It's Showtime, Chicago - A Celebration of Chicago Theatre

Monday, February 11, 6-8pm

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Celebrate the start of the Year of Chicago Theatre! This free-admission, building-wide celebration invites everyone – from the curious to seasoned theatre-goers – for an inspiring and surprising look at the “fearless soul” of our city – Chicago’s theatre community. Participating artists and theatre companies including The Second City, Walkabout Theater, Free Street Theater, Chicago Youth TheatreFest, Chicago Children’s Choir and many others will present interactive performances, live music, youth project showcases and more.

The event is held in conjunction with the 7th annual Chicago Theatre Week, taking place February 7–17. Visit ChicagoPlays.com for more info on discounted tickets to more than 100 productions across Chicago.

It's Showtime, Chicago!

Schedule of Events

5:40–6pm The Cabaret Project

Randolph Square, 1st Floor North

Enjoy performances inspired by the exhibition Chicago! The Play, The Movies, The Musical…The Murders currently on view in Randolph Square. The Cabaret Project will be joined by dancers from Fringe Factor and other special guests.

ASL Interpretation

 

6pm Welcome Remarks

Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South

Black Ensemble Theater’s Aeriel Williams will kick things off with a performance from the recent production Women of Soul, followed by welcome remarks from Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and Deb Clapp, Executive Director of the League of Chicago Theatres.

ASL Interpretation

 

6–8pm Urban Gateways’ Teen Arts Pass (TAP)

Lounge Learning Lab, 1st Floor South

Teens, ages 13 to 19, are welcome to check out ways to explore arts in Chicago – including its booming theatre scene. Led by Urban Gateways TAP Teen Council.

 

6:15–7pm The Cabaret Project

Randolph Square, 1st Floor North

Enjoy performances inspired by the exhibition Chicago! The Play, The Movies, The Musical…The Murders currently on view in Randolph Square. The Cabaret Project will be joined by dancers from Fringe Factor and other special guests.

ASL Interpretation

 

6:20–7pm The Second City

G.A.R. Hall, 4th Floor North

Join the immersive and interactive peek into how The Second City builds improvised hilarity.

ASL Interpretation

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6:20–8pm Elevator Pitch!

4th Floor North Landing

Learn what’s up in this pop-up café as performance companies and artists talk about their upcoming events and productions. Theatre-makers are encouraged to sign up for a slot on the mic.

 

6:25–6:50pm Free Street Theater

Sidney R. Yates Gallery

Participate in a snapshot of Free Street Theater’s process as they shape many voices into a singular dramatic event. During the summer of 2019 Free Street will present Still/Here: A Manifesto for Survival in celebration of their 50th anniversary.

 

6:30–8pm Walkabout Theater Company

Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South

Walkabout Theater Company creates spectacle with song, movement and stilts!

ASL Interpretation 6:30–7pm

 

6:30–8pm Theatre Photo Op!

Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South

Snap a selfie #2019isYOCT #CTW19 #ChiTheatre

 

7–7:25pm Free Street Theater

Sidney R. Yates Gallery

Participate in a snapshot of Free Street Theater’s process as they shape many voices into a singular dramatic event. During the summer of 2019 Free Street will present Still/Here: A Manifesto for Survival in celebration of their 50th anniversary.

 

7–7:30pm Youth Showcase

Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North

Celebrate some of the powerful theatre created by Chicago’s young artists with live performances from Albany Park Theater Project, Chicago Public Schools Youth TheatreFest and Kuumba Lynx. Emceed by special guest Kara Jackson, Chicago Youth Poet Laureate 2018-2019.

ASL Interpretation

 

7:30–8:10pm The Second City

Join the immersive and interactive peek into how The Second City builds improvised hilarity.

 

7:35–8pm Free Street Theater

Sidney R. Yates Gallery

Participate in a snapshot of Free Street Theater’s process as they shape many voices into a singular dramatic event. During the summer of 2019 Free Street will present Still/Here: A Manifesto for Survival in celebration of their 50th anniversary.

ASL Interpretation

 

Chicago Cultural Center Exhibitions are open

  • goat island archive – we have discovered the performance by making it in Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North
  • African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race in Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North
  • Cecil McDonald, Jr.: In the Company of Black in Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North
  • Chicago! The Play, The Movies, The Musical…The Murders in Randolph Square, 1st Floor North
  • Bronzeville Echoes: Faces and Places of Chicago’s African American Music in Garland Gallery, 1st Floor South
  • Forgotten Forms in Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East
  • Furtive in Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East
  • In Good Company in Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East

 

About the Year of Chicago Theatre

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the League of Chicago Theatres have designated 2019 the “Year of Chicago Theatre.” This citywide, year-long focus on theatre is the first of its kind in the U.S. The initiative includes performances and special events for the public at hundreds of cultural venues, theaters, parks and neighborhood locations throughout the city. The City of Chicago and its partners will also launch a marketing campaign; provide additional financial grants to theatre projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders to support the theatre community. To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must go to our theatres. This is where the city bares its fearless soul. From Broadway musicals to storefront plays and improv, there’s a seat waiting for you at one of our 200+ theatres. Book your next show today at ChicagoPlays.com.

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