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Terrible, Thanks for Asking
Presented by WBEZ's Podcast Passport and The Fest Curated by Third Coast International Audio Festival
Terrible, Thanks for Asking

You know how every day someone asks “how are you?” And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say “fine,” so everyone can go about their day? Terrible, Thanks for Asking is a podcast that is the opposite of that. They ask real people to share their complicated and honest feelings – sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and sometimes both at once.

Join us for a live performance of the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking, featuring stories and conversations about real lived experiences. Host Nora McInerny will provide her signature sad, funny, uncomfortable and honest take on love, grief, life and everything that comes with it.

Presented in partnership with WBEZ’s Podcast Passport and The Fest Curated by Third Coast International Audio Festival.

About the Presenters

The WBEZ Podcast Passport is Chicago’s yearlong, curated live podcast event series brought to curious Chicago audio nerds – veterans and rookies! – who crave long form storytelling and honest, impactful conversations. The WBEZ Podcast Passport hand-selects the best shows and voices and brings them from the listener’s ears to their own backyard for an IRL experience. A ticket to a WBEZ Podcast Passport show supports local public media and cultivates engagement so that listeners can connect more deeply with conversations that affect their communities.

Each fall, Third Coast curates The Fest: a spectacular two-week lineup of podcasts, live on-stage in venues across the city. Together with the Third Coast Conference — an annual gathering of audio makers from around the world — The Fest transforms Chicago into the center of the podcasting universe. Harnessing the talent of the audio industry and the energy of local audiences, The Fest pushes the boundaries of what live podcasts can be.

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10/5/18

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2018 NANBF/IPE Windy City Natural
Sept 22

Fitness competition awarding Natural Pro Qualifiers and $20,000 in Pro Winnings.

All-ages. Each competition lasts 5 hours with varying breaks.

2018 NANBF/IPE Windy City Natural
Sept 22
2018 NANBF/IPE Windy City Natural

Fitness competition awarding Natural Pro Qualifiers and $20,000 in Pro Winnings.

All-ages. Each competition lasts 5 hours with varying breaks.

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Pines of Rome
10/2
Gregory Hughes, conductor
Heather Wittels, violin
SIBELIUS: Karelia Suite
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto
RESPIGHI: Pines of Rome

Lyric Opera violinist Heather Wittels returns for Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Lakeview Orchestra’s first performance at the Athenaeum Theatre! Sibelius’ Karelia Suite opens the concert, and the program concludes with Respighi’s epic Pines of Rome.

Pines of Rome
10/2
Pines of Rome
Gregory Hughes, conductor
Heather Wittels, violin
SIBELIUS: Karelia Suite
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto
RESPIGHI: Pines of Rome

Lyric Opera violinist Heather Wittels returns for Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Lakeview Orchestra’s first performance at the Athenaeum Theatre! Sibelius’ Karelia Suite opens the concert, and the program concludes with Respighi’s epic Pines of Rome.

All ages. This concert will last approximately 90 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.
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10/2
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BLUE WAVE RAVE!
10/3

Enjoy an evening of laughter, drinks, and community as we work together to turn Congress blue! Indivisible Chicago
is teaming up with ensemble members of The Second City, iO, and Annoyance Theater to rally 1,000 volunteers to
help Get Out The Vote for progressive candidates in Illinois and Indiana—and we need your help. Please join us at
Lakeview’s Athenaeum Theatre on October 3 to find out how you can get involved, meet your fellow activists, and
enjoy a one-night-only improv performance aimed at getting us ready to turn out the vote.
There is no blue wave without the work and, together, we can make sure Illinois does its part to flip the House—and
maybe take the Senate, too.
Join us 7pm Wednesday, October 3, at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, Chicago

Admission FREE

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT AN ATHENAEUM THEATRE BOX OFFICE EVENT

BLUE WAVE RAVE!
10/3
BLUE WAVE RAVE!

Enjoy an evening of laughter, drinks, and community as we work together to turn Congress blue! Indivisible Chicago
is teaming up with ensemble members of The Second City, iO, and Annoyance Theater to rally 1,000 volunteers to
help Get Out The Vote for progressive candidates in Illinois and Indiana—and we need your help. Please join us at
Lakeview’s Athenaeum Theatre on October 3 to find out how you can get involved, meet your fellow activists, and
enjoy a one-night-only improv performance aimed at getting us ready to turn out the vote.
There is no blue wave without the work and, together, we can make sure Illinois does its part to flip the House—and
maybe take the Senate, too.
Join us 7pm Wednesday, October 3, at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, Chicago

Admission FREE

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT AN ATHENAEUM THEATRE BOX OFFICE EVENT

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10/3
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Terrible, Thanks for Asking
10/5/18

You know how every day someone asks “how are you?” And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say “fine,” so everyone can go about their day? Terrible, Thanks for Asking is a podcast that is the opposite of that. They ask real people to share their complicated and honest feelings – sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and sometimes both at once.

Join us for a live performance of the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking, featuring stories and conversations about real lived experiences. Host Nora McInerny will provide her signature sad, funny, uncomfortable and honest take on love, grief, life and everything that comes with it.

Presented in partnership with WBEZ’s Podcast Passport and The Fest Curated by Third Coast International Audio Festival.

About the Presenters

The WBEZ Podcast Passport is Chicago’s yearlong, curated live podcast event series brought to curious Chicago audio nerds – veterans and rookies! – who crave long form storytelling and honest, impactful conversations. The WBEZ Podcast Passport hand-selects the best shows and voices and brings them from the listener’s ears to their own backyard for an IRL experience. A ticket to a WBEZ Podcast Passport show supports local public media and cultivates engagement so that listeners can connect more deeply with conversations that affect their communities.

Each fall, Third Coast curates The Fest: a spectacular two-week lineup of podcasts, live on-stage in venues across the city. Together with the Third Coast Conference — an annual gathering of audio makers from around the world — The Fest transforms Chicago into the center of the podcasting universe. Harnessing the talent of the audio industry and the energy of local audiences, The Fest pushes the boundaries of what live podcasts can be.

Terrible, Thanks for Asking
10/5/18
Presented by WBEZ's Podcast Passport and The Fest Curated by Third Coast International Audio Festival
Terrible, Thanks for Asking

You know how every day someone asks “how are you?” And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say “fine,” so everyone can go about their day? Terrible, Thanks for Asking is a podcast that is the opposite of that. They ask real people to share their complicated and honest feelings – sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and sometimes both at once.

Join us for a live performance of the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking, featuring stories and conversations about real lived experiences. Host Nora McInerny will provide her signature sad, funny, uncomfortable and honest take on love, grief, life and everything that comes with it.

Presented in partnership with WBEZ’s Podcast Passport and The Fest Curated by Third Coast International Audio Festival.

About the Presenters

The WBEZ Podcast Passport is Chicago’s yearlong, curated live podcast event series brought to curious Chicago audio nerds – veterans and rookies! – who crave long form storytelling and honest, impactful conversations. The WBEZ Podcast Passport hand-selects the best shows and voices and brings them from the listener’s ears to their own backyard for an IRL experience. A ticket to a WBEZ Podcast Passport show supports local public media and cultivates engagement so that listeners can connect more deeply with conversations that affect their communities.

Each fall, Third Coast curates The Fest: a spectacular two-week lineup of podcasts, live on-stage in venues across the city. Together with the Third Coast Conference — an annual gathering of audio makers from around the world — The Fest transforms Chicago into the center of the podcasting universe. Harnessing the talent of the audio industry and the energy of local audiences, The Fest pushes the boundaries of what live podcasts can be.

All ages. Doors at 7 pm. Performance lasts 90 minutes without intermission, followed by an informal Q&A that concludes at 11 pm.
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10/5/18
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Welcome to Night Vale
October 8

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Turn on your radio and hide.

Madison House presents
Welcome to Night Vale
October 8
Welcome to Night Vale

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Turn on your radio and hide.

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October 8
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Lindsey Buckingham
10/17/18

Lindsey Buckingham is widely considered one of the greatest living guitar players and songwriters of our time. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and three-time GRAMMY winner, Buckingham is best known as the producer, guitarist, vocalist and chief songwriter for Fleetwood Mac and as a widely celebrated solo artist.

J.S. Ondara is an artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was born and raised in Nairobi but moved to Minneapolis simply because that’s where Bob Dylan is from. He cites his influences as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Noah Gundersen, Ray Lamontagne, and Bon Iver. J.S. is currently finishing up his first project and playing a few select shows.

Every ticket purchased online for Lindsey Buckingham includes your choice of a CD or digital copy of the new album, Anthology, released on 10/05/2018. You’ll receive instructions via email on how to redeem your album after ticket purchase.

Package Details:

Lindsey Buckingham VIP Meet & Greet Package

• One reserved seat in the front 5 rows
• Meet & greet with Lindsey Buckingham
• Photo opportunity with Lindsey Buckingham
• One signed exclusive Lindsey Buckingham poster
• One Lindsey Buckingham leather journal
• Commemorative VIP laminate
• Priority entry into the venue
• First access merch shopping

Lindsey Buckingham Premium Package

• One reserved seat in the front 20 rows
• One signed exclusive Lindsey Buckingham poster
• One Lindsey Buckingham leather journal
• Commemorative VIP laminate
• Priority entry into the venue
• First access merch shopping

Live Nation presents
Lindsey Buckingham
10/17/18
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Lindsey Buckingham

Lindsey Buckingham is widely considered one of the greatest living guitar players and songwriters of our time. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and three-time GRAMMY winner, Buckingham is best known as the producer, guitarist, vocalist and chief songwriter for Fleetwood Mac and as a widely celebrated solo artist.

J.S. Ondara is an artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was born and raised in Nairobi but moved to Minneapolis simply because that’s where Bob Dylan is from. He cites his influences as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Noah Gundersen, Ray Lamontagne, and Bon Iver. J.S. is currently finishing up his first project and playing a few select shows.

Every ticket purchased online for Lindsey Buckingham includes your choice of a CD or digital copy of the new album, Anthology, released on 10/05/2018. You’ll receive instructions via email on how to redeem your album after ticket purchase.

Package Details:

Lindsey Buckingham VIP Meet & Greet Package

• One reserved seat in the front 5 rows
• Meet & greet with Lindsey Buckingham
• Photo opportunity with Lindsey Buckingham
• One signed exclusive Lindsey Buckingham poster
• One Lindsey Buckingham leather journal
• Commemorative VIP laminate
• Priority entry into the venue
• First access merch shopping

Lindsey Buckingham Premium Package

• One reserved seat in the front 20 rows
• One signed exclusive Lindsey Buckingham poster
• One Lindsey Buckingham leather journal
• Commemorative VIP laminate
• Priority entry into the venue
• First access merch shopping

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10/17/18
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Pop-Up Magazine
Oct 18 @ 7:30 PM

Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine—a night of new, true stories about the fascinating world around us. Each issue is different from the last, with photography, film, radio, and original music all mixed together and performed live onstage by a cast of talented people.

Past contributors include bestselling authors (Michael Pollan, Alice Walker, Susan Orlean), award-winning documentary filmmakers (Ava DuVernay, Alex Gibney, Barry Jenkins), prominent radio and podcast producers (Ira Glass, Jad Abumrad, Kelly McEvers), renowned photographers (Larry Sultan, Alec Soth, Katy Grannan), musicians and actors (Beck, Kumail Nanjiani, Sasheer Zamata), as well as a wide, eclectic group of emerging media makers. To see who is contributing to this issue, check out our website.

After the show, performers, producers, and the audience stick around for drinks and conversation.

We don’t post any video or audio online. You have to be there to see it.

“A sensation” – New York Times | “Beautiful” – Los Angeles Times | “Highbrow/Brilliant” – New York Magazine

Presented by WBEZ 91.5 Chicago

If you have fragrance sensitivities, please be advised this show includes a brief, optional interactive moment involving scent.

WBEZ presents
Pop-Up Magazine
Oct 18 @ 7:30 PM
Fall 2018 Issue
Pop-Up Magazine

Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine—a night of new, true stories about the fascinating world around us. Each issue is different from the last, with photography, film, radio, and original music all mixed together and performed live onstage by a cast of talented people.

Past contributors include bestselling authors (Michael Pollan, Alice Walker, Susan Orlean), award-winning documentary filmmakers (Ava DuVernay, Alex Gibney, Barry Jenkins), prominent radio and podcast producers (Ira Glass, Jad Abumrad, Kelly McEvers), renowned photographers (Larry Sultan, Alec Soth, Katy Grannan), musicians and actors (Beck, Kumail Nanjiani, Sasheer Zamata), as well as a wide, eclectic group of emerging media makers. To see who is contributing to this issue, check out our website.

After the show, performers, producers, and the audience stick around for drinks and conversation.

We don’t post any video or audio online. You have to be there to see it.

“A sensation” – New York Times | “Beautiful” – Los Angeles Times | “Highbrow/Brilliant” – New York Magazine

Presented by WBEZ 91.5 Chicago

If you have fragrance sensitivities, please be advised this show includes a brief, optional interactive moment involving scent.

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Oct 18 @ 7:30 PM
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The Space in Between
10/20 & 10/21
Ballet 5:8 invites you to experience a riveting evening of dance featuring two one-act ballets. Julianna Rubio Slager’s world premiere The Space in Between is set on a bus ride between heaven and hell, a story inspired by C. S. Lewis’ novel, The Great Divorce. Slager’s The Four Seasons of the Soul, a Ballet 5:8 audience favorite, is set to Vivaldi’s dramatic score and reflects on the seasons of life juxtaposed with the seasons of nature. Learn more at ballet58.org/space-in-between.
The Space in Between
10/20 & 10/21
The Space in Between
Ballet 5:8 invites you to experience a riveting evening of dance featuring two one-act ballets. Julianna Rubio Slager’s world premiere The Space in Between is set on a bus ride between heaven and hell, a story inspired by C. S. Lewis’ novel, The Great Divorce. Slager’s The Four Seasons of the Soul, a Ballet 5:8 audience favorite, is set to Vivaldi’s dramatic score and reflects on the seasons of life juxtaposed with the seasons of nature. Learn more at ballet58.org/space-in-between.
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10/20 & 10/21
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The Grand Illusions of Rob Lake
10/23

One of the world’s most celebrated illusionists, Rob Lake’s mindblowing illusions have dazzled and entertained millions across network television, in Times Square, on the Vegas strip, Atlantic City, and before sold-out audiences in casinos, arenas, and theatres worldwide.

His astonishing original illusions are uniquely presented as awe-inspiring storytelling on the grandest scale.

Named “The Top Illusionist in the World” by Caesars Entertainment, the world’s largest gaming organization, Rob is internationally renowned for his mesmerizing and award-winning illusion spectacular.

In 2008, Rob became the youngest magician in history to receive the holy grail of the magic world — the Merlin Award – as ‘International Stage Magician of the Year.’ This award is magic’s highest honor and the industry equivalent of an Oscar.

Rob has also served as magic consultant for network TV series, feature films, and has created illusions for today’s most famous magicians.

Madison House presents
The Grand Illusions of Rob Lake
10/23
The Grand Illusions of Rob Lake

One of the world’s most celebrated illusionists, Rob Lake’s mindblowing illusions have dazzled and entertained millions across network television, in Times Square, on the Vegas strip, Atlantic City, and before sold-out audiences in casinos, arenas, and theatres worldwide.

His astonishing original illusions are uniquely presented as awe-inspiring storytelling on the grandest scale.

Named “The Top Illusionist in the World” by Caesars Entertainment, the world’s largest gaming organization, Rob is internationally renowned for his mesmerizing and award-winning illusion spectacular.

In 2008, Rob became the youngest magician in history to receive the holy grail of the magic world — the Merlin Award – as ‘International Stage Magician of the Year.’ This award is magic’s highest honor and the industry equivalent of an Oscar.

Rob has also served as magic consultant for network TV series, feature films, and has created illusions for today’s most famous magicians.

All ages. Performance lasts 90 minutes with no intermission
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10/23
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Slow Burn Live in Chicago
10/26

From Slate, “Slow Burn” is back with Season 2, and now is your chance to experience the hit podcast series live! Join us for our first-ever nationwide tour with host Leon Neyfakh, your guide to everything you never knew about Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, and the scandal that nearly ended a presidency. The “Slow Burn” team will hit the road to Chicago after the season wraps to keep the conversation going.

Host of WBEZ’s “Making Oprah,” Jennifer White and historian Jennifer Whitewill talk to Leon about how the Clinton era looks through modern eyes—and what it was like to live through it at the time. Enjoy a live performance of an all-new, original “Slow Burn” story exploring the mysterious forces that steer history. Prepare to hear about Clinton World characters you’ve forgotten or never knew about, and to reflect on whether the past is more—or less—than a series of arbitrary chain reactions.

Slow Burn Live in Chicago
10/26
Slow Burn Live in Chicago

From Slate, “Slow Burn” is back with Season 2, and now is your chance to experience the hit podcast series live! Join us for our first-ever nationwide tour with host Leon Neyfakh, your guide to everything you never knew about Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, and the scandal that nearly ended a presidency. The “Slow Burn” team will hit the road to Chicago after the season wraps to keep the conversation going.

Host of WBEZ’s “Making Oprah,” Jennifer White and historian Jennifer Whitewill talk to Leon about how the Clinton era looks through modern eyes—and what it was like to live through it at the time. Enjoy a live performance of an all-new, original “Slow Burn” story exploring the mysterious forces that steer history. Prepare to hear about Clinton World characters you’ve forgotten or never knew about, and to reflect on whether the past is more—or less—than a series of arbitrary chain reactions.

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10/26
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Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Blue Wave Tour
October 27

Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Blue Wave Tour comes to Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre for one night only featuring John Fugelsang & special guest Margaret Cho! With just 3 shows on this very special mid-term tour; you, friends and family will want to be a part of creating the big blue wave that is going to hit Congress in November.

Inspired by Stephanie Miller’s popular progressive talk radio show, Sexy Liberal has brought sharp & inspiring political comedy to sold out theaters across the USA and spawned a #1 album. This time Stephanie & John are joined by the one and only Margaret Cho on Saturday October 27. In past shows, Stephanie and comedian & SiriusXM host John Fugelsang have been joined onstage by performers and guests including Lily Tomlin, Aisha Tyler, Rep. Ted Lieu, Joy Reid, & Rob Reiner. So stay tuned for even more surprises at the Athenaeum Theatre.

Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Blue Wave Tour is hugely entertaining, passionately progressive, & a deeply inappropriate resistance movement. Join the Resistance…at The Sexy Liberal Blue Wave Tour.

VIP packages with post-show meet and greets available.

Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Blue Wave Tour
October 27
Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Blue Wave Tour

Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Blue Wave Tour comes to Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre for one night only featuring John Fugelsang & special guest Margaret Cho! With just 3 shows on this very special mid-term tour; you, friends and family will want to be a part of creating the big blue wave that is going to hit Congress in November.

Inspired by Stephanie Miller’s popular progressive talk radio show, Sexy Liberal has brought sharp & inspiring political comedy to sold out theaters across the USA and spawned a #1 album. This time Stephanie & John are joined by the one and only Margaret Cho on Saturday October 27. In past shows, Stephanie and comedian & SiriusXM host John Fugelsang have been joined onstage by performers and guests including Lily Tomlin, Aisha Tyler, Rep. Ted Lieu, Joy Reid, & Rob Reiner. So stay tuned for even more surprises at the Athenaeum Theatre.

Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Blue Wave Tour is hugely entertaining, passionately progressive, & a deeply inappropriate resistance movement. Join the Resistance…at The Sexy Liberal Blue Wave Tour.

VIP packages with post-show meet and greets available.

Event lasts 2 hours 15 minutes without intermission. Not for all ages, due to strong language.
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October 27
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DC 2018 Dance Slam
11/3
The award-winning interactive dance competition with a non-stop beat! Each work is five minutes or less and the audience votes for the winners! Come and decide for yourself.
DC 2018 Dance Slam
11/3
Chicago’s premiere dance competition!
DC 2018 Dance Slam
The award-winning interactive dance competition with a non-stop beat! Each work is five minutes or less and the audience votes for the winners! Come and decide for yourself.
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11/3
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Kings Kaleidoscope
11/4

Kings Kaleidoscope is on tour! Don’t miss your chance to see them in Chicago.

Limited VIP TICKETS are available that include: seating in the first four rows, pics and Meet & Greet with the band, a signed poster, early entry, early access to merchandise.

VIP CHECK-IN BEGINS 5:45 PM, VIP MEET AND GREET STARTS 6:00 PM.

Purchase VIP seats in Sections 2, 3, & 4 on the seating chart under “choose your own seats.”

Afton presents
Kings Kaleidoscope
11/4
Kings Kaleidoscope

Kings Kaleidoscope is on tour! Don’t miss your chance to see them in Chicago.

Limited VIP TICKETS are available that include: seating in the first four rows, pics and Meet & Greet with the band, a signed poster, early entry, early access to merchandise.

VIP CHECK-IN BEGINS 5:45 PM, VIP MEET AND GREET STARTS 6:00 PM.

Purchase VIP seats in Sections 2, 3, & 4 on the seating chart under “choose your own seats.”

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11/4
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DC 2018 Future Stars
11/10
Showcasing fantastic young dance stars creating a forum for talented young choreographers to show the world that they are the future of dance!
DC 2018 Future Stars
11/10
The dance stars of tomorrow today!
DC 2018 Future Stars
Showcasing fantastic young dance stars creating a forum for talented young choreographers to show the world that they are the future of dance!
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11/10
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CICA 2nd Annual Student Showcase
11/11
About 110 participants (dancers) from all ages showcasing different ethnic dances and folkloric music from different regions in Mexico.

 

CICA 2nd Annual Student Showcase
11/11
CICA 2nd Annual Student Showcase
About 110 participants (dancers) from all ages showcasing different ethnic dances and folkloric music from different regions in Mexico.

 

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11/11
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Celestial Objects
11/13
Josh Mather, conductor
Sarah and Joseph Belknap, visual artists
VOX3 Collective, chorus
HOLST: The Planets
MATTHEWS: Pluto, The Renewer
WILLIAMS: Star Wars Suite

Acclaimed visual artists Sarah and Joseph Belknap will present original artwork to accompany a performance of Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Colin Matthew’s Pluto, The Renewer supplements the program (it was written when Pluto was still considered a planet, so it counts), and John Williams’ score to Star Wars concludes this out-of-this-world concert!

Celestial Objects
11/13
Celestial Objects
Josh Mather, conductor
Sarah and Joseph Belknap, visual artists
VOX3 Collective, chorus
HOLST: The Planets
MATTHEWS: Pluto, The Renewer
WILLIAMS: Star Wars Suite

Acclaimed visual artists Sarah and Joseph Belknap will present original artwork to accompany a performance of Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Colin Matthew’s Pluto, The Renewer supplements the program (it was written when Pluto was still considered a planet, so it counts), and John Williams’ score to Star Wars concludes this out-of-this-world concert!

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11/13
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Royal Wood
Nov 15

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Since being proclaimed “Songwriter of the Year” by iTunes, Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft – maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound.

Wood has two albums that have debuted in the Top 30, multiple JUNO nominations, 2-time Canadian Folk Music Award-nominee, and a #1 added song at Hot AC radio. His songs have been heard on high profile sync placements like Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice. Royal just completed a wildly successful and sold out cross country theatre tour opening for the legendary Bonnie Raitt.

Royal is currently touring the world in support of his critically acclaimed 2018 release, “Ever After The Farewell”.

Royal Wood
Nov 15
Royal Wood

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Since being proclaimed “Songwriter of the Year” by iTunes, Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft – maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound.

Wood has two albums that have debuted in the Top 30, multiple JUNO nominations, 2-time Canadian Folk Music Award-nominee, and a #1 added song at Hot AC radio. His songs have been heard on high profile sync placements like Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice. Royal just completed a wildly successful and sold out cross country theatre tour opening for the legendary Bonnie Raitt.

Royal is currently touring the world in support of his critically acclaimed 2018 release, “Ever After The Farewell”.

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Nov 15
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MST3K LIVE!
Nov 16

American Express® Card Member Presale 6/6 10:00 AM – 6/7 10:00 PM

VIP PACKAGES

VIP1: MST3K 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR

  • One (1) Incredible Top Price Ticket in the Front Row
  • One Exclusive Invite to the VIP Meet & Greet with Joel Hodgson & Jonah Ray of Mystery Science Theater 3000!
  • One Individual Photo Opportunity with Joel & Jonah in their Jumpsuits with Tom and Crow on the Satellite of Love Set!
  • Plus One Individual Photo with Joel Hodgson
  • VIP Experience – Also Includes a Q&A Session with Joel & Jonah
  • Forget the Lines! Early Access to the Merchandise Booth for MST3K Shopping Needs Before the General Public
  • Signing Off – One Autographed (by Joel Hodgson) Limited Edition MST3K 30th Anniversary Tour Print Special 30th Anniversary Crow Collectible Laser-Cut Wood Standee signed by Joel Hodgson The Essential MST3K Tour Merchandise
  • All New 30th Anniversary MST3K Tote Bag
  • Commemorative 30th Anniversary MST3K VIP Tour Laminate & Matching Lanyard
    *Venue seating configurations can vary market-by-market

VIP2: SATELLITE CELEBRATION

  • One (1) Amazing Top Price Ticket in the First Ten (10) Rows*
  • One Exclusive Invite to the VIP Meet & Greet with Joel Hodgson & Jonah Ray of Mystery Science Theater 3000!
  • One Individual Photo Opportunity with Joel & Jonah in their jumpsuits with Tom and Crow on the Satellite of Love Set!
  • VIP Experience Also Includes a Q&A Session with Joel & Jonah
  • Forget the Lines! Early Access to the Merchandise Booth for MST3K Shopping Needs Before the General Public
  • Limited Edition MST3K 30th Anniversary Tour Print The Essential MST3K Tour Merchandise
  • All New 30th Anniversary MST3K Tote Bag
  • Commemorative 30th Anniversary MST3K VIP Tour Laminate & Matching Lanyard
    *Venue seating configurations can vary market-by-market

VIP3: GIZMONIC GOODS

  • One (1) Awesome Top Price Ticket*
  • Limited Edition Mystery Science Theater 30th Anniversary Tour Print
  • The Essential MST3K Tour Merchandise
  • All New 30th Anniversary MST3K Tote Bag
  • Commemorative 30th Anniversary MST3K VIP Tour Laminate & Matching Lanyard
    *Please note venue seating configurations can vary market-by-market

 

VIP PACKAGE DISCLAIMER INFORMATION All package purchasers will be contacted via e-mail a few days prior to the event date. Information will be sent to the e-mail address provided at the time of purchase. If you do not receive an e-mail a few days prior to the event, please contact MST3KVIP@aegpresents.com. All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges under any circumstances. All packages and package contents are non- transferable. VIP merchandise will be distributed at the show; some exceptions may apply. Package purchases are restricted to U.S. & Canadian addresses only. All VIP programs and times may vary market-by-market and are subject to modification at any time for any reason. Information provided at the time of purchase (name, address, e-mail, etc.) is the same information that will be utilized for individual contact requirements as applicable. The artist, tour, promoter, ticketing company, venue or any other affiliated parties are not responsible for outdated or inaccurate information provided by the consumer at the time of purchase. Commemorative VIP laminates are for commemorative purposes only. The VIP laminate does not gain or authorize access into the venue, VIP or any backstage areas.

MST3K LIVE!
Nov 16
30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
MST3K LIVE!

American Express® Card Member Presale 6/6 10:00 AM – 6/7 10:00 PM

VIP PACKAGES

VIP1: MST3K 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR

  • One (1) Incredible Top Price Ticket in the Front Row
  • One Exclusive Invite to the VIP Meet & Greet with Joel Hodgson & Jonah Ray of Mystery Science Theater 3000!
  • One Individual Photo Opportunity with Joel & Jonah in their Jumpsuits with Tom and Crow on the Satellite of Love Set!
  • Plus One Individual Photo with Joel Hodgson
  • VIP Experience – Also Includes a Q&A Session with Joel & Jonah
  • Forget the Lines! Early Access to the Merchandise Booth for MST3K Shopping Needs Before the General Public
  • Signing Off – One Autographed (by Joel Hodgson) Limited Edition MST3K 30th Anniversary Tour Print Special 30th Anniversary Crow Collectible Laser-Cut Wood Standee signed by Joel Hodgson The Essential MST3K Tour Merchandise
  • All New 30th Anniversary MST3K Tote Bag
  • Commemorative 30th Anniversary MST3K VIP Tour Laminate & Matching Lanyard
    *Venue seating configurations can vary market-by-market

VIP2: SATELLITE CELEBRATION

  • One (1) Amazing Top Price Ticket in the First Ten (10) Rows*
  • One Exclusive Invite to the VIP Meet & Greet with Joel Hodgson & Jonah Ray of Mystery Science Theater 3000!
  • One Individual Photo Opportunity with Joel & Jonah in their jumpsuits with Tom and Crow on the Satellite of Love Set!
  • VIP Experience Also Includes a Q&A Session with Joel & Jonah
  • Forget the Lines! Early Access to the Merchandise Booth for MST3K Shopping Needs Before the General Public
  • Limited Edition MST3K 30th Anniversary Tour Print The Essential MST3K Tour Merchandise
  • All New 30th Anniversary MST3K Tote Bag
  • Commemorative 30th Anniversary MST3K VIP Tour Laminate & Matching Lanyard
    *Venue seating configurations can vary market-by-market

VIP3: GIZMONIC GOODS

  • One (1) Awesome Top Price Ticket*
  • Limited Edition Mystery Science Theater 30th Anniversary Tour Print
  • The Essential MST3K Tour Merchandise
  • All New 30th Anniversary MST3K Tote Bag
  • Commemorative 30th Anniversary MST3K VIP Tour Laminate & Matching Lanyard
    *Please note venue seating configurations can vary market-by-market

 

VIP PACKAGE DISCLAIMER INFORMATION All package purchasers will be contacted via e-mail a few days prior to the event date. Information will be sent to the e-mail address provided at the time of purchase. If you do not receive an e-mail a few days prior to the event, please contact MST3KVIP@aegpresents.com. All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges under any circumstances. All packages and package contents are non- transferable. VIP merchandise will be distributed at the show; some exceptions may apply. Package purchases are restricted to U.S. & Canadian addresses only. All VIP programs and times may vary market-by-market and are subject to modification at any time for any reason. Information provided at the time of purchase (name, address, e-mail, etc.) is the same information that will be utilized for individual contact requirements as applicable. The artist, tour, promoter, ticketing company, venue or any other affiliated parties are not responsible for outdated or inaccurate information provided by the consumer at the time of purchase. Commemorative VIP laminates are for commemorative purposes only. The VIP laminate does not gain or authorize access into the venue, VIP or any backstage areas.

The Brain - 7 pm / Deathstalker II - 10 pm
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Main Stage
Nov 16
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DC 2018 Choreographic Conspiracy
11/17
DC 2018 Choreographic Conspiracy
11/17
Chicago’s premiere choreography competition!
DC 2018 Choreographic Conspiracy
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Main Stage
11/17
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The Dollop
Dec 1, 2018

The 3rd annual Chicago Podcast Festival is proud to present The Dollop  in their only Chicago-area live performance in 2018.

The Dollop
Dec 1, 2018
Part of the Chicago Podcast Festival
The Dollop

The 3rd annual Chicago Podcast Festival is proud to present The Dollop  in their only Chicago-area live performance in 2018.

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Main Stage
Dec 1, 2018
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Holidays on Stage & Screen
12/18

Enjoy holiday music written for the theatre, ballet, concert hall, big screen and television in this family-friendly celebration of the season!All ages. This concert will last

Gregory Hughes, conductor
Ann James, narrator
Robert Hunt, baritone
VOX 3 Collective, chorus
BIZET: Farandole from L’Arlésienne
TCHAIKOVSKY: Selections from The Nutcracker
ANDERSON: A Christmas Festival
SILVESTRI: Suite from The Polar Express
SEUSS: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Holidays on Stage & Screen
12/18
Holidays on Stage & Screen

Enjoy holiday music written for the theatre, ballet, concert hall, big screen and television in this family-friendly celebration of the season!All ages. This concert will last

Gregory Hughes, conductor
Ann James, narrator
Robert Hunt, baritone
VOX 3 Collective, chorus
BIZET: Farandole from L’Arlésienne
TCHAIKOVSKY: Selections from The Nutcracker
ANDERSON: A Christmas Festival
SILVESTRI: Suite from The Polar Express
SEUSS: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

approximately 80 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.
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Main Stage
12/18
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Studio One
Dear Brutus
9/22 - 10/28

J.M. Barrie’s “other” play, Dear Brutus is a dark, adult fantasy about regret, desire, and that odd crossroad of losing yourself by getting what you wish for. This ain’t your grandma’s Peter Pan…

Dear Brutus
9/22 - 10/28
Dear Brutus

J.M. Barrie’s “other” play, Dear Brutus is a dark, adult fantasy about regret, desire, and that odd crossroad of losing yourself by getting what you wish for. This ain’t your grandma’s Peter Pan…

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Studio One
9/22 - 10/28
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An Oak Tree
11/1 - 12/9

Two Actors. One has rehearsed the play. The second has never even read it. Performed by a different person each night, the second actor will discover the play and their role at the same time as you do.

In this MIDWEST PREMIERE, An Oak Tree asks, how do we transform our world in order to survive our pain? How do we create our own reality? Anything can happen in this play that illuminates the magic of theater – a cheap trick and a genuine spell all at once.

An Oak Tree
11/1 - 12/9
An Oak Tree

Two Actors. One has rehearsed the play. The second has never even read it. Performed by a different person each night, the second actor will discover the play and their role at the same time as you do.

In this MIDWEST PREMIERE, An Oak Tree asks, how do we transform our world in order to survive our pain? How do we create our own reality? Anything can happen in this play that illuminates the magic of theater – a cheap trick and a genuine spell all at once.

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Studio One
11/1 - 12/9
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Karaoke Storytellers
11/7

Music affects everyone in different ways. Karaoke allows us to appreciate and personally embrace the songs that we love. Join Karaoke Storytellers as we dive deeply into why we love the songs we love. Every song has a story.

Space Schedule
Sept. 15 – Studio 3
Oct. 13 – Studio 2
Nov. 7 – Studio 1
Dec. 12 – Studio 1

Karaoke Storytellers
11/7
Karaoke Storytellers

Music affects everyone in different ways. Karaoke allows us to appreciate and personally embrace the songs that we love. Join Karaoke Storytellers as we dive deeply into why we love the songs we love. Every song has a story.

Space Schedule
Sept. 15 – Studio 3
Oct. 13 – Studio 2
Nov. 7 – Studio 1
Dec. 12 – Studio 1

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Studio One
11/7
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Karaoke Storytellers
12/12
Music affects everyone in different ways. Karaoke allows us to appreciate and personally embrace the songs that we love. Join Karaoke Storytellers as we dive deeply into why we love the songs we love. Every song has a story.

Space Schedule
Sept. 15 – Studio 3
Oct. 13 – Studio 2
Nov. 7 – Studio 1
Dec. 12 – Studio 1

Karaoke Storytellers
12/12
Karaoke Storytellers
Music affects everyone in different ways. Karaoke allows us to appreciate and personally embrace the songs that we love. Join Karaoke Storytellers as we dive deeply into why we love the songs we love. Every song has a story.

Space Schedule
Sept. 15 – Studio 3
Oct. 13 – Studio 2
Nov. 7 – Studio 1
Dec. 12 – Studio 1

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Studio One
12/12
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Studio Two
On Poetry and Performance
9/20 - 9/23
Russell Block, author of Amber and The Sally, will be into the poetic paradigms of The Tempest, As You Like It, and King Lear. Member of the Song of the Broad-Axe Publics Company will perform selections from these plays to accompany the discourse. It promises to be the least stodgy presentation of Shakespeare Chicago has seen; and actually it is quite inspired.
On Poetry and Performance
9/20 - 9/23
A lecture on Shakespeare's methods and implementation
On Poetry and Performance
Russell Block, author of Amber and The Sally, will be into the poetic paradigms of The Tempest, As You Like It, and King Lear. Member of the Song of the Broad-Axe Publics Company will perform selections from these plays to accompany the discourse. It promises to be the least stodgy presentation of Shakespeare Chicago has seen; and actually it is quite inspired.
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Studio Two
9/20 - 9/23
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Karaoke Storytellers
10/13

Music affects everyone in different ways. Karaoke allows us to appreciate and personally embrace the songs that we love. Join Karaoke Storytellers as we dive deeply into why we love the songs we love. Every song has a story.

Space Schedule
Sept. 15 – Studio 3
Oct. 13 – Studio 2
Nov. 7 – Studio 1
Dec. 12 – Studio 1

presents
Karaoke Storytellers
10/13
Karaoke Storytellers

Music affects everyone in different ways. Karaoke allows us to appreciate and personally embrace the songs that we love. Join Karaoke Storytellers as we dive deeply into why we love the songs we love. Every song has a story.

Space Schedule
Sept. 15 – Studio 3
Oct. 13 – Studio 2
Nov. 7 – Studio 1
Dec. 12 – Studio 1

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Studio Two
10/13
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The Elder Son, by Alexander Vampilov
11/15 - 12/22
The Elder Son cleverly tells of love and loneliness, mutual understanding and vulnerability, and explores the desperate need for every person to belong. A case of stolen identity and a confluence of circumstances leads to a hilarious misunderstanding, changed lives and ultimately true love.
Bluebird Arts presents
The Elder Son, by Alexander Vampilov
11/15 - 12/22
The Elder Son, by Alexander Vampilov
The Elder Son cleverly tells of love and loneliness, mutual understanding and vulnerability, and explores the desperate need for every person to belong. A case of stolen identity and a confluence of circumstances leads to a hilarious misunderstanding, changed lives and ultimately true love.
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Studio Two
11/15 - 12/22
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Studio Three
Karaoke Storytellers
9/15
Music affects everyone in different ways. Karaoke allows us to appreciate and personally embrace the songs that we love. Join Karaoke Storytellers as we dive deeply into why we love the songs we love. Every song has a story.
Space Schedule
Sept. 15 – Studio 3
Oct. 13 – Studio 2
Nov. 7 – Studio 1
Dec. 12 – Studio 1
Karaoke Storytellers
9/15
9/15
Karaoke Storytellers
Music affects everyone in different ways. Karaoke allows us to appreciate and personally embrace the songs that we love. Join Karaoke Storytellers as we dive deeply into why we love the songs we love. Every song has a story.
Space Schedule
Sept. 15 – Studio 3
Oct. 13 – Studio 2
Nov. 7 – Studio 1
Dec. 12 – Studio 1
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Studio Three
9/15
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Edge of Life
10/4 - 11/3

The new production, Edge of Life highlights the extremes with which society deals with the act of dying in its literal juxtaposition of Bill Erickson, whose cancer has progressed to the point that he has determined to end the ineffective chemotherapy which has made his existence a living hell against the elderly and essentially comatose Gertrude Hall. Bill, retaining his faculties, is able to speak for himself and must convince his family and physicians that further treatment is futile and that his choice to enter into hospice is the right one for him, while Gertrude, stuck in the purgatory of life support, must await an advocate who will speak truth for her.

Caught firmly in the middle, between Bill, who happens to be his old football coach, his new love interest, Nurse Heather Jennings and the medical establishment, in the form of the intimidating and dogmatic Dr. Gus Clark, is surgeon Jake Forest as he struggles with his own cynicism in the aftermath of a difficult divorce, nascent alcoholism and the conflicting responsibilities of his job as opposed to his obligations as a physician.

Inglis Hall presents
Edge of Life
10/4 - 11/3
Edge of Life

The new production, Edge of Life highlights the extremes with which society deals with the act of dying in its literal juxtaposition of Bill Erickson, whose cancer has progressed to the point that he has determined to end the ineffective chemotherapy which has made his existence a living hell against the elderly and essentially comatose Gertrude Hall. Bill, retaining his faculties, is able to speak for himself and must convince his family and physicians that further treatment is futile and that his choice to enter into hospice is the right one for him, while Gertrude, stuck in the purgatory of life support, must await an advocate who will speak truth for her.

Caught firmly in the middle, between Bill, who happens to be his old football coach, his new love interest, Nurse Heather Jennings and the medical establishment, in the form of the intimidating and dogmatic Dr. Gus Clark, is surgeon Jake Forest as he struggles with his own cynicism in the aftermath of a difficult divorce, nascent alcoholism and the conflicting responsibilities of his job as opposed to his obligations as a physician.

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Studio Three
10/4 - 11/3
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The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
11/22 - 12/16
The setting is a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920s and the home of the Flood family — Rubin, a traveling salesman for a harness firm; Cora, his sensitive and lovely wife; Sonny, their little boy; and Reenie, their teenage daughter. A series of short stories unfolds — the fight between a husband and wife; the fear of an overly shy young girl on going to a dance; the problems of an introverted little boy who feels that the whole world is against him; the corroding marriage of Cora’s rowdy sister; and the tragedy of a military school cadet who suffers from the stigma of being a Jew in an alien community. There is dark at the top of everyone’s stairs, but it can be dissipated by understanding, tolerance and compassion.
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
11/22 - 12/16
part of the 2018 William Inge Season
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
The setting is a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920s and the home of the Flood family — Rubin, a traveling salesman for a harness firm; Cora, his sensitive and lovely wife; Sonny, their little boy; and Reenie, their teenage daughter. A series of short stories unfolds — the fight between a husband and wife; the fear of an overly shy young girl on going to a dance; the problems of an introverted little boy who feels that the whole world is against him; the corroding marriage of Cora’s rowdy sister; and the tragedy of a military school cadet who suffers from the stigma of being a Jew in an alien community. There is dark at the top of everyone’s stairs, but it can be dissipated by understanding, tolerance and compassion.
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Studio Three
11/22 - 12/16
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