“Stronger Than a Breakdown” is a play reading festival focused on the topic of mental health. There will be four short plays read that address the complexity of mental health, whether those stories are funny or dark or sad or lighthearted. Off-Key Anthem strives to produce theatre that addresses underrepresented topics. We aim to help de-stigmatize seeking help, whether that be reaching out to a friend or seeing a professional. By telling people’s stories we hope those participating, and those coming to see our shows, feel less alone in their struggles. Purging” By Ann Marley – “Devoted to You” By Anna Kadewska – “Discussing Demons” By Emily Hughes (Resident Playwright / Literary Manager) – “Zombie Thoughts” A Choose Your Own Adventure By Jennifer Kokai & Oliver Grey Kokai-Means – Reading begins at 8pm and it’s free!
What happens when you put one artist on a stage and hand them a script they’ve never read before? Pure theatrical magic! Interrobang Theatre Project is pleased to present award-winning Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s acclaimed solo show WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT, an experimental tour de force you have to see to believe!
Open mic at The Den Theatre every Tuesday. List goes out at 7pm. Sign up online or in person. Free!
DIN AT THE DEN is a monthly series showcasing musical artists whose clarity and focus cut through the noise of our daily lives. On October 17th, we appreciate the impeccable arrangements of Alysha Monique and Wanees Zarour & The East Loop. Alysha Monique is a sultry vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist lovingly teaching all ages and levels, and Wanees Zarour, Director of the Middle East Music Ensemble for the last 8 years, is a seasoned composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist premiering a brand new fusion band The East Loop. They are both masterful educators of their craft, and blend genres to perfect their own elegant sounds.
ALL AGES WELCOME
Bored of the same comedy? Cats be funny is a stand up show that showcases comedy in different avenues and proves the point that you can find comedy in every art form. Song, dance, poetry, ECT all hosted by comedian The Jarrell Scott Barnes featuring Lance Allen, a comedic regular on Conan O’Brien. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
In THUNDER:GAME, sopranos Harrah Friedlander and Hillary Esqueda, perform selections from the immersive operas Thunder, Perfect Mind and Enigmatic Game by composer Christophe Preissing. Playing the roles of the goddess Sophia and the earthly Eve, Harrah and Hillary take audiences from the heavens to the depths of hell on this fast paced late-night musical tour de force. For more information on NON:op Open Opera Works and this production visit www.nonopera.org.
MouthbreathersTV is a collective that dips into the strange and surreal, with a darkly comedic twist. Join them for their first LIVE show on October 27th at 10:30 pm. The event features live music and a performance with special local short film premieres. Stay for Halloween after party with a costume contest and cash prize. Come play in the murk…
Award-winning performers Robert Deason (dueling pianist extraordinaire) and Lauren Paris (most recently seen in a critically acclaimed performance as Percy in THE SPITFIRE GRILL, Refuge Theatre Project) are back with another round of Chi-Town Sings, after their sold-out performance of BETWEEN THE LINES: CHI-TOWN SINGS SARA BAREILLES. In honor of Demi’s current circumstances, funds will be donated to the Chicago-based Gateway Foundation, a not for profit substance use disorder program with facilities throughout the state of Illinois. The Foundation’s 50th Anniversary celebration coincides with the cabaret.
This collaborative evening of song will feature classic and innovative interpretations of Lovato’s beloved tunes, backed by a 4 piece band, including the likes of T. Duncan Parker and Tyler Core.
Hey, I don’t know if anyone has told you this lately but You Are Enough. Exactly as you are right now. Come help us celebrate our weird, amazing, beautiful selves in all our unique identity glory. Songs, laughs, and warmth while we explore our multitudes in an intimate cabaret setting. We love you 🙂