Around Town

The Revel

therevivalComing September 4 to The House Theatre of Chicago is Damon Kiely‘s original play The Revel. The play, which is based loosely on Euripides’ classic tragedy The Bacchaefollows the story of Agatha, whose town has fallen on hard times after losing its coal mining industry. Peter, her son, promises that his shiny new factory holds the key to the towns future success. However, a mysterious stranger arrives on the scene with his own message for the townspeople. Soon, the hills surrounding the town are filled with soulful mountain music. But what happens when the search for light and love leads to fire and brimstone? The Revel explores how a music ignites a spiritual spark even in non-believers.

Jeff Award-nominated Loyola faculty member Lee Keenan has created the lighting design for this compelling new piece.

Previews begin September 4 and tickets for preview performances cost $15. The regular run is set to begin on September 13, tickets costing $30 – $35. Performances are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 7 PM. Performances will be held upstairs at The Chopin Theatre, located at 1543 W Division St, Chicago. To purchase tickets and for further information, visit The House Theatre of Chicago’s website.

Posted on by Elizabeth Draus in Around Town, Explore Chicago, Faculty News, Theatre Leave a comment

Crime Scene: Breathe Life heads to Loyola Park

9286f1_e1990fdd6e0248f59f629b0bdd84db7e.png_srz_p_301_461_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srzIt’s not easy to talk about issues as troubling as local crime. However, the good folks at Collaboraction have developed a way to engage in fruitful discussions and foster true community action through their production Crime Scene: Breathe Life. Their combination of inspiring performances and youth workshops comes to an end with their final two shows on Thursday and Friday at Loyola Park!

Crime Scene: Breathe Life centers itself around a simple question: “What do you see?” By using the stories of Chicago natives who have risen above the rampant crime “to become peacemakers and be a positive impact in the lives of others,” it becomes that much harder to ignore our city’s struggles. But its mission isn’t meant to chastise, rather to inspire. Through town hall meetings, dance-battles and a free meal provided by Connie’s Pizza on Friday, Collaboraction shows us all how to change for the better.

Both performances on Thursday, August 27 and Friday, August 28 are FREE, and will begin at 7 PM at Loyola Park. Friday’s performance will be preceded by a youth workshop and community meal at 5 PM. To reserve a seat, send an email to with the subject line “Tickets to Breathe Life.” For more information on the performance, including a video trailer, please click the link here.

Posted on by Kyle Jenkins in Around Town, Explore Chicago, Free, Get Involved, Theatre, This Week, Weekend Update Leave a comment

A deal you can’t resist

It seems a bit counter-intuitive that a performance called The Price is being offered for FREE.

But that’s exactly what Timeline Theatre Company is offering this Sunday, August 23! For the 7 PM showing of Arthur Miller’s The Pricecollege students will receive FREE admission. To attend this performance, call 773.281.8463 ext:6 or email and mention “FREE COLLEGE OFFER.”

If Sunday doesn’t work for you, no worries! Performances scheduled from August 18-26 are only $15 for college students. When you call or email the theatre, mention COLLEGE15 for this special offer.

The Price runs until November 22 on Tuesdays – Sundays. Click here for more information.

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