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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pride Films and Plays sets cast for U.S. premiere of 'I Know My Own Heart' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Pride Films and Plays announced casting for “I Know My Own Heart,” penned by by Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue and inspired by the secret diaries of Yorkshire gentlewom…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Contemporary art by people of color will explore beauty and inequality at Driehaus Museum by Kt Hawbaker

Richard Townsend, the Driehaus Museum’s new executive director, has vivid memories of his first trip to an art museum. “I was five years old, but I can still see it clearly,” he said i…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

First Floor announces cast of 'Mike Pence Sex Dream' by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, First Floor Theater set casting for its world premiere of Dan Giles’ “Mike Pence Sex Dream,” directed by artistic director Hutch Pimentel. The cast will feature Collin Quin…

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Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival announces lineup for 2019 fest by Kt Hawbaker

The official lineup of the 18th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival has been announced, and its organizers call it the largest fest of its kind. The 2019 line-up will boast 120 shows in 8 …

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Stage 773 acquires Li’l Buds Theatre Company by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Stage 773 announced its acquisition of Li’l Buds Theatre Company, a not-for-profit children’s theater organization based in the city. The change will be effective January 1, 2…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Steppenwolf announces new equity initiative and drama resource, 'The Mix' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced the release of a new play resource called “The Mix,” a list of new and underproduced plays that feature intersectional casts. The shows…

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Disney Theatrical Productions to hold open auditions in Chicago this weekend by Kt Hawbaker

Disney Theatrical Productions announced that it will hold open auditions for its current and future productions of the musicals “Aladdin,” “Frozen” and “The Lion King” in Chicago…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Pegasus sets authors and plays for 32nd Young Playwrights Festival by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Pegasus Theatre Chicago announced the authors and plays being presented at the 32nd Young Playwrights Festival at Pegasus’s resident home Chicago Dramatists. The lineup inclu…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

TimeLine announces cast for Chicago premiere of 'Cardboard Piano' by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, TimeLine Theatre Company set the cast for the Chicago premiere of “Cardboard Piano,” Hansol Jung’s drama set amidst violent conflict in northern Uganda Mechelle Moe will di…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Shattered Globe and Theater Wit set cast for 'The Realistic Joneses' by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Shattered Globe Theatre and Theater Wit announced casting for the Chicago premiere of Will Eno’s “The Realistic Joneses.” It will be directed by Theater Wit artistic directo…

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Vanessa Bamber steps down as executive director of Chicago Dramatists by Kt Hawbaker

Vanessa Bamber has resigned as executive director of Chicago Dramatists. On Monday, she confirmed her departure in an email to the Tribune, stating that she offered the playwright developmen…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Steppenwolf's winter 'Lookout' series features Sam Bailey, Sonal Aggarwal and 'iLookOut for Locas' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Steppenwolf announced the lineup for their winter 2018-19 LookOut Series, offering a dramatic way to stay warm in the city’s dreariest months. The season will begin in Decembe…

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Pride Films and Plays announces run of Harvey Fierstein's 'Casa Valentina' by Kt Hawbaker

Pride Films and Plays announced the Chicago premiere of Harvey Fierstein’s “Casa Valentina,” playing next summer. The director and cast will be set at a later date. Based on real event…

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Interrobang casts Chicago premiere of 'I Call My Brother' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Interrobang Theatre Project announced casting for its Chicago premiere of Jonas Hassen Khemiri's drama “I Call My Brother.” The show follows a day in the life of an Arab-Swe…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The search is on: Laura Stratford to step down at Underscore, company looks for new A.D. by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Underscore Theatre Company announced that Laura Stratford will step down as the company’s artistic director in March 2019 to focus on her career as a lyricist and librettist.…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Porchlight announces lineup for 2018-19 “New Faces Sing Broadway” series by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Porchlight Music Theatre announced the 2018-19 “New Faces Sing Broadway” series. A multimedia program, the show features trivia games with prizes, sing-alongs and more, wit…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The best looks of the 2018 Equity Jeff Awards by Kt Hawbaker

At the 50th Jeff Awards, Chicago's theater community came together for a night of celebration — and served. some. looks. From nominees to supportive family members to superfans, here are o…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Goodman adds 'St. Nicholas' — with a 'Downton Abbey' star — to 2018-19 season by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Goodman Theatre announced the addition of “St. Nicholas” to its 2018-19 season. Directed by Simon Evans, the revival will star Brendan Coyle, who earned an Emmy nomination a…

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10 questions with queer icon Amanda Lepore as she hits Chicago in head-to-toe leopard print by Kt Hawbaker

In Milan, she was dubbed “La Silicona.” In New York, she gets paid to enter a room — lips first. In Chicago, Amanda Lepore landed at the airport in head-to-toe leopard print, right on …

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Steppenwolf for Young Adults casts 'We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Steppenwolf for Young Adults announced full casting for its upcoming production of "We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South …

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Midsommer Flight announces cast for fourth annual 'Twelfth Night' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Midsommer Flight announced casting for its upcoming production of “Twelfth Night,” its annual “pay-what-you-can” holiday production. Ian Damont Martin, artistic associa…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Elizabeth Stenholt to play Dorothy in Paramount's 'The Wizard of Oz' by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, Aurora’s Paramont Theatre announced casting for its production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Elizabeth Stenholt will play Dorothy, while Kyle Adams stars as Scarecrow/Hunk; Carl D…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

American Players Theatre announces 2019 summer season by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, American Players Theatre announced its 40th summer season, which will run June 8 to October 6, 2019. It will be followed by a ninth show playing late October through November. Two…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Red Theater announces rotating cast for 'An Oak Tree' by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Red Theater Chicago announced the cast for “An Oak Tree” by Tim Crouch. Directed by Jeremy Aluma and starring Gage Wallace, a different, second actor will join the cast during…

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Theo Ubique casts 'The Full Monty,' the first show in its new home by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre announced the cast for “The Full Monty,” the first show in its new theater on Howard St. Founding artistic director Fred Anzevino will be stage dir…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sideshow casts season opener "HeLa" by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Sideshow Theatre Company, in partnership with the Greenhouse Theater Center, announced casting for the world premiere of J. Nicole Brooks’ “ HeLa,” directed by artistic di…

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Theatre at the Center casts 'Miracle on 34th Street: the Musical' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Theatre at the Center announced castomg for its production of “Miracle On 34th Street: the Musical.” Director Linda Fortunato has cast Roger Mueller as Kris Kringle, Stella …

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Raul Esparza to star in 'Hamlet' at Chicago Shakespeare Theater by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Chicago Shakespeare Theater announced that four time Tony Award-nominee and “Law and Order: SVU” alum Raul Esparza will lead William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” under the …

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Marriott Theatre announces casting for 'Holiday Inn' by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, the Marriott Theatre announced casting for its upcoming production of Irving Berlin’s wintertime musical, “Holiday Inn.” Tony Award-nominee Denis Jones will direct and chor…

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2018 Jeffs to give special awards to four Chicago theaters still 'thriving' after 50 years by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, the Jeff Awards announced that it will mark its 50th anniversary with special awards for four different theaters that are still “thriving” after half a century. This quartet …

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Nelson A. Rodriguez resigns as artistic director of Pride Films and Plays by Kt Hawbaker

Nelson A. Rodriguez has resigned as artistic director of Pride Films and Plays, Rodriguez confirmed to the Tribune on Monday. “The Board of Pride Films and Plays has accepted the resignati…

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