Year of Chicago Theatre

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Hell in a Handbag’s cast for Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Volume 3

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 Production 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 | Women Of 4G
August 1 – September 14 
BWBTC’s first foray into full-length science fiction. Seventy-five years in the future, an all-female crew and their male captain depart on what appears to be a routine mission to Mars until the captain is murdered and the real mission comes to light. Part murder mystery, part space thriller, Women of 4G uses a science fiction world to ask questions about women in power as well as their leadership, responsibility and, ultimately, sacrifice.  Get tickets here. See what else is being offered by Babes With Blades in the 2019 Season.

Barrel of Monkeys | That’s Weird, Grandma: Fantastic Beasts and the Stories About Them 
June 24 – August 12
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. Meet the strange and wonderful creatures created by Barrel of Monkeys students, from talking animals to intergalactic lifeforms. Shows are at 8pm on Monday nights; 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 Sean Masterson’s Timeless Magic every Wednesday through the end of September at 7:30PM. You can purchase tickets here. That’s not all though – the Magic lounge will be offering several shows in the remainder of the 2019 season.

Chicago Tap Theatre | More Shows Coming Soon!
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. Learn more about their upcoming performances here.

Hell in a Handbag | Golden Girls: Lost Episodes, Vol. 3
April 25 – August 31
Now in it’s 3rd year, Golden Girls: Lost Episodes series features Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, Sophia and their whacky friends and relatives are back for all new adventures  including the first-ever musical episode. The Hell in a Handbag Productions Chicago Golden Girls parody series features ORIGINAL scripts and go where they couldn’t go on television. Purchase tickets here.

The Neo-Futurists  | The Infinite Wrench
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
The infinite wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irreverent, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is The Neo-Futurists’ ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater. Get tickets here. Learn more about what else is showing in the The Neo-Futurists’ Spring Season.

Raven Theatre | Sundown, Yellow Moon
Through May 5
In the misty heat of a small southern town, two sisters have come home to handle a crisis. Twins Joey and Ray have just taken their first steps into adulthood while their newly divorced father, Tom, has been suspended from his job. But deep, honest communication doesn’t come easy. Seemingly stuck between the future and the past, this family of musicians sings what they can’t bring themselves to say. Making its Chicago premiere, Rachel Bonds’s warm, delicate play with music is an honest look at the hard work of holding a family together and re-connecting with what we’ve left behind. Purchase tickets here, and learn more about there fall season here.

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble | Something Clean
June 16 – July 21
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 | Pomona
July 18 – August 24
When Ollie’s sister goes missing her search leads her to Pomona – a bleak, concrete island in the middle of a scarred city. Part-thriller, part-fantastical puzzle, Alistair McDowall’s Pomona twists and turns its way into the dark heart of a world built on pain and suffering and asks the question – is it even possible to be good anymore? 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 Programs
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
In this two-week program, campers (ages 13-17) will gain hands-on experience crafting compelling and polished film projects. Campers will be encouraged to work collaboratively while completing all stages of the filmmaking process from pre-production to post-production. This all-encompassing filmmaking camp will teach students a wide range of skills including: creating shot-lists, scouting locations, setting up complex camera angles and green screen shots, post-production editing and sound design. This truly unique filmmaking camp is sure to ignite and foster your camper’s creative and teamwork skills. For more details and registration, click here. For other camps and workshops, 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 enrichmentsummer camps, and production camps, all open to a variety of ages.

Lil’ Buds Theatre Company | Charlotte’s Web Camp
July 22 – August 2, 2019
Charlotte’s Web Theatre Summer Camp at Stage 773 for ages 7-15. July 22nd-August 2nd from 9am-3pm. In this two-week session, the students will be living the life of a summer stock performer and will be challenged to put up a play almost entirely on their own! This session encompasses all aspects of the Theatrical Arts, including rehearsal, design, construction and performance. Students will see their show come to life and enjoy the rewards of performance. The students will be in charge of the theatrical design of sets, costumes and props, and will also bring those designs to life, using skills they have mastered. They will be challenged to assist in direction and essentially will create their own production from the ground up. Family invited performances will be held on the final day of camp, Friday, August 2nd. Can’t make these dates? Check out their website to learn more about their other options.

Raven Theatre | Take Flight
Multiple Sessions between June 24 – August 23
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!