Showing posts with label 30th Anniversary Series. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 30th Anniversary Series. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SAVE THE DATES: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Begins April 15th at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

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April 15–June 11, 2017

at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
based on the screenplay by Marc Norman + Tom Stoppard

adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
directed by Rachel Rockwell

The Oscar-winning romantic comedy about Shakespeare and his Chamberlain’s Men returns to its rightful home—the stage. Imagine a young playwright on the make struggling to write his new tragic love story, “Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate’s Daughter.” The title just doesn’t have the right ring—and young Will Shakespeare knows it. He’s got writer’s block and must do something quickly. Will needs a muse, and he finds one in Viola, a vivacious beauty who will do anything—even disguise herself as a man—to audition for the stage where no women are permitted to perform. Once revealed, the torrid affair begins inspiring the completion of the most romantic tragedy ever penned. Backstage maneuverings jostle hilariously with onstage dramas in this love letter to Theater itself, directed by multiple Jeff Award winner and Chicago Shakespeare favorite Rachel Rockwell.

Riotously funny 
The Sunday Times (UK)
Saturday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Weekday Performances
May 16, 23 – 7:30 p.m.
May 3, 17, 24, 31; June 7 – 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
May 10 – 1:00 p.m.
May 4, 18, 25; June 1, 8 – 7:30 p.m.
May 11 – 1:00 p.m. 
April 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26; June 2 – 7:30 p.m.

Weekend Performances 
April 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27; June 3, 10 – 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 
April 30; May 14; June 4, 11 – 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
May 7, 21, 28 – 2:00 p.m.

Tickets: $48-$88
Box Office: 312.595.5600 

Group Sales: 312.595.5678 (groups of 10 or more)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

“Opus Cactus” To Open McAninch Arts Center's 30th Season With Whimsical Wonder

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College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chi, IL


McAninch Arts Center (MAC) opens its 30th Anniversary Season Performance Series with MOMIX’s full-length multimedia spectacular “Opus Cactus,” Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.This mesmerizing production explores the wonders of the desert through dynamic acrobatic images of cacti, slithering lizards, fire dancers and more. New York Times hails Opus Cactus as “exploding with a sense of magic, danger, sensuality, quirkiness, humor and beauty.”

After a 10-year hiatus, “Opus Cactus” returns with a new look, fresh energy and fun surprises. Set to a hypnotic mix of music from J.S. Bach to new age to tribal, this prop-laden piece of 19 seamless vignettes uses low-flying trapeze, harnesses, belly dollies, vaulting poles, oversized fan, puppets and skirts, a swing-like hammock, a rolling metal sculpture and outrageous costumes to transport audiences to the exotic world of the desert.

Sections such as “Dream Catcher,” “Pole Dance,” “Ostrich of the Imagination,” “Gila Monster,” and “Desert Blooms” showcase the virtuosity and versatility of the dancer-illusionists. The dancers include Steven Ezra, who was a 2011 finalist on “America’s Got Talent” with the shadow performance troupe Catapult; Jonathan Eden, who joined MOMIX in 2004; Jason Williams who has been touring with the company since 2011; Greg DeArmond who has been with the company since 2014; Anthony Bocconi, formerly with the Lar Lubovitch Dance company, now with MOMIX since 2015;  Rebecca Rasmussen, a member of the company since 2006; and Sarah Nachbauer, a 10 year veteran of MOMIX. Two more dancers will be announced at a later date.

Moses Pendelton (choreographer and MOMIX artistic director) formed the MOMIX in 1981 as an offshoot of the dance company Pilobolus, which he co-founded while a senior at Dartmouth College in 1971 and performed with as full-time member with the company until 1980.

Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX, now in its 36th year, is a company of dancer-illusionists celebrated for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body. In addition to stage performances world-wide, the company has frequently worked on special projects and in film and television. MOMIX has made five Italian RAI television features broadcast to 55 countries (including the USSR and China) and has performed on Antenne II in France. MOMIX was featured in PBS’s “Dance in America” series and one of the first IMAX films in 3-D, “IMAGINE”, which premiered at the Taejon Expo 93 and was subsequently released at IMAX theaters world-wide. MOMIX has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Spain, Greece, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Denmark, England, Austria, Ireland, Holland, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Australia. The company is based in Washington, Conn.

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage presents MOMIX in “Opus Cactus,” Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42-$52. New for 2016-2017: for selected shows, the MAC offers the VIP Experience featuring a private, pre-show cocktail and hor d’oeuvres, reception and coffee and dessert at intermission. The VIP experience is available for this event for an additional $30 per person. For tickets or more information visit or call 630.942.4000.

About the MAC
McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC, now celebrating its 30th Anniversary, has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit, or

 *Events, dates, artists and prices subject to change.

The MAC’s 2016-2017 Season is made possible in part with support by The DuPage Foundation, Hilton  Lisle/Naperville, Brookdale-Glen Ellyn; The JCS Arts & Education Fund of the DuPage Foundation; the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Smith Financial Advisors, Inc; SlTlG Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C.; Follett’s College of DuPage Bookstore; Paramount Theatre; WFMT 98.7 FM; WBEZ 91.5 FM; WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation. 

Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit or call 630.942.2462.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.  

Monday, October 1, 2012

ACT OUT: The Woman in White at Lifeline Theatre & Full 30th Anniversary Season

Here at ChiIL Live Shows, Lifeline is one of our top favorites for high quality adult and kids' theatre.    

Now Playing:
We haven't had a chance to see their Jeff Recommended production of The Woman in White ourselves yet, but critics are raving.   

experience Lifeline Theatre's world premiere stage adaptation ofWilkie Collins' classic mystery/suspense novel, adapted by Lifeline ensemble member Robert Kauzlaric (adaptor of The Moonstone) and directed by Lifeline ensemble member Elise Kauzlaric (director of Pride and Prejudice).
Click here for complete details and to order tickets.

Reserve your seats today! Call the Box Office at 773-761-4477.

The Woman in White
September 7-October 28, 2012
(Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm)


"Elise Kauzlaric's staging employs clear, creative use of Alan Donahue's scenic design... and her cast is terrific. Lifeline newcomers Bailey and Scrantom make an appealing pair"  –Time Out Chicago

"A mesmerizing mystery about identity... Violence Designer Greg Poljacik orchestrates gasp-worthy incidents with unexpected and authentic fight scenes."  –Chicago Theater Beat

"The heavy-lifting duties rest on the spun-steel shoulders of Lucy Carapetyan as the forthright Marian, whose defiance of Christopher M. Walsh's oily Fosco generates a David-against-Goliath frisson to induce shivers of excitement"  –Windy City Times

Trapped in a loveless marriage and threatened by a conspiracy of ruthless men, young heiress Laura Fairlie faces a future of sorrow and misery. Her only hope lies with her true love, the poor artist Walter Hartright, and her sister Marian Halcombe, both of whom will risk everything to protect her. Without the law, society, or money on their side, Walter and Marian must race against time to free their beloved Laura and uncover the truth behind the mysterious woman in white that shares her face. A dark tale of romance and suspense, in a world premiere adaptation.

     Based on the classic mystery by Wilkie Collins
Adapted by Robert Kauzlaric
Directed by Elise Kauzlaric

Join us for conversations with adaptor Robert Kauzlaric, dramaturg Maren Robinson, and Victorian Literature specialists, following the Sunday 4pm matinees on October 7th, and October 21st. Learn more about Wilkie Collins and the process of bringing The Woman in White to the stage!

Save the dates:

Click HERE to subscribe to Lifeline's 30th Anniversary Season!

MainStage KidSeries
The Woman in White
September 7 – October 28, 2012
Duck for President
October 20 – November 25, 2012
The City & The City
February 15 – April 7, 2013
The Mystery of
the Pirate Ghost

January 12 – February 17, 2013
Bridge of Birds
May 31 – July 21, 2013
The Emperor's Groovy
New Clothes

March 23 – April 28, 2013
16th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival
January 3 – 20, 2013

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