Liberté, égalité… sororité. In the chaos of the French Revolution, anything can happen — especially laughter. Against the backdrop of France’s Reign of Terror, former queen Marie Antoinette, assassin Charlotte Corday, playwright Olympe de Gouges, and spy Marianne Angelle form an unlikely alliance. Written by the most popular playwright in America, this explosive comedy puts a modern twist on history as these women fight for equality and freedom and leave an indelible mark on history in their wake.
In a well-to-do Victorian home, a doctor innocently invents a new machine to treat female “hysteria.” While his young and lively wife tends to their newborn baby, she begins to wonder what her husband is up to in the next room. As she tries to uncover what all the buzz is about, the doctor’s new invention sends a shock wave through the lives of his patients and to his surprise, his own marriage. Nominated for three Tony awards, this poignant and provocative comedy explores the nature of love, intimacy, and electricity.
Winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, this landmark work has electrified audiences around the world. In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For seventeen dancers, this audition is the chance or a lifetime. It’s what they’ve worked for with every drop of sweat and every hour or training, putting their lives on the line for the opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed of doing: to dance. Featuring an incomparable score including “What I Did for Love,” “One,” and “Dance Ten, Looks Three,” you won’t want to miss this singular sensation!
USITT has been proud to sponsor the USA exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial for over 40 years. This international exhibition of design and technology features the work of professional designers as well as students and theatre architects from around the world.
The Prague Quadrennial (PQ) is the largest performance design event in the world; it is often described as the Olympics or World Fair for performance designers. In recent times, the PQ has served as a meeting point for artists from every continent, artists whose traditions and professional lives might not otherwise converge. By exhibiting thousands of designs from dozens of countries, and by bringing together designers, directors, students, as well as the general public, the PQ provides an unprecedented exchange of ideas that goes well beyond the narrow confines of theatrical design and style. With four major categories of exhibits; National, Thematic, Architectural, and Emerging Artist, the PQ has been a major factor in shaping the direction of world theatre and live performance for the past forty years.
Comedy tonight! Broadway’s greatest musical farce takes us back to Ancient Rome for a unique and unforgettable production featuring a gender-bent ensemble. Pseudolus, a devious slave, makes a deal to win his freedom by playing matchmaker for his lovesick master, Hero. Rife with pompous generals, domineering parents, and wiley courtesans, this hilarious Tony-winning musical is a non-stop laugh-fest with “something for everyone!”
Over the past twenty years, Pastor Paul has successfully presided over the growth of his church from a few dozen people to several thousand strong. He’s respected and admired, but when a personal revelation leads him down a new path, will his congregants follow him? The Christians is a riveting drama about the complicated fallout when personal faith clashes with institutional doctrine.
"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek.
A special one-hour presentation for kids (and parents) of all ages.
Written by MJ Kaufman
Directed by James Fleming
Chicago Premiere. Archer (still Angela to his family) returns home to the forests of eastern Oregon to care for his sick father. At night under the oldest Ponderosa Pine, he meets a stranger who knows the history of the forests. Sagittarius Ponderosa reveals the enduring ties between the roots beneath our feet and the mysteries of the human heart…and the journey of personal identity we all must take to become ourselves.
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
A World Premiere by Tim Rhoze and Stephen Fedo
Directed by Tim Rhoze
Co-Commissioned by Piven Theatre Workshop and Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre
In collaboration with venerated Evanston theatre company Fleetwood-Jourdain, The Evanston Project is creating our capstone performance for the 2017 - 2018 season. This World Premiere play will explore Evanston's history of redlining and racial segregation, and the stories of the Evanston African-American community and their struggle to find home in the mid-20th century.