Behind the Curtain

May 25: From Page to Stage Series - Trivia Night: History of Musicals


From Page to Stage Series - Trivia Night: History of Musicals
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the tenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Parade.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Highland Park Public Library | 494 Laurel Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035



Featuring: Chris Jones, Chief Theatre Critic and Sunday Culture Columnist of the Chicago Tribune

Parade is a musical about an actual event in American history. See how much you know about the history of musical theatre – as well as other musicals about history - with a lively round of trivia, hosted by a surprise guest. Bring your A-game and let your competitive streak shine! 


This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservation is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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May 23: Backstage at the Biograph - Native Gardens


Victory Gardens Theater: BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH
A new, free event series that takes you behind-the-scenes for an in-depth look at a unique aspect of the rehearsal process! Then, enjoy complimentary wine, beer and snacks as you mingle with members of the cast and design team at the kick-off party in the Victory Gardens Theater lobby.





Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH - Native Gardens

Grab your friends and family and head on over to the Victory Gardens Theater’s Block Party in celebration of Karen Zacarías’s hilarious neighborly comedy Native Gardens. Enjoy some mouth-watering barbecue, backyard games, and, of course, an exclusive sneak peek at Native Gardens!

FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP is required. Click here to reserve a seat.



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May 22: Pudd’nhead Wilson (Reading)


Goodman Theatre presents staged reading of Pudd'nhead Wilson
In conjunction with the Goodman’s world premiere production of Charles Smith’s Objects in the Mirror, Goodman is pleased to present a free staged reading of Pudd'nhead Wilson, adapted by Smith from Mark Twain's 1894 novel.

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 7:00pm
the Alice Center at Goodman Theatre | 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60601



Staged Reading of Pudd’nhead Wilson
By Charles Smith
Directed by Chuck Smith

This pre-Civil War story follows Judge Driscoll's two sons, one the child of his wife and the other the child of his house slave, Roxy. Langston Hughes called the ironic and tragic Pudd’nhead Wilson a "tribute to Mark Twain’s understanding of human character [and his belief that] color is only skin deep."

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.



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Mar 21: Sunday Spotlight - The Mystery of Love & Sex


Writers Theatre's Sunday Spotlight
Are you curious about the world that surrounds your favorite plays? Sunday Spotlight offers access to the finest speakers, academicians and cultural leaders. This one-hour event takes place following select Sunday matinees and extends the conversation on Writers Theatre's stages by featuring an expert in an area connected to the play. For example, past audiences have learned from the experiences of Holocaust survivor Aaron Elster in a layered discussion around The Diary of Anne Frank and explored the nature of suspicion in Doubt: A Parable with the Director of Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions Karen Daniel.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 following the 2:00pm performance
Green Family Rehearsal Room at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022




Sunday Spotlight:
This event directly follows the conclusion of the 2pm matinee performance. Start time is approximate.


The Mystery of Love & Sex:
Charlotte and Jonny have grown up together, and are now trying to determine whether their close friendship might be something more. When they discover exactly what “more” actually entails, however, it comes as a surprise to them both—and to Charlotte’s parents, who are holding secrets and resentments of their own. This compelling, spirited story of intricate relationships is an entertaining and explosive look at race, sexual identity and family dynamics.

FREE but seating is limited. RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.



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May 20 - Jul 8: Free Yoga Classes at Berger Park


Nothing Without a Company is proud to offer FREE Yoga Classes
Join Nothing Without a Company on Saturday mornings for some free yoga.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 through Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 10:30am
at the Berger Park Cultural Center | 6205 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660



These are free classes for EVERYONE! All levels and skill sets are welcome!
Yoga mats will be provided. Classes will take place outside, weather permitting.
Please ask the office if you can not find us.

Donations are accepted and appreciated and will go directly to the instructor and Nothing Without a Company's Berger Park Programming Fund.

Beginning Saturday, May 20th - Saturday, July 8th. Each class begins at 10:30am

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here.



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May 20: PerKup Elkhorn (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MAY
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



PerKup Elkhorn
By Resident Playwright Isaac Gomez

It's just another day at PerKup Elkhorn, the hottest local coffee shop in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, where happiness is sold per the cupful. Lori and Vicki gab about the latest town gossip, Jeff and Eric argue about the latest sports news, and the new cold brew is selling like hot cakes. But when newcomer, Pedro, stops by the shop to borrow WiFi for work, a collision of differences leaves irreparable damage. PerKup Elkhorn is an experiment on assessing how far we will go to protect the ones we love.

This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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May 18: International Voices Project - Sweden - "[almost equal to]"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVP celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: ≈ [Almost Equal To]
Playwright: Jonas Hassen Khemiri
Translator: Rachel Willson-Broyles
Director: Anna Bahow

Synopsis: How much do you earn? Who do you serve? In Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s recent play ≈ [Almost Equal To] we encounter a number of people who are colliding with the economy surrounding them.

Martina dreams about growing her way out of the contemporary economic system; Mani wants to crush it. Andrei is looking for a job; Freja is seeking revenge. They all invest money in postage and pine nuts, fake bubbles and perfumes, strollers and utopias. Everyone seems invaded by numbers. How are we, our eyes, our words, our bodies affected by the economic system that surrounds us?

≈ [Almost Equal To] is a funny and brutal play that tries (and fails?) to give the audience a maximized entertainment value for every dollar invested. Premiered October 23, 2014 at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, and was performed until spring 2016.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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May 18: Audience Engagement Events for Not About Nightingales


Post-show discussion with Jennifer Vollen-Katz, Executive Director, The John Howard Association
Are the issues that inspired Tennessee Williams to write "Not About Nightingales" still relevant today? On Sunday, April 30 and Thursday, May 18, Raven Theatre will host speakers from organizations that review current incarceration practices in Illinois to give an update and take questions from the audience.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 (after the 7:30pm performance) approximately at 10:00pm
at Raven Theatre | 6157 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660



The John Howard Association, or JHA, independently monitors correctional facilities, policies and practices, and advances reforms needed to achieve a fair, humane and effective criminal justice system in Illinois.

SPEAKER BIOS

Jennifer Vollen-Katz is an attorney and the Executive Director of the John Howard Association of Illinois. She oversees the Association’s work monitoring the conditions and programming in all Illinois correctional facilities, as well as helping to create and implement operational and policy reform system wide. Jennifer is the past Chairperson and a current board member of the State Advisory Board to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice; a board member on the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, for which she serves as the Chairperson of the Appeals Committee; a member of the Federal Defender Program, Salvation Army, and Chicago Community Bond Fund Advisory Boards; and she is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

This event is FREE and open to the public. There is no additional charge to attend any of these post-show events. Regular ticket prices apply for the performances of "Not About Nightingales." For more information about this event and others, please click here.



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May 16: Nothing Without a Company Season Announcement Party


Nothing Without a Company host a Season Announcement Party
Join Nothing Without a Company for their 2018/19 Season Announcement Party at The Waterfront Cafe in Berger Park Cultural Center, right on the lake! NWaC is excited to announce the next 3 plays in their upcoming season and introduce the playwrights and directors!

Tuesday, May 16 2017 at 6:00pm
The Waterfront Cafe at Berger Park Cultural Center | 6219 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660



This is a FREE party for the community! Join NWaC in celebrating their accomplishments from the past year! Featuring an epic playlist of awesome 90's throw back jams!

With a special appearance by their Homie and Jeff Nominated Best Actress for THE KID THING, Shalyn Welch!

The party starts at 6pm!
7:30pm: The Season Announcement!
8pm: Dance Party Begins (90s throwback jams)
9pm: Raffle Winners Announced

Donations will be accepted at the entrance. Suggested donation of $10 to receive a cup for wine or beer, or both!

Light food from local businesses will also be provided.

Be sure to bring extra cash so you can participate in our raffle! Also available for purchase will be limited edition Nothing Without a Company merch, including buttons, stickers, t-shirts and more!

Parking Note: Berger Park is located on the corner of Sheridan and Granville in the Edgewater neighborhood. There is limited parking in the area so we highly suggest taking the CTA Red Line to the Granville exit, then heading east toward the lake.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here.



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May 16: International Voices Project - Wales - "The 9 Fridas"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVP celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Tuesday, May 16 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: The 9 Fridas
Playwright: Kaite O'Reilly
Director: John Green
Collaborator: Columbia College Chicago 

Synopsis: Kaite O'Reilly's The 9 Fridas was commissioned by Sherman Cymru Theatre (Wales, UK), and is exclusively licensed to Taipei Arts Festival to conduct the premiere outside the UK. Directed by internationally known director/actor-trainer, Phillip Zarrilli, co-produced by Mobius Strip Theatre and Hong Kong Repertory Theater, The 9 Fridas challenges conventional ways of looking at the world famous female Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo--an everywoman whose life has great resonance for today. The 9 Fridas explores disability, love, creativity, and politics. It is a salute to the artist as well as to the tenacity and passion in life.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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May 13: Young Playwrights for Change Celebration


Adventure Stage Chicago’s Young Playwright for Change Finalist Honored with National Prize & Readings
ASC celebrates its Young Playwrights for Change finalists with staged readings of original, 10-minute plays by middle-school writers on the theme of EMPATHY IN ACTION: Combating Bullying. ASC’s regional winner was recently announced as the National Young Playwrights for Change winner by Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA) and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). His play will receive its own celebratory reading at One Theatre World 2017 in San Francisco this May.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
at Adventure Stage Chicago at the Vittum Theater | 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago, IL 60642



Regional & National Winner:
Fletcher Fraher, The Principle

Regional Finalists:
Phillip Nguyen, Bullying is Not Okay
Jason Park, Why Me?
Megan Albania, The Things Left Unsaid

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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May 13: Tilikum (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MAY
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Tilikum
By Resident Playwright Kristiana Rae Colón
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown

On the wet crags of a marine theme park pool, a sprightly orca trainer dangles a treat for her captive killer whale. The dark shadows of his wives, calves, and grandcalves float past the back glass of the stadium pool. Above, in a cramped control booth, the park owner considers the dangerous weight of his investment. Tilikum, inspired by the CNN documentary Blackfish featuring the shocking story of the eponymous whale, is a lyrical investigation of captivity, rebellion, and the savagery of enclosure.

This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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May 12: International Voices Project - Australia - "Rice"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVP celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Friday, May 12, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: Rice
Playwright: Michele Lee
Director: Bec Willett

Synopsis: Rice by Michele Lee explores the role of two Australian women of Asian heritage and their roles in the business of global food production. Nisha, a late 20s second generation Australian Indian is the Executive Officer of Golden Fields, Australia’s biggest rice company. Yvette, an older Chinese woman and cleaner at the same office is trying to connect with her daughter whose experience growing up in Australia is far removed from her own. The relationship that forms between these women is one that reveals the complexity of the Australian identity.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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May 11: International Voices Project - India - "A Fine Balance"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVPS celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: A Fine Balance
Author: Rohinton Mistry
Adaptors: Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith
Director: Kamal Hans
Collaborator: Rasaka Theatre

Synopsis: With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recalls the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India.

The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.

As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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May 7: Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion: Beyond Caring


Beyond Caring Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion
Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.

Wednesday, May 7, 2017 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611



Crossing the Atlantic: Beyond Caring in the U.K. and the U.S.

Join conceiver and director Alexander Zeldin and Chicago partners for a unique conversation about Beyond Caring‘s original production in London and the process of adapting it for Chicago. Panelists include Alexander Zeldin (creator and director, Beyond Caring) and Tim Bell (Chicago Worker’s Collaborative).

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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May 6: La Elotera (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MAY
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



La Elotera

By Resident Playwright Ricardo Gamboa
Director: Azar Kazemi

Ines is an aging, out-of-work actress turned elotera. Ines is almost indistinguishable from the hundreds of other Mexican vendors selling corn or elotes from their pushcarts. Except her cart houses an arsenal of weapons for Ines's other side hustle as a female assassin. But Ines's career as a cold-blooded killing machine will be complicated when she is tasked with assassinating Vivi, a trans activist holding it down for immigrant rights. Ines will find herself breaching her contract as she tries to keep her and Vivi alive and find out who put a hit on her before they catch up to both of them.

This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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May 5-6: Turn the Page


Adventure Stage Chicago's Trailblazers present Turn the Page
Adventure Stage Chicago’s Trailblazers ensemble is a FREE and unique mentoring program that places young people (11-15) with mentors who are professional theater artists. Student participants guide the program’s content with thoughtful assistance from their mentors. In addition to creating original performances throughout the year, Trailblazers go on field trips, stretch their creative muscles with exposure to different forms of theater, and learn to work collaboratively in a supportive environment.

Friday, May 5, 2017 through Saturday, May 6, 2017
at Adventure Stage Chicago at the Vittum Theater | 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago, IL 60642




How do we know when we are truly healed? A magical book transports our young artists and their mentors on a journey through time—to World War II and the Civil Rights movement—exploring grief and our struggles to communicate and ask for help. Join ASC as the Trailblazers take the stage this spring with another originally-devised show.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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May 5: International Voices Project - Germany - "The Nest"


International Voices Project (IVP) celebrates the voices of international playwrights from translation to production.
The International Voices Project champions the work of global playwrights by creating opportunities to experience new and contemporary international plays in urban settings and on stages throughout Chicago. IVPS celebrates the mother tongue, and fosters work that brings native languages to the forefront. From its inception, Chicago was conceived as the crossroads of the country. The rail lines that crossed the city now symbolize the role that Chicago will play in the future: as the center of international dialogue and design, creating opportunities for artists and audiences alike to experience the most engaging and provocative new plays from around the world. IVP fosters new translations, supports the work of translators, and creates ongoing relationships with playwrights from the five continents.

Friday, May 5, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
at Instituto Cervantes | 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60654



Play: The Nest
Playwright: Franz Xaver Kroetz
Translator: Conor McPherson
Director: Andy Hager
Collaborator: TUTA Theatre

Synopsis: Parents-to-be Kurt and Martha just want the best for their baby. They're not afraid of hard work - the latest buggy doesn't come cheap. But when Kurt's boss offers him a chance to make some easy money with a mysterious side job, his rashness catches up with him. A fable about the moral and environmental cost of our materialistic nesting instincts, Conor McPherson's powerful new version of Franz Xaver Kroetz's Das Nest premiered at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, in 2016.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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May 5: Backstage with BJ: Relativity


Northlight Theatre's Backstage with BJ: Relativity
Join Artistic Director BJ Jones for a mid-day discussion featuring special guest artists, actors, directors, and designers, offering behind-the-scenes insight into each production while it is still in rehearsal. Relativity runs through June 18, 2017 in Skokie, IL.

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 12:00pm
at Northlight Theatre | 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077




A mid-day discussion with Artistic Director BJ Jones, featuring special guest artists, actors, directors and designers, offering behind-the-scenes insight into Relativity while it is still in rehearsal.

Approximately one hour.

Event is FREE, but reservations are required. Note: Patrons who have not made a reservation WILL NOT be admitted to Backstage with BJ. To RSVP, please call 847.679.9501 x3605 or click here.



"Behind the Curtain" is a special section of ChicagoPlays.com listing free events that enhance and complement your theatre-going experiences. Get an inside look at local Chicago theatre companies through forums, panel discussions, community events, and even parties. Planning to attend this "Behind the Curtain" event? Post about it on Twitter with the hashtag #BehindTheCurtain. For more upcoming events, visit http://bit.ly/behindcurtain.


May 3: Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion: Beyond Caring


Beyond Caring Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion
Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 immediately following the 7:30pm performance
at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611



The Ethics of Investigative Journalism

Alison Cuddy (Chicago Humanities Festival) moderates a discussion with panelists Louise Kiernan (ProPublica Illinois. Editor in Chief), Alison Flowers (Invisible Institute) and Natalie Moore (WBEZ reporter, author of The South Side).

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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