Open your eyes. Open the door. Collapse the wave function. WildClaw Theatre begins its 10th year with a world premiere, written by founding member Paul Foster and directed by company member Norine McGrath. A group of college friends reunite for a dinner party and reminisce about old times… only to find that time is no longer on their side.
A World Premiere
By Barrie Cole
Two middle-aged women are selected to repair the current state of affairs. Their aim: to develop technologies that will stop everything from sucking forever. When they discover a way to use language toward this goal, particularly poetry written by Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams, their project turns into something wholly different from what the Foundation bankrolling them had in mind. A world premiere by critically acclaimed Chicago writer and performer Barrie Cole, Reality is an Activity is a play about imagination, humanity, friendship, and permission. It is also the first full-length play Theater Oobleck has commissioned from outside of the company in decades.
Eighty-two percent of the planet’s people have dispensed with their physical bodies and uploaded their consciousnesses to IceBox in hopes of reaching a digital paradise. Some of the last employees of IceBox and Co. continue to provide transitional services for clients making the ascent. Benjamin has won the lottery, and as he spends his last day in the office, his coworkers battle with their own moral and socioeconomic inability to abandon their individual visions of reality – what it is and what it should be.
Stranger on the River is a new play written by Ross Krakow, directed by Mary Lumley, and featuring movement by Alec Silver. This production is brought to you by Bittersweet Arts Co., a collective of multi-talented artists who strive to learn more about themselves and the world they live in by creating a supportive, open-minded, artistic community. Stranger on the River tells the story of a man who has traveled far from home in search of holy wisdom. This is an idea play which closely examines the relationship between our culture and the greater community of life, and asks what it truly means to be human.
Runtime: 2 hrs 30 min
A couple flees to the Mojave Desert in the wake of a social media firestorm. A young woman obsessively studies the oncoming impact of climate change. As the world heats up, tensions rise and the political becomes indistinguishable from the environmental, these three find one another in the shadow of the endangered Joshua tree, wondering how long they have before everything falls apart.
Written by Sam Chanse. Directed by Jen Poulin.
Runtime: 100 minutes, no intermission
Opportunities of Extinction is appropriate for all audiences ages 12 and up.
This show is donation-only, so all tickets are Pay-What-You-Can. Suggested ticket price is $30.
“Haymarket,” first presented by Underscore under the title “Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook” in 2016 to critical and audience acclaim, is back, with a vengeance. Having spent the last two years workshopping the show, authors Kornfeld and Higgin-Houser alongside director Nick Thornton have crafted an all-new theatrical experience, building on the success of its previous incarnation, creating new songs, overhauling the book, and like the union workers from the show, rebuilding from the ground up. Based on historical events, “Haymarket” tells the dramatic story of labor unrest in Chicago, 1886, where striking workers clashed with a brutal police force, resulting in an act of terror, a corrupt trial, and the death of five innocent men. Told by a cast of twelve actor-instrumentalists, “Haymarket” is a folk, bluegrass, and Americana adventure for Chicago, from Chicago.
Runtime: 2hours (including intermission)