Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Announces Upcoming Theater and Dance Schedule for Summer/Fall 2015

April 23, 2015

Performances Include Chicago and World Premieres at the Storefront Theater

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

All performances take place at the Storefront Theater located at 66 E. Randolph St. Admission is FREE or low cost. For performance details, please visit


Motel 666, produced by WildClaw Theatre

June 3–4 (Previews), 7:30pm

June 5–28, Thursdays – Saturdays, 7:30pm; Sundays, 2pm

Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St.

WildClaw Theatre’s world premiere of Motel 666 is an anthology of short horror plays all built around a dingy motel room on a forgotten highway in the American Midwest. On the forgotten highways of the American Midwest, there is a vacancy waiting for you. The production features new short plays by local playwrights: Scott T. Barsotti, Christopher Hainsworth, Ele Matelan, Brett Neveu, Machaela Petro, Chrotopher M. Walsh and Joseph Zettelmaier.


Queer, Ill & Okay, produced by JRV Majestry Productions

July 24 and 25, 7:30pm

Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St.

Queer, Ill & Okay (QIO) is an annual multidisciplinary performance series exploring, challenging and reinventing narratives about the lives of queer individuals living with HIV and forms of mental and chronic illness. In December 2012 Creative Director Joseph Varisco turned to queer artists of Chicago to develop QIO in an effort to help make sense of his own HIV diagnosis. This multi-artist performance will feature deeply personal portrayals living with disease.


DON CHIPOTLE, produced by terraNOVA Collective and written by Juan Francisco Villa

August 25–30 (Previews), Tuesday – Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm

August 28–September 27, Thursdays – Saturdays, 7:30pm; Sundays, 2pm

Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St.

From terraNOVA Collective this magical adventure story by Juan Francisco Villa sets a hero and his sidekick on an epic quest across New York City that proves anything but ordinary. Inspired by the classic story of Don Quixote, this world premiere comic fable is told through puppetry, animation, music, a children’s choir and a powerhouse all-female Latina cast.


No Beast So Fierce, produced by Oracle Productions

October 6–8 (Previews), 7:30pm

October 9–November 8, Thursdays–Saturdays, 7:30pm; Sundays, 2pm

Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St.

Oracle Productions presents a dance-theater adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III that explores the complexity of having to do wrong in order to achieve the greater good. Artistic Director Max Truax joins forces with Jeff Award-winning actress Katherine Keberlein, who will portray Richard in this world premiere production.



November 6–21, Exact Schedule TBA

Storefront Theater, Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park

The SpinOff contemporary dance series returns November 6-21 celebrating the work of emerging and mid-career Midwest-based choreographers and dance companies. The series will feature Chicago and world premieres by Chris Schlichting, Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak and The Space Movement Project as well as works in progress by Honey Pot Performance and Ayako Kato. SpinOff will also welcome the New York-based curators of CATCH to present the first ever CATCH in Chicago, with multi-genre performances by local and Midwest artists. A complete performance schedule will be released at a later date.


New Alaska, produced by Chicago Dance Crash

December 4–22, Fridays–Saturdays, 7:30pm; Sundays, 2pm

Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St.

Taking its fusion-style aesthetic to a whole new level in this world premiere, Chicago Dance Crash will commission new work by several choreographers that specialize in Crash’s trademark style of hip-hop, contemporary and acrobatics. Each will choreograph a piece inspired by Alaska, 100 years in the future, following a worldwide nuclear catastrophe.


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: and join us on Facebook and Twitter @ChicagoDCASE.


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Dates and show times are subject to change.

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