Current & Upcoming Shows

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2017 NANBF/IPE Windy City Natural
August 19, 2017

The battle to win a Pro Status…Pros competing for over $20,000 in winnings…Awards to be won…Top of the line stage production!!!

You want to be motivated beyond belief???Come and witness the 2017 Windy City Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships and feel the energy run through your body!!!

2017 NANBF/IPE Windy City Natural
August 19, 2017
Bodybuilding & Fitness Competition
2017 NANBF/IPE Windy City Natural

The battle to win a Pro Status…Pros competing for over $20,000 in winnings…Awards to be won…Top of the line stage production!!!

You want to be motivated beyond belief???Come and witness the 2017 Windy City Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships and feel the energy run through your body!!!

All-ages. Each competition lasts 5 hours with varying breaks.
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August 19, 2017
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Willy Wonka, Jr.
August 25 & 26 2017

Dream Big’s 3rd Annual Production Camp proudly presents Willy Wonka Jr! Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir is a golden ticket to adventure. This professionally produced production performed by 2nd-8th graders is an impressive treat your whole family won’t want to miss! Whether your child loves musicals already or this is their first introduction to live theater, they will be inspired and thrilled by the magic on stage, performed by kids just like them!

Willy Wonka, Jr.
August 25 & 26 2017
Willy Wonka, Jr.

Dream Big’s 3rd Annual Production Camp proudly presents Willy Wonka Jr! Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir is a golden ticket to adventure. This professionally produced production performed by 2nd-8th graders is an impressive treat your whole family won’t want to miss! Whether your child loves musicals already or this is their first introduction to live theater, they will be inspired and thrilled by the magic on stage, performed by kids just like them!

This all-ages performance lasts 90 minutes with no intermission. Children under 2 are free, but must sit on a guardian's lap.
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Main Stage
August 25 & 26 2017
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Max Amini Live in Chicago
Sept 9, 2017

International sensation Max Amini returns to Chicago with a brand new set of material.

 

Max Amini Live in Chicago
Sept 9, 2017
Max Amini Live in Chicago

International sensation Max Amini returns to Chicago with a brand new set of material.

 

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Sept 9, 2017
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Ariane et Bachus by Marin Marais (at The Studebaker Theatre)
9/30, 10/1, 10/3

A perfectly balanced blend of glorious music, poetry, dance, and spectacle, based on a story of betrayal, revenge, and love. Haymarket Opera Company offers Chicago audiences the first chance ever to see this gem of a Marin Marais opera outside Paris, and the first chance for anyone, anywhere to see it since 1696!

This venue for this production has moved to the Studebaker Theatre in Chicago’s Loop at 410 S. Michigan Ave.

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Ariane et Bachus by Marin Marais (at The Studebaker Theatre)
9/30, 10/1, 10/3
Ariane et Bachus by Marin Marais (at The Studebaker Theatre)

A perfectly balanced blend of glorious music, poetry, dance, and spectacle, based on a story of betrayal, revenge, and love. Haymarket Opera Company offers Chicago audiences the first chance ever to see this gem of a Marin Marais opera outside Paris, and the first chance for anyone, anywhere to see it since 1696!

This venue for this production has moved to the Studebaker Theatre in Chicago’s Loop at 410 S. Michigan Ave.

Studebaker Seating Chart with pricing

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Main Stage
9/30, 10/1, 10/3
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Up and Vanished
10/7/17
An exclusive season 1 audio & video experience + live Q&A!

Experience the hit podcast Up and Vanished in it’s first ever live tour! Host, Payne Lindsey, will reveal never before seen footage and exclusive audio from his 2 year investigation into the disappearance of Tara Grinstead; revisiting the untold stories of season 1, and revealing new evidence and theories on the case. Plus, a live audience Q&A with Lindsey and other Up and Vanished contributors!

Up and Vanished
10/7/17
Live!
Up and Vanished
An exclusive season 1 audio & video experience + live Q&A!

Experience the hit podcast Up and Vanished in it’s first ever live tour! Host, Payne Lindsey, will reveal never before seen footage and exclusive audio from his 2 year investigation into the disappearance of Tara Grinstead; revisiting the untold stories of season 1, and revealing new evidence and theories on the case. Plus, a live audience Q&A with Lindsey and other Up and Vanished contributors!

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10/7/17
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Piaf! The Show
October 8
With over half a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide Piaf! The Show is a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. This acclaimed French production features the extraordinary Anne Carrere.
Piaf! The Show
October 8
Piaf! The Show
With over half a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide Piaf! The Show is a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. This acclaimed French production features the extraordinary Anne Carrere.
All ages. Performance lasts 2 hours 45 minutes including one 15-minute intermission.
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October 8
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Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour
October 14
Edgy political satire ….the 2017 Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour is completely irreverent, no anyone person or institution is safe.
Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour
October 14
Presented by WCPT 820
Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour
Edgy political satire ….the 2017 Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour is completely irreverent, no anyone person or institution is safe.
Event lasts 2 hours 15 minutes without intermission. Not for all ages, due to strong language.
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October 14
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THE DAILY SHOW UNDESKED CHICAGO 2017:
October 16 - 19
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is taking the show on the road to Chicago for a special week of shows called, “The Daily Show Undesked Chicago 2017: Let’s Do This Before It Gets Too Damn Cold.” The late night series will telecast from the Athenaeum Theatre from Monday, October 16 through Thursday, October 19 nightly at 10:00 p.m. CT on Comedy Central.
Tickets for the tapings are free and only available through the dedicated Daily Show website, and not through the host venue. They can be requested via www.thedailyshow.com/chicago.
THE DAILY SHOW UNDESKED CHICAGO 2017:
October 16 - 19
Let's Do This Before It Gets Too Damn Cold
THE DAILY SHOW UNDESKED CHICAGO 2017:
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is taking the show on the road to Chicago for a special week of shows called, “The Daily Show Undesked Chicago 2017: Let’s Do This Before It Gets Too Damn Cold.” The late night series will telecast from the Athenaeum Theatre from Monday, October 16 through Thursday, October 19 nightly at 10:00 p.m. CT on Comedy Central.
Tickets for the tapings are free and only available through the dedicated Daily Show website, and not through the host venue. They can be requested via www.thedailyshow.com/chicago.
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Main Stage
October 16 - 19
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Crash Year 15
November 18, 2017
Chicago Dance Crash, one of the premiere hip hop/contemporary dance companies in the country, will be celebrating their 15th year with some of their favorite repertory dance works, a few jokes, a few surprises, and tons of fun!
Crash Year 15
November 18, 2017
The 15th Anniversary of Hip Hop/Contemporary Fusion
Crash Year 15
Chicago Dance Crash, one of the premiere hip hop/contemporary dance companies in the country, will be celebrating their 15th year with some of their favorite repertory dance works, a few jokes, a few surprises, and tons of fun!
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Main Stage
November 18, 2017
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Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake
Sun, Nov 19

Russian Grand Ballet’s full-length classical production for the first time includes the rarely seen Waltz of the Black Swans, and features Russia’s brightest ballet stars.

Odette, a beautiful princess, falls under the spell of an evil sorcerer. Only Prince Siegfried’s devotion can save her.

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake combines pure romanticism and tragedy, in a magical tale of love and deception. The glorious score and gravity-defying choreography have enchanted audiences for over a century, and continue to inspire new generations of dancers and music lovers of all ages.

All-ages. Performance lasts 2 hours 30 minutes with two 15-minute intermissions.

Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake
Sun, Nov 19
Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake

Russian Grand Ballet’s full-length classical production for the first time includes the rarely seen Waltz of the Black Swans, and features Russia’s brightest ballet stars.

Odette, a beautiful princess, falls under the spell of an evil sorcerer. Only Prince Siegfried’s devotion can save her.

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake combines pure romanticism and tragedy, in a magical tale of love and deception. The glorious score and gravity-defying choreography have enchanted audiences for over a century, and continue to inspire new generations of dancers and music lovers of all ages.

All-ages. Performance lasts 2 hours 30 minutes with two 15-minute intermissions.

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Sun, Nov 19
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Studio One
Survivor Story: A Workshop
8/11 - 13

Inspired by true events, two Chicago women with hope on the horizon are dealt a blow they never imagined. Although they never meet, they share the same fears and face similar trials as they each deal with the aftermath of their own experiences. As the story unfolds we are left with the question: if you knew the stranger next to you, how much would you have in common?

Survivor Story: A Workshop
8/11 - 13
Inspired by true events
Survivor Story: A Workshop

Inspired by true events, two Chicago women with hope on the horizon are dealt a blow they never imagined. Although they never meet, they share the same fears and face similar trials as they each deal with the aftermath of their own experiences. As the story unfolds we are left with the question: if you knew the stranger next to you, how much would you have in common?

Please note: Survivors Story deals with the difficult topic of sexual assault and violence and may not be suitable for younger or more sensitive audience members.
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Studio One
8/11 - 13
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Sister Africa
8/24 - 9/17

Sister Africa is a play about the work of Jewish World Watch in the Congo and about the effect of genocide on the people of the Congo, primarily the women, girls and children. It is a play about two peoples, Jews and Congolese, who have lived through unspeakable horrors and how they can help to heal each other.

Sister Africa
8/24 - 9/17
Sister Africa

Sister Africa is a play about the work of Jewish World Watch in the Congo and about the effect of genocide on the people of the Congo, primarily the women, girls and children. It is a play about two peoples, Jews and Congolese, who have lived through unspeakable horrors and how they can help to heal each other.

No late seating. Recommended for ages 18+ due to intellectual content. Performance lasts 80 minutes without intermission.
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Studio One
8/24 - 9/17
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Arsenic and Old Magic
10/26 - 11/3

A Dark Theatrical Magic Show to Haunt the Season with Mystery. Livingstone visits the characters that shaped the era of a mysterious vaudeville magician and works to unravel deep mysteries…murder and meaning.

Arsenic and Old Magic
10/26 - 11/3
An Evening with Livingstone and His Spirit Friends
Arsenic and Old Magic

A Dark Theatrical Magic Show to Haunt the Season with Mystery. Livingstone visits the characters that shaped the era of a mysterious vaudeville magician and works to unravel deep mysteries…murder and meaning.

No late seating. Recommended for ages 13+. Performance lasts 75 minutes without intermission.
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10/26 - 11/3
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Studio Two
“Black!”
July 20 - 30

This show highlights the nuances and life perspectives of various people who are from the ‘Black global Community’. There are many stereotypes that exist which seem to ‘mesh’ all black people and their stories together. The truth is that there are distinct differences, yet, a very definite similarity between black people from all walks of life. There’s an African, African American, Caribbean and even English or European perspective to consider. These are still only a few in consideration of the much larger picture. Last but not least is the conversation regarding the usage of ‘Black verses African American’?

Each carry distorted and often exaggerated opinions about the other, which is a way to distinguish a separation, even though in truth, we are more alike than otherwise. These factors are well known within the black community, as well known as the unspoken disparity between light skinned blacks verses those who are darker in colour.

Those who live ‘outside’ the black daily experience may never know or realize the inner discrimination that has existed for years. But where did it come from? And why does it still exist?

“Black!”
July 20 - 30
A One Man Show About Color and Indentity
“Black!”

This show highlights the nuances and life perspectives of various people who are from the ‘Black global Community’. There are many stereotypes that exist which seem to ‘mesh’ all black people and their stories together. The truth is that there are distinct differences, yet, a very definite similarity between black people from all walks of life. There’s an African, African American, Caribbean and even English or European perspective to consider. These are still only a few in consideration of the much larger picture. Last but not least is the conversation regarding the usage of ‘Black verses African American’?

Each carry distorted and often exaggerated opinions about the other, which is a way to distinguish a separation, even though in truth, we are more alike than otherwise. These factors are well known within the black community, as well known as the unspoken disparity between light skinned blacks verses those who are darker in colour.

Those who live ‘outside’ the black daily experience may never know or realize the inner discrimination that has existed for years. But where did it come from? And why does it still exist?

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Studio Two
July 20 - 30
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Shockheaded Peter
8/12 - 9/16

In this Chicago Storefront Premiere musical, a sinister but incompetent master of ceremonies leads the audience through the tale of a childless couple that has their fondest wish granted in the most delightfully dreadful way imaginable, accompanied by vignettes in which the hilariously horrible fates that befall naughty children everywhere are brought to darkly comedic life. Featuring music composed by the Tiger Lillies, this musical returns to the Athenaeum (and Chicago) for the first time since the show toured here with the original cast in 2001 in its first homegrown production by Black Button Eyes Productions.

Shockheaded Peter
8/12 - 9/16
Shockheaded Peter

In this Chicago Storefront Premiere musical, a sinister but incompetent master of ceremonies leads the audience through the tale of a childless couple that has their fondest wish granted in the most delightfully dreadful way imaginable, accompanied by vignettes in which the hilariously horrible fates that befall naughty children everywhere are brought to darkly comedic life. Featuring music composed by the Tiger Lillies, this musical returns to the Athenaeum (and Chicago) for the first time since the show toured here with the original cast in 2001 in its first homegrown production by Black Button Eyes Productions.

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Studio Two
8/12 - 9/16
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She Kills Monsters
3/23/18 - 4/22/18

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. This high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

She Kills Monsters
3/23/18 - 4/22/18
She Kills Monsters

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. This high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

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Studio Two
3/23/18 - 4/22/18
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Fuddy Meers
June 8, 2018 - July 8, 2018

Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. But today turns out different. She’s kidnapped by a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask who claims he’s there to save her, and he spirits her off to her mother’s house. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.

Fuddy Meers
June 8, 2018 - July 8, 2018
Fuddy Meers

Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. But today turns out different. She’s kidnapped by a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask who claims he’s there to save her, and he spirits her off to her mother’s house. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.

Recommended for ages 13+, due to strong language. Performance lasts two hours with a 15-minute intermission.
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Studio Two
June 8, 2018 - July 8, 2018
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Studio Three
Megastasis
Jul 13 - Aug 13

Nineteen-year-old Tray loves his grandfather and loves caring for his infant daughter, hoping one day to marry the baby’s mother. But in the War on Drugs, a joint at a party becomes a major military provocation, and Tray unwittingly falls into a black hole of bewilderment, rearranging his plans and his life. Workshopped through New Works Brooklyn at Brooklyn College and New York Theatre Workshop. Directed by Aaron Todd Douglas.

Megastasis
Jul 13 - Aug 13
part of the 2017 Kia Corthron Season
Megastasis

Nineteen-year-old Tray loves his grandfather and loves caring for his infant daughter, hoping one day to marry the baby’s mother. But in the War on Drugs, a joint at a party becomes a major military provocation, and Tray unwittingly falls into a black hole of bewilderment, rearranging his plans and his life. Workshopped through New Works Brooklyn at Brooklyn College and New York Theatre Workshop. Directed by Aaron Todd Douglas.

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Studio Three
Jul 13 - Aug 13
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Pants, Pants, Pants
Aug 25 & 26

In Pants, Pants, Pants we stay alive, we stay positive, and we entertain. Through show tunes, fast choreography, interviews and games, balloons and break away walls, Mocrep and Ludwig Abraham team up to beg the question “What is entertainment?”. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be part of something new and exciting, like nothing you’ve seen before. Our sharped dressed, multi-talented, handsome cast will leave you wanting more Pants, Pants, Pants!

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Pants, Pants, Pants
Aug 25 & 26
Pants, Pants, Pants

In Pants, Pants, Pants we stay alive, we stay positive, and we entertain. Through show tunes, fast choreography, interviews and games, balloons and break away walls, Mocrep and Ludwig Abraham team up to beg the question “What is entertainment?”. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be part of something new and exciting, like nothing you’ve seen before. Our sharped dressed, multi-talented, handsome cast will leave you wanting more Pants, Pants, Pants!

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Studio Three
Aug 25 & 26
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Ladies First
Sept 14 - 17

Ladies First is an evening-length collaboration consisting of three independent but connected pieces. Using sound, film, movement, and object manipulation, we explore societal views of femininity, competition, durability, and gaze.

Through our own personal experiences, we write, discuss, and dissect what it means to be a woman. We’re learning how to build each other up, combat the negative ways that women are portrayed, and find self-love, compassion, and sisterhood.
Ladies First
Sept 14 - 17
Ladies First

Ladies First is an evening-length collaboration consisting of three independent but connected pieces. Using sound, film, movement, and object manipulation, we explore societal views of femininity, competition, durability, and gaze.

Through our own personal experiences, we write, discuss, and dissect what it means to be a woman. We’re learning how to build each other up, combat the negative ways that women are portrayed, and find self-love, compassion, and sisterhood.
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Studio Three
Sept 14 - 17
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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
9/22/17 - 10/29/17

Why? Free will or divine pre-destination? Welcome to a dark corner of Purgatory called Hope, where the court case over the ultimate fate of Judas Iscariot is in progress. Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, the play reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament’s most infamous and unexplained sinner.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
9/22/17 - 10/29/17
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Why? Free will or divine pre-destination? Welcome to a dark corner of Purgatory called Hope, where the court case over the ultimate fate of Judas Iscariot is in progress. Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, the play reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament’s most infamous and unexplained sinner.

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Studio Three
9/22/17 - 10/29/17
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Breath, Boom
Nov 9 - Dec 17

The 2017 Kia Corthron Season concludes with Breath, Boom. A startling acute portrayal of Prix, a hardened female gang member in New York, whose only escape from her narrow, abusive life is an obsession with creating the perfect fireworks display. The play is based heavily on research into the lives of young women who choose to lead violent lives on the streets.

It captures the tough and often poetic language that people who inhabit a world cut off from normal existence use to both mask and portray a perilous existence. Mignon McPherson Stewart makes her Eclipse directorial debut.

Breath, Boom
Nov 9 - Dec 17
part of the 2017 Kia Corthron Season
Breath, Boom

The 2017 Kia Corthron Season concludes with Breath, Boom. A startling acute portrayal of Prix, a hardened female gang member in New York, whose only escape from her narrow, abusive life is an obsession with creating the perfect fireworks display. The play is based heavily on research into the lives of young women who choose to lead violent lives on the streets.

It captures the tough and often poetic language that people who inhabit a world cut off from normal existence use to both mask and portray a perilous existence. Mignon McPherson Stewart makes her Eclipse directorial debut.

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Studio Three
Nov 9 - Dec 17
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