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30th Annual Young Playwrights Festival  
Chicago Dramatists 30th Annual Young Playwrights Festival
 
The latest edition of Pegasus Theatre Chicago's playwriting competition returns for its 30th straight year, featuring four exciting new works from Chicago's brightest teen writers. The oldest such festival in the country, this prestigious contest regularly receives over 600 submissions from students throughout the Chicago area. The winning playwrights work with professional artists to revise, stage and produce their scripts as part of Pegasus' main stage season. This year's selections will explore the theme of "Assumptions." You won't want to miss this showcase of young literary talent at Chicago Dramatists Theatre.
   
The Adventures of Robin Hood  
Filament Theatre The Adventures of Robin Hood
 
Filament Theatre has created an experience that immerses audience in the wildly inventive world of THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. The moment they walk into the theatre, audiences are invited to step inside the world of the story, from interactive lobby activities to the fourth wall-destroying production.
   
Bible Bingo  
Royal George Theatre Bible Bingo
 
From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy Late Nite Catechism, comes the new interactive comedy Bible Bingo. The Archdiocese's new bingo department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell "bingo."
   
Big Ski Trip  
Annoyance Theatre Big Ski Trip
 
It's 2006, and a group of bored high schoolers are wiling away the monotony of winter break in a bland basement somewhere in the suburbs. When their boredom is interrupted by a sexually explicit AIM message, the teens embark on a bizarre and hilarious adventure that eventually leads them to the winter sports destination of Wilmot Mountain, Wisconsin. Big Ski Trip: A Cautionary Tale for Teen Youth is coming to the stage at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar in Chicago, directed by Annoyance regular Jo Scott.
   
Blizzard '67  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Blizzard '67
 
Four businessmen in 1967 Chicago carpool to work navigating the twists and turns of corporate politics. These tensions play out when they foolishly attempt to drive home in the record-breaking blizzard. When one man is abandoned, the others face their choice and how it will affect their lives thereafter.
   
Blue Man Group  
Briar Street Theatre Blue Man Group
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.
   
Blues for an Alabama Sky  
Court Theatre Blues for an Alabama Sky
 
In the midst of the Great Depression, the creative spirit of New York's Harlem Renaissance struggles with harsher realities. Angel and Guy, emerging artists with grand dreams, live next door to the more serious and political Delia, a social worker with the goal to open a community family planning clinic. Each must face their own hardships head on, but always with hope for a better life close at hand. They search for a way to keep their dreams of love, career, and service alive in times of economic despair, and they learn that the Great Depression can't destroy the source of their creative spirit.
   
By Association  
The Greenhouse Theater Center By Association
 
In the wake of a terrorist attack in Chicago, the government scrambles to respond, targeting a teenage immigrant boy named Omar who was recorded entering a train of the downtown subway moments before the attack occurred. Now, everyone connected to this person of interest is under suspicion. By Association follows Abdi, a first-generation African-American teen who, due to his friendship with Omar, finds himself at the center of the federal manhunt. Abdi's parents -- one from America, one from Ethiopia -- must now decide how to protect their child, as they wrestle with the potential that he could in fact be a terrorist. Catch this timely and intriguing drama at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
Bye Bye Liver  
The Public House Theatre Bye Bye Liver
 
The Pub Theater Company performs a series of outrageous sketches centered on Chicago's favorite pastime: drinking. Bye Bye Liver is filled with interactive social games for the audience, pitting males versus females, actors versus audience and so on. Bar life and alcoholic adventures are held up for your amusement so you can laugh -- and drink -- your troubles away. With a spontaneous and interactive format, the outcome is always a fun and outrageous time for everyone, both audience and cast.
   
Chick Flick the Musical  
Royal George Theatre Chick Flick the Musical
 
Chick Flick the Musical delivers an evening of heartfelt female friendship and empowerment wrapped in the iconic conventions of chick flicks. With a cast of four and a live band, this original, 90-minute, no-intermission musical is the perfect girls' night out. Described in testimonials as "everything you loved about Friends mixed with everything you loved about Sex and the City," Chick Flick the Musical shows us characters and friendships that are both inspirational and aspirational -- audiences feel like they are watching themselves and their friends on stage.
   
The Christians  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Christians
 
Pastor Paul has spent 20 years successfully growing his church from a small storefront to a gleaming megachurch, but now he fears that there may be a crack in the theological foundation. As he shares his new belief in the nature of salvation, the message is met with surprise and then growing trepidation from his closest confidantes in the congregation, threatening to create a schism within the church. Hnath's fascinating new play looks with great complexity and compassion at the relationship between belief and behavior-and its evenhanded, unbiased take on faith in modern America can be appreciated no matter what you believe.
   
Circumference Of A Squirrel  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Circumference Of A Squirrel
 
An inner tube, a bagel, a donut, a lifesaver, a holiday wreath, a tire-swing, a cycle of abuse: circles, and at the center of them all sits an enigmatic squirrel. Orbiting that squirrel is Chester, a self-described "rodentophobe" who spins the outlandish, funny and bruising tale of growing up with a father who developed a rabid hatred for squirrels that eventually infected every aspect of his life. Pursued by memories of his father's intolerant legacy, Chester is pulled into the black hole at the center of his own life, unsure of how he will break free from the darkness that encircles him.
   
Cymbeline  
Strawdog Theatre Cymbeline
 
Shakespeare’s Cymbeline has all the vicious insults, bloody blades, cross-dressed ladies and compromised bedchambers that has made the Bard famous. It is also a no-holds-barred epic, a dark fairy tale set off by a king's rash verdict and a princess who won't stand for her man's wrongful banishment. The acclaimed director of Lifeline Theatre's Hunger and Irish Theatre of Chicago's The White Road, recently seen onstage in Strawdog’s production of The Arsonists, makes his directing debut with the company.
   
Diamond Dogs  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Diamond Dogs
 
Set in the Revelation Space Universe of acclaimed sci-fi author Alistair Reynolds, this world premiere production of Diamond Dogs follows a future team of humans and transhumans on their investigation into a mysterious alien tower bent on brutally punishing all intruders. As each of these crusaders is forced to make dangerous sacrifices in the deadly maze on their way to the summit of the spire ... blood will spill. The inventive designers of The House Theatre of Chicago have brought this otherworldly show to vivid life, utilizing the help of an award-winning puppet designer to re-shape the actors' human forms with body modifications reflecting the show's 26th-century setting. Don't miss Diamond Dogs on the Chopin Theatre Mainstage.
   
Die Another Holiday  
pH Comedy Theater Die Another Holiday
 
Ben and Lanny are an adorable couple -- and all they really want is a nice Christmas, as their families meet for the first time during a holiday getaway at an '80s-themed ski chalet. But trouble seems to follow Ben and his family anywhere they go, which might be because they're ... secret agents! Then again, there's always a chance that Lanny's family could be harboring some secrets, as well. Die Another Holiday from pH Productions proves that, whether highly trained in the deadly arts or not, no family can make it through the holidays without at least a little drama. Don't miss all the spy-centric intrigue, sitcom-style laughs and farcical fun of Die Another Holiday at Chicago's pH Comedy Theater.
   
The Dining Room  
Oil Lamp Theater The Dining Room
 
Set in a single, well-to-do dining room, this innovative dramatic comedy from A.R. Gurney (Love Letters) presents a vivid portrait of family life through a mosaic of interrelated scenes. Through the ensuing series of 18 overlapping vignettes, covering an array of different time periods, the show's small cast of actors plays a range of different characters, revealing a wide array of insight into the human condition -- the joy, sorrow, love and laughter that accompanies the family life of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. Enjoy this touching and humorous production of The Dining Room at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater.
   
A Disappearing Number  
TimeLine Theatre Company A Disappearing Number
 
Told in a whirlwind of vignettes spanning history and time, A DISAPPEARING NUMBER is a love letter to numbers, blending the beauty of everyday relationships with the mysticism of the cosmos. The play is based on the true story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematician in rural India who, in 1913, sent a letter to famed mathematician G.H. Hardy filled with astonishing mathematical theorems. Meanwhile, in the present, a math professor and a businessman fall in love. As these two pairs wind their way through the course of their lives in different eras, they grapple with the beautiful mysteries of mathematics and the patterns found within the universe and themselves.
   

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