Simon Stephens’ Birdland at Steep Theatre April 5 – May 12, 2018

Simon StephensBirdland explores a life lived without boundaries

By Simon Stephens
Directed by Jonathan Berry
April 5 – May 12, 2018

When you can have whatever you want, whenever you want it, what do you ask for next? When you’ve pushed every boundary until there’s nothing left to hold you in, how do you find your way back home? Birdland is a sexy, searing exploration of empathy and the impact of unchecked privilege by Olivier and Tony Award winner Simon Stephens.

Jonathan Berry returns this spring to Steep to direct the U.S. premiere of Simon Stephens’ Birdland. Stephens, who won the Tony and Olivier Awards for his The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is Steep’s Associate Playwright, and Birdland will be the fifth of his plays to be produced by the Edgewater ensemble. Steep Ensemble Member and Jeff Award-winning director Jonathan Berry recently directed Steppenwolf Theatre’s You Got Older and The Crucible. Over the years, he has consistently produced some of Steep’s most notable shows, including last year’s sweeping epic Earthquakes in London and Laura Wade’s Posh, which won the Non-Equity Jeff Award for Best Ensemble, and was nominated for Best Director and Best Production.

Birdland will feature Dushane Casteallo, Aila Peck, Amber Sallis, and Steep Company Members Lucy Carapetyan, Cindy Marker, Peter Moore, Jim Poole, and Joel Reitsma. Amber Sallis is an understudy on Hinter and was last seen on Steep’s stage in Earthquakes in London. Birdland will mark the Steep Theatre debuts for Dushane Casteallo and Aila Peck.

About the Playwright
Simon Stephens is an English playwright whose plays have been widely produced in the UK, Europe, Australia, and the US. Stephens is an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith and has been an Associate Playwright of Steep Theatre since 2013. In addition to his Olivier and Tony Award for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Stephens has received the 2001 Pearson Award for Best Play for Port; the 2005 Olivier Award for Best New Play for On the Shore of the Wide World;  Theater Heute’s Award for Motortown in 2007, Pornography in 2008 and Wastwater in 2011; and the 2009 Manchester Evening News Award for Best Production for Punk Rock. His play Heisenberg premiered in New York in 2015, opened on Broadway in 2016, and is currently enjoying productions all over the globe. Stephens visited Steep in 2012 and 2016, during which he performed public readings of his works Sea Wall and Song from Faraway, and Steep presented the first ever public reading of his play Blindsided, a new work commissioned by the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England.

Stephens’ other works include Bluebird, Herons, One Minute, Country Music, Harper Regan, I am the Wind, Three Kingdoms, Morning, a new version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Carmen Disruption, The Funfair, a new version of Ödön von Horváth’s Kasimir and Karoline, his version of Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera, Nuclear War, Fatherland, his English language version of Obsession, and his new adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull.

About the Director
Steep Ensemble Member Jonathan Berry is a director and teacher in Chicago and is an Artistic Producer at Steppenwolf Theatre. His Steep productions include Mike Bartlett’s Earthquakes in London, Laura Wade’s Posh, Ross Dungan’s The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle, Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found it Yet, John Donnelly’s The Knowledge, David Eldridge’s Festen, Deirdre Kinahan’s Moment, Howard Korder’s The Hollow Lands and Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. For Steppenwolf, he directed Clare Barron’s You Got Older, Nick Payne’s Constellations, the SYA productions of The Crucible and A Separate Peace, the world premiere of Melinda Lopez’s Gary, and the staged reading of Suicide, Incorporated, which he later directed at The Gift Theatre. He was also the Assistant Director for Anna D Shapiro’s Broadway productions of Of Mice and Men and This is Our Youth. Jonathan is also an Artistic Associate with Griffin Theatre, where his productions include Samuel D. Hunter’s Pocatello, Odets’ Golden Boy, Miller/Tysen’s The Burnt Part Boys, Sheik/Sater’s Spring Awakening, the North American premieres of Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock (Jeff Award Director, Lead Actor, and Ensemble) Port, and On the Shore of the Wide World, Stephen Sondheim’s Company, William Inge’s Picnic, JB Priestely’s Time and the Conways, Sidney Kingsley’s Dead End, Brendan Behan’s The Hostage and R.C. Sheriff’s Journey’s End. At the Gift Theatre, he has directed the world premieres of both Dirty and Suicide, Incorporated by Andrew Hinderaker, as well as Will Nedved’s 6. His Goodman Theatre productions include The Solid Sand Below and The World of Extreme Happiness for their New Stages Festival. His other work includes Redtwist’s Look Back in Anger and Reverb; Chicago Dramatists’ I am Going to Change the World; Jackalope Theatre’s The Casuals; Strawdog’s Conversations on a Homecoming, Remy Bumppo’s The Marriage of Figaro; Theatre Mir’s Bond’s The Sea and Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Lifeline Theater’s The Piano Tuner (Afterdark award – Best Production).

About Steep Theatre
Housed in what was once a small grocery store steps from the Berwyn Red Line stop, and lead by an ensemble of 34 actors, directors, designers, writers, and other theatre artists, Steep is the quintessential storefront theatre. Described by Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune as “a storefront theater known for the power of its acting,” Steep creates powerful productions of plays by today’s most exciting writers and features the work of Chicago’s hottest theatre artists in an intimate, accessible space. Currently in its 17th season, Steep is known as a home for hard-hitting, finely tuned ensemble work. With each production, the company has shepherded a growing community of audiences and artists into bold new territories of story and performance.

Steep Theatre is conveniently located by the Berwyn Red Line stop and is within blocks of the #92, #36, #146, #147, and #151 buses.

Steep Theatre
1115 West Berwyn Ave., Chicago, IL 60640

April 5 – May 12, 2018
Press Opening: Thursday, April 5 at 8:00pm
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8pm
Sunday matinees at 3pm on April 15, 22, and 29, and May 6
Accessible Performances:
-Audio Description: Saturday, April 21 at 8:00pm
-Open Captioning: Sunday, May 6 at 3:00pm

General Admission Tickets: $27
Reserved Seat Tickets: $38
Access Tickets: $10 (Steep’s universal discount for students, artists, whomever)
(773) 649-3186

Twitter: @SteepTheatre
Facebook: SteepTheatre

Kate Piatt-Eckert
Cast photos and bios are available at

Lucy Carapetyan*
Dushane Casteallo
Cindy Marker*
Peter Moore*
Aila Peck
Jim Poole*
Joel Reitsma*
Amber Sallis

Director – Jonathan Berry*
Stage Manager – Jon Ravenscroft
Set Designer – Joe Schermoly
Lighting Designer – Brandon Wardell**
Sound Designer & Composer – Thomas Dixon**
Costume Designer – Emily McConnell**
Dialect Coach – Kathy Logelin
Production Manager – Catherine Allen
Assistant Director – Leah Raidt

*Denotes Steep Company Member
**Denotes Steep Artistic Associate


The Midwest’s Most Well-Respected Combined Antiques and Modernism Show


The Midwest’s Most Well-Respected Combined Antiques and Modernism Show

Celebrates 60+ Years!  

WINNETKA, Ill.  – Interior designers, treasure hunters, and collectors alike will convene on Chicago’s North Shore Friday, November 3 through Sunday, November 5 at the historic Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka, Illinois for the annual Antiques + Modernism Show (A+M).

Proudly presented by the Woman’s board of the Winnetka Community House, this spectacular style and design event has become a favorite for those living in Chicagoland and beyond, attracting thousands of antique lovers, art collectors and shoppers throughout the three day Show. Its 60+ year history and prevailing reputation speak to the caliber of this highly anticipated gathering, which features more than 40 nationally-recognized dealers of antiques and modern pieces.  

“It’s such an honor to be part of this year’s Antiques + Modernism Show,” said Winnetka resident, Christina Cripe, chair of A+M 2017. “Not only will we be welcoming dozens of exceptional dealers from around the country, but we will also be hosting a variety of special events all weekend long,” she adds. “Our speakers are nationally renowned innovators in their field, and are visionaries in the world of interior design, architecture, antiques, and landscape design,” she explains. “The response from the public has been tremendous, and tickets are selling quickly. We’re very excited about this year’s show and raising money for Winnetka Community House.”    

On Friday, November 3, a lunchtime presentation called “Collaborative Design Inside and Out,” will be held with three well-known industry experts; Edmund Hollander, president of HOLLANDERdesign|Landscape Architects, Michael Del Piero, founder of Michael Del Piero Good Design, and Steve Kadlec, founder and principal of KADLEC Architecture + Design. The three will discuss what it takes to create a truly spectacular home from a residential architectural, landscape architectural, and interior design perspective. The panel will be moderated by Arianne Nardo, Home & Design Editor of Robb Report. Tickets are $45 and include lunch and 3-day admission to the Show.

Saturday, November 4 features two presentations. The first, “Inspired Style at Home – The Fun is in the Mix,” features Jane Scott Hodges for a brunch-time event, where she will inspire attendees to take a fresh look at the way they live and entertain. Hodges is the founder and owner of Leontine Linens, and is credited with reviving the art of couture linens for everyday use. Tickets to this event are $45 and include 3-day admission to the Show along with brunch.

The second Saturday event is complimentary with Show admission and features Leslie Harrington, Ph.D. With over twenty years of experience in the paint industry, Dr. Harrington and will delve into the science behind color creation and perception. Harrington’s presentation will also grant a Continuing Education Credit for any interior designers who attend.


 To kick off the last day of A+M, taste-maker and Chicago-native Doug Van Tress will share his insights for antique discovery and purchasing. Following this Sunday morning presentation, attendees will be invited to board a trolley bound for four historic homes in Winnetka. At these homes, local designers will demonstrate innovative ways to blend antique and modern pieces within the dining and living rooms. The trolley will return visitors to the Show by early afternoon. Tickets are $45 and include admission to the Show.

As in years past, A+M will welcome distinguished antique dealers from across the country who will be showcasing their American, European and Asian collections, while those specializing in modern pieces will display work from various design movements including Mid-Century Modern, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco. The thorough and thoughtful selection of dealers ensures that only items of the highest quality are sold at Antiques + Modernism. Attendees will find beautiful home furnishings and accessories, artwork, clothing, jewelry, and more, all available for purchase at the Show.

 A+M will be held Friday, November 3 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday, November 4 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday, November 5 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. A three-day pass is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The Preview Party is Thursday, November 2. Tickets can be purchased at, or by calling the Winnetka Community House at (847) 446-0537.

PlayTime Picks: A Thursday peek at what’s hot each weekend around Chicago

It’s Thursday and time for Playtime picks the best and most unique in entertainment and events in and around Chicago. Playtime is heard each and every Thursday on French and Friends from 5-7pm on AM1590 WGCO in Chicago. Playtime is part of “Playtime with Sid and Bill, heard every Sunday from 1-3pm on WGCO, Chicago’s only and most irreverent radio show for the Arts and entertainment!  This week. bacon and beer, more beer. Music, and beer, Halloween a sing along at the bean, Beer! a meat market and the end of the world postponed.

  1. This Saturday, the bacon and Beer classic kicks off in Daley plaza from 1-6pm, 12 noon if you are on the VIP list. General Admission Tickets start at $55 for unlimited food and beer, plus a commemorative glass. VIP tickets start at $69, but that gets you in an hour early with an exclusive VIP line 50 brewers, including some of Chicago’s best, like Some of Chicago’s best beers: Metropolitan, Baderbrau, and Half Acre, and truly some of Chicago’s finest restaurants, like:

Ms. Tittle’s cupcakes

Flo, an interesting Mexican and American fusion place at 1434 west Chicago. Recommending their Sloppy Flo $10, made with Ground beef stewed in a red chili BBQ sauce on a toasted kaiser bun with red onion and pickled jalapenos, or the Guacamole BLT $9, made with Guacamole, thick cut bacon, tomato and romaine on toasted baguette. Personal favorite, their short rib tacos

Also Evanston and Wilmette’s own Bangers and lace, with their Duck BLT, made with duck sausage, tomato bacon chutney, arugula and a garlic aioli on chabatta roll. or Kielbasa and pork belly with beer braised Brussels sprouts, fried egg, potatoes and a mustard vinaigrette.

The public house. 400 north state, public for their brunch, gluten friendly, main menu and late night menu. Excellent burgers and sandwiches, ask about house cocktails, such as their Bad Apple- made with citron, apple liquor, lemon, guava, raspberry.

For information and tickets:


  1. The bacon and beer fest too pricey? Something for the whole family? How about free???? Join St. Benedict’s parish and neighbors Friday through Sunday, as they celebrate their German roots with the 52nd Annual St. Benedict OktoberFest. Held in the courtyard at 2215 west Irving. This is all ages, but you must be 21 to consume alcohol. Live music, Friday 6pm the Bratwurst brothers. Free still too steep? Volunteer for the event! And of course, it is for a great cause!

details and info at

 3. For two nights only, October 6, 7 at The Chicago Theatre Comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short. The show, a retrospective about their lives in show business, includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations

  1. Shout out to bassist for The Imperial Blue Dogs Nick Georhke, who will be playing this Friday at the Basket Brigade Band Benefit 2017, their annual band benefit also performing with The Imperial Blue Dogs: Chasing Alice, U.F.C Raffles and auction items.  Friday at 6 PM – 11:59 PM The Chicago Loop Sports Bar and Grill7 W Streamwood Blvd, Streamwood. 100% of the proceeds goes to building Thanksgiving food baskets for needy families!
  1. And from Diana Dalnes, Sunday, OCT1st, 730pm at the Millennium Park Bean  

“This Is Halloween” To start off a kick on the first day of October we shall be singing “This Is Halloween” from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”! Show your Halloween Spirit!!!!!


  1. Running Saturday through Thursday October 5th, at the Steep Theatre 1115 West Berwyn, Chicago The Invisible Hand, a play written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar and directed by Audrey Francis tells the story of an American banker taken hostage by an isolated militant group in Pakistan. When his ransom goes unpaid, his only hope is to trade on his expertise in international finance to earn his way to freedom. This tense geo-political thriller asks, just how free is the free market?   

The Steep has won critical acclaim for outstanding works, brilliant acting whose previous plays, include HINTER, about a brutal murder and Earthquakes in London Earthquakes in London about the end of the world!


  1. And in a continuing effort to help Dan French find things to do  that don’t require travel or parking, Sep 30-oct1, from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm It’s the Argyle and Andersonville Global Food Tour…Toast like a Viking in a haunted speakeasy? An Asian market and mural walk on Argyle Street, French-Vietnamese Street food, tour Charlie Chaplin’s Essanay Studios, Taste your way through a Middle Eastern spice bazaar. $55 per person  Book online at


  1. From our friends at RadiO.D. congratulations as they celebrate their 100th show, and being voted the number 2 music radio DJ in the 2017 Chicago Reader poll this Friday with live performances featuring Evil Engine! in an exclusive event 6-9 pm, 2643 West Chicago Ave,Chicago!


Friday at Underground Lounge, 56 West Illinois St. it’s “Sasha’s crazy birthday party time extravaganza” w Battalion Of Saints/ The Nobodys/ The Cryptics plus locals Law Of Keanu/ Landspeeder/ Shots Fired Shots Fired

 10/1: @ Brauerhouse: Screaming Females also w/ Street Eaters/ Rad Payoff Brauerhouse, 1000 Rohlwing Rd, Lombard

 Sat & Sun, Sep 30th & Oct 1st @ Bottom Lounge, Riot Fest presents 2 Nights w/ Between The Buried And Me (Colors 10th Anniversary Tour). Also with The Contortionist/ Polyphia/ Toothgrinder Both shows are All Ages / & Both shows r @ Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St, Chgo

 Sep 29th thru Oct 1st: @ The Metro. Cracknation Records presents “Cold Waves Vi”. 3 day fest of industrial music. The headliners by day are: Fri: Stabbing Westward link Sat: Front 242 link Sun: KMFDM All shows are 18+ / Metro, 3730 N Clark St, Chgo

 9/30: @ Reggies Rock Club, Empire Productions presents Agnostic Front(35th Anniversary Tour)/ Spare Change/ Crime Spree/ Decline 17+ / Reggies, 2105 S State St, Chgo


  1. Fulton Market Harvest Fest brings together Chicago’s restaurants, fantastic craft beer, live music and cooking demonstrations to celebrate the city’s rich culinary history. Curated by Chefs Stephanie Izard and Paul Kahan, Fulton Market Harvest Fest unites the city’s top culinary talent with notable chefs from around the country for three days of pop-up dinners, food and beverage classes, cooking demonstrations and a neighborhood street fest. Proceeds from Fulton Market Harvest Fest benefit the food-focused charity, Pilot Light. Entrance on Fulton Market & Halsted St.

Saturday, September 30th 11am to 10pm, Sunday, October 1st 11am to 8pm

Something for the kids as well, with storytelling, music classes from The Old Town School of Folk Music, DIY snacks, a coloring station, pumpkin decorating and yoga with Barefeet Power Yoga.

Details, and a rundown of restaurants and some great music, including 2:45pm-4:00pm Golden Horse Ranch Band, rockabilly and roots country. The O’My’s Saturday at 7:15

Get the full itinerary at


  1. And finally, the end of the world has been rescheduled for sometime in October. The predictors of doom point to a math error and apologize for any inconvenience. The end of the world is an all ages event. We will let you know when the great tribulation has been rescheduled…


And that is Playtime Picks. This week on Playtime with Sid and Bill, featuring Kerri Kendall, Comedian Thomas Bottoms. Search Inc and Visibility Arts, a local effort supporting adults with developmental disabilities, a new segment taking an Arts approach to those with chronic pain and Fibromyalgia, The Art of Recovery with Stacy Ihlenfeld, RadiO.D., hot off their 100th episode celebration for the best in live metal and punk music. Sid gets a job and a date and Kerri toasts her friend, the late Hugh Hefner.


Giving back: The debut of “Playtime with Sid and Bill”

The debut of “Playtime with Sid and Bill” with me and Sid Yiddish on the 10,000 watt WCGO, AM1590 is slated for Sunday, September 3rd from 11-1pm, following The Mike Nowak Show with Peggy Malecki. Tune in for the deepest green environment and gardening show, then stick around with us. Your radio Sunday magazine! I guess I am speaking a little bit for both of us in saying that the show is our gift to our friends in the Theatre, Music, Comic, Poetry, Entertainment, Food and Arts communities. This is your space. Sid and I will work to bring a vibrant, sometimes unusual and always entertaining look at the arts and performing arts and what is happening in and around Chicago and beyond. We will need you to help support the show as listeners and participants. You are the marketing and outreach wing of the show, helping keep us informed on what you and other artists are up to so that we can get the word out. No one else is doing this in Chicago commercial radio. WCGO’s signal currently reaches Northern Indiana and South to Kankakee, West to Elgin and Aurora, and North to the southern suburbs of Milwaukee. The station will move to a 50,000 watt signal, meaning your work will be heard nationwide. More to come… 

Oil Lamp Theater Announces Production of The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden By WC Turck Directed by Artistic Director Keith Gerth March 9 through April 16, 2017

Oil Lamp Theater Announces Production of The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden By WC Turck Directed by Artistic Director Keith Gerth March 9 through April 16, 2017


February 14, 2017

Glenview, IL – Executive and Artistic Director Keith Gerth and Associate Artistic Director Stephen Smith announce Oil Lamp Theater’s next show of the 2017 season, The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden, a contemporary comedy by Chicago native WC Turck. This presentation, directed by Keith Gerth, will be performed from March 9 through April 16, 2017 at 1723 Glenview Road in Glenview.

The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden is a thought-provoking satire that tackles important questions of freedom and privacy. As the play opens, a “press conference” is scheduled in Terminal F of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. Audiences are introduced to Edward Snowden (Nick Bryant) by his alluring Russian “minder,” Natasha (Lara Dohner). She tells us that Snowden, the infamous former CIA employee who revealed details about classified U.S. government surveillance programs in 2013, is making himself available for questions from the “press” – the audience in the theater – who are encouraged to submit questions for Snowden via social media using their smartphones. So begins an evening of immersive and interactive theater that takes audiences on a thought-provoking journey into the chilling world of global data-gathering and surveillance.

Snowden’s appearance at this press conference is monitored not only by Natasha – whom we learn is an agent of the Russian intelligence service – but also by Flenkins (JT Nagle), an American NSA operative. Flenkins takes frequent opportunities to remind Snowden that he is now an “enemy of America” guilty of treason. As the two trade pointed barbs and taunts, this sardonic comedy offers thought-provoking revelations about the security state and contemporary spy culture. Snowden, who acknowledges that his life “has become a bit complicated,” describes the circumstances that led him to do what he did, and encourages us to consider what his revelations might mean for both the democracy and the civil rights we take for granted.

Snowden outlines some of the frightening realities of the modern information state, making it clear that our understanding of information technology is being outpaced by the technology itself. He warns that we really don’t understand the risks associated with the technology that has slowly trickled into our lives in recent years. This “invasion” is best exemplified by the smartphone, a seemingly innocuous device that has become almost indispensable for most of us. During his “press conference,” Snowden points out that our government not only knows virtually everything about us, but that global surveillance has made our faith in the idea of personal privacy both misguided and dangerously naïve.

This thought-provoking black comedy raises many questions, among them: Is all this new information-gathering technology a blessing or a curse? Is our global security system a safeguard against terrorism or a threat to our civil rights and democracy? Is Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor? The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden takes no stand either way on these questions, leaving it to viewers to decide for themselves.

Rounding out the cast of this provocative satire are Katie Schwaber as a cynical airport gate agent and Rob Weinstein as an American traveler lost in the airport.

The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden premiered in Chicago in 2013. This Oil Lamp production marks only the second time this important play has been professionally staged.

The cast of The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden features Nick Bryant as Edward Snowden, Lara Dohner as Natasha, the FSB Agent,  JT Nagel as Agent Flenkins of the NSA, Katie Schwaber as the Gate Attendant and Rob Weinstein as The American Traveler. Ben Harvey serves as Stage Manager.

 W.C. Turck (Playwright) is a radio host, activist and the author of three novels and a war memoir. His first novel, Broken: One Soldier’s Unexpected Journey Home, was recommended by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for its treatment of PTSD. His second book, Everything for Love: A Memoir of Love and War, recounts his experiences during the Bosnian conflict and the siege of Sarajevo. His most recent book, Shoot Down, is a study of the events leading up to the shoot-down of Malaysia Flight 17 that killed all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. It takes a comprehensive look at the growing crisis to safety in civil aviation. Turck also hosted a weekly TV and radio show “Revolution and Beer,” with co-host Brian Murray. Previously, Turck worked in the airline industry for both Lufthansa and United Airlines. He is an expert in Balkan and European History, Nationalism, PTSD and Issues of genocide and racism. He lives in Chicago with his wife and three rescue cats, Smudge, Oliver and Jinx. For more information, visit

Keith Gerth (Artistic Director and Director) founded Oil Lamp Theater in 2005. Prior to establishing the Theater, which was located in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Keith held a number of positions with wide-ranging skills. After high school, Keith was a carpenter for eight years with Murray Countertops in Streator, Illinois. Keith left that position in 1989 to obtain a degree in Financial Accounting from Illinois State University. Keith graduated with honors and began working for the global professional services firm of Deloitte in 1991 and became a Certified Public Accountant. He worked at Deloitte for fifteen years in the Audit and Assurance practice, which he retired from in 2005 at the level of Director. Keith was professionally trained in acting at Act One Studios in Chicago, Illinois. Keith has been actively involved in the community through Chicago Cares and has served as a board officer for The Illinois Fatherhood Initiative and the Glenview Art League. Keith has also served on the board of Factory Theater in Chicago. Keith is married to Carole Flamm. They live in Northbrook.

Performances of The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden are presented Thursdays through Sundays, with evening performances at 8:00pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00pm. Tickets are $35 and include complimentary cookies and soft drinks. Oil Lamp Theater is BYOB with complimentary corkage and glasses. The complete performance schedule and tickets are available at 847-834-0738 or online at Group rates are available.



At Oil Lamp Theater we seek to offer our guests opportunities to experience our theatrical works in a deeper way.  Along those lines, we recommend the following materials:

 Citizenfour – HBO Films (Video, 2014 – 1 hour, 54 min.)

Documentary-maker Laura Poitras follows Edward Snowden and covers the NSA spying scandal that shocked the world. Citizenfour is a tense real-life thriller with unprecedented access to Snowden as he reveals classified documents pertaining to mass illegal invasions of privacy by the NSA. Citizenfour received critical acclaim upon release, and received numerous accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2015 Oscars.

 Terminal F: Chasing Edward Snowden (Video, 2015 – 58 min.)

Strikingly photographed and sharply edited, this documentary, directed by John Goetz, Poul-Erik Heilbuth, presents a solid primer on the position Snowden held at the NSA, his motivations for exposing sensitive and potentially damaging materials, and the reality of his life as one of the most notorious whistleblowers in American history. This film offers fresh and revealing insights along the way, thanks to interviews with his father, his co-workers, former NSA Director Michael Hayden, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, reporter Glenn Greenwald, and Snowden himself.

 Edward Snowden’s TED talk: Here’s How We Take Back the Internet (Video, March 2014 – 35 min.)

Appearing by telepresence video feed, Edward Snowden speaks at TED 2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he says, “because you never know when you’re going to need them.” Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald (Book, 2014 – 330 pp.)

In May 2013, Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the twenty-nine-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden.  His revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy.

Greenwald fits the pieces together, recounting his eleven-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for The Guardian, and revealing fresh information on the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power with documents from the Snowden archive. No Place to Hide has sparked outrage around the globe and also been hailed by voices across the political spectrum as an essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state.


Oil Lamp Theater is located in downtown Glenview, Illinois, at 1723 Glenview Road. Free parking lots are available immediately west of the theater and across the street. Street parking is also available throughout downtown Glenview. Handicap parking is available adjacent to the theater.

The theater may be reached by car (approximately one mile west of I-94) or by Metra (three blocks east of Milwaukee District/North – Glenview Station).  For more information on traveling to Oil Lamp Theater, visit

Title:            The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden

By:              W.C. Turck

 Dates:         First performance, community night and press opening: Thursday, March 9, 8:00pm

Closing performance: Sunday, April 16, 3:00pm


Schedule:    Thursdays through Sundays. Evening performances at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees

at 3:00pm.

Location:     Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview

Prices:         All performances $35

Group and student rates are available

Box Office: 847-834-0738;


Over the past eleven years, Oil Lamp Theater has been dedicated to the presentation of traditional theater in an immersive, intimate setting. Under the executive and artistic leadership of Keith Gerth, Oil Lamp Theater has welcomed more than 30,000 guests into its unique, inviting venues. In March, 2012, Oil Lamp Theater was incorporated at a not-for-profit theater and established its current 60-seat location in downtown Glenview. The professional company performs plays that present and appeal to core American traditional values relevant to current issues. Oil Lamp Theater welcomes patrons as family, encouraging a personal atmosphere and artist interactions to emphasize human emotional connections.

Find Oil Lamp Theater on Facebook or follow @OilLampTheater on Twitter. For more information, visit


Former Chief of DOJ Special Litigation Section Speaking on Police Accountability


Tracy Siska
Chicago Justice Project
(312) 617-1560

Former Chief of DOJ Special Litigation Section Speaking on Police Accountability
Chicago Justice Project hosts panel on police accountability & justice at Chicago-Kent

Chicago, IL: Jonathan Smith was the former Chief of the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice who was responsible for conducting pattern and practice investigations and to bring litigation to address patterns and practices of the violation of the United States Constitution and federal law by law enforcement. Smith worked on or supervised more than two dozen investigations or matters in litigation or enforcement regarding police departments across the nation including the investigation in to the Ferguson, MO Police Department.

Smith will be joined on the panel by Mayor Emanuel’s Police Accountability Task Force member Randolph Stone who led the Community & Police Relations Working Group
and David Hoffman, former Assistant United States Attorney & former Inspector General for the City of Chicago.

The panel will be addressing what Chicago should expect as possible outcomes from the ongoing federal civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department as well as how those possible outcomes will or will not fulfill the recommendations of the Mayor’s Police Accountability Task Force. While Mayor Emanuel has chosen to use the ongoing federal investigation as a shield to put off calls for immediate action to make the Chicago Police Department more accountable Smith will be recommending that local officials should not wait on the conclusion of the federal investigation and instead take swift action to implement reforms. 

Date:              Wednesday, May 25th
Time:              6-8pm
Location:       Chicago-Kent School of Law

Chicago Justice Project: The Chicago Justice Project (CJP) is an independent, non-profit research organization. We strive to access and analyze data from criminal justice agencies to promote evidence based reforms that will better serve the justice needs of local communities.



Tracy Siska | Executive Director
Chicago Justice Project | 220 N. Green St., Suite # 3059 | Chicago, IL 60607
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