instruments of Flight: A Fantasia in Three Acts, originally commissioned by Goodman Theatre, had its first New York reading at Roundabout Theatre Company. Another of her plays, Greetings from Moscow! A Love Story, is currently in development at TimeLine Theatre Company’s Playwrights Collective. Additional plays by Calamity West include: Give It All Back (2016, Kilroys-cited), Rolling (2016), Ibsen is Dead (2014), The Peacock (2013, Kilroys honorable mention), The Gacy Play (2012), and Common Hatred (2012). In 2014, Calamity was recipient of the 3Arts Award. She teaches playwriting at the University of Chicago and Webster University and is a company member of Jackalope Theatre and an artistic associate of Sideshow Theatre Company. She is represented by ICM.

 About the Artistic Associates:

Melissa DuPrey is an actor, comic, playwright, producer and activist from Humboldt Park, Chicago. After earning double Bachelor degrees from the University of Houston, she returned to join the all-Latina theatre company, Teatro Luna. Her one-woman show, SEXomedy, received a Chicago Reader Recommendation, a Member’s Pick and had a successful debut Off-Broadway in New York. Other critically acclaimed solo works include SUSHI-frito, SEXomedy 2.0 which is scheduled for a Steppenwolf debut in April 2019, and Good Grief, which was recently awarded funding from the prestigious NALAC foundation and will make its world premiere at Free Street in December 2019. She was selected as a new talent for the 2014 ABC Diversity Showcase in New York City. She has performed stand-up comedy in Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. She is a featured actor in the Emmy-nominated web-series Brown Girls. Theatrical credits include work with Court Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Free Street Theater and more. She has been seen on Chicago PD (NBC), and The Chi (Showtime), and is featured in the independent film Two in the Bush that is currently being screened in film festivals across the nation. She is an ensemble member at UrbanTheater Company and the director of production and community relations at Free Street Theater. As a musician and active member of her community, she is dedicated to the preservation of Puerto Rican culture by way of the folkloric music, Bomba y Plena, with Africaribe and Las BomPleneras.

Helen Joo Lee, a SoCal native, began acting in the expat community theatre scene in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Chicago to begin her professional acting career. Theatre credits include In the Canyon (Jackalope Theatre), You for Me for You (Sideshow Theatre), as a permanent replacement in Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno (Second City’s e.t.c. Stage) and American Hwangap (A-Squared/Halcyon Theatre). TV and film credits include The Chi, Empire, Chicago Med, Teacher and Canal Street. She is a proud member of the all-Asian comedy group Stir Friday Night.

Regina Victor (they/them/theirs) is a producer, director, dramaturg, arts journalist and performer. Currently the associate producer at Halcyon Theatre, they have produced shows and events for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Steppenwolf Theatre, Pegasus Theatre, and more. Their writing can be found in Howlround, American Theatre Magazine, Windy City Times and of course on Rescripted, the arts journalism platform they founded in 2017. As an artist, Victor has secured a number of prestigious appointments and fellowships including the SDCF Observership 17/18 class, the Victory Gardens Director’s Inclusion Initiative, and most recently was the Artistic Apprentice and Multicultural Fellow at Steppenwolf Theatre. Recent credits include The Roommate and Familiar at Steppenwolf Theatre, and Pipeline at Indiana Repertory Theater. Victor has developed HeLa (dramaturg) and Pro-Am (director) through the Sideshow Freshness Initiative and are thrilled to join the Sideshow Ensemble as an artistic associate.

About Sideshow Theatre Company:

 Sideshow Theatre Company: Theatre for the Curious. It is the mission of Sideshow Theatre Company to mine the collective unconscious of the world we live in with limitless curiosity, drawing inspiration from the familiar stories, memories and images we all share to spark new conversation and bring our audiences together as adventurers in a communal experience of exploration.

Over its 10+ year history, Sideshow is proud to have distinguished itself as a vital member of the Chicago theatre community. Sideshow was awarded the 2016 Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theatre Award by the League of Chicago Theatres. Sideshow is a multiple Jeff Award-winning theatre and has been listed on the “Best of” lists in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2018 by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Time Out Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times. Sideshow continues its multi-year residency at Victory Gardens in the historic Biograph Theater in the 2018/19 season.

Sideshow is also the producer of Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLLAW), a wildly popular fundraiser held in benefit of Sideshow Theatre Company and other local community organizations. CLLAW has been featured in local and national press, including The Washington Post, Reuters and the Chicago Sun-Times and on WGN Morning News, ABC 7’s Windy City Live and CBS 2. The next CLLAW match will be held Saturday, July 27, 2019. For more information about CLLAW, visit cllaw.org.

For additional information on Sideshow Theatre Company, visit sideshowtheatre.org.

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PRAGER FARCE: On the Mueller Report- They caught murdering Al Capone on Tax Evasion

PRAGER FARCE: On the Mueller Report- They caught murdering Al Capone on Tax Evasion

Bear in mind, no one in the public or media has seen or read the full report, yet, so spin from anyone is B.S. No one really knows The Republicans are cheering today because Mueller couldn’t prove-couldn’t or wouldn’t prove- collusion with Russia, even though corruption was all around him. Three convicted top associates, his campaign advisor, personal lawyer and National Security advisor are all in jail. Roger Stone, a top Trump advisor is about to go to jail Why? Because there were no crimes? Just 4 lucky coincidences? The FBI does not indict on bad memory but on provable lies in testimony. Cohen’s grilling by Congress earlier this month at times appears as an effort to confuse issues in the public’s mind even fuller.

Lindsay Graham, in the face of the report today, acknowledged a concerted Russian effort to interfere in the 2016 elections. The effort benefitted, indeed, was intended to benefit Trump. Paul Manafort had direct contact with the highest levels of the Russian government.

Mueller, at least as has been reported, stopped short of vindication for Trump. The Right simply will use their contrived and fraudulent media dominance to message their spin. Look for Trump and Hannity to pretend ebullience. Watch for the pontificating Prager to defraud his audience that a lack of evidence in the face of conspiracy equals innocence.

Bear this in mind. The notorious gangster Al Capone, responsible for dozens, if not hundreds of murders, including the infamous St. Valentines Day massacre, for bank robberies(I once knew one of Capone’s drivers, who carried to his grave a cop’s bullet in his hip), strong arms, loansharking, protection schemes, prostitution and more, was so perfectly insulated from all of those crimes that the authorities could only get him on Tax Evasion.

There is mountains of evidence of Trump being a filthy human being. Evan his evangelical followers acknowledge that. Conservatives including William Kristol, Joe Walsh and Ben Shapiro have openly acknowledged he is a liar and immoral individual, he is just as insulated by his conspirators.

Here is the takeaway. You want to make decisions for yourself in reading the full report. No one on the Right is calling for a release of the complete report to the public. They ony want you to know what they decide you should know.

 

 

“Moody” from “The Other Life” Now with 10% More Kool!

“Moody” from “The Other Life” Now with 10% More Kool!

Act now by listening to Moody from the Swedish Electronic Pop Dance Rock band “The Other Life” and receive 10% more Kool absolutely free! Choose from three exciting styles, or choose all three:

  1. Moody: Dark and expressive, showcasing Oda Sander’s Ministry-esque vocals with the depth of Joy Division or Radiohead’s Burn the Witch.
  2. Moody (Operator S Remix) heavy on the bass but not too heavy. Sander’s vocals bleed through Operator S’ the fog and glaring lights of the club like a ghost in the machine, like a glimpse of that someone you’ve been trying to get with all night.
  3. Moody (John Gary Remix) the original boiled down to it’s late-night, packed dancedfloor electronic basics. Steady and unrelenting

These mixes might remind some of 80s power dance mixes, but don’t be fooled. Kick the tires on these bad boys. Fans of Front 242, Cabaret Voltaire, or the post-punk driving rhythms of HMLTD will be immediately hooked. Is there a genre called pre-apocalyptic? Look under Moody by “The Other Life.” A one-man powerhouse, no one knows his true identity. The Etsy of Contemporary Euro Dance Music. Can’t fathom that description? Check out their video:

The Other Life, exploded out of Gottenburg, capturing Europe’s underground scene. With Pre-released remixes of Moody by Operator S and John Gary in the UK are already receiving airplay on stations like The Beat London 103.6 FM, Cambridge 105 FM and Flex FM, as well as gaining regular spins from nightclub DJs.

So act now. Collect all three. DJs, don’t delay. Be the first on your block to own Moody by “The Other Life” Void where dance and fun are prohibited. Available where ever the party is happening. ORDER NOW!

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