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Don Giovanni  
Lyric Opera Don Giovanni
 
Frequently proclaimed “the perfect opera,” Mozart’s masterpiece (composed 1787) tells the story of the infamous ladies man Don Giovanni (baritone Mariusz Kwiecień), a master seducer who travels across Europe in pursuit of women with his resourceful servant Leporello (bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen). Giovanni arrives in Seville having already seduced and abandoned the fiery Donna Elvira (soprano Ana María Martínez). Within a few hours he has also conquered the noble Donna Anna (soprano Marina Rebeka); murdered her father, the Commendatore (bass Andrea Silvestrelli); and led astray the naïve peasant Zerlina (soprano Andriana Chuchman, role debut and Ryan Opera Center alumna). The nobleman Don Ottavio (tenor Antonio Poli) and the peasant Masetto (bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, debut), the fiancés of Donna Anna and Zerlina, vow revenge for the wrongs he has committed. It is the ghost of the dead Commendatore, however, who eventually gives the defiant Giovanni his comeuppance.
   
Don Juan in Hell  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts Don Juan in Hell
 
Don Juan in Hell is the seldom seen Act 3, Scene 2 of Shaw's comedy Man and Superman in which Bernard Shaw presents a famous dream sequence in which Jack Tanner is transformed into the legendary Don Juan, in Shaw's version of Hell. In a brilliant debate with the Devil, Don Juan refutes the spurious history of his villainy against women, and proves that the Devil doesn't always have the best arguments. The discourse remains relevant in this century as the legendary wooer of women goes toe to toe with the Son of the Morning in a sardonic debate over the human condition, gender equality, nationhood, and more.
   
Forgotten Future: The Education Project  
Collaboraction at Flat Iron Arts Building Forgotten Future: The Education Project
 
Inspired by the dysfunction of the American education system, Forgotten Future: The Education Project takes three students' unique perspectives of the Chicago school system and how it both serves and is failing them and their potential future. It's been constructed from extensive research and tackles the key issues of inequities, cultural barriers and testing. The result is a unique, immersive theatre piece designed to entertain and inform the audience, as well as motivate dialogue.
   
Frankenstein  
Greenman Theatre Frankenstein
 
GreenMan Theatre will present a new adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic horror novel about a young scientist's obsession with creating life after death and the tragic consequences that follow: Frankenstein.
   
Frederick  
Chicago Children's Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Frederick
 
While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick daydreams the summer away. When dreary weather comes, it is Frederick who has stored up something special for the long cold winter. The classic, much-loved early reading book celebrates the idea that there is a place for all of us in this world.
   
The Frozen on the Square (1982)  
Akvavit Theatre at The Den Theatre The Frozen on the Square (1982)
 
Ingmar Bergman returns like a force of nature to his small provincial Swedish hometown to film his masterpiece "Fanny & Alexander." Four locals, extras in the film but principals in this existential comedy, struggle to escape the long shadow their brief encounter with the cinematic master's crowning achievement casts over their lives.
   
Ghostbusted  
Edge Theatre at Mary's Attic Ghostbusted
 
Set your Proton Packs to 500,000 MHz and get ready for Ghostbusted, a satirical tribute to the seminal '80s comedy that inspired a hilarious sequel, a beloved animated series and one of the catchiest theme songs of all time ("Who you gonna call?"). Now you can follow a nerdy squad of supernatural exterminators as they trap all things spectral and slimy in this tongue-in-cheek romp from EDGE Theatre. With a distinctive Chicago spin and an optional drinking game for of-age audience members, Ghostbusted is so fun it's scary.
   
Goldilocks and the Three Bears  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Goldilocks and the Three Bears
 
While Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear live contentedly in the woods, spitfire Goldilocks sets out on her own adventure. When the worlds of bears and people collide, everyone learns that girls and bears aren't as ferocious as they may seem. Award-winning writers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (creators of Honk!, Mary Poppins on Broadway, and Emerald City's The Three Little Pigs) inject a bear-sized helping of music and mayhem into this classic fairytale making it "just right" for the entire family.
   
The Gravedigger  
First Folio Theatre The Gravedigger
 
Playwright Joseph Zettelmaier, who has a penchant for haunting tales and drama, worked on the script for THE GRAVEDIGGER for five years. He first read Frankenstein in high school and found it so engaging that he wanted to continue the story. His plays have been described by American Theater Magazine as "....infused with an idiosyncratic sense of humor, but he never shies away from darker emotions."
   
Hack/Slash  
CIC Theater Hack/Slash
 
Hack/Slash is the story of horror victim survivor Cassie Hack who, together with her disfigured sidekick Vlad, travels the country (and sometimes the underworld) fighting evil slashers who refuse to just lay down and die even after being burned, impaled and shot 20 times. The original comic book series, on which this production is based, ended its run in May of 2013. The series was recently relaunched by Image Comics as Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain and is co-written by Seeley's brother Steve Seeley and Michael Moreci.
   
Happy Days  
Theatre Y at St. Luke's Lutheran Church Happy Days
 
HAPPY DAYS follows Winnie, a woman submerged in a heap of garbage first up to her waist and then up to her neck. Comforted by the occasional visits by her husband Willie, Winnie remains resolved to find meaning in her life and attain her "happy days" in Beckett's remarkably written tragicomedy.
   
The Hundred Flowers Project  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple The Hundred Flowers Project
 
Digital media becomes the perfect "ally" for a group of actors collectively creating a play about Mao Tse Tung's Cultural Revolution. As their work-in-progress starts morphing into a propaganda play about the play itself, disturbing questions arise as to who, or what, is controlling the narrative.
   
I Approve This Message  
Annoyance Theatre I Approve This Message
 
Writer and Director Greg Ott was inspired by seeing his neighbor's parents run against each other in multiple county elections, only to lose by an overwhelming margin each year. Ott recalls, "As a Cub Scout, they made me lick envelops for their campaign mailings and paid for my time with move theater gift certificates that turned out to be fake." Personal feelings aside, he modeled the politics of the play after celebrity campaigns such as Joe the Plumber and Clay Aiken.
   
The Inside  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Inside
 
Emma, a black college student who's currently attending a party populated by her white peers, has come to a crisis. With a mixture of entertaining irony and heart-wrenching vulnerability, Emma proceeds to pour forth her interior life with unchecked honesty, breaking the fourth wall to directly address the audience in a show that blurs the line between traditional narrative storytelling and performance art. Throughout The Inside, Emma will be aided by a chorus of actors who represent extensions of herself, voices from her past and even her fantasies, as this thought-provoking theatrical prism delivers a piercing examination of race, art, academia and sexuality.
   
Isaac's Eye  
Writers Theatre Isaac's Eye
 
Hnath playfully reimagines Newton's world with a contemporary conceit and language-stripped of accents and period dialect-as he introduces young Newton to the great Robert Hooke, the most famous and powerful scientist in Britain. The resulting battle of intellects and egos pulses with wit, humor and tension, as the playwright uncovers (and invents) the motivations that drove a young farm boy to become one of the greatest thinkers in human history.
   
Jane Eyre  
Lifeline Theatre Jane Eyre
 
After a troubled childhood, Jane Eyre searches for new purpose as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But a fragile peace gives way to turbulent passion when she meets Mr. Rochester, a man concealing a dark secret. Their unconventional relationship leads to a terrible revelation, and Jane must forge a new future amid the ashes of her ravaged dreams. As she struggles to free herself from the ghosts of her past, Jane realizes that her only hope is to find love on her own terms. A highly theatrical exploration of one woman's independent spirit in a beloved adaptation freshly updated for its first appearance on the Lifeline stage in thirteen years.
   
John Doe  
Trap Door Theatre John Doe
 
Based on the text of Stanislaw Witkiewicz's Madman and the Nun, "John Doe" tragically follows how the beauty in madness is poisoned by the toxic remedy of normalization.
   

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