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.
ANNOUNCING THE 2014-2015 SEASON!
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 Meg is 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!