Performance is at the core of Concordia's Theatre training. The department's production wing, Artists of Concordia Theatre (A.C.T.), is proud to present the best of modern American theatre, as well as acclaimed interpretations of classic works. Our vibrant production schedule represents the best of Chicago Theatre. Dedicated to the works that shape our understanding of performance, our seasons include:
- FOUR MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS A YEAR
- SPRING MUSICALS
- NEW WORKS BY NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED PLAYWRIGHTS
- STUDENT DIRECTED ONE ACTS
- CHICAGO STOREFRONT THEATRE MODEL OF PERFORMANCE
ARTISTS OF CONCORDIA THEATRE 2014-2015 SEASON @
Madison Street Theatre, 1010 W Madison St, Oak Park, IL
Artists of Concordia Theatre (ACT) are ecstatic to move their entire 2014-2015 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 creation 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 model that focuses on new works and creating a laboratory for developing theatre professionals.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Jayme McGhan
October 2nd-October 12th, 2014
Maureen, a forty year old spinster with a history of mental illness, lives with her selfish and manipulative mother, Meg, in Leenane, a village in the West of Ireland. When courted by Pato Dooley, a lonely construction worker, Meg does everything in her power to keep her daughter to herself. The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a dark comedy about the desires of the heart and the innate need for human connection.
By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Jason Narvy
November 13th-November 23rd, 2014
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov is a slice-of-life drama set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century. The cast of characters is dissatisfied with their lives. Some desire love. Some desire success. Some desire artistic genius. No one, however, ever seems to attain happiness.
By Dana Lynn Formby
Directed by Stephanie Stroud
In association with Chicago Dramatists
February 12th-February 22nd, 2015
Devon Thompson is in love and inspired from her feminist roots has just proposed to the man of her dreams, Josiah Boor, but her mother in law to be is a Mormon and the pair cannot see eye to eye on what it means to be a family. As the two battle their way through their relationship, ala Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon style, they find that life is more precious than their differences that try to keep them apart.
Monty Python’s Spamalot
Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle
Music by Eric Idle, John Du Prez and Neil Innes
Directed by Andrew Pederson
April 16th-April 26th, 2015
You’ve nearly wet yourself laughing from the movies, you constantly quote the television show, you silly-walk pretty much everywhere you go, and now you get to experience it all live! The (in) famous Monty Python comedy-troupe retells the beloved story of King Arthur and his band of hilariously-awkward Knights…but this time it’s personal. And live. Or maybe not personal. Just live. Or maybe a little bit personal. I’LL BITE YOUR LEGS OFF!
Main Stage Pricing:
$15 General Admission
$10 CUC Alumni
$10 Students with Student ID
$10 Patrons Over the age of 55
$5 Concordia University Chicago Students with Student ID, Thursday nights FREE for CUC students!
Opportunities to act, direct, design, stage managing, etc. are available for any of our productions during the academic year. Several of our theatre courses offer acting or directing opportunities as well. With Concordia University located so near the richness of Chicago theatre, a host of opportunities exist for our students to examine theatre on many different levels.
For more info regarding Concordia University’s Theatre Program, call The Theatre Office at: (708)-488-4313