Dead Writers Theatre Collective Announces Inaugural Production of Coward’s ‘The Vortex’

Dead Writers Theatre Collective is proud to announce its inaugural production, Noel Coward’s The Vortex, directed by Jim SchneiderJuly 20 – August 26, at the Greenhouse Theater Complex, 2257 North Lincoln Ave. Preview performances are Thursday, July 12 – Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 15 at 2:30 p.m. and Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. Opening/press night is Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception. The performance schedule is Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for previews and $30 for the scheduled run. All tickets are available at or 773.404.7336. Read more

Chicago Premiere of ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ July 5-Aug 5th at Chopin Theatre

 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 72012 at 8 PM.  For tickets and more information, visit Read more

Chicago Shakes Gala Raises Nearly $1 Million For Education & Civic Engagement Programs


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 TrustDonna 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 Awards ‘Courage In Theatre Award’

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 & Facets Multi-Media Announce Film Festival

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 HamptonAnd This is FreeAmerican 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

Kristin Chenoweth Concert Reschedules For June 29th

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

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