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The Storefront Project

Cocurated and Presented in Partnership with MCA Chicago

Great Depression, Inspired by After the Ball, a song Charles K. Harris performed in the 1930s

Director:  Lucky Stiff

Devisers & Performers: Luc Ami, Danika Bonet, Ari Gato, Sterling Harris, Graham Hawley, Campbell Krausen, Mary Iris Loncto, and Willy LaQueue

Program B:      Sat–Sun, Sep 14–15, 7 pm and 8 pm at the MCA

                        Sat–Sun, Sep 21–22, noon and 3 pm at Prop Thtr

Above the Burrow, adapted from Franz Kafka's The Burrow

Creator/Director: April Cleveland with Mikael Burke

 

Performers: Kya Brickhouse, Gregory J. Fields and Nicholas Wren

Dramaturg/Assistant Director: Grace Grindell

Translator/Script Supervisor: Kit Slover

This performance contains some nudity, sexual themes, and violence.

Program B:     Sat–Sun, Sep 14–15, 7 pm and 8 pm at the MCA

                        Sat–Sun, Sep 21–22, noon and 3 pm at Prop Thtr

Dammsuga, adapted from a vacuum cleaner advertisement from 1915

Director: Dado Gyure

 

Composer/Music Director: Elenna Sindler

Sculptor/Scenic Design: Sam Rausch

Performer/Movement: Laurie Roberts

Production Manager: Jordan Tregash

Producing Theatre:  A Red Orchid and c a k e

Program B:     Sat–Sun, Sep 14–15, 7 pm and 8 pm at the MCA

                        Sat–Sun, Sep 21–22, noon and 3 pm at Prop Thtr

Choupette, Inspired by Karl Lagerfeld's obituaries

Director: Coya Paz

Cocreators/Performers: Hunter Bryant, Mia Vivens, and Vic Wynter

Program A:     Sat–Sun, Sep 14–15, noon and 3 pm at Prop Thtr

                        Sat–Sun, Sep 21–22, 7 pm and 8 pm at the MCA

Nine Lives of a Cat, Adapted from Charles Bennett story of the same name

Director: Denise Yvette Serna

 

Assistant Director: Aliza Feder

Live Art/Production Designer: Josie Koznarek

Performers: River Coello, Erik Strebig, and Sophie Wingland

Program A:     Sat–Sun, Sep 14–15, noon and 3 pm at Prop Thtr

                        Sat–Sun, Sep 21–22, 7 pm and 8 pm at the MCA

And Words Were Her Weapon

In honor of Ida B. Wells & Inspired by her work Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases

Director/Writer/Educator: Sydney Chatman

Adult Performers: Michelle Davis, LaTanay Grundy, Sandra Hall, and Candace Hunter

Youth Performers: Briohna Booker (12), Ayah Sol Hall (9), Brooklyn Truman (8), Arianna Washington (15), Marilyn Washington (8), Laiyla Wilder (8)

Program A:     Sat–Sun, Sep 14–15, noon and 3 pm at Prop Thtr

                        Sat–Sun, Sep 21–22, 7 pm and 8 pm at the MCA

The Storefront Project: Toward a Revised Category of "Chicago Theatre"

A Note from Ira S. Murfin, MFA, PHD

The identity of Chicago theatre has long has been entwined with the unexpected spaces in which it has historically occurred, and the social structures within which it has been embedded. At whatever storied point along the Chicago theatre timeline one stops – community-based performances at Hull House in the early 20th century, the birth of modern sketch and improv comedy in a Hyde Park barroom in the late 1950s, an ensemble of young people in the 1970s making bare bones theatre in a church basement who rocketed to national attention and founded a major cultural institution, the flowering of large-scale puppet spectacle in the streets during the 1990s – Chicago theatre is usually making use of spaces not designed as theaters to make work that responds to the limits and possibilities those spaces present, physically, culturally, and aesthetically.  - Continue Reading - 

The Storefront Project: Curators' Note

Tara Aisha Willis, Associate Curator, Performance & Public Practice

Olivia Lilley, Artistic Director, Prop Thtr

When we first met for coffee, we bonded over our similarities: new leadership roles in longstanding Chicago institutions for experimental performance; mutual passions for working toward racial equity in the performing arts, wearing many hats as programmers and artists, articulating the trends and challenges Chicago artists chip away at to make theater. The differences between MCA Chicago and Prop Thtr led to The Storefront Project: large art museum vs. small industrial storefront, Magnificent Mile vs. residential neighborhood, large touring productions vs. close to home “Do-It-Yourself” theater.  - Continue Reading - 

Sat - Sun, Sep 14-15

Sat - Sun, Sep 21-22