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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Collaboraction play ‘Trial in the Delta’ brings the transcript of Emmett Till’s 1955 murder trial to the stage: ‘This is like we’re keeping by Darcel Rockett

The theater group known for socially conscious work is staging the first-known dramatization of the actual text from the monumental Mississippi case.

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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s ‘This Ability’ streaming play puts youth with disabilities in the middle of a superhero adventure by Darcel Rockett

When a cat celebrity escapes from O’Hare and is lost on the streets of Chicago, who will come to the rescue? Three youth with disabilities. “When I read the script, I cried because it’…

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Friday, October 29, 2021

Take a walk on the Bloomingdale Trail this Halloween and Day of the Dead to hear some ghost stories from Chicago residents who lived them by Darcel Rockett

Walk and listen to "Ghosts of Bloomingdale Trail" at your own pace, using QR codes along the way to hear ghost stories by Chicagoans.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Almost half of Chicago’s small performing arts organizations have yet to return to in-person performances, according to Donnelley Foundation survey by Darcel Rockett

The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation surveyed its performing arts grantees and 27% are unable to welcome audiences in-person, and 16% remain uncertain about returning to the stage th…

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

‘Hummingbird’: UIC debuts virtual-reality play, allowing audience to participate in the story by Darcel Rockett

'Hummingbird,' a new virtual-reality play designed for younger tech-savvy audiences, debuts at UIC with plans to move to the Goodman Theatre this fall.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Walkie Talkies podcasts gets families away from their screens, into the city’s neighborhoods to learn and explore by Darcel Rockett

Chicago Children's Theatre's "Walkie Talkies" self-guided podcasts are a new way for families to take a walk, release stress and create happy shared family memories until we can be back toge…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Northeastern U and Black Ensemble Theater talk racism on stage: 'Shadow of Justice' is this weekend by Darcel Rockett

Public figures and celebrities say they “don’t see color” or they “don’t see race.” But race is something that Northeastern Illinois University is bringing to the forefront with …

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Chicago is known as a great town for theater, but does that mean theater here is for everybody? by Darcel Rockett

On an October evening a small crowd of theater-goers get to meet Christopher Boone, the central character of the play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at Steppenwolf …

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

'The war to end all wars': Manual Cinema, Poetry Foundation commemorate WWI armistice with puppets by Darcel Rockett

War! What is it good for? In the case of the Poetry Foundation and Manual Cinema’s latest collaboration, it’s good for “Three World War I Poems,” a nine-minute video that commemorate…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

'Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me' live show continues at Millennium Park — true or false? by Darcel Rockett

“Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me” is stepping out of the Chase Auditorium in favor of Millennium Park on Thursday for a live show. On this, their 20th anniversary year, host Peter Sagal w…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

With 'Last Stop on Market Street,' a popular kid's book arrives as a hip-hop musical by Darcel Rockett

Remember the “Sesame Street” song that includes the lyrical question: Who are the people in your neighborhood? The people that you meet when you’re walking down the street. The people …

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Monday, November 13, 2017

'No Blue Memories' gives glimpse of Gwendolyn Brooks' literary life, legacy by Darcel Rockett

Poet. Teacher. Mentor. All are words synonymous with Gwendolyn Brooks. Born in Topeka, Kan., in 1917, Brooks made her name as a poet in Chicago. A Bronzeville resident, she grew up writing …

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Gwendolyn Brooks Day recognized with 'We Real Cool' video by Darcel Rockett

Manual Cinema's space in the Kimball Arts Center is deceiving to an outsider’s eye. The garage/warehouse facade feels reminiscent of a workspace not frequented, but inside, two rooms hold …

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