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Court Theatre Announces 2013-2014 Season

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Court Theatre in Hyde Park has announced its 2013-2014 season (also its fifty-ninth), which notably features the Chicago premiere of 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner “Water By The Spoonful” by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Read the rest of this entry »

TimeLine Theatre Company Announces 2013-2014 Season

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Photo: Liz Lauren

Photo: Liz Lauren

Adding to its previously announced production of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart” starring David Cromer and directed by Nick Bowling, TimeLine Theatre Company has added two more productions to its 2013-14 season, with one final slot (January 14 to April 6) yet to be announced. Read the rest of this entry »

Writers’ Theatre Announces 2013-2014 Season

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Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe has announced their 2013-2014 season, including a classic play, two Midwest premieres, an American premiere and a world premiere. Read the rest of this entry »

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Announces 2013-2014 Season

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Amy Morton and Bruce Norris/ Photo: Joel Moorman

Amy Morton and Bruce Norris/ Photo: Joel Moorman

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced a 2013-2014 season replete with world, national and local premieres, shying away from last year’s roster headlined by Broadway hand-me-downs.

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Victory Gardens Theater Announces 2013-2014 Season

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Victory Gardens Theater announces its 2013-14 Season: the Co-World Premiere of Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the World Premiere of Marcus Gardley’s The Gospel of Lovingkindness, and Ariel Dorfman’s classic Death and The Maidenfeaturing Sandra Oh.

The theater adds a Resident Theater Series and forms a National Artistic Advisory Board.

Chicago, IL– Victory Gardens Theater announces 2013-14 Season: the Co-World Premiere of Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Gary Griffin, developed, in part, by IGNITION 2012 and presented in association with Actors Theatre of Louisville; the World Premiere of Victory Gardens Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley’s The Gospel of Lovingkindess; and the classic Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman, directed by Chay Yew and featuring Sandra Oh. Read the rest of this entry »

American Blues Theater Announces 2013-2014 Season

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AMERICAN BLUES THEATER EXPANDS TO A FOUR-PLAY 2013-2014 SEASON, INCLUDING AWARD-WINNING

WORLD AND CHICAGO PREMIERES, ANDTHE RETURN OF AN ANNUAL SOLD OUT HOLIDAY HIT

 The American Blues Theater Season Delves Into the Theme of “Legends and Legacies.”

CHICAGO – Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside of American Blues Theater, Chicago’s second oldest Equity ensemble, proudly announces the Ensemble’s 28th season. The season begins with the Chicago professional premiere of Hank Williams: Lost Highway by award-winning playwrights Randal Myler and Mark Harelik, directed by Damon Kiely, September 5 – October 6; the 12th smash year of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! , now at the 199-seat Greenhouse Theater Center, directed by Ensemble member Marty Higginbotham, November 22 – December 29; world premiere of 2012 Blue Ink Playwriting Award-winning script American Myth by Christina Gorman, directed by Steve Scott, February – March 2014; Chicago premiere of 2012 Smith Prize winner Grounded by George Brant, June 2014. American Blues also announces year-long development and public reading of Ensemble member’s Nambi E. Kelley’s adaptation of Richard Wright’s Native Son which will receive a production in fall of 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Goodman Theatre Announces 2013-2014 Season

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Photo: Jeff Goldberg

Photo: Jeff Goldberg

WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS AND DIRECTORS HEADLINE GOODMAN THEATRE’S 2013/2014 “DREAM” SEASON

A BLUES-INFUSED NEW WORK AND A REVIVED MUSICAL CLASSIC BOOKEND THE LINE-UP OF WORLD PREMIERES, GOODMAN COMMISSIONS, A BROADWAY HIT PLUS A CHRISTMAS CAROL DIRECTED BY HENRY WISHCAMPER

(Chicago, IL) It’s a DREAM season at Goodman Theatre: four works authored and five directed by women, three world premieres (two direct from the New Stages new play development series), two Goodman commissions and a major large- scale musical event comprise Goodman Theatre’s 2013/2014 eight-play line-up. The new season begins in the Albert Theatre in September with Chuck Smith’s production of Cheryl L. West’s Pullman Porter Blues—a Chicago premiere featuring original and classic blues music. Next is the world premiere of Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls; Joanie Schultz directs the Chicago premiere of David Ives’ Broadway smash Venus in Fur; and Mary Zimmerman directs her latest work, The White Snake, based on the classic Chinese fable. Finally, Rachel Rockwell directs a major revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s 1947 musical Brigadoon, with permission from the Lerner and Loewe estates to revise the book.

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Northlight Theatre Announces Partial 2013-2014 Season

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Northlight Theatre announces the first selections of its 2013-14 season: including a World Premiere by Christian O’Reilly, Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles and Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize winner Lost in Yonkers

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces three of the five productions of the 2013-14 season: Amy Herzog’s award-winning play 4000 Miles; the World Premiere of Christian O’Reilly’s Chapatti, featuring John Mahoney; and Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Lost in Yonkers. Two additional titles will be announced soon. Read the rest of this entry »

Broadway In Chicago Announces 2013-2014 Season

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Photo: Lara Goestch

BROADWAY IN CHICAGO IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE 2013 FALL SEASON: 
BUDDY, FLASHDANCE, TO MASTER THE ART, EVITA, ONCE and ELF

Off-season specials include: THE CAT IN THE HAT, WE WILL ROCK YOU and WICKED

CHICAGO (Feb. 20, 2013) – Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce the upcoming 2013 fall season line-up. Broadway In Chicago’s 2013 fall season will include BUDDY, FLASHDANCE, TO MASTER THE ART, EVITA, ONCE and ELF. The 2013 fall off-season specials include Emerald City Theatre’s production of THE CAT IN THE HAT, WE WILL ROCK YOU and the return of Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, WICKED.

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American Theater Company announces 2012-2013 season

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AMERICAN THEATER COMPANY ANNOUNCES 2012-13 SEASON

PJ PAPARELLI’S 5th SEASON TO FEATURE RESTORED & REVISED 45TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF HAIR;
THE CATHOLIC REPERTORY: DOUBT & AGNES OF GOD; THE RADIO REPERTORY: THE WIZARD OF OZ & IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE; AND THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE REVISED COLUMBINUS

Chicago, IL – American Theater Company proudly announces Season 28, which kicks off with two American classics in rotating repertory – The Catholic Repertory: Doubt & Agnes of God – featuring Ensemble Member Sadieh Rifai; and a Chicago holiday repertory – The Radio Repertory: The Wizard of Oz & It’s a Wonderful Life – directed by ATC Artistic Associate Jason W. Gerace. The season continues with the World Premiere of the revised version of the United States Theatre Project’s columbinus, conceived and directed by Artistic Director PJ Paparelli. Following in the wake of contemporary shootings like those at Virginia Tech, Paparelli will return to Littleton, Colorado for the first time in ten years to conduct new interviews with survivors and community members; the revised production of columbinus will be part of the theatre community’s citywide discussion on school violence “Now Is the Time to Act,” together with Steppenwolf and About Face Theater.

Closing out Paparelli’s 5th anniversary season as Artistic Director at ATC is a restored and revised version of the classic American rock musical Hair. Following the success of The Original Grease, Paparelli now teams up with Hair co-creator James Rado to restore original material from the 1968 off-Broadway production that hasn’t been seen in 45 years.  Read the rest of this entry »