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Scapi DIY Theater and Performance: November 2018

Pictured above: Beth Bradfish in Deep Green at High Concept Labs on November 14/Photo: High Concept Labs

Editor’s Note: If you would like to be featured in future Scapi upcoming monthly productions lists, please email and/or add DIY Theater and Performance Editor Danielle Levsky at danielle.levsky@gmail.com to your distribution list and send along the accessibility options that are available in your theatrical or performance art show. You must have performance ticket options available for $20 or less in order to be included in the list, for pay accessibility purposes.

Our DIY theater and performance recommendations for the month of November:

Fun Harmless Warmachine

  • The New Colony at The Den Theatre’s Upstairs Main Stage, 1331 North Milwaukee Avenue
  • By day, Tom works a dead end job for the man and can’t get a date. But by night, he’s top of the leader board, a master gamer. Othered and lonely, Tom is sucked into the Order of the Sword, an online community that seems to promise him his digital persona in real life. Developed through The New Colony’s Writers’ Room and inspired by Gamergate and online hate movements, FUN HARMLESS WARMACHINE is a cautionary tale of the power of fear and the seductive pull of the alt right.
  • This performance runs through November 4.

That’s Weird, Grandma: Ghosts, Ghouls and Talking Potatoes

  • Barrel of Monkeys at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 North Ashland Avenue
  • Gather ye ‘round for a line-up of scary (and silly) stories featuring talking potatoes getting lost in the woods, Malcolm X fighting zombies, creepy slideshows that haunt old houses, and other spooky scenarios imagined by Chicago elementary school students.
  • This performance runs through November 4.

Caroline, or Change

  • Firebrand Theatre and TimeLine Theatre Company at The Den Theatre’s Heath Main Stage, 1331 North Milwaukee Ave
  • CAROLINE, OR CHANGE is set in Lake Charles, Louisiana: the end of 1963. America is changing. Caroline Thibodeaux is a mother of four and a maid, working for the southern Jewish Gellman family. Caroline struggles with changes monumental and mundane, and her relationship with the young, grieving boy who lives in the house she cleans. Riveting, moving and awe-inspiring, CAROLINE, OR CHANGE features a virtuosic score by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Violet) and a breathtaking book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner (Angels in America), the music ranges from Motown to Klezmer, the storytelling from political to magical.
  • This performance runs through November 11.

Honors Students

  • Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street
  • Kora and Minnie are best friends. And honors students. (Duh.) They are as smart as they are mischievous. And yes they are plotting a scheme involving a lot of money and a little blood. But when their volatile relationship is threatened by Minnie’s friendship with awkward YouTube sensation Megan, all bets are off. In the tradition of Heathers and The Virgin Suicides, Mariah MacCarthy’s new play Honors Students asks one question: Who will survive?
  • This performance runs through November 11.

Deep Green

  • HCL Sponsored Artist Program at High Concept Labs 2233 Sourth Throop Street, fourth floor
  • Fall 2018 Sponsored Artist Beth Bradfish presents a music and sound piece for contrabass, percussion, piano and electronics. Bradfish says, “This piece is about growth – how a halo of gentle spring leaves becomes, by late summer, a full and deep green forest. You are encouraged to move around and explore the soft panels on the wall – you may be able to hear the sound with your hands and body. Pick up a Wii Remote and add to the soundscape. Or just sit and listen.”
  • This performance occurs November 14.

Spirits to Enforce

  • The Passage Theatre at Berry United Methodist Church at 4754 North Leavitt Street
  • It’s 400 years after the events of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and the monstrous Caliban has risen as a supervillain of the island’s only city. And the island’s spirits? They are the superheroes, telefundraising for a production of The Tempest performed by themselves and rehearsed in their creaky submarine. SPIRITS TO ENFORCE is a funny, moving, and highly theatrical play about memory, theatre, and telephones.
  • This performance runs through November 17.

That’s Weird, Grandma: Ghosts, Ghouls and Talking Potatoes

  • Barrel of Monkeys at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 North Ashland Avenue
  • Gather ye ‘round for a line-up of scary (and silly) stories featuring talking potatoes getting lost in the woods, Malcolm X fighting zombies, creepy slideshows that haunt old houses, and other spooky scenarios imagined by Chicago elementary school students.
  • This performance runs through November 4.

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