Year of Chicago Theatre

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2019 is the Year of Chicago Theatre as declared by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Specials Events. Below are current and upcoming shows you don’t want to miss in Andersonville!

EATD LogoPlus, be sure to check out the 48th Ward’s Theatre Performance Calendar and the Edgewater Andersonville Theatre District page for a full look at what’s showing near you almost every day of the week!

Excited about all of the local options? Make a pledge to see at least one show at an Edgewater or Andersonville theatre this year – you also get to enter a raffle for free tickets!

Featured Andersonville Theatres

Akvavit Theatre | More productions Coming Soon!
Akvavit Theatre is haunted by Nordic visions: deep forests and ice-blue seas, the patience of the glacier, the sudden fury of the volcano, the arctic light and silence. Seeking the universal through the voices of contemporary Nordic playwrights, Akvavit Theatre is a kind of homecoming, a connecting back to the lands whose people and cultures have for generations been a part of the great prairies of North America that we call home. And like the namesake beverage, Akvavit brings a “strong spirit” to the work that they produce.

Babes With Blades Theatre Company | Othello
April 11- May 25
Babes With Blades Theatre Company brings you their biennial production of BWBTC Shakespeare: productions which solely feature actors who identify as female, trans, and gender-nonconforming, providing the opportunity for audiences to perceive these classic stories through a new lens. Now, they bring their take on the Bards classic tale of jealousy and manipulation. Othello is a brilliant general with the support of the Venetian government and an army behind him. But when he promotes Cassio over Iago, madness and jealous takes over as Iago slanders and schemes to destroy Othello utterly. As events madly spiral, prejudice, pride, and paranoia all clash in this, one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.  Get tickets here. See what else is being offered by Babes With Blades in the 2019 Season.

Barrel of Monkeys | That’s Weird Grandma: Star-Studded Stories
May 3 – 25
Barrel of Monkeys (BOM) is an ensemble of actor/educators who create an alternative learning environment in which children share their personal voices and celebrate the power of their imaginations. BOM accomplishes this through creative writing workshops and in-school performances of children’s stories. And now they’re giving you the opportunity to witness pop culture legends live onstage – or at least pop culture legends as 3rd – 5th graders imagine them! BOM performers portray stars past, present and fictional through outrageous dialogues and musical numbers. Shows are at 3pm on Sunday afternoons; everyone is welcome! See what else is being offered at Barrel of Monkeys in the 2019 Season.

Did you know you can get a Teen Art Pass for your teen ages 13-19? Barrel of Monkeys is excited to be an inaugural Teen Arts Pass (TAP) partner! TAP is a new initiative by Urban Gateways that gives young people access to $5 tickets to see professional dance, music, and theater performances in and around Chicago. Learn more about the program and sign up here.

Chicago Magic Lounge | Shows Daily
The Chicago Magic Lounge was conceived in 2015 as an homage to the historic, Chicago magic bar and restaurant scene. The aim was to reintroduce close-up and parlor magic to an adult, nightlife audience, while also creating a community of professional, working magicians. Featuring magic 7 days a week. Be sure to catch David Parr’s Cabinet of Curiosities every Wednesday through the end of February at 7:30PM. You can purchase tickets here and even add on the Two of Hearts Package which comes with Prosecco, truffles and souvenir glasses. That’s not all though – the Magic lounge will be offering several shows in the remainder of the 2019 season.

Chicago Tap Theatre | Saving the World
June 8 – 30, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30PM
The Chicago Tap Theatre (CTT) is growing and innovating in the dance world in honor of their multifaceted mission: to preserve America’s indigenous dance form, to promote tap through story-based shows and innovative presentation, to educate the community and make tap accessible to a variety of people, and to foster relationships with other Chicago arts organizations. Since its founding in 2002, CTT has followed through on this mission in many ways. Their final show of the season is Saving the World, a story about a corporation aiding victims of natural disasters and the consequences – good and bad – that come from their help. Tickets are available here. Learn more about their upcoming performances here.

Hell in a Handbag | Poseidon! An Upside-down Musical
Closes April 28
Its New Years Eve and a group of hardcore fans have gathered for their annual viewing of the greatest film ever- The Poseidon Adventure, the story of the capsize of the SS Poseidon on New Years Eve, and the handful misfit passengers that decide to climb to the top of the ship  which is now the bottom. As the story progresses the viewers become one with the film. POSEIDON! An Upside-Down Musical is part parody, homage and a look on how movies can leave their mark on you. Purchase tickets here.

The Neo-Futurists  | Remember The Alamo
Through April 27
In this world premiere production, an ensemble will take over The Neo-Futurist Theater, refuse to leave, and obstruct all production in the theater until the audience, actors and management work to recreate the Battle of the Alamo in its entirety, leading to its sad bloody conclusion. Get tickets here. Learn more about what else is showing in the The Neo-Futurists’ Spring Season.

Raven Theatre | YEN
Through May 5
London, now. Two practically feral teenaged brothers live alone in their filthy flat with a dog named Taliban, perpetually bathed in the blue glow of their screens, playing video games, watching porn, waiting for the occasional visit from their mother, and surviving. But when a strange neighbor girl barges through the door, the boys’ little blue world begins to change color. Raven brings Anna Jordan’s savage, unrelenting drama to Chicago for the first time. A play about growing up, opening the windows, and letting in the light. Learn more about this show and Raven theatre on episode 53 of #AlwaysAndersonville: The PodcastContent Advisory: Contains themes of sexual violence. Get tickets here. Learn more about their upcoming show: The Undeniable Sound of Right Now.

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble | Something Clean
Charlotte has been a mother for nineteen years, a wife for three decades and a respectable community member her entire life. But when her son is incarcerated for sexual assault, Charlotte is forced to reckon with a brand new identity, both public and private. Desperate to find a way back to who she was, she seeks out work at a sexual assault crisis center and meets Joey, a volunteer coordinator and a survivor of assault himself, who allows her a glimpse of who she might be able to become. Can she find a new understanding of who she is? Or has someone else’s crime defined her forever? Learn more about the show and purchase tickets here. Read about the remainder of Rivendell’s 2019 season here.

Steep Theatre | First Love is the Revolution
April 18 – May 25
Basti is having a rough go of it without his mom and Rdeca is struggling just to make her first kill. But when this 14 year-old boy and this young fox connect, the world just seems to make a whole lot more sense. Rita Kalnejais’ First Love is the Revolution is a wild take on the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers – from different sides of the animal kingdom. Get tickets here. Learn more about Steep’s remaining shows in the 2019 season here or by listening to the Steep Staff on #AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast

Kids Activities

Barrel of Monkeys | After-School Program
Dates and times vary
Barrel of Monkeys provides after-school Creative Writing Enrichment Programs in collaboration with after-school providers Youth Guidance and the Chicago Park District. Our after-school program curriculum builds their students’ confidence in self-expression and their enthusiasm for creative writing and theatre. The program is intended for 3rd-6th grade students in CPS schools. The curriculum is an extention of the BOM in-school residency curriculum, and each session is lead by 2-3 trained BOM actors/educators. Your child could learn about Story Writing, fiction writing, group story writing, theatre and drama techniques, and ensemble-based theatre. For more information about after-school programs and kid’s classes with Barrel of Monkeys, click here or contact Program Director, Shá Norman.


Chicago Filmmakers | Teen Filmmaking Workshop
Dates and times vary
Students (ages 13-17) work with professional filmmaker Joseph R. Lewis in a comprehensive hands-on experience to learn how to navigate the entire moviemaking process. This course will cover all aspects of digital video production, from initial concept to finished movie. Students will learn about pre-production planning, storyboarding, cameras, lighting, sound, shot composition, and computer editing, and will work collaboratively on group projects. Each student has the opportunity to focus on their own personal interests while building a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to make a movie. This course meets for three hours once a week for six weeks; for more details and registration, click here.

Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop | Classes & Camps
Dates and times vary
Dream Big started in 2006 with a class of four students. Now they serve an average of 1,000 students per week in and out of schools throughout the year. The mission of Dream Big Education is to enrich children’s lives with life-affirming and energizing, creative experiences in the performing arts. With a focus on fostering confidence and self-expression, these collaborative experiences led by professional teaching artists allow children’s hearts and spirits to shine bright on and off the stage. Dream Big plans to achieve this goal through their many after school programs and summer camps. Learn more about their after school enrichment, summer camps, and production camps, all open to a variety of ages.

Lil’ Buds Theatre Company | The Little Mermaid Jr.
June 17-28th 2019
The Little Mermaid Summer Camp at FXW School -HNC Campus is June 17th – June 28th, 2019 form 9am to 3:30pm. In this two-week session, students will be living the life of a summer stock performer putting on a musical! This session encompasses all aspects of the theatrical arts, including rehearsal, design, construction and performance. Students will contribute to the theatrical design of sets, costumes and props, and will bring their designs to life using skills they have mastered. They will be challenged to assist in choreography and direction. Family invited performances will be held on the final day of camp, Friday, June 28th. Can’t make these dates? Check out their website to learn more about their other options.

Raven Theatre | Take Flight
June 17-28th 2019
Take Flight is committed to sharing the importance and dynamic power of ensemble work. The Raven believes that the guiding principle of all theatrical work is that of collaboration: respecting others, feeling the confidence to contribute and the courage to try something new. Exposure to these fundamental life lessons through the lens of theatre translates into every facet of scholarship, play, and community. There are several camps and classes offered through the Take Flight program, check them out here.

Viola Project | Classes & Camps
Dates and times vary
Using the works of William Shakespeare, The Viola Project unites and empowers girls from diverse backgrounds so they may grow up to be whoever they want to be. For more information about summer camps, click here!