The Chicago Premiere of Gruesome Playground Injuries, from 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, will run July 5 – August 5, 2012, at the Chopin Theatre Downstairs, 1543 West Division, Chicago, IL. Directed by Rasaka Theatr
In Rajiv Joseph’s masterful play, an accident prone dare devil and a corrosive masochist navigate friendship, love and the squishy parts that lie in between. 8 year olds Doug and Kayleen meet in a school nurse’s office, beginning a lifelong intimacy which is revealed through the physical and emotional injuries they sustain over 30 years. Gruesome Playground Injuries tells a different kind of love story through sharp humor and even sharper insights into the human condition.e Company’s Artistic Director Lavina Jadhwani, press opening is Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 8 PM. For tickets and more information, visit www.rasakatheatre.com. Read more
Who: THE TRAP DOOR THEATRE PRESENTS …
What: The WORLD PREMIERE OF “SMARTPHONES- A POCKET-SIZE FARCE”
Written and Directed by Award Winning Playwright Emilio Williams (Spain)
Cast: Antonio Brunetti, Geraldine Dulex, Jodi Kingsley and Chris Popio. Read more
Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST), concluded its 25th Anniversary celebration on June 11 with Gala 2012 at its home on Navy Pier. Three hundred and fifty of Chicago’s civic and cultural leaders attended the event benefiting the Regional Theatre Tony Award recipient’s far-reaching education and civic engagement programs. Through the leadership of Gala 2012 Lead Sponsors Northern Trust, Donna Van Eekeren Foundation and Food For Thought Catering, the support of the Gala 2012 Host Committee and the advocacy of CST’s Board of Directors, the Theater raised nearly $1 million for its continuing work as a partner in literacy for Chicago Public Schools. Read more
Music Theatre International (MTI) has awarded the Courage In Theatre Award to Manhattan’sP94M, also known as The Spectrum School, a special education school in New York City. The Spectrum School’s name comes from its ultimate goal: to provide Special Populations Educated Creatively Through Rigor, Understanding and Motivation.
The school had previously participated in the Shubert Foundation/Music Theatre International Broadway Jr. Share but had ‘graduated’ out of the program. MTI’s Chairman and CEO Freddie Gershon and his wife Myrna provided the school with the necessary funds to produce a musical production again this year. Read more
Better Boys Foundation (BBF) and Facets Multi-Media announce a film festival comprised of a series of social documentaries screened outside in the inner courtyard of the BBF Center at 1512 S. Pulaski Road. These groundbreaking documentaries such as The Murder of Fred Hampton, And This is Free, American Revolution 2, and others exemplify the role of independent, particularly documentary, filmmaking in reporting about and shaping Chicago. Discussion panels of film professionals, journalists and individuals relevant to the films will follow the screenings. Two of the films will be accompanied by shorts produced in house at BBF by FilmLAB@1512, BBF’s youth filmmaking apprenticeship. A local production company, Kartemquin Films, has generously donated two of the screenings. Read more
JAM Theatricals has announced that the cancelled Kristin Chenoweth concert that was originally set for June 16, has been rescheduled for June 29 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. The star had to postpone the show due to illness. Tickets for the June 16 show can be refunded, or used for the new performance.
In a rare concert appearance, Sony recording artist Chenoweth performs songs from her latest album Some Lessons Learned, as well as an array of her most memorable songs and Broadway show tunes, including music from Wicked, Promises, Promises, and Glee. Read more