Now Playing in Indiana:
June 25th, 26th, 27th, "Alice's Heavenly Folly" Footlight Players Theater, 1705 Franklin, Michigan City. FYI (219) 874-4035 or www.footlightplayers.org.
June 26th, Johnny V.’s Wildflowers: A tribute to Tom Petty, Acorn Concert Series, Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., opening acts start at 6 p.m. and headliners start at 7:30 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 week of performance. Children 12 and under are free. Bring your lawn chairs. FYI www.pnw.edu/gabis-concerts.
Through June 27th, "Heathers: The Musical" Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W Chicago Street, Valparaiso. FYI (219) 464-1636 or www.chicagostreet.org.
Through June 27th, "The Spongebob Musical" South Bend Civic Theatre, Central Park, Mishawaka. Bring your lawn chair. $20 Adults, $10 Kids. FYI www.sbct.org.
June 23rd through July 3rd, "8-Track: The Sounds of the 70s" Canterbury Summer Theatre, Canterbury Theater, 807 Franklin Street, located in the Uptown Arts District of Michigan City. FYI (219) 874-4269, e-mail email@example.com or www.canterburytheatre.org.
Through July 4th, "Clue: The Musical" Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Avenue, Valparaiso. $21-$23. FYI (219) 548-9137 or www.memorialoperahouse.com
Now Playing in Illinois:
June 23rd, 7:00 pm, IPO String Quartet: Price and Webern, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), Socially Distanced Summer in-person concerts at Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club Drive, Olympia Fields. $37. FYI www.ipomusic.org.
June 24th, 6:00 pm, Chicago Takes 10 with Star Dixon and Donnetta ‘LilBit’ Jackson, part of See Chicago Dance’s Chicago Dance Month, M.A.D.D. Rhythms’ Company members are featured. Free virtual event.
June 25th & 26th, 5:00-8:00 pm, "The Map of Now" M.A.D.D. Rhythms’ Company participates in Lucky Plush Productions’ latest virtual performance where they pair the aesthetics of retro video games with a turbo-charged line-up of Chicago dance, theater, music and comedy performers. A radically new, interactive digital festival on an interactive online platform called Gather.Town. $10-$25. FYI www.LuckyPlush.com/map-of-now
Through June 27th, "Legends of the 50s and 60s: Greatest Hits" Music Theater Works, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie. FYI www.MusicTheaterWorks.com.
Through June 27th, William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors" Beverly Arts Center Courtyard, 2407 W 111th St, Chicago. FYI www.beverlyartcenter.org.
Through July 4th, 9:00-9:30 pm nightly, Art on theMART to Present the World Premiere of "Astrographics" in Partnership with the Adler Planetarium nd the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Art on theMART can best be experienced for free from the jetty section of the Chicago Riverwalk on Wacker Drive between Wells Street and Franklin Street, where accompanying audio is also available.
Through September 16th, 9:00-9:30 pm nightly, Art on theMART, in conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago’s presentation of The Obama Portraits, Art on theMART will present a dynamically animated projection of the portraits of President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively. Art on theMART can best be experienced for free from the jetty section of the Chicago Riverwalk on Wacker Drive between Wells Street and Franklin Street, where accompanying audio is also available.
Open Run, 7:00 & 10:00 pm, Thursdays through Sundays, "Happy to Be Here" Mainstage, The Second City. FYI www.secondcity.com.
Open Run, 7:00 & 10:00 pm, Thursdays through Sundays, "Safer, Shorter & Still So Funny" e.t.c., The Second City. FYI www.secondcity.com.
Now Playing Elsewhere:
Online Theater - Single Dates:
June 22nd, 7:00 pm, Live Virtual Reading of Shakespeare's comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" PrideArts. $10.00. FYI (773) 857-0222 or www.pridearts.org.
June 24th & 26th, 7:30 pm, June 27th, 2:00 pm, "Greener Grass" Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s (HSDC) Season 43: A Virtual Homecoming. Streamed on Vimeo and will include a post-show Q&A. Free but registration required. (Registration opens June 11). FYI www.hubbardstreetdance.com.
June 25th & 26th, "The Map of Now" a radically new, interactive digital festival. Lucky Plush Productions in partnership with four Chicago presenters: the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Links Hall, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago and Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre's LookOut Series. Ticket buyers can sign up for entry times every half hour between 5 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on a sliding scale, $5-$50, suggested price $25, with discounts for students, seniors and industry. FYI www.luckyplush.com/map-of-now.
June 26th, 7:00 pm, "That’s Weird, Millennials! Real Stories with a Je Ne Sais Quoi" a whimsical evening of cross-generational stories written by adults, featuring live entertainment, raffles and much more!. PlayMakers Laboratory virtual fundraiser streamed on Facebook and Zoom. $15 - $25. FYI at playmakerslab.org via Eventbrite.
June 26th, 7:00 pm, "Shakuntala" A Future Labs Virtual Reading, Goodman Theatre. Live Virtual Reading. Free but reservation required. FYI https://www.goodmantheatre.org/Shakuntala
Online Theater - Limited Run
June 2021, "Ages of the Moon" a filmed play by Sam Shepherd (run time 55 minutes), Steppenwolf NOW Virtual Stage, Virtual Membership $75. FYI (312) 335-1650, or www.steppenwolf.org/now.
Through June 26th, “Zafiro Flamenco” 45th Anniversary Festival, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre. Live video stream available through June 26th. $20. FYI www.EnsembleEspanol.org.
**** Through June 28th, Mondays at 8:00 pm "That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay" PlayMakers Laboratory. Streams Mondays at 8 pm CST via Patreon. $2-$4. FYI www.playmakerslab.org.
Through June 30th, Eighth Blackbird’s Chicago Artists Workshop (CAW), live streamed performance series, hosted at the Eighth Blackbird production space, 4045 N. Rockwell St. Live-streamed ticketed events with limited in-person seating. $20. FYI www.eighthblackbird.org/product-category/caw-tickets/
Through July 11th, "Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry, 1912)" Court Theatre. Streaming tickets are on sale now for digital viewing. $20. FYI (773) 753-4472 or www.CourtTheatre.org.
Through July 15th, "I Am the Bear" Jerrell Henderson’s new short film adapted from his signature one-man puppet play about the consequences of “walking while Black” Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Free. FYI www.chicagopuppetfest.org/I-Am-The-Bear
June 24th through July 18th, "Dingleberries" Interrobang Theatre Project. Streaming on demand. Tickets ($15) will go on sale shortly at interrobangtheatreproject.org.
Through August 31st, "Where We Stand" Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage. Virtual memberships, $75, access to 6 productions. FYI www.steppenwolf.org/now.
**** Through August 31st, world premiere audio adaptation of "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter" This audio adaptation is available FREE for all educators to share with their students in grades 9 and above. FYI (312) 335-1650 or www.steppenwolf.org.
Through August 31st, "What is Left, Burns" a filmed play (run time - 20 minutes) by James Ijames, Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage. Virtual memberships, $75, access to 6 productions. FYI www.steppenwolf.org/now.
Through August 31st, "Wally World" a two-act radio play by Isaac Gomez, Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage. Virtual memberships, $75, access to 6 productions. FYI www.steppenwolf.org/now.
**** Through September 10th, "My Magic Breath" Live-Streaming on CCTv: Virtual Theatre and Learning from Chicago Children’s Theatre, CCT's YouTube Channel. Free. FYI https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClI9nwq0sLwmxnSC8xvN9lw
Through November, 2023, Dael Orlandersmith’s "Until the Flood" Goodman Theatre in partnership with All Arts—the free broadcast and digital platform dedicated to the arts—and New York’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and six U.S. regional theaters, including A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle); Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles); Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Portland Center Stage (Oregon); and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Free. FYI www.allarts.org.
Online Theater - Open Run:
Open Run (after May 9), "A Portrait of My Mother" written and performed by Carlo Lorenzo Garcia, Jarrott Productions. Live-stream tickets ($5) are currently available through TicketWeb or through jarrottproductions.com.
On Demand, "TO BE 4/23" A virtual night of performance broadcast from Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s rooftop as we mark Shakespeare’s birthday. Free. FYI https://www.chicagoshakes.com/tobe
**** Open Run, "The Plane That Took A Train" New Musical Play Podcast Six-episode available to listen on all podcast platforms including Apple and Spotify. $5 suggested donation. FYI https://theplanethattookatrain.com/
**** Open Run, "Maybe Something Beautiful" Chicago Children's Theatre and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association with promotional partner, The Chicago Public Library. 13-minute video will be posted on CCTv: Virtual Theatre and Learning from Chicago Children’s Theatre and CSOtv for free, on-demand viewing for children and families in Chicago and around the world.
Open Run, "The Summer of Daisy Fay" New American Folk Theatre's Season of Audio Theatre. Available for audio download. $10. FYI www.newamericanfolktheatre.org.
Open Run, "BEING THE DREAM" a celebration of Black History Month" The Drama Group. Virtual celebration of African American life, talent, and culture. Free. FYI www.dramagroup.org.
**** Open Run, Imagine U Storytime, Northwestern theater students, faculty, and alumni share weekly stories for young audiences. Free and available on https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnnywRBuUnwmsuKoOq5JnbjmUACcehPM8
Open Run, "The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral" 30 digital plays in 60 minutes, Live-Streaming weekly from The Neo-Futurist Theater, Chicago. Tickets start at $3 per week. FYI www.neofuturists.org/events/the-infinite-wrench-goes-viral/.
Open Run, "The Happiest Place on Earth" Live-Streaming from Sideshow Theatre Company, Chicago. Pay what you wish. FYI www.sideshowtheatre.org/stream.
Open Run, World Premiere, "Masque of the Red Coronavirus" free live-streaming. Black Button Eyes, Chicago. FYI www.blackbuttoneyes.com/masque-of-the-red-coronavirus.
Open Run, PLAY(S) AT HOME: A GREEN THEATRE FESTIVAL, Live-Streaming from Connective Theater Company, Chicago. Free. FYI www.connectivetheatrecompany.com
Open Run, PLAY(S) AT HOME, A VIRTUAL FESTIVAL, Live-Streaming from Connective Theater Company, Chicago. Free. FYI www.connectivetheatrecompany.com
Open Run, "Out of Touch" Live-Streaming from Annoyance Theatre, Chicago. Suggested donation, $5.00. FYI www.theannoyance.com/lockin.
**** Open Run, "Stupid Shakespeare's Merchant of Sesame Street" Otherworld Theatre Company, Available on Patreon. Access to all stage productions recordings: $5 FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org
Open Run, "Stupid Shakespeare's Super Richard World III" Otherworld Theatre Company, Available online on Patreon and YouTube. Recommended for Ages 16 years +, Free. FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org
Open Run, "Improvised Star Trek: The Lost Episode" Otherworld Theatre Company, Available online on Patreon and YouTube. Free. FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org
Open Run, "Geekspeare's The Tragedy of Johnny and Lisa" Part I & Part II Otherworld Theatre Company, Available online on Patreon and YouTube. Free. FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org
Open Run, Every Sunday at 7 p.m., "Improvised Dungeons and Dragons" Otherworld Theatre Company, Available online on YouTube. Free. FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org
Open Run, Every Saturday from 5 – 7 p.m., "Theatre of Ted Digital Open Mic" Available on Facebook. Everyone may submit 3-5 minute video performances to firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured on our Theatre of Ted Digital Open Mic. This isn't limited to comedy; all performance art welcome! FREE FYI www.OtherWorldTheatre.org
Open Run, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 & 9:30, "Virtual ComedySportz" ComedySportz, Available on Zoom. FREE, donations welcome. FYI www.cszchicago.com.
Open Run, Monday through Friday at 2:00, Laugh Factory Live, Live-Streaming from the Laugh Factory, Chicago. FREE. FYI www.youtube.com/user/TheLaughFactory.
Until Theater Returns, "The Liminal Space" Court Theatre will live-stream their empty stage for quiet meditation. FYI www.CourtTheatre.org/theliminalspace
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