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My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage
Cancer draws a line in the sand of life. But the 2nd Act of life after a diagnosis can be every bit as – and sometimes even more – meaningful than the life led before.

Paddling the murky waters of survivorship, ten Chicagoland women discovered how to use their precious gifts of time and experience to give back to society for the greater good. Singing, painting, laughing, leading – they share the stories of their 2nd Acts in the most meaningful way: live storytelling. The worth of these 2nd Acts isn’t defined by size. In this case, size doesn’t matter. The doing does!

Be amused. Be moved. Be inspired. Just be there, as you’ll be forever changed by the experience.


My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage
My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage
Cancer draws a line in the sand of life. But the 2nd Act of life after a diagnosis can be every bit as – and sometimes even more – meaningful than the life led before.

Paddling the murky waters of survivorship, ten Chicagoland women discovered how to use their precious gifts of time and experience to give back to society for the greater good. Singing, painting, laughing, leading – they share the stories of their 2nd Acts in the most meaningful way: live storytelling. The worth of these 2nd Acts isn’t defined by size. In this case, size doesn’t matter. The doing does!

Be amused. Be moved. Be inspired. Just be there, as you’ll be forever changed by the experience.


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February 8, 2015
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DANCES FROM THE HEART 2015
A special Valentine’s Day performance featuring 13 dynamic acts including the best of Dance Chicago 2014 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 2015
DANCES FROM THE HEART 2015
A special Valentine’s Day performance featuring 13 dynamic acts including the best of Dance Chicago 2014 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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February 14, 2015
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Thunderstruck Dance Competition

Chicago Dance Competition

Feb 21, 2015

Chicago, IL

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Thunderstruck Dance Competition
Thunderstruck Dance Competition

Chicago Dance Competition

Feb 21, 2015

Chicago, IL

Remember to like our Facebook Page to stay up to date. If you have any questions please feel free  contact us at info@thunderstruckdance.com or call 702.838.6878 for more information.

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Feb 21
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Chris Hardwick
Chris Hardwick –  stand-up comedian, chart-topping podcaster, television personality, contributor for
Wired magazine, and creative head of the multi-platform media behemoth Nerdist Industries.
including the Nerdist.com website. a premium YouTube channel (youtube.com/nerdist) with over 900K subscribers; 2.3M Twitter fans; and a podcast  network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast that averages 5M monthly downloads. Chris is also the face of AMC’s live after show Talking Dead, which discussed the highly-rated The Walking Dead. His top rated late-night show, @Midnight airs four nights a week on Comedy Central. Now see him LIVE right here at the Athenaeum!
Chris Hardwick
THE FUNCOMFORTABLE TOUR
Chris Hardwick
Chris Hardwick –  stand-up comedian, chart-topping podcaster, television personality, contributor for
Wired magazine, and creative head of the multi-platform media behemoth Nerdist Industries.
including the Nerdist.com website. a premium YouTube channel (youtube.com/nerdist) with over 900K subscribers; 2.3M Twitter fans; and a podcast  network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast that averages 5M monthly downloads. Chris is also the face of AMC’s live after show Talking Dead, which discussed the highly-rated The Walking Dead. His top rated late-night show, @Midnight airs four nights a week on Comedy Central. Now see him LIVE right here at the Athenaeum!
SECOND SHOW ADDED ON 2/27/14
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Friday February 27th 2015
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The Infinite Monkey Cage

The Infinite Monkey Cage is the award-winning BBC Radio comedy and science series recorded in front of a live theatre audience and hosted by physicist Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince.

“Do you think you’re funny? Do you think you’re smart? Do you eat quantum physics with your Cheerios? Or reflect on the Space/Time/Continuum on the tread mill? Then this is the show for you! I know, I was a guest and these guys are beyond cool – and hysterical!”  — Sir Patrick Stewart.

Physicist Brian Cox and award comedian Robin Ince are the naughty but clever monkeys, guiding the discussion with guest scientists and comedians, but often going off in very unexpected directions — you never know where their exploration of the universe will end up, but wherever you land, it’s always somewhere interesting and thought provoking and very, very funny.


The Infinite Monkey Cage
The Infinite Monkey Cage

The Infinite Monkey Cage is the award-winning BBC Radio comedy and science series recorded in front of a live theatre audience and hosted by physicist Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince.

“Do you think you’re funny? Do you think you’re smart? Do you eat quantum physics with your Cheerios? Or reflect on the Space/Time/Continuum on the tread mill? Then this is the show for you! I know, I was a guest and these guys are beyond cool – and hysterical!”  — Sir Patrick Stewart.

Physicist Brian Cox and award comedian Robin Ince are the naughty but clever monkeys, guiding the discussion with guest scientists and comedians, but often going off in very unexpected directions — you never know where their exploration of the universe will end up, but wherever you land, it’s always somewhere interesting and thought provoking and very, very funny.


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March 7th 2015
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Spread the Smile! 2015
Fifth annual dance event that provides urban and suburban dancers an environment to learn, share, and perform together, honoring and celebrating Katie Lunn, whom we tragically lost April 2010. Net proceeds from concert, silent auction, and master classes benefit the Keep the Smile Alive Katie Lunn Memorial Fund.

Keep the Smile Alive!
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Spread the Smile! 2015
A Day of Dance Connecting the World One Smile at a Time
Spread the Smile! 2015
Fifth annual dance event that provides urban and suburban dancers an environment to learn, share, and perform together, honoring and celebrating Katie Lunn, whom we tragically lost April 2010. Net proceeds from concert, silent auction, and master classes benefit the Keep the Smile Alive Katie Lunn Memorial Fund.

Keep the Smile Alive!
To round up the amount of your order, please select the Spread the Smile! Campaign on the Checkout page.
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March 8, 2015
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Seth Avett & Jessica Lee Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith
Seth Avett & Jessica Lee Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith
Seth Avett & Jessica Lee Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith
TICKETS GO ON SALE 1/23/2015 10AM
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March 20, 2015
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Lisa Lampanelli
Lisa Lampanelli is known as Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean. This equal opportunity offender is a regular on Howard Stern’s Sirius satellite radio shows, and she has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Chelsea Lately,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Dr. Oz Show” and “Good Morning America.” She was also a member of the cast of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” Season 5.

Lisa Lampanelli
Not recommended for all ages, due to strong language. Performance lasts 90 minutes with no intermission.
Lisa Lampanelli
Lisa Lampanelli is known as Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean. This equal opportunity offender is a regular on Howard Stern’s Sirius satellite radio shows, and she has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Chelsea Lately,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Dr. Oz Show” and “Good Morning America.” She was also a member of the cast of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” Season 5.

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March 21
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My Brother, My Brother and Me
The McElroy Brothers are experts in nothing whatsoever, but that doesn’t stop them from attempting to solve every question, query and quandary posed by listeners of their top-rated podcast. From ghost horses to Garfield fetishes, no topic is too complex for their insight. My Brother, My Brother and Me: Real brothers, real bad advice.
My Brother, My Brother and Me
with special guest - Sawbones
My Brother, My Brother and Me
The McElroy Brothers are experts in nothing whatsoever, but that doesn’t stop them from attempting to solve every question, query and quandary posed by listeners of their top-rated podcast. From ghost horses to Garfield fetishes, no topic is too complex for their insight. My Brother, My Brother and Me: Real brothers, real bad advice.
18+. Performance lasts 90 minutes with no intermission.
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April 5th
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Listen To Your Mother 2015
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 fourth annual Chicago show will benefit the Red Pump Project, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.
What started as a single show in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010 has grown into a coast-to-coast phenomenon, with 39 cities participating in 2015 and an anthology, Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now from Putnam Books that will land in bookstores on April 7, 2015.

Listen To Your Mother 2015
Giving Motherhood a Voice
Listen To Your Mother 2015
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 fourth annual Chicago show will benefit the Red Pump Project, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.
What started as a single show in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010 has grown into a coast-to-coast phenomenon, with 39 cities participating in 2015 and an anthology, Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now from Putnam Books that will land in bookstores on April 7, 2015.

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May 3th 2015
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Studio One
The Adventures of Tapman
Follow Tapman, Chicago’s premiere tap dancing superhero, through various episodes as he battles The MADD Tapper, The Invisible Tapman, and a host of other villains. Accompanying Tapman is the MADD Rhythms Jr. Squad under the direction of Bril Barrett. Directing The Adventures of Tapman is Lauren Girard of Bread and Roses Productions. The Adventures of Tapman features light-hearted, 60s-era comic book humor, elaborate projected special effects, and phenomenal tap dancing including the unique tap dance fighting style, Tap-Fu!
The Adventures of Tapman
The Adventures of Tapman
Follow Tapman, Chicago’s premiere tap dancing superhero, through various episodes as he battles The MADD Tapper, The Invisible Tapman, and a host of other villains. Accompanying Tapman is the MADD Rhythms Jr. Squad under the direction of Bril Barrett. Directing The Adventures of Tapman is Lauren Girard of Bread and Roses Productions. The Adventures of Tapman features light-hearted, 60s-era comic book humor, elaborate projected special effects, and phenomenal tap dancing including the unique tap dance fighting style, Tap-Fu!
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January 29th - February 8th
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Barbecue Apocalypse
The yard is wrong. The fence is wrong. The patio furniture is really, really wrong. As Mike and Deb prepare for a backyard barbecue designed to impress their more stylish friends, these concerns threaten to send them into a spiral of shame and self-doubt. But the world is about to fall apart, and apocalypse has a way of putting things in perspective. The Ruckus presents the Midwest premiere of a devilish new comedy from the writer behind The Boxer and the City Life Supplement.

Best Play of 2014 – Dallas Observer
Best New Play 2014 – DFW Theater Critics Forum
Nominee, American Theater Critics Association/Steinberg New Play Award.
Barbecue Apocalypse
Barbecue Apocalypse
The yard is wrong. The fence is wrong. The patio furniture is really, really wrong. As Mike and Deb prepare for a backyard barbecue designed to impress their more stylish friends, these concerns threaten to send them into a spiral of shame and self-doubt. But the world is about to fall apart, and apocalypse has a way of putting things in perspective. The Ruckus presents the Midwest premiere of a devilish new comedy from the writer behind The Boxer and the City Life Supplement.

Best Play of 2014 – Dallas Observer
Best New Play 2014 – DFW Theater Critics Forum
Nominee, American Theater Critics Association/Steinberg New Play Award.
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February 19 - March 15
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Tiger At The Gate
The Trojan War, the Mother of all Western Wars, spawned the Mother of all Western Literature. What if, at the dawn of western history, there had been no epic poem of the glory of war, but rather a passionate plea made by a warrior for a story of peace? What would have happened had the Trojan War been avoided? Could it have been avoided? In John Arthur Lewis’s production of Tiger At The Gates (originally titled The Trojan War Will Not Take Place) the Gates Of War are omnipresent, threatening to open at any time. Because war is always threatening. And peace is always longed for.
Tiger At The Gate
Tiger At The Gate
The Trojan War, the Mother of all Western Wars, spawned the Mother of all Western Literature. What if, at the dawn of western history, there had been no epic poem of the glory of war, but rather a passionate plea made by a warrior for a story of peace? What would have happened had the Trojan War been avoided? Could it have been avoided? In John Arthur Lewis’s production of Tiger At The Gates (originally titled The Trojan War Will Not Take Place) the Gates Of War are omnipresent, threatening to open at any time. Because war is always threatening. And peace is always longed for.
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March 30 - April 25
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Studio Two
Spinning Into Butter
When one of the few African American students at liberal Belmont College begins receiving hate mail, the campus erupts, first with shock, then with mutual recrimination as faculty and students alike try to prove their own tolerance by condemning one another.  At the center of this maelstrom is Sarah Daniels, the dean of students.  As the administration sponsors public “race forums” and the students start activist groups, Sarah is forced to explore her own feelings on racism.  Her self-examination leads to some surprising discoveries and painful insights, the consequences of which even she can’t predict. Due to strong language, this show is recommended for ages 13+.
Spinning Into Butter
Spinning Into Butter
When one of the few African American students at liberal Belmont College begins receiving hate mail, the campus erupts, first with shock, then with mutual recrimination as faculty and students alike try to prove their own tolerance by condemning one another.  At the center of this maelstrom is Sarah Daniels, the dean of students.  As the administration sponsors public “race forums” and the students start activist groups, Sarah is forced to explore her own feelings on racism.  Her self-examination leads to some surprising discoveries and painful insights, the consequences of which even she can’t predict. Due to strong language, this show is recommended for ages 13+.
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Jan. 9th - Feb. 8th 2015
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Really Really
In the hazy aftermath of a wild campus party, dawn breaks on what appears to be just another day in the undergrad carnival that revolves around a circle of friends.  But when morning-after gossip about privileged Davis and ambitious Leigh turns ugly, the veneer of loyalty and friendship is peeled back to reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition, and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive.
Interrobang Theatre Project presents the Midwest Premiere of
Really Really
Really Really
In the hazy aftermath of a wild campus party, dawn breaks on what appears to be just another day in the undergrad carnival that revolves around a circle of friends.  But when morning-after gossip about privileged Davis and ambitious Leigh turns ugly, the veneer of loyalty and friendship is peeled back to reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition, and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive.
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Studio Two
Feb. 13th - March 15th 2015
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Creation’s Birthday
Creation’s Birthday brings to life the story of the Big-Bang Genesis through the legendary battle between astronomer Edwin Hubble and the scientific icon Albert Einstein. How did a boxing champ, war-hero, Rhodes scholar, and upstart astronomer gang up with a moonshine-peddling janitor (Milton Humason) to discover our expanding universe? And how did Hubble and his Jesuit priest-ally (Father George Lemaitre) use the expanding universe to expose the greatest blunder of the greatest scientist? How could the infallible, scientific genius of the century so bungle his theory so as to miss the creation of the universe?
Creation’s Birthday
by Hasan Padamsee
Creation’s Birthday
Creation’s Birthday brings to life the story of the Big-Bang Genesis through the legendary battle between astronomer Edwin Hubble and the scientific icon Albert Einstein. How did a boxing champ, war-hero, Rhodes scholar, and upstart astronomer gang up with a moonshine-peddling janitor (Milton Humason) to discover our expanding universe? And how did Hubble and his Jesuit priest-ally (Father George Lemaitre) use the expanding universe to expose the greatest blunder of the greatest scientist? How could the infallible, scientific genius of the century so bungle his theory so as to miss the creation of the universe?
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Studio Two
March 26 - April 19
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Studio Three
The Revenants
During an uprising of the undead, two couples take refuge in the abandoned basement. Gary and Karen must decide what to do next as their spouses have already been infected and are starting to turn. As they complete their transformation, the question of whether or not they are still themselves becomes impossible to answer. As Gary and Karen come face to face with the true meaning of commitment, they must ask of each other: When does love die?
The Revenants
The Revenants
During an uprising of the undead, two couples take refuge in the abandoned basement. Gary and Karen must decide what to do next as their spouses have already been infected and are starting to turn. As they complete their transformation, the question of whether or not they are still themselves becomes impossible to answer. As Gary and Karen come face to face with the true meaning of commitment, they must ask of each other: When does love die?
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Studio Three
January 8 - February 22 2015
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Picture Imperfect
The story of a single mother, Mary and the impossibly conflicted decisions she must make. Abandoned, impoverished, and tormented by past mistakes, Mary battles an unforgiving system as it moves in painful, inexorable steps to take her beloved autistic son.



Picture Imperfect
Picture Imperfect
The story of a single mother, Mary and the impossibly conflicted decisions she must make. Abandoned, impoverished, and tormented by past mistakes, Mary battles an unforgiving system as it moves in painful, inexorable steps to take her beloved autistic son.



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Studio Three
Feb 26th - April 4th 2015
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