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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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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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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

<div class=”smalltype” id=”s_description”>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. <br /><br /> 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 &amp; Friendz, a documentary, and Lil Bub’s Big Show on Animal Planet.<br /><br /> 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: <a href=”http://www.walkerart.org/internet-cat-video-festival”> walkerart.org/internet-cat-video-festival</a>.<br /><br /> To learn more about Lil Bub, visit: <a href=”https://www.aspca.org/secure/lilbub”> https://www.aspca.org/secure/lilbub</a><br /><br /> To learn more about the Chicago CatVidFest <a href=”http://www.chicagocatrescue.org”> http://www.chicagocatrescue.org</a>, <a href=”http://www.treehouseanimals.org”> http://www.treehouseanimals.org</a>.<br /><br />*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.<br />(Meet and Greet proceeds benefit Lil Bub’s Big Fund, Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society)<br /><br /></div>

Internet Cat Video Festival – Film
September 19
Hosted by Lil Bub and Mike Bridavsky
Internet Cat Video Festival – Film

<div class=”smalltype” id=”s_description”>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. <br /><br /> 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 &amp; Friendz, a documentary, and Lil Bub’s Big Show on Animal Planet.<br /><br /> 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: <a href=”http://www.walkerart.org/internet-cat-video-festival”> walkerart.org/internet-cat-video-festival</a>.<br /><br /> To learn more about Lil Bub, visit: <a href=”https://www.aspca.org/secure/lilbub”> https://www.aspca.org/secure/lilbub</a><br /><br /> To learn more about the Chicago CatVidFest <a href=”http://www.chicagocatrescue.org”> http://www.chicagocatrescue.org</a>, <a href=”http://www.treehouseanimals.org”> http://www.treehouseanimals.org</a>.<br /><br />*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.<br />(Meet and Greet proceeds benefit Lil Bub’s Big Fund, Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society)<br /><br /></div>

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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
100% of the profits from the Lil BUB Meet and Greet will benefit Tree House, Chicago Cat Rescue and Lil BUB’s Big FUND.

Your $100 ticket gets you:

  • a chance to meet and pet BUB one on one
  • a photo with BUB
  • a limited edition, numbered, signed, paw-printed, and personalized BUB art print commemorating the event
  • an extremely generous and much needed donation to animals in need

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
100% of the profits from the Lil BUB Meet and Greet will benefit Tree House, Chicago Cat Rescue and Lil BUB’s Big FUND.

Your $100 ticket gets you:

  • a chance to meet and pet BUB one on one
  • a photo with BUB
  • a limited edition, numbered, signed, paw-printed, and personalized BUB art print commemorating the event
  • an extremely generous and much needed donation to animals in need

To learn more about the beneficiaries, visit:
chicagocatrescue.org
treehouseanimals.org

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Main Stage
September 19
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CAO’s 10th Anniversary Concert: ¡Musica Viva!
10/2
¡Musica Viva!, a concert celebration of Hispanic heritage opens the Chicago Arts Orchestra’s 10th anniversary season. Featured on Chicago’s Latino Music Festival, Javier José Mendoza leads the CAO in a variety of festive works by Latin American composers including Blas Galindo, Arturo Márquez, José Pablo Moncayo, and Chicago’s own Elbio Barilari. ¡Musica Viva! begins at 8pm (7:30pm pre-concert talk) – The concert is part of the Chicago Latino Music Festival. 
CAO’s 10th Anniversary Concert: ¡Musica Viva!
10/2
A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage
CAO’s 10th Anniversary Concert: ¡Musica Viva!
¡Musica Viva!, a concert celebration of Hispanic heritage opens the Chicago Arts Orchestra’s 10th anniversary season. Featured on Chicago’s Latino Music Festival, Javier José Mendoza leads the CAO in a variety of festive works by Latin American composers including Blas Galindo, Arturo Márquez, José Pablo Moncayo, and Chicago’s own Elbio Barilari. ¡Musica Viva! begins at 8pm (7:30pm pre-concert talk) – The concert is part of the Chicago Latino Music Festival. 
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Main Stage
10/2
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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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October 3 & 4
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Stuff You Should Know
10/6

“Stuff You Should Know” is the award-winning podcast hosted by Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark and produced by the venerable website HowStuffWorks. Twice weekly since 2008, “Stuff You Should Know” has released a mind-addling array of episodes, cracking open the mechanics, history, and cultural and scientific impact of topics like: Ouija boards, asteroid mining, termites, the use of MDMA to treat mental illness, the game of horseshoes, gender reassignment surgery, what would happen if the Earth stopped spinning, Barbie® dolls, peak oil, the effects of going without sleep, bioluminescence, disco, icebergs, the fat tax, and so on and so on, totaling nearly 700 episodes and adding two more every Tuesday and Thursday.  So far, SYSK has had over 15 BILLION downloads by listeners around the world. Over the years, “Stuff You Should Know” has grown beyond the podcast to include video series like “Don’t Be Dumb;” a pretty good social media presence on Facebook and Twitter where Josh and Chuck chat with their fans, field suggestions and are told what they got wrong in any given episode; and a website, Josh and Chuck’s home on the web, Stuff You Should Know.com, where they like to share examples of their interests in photos of abandoned places, old Halloween costumes, terrible ideas in history, and other neat stuff. They are also beginning work on a Stuff You Should Know book, which they intend to complete and have published before the end of the decade, they hope. They also played themselves in a short-lived but much-loved scripted TV show on Science channel. Chuck and Josh live in Atlanta, though not together; instead with their wives, Emilie (Chuck) and Umi (Josh). When they aren’t working – but really, in this day and age, when is anyone not working, you know? – Chuck plays in his old man band, as he’s a bit of an amateur guitarist, and Josh likes to find and try new cocktail recipes, as he’s a bit of an amateur mixologist.

AEG Live presents
Stuff You Should Know
10/6
Stuff You Should Know

“Stuff You Should Know” is the award-winning podcast hosted by Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark and produced by the venerable website HowStuffWorks. Twice weekly since 2008, “Stuff You Should Know” has released a mind-addling array of episodes, cracking open the mechanics, history, and cultural and scientific impact of topics like: Ouija boards, asteroid mining, termites, the use of MDMA to treat mental illness, the game of horseshoes, gender reassignment surgery, what would happen if the Earth stopped spinning, Barbie® dolls, peak oil, the effects of going without sleep, bioluminescence, disco, icebergs, the fat tax, and so on and so on, totaling nearly 700 episodes and adding two more every Tuesday and Thursday.  So far, SYSK has had over 15 BILLION downloads by listeners around the world. Over the years, “Stuff You Should Know” has grown beyond the podcast to include video series like “Don’t Be Dumb;” a pretty good social media presence on Facebook and Twitter where Josh and Chuck chat with their fans, field suggestions and are told what they got wrong in any given episode; and a website, Josh and Chuck’s home on the web, Stuff You Should Know.com, where they like to share examples of their interests in photos of abandoned places, old Halloween costumes, terrible ideas in history, and other neat stuff. They are also beginning work on a Stuff You Should Know book, which they intend to complete and have published before the end of the decade, they hope. They also played themselves in a short-lived but much-loved scripted TV show on Science channel. Chuck and Josh live in Atlanta, though not together; instead with their wives, Emilie (Chuck) and Umi (Josh). When they aren’t working – but really, in this day and age, when is anyone not working, you know? – Chuck plays in his old man band, as he’s a bit of an amateur guitarist, and Josh likes to find and try new cocktail recipes, as he’s a bit of an amateur mixologist.

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Main Stage
10/6
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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

VIP TICKETS – Oct. 10th at 7pm
Includes Pre-Show Reception and Backstage Rigging Tour

Join us for an extraordinary theatre experience starting with an elegant wine reception at 7:00pm followed by the performance of AYA at 8:00pm and an exclusive behind the scenes stage and rigging tour after the show.

Be sure to select the seats marked in red in section 2 and 3 of the theatre seating chart. Or call the box office at 773.935.6875.

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

VIP TICKETS – Oct. 10th at 7pm
Includes Pre-Show Reception and Backstage Rigging Tour

Join us for an extraordinary theatre experience starting with an elegant wine reception at 7:00pm followed by the performance of AYA at 8:00pm and an exclusive behind the scenes stage and rigging tour after the show.

Be sure to select the seats marked in red in section 2 and 3 of the theatre seating chart. Or call the box office at 773.935.6875.

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10/10 & 17
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INSTRUMENTAL
10/24

Opening Nomi’s 9th season, INSTRUMENTAL will showcase our creative and innovative talents from within. Staying true to Nomi’s mission that there is a unique connection in many genres of dance, we now delve into the beautiful marriage between music and dance.

“Every artist has an instrument that is used to express their work: a paintbrush, a voice, a pen, a creative mind, etc. A dancer expresses through movement, and a musician plays their instrument. What would happen if we explore the fusion of the dancer’s body with a musician’s instrument?”

The audience will get to experience the music coming to life visually through each virtuosic movement of the performers’ bodies. Join us for this inventive and visionary show as we pay homage to some of music’s greatest composers and musicians!

INSTRUMENTAL
10/24
INSTRUMENTAL

Opening Nomi’s 9th season, INSTRUMENTAL will showcase our creative and innovative talents from within. Staying true to Nomi’s mission that there is a unique connection in many genres of dance, we now delve into the beautiful marriage between music and dance.

“Every artist has an instrument that is used to express their work: a paintbrush, a voice, a pen, a creative mind, etc. A dancer expresses through movement, and a musician plays their instrument. What would happen if we explore the fusion of the dancer’s body with a musician’s instrument?”

The audience will get to experience the music coming to life visually through each virtuosic movement of the performers’ bodies. Join us for this inventive and visionary show as we pay homage to some of music’s greatest composers and musicians!

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Main Stage
10/24
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Pop-Up Magazine
10/27

Pop-Up Magazine is a “live magazine,” an evening of true stories, photography, documentary film, and radio, presented live on stage by some of the country’s top storytellers and artists. Stories are accompanied by visuals, recorded audio, and live music. All brand new, nothing published or aired before. Past shows have included best-selling authors like Susan Orlean, Michael Pollan, and Alice Walker; Oscar-winning filmmakers; public radio personalities from shows like This American Life  and Radiolab; famed photographers like Larry Sultan, Richard Misrach, and Autumn de Wilde; and artists and actors from Beck to John C. Reilly.

Our theme is no theme. Science, music, politics, art, business, food, literature, design, and nature — all in one show. We don’t record it, so you have to be there to see it. Original live music by the Magik*Magik Orchestra and special guests.

Pop-Up Magazine
10/27
Pop-Up Magazine

Pop-Up Magazine is a “live magazine,” an evening of true stories, photography, documentary film, and radio, presented live on stage by some of the country’s top storytellers and artists. Stories are accompanied by visuals, recorded audio, and live music. All brand new, nothing published or aired before. Past shows have included best-selling authors like Susan Orlean, Michael Pollan, and Alice Walker; Oscar-winning filmmakers; public radio personalities from shows like This American Life  and Radiolab; famed photographers like Larry Sultan, Richard Misrach, and Autumn de Wilde; and artists and actors from Beck to John C. Reilly.

Our theme is no theme. Science, music, politics, art, business, food, literature, design, and nature — all in one show. We don’t record it, so you have to be there to see it. Original live music by the Magik*Magik Orchestra and special guests.

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Main Stage
10/27
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Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
10/30 - 11/1
The unlikely bedfellows of dance and radio meet in an inventive, funny, and joyful production by This American Life radio host Ira Glass, with choreographer Monica Bill Barnes, and dancer Anna Bass. A ‘charmingly homespun show—which traces interlocking themes of love, mortality and dedication through live talking, dancing and radio snippets’ (The New York Times). Barnes, who the Washington Post calls ‘the Tina Fey of Dance,’ reveals the humor and compassion in daily living, and combines elements of vaudeville and dance to match Glass’ signature wit and charm.
Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
10/30 - 11/1
Ira Glass with Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass
Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
The unlikely bedfellows of dance and radio meet in an inventive, funny, and joyful production by This American Life radio host Ira Glass, with choreographer Monica Bill Barnes, and dancer Anna Bass. A ‘charmingly homespun show—which traces interlocking themes of love, mortality and dedication through live talking, dancing and radio snippets’ (The New York Times). Barnes, who the Washington Post calls ‘the Tina Fey of Dance,’ reveals the humor and compassion in daily living, and combines elements of vaudeville and dance to match Glass’ signature wit and charm.
tickets on sale to public September 18
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10/30 - 11/1
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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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8/9 - 9/20
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Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon
10/1 - 11/1
 Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds just back from their honeymoon – he’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s an impulsive romantic always looking for the latest kick. When Corie’s loopy, widowed mother drops in for a surprise visit, the couple decides to play matchmaker during a dinner with their upstairs neighbor, Victor. During the meal, everything that can go wrong – does.
Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon
10/1 - 11/1
directed by Michael Driscoll
Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon
 Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds just back from their honeymoon – he’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s an impulsive romantic always looking for the latest kick. When Corie’s loopy, widowed mother drops in for a surprise visit, the couple decides to play matchmaker during a dinner with their upstairs neighbor, Victor. During the meal, everything that can go wrong – does.
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10/1 - 11/1
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HoliDaze 2015
11/20 - 12/20

Back by popular demand, Step Up’s popular holiday round-up returns for its third year! This series of touching and comedic short plays celebrate the holiday season and all the chaos, dysfunction, and cheer that comes along with it.

HoliDaze 2015
11/20 - 12/20
Step Up Productions presents the 3rd Annual
HoliDaze 2015

Back by popular demand, Step Up’s popular holiday round-up returns for its third year! This series of touching and comedic short plays celebrate the holiday season and all the chaos, dysfunction, and cheer that comes along with it.

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Studio One
11/20 - 12/20
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Private Lives by Noel Coward
4/8 - 5/8
Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between bouts of love and anger. When their peeved spouses reappear, chaos ensues and new partnerships and alliances are formed.
Private Lives by Noel Coward
4/8 - 5/8
directed by Ian Frank
Private Lives by Noel Coward
Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between bouts of love and anger. When their peeved spouses reappear, chaos ensues and new partnerships and alliances are formed.
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4/8 - 5/8
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Make Me a Song
6/13 - 7/10
Make Me a Song is a celebration showcasing the songs of one of the most acclaimed composer-lyricists writing for the musical theatre today. A two-time Tony Award winner for the groundbreaking musical, Falsettos, and the beloved The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, William Finn is a true living legend. Make Me a Song is big, boisterous, and full of joie de vivre just like Finn, himself.
Make Me a Song
6/13 - 7/10
The Music of William Finn
Make Me a Song
Make Me a Song is a celebration showcasing the songs of one of the most acclaimed composer-lyricists writing for the musical theatre today. A two-time Tony Award winner for the groundbreaking musical, Falsettos, and the beloved The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, William Finn is a true living legend. Make Me a Song is big, boisterous, and full of joie de vivre just like Finn, himself.
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6/13 - 7/10
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Studio Two
Supreme Love
Sept 4-20

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.

“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
Sept 4-20
featuring M.A.D.D. Rhythms
Supreme Love

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.

“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

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Studio Two
Sept 4-20
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The Seagull
10/2 - 11/1

Famous actress Irina Arkadina is obsessed with a callous lover, dismissive of her frustrated son, and suspicious of an admiring young man. Anton Chekhov’s 1895 play explores the tensions between mothers, sons, lovers, friends, and servants.

The Seagull
10/2 - 11/1
by Anton Chekhov
The Seagull

Famous actress Irina Arkadina is obsessed with a callous lover, dismissive of her frustrated son, and suspicious of an admiring young man. Anton Chekhov’s 1895 play explores the tensions between mothers, sons, lovers, friends, and servants.

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Studio Two
10/2 - 11/1
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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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The Shape of Things
2/5 - 3/6
Any shrewd chap who discovers a video camera in his artist-girlfriend’s bedroom might well fear that the cut and thrust of their sexual action was destined to end up as her artistic fodder. But in The Shape of Things, Neil LaBute’s chilling tale of sexual gamesmanship and bedroom politics, Adam, the shy chap concerned, takes the video camera lying down, so to speak. What shape are you willing to take to please your partner?
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The Shape of Things
2/5 - 3/6
by Neil LaBute
The Shape of Things
Any shrewd chap who discovers a video camera in his artist-girlfriend’s bedroom might well fear that the cut and thrust of their sexual action was destined to end up as her artistic fodder. But in The Shape of Things, Neil LaBute’s chilling tale of sexual gamesmanship and bedroom politics, Adam, the shy chap concerned, takes the video camera lying down, so to speak. What shape are you willing to take to please your partner?
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Studio Two
2/5 - 3/6
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Studio Three
Twisted Melodies
8/27 - 9/13

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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Twisted Melodies
8/27 - 9/13
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

THERE IS NO LATE SEATING FOR THIS SHOW
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Studio Three
8/27 - 9/13
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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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