Current & Upcoming Shows

Main Stage
Annie, Jr.
August 21 & 22
Join Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop for the children’s theater event of the summer as members of our Production Camp present a full length performance of Annie Jr under the production management of Robyn Berg and the direction of Christine Perkins. This production is the culmination of a three week drama camp in which participants learned character development, choreography, staging and vocal parts while helping build costumes, props and set pieces. “We think you’re gonna like it here!”

This all-ages performance lasts 1 hour with no intermission. Children under 2 are free, but must sit on a guardian’s lap.
Annie, Jr.
August 21 & 22
Annie, Jr.
Join Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop for the children’s theater event of the summer as members of our Production Camp present a full length performance of Annie Jr under the production management of Robyn Berg and the direction of Christine Perkins. This production is the culmination of a three week drama camp in which participants learned character development, choreography, staging and vocal parts while helping build costumes, props and set pieces. “We think you’re gonna like it here!”

This all-ages performance lasts 1 hour with no intermission. Children under 2 are free, but must sit on a guardian’s lap.
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Main Stage
August 21 & 22
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The Beauty of Introspection
September 12
Ballet 5:8’s fall program is made up of three dynamic works that, though diverse, converge on a relatable theme: being human. The program’s first work is a world premiere by emerging New York choreographer and Chicago native Preston Miller. And Mercy explores concepts of judgment, grace and mercy in an athletic, contemporary style that engages the eye in continuous, connected movement emerging seamlessly from the music.

The program’s second premiere, Mi Familia, is a flamenco-styled ballet is drawn from Artistic Director Julianna Slager’s own experiences growing up in a multi-racial family. The work celebrates the beauty of family and relationships that transcends racial and cultural differences. Finally, audience favorite The Four Seasons of the Soul will round out the program with its intense, poignant reflection on life expressed through the four seasons of nature. The neoclassical work is a beautiful, unforgettable experience that challenges us to see life through the lens of the bigger picture.
Ballet 5:8 presents
The Beauty of Introspection
September 12
the Ballet 5:8 Fall Program
The Beauty of Introspection
Ballet 5:8’s fall program is made up of three dynamic works that, though diverse, converge on a relatable theme: being human. The program’s first work is a world premiere by emerging New York choreographer and Chicago native Preston Miller. And Mercy explores concepts of judgment, grace and mercy in an athletic, contemporary style that engages the eye in continuous, connected movement emerging seamlessly from the music.

The program’s second premiere, Mi Familia, is a flamenco-styled ballet is drawn from Artistic Director Julianna Slager’s own experiences growing up in a multi-racial family. The work celebrates the beauty of family and relationships that transcends racial and cultural differences. Finally, audience favorite The Four Seasons of the Soul will round out the program with its intense, poignant reflection on life expressed through the four seasons of nature. The neoclassical work is a beautiful, unforgettable experience that challenges us to see life through the lens of the bigger picture.
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Main Stage
September 12
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Andina
9/18
When 28-year-old Chicagoan Arlen Parsa discovered his great grandfather left behind a long-lost opera that’s never been performed, he knew what he had to do to–preserve his family legacy: resurrect the show for a world premiere–80 years after it was written, of course!

Composed by Chicago’s first Hispanic music writer, Eustasio Rosales, Andina is a dark, evocative opera that defies the stereotypes of its genre. It tells the story of a young Colombian mountain girl who is caught between two suitors: one, a wealthy don from the city; the other, a simple local farmhand.

The process of resurrecting this forgotten opera is also being filmed for an upcoming documentary. Be a part of this one-night-only theatrical concert event on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Athenaeum Theater!

Performed in Spanish with English supertitles and a full orchestra.
Arlen Parsa presents
Andina
9/18
The Opera That Never Was
Andina
When 28-year-old Chicagoan Arlen Parsa discovered his great grandfather left behind a long-lost opera that’s never been performed, he knew what he had to do to–preserve his family legacy: resurrect the show for a world premiere–80 years after it was written, of course!

Composed by Chicago’s first Hispanic music writer, Eustasio Rosales, Andina is a dark, evocative opera that defies the stereotypes of its genre. It tells the story of a young Colombian mountain girl who is caught between two suitors: one, a wealthy don from the city; the other, a simple local farmhand.

The process of resurrecting this forgotten opera is also being filmed for an upcoming documentary. Be a part of this one-night-only theatrical concert event on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Athenaeum Theater!

Performed in Spanish with English supertitles and a full orchestra.
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Main Stage
9/18
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Internet Cat Video Festival – Film
September 19
Cats are back! Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society team up, for the 3rd year in a row, to bring Walker Art Center’s (MN) wildly popular Internet Cat Video Festival back to Chicago.

The 75-minute film features the best cat videos the Internet has to offer. This year’s all-new film is curated by Will Braden, the creator of the Henri Le Chat Noir videos and recipient of the festival’s first Golden Kitty (People’s Choice) Award. The Chicago stop of the Internet Cat Video Festival will be hosted by Mike Bridavsky and his special needs celebrity cat, Lil Bub, who stars in Lil Bub & Friendz, a documentary, and Lil Bub’s Big Show on Animal Planet.

100% of the proceeds from the Chicago Internet Cat Video Festival benefits the cats of Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society! To learn more about the inception of of Internet Cat Video Festival, visit: walkerart.org/internet-cat-video-festival.

To learn more about Lil Bub, visit: https://www.aspca.org/secure/lilbub

To learn more about the Chicago CatVidFest http://www.chicagocatrescue.org, http://www.treehouseanimals.org.

*A limited number of tickets are available for pre-show Meet and Greets, where you will have the opportunity to take photos with Lil Bub. Meet and Greet tickets available through Athenaeum’s website or by clicking the link below to purchase both tickets to the screenings and the meet and greet.
(Meet and Greet proceeds benefit Lil Bub’s Big Fund, Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society)

Internet Cat Video Festival – Film
September 19
Hosted by Lil Bub and Mike Bridavsky
Internet Cat Video Festival – Film
Cats are back! Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society team up, for the 3rd year in a row, to bring Walker Art Center’s (MN) wildly popular Internet Cat Video Festival back to Chicago.

The 75-minute film features the best cat videos the Internet has to offer. This year’s all-new film is curated by Will Braden, the creator of the Henri Le Chat Noir videos and recipient of the festival’s first Golden Kitty (People’s Choice) Award. The Chicago stop of the Internet Cat Video Festival will be hosted by Mike Bridavsky and his special needs celebrity cat, Lil Bub, who stars in Lil Bub & Friendz, a documentary, and Lil Bub’s Big Show on Animal Planet.

100% of the proceeds from the Chicago Internet Cat Video Festival benefits the cats of Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society! To learn more about the inception of of Internet Cat Video Festival, visit: walkerart.org/internet-cat-video-festival.

To learn more about Lil Bub, visit: https://www.aspca.org/secure/lilbub

To learn more about the Chicago CatVidFest http://www.chicagocatrescue.org, http://www.treehouseanimals.org.

*A limited number of tickets are available for pre-show Meet and Greets, where you will have the opportunity to take photos with Lil Bub. Meet and Greet tickets available through Athenaeum’s website or by clicking the link below to purchase both tickets to the screenings and the meet and greet.
(Meet and Greet proceeds benefit Lil Bub’s Big Fund, Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society)

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Main Stage
September 19
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Internet Cat Video Festival – Meet and Greet with Lil Bub
September 19
Very few things in life have the power to shoot lasers made out of rainbows and annihilate a horrible day. That’s why the gods of cute sent us the one and only Lil Bub! She’s cute, she’s magical, she comes from outer space (obviously!) and best of all she is real! Everyone’s favorite magic space cat, Lil Bub, and her dude, Mike, will be doing a super special meet and greet before the start of each show! Now is your chance to meet Lil Bub in person, pet her and tell her how wonderful she is, and even get a special print signed by the one and only Lil Bub!

Your Meet and Greet ticket purchase benefits Lil BUB’s Big FUND for special needs pets, Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society!

To learn more about Lil Bub, visit:
www.aspca.org/secure/lilbub

To learn more about the beneficiaries, visit:
chicagocatrescue.org
treehouseanimals.org
Internet Cat Video Festival – Meet and Greet with Lil Bub
September 19
Hosted by Lil Bub and Mike Bridavsky
Internet Cat Video Festival  – Meet and Greet with Lil Bub
Very few things in life have the power to shoot lasers made out of rainbows and annihilate a horrible day. That’s why the gods of cute sent us the one and only Lil Bub! She’s cute, she’s magical, she comes from outer space (obviously!) and best of all she is real! Everyone’s favorite magic space cat, Lil Bub, and her dude, Mike, will be doing a super special meet and greet before the start of each show! Now is your chance to meet Lil Bub in person, pet her and tell her how wonderful she is, and even get a special print signed by the one and only Lil Bub!

Your Meet and Greet ticket purchase benefits Lil BUB’s Big FUND for special needs pets, Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society!

To learn more about Lil Bub, visit:
www.aspca.org/secure/lilbub

To learn more about the beneficiaries, visit:
chicagocatrescue.org
treehouseanimals.org
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Main Stage
September 19
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ROTATIONS
October 3 & 4
Chicago’s Ho Etsu Taiko and Los Angeles’ On Ensemble present ROTATIONS, a series of collaborative performances grounded in Japanese drumming. New material written specifically for ROTATIONS highlights the combined strength of the two ensembles as well as each individual ensemble’s music.
Ho Etsu Taiko presents
ROTATIONS
October 3 & 4
ROTATIONS
Chicago’s Ho Etsu Taiko and Los Angeles’ On Ensemble present ROTATIONS, a series of collaborative performances grounded in Japanese drumming. New material written specifically for ROTATIONS highlights the combined strength of the two ensembles as well as each individual ensemble’s music.
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Main Stage
October 3 & 4
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AYA
10/10 & 17
Aerial Dance Chicago and Elements Contemporary Ballet present the world premiere of AYA, an evening-length aerial ballet that will take the audience on journey of wonder and profound visceral experience. AYA expands on Surge, the first collaboration between Elements Contemporary Ballet and Aerial Dance Chicago. Premiering to sold-out crowds in 2014, Surge was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “Magnificent…a jam-packed visual wonder [that is] seamlessly thrilling.” A merging of two different dance mediums, combined with rich, theatrical storytelling, AYA is a production unlike anything before it. For more on the story, preview videos, and behind-the-scenes action, visit www.ayaballet.com.
AYA
10/10 & 17
An aerial ballet in three acts.
AYA
Aerial Dance Chicago and Elements Contemporary Ballet present the world premiere of AYA, an evening-length aerial ballet that will take the audience on journey of wonder and profound visceral experience. AYA expands on Surge, the first collaboration between Elements Contemporary Ballet and Aerial Dance Chicago. Premiering to sold-out crowds in 2014, Surge was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “Magnificent…a jam-packed visual wonder [that is] seamlessly thrilling.” A merging of two different dance mediums, combined with rich, theatrical storytelling, AYA is a production unlike anything before it. For more on the story, preview videos, and behind-the-scenes action, visit www.ayaballet.com.
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Main Stage
10/10 & 17
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Studio One
The Dueling Gentlemen
8/9 - 9/20
Our love letter to old vaudeville is performed entirely in silence and accompanied by live original piano composition. Witness the story of two vaudeville performers whose friendship begins to decompose during their long-running successful act.

Issues of insecurities and lack of communication, alcoholism and professionalism, betrayal and attempted murder all play factors on and off stage as their act, “The Ugly Blond” takes an even uglier turn.

Vaudeville has never been dicier!
The Dueling Gentlemen
8/9 - 9/20
a Love Letter to Vaudeville
The Dueling Gentlemen
Our love letter to old vaudeville is performed entirely in silence and accompanied by live original piano composition. Witness the story of two vaudeville performers whose friendship begins to decompose during their long-running successful act.

Issues of insecurities and lack of communication, alcoholism and professionalism, betrayal and attempted murder all play factors on and off stage as their act, “The Ugly Blond” takes an even uglier turn.

Vaudeville has never been dicier!
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Studio One
8/9 - 9/20
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NOCTURNE
8/28 & 29
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Co-Directors Eddy Ocampo and Joshua Paul Weckesser take LEVEL to another “level”! This 40 minute show investigates “creatures of the night” taking dance into nontraditional spaces where the audience is just as much a part of the performance. This traveling show takes site specific dance to a new high. Only 40 tickets available per show! Tickets available on a first come first serve basis.
LEVELdance presents
NOCTURNE
8/28 & 29
NOCTURNE
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Co-Directors Eddy Ocampo and Joshua Paul Weckesser take LEVEL to another “level”! This 40 minute show investigates “creatures of the night” taking dance into nontraditional spaces where the audience is just as much a part of the performance. This traveling show takes site specific dance to a new high. Only 40 tickets available per show! Tickets available on a first come first serve basis.
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Studio One
8/28 & 29
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Studio Two
SubUrbia
7/30 - 8/30
SubUrbia is a coming of age story three best friends who are trying to find their purpose in life within their lost world of the American suburb. They struggle with the trials and tribulations of growing up with an uncertain future while desperately clinging to the memories they long to relive.

A reunion with their successful high school friend tests the best friends relationships, dreams, and lives. Will they find their purpose in life or will they find that the dreams they once had will never come true?

Join Level 11 Productions this summer for this comedic and drama-thrilled journey!
SubUrbia
7/30 - 8/30
SubUrbia
SubUrbia is a coming of age story three best friends who are trying to find their purpose in life within their lost world of the American suburb. They struggle with the trials and tribulations of growing up with an uncertain future while desperately clinging to the memories they long to relive.

A reunion with their successful high school friend tests the best friends relationships, dreams, and lives. Will they find their purpose in life or will they find that the dreams they once had will never come true?

Join Level 11 Productions this summer for this comedic and drama-thrilled journey!
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Studio Two
7/30 - 8/30
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Supreme Love
Sept 10-20
“At this time I would like to tell you that no matter what… It is with God. He is Gracious & Merciful. His way is through love, in which we all are. It is truly, a love supreme…” —John Coltrane

Supreme Love showcases the dancers of M.A.D.D. Rhythms, a tap dance community traveling through the art with progressive admiration for tradition. Supreme Love, choreographed by Jumaane Taylor, “One of the Top 20 Hoofers under 20,” according to Dance Sprit Magazine, and “One of the Top Five Dancers in Chicago,” per the Chicago Tribune, expresses true life through the art of tap dance, recreating the chants of John Coltrane’s manifestations through the album A Love Supreme and discovering truth from the sounds of the Universal Zulu Nation. Featuring saxophonist Rajiv Halim and other musicians, who reinvent the classic quartet and narrate the transitions between pieces, the tap company and musicians exchange expressive musical opinions, discovering truth within themselves and their art.

“Complimenting the legendary Tree of Hope, Supreme love survives off traditions of good luck or most high power. Beginning with consciousness of love, then we live… Shuffling to fulfill more life until time is up, understanding the spiritual roots by tapping into “Resolution” then examining the discomfort of the unknown before the end. Witnessing life’s course, rhythm & miracles, we dance in the name of God, truth & our ancestors.” Choreographer, Jumaane Taylor Supreme Love features the M.A.D.D. Rhythms ensemble: Jumaane Taylor, Bril Barrett, Star Dixon, Donnetta Jackson, Tristan Bruns and Megan Davis, and are joined by musicians Rajiv Halim, Junius Paul, Isaiah Spencer and Amr Marcin Fahmy.
Supreme Love
Sept 10-20
featuring M.A.D.D. Rhythms
Supreme Love
“At this time I would like to tell you that no matter what… It is with God. He is Gracious & Merciful. His way is through love, in which we all are. It is truly, a love supreme…” —John Coltrane

Supreme Love showcases the dancers of M.A.D.D. Rhythms, a tap dance community traveling through the art with progressive admiration for tradition. Supreme Love, choreographed by Jumaane Taylor, “One of the Top 20 Hoofers under 20,” according to Dance Sprit Magazine, and “One of the Top Five Dancers in Chicago,” per the Chicago Tribune, expresses true life through the art of tap dance, recreating the chants of John Coltrane’s manifestations through the album A Love Supreme and discovering truth from the sounds of the Universal Zulu Nation. Featuring saxophonist Rajiv Halim and other musicians, who reinvent the classic quartet and narrate the transitions between pieces, the tap company and musicians exchange expressive musical opinions, discovering truth within themselves and their art.

“Complimenting the legendary Tree of Hope, Supreme love survives off traditions of good luck or most high power. Beginning with consciousness of love, then we live… Shuffling to fulfill more life until time is up, understanding the spiritual roots by tapping into “Resolution” then examining the discomfort of the unknown before the end. Witnessing life’s course, rhythm & miracles, we dance in the name of God, truth & our ancestors.” Choreographer, Jumaane Taylor Supreme Love features the M.A.D.D. Rhythms ensemble: Jumaane Taylor, Bril Barrett, Star Dixon, Donnetta Jackson, Tristan Bruns and Megan Davis, and are joined by musicians Rajiv Halim, Junius Paul, Isaiah Spencer and Amr Marcin Fahmy.
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Studio Two
Sept 10-20
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Six Stories Up in the Art Institute
11/6 - 11/15
Tellin’ Tales Theatre partners with Project Onward to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in this original youth musical. Middle school apprentices and their adult mentors with and without disabilities explore the impact of art on their lives.
Six Stories Up in the Art Institute
11/6 - 11/15
Celebrating ADA 25 Chicago
Six Stories Up in the Art Institute
Tellin’ Tales Theatre partners with Project Onward to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in this original youth musical. Middle school apprentices and their adult mentors with and without disabilities explore the impact of art on their lives.
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Studio Two
11/6 - 11/15
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Studio Three
A Perfect Ganesh
Jul 16 - Aug 23
The 2015 McNally Season continues with his Pulitzer nominated play, A Perfect Ganesh.
Two American women embark on a comic and tragic spiritual journey through India with the Hindu god Ganesha. Directed by Steven Fedoruk
A Perfect Ganesh
Jul 16 - Aug 23
part of the 2015 Terrence McNally Season
A Perfect Ganesh
The 2015 McNally Season continues with his Pulitzer nominated play, A Perfect Ganesh.
Two American women embark on a comic and tragic spiritual journey through India with the Hindu god Ganesha. Directed by Steven Fedoruk
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Studio Three
Jul 16 - Aug 23
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Twisted Melodies
8/27 - 9/17
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
“We must be able to have these conversations with our community. The intent of Twisted Melodies is to open up a safe and healing conversation about mental illness in our community and ways we can help each other cope. Donny (Hathaway) was a musical genius coping with schizophrenia, it was a part of him and a part of his music and brilliance. Maybe through seeing this illness through a beloved artist will allow us to view it differently than we have viewed it before. ” -Samuel Roberson
Congo Square presents
Twisted Melodies
8/27 - 9/17
Twisted Melodies
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
“We must be able to have these conversations with our community. The intent of Twisted Melodies is to open up a safe and healing conversation about mental illness in our community and ways we can help each other cope. Donny (Hathaway) was a musical genius coping with schizophrenia, it was a part of him and a part of his music and brilliance. Maybe through seeing this illness through a beloved artist will allow us to view it differently than we have viewed it before. ” -Samuel Roberson
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Studio Three
8/27 - 9/17
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Between Heaven & Earth
October 22 - 25
Crossing paths in an imaginative space and time, two “stars”–poets fearlessly explore the essence of earthly love and strive for Infinite Perfection. Longing for unity with another soul, they’re destined to realize unsustainable fragility of earthly desires. The “departure” of two “stars” from the realm of passion symbolizes their “return” to the Ocean of Infinite Perfection, the place where unbound imagination of a poet can create limitless realities and illusions without damaging the soul.

Очевидный сон или невероятная реальность? Звёзды не могут упасть на землю, но могут сбиться с пути в поисках Беспредельного Совершенства и Красоты.

Пересекаясь в эфемерном пространстве и времени, две “звезды” всерьёз погружаются в предложенную им земную Игру в Любовь. Мастерски используя волшебство драматического слова, поэзии и магическую силу музыки,” звёзды” проживают все стадии земной любви, лишь осознав неизбежную хрупкость и болезненность этого чувства. Безудержная устремлённость ввысь – вот путь “звезды” лишь на мгновение зависшей между небом и землёй.

Between Heaven & Earth
October 22 - 25
(PLEASE NOTE THIS PRODUCTION WILL BE PERFORMED IN RUSSIAN)
Between Heaven & Earth
Crossing paths in an imaginative space and time, two “stars”–poets fearlessly explore the essence of earthly love and strive for Infinite Perfection. Longing for unity with another soul, they’re destined to realize unsustainable fragility of earthly desires. The “departure” of two “stars” from the realm of passion symbolizes their “return” to the Ocean of Infinite Perfection, the place where unbound imagination of a poet can create limitless realities and illusions without damaging the soul.

Очевидный сон или невероятная реальность? Звёзды не могут упасть на землю, но могут сбиться с пути в поисках Беспредельного Совершенства и Красоты.

Пересекаясь в эфемерном пространстве и времени, две “звезды” всерьёз погружаются в предложенную им земную Игру в Любовь. Мастерски используя волшебство драматического слова, поэзии и магическую силу музыки,” звёзды” проживают все стадии земной любви, лишь осознав неизбежную хрупкость и болезненность этого чувства. Безудержная устремлённость ввысь – вот путь “звезды” лишь на мгновение зависшей между небом и землёй.

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Studio Three
October 22 - 25
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The Lisbon Traviata
Nov 5 - Dec 20
The 2015 Season concludes with the sharply funny yet deeply tragic play,The Lisbon Traviata, in which personal tragedy unfolds on an operatic scale. Ensemble Member and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, Steve Scott, directs.
The Lisbon Traviata
Nov 5 - Dec 20
part of the 2015 Terrence McNally Season
The Lisbon Traviata
The 2015 Season concludes with the sharply funny yet deeply tragic play,The Lisbon Traviata, in which personal tragedy unfolds on an operatic scale. Ensemble Member and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, Steve Scott, directs.
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Studio Three
Nov 5 - Dec 20
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