Friday, May 23, 2014

DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND SPECIAL EVENTS ANNOUNCES ITS THEATER AND DANCE SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2014 THROUGH SPRING 2015


Performances include Chicago and world premieres at the Chicago Cultural Center,
Storefront Theater and Millennium Park


The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce upcoming theater and dance performances scheduled through spring of 2015. The DCASE Theater and Dance series showcases both emerging and established theater, dance and multi-disciplinary artists.

Performance locations this include the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.), Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph St.) and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage at Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.). Admission is always FREE or low cost. For event details, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase.

Red Tape Theatre opens the season with the Chicago premier of Mnemonic by Complicite. Crossing continents and centuries, Mnemonic weaves together the discovery of Ötzi the iceman, a search for an absent father and the longing for love lost in an exploration that questions our reliance on memory, the most subjective of storytellers. Drawing parallels between these stories, this fragmented narrative focuses on the theme of the role of the imagination in recapturing the past. The original production received awards in the UK, France, New York and Sarajevo, including the 2001 Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Experience.” For ticket information, please visit www.redtapetheatre.org
Storefront Theater
September 5 – October 5, 2014
Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
(Previews September 2-4, 7:30 p.m.)

TUTA Theatre Chicago returns this fall with The Anyway Cabaret (an animal cabaret). A hauntingly funny new play with original music, TUTA’s world premiere collaboration is written and composed by Slovenian artist Martin Marion, and directed by TUTA Artistic Director Jacqueline Stone. The comedy takes us to a small cabaret stage in an undisclosed location, where animals perform with their band against all odds night after night, exploring the universal struggles of power, identity and what it takes to be a human. For ticket information, please visit www.tutato.com.
Storefront Theater
October 17 – November 16, 2014
Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
(Previews October 14-16, 7:30 p.m.)

Akvavit Theatre’s U.S. Premiere of Blue Planet by Icelandic playwright Andri Snær Magnason will entertain both adults and children alike. Best friends Hulda and Brimir live on a planet much like Earth – populated only by children. They live a simple but ideal life. When they meet an adult – the mysterious Jolly-Goodday – they are promised a life of greater joy, even more spectacular fun. But, what are they willing to trade for an immediate reward? The exuberance of Peter Pan, the wonder of the myth of Icarus, mixed with an eco-conscious message, Blue Planet is a family-friendly and lively integrated theatrical experience that is sure to illuminate, entertain and inspire. For more information, please visit www.akvavittheatre.org.
Storefront Theater
February 13 – March 15, 2015
Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
(Previews February 10-12, 7:30 p.m.)

In March 2015, Theater Oobleck will present a world premiere yet to be decided. A Chicago institution for 25 years, Oobleck is dedicated to creating work through a collaborative artist driven. For more information, please visit www.theateroobleck.com.
Storefront Theater
March 27 – April 26, 2015
Performance Schedule TBA

During the spring of 2015, DCASE will welcome more local dance companies including world premieres by Kalapriya Dance as well as the Joel Hall Dancers for a performance incorporating live bands of local musicians. Performance dates and times will be announced in the fall at www.cityofchicago.org/dcase.
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage
Spring 2015
Performance Schedule TBD

The Dance COLEctive and Peter Carpenter Performance Project will present a collaboration in early May. File under collisions and spectacle on the go, Margi Cole and Peter Carpenter collaborate on an evening-length ensemble work focused on themes of mimicry and perspective. For more information, visit www.dancecolective.com.
Storefront Theater
May 1-2
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Deception is a fascinating subject that intertwines relationships, identity and survival in Synapse Arts’ premiere of Rachel Damon’s You’re So Stubborn. The elusive and omnipresent concept of trust is explored in this world premiere. For more information, please visit www.synapsearts.com.
Storefront Theater
May 15-17
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

WildClaw Theatre’s world premiere of Motel 666 is an anthology of short horror plays by local playwrights all built around a dingy motel room on a forgotten highway in the American Midwest. For more information, please visit www.wildclawtheatre.com.
Storefront Theater
Summer 2015
Performance Schedule TBD

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

For information on all productions presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, visit our website: cityofchicago.org/dcase and join us on Facebook and Twitter @ChicagoDCASE.

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Dates and show times are subject to change.

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