The Chicago Commercial Collective is proud to announce that TO MASTER THE ART has recouped its full production capitalization in just 5 weeks.  Commissioned by TimeLine Theatre in 2008, the play, about the adventure and romance of Julia and Paul Child's journey of discovery to Paris during the 1950s, has had a successful run at the Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) and will continue through October 20.

"We are so proud of this production of To Master The Art.  It is the hard work of over 100 artists, technicians and managers, all from Chicago, that ensured the success of this wonderful production.  We believe To Master The Art has a bright future and we look forward to producing other fantastic plays and musicals from the Chicago Theatre community," says Chicago Commercial Collective producer Brian Loevner.

About TimeLine Theatre Company and TO MASTER THE ART
The initial idea of TO MASTER THE ART was hatched by TimeLine Company members during an artistic retreat in the summer of 2006. An official commission in 2008 with William Brown and Doug Frew culminated in a developmental workshop and in the play’s world premiere in 2010. The development of TO MASTER THE ART has been partially supported by The Dramatists Guild Fund.

TimeLine Theatre Company, named one of the nation's top 10 emerging professional theatres (American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®, 2011), Best Theatre in Chicago (Chicago Magazine, 2011) and the nation's theater "Company of the Year" (Wall Street Journal, 2010), was founded in April 1997 with a mission to present stories inspired by history that connect with today's social and political issues. Over its first 16 seasons, TimeLine has presented 55 productions, including nine world premieres and 19 Chicago premieres, and launched the Living History Education Program, which brings the company's mission to life for students in Chicago Public Schools. Recipient of the Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and the Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award from the Association for Strategic Planning, TimeLine has received 47 Jeff Awards, including an award for Outstanding Production nine times. TimeLine is led by Artistic Director PJ Powers, Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman and Board President Cindy Giacchetti. Company members are Nick Bowling, Janet Ulrich Brooks, Lara Goetsch, Juliet Hart, Mildred Marie Langford, Mechelle Moe, David Parkes, PJ Powers, Maren Robinson and Benjamin Thiem. For more information, visit

About the Chicago Commercial Collective
Chicago Commercial Collective is a commercial theatre company focused on producing Chicago theatre of incredible quality and commercial appeal thereby supporting Chicago’s vital non-profit theatre scene. The goal is to manifest a thriving small and mid-sized commercial theatre scene. Our community has a multitude of available venues, and more are being built every day. The Collective will focus on producing theatre with proven popularity, building upon the interest already generated from their original production runs.. For our investors, we will provide opportunities to partner on exciting projects with reasonable returns on their investments. Chicago Commercial Collective wants to help Chicagoans discover the best of its city’s vibrant theatre scene by showcasing the biggest hits in town. The Collective allows non-profit theatre companies to enjoy the benefits from their original successful productions that may end prematurely. Finally, artists who doubt Chicago’s job market will provide consistency with fair wages can rely on the Collective to change the scene with the development of midsized commercial theatre. We propose a new era in Chicago Theatre.

The performance schedule for TO MASTER THE ART is as follows:
Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 16 at 2 pm and 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 19 at 2 & 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m. Please note: Ticket prices and performance schedule are subject to change.

Tickets for TO MASTER THE ART at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place range from $25-$75.  A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.  Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at