Theater and Social Change: Chicago Theater this Spring

[Fugard Chicago at the Court Theatre,  Infamous Commonwealth’s The Crucible, TimeLine’s take on the TV eara, and a panel discussion on the subject all contribute to the sense we are living at a time that needs this kind of theater of exploration. — Lew Rosenbaum]

Free Panel Discussion
Writing for Change – Tuesday, March 23

Master Harold director Jonathan Wilson

We invite you to RSVP NOW to Remy Bumppo Theatre and MCA Stage’s American Theater: Writing for Change Panel Discussion.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
6:00 – 7:30 pm
MCA Stage, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

Featuring Jonathan Wilson, director of TimeLine’s ‘Master Harold’ and the Boys, as moderator.

Admission is free but reservations are strongly recommended! Call the MCA Stage box office at 312.397.4010

You are invited to listen in on the conversation of some of today’s brightest and most innovative playwrights when they share the stage together for the first time at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Jonathan Wilson will moderate the panel discussion between playwrights Tarell Alvin McCraney of The Brother/Sister Plays (currently running at Steppenwolf Theatre), Young Jean Lee of The Shipment (performing on the MCA Stage in March) and Kristoffer Diaz of the The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Off-Broadway bound). They will speak along with writer, actor, and founding artistic director of Teatro Luna Tanya Saracho and Richard Pettengill, the current chair and director of theater at Lake Forest College and former dramaturg and director of arts in education at the Goodman Theatre. Visit the Remy Bumppo Web site for more information about the featured speakers.

This event will also be podcasted for Chicago Amplified, an online archive of community events on

The Museum of Contemporary Art and Remy Bumppo Theatre Company present this insightful talk in conjunction with the MCA Stage presentation of Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment and Fugard Chicago 2010, a consortium of Remy Bumppo, TimeLine Theatre and Court Theatre, all of whom are producing plays by South African playwright Athol Fugard during the winter/spring of 2010.

Infamous Commonwealth Theatre

By: Arthur Miller

This theater company chooses an annual theme and produces plays it considers fits the theme, appropriate to the times in which we live.  This year’s theme is redemption:

RE⋅DEMP⋅TION (noun): deliverance from sin; salvation.

Set during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and written in direct response to the McCarthy trials in the 1950s, this scathing indictment of censorship remains a timeless classic of American drama –  a master study on the inherent frailty, delicate beauty and limitless possibility of the human spirit.

Directed by: Chris Maher, ICT Artistic Director

Featuring ICT company members: Stephen Dunn, Nancy Friedrich, Clarissa Gregg, Jennifer Mathews, John O’Leksy and Craig Thompson

Susan Veronika Adler, Jared Fernley, Elliot Fredland, Glynis Gilio, Margaret Grace, Elaine Ivy Harris, Edward Kuffert, Courtney Payne, Cody Proctor, John Ruhaak, Adrian Snow, G. Scott Thomas and Tom Weber

West Stage of the Raven Theatre Complex
6157 N. Clark St.

March 20 – April 25, 2010: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:30pm; Sundays at 3:30pm

Tickets: $20.00
$15 senior/student tickets are available for every performance (subject to availability) with proper ID. $15 industry tickets are available on Thursdays and Sundays.*
Call 312.458.9780 or email to reserve your ticket

by Aaron Sorkin
directed by Nick Bowling

April 17 – June 13, 2010
(previews 4/14 – 4/16)

Stay up-to-date on all TimeLine news:

From the creator of A Few Good Men and The West Wing comes this fascinating new play direct from Broadway. It’s the story of two ambitious visionaries — Philo T. Farnsworth, an Idaho farmboy, and David Sarnoff, head of RCA — battling each other for the rights to one of the greatest inventions of all time: the television. Through corporate espionage, family tragedy, financial disaster and the thrill of discovery, these two larger-than-life men compete for fame and credit and become part of a decision that would change America, and eventually the world.

TimeLine Theatre Company
615 W. Wellington Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657


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