Current & Upcoming Shows

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FiveThirtyEight Elections Podcast Live!
October 7, 7PM

The FiveThirtyEight elections podcast team takes over the Athenaeum Theatre. Join Nate Silver, Clare Malone, Harry Enten, and Jody Avirgan for an evening of political analysis and obscure diet soda.

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FiveThirtyEight Elections Podcast Live!
October 7, 7PM
FiveThirtyEight Elections Podcast Live!

The FiveThirtyEight elections podcast team takes over the Athenaeum Theatre. Join Nate Silver, Clare Malone, Harry Enten, and Jody Avirgan for an evening of political analysis and obscure diet soda.

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October 7, 7PM
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Cook’s Science Live
10/13 - 8PM

Cook’s Science Executive Editors, Dan Souza and Molly Birnbaum, use interactive video, music, scent, storytelling, and live experiments to take you on their journey–from top bun to bottom bun. Together, you’ll learn how sound changes our perception of lettuce, why the glass ketchup bottle is a cruel joke, how grass can change the flavor of beef fat, and why the most important ingredient in your hamburger bun is actually a vegetable. Bring an open mind and an open stomach; your most pressing food, science, or cooking questions; and a friend. It’s going to be fun (and weird, but in a good way).

Cook’s Science Live
10/13 - 8PM
The Burger Tour
Cook’s Science Live

Cook’s Science Executive Editors, Dan Souza and Molly Birnbaum, use interactive video, music, scent, storytelling, and live experiments to take you on their journey–from top bun to bottom bun. Together, you’ll learn how sound changes our perception of lettuce, why the glass ketchup bottle is a cruel joke, how grass can change the flavor of beef fat, and why the most important ingredient in your hamburger bun is actually a vegetable. Bring an open mind and an open stomach; your most pressing food, science, or cooking questions; and a friend. It’s going to be fun (and weird, but in a good way).

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10/13 - 8PM
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The Trump Card
October 15

Mike Daisey takes on the reigning world heavyweight of self-mythologizing, the short-fingered vulgarian who captured a nation’s heart through bullying, charm, one-syllable explosions, and occasionally telling the brutal truth: Donald J. Trump. Daisey tells Trump’s story from his earliest days, tracking him as he makes himself into a new American archetype—the very first rich man famous exclusively for being rich. Instead of dismissing Trump as a simple con artist and huckster, Daisey breaks down what makes Trump tick—and in doing so illuminates the state of our American Dream and how we’ve sold it out.

Theater Wit presents
The Trump Card
October 15
created and performed by Mike Daisey
The Trump Card

Mike Daisey takes on the reigning world heavyweight of self-mythologizing, the short-fingered vulgarian who captured a nation’s heart through bullying, charm, one-syllable explosions, and occasionally telling the brutal truth: Donald J. Trump. Daisey tells Trump’s story from his earliest days, tracking him as he makes himself into a new American archetype—the very first rich man famous exclusively for being rich. Instead of dismissing Trump as a simple con artist and huckster, Daisey breaks down what makes Trump tick—and in doing so illuminates the state of our American Dream and how we’ve sold it out.

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October 15
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Dylan Moran
10/22

Born in Navan, County Meath in 1971, Moran is a critically acclaimed Irish comedian. In 1993, he won the Channel Four comedy newcomer’s “So You Think You’re Funny” award at the Edinburgh Festival. He has written multiple one-man shows including “Ready, Steady, Cough” (2002), “Dylan Moran: Monster” (2004), and “Gurgling for Money” (1993), for which he won the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award in 1996. He has starred in the BBC sitcom, “How Do You Want Me?” (1998), and in 2000, he was commissioned by Channel Four to write and star in the sitcom, Black Books (2000). Moran has also worked on multiple film projects including “Notting Hill” (1999), Shaun of the Dead (2004) and “Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story” (2005). Moran’s live stand-up comedy is unique in that it merges two strands of stand-up that seemed incompatible for a long time: sharp observational humor, and surreal and fantastical language-based absurdity.

Dylan Moran
10/22
Dylan Moran

Born in Navan, County Meath in 1971, Moran is a critically acclaimed Irish comedian. In 1993, he won the Channel Four comedy newcomer’s “So You Think You’re Funny” award at the Edinburgh Festival. He has written multiple one-man shows including “Ready, Steady, Cough” (2002), “Dylan Moran: Monster” (2004), and “Gurgling for Money” (1993), for which he won the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award in 1996. He has starred in the BBC sitcom, “How Do You Want Me?” (1998), and in 2000, he was commissioned by Channel Four to write and star in the sitcom, Black Books (2000). Moran has also worked on multiple film projects including “Notting Hill” (1999), Shaun of the Dead (2004) and “Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story” (2005). Moran’s live stand-up comedy is unique in that it merges two strands of stand-up that seemed incompatible for a long time: sharp observational humor, and surreal and fantastical language-based absurdity.

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10/22
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F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu
Oct. 24, 2016

Join us for a screening of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 German, silent, horror classic,Nosferatu!  With a live score performed by the Invincible Czars of Austin, TX.  Live music and the undead, just in time for Halloween.

The mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Greta Schroeder). After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle and intervene in Orlok’s plan.

This Expressionist masterpiece by one of the master auteurs of the silent era was rife with drama during filming. Max Schreck, the actor who plays Count Orlok, was even rumored to be drinking blood. See the product of evil for yourself!

“It doesn’t scare us, but it haunts us. It shows not that vampires can jump out of the shadows, but that evil can grow there, nourished on death.” – Roger Ebert

“A masterpiece of the German silent cinema and easily the most effective version of Dracula on record.” – Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader

“It’s not just a great horror movie. It’s a poem of horror, a symphony of dread, a film so rapt, mysterious, and weirdly lovely, it haunts the mind long after it’s over.” – The Los Angeles Times

“WatchingNosferatu is like standing in the same room as death itself.” – Slant Magazine


7:30PM Nosferatu Screening

F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu
Oct. 24, 2016
including pre-screening lecture and post-screening discussion
F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu

Join us for a screening of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 German, silent, horror classic,Nosferatu!  With a live score performed by the Invincible Czars of Austin, TX.  Live music and the undead, just in time for Halloween.

The mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Greta Schroeder). After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle and intervene in Orlok’s plan.

This Expressionist masterpiece by one of the master auteurs of the silent era was rife with drama during filming. Max Schreck, the actor who plays Count Orlok, was even rumored to be drinking blood. See the product of evil for yourself!

“It doesn’t scare us, but it haunts us. It shows not that vampires can jump out of the shadows, but that evil can grow there, nourished on death.” – Roger Ebert

“A masterpiece of the German silent cinema and easily the most effective version of Dracula on record.” – Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader

“It’s not just a great horror movie. It’s a poem of horror, a symphony of dread, a film so rapt, mysterious, and weirdly lovely, it haunts the mind long after it’s over.” – The Los Angeles Times

“WatchingNosferatu is like standing in the same room as death itself.” – Slant Magazine


7:30PM Nosferatu Screening

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Main Stage
Oct. 24, 2016
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DECADE
10/29 @ 8PM
Join Nomi Dance Company as we celebrate our 10th anniversary season! We’re thrilled to have reached this great milestone, and are truly honored to be a part of Chicago’s incredible dance community. Nomi presents a celebratory evening filled with works that promises to entertain and keep you on the edge of your seats. We travel back to season 3 to resurrect a work that showcases the company’s true athleticism, and back to season 9 displaying our virtuosity and connection to music’s greats. Look forward to exciting premieres by Artistic Director Laura Kariotis, company member Katie Carey, and guest artist Daniel Williams adding unexpected twists and turns to contemporary dance! Don’t miss out on the party!
Nomi Dance presents
DECADE
10/29 @ 8PM
DECADE
Join Nomi Dance Company as we celebrate our 10th anniversary season! We’re thrilled to have reached this great milestone, and are truly honored to be a part of Chicago’s incredible dance community. Nomi presents a celebratory evening filled with works that promises to entertain and keep you on the edge of your seats. We travel back to season 3 to resurrect a work that showcases the company’s true athleticism, and back to season 9 displaying our virtuosity and connection to music’s greats. Look forward to exciting premieres by Artistic Director Laura Kariotis, company member Katie Carey, and guest artist Daniel Williams adding unexpected twists and turns to contemporary dance! Don’t miss out on the party!
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10/29 @ 8PM
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Chicago Podcast Festival 2016 Passes
11/17-11/19 2016

Get the best deal on seeing and hearing all of your favorite podcasts during the festival with an assortment of passes for shows at the Athenaeum Theatre.

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FESTIVAL DETAILS AT THE ATHENAEUM

DATES: Nov. 18-19, 2016

PASSES: $45 – $128

TICKETS: Single tickets range from $27-$37

VENUES:
Athenaeum Theater’s Main Stage, 2936 N. Southport
The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave.
Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave.
Steppenwolf Theater’s Look Out Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted

Chicago Podcast Festival 2016 Passes
11/17-11/19 2016
Chicago Podcast Festival 2016 Passes

Get the best deal on seeing and hearing all of your favorite podcasts during the festival with an assortment of passes for shows at the Athenaeum Theatre.

Click on BUY TICKETS to find the pass that suits you!

FESTIVAL DETAILS AT THE ATHENAEUM

DATES: Nov. 18-19, 2016

PASSES: $45 – $128

TICKETS: Single tickets range from $27-$37

VENUES:
Athenaeum Theater’s Main Stage, 2936 N. Southport
The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave.
Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave.
Steppenwolf Theater’s Look Out Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted

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11/17-11/19 2016
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Chicago Podcast Festival
11/18/2016 - 11/19/2016

Join us for the inaugural Chicago Podcast Festival — see what you love to hear. You can also purchase packages for multiple Athenaeum performances HERE, and check out the full line-up of the festival HERE

Friday, November 18 @ 7pm

  1. It’s All True (with Tim Barnes) [opening act]
  1. Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show [closing act]

 

Friday, November 18 @ 10pm

  1. GUYS WE F@#KED LIVE!


Saturday, November 19 @ 7pm

 

Saturday, November 19 @ 10pm

  1. Shannon Cason’s Homemade Stories [opening act]
  1. Too Hot For Radio [closing act]

 

Chicago Podcast Festival
11/18/2016 - 11/19/2016
Chicago Podcast Festival

Join us for the inaugural Chicago Podcast Festival — see what you love to hear. You can also purchase packages for multiple Athenaeum performances HERE, and check out the full line-up of the festival HERE

Friday, November 18 @ 7pm

  1. It’s All True (with Tim Barnes) [opening act]
  1. Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show [closing act]

 

Friday, November 18 @ 10pm

  1. GUYS WE F@#KED LIVE!


Saturday, November 19 @ 7pm

 

Saturday, November 19 @ 10pm

  1. Shannon Cason’s Homemade Stories [opening act]
  1. Too Hot For Radio [closing act]

 

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11/18/2016 - 11/19/2016
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It’s All True
11/18 - 7:00PM

The It’s All True! podcast features interviews with the most creative voices in comedy, writing, performance and music and asks them to tell one funny, very true story. Hosted by comedian Tim Barnes.

(ITS ALL TRUE WILL OPEN FOR KEVIN McDONALD’S KEVIN McDONALD SHOW)

It’s All True
11/18 - 7:00PM
It’s All True

The It’s All True! podcast features interviews with the most creative voices in comedy, writing, performance and music and asks them to tell one funny, very true story. Hosted by comedian Tim Barnes.

(ITS ALL TRUE WILL OPEN FOR KEVIN McDONALD’S KEVIN McDONALD SHOW)

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11/18 - 7:00PM
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Kevin McDonald’s The Kevin McDonald Show
11/18 - 7:00PM

Kevin McDonald (The Kids In The Hall) performs a live old-school variety hour that features famous friends, musical acts, new sketches, and uninhibited tomfoolery!
(KEVIN McDONALD WILL CLOSE OUT THE 2ND HALF OF THE 7:00 SHOW PRECEDED BY IT’S ALL TRUE WITH TIM BARNES)

Kevin McDonald’s The Kevin McDonald Show
11/18 - 7:00PM
Kevin McDonald’s The Kevin McDonald Show

Kevin McDonald (The Kids In The Hall) performs a live old-school variety hour that features famous friends, musical acts, new sketches, and uninhibited tomfoolery!
(KEVIN McDONALD WILL CLOSE OUT THE 2ND HALF OF THE 7:00 SHOW PRECEDED BY IT’S ALL TRUE WITH TIM BARNES)

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11/18 - 7:00PM
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Guys We F@#ked Live!
11/18 - 10:00PM

GUYS WE F@#KED is a weekly self-produced podcast during which CORINNE and KRYSTYNA interview men they’ve slept with and titans in the comedy and sex industry (i.e.: comedians JIM NORTON & ARTIE LANGE, porn star STOYA & sex advice guru DAN SAVAGE), discuss sexual taboos, and create a sex-positive environment for their million plus listeners worldwide.

Guys We F@#ked Live!
11/18 - 10:00PM
Guys We F@#ked Live!

GUYS WE F@#KED is a weekly self-produced podcast during which CORINNE and KRYSTYNA interview men they’ve slept with and titans in the comedy and sex industry (i.e.: comedians JIM NORTON & ARTIE LANGE, porn star STOYA & sex advice guru DAN SAVAGE), discuss sexual taboos, and create a sex-positive environment for their million plus listeners worldwide.

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11/18 - 10:00PM
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My Favorite Murder
11/19 - 7:00PM

In each episode of this podcast Karen Kilgariff and Georgia  Hardstark talk about their favorite tales of Murder and hear hometown crime stories. Consistently ranks in the top 50 comedy podcasts on iTunes.

(MY FAVORITE MURDER WILL PRECEDE HELLO FROM THE MAGIC TAVERN)

My Favorite Murder
11/19 - 7:00PM
My Favorite Murder

In each episode of this podcast Karen Kilgariff and Georgia  Hardstark talk about their favorite tales of Murder and hear hometown crime stories. Consistently ranks in the top 50 comedy podcasts on iTunes.

(MY FAVORITE MURDER WILL PRECEDE HELLO FROM THE MAGIC TAVERN)

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11/19 - 7:00PM
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Hello From The Magic Tavern
11/19 - 7:00PM

Hello From The Magic Tavern – Created in Chicago, this podcast is about a guy who falls through a magical portal behind a Burger King into the magical world of Foon.

(HELLO FROM THE MAGIC TAVERN WILL BE PRECEDED BY MY FAVORITE MURDER)

Hello From The Magic Tavern
11/19 - 7:00PM
Hello From The Magic Tavern

Hello From The Magic Tavern – Created in Chicago, this podcast is about a guy who falls through a magical portal behind a Burger King into the magical world of Foon.

(HELLO FROM THE MAGIC TAVERN WILL BE PRECEDED BY MY FAVORITE MURDER)

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11/19 - 7:00PM
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Shannon Cason’s Homemade Stories
11/18 - 10:00PM

Shannon Cason’s Homemade Stories (WBEZ Podcast Network)
Shannon Cason is a professional storyteller who is a regular on The Moth and Snap Judgement on NPR.

 

(SHANNON CASON’S HOMEMADE STORIES WILL PRECEDE TOO HOT FOR RADIO)

Shannon Cason’s Homemade Stories
11/18 - 10:00PM
Shannon Cason’s Homemade Stories

Shannon Cason’s Homemade Stories (WBEZ Podcast Network)
Shannon Cason is a professional storyteller who is a regular on The Moth and Snap Judgement on NPR.

 

(SHANNON CASON’S HOMEMADE STORIES WILL PRECEDE TOO HOT FOR RADIO)

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11/18 - 10:00PM
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Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio
11/19 - 10:00PM

Over the years, Selected Shorts has recorded amazing stories that due to language issues or content advisories were, well, too hot for radio. Now we’ve gone into the vault, selected some of the best of these recordings, and created this new podcast. It’s Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio.

(TOO HOT FOR RADIO WILL FOLLOW SHANNON CASON’S HOMEMADE STORIES)

Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio
11/19 - 10:00PM
Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio

Over the years, Selected Shorts has recorded amazing stories that due to language issues or content advisories were, well, too hot for radio. Now we’ve gone into the vault, selected some of the best of these recordings, and created this new podcast. It’s Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio.

(TOO HOT FOR RADIO WILL FOLLOW SHANNON CASON’S HOMEMADE STORIES)

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11/19 - 10:00PM
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The Nutcracker
Dec 10 - 18

Every year, The Nutcracker takes us on an unforgettable journey with Marie as she travels from her home on Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of Sweets. For children, it is the opportunity to create new memories. For everyone, it is a time for sharing and giving among family & friends.

The Nutcracker
Dec 10 - 18
The Nutcracker

Every year, The Nutcracker takes us on an unforgettable journey with Marie as she travels from her home on Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of Sweets. For children, it is the opportunity to create new memories. For everyone, it is a time for sharing and giving among family & friends.

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Dec 10 - 18
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Studio One
Amour
9/2 - 10/8
Black Button Eyes Productions brings the Broadway musical Amour to the city for its Chicago premiere. Adapted by beloved French composer Michel Legrand from the Marcel Aymé short story “Le Passe-Muraille,” the musical spins the story of an unassuming clerk in post-World War II Paris who embraces a life of romance and adventure when he discovers one day that he has the ability to walk through walls.
Amour
9/2 - 10/8
Amour
Black Button Eyes Productions brings the Broadway musical Amour to the city for its Chicago premiere. Adapted by beloved French composer Michel Legrand from the Marcel Aymé short story “Le Passe-Muraille,” the musical spins the story of an unassuming clerk in post-World War II Paris who embraces a life of romance and adventure when he discovers one day that he has the ability to walk through walls.
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Studio One
9/2 - 10/8
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Thicker Than Water
10/13 - 11/6

What happens when 21st century medicine and 21st century media meet a 21st century Medea? Discover the untold story of love, loss, law and the limelight in this tragic story of Andrea Yates a Texas housewife who confessed to drowning her five young children.

Thicker Than Water
10/13 - 11/6
Thicker Than Water

What happens when 21st century medicine and 21st century media meet a 21st century Medea? Discover the untold story of love, loss, law and the limelight in this tragic story of Andrea Yates a Texas housewife who confessed to drowning her five young children.

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Studio One
10/13 - 11/6
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The Amish Project
Nov 10-Dec 4

On October 2, 2006 a gunman walked into a one-room Amish school house in Nickel Mines, PA and opened fire. In the wake of this tragedy, playwright Jessica Dickey explores forgiveness in the shadow of violence and loss in a solo performance presented with gentle ferocity by ITP company member Sarah Gise. Seven characters are played by one actor in a performance that explores forgiveness, joy, and hope in the face of tragedy.

Directed by David Connelly for San Antonio’s AtticRep, Sarah Gise traveled with The Amish Project to Italy for the Intercultural Festival Laboratory of Theatre Practices (hosted by Teatro Potlach), and is proudly being presented for a limited engagement by Interrobang Theatre Project and the Athenaeum Theatre.

The Amish Project
Nov 10-Dec 4
By Jessica Dickey
The Amish Project

On October 2, 2006 a gunman walked into a one-room Amish school house in Nickel Mines, PA and opened fire. In the wake of this tragedy, playwright Jessica Dickey explores forgiveness in the shadow of violence and loss in a solo performance presented with gentle ferocity by ITP company member Sarah Gise. Seven characters are played by one actor in a performance that explores forgiveness, joy, and hope in the face of tragedy.

Directed by David Connelly for San Antonio’s AtticRep, Sarah Gise traveled with The Amish Project to Italy for the Intercultural Festival Laboratory of Theatre Practices (hosted by Teatro Potlach), and is proudly being presented for a limited engagement by Interrobang Theatre Project and the Athenaeum Theatre.

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Studio One
Nov 10-Dec 4
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Studio Two
Still by Jen Silverman
9/29-10/30

Constantinople has been dead for 2 days, but that’s the least of his worries. As he searches an unfamiliar world for his mother, Morgan, she begins her own struggle to mourn a son she never knew.

Still by Jen Silverman
9/29-10/30
Still by Jen Silverman

Constantinople has been dead for 2 days, but that’s the least of his worries. As he searches an unfamiliar world for his mother, Morgan, she begins her own struggle to mourn a son she never knew.

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9/29-10/30
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Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
11/4 -12/4

When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone Goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful.

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
11/4 -12/4
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone Goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful.

Recommended for adults, due to nudity and strong language. Performance lasts 90 minutes without intermission.
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Studio Two
11/4 -12/4
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Six Stories Up in a Snowstorm:
Dec 9-18

Six Stories Up in a Snowstorm is an original winter musical written and performed by adult mentors and middle school apprentices with and without disabilities. A mystery unravels when kids go on an adaptive ski trip in the mountains of Utah. This 90-minute show with one intermission will be enjoyed by both adults and children, ages six and up. The theatre is completely accessible and sign language interpretation and audio description will be provided on Sunday, December 11.

Six Stories Up in a Snowstorm:
Dec 9-18
a winter youth mystery
Six Stories Up in a Snowstorm:

Six Stories Up in a Snowstorm is an original winter musical written and performed by adult mentors and middle school apprentices with and without disabilities. A mystery unravels when kids go on an adaptive ski trip in the mountains of Utah. This 90-minute show with one intermission will be enjoyed by both adults and children, ages six and up. The theatre is completely accessible and sign language interpretation and audio description will be provided on Sunday, December 11.

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Studio Two
Dec 9-18
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The History Boys
2/3/17 - 3/5/17

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form (senior) boys in a British boarding school are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university – generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and by a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling.

The History Boys
2/3/17 - 3/5/17
The History Boys

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form (senior) boys in a British boarding school are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university – generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and by a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling.

Recommended for ages 13+, due to strong language. Performance lasts two hours 30 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.
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Studio Two
2/3/17 - 3/5/17
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Gidion’s Knot
6/2/17 - 7/2/17

Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of the mother’s son, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely—or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.

Gidion’s Knot
6/2/17 - 7/2/17
Gidion’s Knot

Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of the mother’s son, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely—or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.

Recommended for ages 13+, due to strong language. Performance lasts 90 minutes without intermission.
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Studio Two
6/2/17 - 7/2/17
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Studio Three
The Little Flower of East Orange
11/3 - 12/18

The 2016 Stephen Adly Guirgis Season concludes with the Midwest Premiere of The Little Flower of East Orange. When Therese Marie arrives in the emergency room of a small hospital in the Bronx, suffering from hypothermia and in shock, no one there knows her story. To the doctors and nurses, she is just another abandoned elderly woman who can’t even tell them her name. But Therese Marie’s dementia is not all that it seems. And when her prodigal son, Danny, returns to New York, Therese Marie must fight to maintain her dignity in light of her son’s insistence on confronting the ugly secrets of their past. In this unconventional family drama, Stephen Adly Guirgis gives us a mother and son who must face a long family legacy of abuse in order to find the true meaning of grace. Ensemble member and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, Steve Scott directs.

The Little Flower of East Orange
11/3 - 12/18
part of the 2016 Stephen Adly Guirgis Season
The Little Flower of East Orange

The 2016 Stephen Adly Guirgis Season concludes with the Midwest Premiere of The Little Flower of East Orange. When Therese Marie arrives in the emergency room of a small hospital in the Bronx, suffering from hypothermia and in shock, no one there knows her story. To the doctors and nurses, she is just another abandoned elderly woman who can’t even tell them her name. But Therese Marie’s dementia is not all that it seems. And when her prodigal son, Danny, returns to New York, Therese Marie must fight to maintain her dignity in light of her son’s insistence on confronting the ugly secrets of their past. In this unconventional family drama, Stephen Adly Guirgis gives us a mother and son who must face a long family legacy of abuse in order to find the true meaning of grace. Ensemble member and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, Steve Scott directs.

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11/3 - 12/18
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