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Nathan For You
Sneak Peak and Q&A with Nathan Fielder
Nathan For You

truTV, The Onion, The A.V. Club and Clickhole are proud to present a sneak preview to the fourth season of “Nathan For You” and a Q&A with Nathan Fielder during the 4th Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival.

Nathan Fielder can currently be seen as the writer, director, and star of his hit Comedy Central series “Nathan For You,” which will soon return for a fourth season. Fielder also wrote and performed on the series “Jon Benjamin Has a Van” and “Important Things with Demetri Martin.”

Fielder has guest starred in many shows as well, including “Drunk History,” “The Kroll Show,” “The League,” and “Childrens Hospital.” Additionally, he has lent his voice to hit animated series including “The Simpsons” and “Bob’s Burgers.”

Hailing from Canada, Nathan is also well known for his online shorts and his weekly segments on the acclaimed CBC comedy series “This Hour Has  22 Minutes.” For his work on “22 Minutes,” Fielder received a Canadian Comedy Award, a Writer’s Guild Award, and was nominated for a Gemini.

In July 2014, Nathan received the Breakout Comedy Star of the Year award at the 2014 Just For Laughs Comedy Awards.

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June 3rd 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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3/25/17
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Harmontown
April 1, 2017
part of the Chicago Improv Festival
Harmontown
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April 1, 2017
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Chicago Ideas In Conversation: Alec Baldwin Beyond the Screen
April 11, 2017

From Beetlejuice to “30 Rock” and Glengarry Glen Ross to “Saturday Night Live,” Alec Baldwin has established himself as one of the most talented—and hilarious—actors working today. But his new memoir, Nevertheless, shows that his life beyond the screen hasn’t always been so bright.

His childhood in Long Island was hampered by financial burden and strains in his parents’ marriage. During his adulthood, he struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, had numerous shortcomings as a father and worked to overcome each. At this Conversation, attendees will meet an Alec Baldwin that’s seldom seen by the public. This event will offer insight into how one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces balances his personal life and work.

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Chicago Ideas In Conversation: Alec Baldwin Beyond the Screen
April 11, 2017
Chicago Ideas In Conversation: Alec Baldwin Beyond the Screen

From Beetlejuice to “30 Rock” and Glengarry Glen Ross to “Saturday Night Live,” Alec Baldwin has established himself as one of the most talented—and hilarious—actors working today. But his new memoir, Nevertheless, shows that his life beyond the screen hasn’t always been so bright.

His childhood in Long Island was hampered by financial burden and strains in his parents’ marriage. During his adulthood, he struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, had numerous shortcomings as a father and worked to overcome each. At this Conversation, attendees will meet an Alec Baldwin that’s seldom seen by the public. This event will offer insight into how one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces balances his personal life and work.

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April 11, 2017
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Max Amini Live in Chicago
April 15, 2017
Max Amini Live in Chicago
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April 15, 2017
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The Dollop
4/22/17
The Dollop is a live comedy no holds barred podcast featuring Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. Their national podcast tour is called Taking Art To A Clown and this will be their only Chicago appearance.
The Dollop
4/22/17
A Live Podcast
The Dollop
The Dollop is a live comedy no holds barred podcast featuring Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. Their national podcast tour is called Taking Art To A Clown and this will be their only Chicago appearance.
All-ages. Performance lasts 1 hour 15 minutes without intermission.
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4/22/17
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Festa Della Liberazione
April 30, 2017

Legendary Italian pop music icon Iva Zanicchi (“Non pensare a me, Zingara, Ciao, cara, come stai?”), the only female vocalist to win Italy’s famed San Remo Music Festival three times is a row, is returning to the United States on Saturday, April 22, 2017, to kick off Festa della Liberazione, a multi-city, North American tour in celebration of Italian-American pride and culture at Boston’s Historic Faneuil Hall. Co-headlining with Ms. Zanicchi will be her American hosts, the Rock & Roll, Vocal Group and Grammy Halls of Fame vocalists, The Platters (“Only You,” “Great Pretender,” “My Prayer,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”). Ms. Zanicchi and The Platters represent the multi-generational kinship that symbolizes the unity of the Italian and American people via the universal language of music.

The purpose of the tour is threefold. One: to celebrate and thank the American people for liberating Italy from Nazi occupation under reviled Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on April 25, 1945. Two: to raise awareness of Italian arts and culture in honor of the international release of the new, critically acclaimed Italian comedy-drama Briciole Sul Mare. The motion picture is currently under consideration as an official nominee for a prestigious David di Donatello Award. Three: to raise funds for the Italian Red Cross to help the victims of central Italy’s recent earthquakes.

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Festa Della Liberazione
April 30, 2017
Starring Iva Zanicchi & The Platters with Special Guests
Festa Della Liberazione

Legendary Italian pop music icon Iva Zanicchi (“Non pensare a me, Zingara, Ciao, cara, come stai?”), the only female vocalist to win Italy’s famed San Remo Music Festival three times is a row, is returning to the United States on Saturday, April 22, 2017, to kick off Festa della Liberazione, a multi-city, North American tour in celebration of Italian-American pride and culture at Boston’s Historic Faneuil Hall. Co-headlining with Ms. Zanicchi will be her American hosts, the Rock & Roll, Vocal Group and Grammy Halls of Fame vocalists, The Platters (“Only You,” “Great Pretender,” “My Prayer,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”). Ms. Zanicchi and The Platters represent the multi-generational kinship that symbolizes the unity of the Italian and American people via the universal language of music.

The purpose of the tour is threefold. One: to celebrate and thank the American people for liberating Italy from Nazi occupation under reviled Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on April 25, 1945. Two: to raise awareness of Italian arts and culture in honor of the international release of the new, critically acclaimed Italian comedy-drama Briciole Sul Mare. The motion picture is currently under consideration as an official nominee for a prestigious David di Donatello Award. Three: to raise funds for the Italian Red Cross to help the victims of central Italy’s recent earthquakes.

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April 30, 2017
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Listen To Your Mother 2017
May 7, 2017

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER (LTYM) is a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. Each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities.

Each LTYM show donates a minimum of 10% of ticket proceeds to local causes. The sixth annual Chicago show will benefit Deborah’s Place, a nonprofit organization that opens doors of opportunities for women experiencing homelessness.

What started as a single LTYM show in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010 has grown into a coast-to-coast phenomenon and in 2017 we’ll be celebrating the project’s Grand Finale season.

LTYM 2017 Grand Finale season:

Listen To Your Mother 2017
May 7, 2017
Giving Motherhood a Voice - Finale Season
Listen To Your Mother 2017

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER (LTYM) is a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. Each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities.

Each LTYM show donates a minimum of 10% of ticket proceeds to local causes. The sixth annual Chicago show will benefit Deborah’s Place, a nonprofit organization that opens doors of opportunities for women experiencing homelessness.

What started as a single LTYM show in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010 has grown into a coast-to-coast phenomenon and in 2017 we’ll be celebrating the project’s Grand Finale season.

LTYM 2017 Grand Finale season:

Recommended for ages 13+. Performance lasts 90 minutes without intermission.
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May 7, 2017
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The Drag Queens of Comedy
May 12 - 2017 7pm & 10pm
DQOC presents
The Drag Queens of Comedy
May 12 - 2017 7pm & 10pm
The Drag Queens of Comedy
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May 12 - 2017 7pm & 10pm
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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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May 14
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TEN YEARED
May 20th, 2017

Nomi closes out their tenth anniversary season with a performance like no other! The company welcomes back guest choreographer Joshua Blake Carter of Giordano Dance Chicago to create for the first time an evening-length work celebrating Nomi’s 10-year milestone and the incredible relationship built with this special guest artist. Also, look forward to past season favorites like the critically acclaimed “Fyrsta Decad” by Artistic Director Laura Kariotis and the dynamic and exciting work “Percussive” by principal dancer Amanda Hickey! Join us for this compelling and action-packed show. LET’S KEEP THE CELEBRATION GOING!

TEN YEARED
May 20th, 2017
Nomi's 10th Anniversary season finale
TEN YEARED

Nomi closes out their tenth anniversary season with a performance like no other! The company welcomes back guest choreographer Joshua Blake Carter of Giordano Dance Chicago to create for the first time an evening-length work celebrating Nomi’s 10-year milestone and the incredible relationship built with this special guest artist. Also, look forward to past season favorites like the critically acclaimed “Fyrsta Decad” by Artistic Director Laura Kariotis and the dynamic and exciting work “Percussive” by principal dancer Amanda Hickey! Join us for this compelling and action-packed show. LET’S KEEP THE CELEBRATION GOING!

This all-ages performance lasts 75 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.
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May 20th, 2017
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Andrés López: La Pelota de Letras Renovada
May 21, 2017 6PM

A review of the peculiar characteristics that define each generation of our Latin American society. From our fathers and grandfathers to Millennials and today’s children.

Andrés López: La Pelota de Letras Renovada
May 21, 2017 6PM
Andrés López: La Pelota de Letras Renovada

A review of the peculiar characteristics that define each generation of our Latin American society. From our fathers and grandfathers to Millennials and today’s children.

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May 21, 2017 6PM
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Evgeny Grishkovets
May 25th - 2017

Once upon a time a young man in his thirties entered a Moscow theater stage and made history! His original solo play “How I ate a dog” won the audiences and critics alike with its sincerity, true emotions, simple and yet powerful words. The man’s name is Evgeniy Grishkovets.
The play, created in 1998, has won numerous awards, has been reworked and brought back to stage in 2009. Since his first solo play, Evgeniy authored many books, appeared in multiple plays and, literally, taught theater to speak “human” language.

PERFORMED ENTIRELY IN RUSSIAN

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Однажды на одну московскую сцену вышел парень лет тридцати и произвел фурор! Его сольная программа «Как я съел собаку» поразила как зрителей, так и критиков своей искренностью, эмоциональностью, точностью и простотой слов. Парня звали Евгений Гришковец. Этот спектакль, созданный в 1998 году, выиграл многочисленные награды, позже был переработан и возвращен на сцену в 2009. С тех пор как он «съел собаку», Евгений написал массу книг, сыграл множество спектаклей и, по-существу, научил театр говорить «человеческим» языком.

 

 

Evgeny Grishkovets
May 25th - 2017
How I Ate A Dog
Evgeny Grishkovets

Once upon a time a young man in his thirties entered a Moscow theater stage and made history! His original solo play “How I ate a dog” won the audiences and critics alike with its sincerity, true emotions, simple and yet powerful words. The man’s name is Evgeniy Grishkovets.
The play, created in 1998, has won numerous awards, has been reworked and brought back to stage in 2009. Since his first solo play, Evgeniy authored many books, appeared in multiple plays and, literally, taught theater to speak “human” language.

PERFORMED ENTIRELY IN RUSSIAN

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Однажды на одну московскую сцену вышел парень лет тридцати и произвел фурор! Его сольная программа «Как я съел собаку» поразила как зрителей, так и критиков своей искренностью, эмоциональностью, точностью и простотой слов. Парня звали Евгений Гришковец. Этот спектакль, созданный в 1998 году, выиграл многочисленные награды, позже был переработан и возвращен на сцену в 2009. С тех пор как он «съел собаку», Евгений написал массу книг, сыграл множество спектаклей и, по-существу, научил театр говорить «человеческим» языком.

 

 

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May 25th - 2017
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2017 Central Pole Championships: Professional Night
MAY 27, 2017

The Central Pole Championships is the regional qualifier for the U.S. National Pole Championships finals. We are an all-ages event, celebrating the art and sport of pole dancing. Over 150 performances, five skill levels, and four age groups.

2017 Central Pole Championships: Professional Night
MAY 27, 2017
2017 Central Pole Championships: Professional Night

The Central Pole Championships is the regional qualifier for the U.S. National Pole Championships finals. We are an all-ages event, celebrating the art and sport of pole dancing. Over 150 performances, five skill levels, and four age groups.

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MAY 27, 2017
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2017 Central Pole Championships: Amateur Days
MAY 28 & 29 2017

The Central Pole Championships is the regional qualifier for the U.S. National Pole Championships finals. We are an all-ages event, celebrating the art and sport of pole dancing. Over 150 performances, five skill levels, and four age groups.

Amateur tickets are good for either day; exchanges can easily be facilitated for no extra charge by calling, emailing, or coming to our box office.

Box Office 773.935.6875 (open seven days a week at noon)

2017 Central Pole Championships: Amateur Days
MAY 28 & 29 2017
2017 Central Pole Championships: Amateur Days

The Central Pole Championships is the regional qualifier for the U.S. National Pole Championships finals. We are an all-ages event, celebrating the art and sport of pole dancing. Over 150 performances, five skill levels, and four age groups.

Amateur tickets are good for either day; exchanges can easily be facilitated for no extra charge by calling, emailing, or coming to our box office.

Box Office 773.935.6875 (open seven days a week at noon)

All-ages. Amateur Days last 8 hours without intermission.
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MAY 28 & 29 2017
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Patton Oswalt
June 2, 2017

truTV, The Onion, The A.V. Club and Clickhole are proud to present Patton Oswalt, who is filming each of these shows during the 4th Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival for his next comedy special!

A comedian, actor, and writer, Patton Oswalt continues to find success in all areas of entertainment. From his Grammy-nominated comedy specials to his many memorable film roles and guest appearances on his favorite TV shows (including “Parks and Recreation,” for which he received a TV Critics Choice Award), Oswalt continues to choose work that inspires him and entertain audiences. In April, Oswalt released his sixth comedy special “Talking for Clapping” (Netflix) and can currently be seen on Netflix’s new show “Lady Dynamite,” starring with fellow comedian Maria Bamford, and on HBO’s “Veep.” He also recently finished shooting the big-screen adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel The Circle, alongside Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, and John Boyega.

Single Tickets for this show are SOLD OUT!

The Onion’s VIP Badge is still available!

Patton Oswalt
June 2, 2017
Patton Oswalt

truTV, The Onion, The A.V. Club and Clickhole are proud to present Patton Oswalt, who is filming each of these shows during the 4th Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival for his next comedy special!

A comedian, actor, and writer, Patton Oswalt continues to find success in all areas of entertainment. From his Grammy-nominated comedy specials to his many memorable film roles and guest appearances on his favorite TV shows (including “Parks and Recreation,” for which he received a TV Critics Choice Award), Oswalt continues to choose work that inspires him and entertain audiences. In April, Oswalt released his sixth comedy special “Talking for Clapping” (Netflix) and can currently be seen on Netflix’s new show “Lady Dynamite,” starring with fellow comedian Maria Bamford, and on HBO’s “Veep.” He also recently finished shooting the big-screen adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel The Circle, alongside Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, and John Boyega.

Single Tickets for this show are SOLD OUT!

The Onion’s VIP Badge is still available!

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June 2, 2017
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Nathan For You
June 3rd 2017

truTV, The Onion, The A.V. Club and Clickhole are proud to present a sneak preview to the fourth season of “Nathan For You” and a Q&A with Nathan Fielder during the 4th Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival.

Nathan Fielder can currently be seen as the writer, director, and star of his hit Comedy Central series “Nathan For You,” which will soon return for a fourth season. Fielder also wrote and performed on the series “Jon Benjamin Has a Van” and “Important Things with Demetri Martin.”

Fielder has guest starred in many shows as well, including “Drunk History,” “The Kroll Show,” “The League,” and “Childrens Hospital.” Additionally, he has lent his voice to hit animated series including “The Simpsons” and “Bob’s Burgers.”

Hailing from Canada, Nathan is also well known for his online shorts and his weekly segments on the acclaimed CBC comedy series “This Hour Has  22 Minutes.” For his work on “22 Minutes,” Fielder received a Canadian Comedy Award, a Writer’s Guild Award, and was nominated for a Gemini.

In July 2014, Nathan received the Breakout Comedy Star of the Year award at the 2014 Just For Laughs Comedy Awards.

Nathan For You
June 3rd 2017
Sneak Peak and Q&A with Nathan Fielder
Nathan For You

truTV, The Onion, The A.V. Club and Clickhole are proud to present a sneak preview to the fourth season of “Nathan For You” and a Q&A with Nathan Fielder during the 4th Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival.

Nathan Fielder can currently be seen as the writer, director, and star of his hit Comedy Central series “Nathan For You,” which will soon return for a fourth season. Fielder also wrote and performed on the series “Jon Benjamin Has a Van” and “Important Things with Demetri Martin.”

Fielder has guest starred in many shows as well, including “Drunk History,” “The Kroll Show,” “The League,” and “Childrens Hospital.” Additionally, he has lent his voice to hit animated series including “The Simpsons” and “Bob’s Burgers.”

Hailing from Canada, Nathan is also well known for his online shorts and his weekly segments on the acclaimed CBC comedy series “This Hour Has  22 Minutes.” For his work on “22 Minutes,” Fielder received a Canadian Comedy Award, a Writer’s Guild Award, and was nominated for a Gemini.

In July 2014, Nathan received the Breakout Comedy Star of the Year award at the 2014 Just For Laughs Comedy Awards.

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June 3rd 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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August 25 & 26 2017
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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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November 18, 2017
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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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2/17/17 - 3/25/17
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Chicago Improv Festival – WORKSHOPS
March 28 - April 1, 2017

Join us for the 20th anniversary of the Chicago Improv Festival — with liberty and laughter for all!

You can see the calendar for Athenaeum performances HERE, and check out the full line-up of the festival at all participating venues HERE!

Tuesday, March 28
Holly Laurent Workshop @ 7pm

Wednesday, March 29
Scene Blasters Workshop @ 7pm

Thursday, March 30
Jill Bernard Workshop @ 7pm

Saturday, April 1

Mike Descoteaux Musical Intensive Workshop @ 3pm

Chicago Improv Productions presents
Chicago Improv Festival – WORKSHOPS
March 28 - April 1, 2017
No Ban on Fun!
Chicago Improv Festival – WORKSHOPS

Join us for the 20th anniversary of the Chicago Improv Festival — with liberty and laughter for all!

You can see the calendar for Athenaeum performances HERE, and check out the full line-up of the festival at all participating venues HERE!

Tuesday, March 28
Holly Laurent Workshop @ 7pm

Wednesday, March 29
Scene Blasters Workshop @ 7pm

Thursday, March 30
Jill Bernard Workshop @ 7pm

Saturday, April 1

Mike Descoteaux Musical Intensive Workshop @ 3pm

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March 28 - April 1, 2017
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REDEEMED
April 12 - May 14 2017

In the 1970’s, against the backdrop of the explosive Watergate scandal, Chuck Colson grasped for meaning during the tumultuous investigations that led to the collapse of the Nixon administration. A convicted former special counsel to the president, Colson paradoxically found new life— not with success and power, but while in national disgrace and imprisonment.

REDEEMED
April 12 - May 14 2017
The Fall and Rise of Chuck Colson
REDEEMED

In the 1970’s, against the backdrop of the explosive Watergate scandal, Chuck Colson grasped for meaning during the tumultuous investigations that led to the collapse of the Nixon administration. A convicted former special counsel to the president, Colson paradoxically found new life— not with success and power, but while in national disgrace and imprisonment.

No late seating. Recommended for ages 12+. Performance lasts 90 minutes without intermission.
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April 12 - May 14 2017
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The Radiant
May 18th - June 11th 2017
Genesis Theatrical productions is proud to announce the Chicago premiere of The Radiant by acclaimed playwright Shirley Lauro. This powerful and poignant play portrays the tempestuous life of scientist Marie Curie (nee Sklodowska) struggling for acceptance in turn of the century Europe. The Radiant will be directed by Kaitlin Taylor.
The Radiant
May 18th - June 11th 2017
A play about Marie Curie
The Radiant
Genesis Theatrical productions is proud to announce the Chicago premiere of The Radiant by acclaimed playwright Shirley Lauro. This powerful and poignant play portrays the tempestuous life of scientist Marie Curie (nee Sklodowska) struggling for acceptance in turn of the century Europe. The Radiant will be directed by Kaitlin Taylor.
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May 18th - June 11th 2017
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Studio Two
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.

  • Due to the nature and content of this production, post-show talkbacks, moderated by dramaturg Margaret Knapp, will take place following these performances:

    Fridays––March 18th, March 31st* (after 7:30pm show)
    Saturdays–– April 1st *(after 2pm* & 7:30pm* shows)
    Sundays––March 26th, April 2nd, & 16th* (after 2pm show)
    Monday––April 10th (after 7:30pm)

  • Following the Sat. April 1st 7:30pm and the Sunday, April 2nd 2 pm performances, playwright, Deanna Jent will join dramaturg Margaret Knapp for a special talk-back.

    Talkbacks with asterisks indicate that local autism experts will be participating in the talkbacks.

  • Saturday, April 1st at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 2nd at 2 pm will be ASL signed performances.
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    Mar 16 - Apr -16 2017
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    The Liar, by David Ives
    April 21 - May 27 2017

    Driven by the character of Dorante, The Liar is constantly reinventing his life and telling wild, compelling stories. This play takes the classic French farce and revives it with fresh, modern language that pulls conventions and linguistic stylings from the past while creating a dynamic new rendition of the story.

    The Liar, by David Ives
    April 21 - May 27 2017
    adapted from Le Menteur by Pierre Corneille
    The Liar, by David Ives

    Driven by the character of Dorante, The Liar is constantly reinventing his life and telling wild, compelling stories. This play takes the classic French farce and revives it with fresh, modern language that pulls conventions and linguistic stylings from the past while creating a dynamic new rendition of the story.

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    Studio Two
    April 21 - May 27 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
    Forging from Fire
    3/24 - 3/26 2017
    Forging From Fire tells of the various journeys that individual ensemble members have taken to build lasting relationships and how circumstances, behaviors, and choices can create compromising situations. Through diligent deconstruction and self-discovery, each member worked through a heated process to understand ways to develop meaningful and healthy relationships afterwards to mold and refine a new space of love–for one’s self and for others.

    Some of the life-topics they address include physical, verbal and sexual violence, DCFS and the foster home system, incarceration within the trans and gender non-conforming community, domestic violence, self-harm, mental health, and suicide, among many others.

    Forging from Fire
    3/24 - 3/26 2017
    Forging from Fire
    Forging From Fire tells of the various journeys that individual ensemble members have taken to build lasting relationships and how circumstances, behaviors, and choices can create compromising situations. Through diligent deconstruction and self-discovery, each member worked through a heated process to understand ways to develop meaningful and healthy relationships afterwards to mold and refine a new space of love–for one’s self and for others.

    Some of the life-topics they address include physical, verbal and sexual violence, DCFS and the foster home system, incarceration within the trans and gender non-conforming community, domestic violence, self-harm, mental health, and suicide, among many others.

    Recommended for ages 13+ due to references to adult situations. Performance lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes without intermission.
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    Studio Three
    3/24 - 3/26 2017
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    Chicago Improv Festival – PERFORMANCES
    March 28 - April 1, 2017
    Chicago Improv Festival – PERFORMANCES
    March 28 - April 1, 2017
    NO BAN ON FUN
    Chicago Improv Festival – PERFORMANCES
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    Studio Three
    March 28 - April 1, 2017
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    Force Continuum by Kia Corthron
    4/13 - 5/21 2017

    The 2017 Kia Corthron Season begins with the timely Force Continuum. An African-American police officer struggles with the contradictions of his race and profession while confronting the black community he is bound to protect and being haunted by his cop father’s violent death. A jagged, precarious journey whereby all gradually grasp that understanding comes not just through seeing others but hearing. Michael Aaron Pogue makes his Eclipse directorial debut.

    Force Continuum by Kia Corthron
    4/13 - 5/21 2017
    Force Continuum by Kia Corthron

    The 2017 Kia Corthron Season begins with the timely Force Continuum. An African-American police officer struggles with the contradictions of his race and profession while confronting the black community he is bound to protect and being haunted by his cop father’s violent death. A jagged, precarious journey whereby all gradually grasp that understanding comes not just through seeing others but hearing. Michael Aaron Pogue makes his Eclipse directorial debut.

    Performance lasts 2 hours including a 15-minute intermission. Performance contains strong language - not for all ages.
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    Studio Three
    4/13 - 5/21 2017
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