Artists of Concordia Theatre (ACT) are ecstatic to move their entire 2013-2014 season to Madison Street Theatre. As we embark on a new chapter in a new space, we have created a season of new works, acclaimed artists, and creative exploration that will reflect our future as theatrical innovators.
We are proud to begin our journey by announcing a new and exciting program dedicated to the crea-tion and production of new plays. Beginning in the Fall of 2013, Chicago Dramatists, one of the country’s premiere theatres of new works, will partner with Concordia University Chicago’s ACT to workshop and develop scripts as part of the university season. This partnership heralds a new era for Concordia University Chicago’s Theatre Program as it seeks to train its students in the storefront mod-el that focuses on new works and creating a laboratory for developing theatre professionals.
by Stephanie Alison Walker
Directed by Meghan Beals-McCarthy
World Premiere by Chicago Dramatists Network Playwright, Stephanie Alison Walker. American Home is about Americans forced to renegotiate the American Dream, the extremes people go to when faced with losing everything, and the resilience of the American spirit. This new work will be directed by Meghan Beals-McCarthy, acclaimed director, dramaturg, and Associate Artistic Director of Chicago Dramatists.
Directed by Melissa Lorraine
Women band together for peace in this comedic Grecian classic. In order to stop the Peloponnesian War, women unite and leverage their most powerful weapon, themselves. This reimagined classic will be directed by Melissa Lorraine, Artistic Director of Theatre Y. Melissa Lorraine is an international artist who has performed in Hungry, Romania, Slovakia, Israel, Canada, and over 100 venues in the United States.
Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck
by Jay Torrence
Directed by Helana Keys
The creative team who brought Chicago’s acclaimed Burning Blubeard bring their talents to the Artists of Concordia Theatre. Helena Keys, Artistic Director of the award winning Chicago theatre company, The Hypocrites will direct this unique play written by Jay Torrence, Ensemble Member with the Neo-Futurists, Chicago’s highly regarded experimental theatre. Roustabout: The Great Cir-cus Train Wreck follows the 1918 collision of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train with a US Army train weaving the story of war, humanism, and redemption together with the Neo-Futurists unique meta theatrical touch that director Keys wields so successfully.
Next to Normal
by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt
Directed by Jason A. Narvy
According to the New York Times this Pulitzer prize winning play is “a feel-everything musical, which asks you, with operatic force, to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts.” Artists of Concordia Theatre Artistic Director Jason A. Narvy directs this powerful musical that explores one family’s struggles with addiction, death, and mental disease.