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The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!
A family friendly musical
The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!

Pirates of the Caribbean meets Whose Line is it Anyway. Flung into the future by a bumbling Sea Witch, a crew of misfit pirates now have only one chance of returning home: performing the greatest pirate epic ever on stage! There’s only one problem: half their script is missing! Help the crew fill in the blanks and watch as they improvise a brand new musical adventure based on your suggestions.

Main Stage
February 12, 2017

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Current & Upcoming Shows

Main Stage
Chicago Academy for the Arts Senior Choreographed Dance Concert
1/21/17

The Chicago Academy for the Arts presents the annual Senior Choreographed Dance Concert featuring choreography by the class of 2017.

Chicago Academy for the Arts Senior Choreographed Dance Concert
1/21/17
Chicago Academy for the Arts Senior Choreographed Dance Concert

The Chicago Academy for the Arts presents the annual Senior Choreographed Dance Concert featuring choreography by the class of 2017.

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Main Stage
1/21/17
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Inaside Youth Summit for the Arts 2017
1/29/17

The Youth Summit for the Arts is a non-competitive performance that allows our youth to share their love and passion for their art with the public and help support another organization. This year’s beneficiary is “Living Well” a cancer support organization.

Inaside Youth Summit for the Arts 2017
1/29/17
Inaside Youth Summit for the Arts 2017

The Youth Summit for the Arts is a non-competitive performance that allows our youth to share their love and passion for their art with the public and help support another organization. This year’s beneficiary is “Living Well” a cancer support organization.

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Main Stage
1/29/17
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DANCES FROM THE HEART 2017
2/11/17 & 2/14/17

A special Valentine’s Day performance featuring 13 dynamic acts including the best of Dance Chicago 2016 and newly curated acts, presenting an amazing array dance styles such as: aerial, tap, urban fusion, jazz, contemporary, stepping, Irish, Mexican folkloric, hip-hop, urban/performance art and more! Curated by John L. Schmitz

DANCE CHICAGO presents
DANCES FROM THE HEART 2017
2/11/17 & 2/14/17
DANCES FROM THE HEART 2017

A special Valentine’s Day performance featuring 13 dynamic acts including the best of Dance Chicago 2016 and newly curated acts, presenting an amazing array dance styles such as: aerial, tap, urban fusion, jazz, contemporary, stepping, Irish, Mexican folkloric, hip-hop, urban/performance art and more! Curated by John L. Schmitz

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Main Stage
2/11/17 & 2/14/17
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The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!
February 12, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean meets Whose Line is it Anyway. Flung into the future by a bumbling Sea Witch, a crew of misfit pirates now have only one chance of returning home: performing the greatest pirate epic ever on stage! There’s only one problem: half their script is missing! Help the crew fill in the blanks and watch as they improvise a brand new musical adventure based on your suggestions.

The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!
February 12, 2017
A family friendly musical
The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!

Pirates of the Caribbean meets Whose Line is it Anyway. Flung into the future by a bumbling Sea Witch, a crew of misfit pirates now have only one chance of returning home: performing the greatest pirate epic ever on stage! There’s only one problem: half their script is missing! Help the crew fill in the blanks and watch as they improvise a brand new musical adventure based on your suggestions.

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Main Stage
February 12, 2017
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All-School Showcase
2/16

The Showcase is a community-wide celebration featuring top work from CAA’S arts departments. Students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, prospective families, supporters, and friends share in the celebration of the 2016-2017 school year. Join us as Dance, Media Arts, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts take the stage.

All-School Showcase
2/16
All-School Showcase

The Showcase is a community-wide celebration featuring top work from CAA’S arts departments. Students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, prospective families, supporters, and friends share in the celebration of the 2016-2017 school year. Join us as Dance, Media Arts, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts take the stage.

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Main Stage
2/16
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Scarlet
March 18 & 19 2017

Ballet 5:8’s groundbreaking production, uses classical ballet and film to bring a story inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter to life. The dramatic full-length ballet follows the iconic Hester, a young woman caught in adultery, as she struggles to find peace and restoration in the midst of a hypocritical and harsh early-American Puritan society. Scarlet features original choreography by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager, film elements directed by choreographer and film producer Preston Miller, spoken word by Chicago-based artist Kylla Pate, and a score by American modernist composer Charles Ives.

Ballet 5:8 presents
Scarlet
March 18 & 19 2017
Scarlet

Ballet 5:8’s groundbreaking production, uses classical ballet and film to bring a story inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter to life. The dramatic full-length ballet follows the iconic Hester, a young woman caught in adultery, as she struggles to find peace and restoration in the midst of a hypocritical and harsh early-American Puritan society. Scarlet features original choreography by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager, film elements directed by choreographer and film producer Preston Miller, spoken word by Chicago-based artist Kylla Pate, and a score by American modernist composer Charles Ives.

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Main Stage
March 18 & 19 2017
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Liaison
3/25/17

Chicago Tap Theatre, recently recognized in “Best Dance Events of 2016” listings by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Windy City Times, Dance Magazine, and See Chicago Dance, returns to the Athenaeum Mainstage with their signature blend of tap dance & live music, this time with international guests! A true melding of cultures and rhythms, Liaison proves that tap dance is a medium that transcends language. This is a rare opportunity to see CTT’s sister companies, Tapage (Toulouse, France) and Tap Olé (Barcelona, Spain). The last time they were in Chicago, four years ago, Tap Olé’s sand dance brought down the house and the Tribune sad of Tapage; “envision the well-crafted fusion that would result if Marcel Marceau and Martha Graham created a tap company.” We are excited for the opportunity to share these companies with you again alongside the best of Chicago Tap Theatre!

Liaison
3/25/17
Liaison

Chicago Tap Theatre, recently recognized in “Best Dance Events of 2016” listings by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Windy City Times, Dance Magazine, and See Chicago Dance, returns to the Athenaeum Mainstage with their signature blend of tap dance & live music, this time with international guests! A true melding of cultures and rhythms, Liaison proves that tap dance is a medium that transcends language. This is a rare opportunity to see CTT’s sister companies, Tapage (Toulouse, France) and Tap Olé (Barcelona, Spain). The last time they were in Chicago, four years ago, Tap Olé’s sand dance brought down the house and the Tribune sad of Tapage; “envision the well-crafted fusion that would result if Marcel Marceau and Martha Graham created a tap company.” We are excited for the opportunity to share these companies with you again alongside the best of Chicago Tap Theatre!

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Main Stage
3/25/17
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Adam Saleh Live
May 14

Aira is thrilled to present, “Adam Saleh Live” at the Athenaeum Theatre for his first live performance in Chicago! Adam combines original music, stories from his life, and audience interaction into an unforgettable afternoon of fun.
Adam Saleh, is a 23-year-old American of Yemeni descent who started a YouTube channel in 2012 to challenge misconceptions about Islam. He is now one of the biggest Muslim stars online, with over 1 million followers on the channel.

Aira, Inc. presents
Adam Saleh Live
May 14
North American Tour
Adam Saleh Live

Aira is thrilled to present, “Adam Saleh Live” at the Athenaeum Theatre for his first live performance in Chicago! Adam combines original music, stories from his life, and audience interaction into an unforgettable afternoon of fun.
Adam Saleh, is a 23-year-old American of Yemeni descent who started a YouTube channel in 2012 to challenge misconceptions about Islam. He is now one of the biggest Muslim stars online, with over 1 million followers on the channel.

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Main Stage
May 14
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Studio One
Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
1/6/17 - 2/11/17

Eurydice, a modern re-imagining of the Greek myth, gives a voice to a character who is typically a device in a male-centered story. She uses her love of words to communicate her experience, even though the forces of life and death wish to silence her.

Promethean presents
Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
1/6/17 - 2/11/17
Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

Eurydice, a modern re-imagining of the Greek myth, gives a voice to a character who is typically a device in a male-centered story. She uses her love of words to communicate her experience, even though the forces of life and death wish to silence her.

90 minutes with no intermission
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Studio One
1/6/17 - 2/11/17
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The Beauty Queen of Leenane, by Martin Mc Donagh
2/17/17 - 3/25/17
In a small house on a big hill in County Galway, Ireland, the Folan women live out an uneasy truce. Forty-year-old Maureen and her elderly but iron-willed mother Mag spend their days in endless rounds of petty insults and physical threats as each maneuvers for control of their isolated existence. But when an old family friend reappears and offers Maureen a chance at love and a new life, this once-benign terrain grows treacherous and the two women, bound by blood but driven by desperation, will do anything to survive.

The Tony Award-winning The Beauty Queen of Leenane contains the brash humor, rich language and inventive storytelling for which Martin McDonagh has been widely praised.

Bluebird Arts presents
The Beauty Queen of Leenane, by Martin Mc Donagh
2/17/17 - 3/25/17
The Beauty Queen of Leenane, by Martin Mc Donagh
In a small house on a big hill in County Galway, Ireland, the Folan women live out an uneasy truce. Forty-year-old Maureen and her elderly but iron-willed mother Mag spend their days in endless rounds of petty insults and physical threats as each maneuvers for control of their isolated existence. But when an old family friend reappears and offers Maureen a chance at love and a new life, this once-benign terrain grows treacherous and the two women, bound by blood but driven by desperation, will do anything to survive.

The Tony Award-winning The Beauty Queen of Leenane contains the brash humor, rich language and inventive storytelling for which Martin McDonagh has been widely praised.

No late seating. Recommended for ages 13+. Performance lasts 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission.
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Studio One
2/17/17 - 3/25/17
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Studio Two
A Good Son
1/27/17 - 1/29/17

A Good Son examines a young comedian’s struggle with his father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and death. A staged memoir written and performed by Kevin Brody, this minimalist show examines the author’s exhaustion, isolation, and humor as he learns his father’s darkest secrets and attempts to reconcile his own beliefs under the weight of terminal illness.

Kevin Brody presents
A Good Son
1/27/17 - 1/29/17
10 Years of Alzheimer's, Comedy, and Secrets
A Good Son

A Good Son examines a young comedian’s struggle with his father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and death. A staged memoir written and performed by Kevin Brody, this minimalist show examines the author’s exhaustion, isolation, and humor as he learns his father’s darkest secrets and attempts to reconcile his own beliefs under the weight of terminal illness.

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Studio Two
1/27/17 - 1/29/17
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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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Falling by Deanna Jent
Mar 16 - Apr -16 2017

It takes a village, and then some. For Tami Martin, raising her 17 year old severely autistic son Josh, is not only a full time job, it’s a labor of love. But Josh’s increasingly violent outburst and pressure from her family threaten to drive Tami’s efforts and her sanity to the brink.

Falling by Deanna Jent
Mar 16 - Apr -16 2017
Falling by Deanna Jent

It takes a village, and then some. For Tami Martin, raising her 17 year old severely autistic son Josh, is not only a full time job, it’s a labor of love. But Josh’s increasingly violent outburst and pressure from her family threaten to drive Tami’s efforts and her sanity to the brink.

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Studio Two
Mar 16 - Apr -16 2017
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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
Hobo King
1/27/17 - 3/5/17

A homeless man is unjustly slain by city police. Enraged, the homeless community
attempts to govern themselves in order to protect themselves from the existing government

Congo Square presents
Hobo King
1/27/17 - 3/5/17
Hobo King

A homeless man is unjustly slain by city police. Enraged, the homeless community
attempts to govern themselves in order to protect themselves from the existing government

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Studio Three
1/27/17 - 3/5/17
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