Academics

2013-2014 Season

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.

 NOW SHOWING:

Next to Normal

by Brian Yorkey

Music by Tom Kitt

Directed by Jason A. Narvy

April 3-5, 10-12 @ 7:30PM

April 6 and 13 @ 2pm

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUEST ARTIST:

Josh Walker is thrilled to be making his Concordia University debut!  Josh is a Music Director for both Mainstage and CTEYA shows at Circle Theatre. Past Circle music directing credits include: A Little Night MusicBest Little Whorehouse in TexasLegally BlondeSeussicalHairsprayDrowsy ChaperoneRagtime, and Les Miserables. Jeff nominated Sexy Baby, ScarrieThe Birds (Hell in a Handbag), CT-Hey!, Bright Lights Dark City & Friends of Dorothy (Chicago Cabaret Project). Acting credits include: Sideshow  (Kennedy Center), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Radio City Music Hall) 2005-2013. Composition credits include: Toulouse! (NY Theatre Barn) Six Stories Up on Ellis Island, Six Stories Up on Mt Olympus, Six Stories Up in the Windy City (Tellin Tales Theatre) and MaxwellToulouse! (Midwest New Musicals). Music Arranger for John Hersey High School and Euclid High School.

 

 

 

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  American Home

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.

 

Lysistrata

by Aristophanes

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 Halena Kays

 The creative team who brought Chicago’s acclaimed Burning Bluebird bring their talents to the Artists of Concordia Theatre. Halena Kays, 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 Circus 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.  TICKETS: CUCROUSTABOUT.BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM