Collaboraction’s 12th Annual Sketchbook Begins June 6th

Entering its 12th year, Collaboraction’s SKETCHBOOK festival has expanded to include five programs containing thirteen pieces of world premiere theatre in rotating rep in Collaboraction’s two venues in the Flat Iron Arts Building. This year’s festival reformats the previous seven-minute recipe by integrating longer world-premiere productions, including “Honeybuns” by Dean Evans, “[fər] women” by Patrese McClain and “A Day In the Unweeded Garden” by Meredith Miller, along with a variety of shorter pieces. SKETCHBOOK: REINCARNATEwill showcase thirteen pieces total, feature contemporary theatre, visual art and music.  The programs will run June 6 – July 15, 2012.

Press opening will be June 10th.

Tickets are now on sale at or by calling 312-226-9633. Tickets are $20 per show ($10 student/industry). A SKETCHBOOK all access pass for all five programs is $65 ($35 student/industry).

Collaboraction is also offering a special discounted all access pass if purchased prior to May 15. This special rate is $20 for student/industry and $45 for general public.

What can you expect from SKETCHBOOK: REINCARNATE? You’ll see some of Chicago’s most exciting theatre artists pushing the form in a social, mixed-medium environment. Real food will be used in an exploration of the assumptions we make and the connections we have to death row inmates and their final meals. You’ll help resolve a whodunit turned on its head. You’ll meet Chicago librarians in a battle to preserve the

boundaries of reality and an overlarge buffoon who goes by “Honeybuns.” Not to be outdone, Harlotry & Necromancy Appreciation Society will finally determine an answer to the age-old question “What is the opposite of porn?” And this is only the beginning of Sketchbook 2012!

SKETCHBOOK: REINCARNATE will feature five programs in both of Collaboraction’s spaces in the Flat Iron Arts Building. Collaboraction has officially moved in to both Studio 300 and Studio 336 to provide programming throughout the year in these two spaces.  “Honeybuns,” “[fər] women” and “A Day In the Unweeded Garden” will run in repertory in Room 336, while “The Three” and “The Seven” will run in repertory in Room 300.

SKETCHBOOK has gained widespread recognition as a platform for emerging artists to gain critical exposure as well as an incubator for established artists to take exciting artistic risks. Once again, SKETCHBOOK will integrate visual art installations and music into the experience. The Chicago Tribune has hailed the festival as “stellar;” the Chicago Reader raves, “The atmosphere is all inclusive and embracing in this celebration of creativity, and as a result you’re willing to go along for the ride no matter what,” and Newcity proclaims, “One of the city’s most intriguing off-Loop companies. SKETCHBOOK…has become a must-see annual event.”

The 12th Annual SKETCHBOOK Festival, SKETCHBOOK: REINCARNATE will take place at Collaboraction’s new home at the Flat Iron Arts Building at 1579 N. Milwaukee June 6 – July 15. A full performance schedule can be viewed at