Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

The Thirteenth Chair

Ghostlight presents a staged reading of the Bayard Veiller play, The Thirteenth Chair, a turn-of-the-century thriller set during a séance.  

The Thirteenth Chair, written in 1916, takes place at the home of the wealthy Crosby family. But the phony séance turns out to be the scene of a very real murder. All the doors and windows are locked and the murder weapon can’t be found. How will the real murderer be uncovered?

The reading is directed by Ghostlight Managing Director Chad Wise and will take place at Vagabond School of the Arts (4001 N. Ravenswood Ave, Suite 503B, Chicago).    

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Oct
20
2:30 PM14:30

The Thirteenth Chair

Ghostlight presents a staged reading of the Bayard Veiller play, The Thirteenth Chair, a turn-of-the-century thriller set during a séance.  

The Thirteenth Chair, written in 1916, takes place at the home of the wealthy Crosby family. But the phony séance turns out to be the scene of a very real murder. All the doors and windows are locked and the murder weapon can’t be found. How will the real murderer be uncovered?

The reading is directed by Ghostlight Managing Director Chad Wise and will take place at Vagabond School of the Arts (4001 N. Ravenswood Ave, Suite 503B, Chicago).    

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Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

CABARET the Musical

Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company presents the Sam Mendes version of Cabaret October 5-25, 2019, at Chief O'Neill's Pub in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. 

Set in 1931 at the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin, Cabaret tells the story of the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Featuring an award winning score by John Kander and Fred Ebb including such songs as “Willkommen”, “Mein Herr”, “Maybe This Time” and “I Don’t Care Much”.

For this production, Chief O'Neill's Attic Bar will be transformed into the Kit Kat Klub and audience members will be beckoned into its red, black and silver interior by an Emcee intent on taking them all, smiling and singing, to the end of the world. 

Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts direct the production, with musical direction by Tommy Ross and choreography by Christopher Young.

More information at cowardlyscarecrow.com

The cast includes Ghostlight Artistic Associates Caitlin Jackson and Kirk Jackson.

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Oct
21
7:30 PM19:30

CABARET the Musical

Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company presents the Sam Mendes version of Cabaret October 5-25, 2019, at Chief O'Neill's Pub in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. 

Set in 1931 at the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin, Cabaret tells the story of the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Featuring an award winning score by John Kander and Fred Ebb including such songs as “Willkommen”, “Mein Herr”, “Maybe This Time” and “I Don’t Care Much”.

For this production, Chief O'Neill's Attic Bar will be transformed into the Kit Kat Klub and audience members will be beckoned into its red, black and silver interior by an Emcee intent on taking them all, smiling and singing, to the end of the world. 

Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts direct the production, with musical direction by Tommy Ross and choreography by Christopher Young.

More information at cowardlyscarecrow.com

The cast includes Ghostlight Artistic Associates Caitlin Jackson and Kirk Jackson.

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Oct
22
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen perform their Reader Recommended and PerformINK's critics choice improvised Regency novel for at the renowned iO Improv Theater. Inspired by audience suggestion, the all female cast will conjure a tale on the spot in the style of the beloved 19th-century British novelist.

In each show, they follow a heroine and/or hero through the trials and tribulations of living in turn-of-the 19th century England. Along the way you shall also meet misunderstood suitors, meddling mothers, charming cads, suspicious soldiers, silly sisters, and a wide variety of characters found in the world of Regency England.

IJA leaves the audience laughing and thinking about the status that women (and men) hold in society—both then and now. Their shows comment slyly on modern issues in what seems to be a form that celebrates the past, but actually is fighting for the future.

Ghostlight Ensemble Member Holly Robison is a member of Improvised Jane Austen.

Improvised Jane Austen
Tuesdays 8 p.m.
$12
iO Theater
1501 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642

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Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

CABARET the Musical

Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company presents the Sam Mendes version of Cabaret October 5-25, 2019, at Chief O'Neill's Pub in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. 

Set in 1931 at the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin, Cabaret tells the story of the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Featuring an award winning score by John Kander and Fred Ebb including such songs as “Willkommen”, “Mein Herr”, “Maybe This Time” and “I Don’t Care Much”.

For this production, Chief O'Neill's Attic Bar will be transformed into the Kit Kat Klub and audience members will be beckoned into its red, black and silver interior by an Emcee intent on taking them all, smiling and singing, to the end of the world. 

Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts direct the production, with musical direction by Tommy Ross and choreography by Christopher Young.

More information at cowardlyscarecrow.com

The cast includes Ghostlight Artistic Associates Caitlin Jackson and Kirk Jackson.

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Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

CABARET the Musical

Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company presents the Sam Mendes version of Cabaret October 5-25, 2019, at Chief O'Neill's Pub in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. 

Set in 1931 at the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin, Cabaret tells the story of the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Featuring an award winning score by John Kander and Fred Ebb including such songs as “Willkommen”, “Mein Herr”, “Maybe This Time” and “I Don’t Care Much”.

For this production, Chief O'Neill's Attic Bar will be transformed into the Kit Kat Klub and audience members will be beckoned into its red, black and silver interior by an Emcee intent on taking them all, smiling and singing, to the end of the world. 

Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts direct the production, with musical direction by Tommy Ross and choreography by Christopher Young.

More information at cowardlyscarecrow.com

The cast includes Ghostlight Artistic Associates Caitlin Jackson and Kirk Jackson.

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Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

CABARET the Musical

Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company presents the Sam Mendes version of Cabaret October 5-25, 2019, at Chief O'Neill's Pub in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. 

Set in 1931 at the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin, Cabaret tells the story of the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Featuring an award winning score by John Kander and Fred Ebb including such songs as “Willkommen”, “Mein Herr”, “Maybe This Time” and “I Don’t Care Much”.

For this production, Chief O'Neill's Attic Bar will be transformed into the Kit Kat Klub and audience members will be beckoned into its red, black and silver interior by an Emcee intent on taking them all, smiling and singing, to the end of the world. 

Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts direct the production, with musical direction by Tommy Ross and choreography by Christopher Young.

More information at cowardlyscarecrow.com

The cast includes Ghostlight Artistic Associates Caitlin Jackson and Kirk Jackson.

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Oct
29
7:30 PM19:30

Don’t Keep Him Waiting: A Live Reading of the Original The Wicker Man

Ghostlight Ensemble teams up with Terra Mysterium in October to present special installment of its ongoing live movie reading series with Don’t Keep Him Waiting: A Live Reading of the Original The Wicker Man — just in time for All Hallows' Eve.

Dig out your animal masks or costumes of any sort and join us at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29 at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro in North Center.

The Wicker Man is a 1973 British horror film that follows Police Sergeant Neil Howie as he travels to the isolated island of Summerisle in search of a missing girl. Howie, a devout Christian, is appalled to find that the inhabitants of the island have abandoned Christianity and now practise a form of Celtic paganism.

The reading will feature live musical performances and is directed by Matthew Ellenwood.

There is a suggested donation of $20, which will help Terra Mysterium and Ghostlight fund upcoming productions.

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Oct
29
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen perform their Reader Recommended and PerformINK's critics choice improvised Regency novel for at the renowned iO Improv Theater. Inspired by audience suggestion, the all female cast will conjure a tale on the spot in the style of the beloved 19th-century British novelist.

In each show, they follow a heroine and/or hero through the trials and tribulations of living in turn-of-the 19th century England. Along the way you shall also meet misunderstood suitors, meddling mothers, charming cads, suspicious soldiers, silly sisters, and a wide variety of characters found in the world of Regency England.

IJA leaves the audience laughing and thinking about the status that women (and men) hold in society—both then and now. Their shows comment slyly on modern issues in what seems to be a form that celebrates the past, but actually is fighting for the future.

Ghostlight Ensemble Member Holly Robison is a member of Improvised Jane Austen.

Improvised Jane Austen
Tuesdays 8 p.m.
$12
iO Theater
1501 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642

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Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

My Life is a Country Song (Preview)

Its 1980 in Greenville, South Carolina and Donna has found herself in a country song cliché she left her abusive husband, moved into a house of her own, and for the first time is in control of her life. But the trauma of her past keeps haunting her and Donna finds that her life is becoming a song shes heard too many times. This actor-musician based musical tells the story of moving on after a failed marriage and the support system that can come from good friends and family. With Donna at the lead, a country band takes you through her lessons of redemption and hope.

New American Folk Theatre presents the world premiere musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG by Anthony Whitaker. This new musical features a score inspired by country music of the late 70s and early 80s and explores how family and chosen family can save us from ourselves.

MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG will play a limited three-week run November 1 21, 2019 at Chief ONeills Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.

My Life is a Country Song stars Ghostlight Ensemble Associate Kirk Jackson.

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Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

My Life is a Country Song

Its 1980 in Greenville, South Carolina and Donna has found herself in a country song cliché she left her abusive husband, moved into a house of her own, and for the first time is in control of her life. But the trauma of her past keeps haunting her and Donna finds that her life is becoming a song shes heard too many times. This actor-musician based musical tells the story of moving on after a failed marriage and the support system that can come from good friends and family. With Donna at the lead, a country band takes you through her lessons of redemption and hope.

New American Folk Theatre presents the world premiere musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG by Anthony Whitaker. This new musical features a score inspired by country music of the late 70s and early 80s and explores how family and chosen family can save us from ourselves.

MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG will play a limited three-week run November 1 21, 2019 at Chief ONeills Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.

My Life is a Country Song stars Ghostlight Ensemble Associate Kirk Jackson.

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Nov
4
8:00 PM20:00

My Life is a Country Song

Its 1980 in Greenville, South Carolina and Donna has found herself in a country song cliché she left her abusive husband, moved into a house of her own, and for the first time is in control of her life. But the trauma of her past keeps haunting her and Donna finds that her life is becoming a song shes heard too many times. This actor-musician based musical tells the story of moving on after a failed marriage and the support system that can come from good friends and family. With Donna at the lead, a country band takes you through her lessons of redemption and hope.

New American Folk Theatre presents the world premiere musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG by Anthony Whitaker. This new musical features a score inspired by country music of the late 70s and early 80s and explores how family and chosen family can save us from ourselves.

MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG will play a limited three-week run November 1 21, 2019 at Chief ONeills Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.

My Life is a Country Song stars Ghostlight Ensemble Associate Kirk Jackson.

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Nov
6
8:00 PM20:00

My Life is a Country Song

Its 1980 in Greenville, South Carolina and Donna has found herself in a country song cliché she left her abusive husband, moved into a house of her own, and for the first time is in control of her life. But the trauma of her past keeps haunting her and Donna finds that her life is becoming a song shes heard too many times. This actor-musician based musical tells the story of moving on after a failed marriage and the support system that can come from good friends and family. With Donna at the lead, a country band takes you through her lessons of redemption and hope.

New American Folk Theatre presents the world premiere musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG by Anthony Whitaker. This new musical features a score inspired by country music of the late 70s and early 80s and explores how family and chosen family can save us from ourselves.

MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG will play a limited three-week run November 1 21, 2019 at Chief ONeills Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.

My Life is a Country Song stars Ghostlight Ensemble Associate Kirk Jackson.

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Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

My Life is a Country Song

Its 1980 in Greenville, South Carolina and Donna has found herself in a country song cliché she left her abusive husband, moved into a house of her own, and for the first time is in control of her life. But the trauma of her past keeps haunting her and Donna finds that her life is becoming a song shes heard too many times. This actor-musician based musical tells the story of moving on after a failed marriage and the support system that can come from good friends and family. With Donna at the lead, a country band takes you through her lessons of redemption and hope.

New American Folk Theatre presents the world premiere musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG by Anthony Whitaker. This new musical features a score inspired by country music of the late 70s and early 80s and explores how family and chosen family can save us from ourselves.

MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG will play a limited three-week run November 1 21, 2019 at Chief ONeills Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.

My Life is a Country Song stars Ghostlight Ensemble Associate Kirk Jackson.

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Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

Paragon Play Festival

Paragon is Otherworld Theatre’s two-day, short-play festival dedicated to furthering their mission of growing the genre of Science Fiction and Fantasy Theatre through the discovery and promotion of new playwrights and works. This annual event began in 2014 and they have presented 40 new science fiction and fantasy plays over this one-weekend festival every year since.

Ghostlight Ensemble Member Maria Burnham directs The Light Princess as part of the festival. The play features Ensemble Members Miona Lee, Chad Wise and Jean E. Burr, as well as Associate Members Norman J. Burt, Christopher Paul Mueller and Sydney Ray.

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Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Paragon Play Festival

Paragon is Otherworld Theatre’s two-day, short-play festival dedicated to furthering their mission of growing the genre of Science Fiction and Fantasy Theatre through the discovery and promotion of new playwrights and works. This annual event began in 2014 and they have presented 40 new science fiction and fantasy plays over this one-weekend festival every year since.

Ghostlight Ensemble Member Maria Burnham directs The Light Princess as part of the festival. The play features Ensemble Members Miona Lee, Chad Wise and Jean E. Burr, as well as Associate Members Norman J. Burt, Christopher Paul Mueller and Sydney Ray.

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Nov
10
6:00 PM18:00

My Life is a Country Song

Its 1980 in Greenville, South Carolina and Donna has found herself in a country song cliché she left her abusive husband, moved into a house of her own, and for the first time is in control of her life. But the trauma of her past keeps haunting her and Donna finds that her life is becoming a song shes heard too many times. This actor-musician based musical tells the story of moving on after a failed marriage and the support system that can come from good friends and family. With Donna at the lead, a country band takes you through her lessons of redemption and hope.

New American Folk Theatre presents the world premiere musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG by Anthony Whitaker. This new musical features a score inspired by country music of the late 70s and early 80s and explores how family and chosen family can save us from ourselves.

MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG will play a limited three-week run November 1 21, 2019 at Chief ONeills Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.

My Life is a Country Song stars Ghostlight Ensemble Associate Kirk Jackson.

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Nov
11
8:00 PM20:00

My Life is a Country Song

Its 1980 in Greenville, South Carolina and Donna has found herself in a country song cliché she left her abusive husband, moved into a house of her own, and for the first time is in control of her life. But the trauma of her past keeps haunting her and Donna finds that her life is becoming a song shes heard too many times. This actor-musician based musical tells the story of moving on after a failed marriage and the support system that can come from good friends and family. With Donna at the lead, a country band takes you through her lessons of redemption and hope.

New American Folk Theatre presents the world premiere musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG by Anthony Whitaker. This new musical features a score inspired by country music of the late 70s and early 80s and explores how family and chosen family can save us from ourselves.

MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG will play a limited three-week run November 1 21, 2019 at Chief ONeills Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.

My Life is a Country Song stars Ghostlight Ensemble Associate Kirk Jackson.

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Nov
13
8:00 PM20:00

My Life is a Country Song

Its 1980 in Greenville, South Carolina and Donna has found herself in a country song cliché she left her abusive husband, moved into a house of her own, and for the first time is in control of her life. But the trauma of her past keeps haunting her and Donna finds that her life is becoming a song shes heard too many times. This actor-musician based musical tells the story of moving on after a failed marriage and the support system that can come from good friends and family. With Donna at the lead, a country band takes you through her lessons of redemption and hope.

New American Folk Theatre presents the world premiere musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG by Anthony Whitaker. This new musical features a score inspired by country music of the late 70s and early 80s and explores how family and chosen family can save us from ourselves.

MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG will play a limited three-week run November 1 21, 2019 at Chief ONeills Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.

My Life is a Country Song stars Ghostlight Ensemble Associate Kirk Jackson.

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Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

My Life is a Country Song

Its 1980 in Greenville, South Carolina and Donna has found herself in a country song cliché she left her abusive husband, moved into a house of her own, and for the first time is in control of her life. But the trauma of her past keeps haunting her and Donna finds that her life is becoming a song shes heard too many times. This actor-musician based musical tells the story of moving on after a failed marriage and the support system that can come from good friends and family. With Donna at the lead, a country band takes you through her lessons of redemption and hope.

New American Folk Theatre presents the world premiere musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG by Anthony Whitaker. This new musical features a score inspired by country music of the late 70s and early 80s and explores how family and chosen family can save us from ourselves.

MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG will play a limited three-week run November 1 21, 2019 at Chief ONeills Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.

My Life is a Country Song stars Ghostlight Ensemble Associate Kirk Jackson.

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Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

My Life is a Country Song

Its 1980 in Greenville, South Carolina and Donna has found herself in a country song cliché she left her abusive husband, moved into a house of her own, and for the first time is in control of her life. But the trauma of her past keeps haunting her and Donna finds that her life is becoming a song shes heard too many times. This actor-musician based musical tells the story of moving on after a failed marriage and the support system that can come from good friends and family. With Donna at the lead, a country band takes you through her lessons of redemption and hope.

New American Folk Theatre presents the world premiere musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG by Anthony Whitaker. This new musical features a score inspired by country music of the late 70s and early 80s and explores how family and chosen family can save us from ourselves.

MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG will play a limited three-week run November 1 21, 2019 at Chief ONeills Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.

My Life is a Country Song stars Ghostlight Ensemble Associate Kirk Jackson.

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Nov
18
8:00 PM20:00

My Life is a Country Song

Its 1980 in Greenville, South Carolina and Donna has found herself in a country song cliché she left her abusive husband, moved into a house of her own, and for the first time is in control of her life. But the trauma of her past keeps haunting her and Donna finds that her life is becoming a song shes heard too many times. This actor-musician based musical tells the story of moving on after a failed marriage and the support system that can come from good friends and family. With Donna at the lead, a country band takes you through her lessons of redemption and hope.

New American Folk Theatre presents the world premiere musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG by Anthony Whitaker. This new musical features a score inspired by country music of the late 70s and early 80s and explores how family and chosen family can save us from ourselves.

MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG will play a limited three-week run November 1 21, 2019 at Chief ONeills Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.

My Life is a Country Song stars Ghostlight Ensemble Associate Kirk Jackson.

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Nov
20
3:00 PM15:00

Cents for Causes + Ghostlight Ensemble

District Brew Yards in West Town is hosting Ghostlight Ensemble for its ongoing Cents for Causes. Come drink with the Ensemble, get to know us, learn more details on what we have planned for this season and find out how you can be involved (if that’s your cup of tea)! District Brew Yards donates 10 cents per ounce of beer you buy to Ghostlight.

District Brew Yards, 417 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago, is a pour-your-own-beer tap room. The cashless beer hall offers brews from Burnt City Brewing, Around the Bend Beer Co. and Bold Dog Beer Co., and serves barbecue, in case you’d like some smoked meats to compliment your drink.




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Nov
20
8:00 PM20:00

My Life is a Country Song

Its 1980 in Greenville, South Carolina and Donna has found herself in a country song cliché she left her abusive husband, moved into a house of her own, and for the first time is in control of her life. But the trauma of her past keeps haunting her and Donna finds that her life is becoming a song shes heard too many times. This actor-musician based musical tells the story of moving on after a failed marriage and the support system that can come from good friends and family. With Donna at the lead, a country band takes you through her lessons of redemption and hope.

New American Folk Theatre presents the world premiere musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG by Anthony Whitaker. This new musical features a score inspired by country music of the late 70s and early 80s and explores how family and chosen family can save us from ourselves.

MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG will play a limited three-week run November 1 21, 2019 at Chief ONeills Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.

My Life is a Country Song stars Ghostlight Ensemble Associate Kirk Jackson.

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Nov
21
8:00 PM20:00

My Life is a Country Song

Its 1980 in Greenville, South Carolina and Donna has found herself in a country song cliché she left her abusive husband, moved into a house of her own, and for the first time is in control of her life. But the trauma of her past keeps haunting her and Donna finds that her life is becoming a song shes heard too many times. This actor-musician based musical tells the story of moving on after a failed marriage and the support system that can come from good friends and family. With Donna at the lead, a country band takes you through her lessons of redemption and hope.

New American Folk Theatre presents the world premiere musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG by Anthony Whitaker. This new musical features a score inspired by country music of the late 70s and early 80s and explores how family and chosen family can save us from ourselves.

MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG will play a limited three-week run November 1 21, 2019 at Chief ONeills Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.

My Life is a Country Song stars Ghostlight Ensemble Associate Kirk Jackson.

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Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Holiday Cabernet

Ghostlight once again hosts the Holiday Cabernet – an evening of holiday classics (or not-so-classics) by favorite G.E.T. performers, emerging artists and surprise guests in a cabaret-style setting with an M.C. who overindulges in the holiday spirits.

The Cabernet takes place at Vagabond School of the Arts.

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Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

The Thirteenth Chair

Ghostlight presents a staged reading of the Bayard Veiller play, The Thirteenth Chair, a turn-of-the-century thriller set during a séance.  

The Thirteenth Chair, written in 1916, takes place at the home of the wealthy Crosby family. But the phony séance turns out to be the scene of a very real murder. All the doors and windows are locked and the murder weapon can’t be found. How will the real murderer be uncovered?

The reading is directed by Ghostlight Managing Director Chad Wise and will take place at Vagabond School of the Arts (4001 N. Ravenswood Ave, Suite 503B, Chicago).    

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Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

CABARET the Musical

Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company presents the Sam Mendes version of Cabaret October 5-25, 2019, at Chief O'Neill's Pub in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. 

Set in 1931 at the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin, Cabaret tells the story of the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Featuring an award winning score by John Kander and Fred Ebb including such songs as “Willkommen”, “Mein Herr”, “Maybe This Time” and “I Don’t Care Much”.

For this production, Chief O'Neill's Attic Bar will be transformed into the Kit Kat Klub and audience members will be beckoned into its red, black and silver interior by an Emcee intent on taking them all, smiling and singing, to the end of the world. 

Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts direct the production, with musical direction by Tommy Ross and choreography by Christopher Young.

More information at cowardlyscarecrow.com

The cast includes Ghostlight Artistic Associates Caitlin Jackson and Kirk Jackson.

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Oct
17
7:30 PM19:30

CABARET the Musical

Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company presents the Sam Mendes version of Cabaret October 5-25, 2019, at Chief O'Neill's Pub in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. 

Set in 1931 at the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin, Cabaret tells the story of the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Featuring an award winning score by John Kander and Fred Ebb including such songs as “Willkommen”, “Mein Herr”, “Maybe This Time” and “I Don’t Care Much”.

For this production, Chief O'Neill's Attic Bar will be transformed into the Kit Kat Klub and audience members will be beckoned into its red, black and silver interior by an Emcee intent on taking them all, smiling and singing, to the end of the world. 

Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts direct the production, with musical direction by Tommy Ross and choreography by Christopher Young.

More information at cowardlyscarecrow.com

The cast includes Ghostlight Artistic Associates Caitlin Jackson and Kirk Jackson.

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Oct
15
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen perform their Reader Recommended and PerformINK's critics choice improvised Regency novel for at the renowned iO Improv Theater. Inspired by audience suggestion, the all female cast will conjure a tale on the spot in the style of the beloved 19th-century British novelist.

In each show, they follow a heroine and/or hero through the trials and tribulations of living in turn-of-the 19th century England. Along the way you shall also meet misunderstood suitors, meddling mothers, charming cads, suspicious soldiers, silly sisters, and a wide variety of characters found in the world of Regency England.

IJA leaves the audience laughing and thinking about the status that women (and men) hold in society—both then and now. Their shows comment slyly on modern issues in what seems to be a form that celebrates the past, but actually is fighting for the future.

Ghostlight Ensemble Member Holly Robison is a member of Improvised Jane Austen.

Improvised Jane Austen
Tuesdays 8 p.m.
$12
iO Theater
1501 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642

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Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

CABARET the Musical

Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company presents the Sam Mendes version of Cabaret October 5-25, 2019, at Chief O'Neill's Pub in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. 

Set in 1931 at the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin, Cabaret tells the story of the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Featuring an award winning score by John Kander and Fred Ebb including such songs as “Willkommen”, “Mein Herr”, “Maybe This Time” and “I Don’t Care Much”.

For this production, Chief O'Neill's Attic Bar will be transformed into the Kit Kat Klub and audience members will be beckoned into its red, black and silver interior by an Emcee intent on taking them all, smiling and singing, to the end of the world. 

Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts direct the production, with musical direction by Tommy Ross and choreography by Christopher Young.

More information at cowardlyscarecrow.com

The cast includes Ghostlight Artistic Associates Caitlin Jackson and Kirk Jackson.

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Oct
11
7:30 PM19:30

CABARET the Musical

Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company presents the Sam Mendes version of Cabaret October 5-25, 2019, at Chief O'Neill's Pub in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. 

Set in 1931 at the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin, Cabaret tells the story of the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Featuring an award winning score by John Kander and Fred Ebb including such songs as “Willkommen”, “Mein Herr”, “Maybe This Time” and “I Don’t Care Much”.

For this production, Chief O'Neill's Attic Bar will be transformed into the Kit Kat Klub and audience members will be beckoned into its red, black and silver interior by an Emcee intent on taking them all, smiling and singing, to the end of the world. 

Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts direct the production, with musical direction by Tommy Ross and choreography by Christopher Young.

More information at cowardlyscarecrow.com

The cast includes Ghostlight Artistic Associates Caitlin Jackson and Kirk Jackson.

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Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

CABARET the Musical

Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company presents the Sam Mendes version of Cabaret October 5-25, 2019, at Chief O'Neill's Pub in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. 

Set in 1931 at the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin, Cabaret tells the story of the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Featuring an award winning score by John Kander and Fred Ebb including such songs as “Willkommen”, “Mein Herr”, “Maybe This Time” and “I Don’t Care Much”.

For this production, Chief O'Neill's Attic Bar will be transformed into the Kit Kat Klub and audience members will be beckoned into its red, black and silver interior by an Emcee intent on taking them all, smiling and singing, to the end of the world. 

Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts direct the production, with musical direction by Tommy Ross and choreography by Christopher Young.

More information at cowardlyscarecrow.com

The cast includes Ghostlight Artistic Associates Caitlin Jackson and Kirk Jackson.

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Oct
8
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen perform their Reader Recommended and PerformINK's critics choice improvised Regency novel for at the renowned iO Improv Theater. Inspired by audience suggestion, the all female cast will conjure a tale on the spot in the style of the beloved 19th-century British novelist.

In each show, they follow a heroine and/or hero through the trials and tribulations of living in turn-of-the 19th century England. Along the way you shall also meet misunderstood suitors, meddling mothers, charming cads, suspicious soldiers, silly sisters, and a wide variety of characters found in the world of Regency England.

IJA leaves the audience laughing and thinking about the status that women (and men) hold in society—both then and now. Their shows comment slyly on modern issues in what seems to be a form that celebrates the past, but actually is fighting for the future.

Ghostlight Ensemble Member Holly Robison is a member of Improvised Jane Austen.

Improvised Jane Austen
Tuesdays 8 p.m.
$12
iO Theater
1501 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642

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Oct
7
6:30 PM18:30

6th Annual Night of Children's Theatre (For Adults!)

Compass Creative Dramatics presents its Sixth Annual Night of Children's Theatre (For Adults!), featuring their brand-new superhero story, CINDERELLA (SAVES THE WORLD!) at Beat Kitchen , 2100 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618.

When the local superhero league announces it's looking for new members, Cinderella is eager to try out so she can make the world a better place. The only problem is (unlike her lazy stepsisters) she wasn’t born with a superpower! But a group of friendly scientists have a few tricks up their sleeves, and with their assistance (plus the help of some curious kittens and a very mysterious group of grandfolk) Cinderella just might find a way to save the world!

6:30-8:00 FOOD and LIBATIONS
- $5 off pizza special & $3 select craft beers
- Raffles and contests for prizes like, dinners for two, improv classes, concert tickets, and more!

8:00-9:00 PERFORMANCE
Adult actors from the Chicago theatre community perform our fast-paced, high-energy musical adaptation (originally written for, you know, children)

9:00-11:00 DANCING, DRINKING, and PRIZES!
After the show, stick around to shout your name when your raffle ticket is drawn!

Admission $15 at the door, cash only.

This performance features Ghostlight Ensemble Associate Sydney Ray.

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Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30

CABARET the Musical

Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company presents the Sam Mendes version of Cabaret October 5-25, 2019, at Chief O'Neill's Pub in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. 

Set in 1931 at the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin, Cabaret tells the story of the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Featuring an award winning score by John Kander and Fred Ebb including such songs as “Willkommen”, “Mein Herr”, “Maybe This Time” and “I Don’t Care Much”.

For this production, Chief O'Neill's Attic Bar will be transformed into the Kit Kat Klub and audience members will be beckoned into its red, black and silver interior by an Emcee intent on taking them all, smiling and singing, to the end of the world. 

Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts direct the production, with musical direction by Tommy Ross and choreography by Christopher Young.

More information at cowardlyscarecrow.com

The cast includes Ghostlight Artistic Associates Caitlin Jackson and Kirk Jackson.

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Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

CABARET the Musical

Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company presents the Sam Mendes version of Cabaret October 5-25, 2019, at Chief O'Neill's Pub in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. 

Set in 1931 at the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin, Cabaret tells the story of the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Featuring an award winning score by John Kander and Fred Ebb including such songs as “Willkommen”, “Mein Herr”, “Maybe This Time” and “I Don’t Care Much”.

For this production, Chief O'Neill's Attic Bar will be transformed into the Kit Kat Klub and audience members will be beckoned into its red, black and silver interior by an Emcee intent on taking them all, smiling and singing, to the end of the world. 

Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts direct the production, with musical direction by Tommy Ross and choreography by Christopher Young.

More information at cowardlyscarecrow.com

The cast includes Ghostlight Artistic Associates Caitlin Jackson and Kirk Jackson.

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Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

Monticello Theatre Association Comedy Showcase

The Monticello Theatre Association (MTA) presents the winners of its short play competition. The eight plays that make up the showcase average about 10 minutes in length and are all comedies. The plays will also be toured throughout the Central Illinois area as part of a year long Take it on the Road program.

The two-night showcase takes place at the MTA Theater (1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL 61856, Monticello IL 61856).

The Comedy Showcase features the short play Selfie in the Dark written by Ensemble Member Maria Burnham, directed by MTA’s Marisa Winegar.

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Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

Monticello Theatre Association Comedy Showcase

The Monticello Theatre Association (MTA) presents the winners of its short play competition. The eight plays that make up the showcase average about 10 minutes in length and are all comedies. The plays will also be toured throughout the Central Illinois area as part of a year long Take it on the Road program.

The two-night showcase takes place at the MTA Theater (1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL 61856, Monticello IL 61856).

The Comedy Showcase features the short play Selfie in the Dark written by Ensemble Member Maria Burnham, directed by MTA’s Marisa Winegar.

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Oct
1
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen perform their Reader Recommended and PerformINK's critics choice improvised Regency novel for at the renowned iO Improv Theater. Inspired by audience suggestion, the all female cast will conjure a tale on the spot in the style of the beloved 19th-century British novelist.

In each show, they follow a heroine and/or hero through the trials and tribulations of living in turn-of-the 19th century England. Along the way you shall also meet misunderstood suitors, meddling mothers, charming cads, suspicious soldiers, silly sisters, and a wide variety of characters found in the world of Regency England.

IJA leaves the audience laughing and thinking about the status that women (and men) hold in society—both then and now. Their shows comment slyly on modern issues in what seems to be a form that celebrates the past, but actually is fighting for the future.

Ghostlight Ensemble Member Holly Robison is a member of Improvised Jane Austen.

Improvised Jane Austen
Tuesdays 8 p.m.
$12
iO Theater
1501 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642

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Sep
24
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen perform their Reader Recommended and PerformINK's critics choice improvised Regency novel for at the renowned iO Improv Theater. Inspired by audience suggestion, the all female cast will conjure a tale on the spot in the style of the beloved 19th-century British novelist.

In each show, they follow a heroine and/or hero through the trials and tribulations of living in turn-of-the 19th century England. Along the way you shall also meet misunderstood suitors, meddling mothers, charming cads, suspicious soldiers, silly sisters, and a wide variety of characters found in the world of Regency England.

IJA leaves the audience laughing and thinking about the status that women (and men) hold in society—both then and now. Their shows comment slyly on modern issues in what seems to be a form that celebrates the past, but actually is fighting for the future.

Ghostlight Ensemble Member Holly Robison is a member of Improvised Jane Austen.

Improvised Jane Austen
Tuesdays 8 p.m.
$12
iO Theater
1501 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642

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Sep
17
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen perform their Reader Recommended and PerformINK's critics choice improvised Regency novel for at the renowned iO Improv Theater. Inspired by audience suggestion, the all female cast will conjure a tale on the spot in the style of the beloved 19th-century British novelist.

In each show, they follow a heroine and/or hero through the trials and tribulations of living in turn-of-the 19th century England. Along the way you shall also meet misunderstood suitors, meddling mothers, charming cads, suspicious soldiers, silly sisters, and a wide variety of characters found in the world of Regency England.

IJA leaves the audience laughing and thinking about the status that women (and men) hold in society—both then and now. Their shows comment slyly on modern issues in what seems to be a form that celebrates the past, but actually is fighting for the future.

Ghostlight Ensemble Member Holly Robison is a member of Improvised Jane Austen.

Improvised Jane Austen
Tuesdays 8 p.m.
$12
iO Theater
1501 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642

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Sep
10
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen perform their Reader Recommended and PerformINK's critics choice improvised Regency novel for at the renowned iO Improv Theater. Inspired by audience suggestion, the all female cast will conjure a tale on the spot in the style of the beloved 19th-century British novelist.

In each show, they follow a heroine and/or hero through the trials and tribulations of living in turn-of-the 19th century England. Along the way you shall also meet misunderstood suitors, meddling mothers, charming cads, suspicious soldiers, silly sisters, and a wide variety of characters found in the world of Regency England.

IJA leaves the audience laughing and thinking about the status that women (and men) hold in society—both then and now. Their shows comment slyly on modern issues in what seems to be a form that celebrates the past, but actually is fighting for the future.

Ghostlight Ensemble Member Holly Robison is a member of Improvised Jane Austen.

Improvised Jane Austen
Tuesdays 8 p.m.
$12
iO Theater
1501 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642

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Sep
6
to Sep 7

The Eccentric Expedition

Journey with us into the outer regions of space, time and taste, as Sir Professor Captain Zero Fox and his crew of misfit explorers* bring you the best snippets of sci-fi you’ll find in this universe. 

What will each journey hold? Will there be aliens? Dancers? Robots? Singers? Wrestlers? Intergalactic criminals? Ukulele players? Just a guy eating crickets? Who knows! Space is unpredictable, as is this show. The only sure thing is you won’t forget this cruise through the cosmos aboard the OSS Bradbury. The Eccentric Expedition is a late night science fiction variety show like none you’ve ever seen. 

It’s a mad tea party in space and you’re invited! So grab your space suit and whatever other supplies you need to survive in the vacuum of the abyss and join us on this weird strange trip. The Eccentric Expedition takes off every first Friday of the month at Otherworld Theatre Co.

*This crew includes Ghostlight Ensemble’s Maria Burnham who serves as Sir Professor Captain Zero Fox’s First Fox. It also regularly features contributions from other Ghostlight Ensemble members.

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Sep
3
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen perform their Reader Recommended and PerformINK's critics choice improvised Regency novel for at the renowned iO Improv Theater. Inspired by audience suggestion, the all female cast will conjure a tale on the spot in the style of the beloved 19th-century British novelist.

In each show, they follow a heroine and/or hero through the trials and tribulations of living in turn-of-the 19th century England. Along the way you shall also meet misunderstood suitors, meddling mothers, charming cads, suspicious soldiers, silly sisters, and a wide variety of characters found in the world of Regency England.

IJA leaves the audience laughing and thinking about the status that women (and men) hold in society—both then and now. Their shows comment slyly on modern issues in what seems to be a form that celebrates the past, but actually is fighting for the future.

Ghostlight Ensemble Member Holly Robison is a member of Improvised Jane Austen.

Improvised Jane Austen
Tuesdays 8 p.m.
$12
iO Theater
1501 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642

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Aug
31
9:00 PM21:00

Dorothy Does Oz

Dorothy was just a girl from Instagram-filtered Kansas. Then all of a sudden, mother nature took her out and threw her into a magical, oddly sex-positive land called Oz. Watch her go on crazy adventures and find a way back home.

Join PS...Burlesque as they put on their very first nerdlesque parody show, Dorothy Does Oz! The show will run Fridays and Saturdays from August 9-31 at 9 p.m. at Otherworld Theatre (3914 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613).

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets (but bring cash to tip the performers and bartenders).

Ghostlight Artistic Associate Emma Jo Schumacher is a performer in Dorthy Does Oz.

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Aug
30
9:00 PM21:00

Dorothy Does Oz

Dorothy was just a girl from Instagram-filtered Kansas. Then all of a sudden, mother nature took her out and threw her into a magical, oddly sex-positive land called Oz. Watch her go on crazy adventures and find a way back home.

Join PS...Burlesque as they put on their very first nerdlesque parody show, Dorothy Does Oz! The show will run Fridays and Saturdays from August 9-31 at 9 p.m. at Otherworld Theatre (3914 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613).

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets (but bring cash to tip the performers and bartenders).

Ghostlight Artistic Associate Emma Jo Schumacher is a performer in Dorthy Does Oz.

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Aug
28
8:00 PM20:00

Bechdel Fest 7

Broken Nose Theatre presents BECHDEL FEST 7: MOMENTUM, the company's annual festival of new short plays featuring an ensemble of female-identifying and non-binary actors talking about things other than men.

Presented as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series, BECHDEL FEST 7 has four performances, August 25 - 28, 2019 at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. in Chicago.

Tickets for all BNT productions are available on a "pay-what-you-can" basis, allowing patrons to set their own price and ensuring theatre remains economically accessible for all audiences. Suggested price is $25. Tickets are currently available at www.steppenwolf.org or by calling (312) 335-1650.

The lineup includes:

ALL I REALLY WANT
By Jillian Leff | Directed by Becca Holloway
A first-year cadet at West Point decides to share some unexpected news with a military veteran - who also happens to be her mother.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI OF THE STANTON SCHOOL
By Ryan Oliveira | Directed by Alison Dornheggen
The annual fundraising dinner for a prestigious all-girls school hits a major speed-bump when one of their "unsuccessful" alumni starts speaking her mind.

harderfasterharderfaster
by Grace McLeod | directed by Madisen Dempsey
Alone in her bedroom, a horny teenager journeys deep into her own personal dreamscape in search of satisfaction.

REHEARSAL
By Dolores Diaz | Directed by Ben Locke
Five girls on a drum-line consider the terrifying future that awaits them if the current tempo of the nation keeps accelerating.

LAUGH OUT LOUD
by Michael Turrentine | Directed by Alejandro Tey
In the unforgiving world of stand-up comedy, two women look behind the jokes to explore what's really on each other's mind.

THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL OF THE NIAGARA
By Robert Koon| Directed by Jen Poulin
A concerned daughter follows her hydrologist mother north of the border in the wake of a family tragedy.

PLANNED SISTERHOOD
By Michael Allen Harris | Directed by Brittney Brown
In a deep-South state where abortion has just been outlawed, the wife of a prominent politician seeks help from a woman who runs a clandestine health clinic.

OPERATION MARSHMALLOW FLUFF
By Hallie Palladino | directed by Benjamin Brownson
A famed clairvoyant, who claims to speak to the dead, is confronted by a group of outspoken women who are not quite "True Believers."

THROW AWAY
By Jenni Lamb | Directed by Nadya Naumaan
Stationed along the conveyor belt at a recycling sorting center, three employees grapple with questions of idealism, reality, and planning for the future.

Ghostlight Artistic Associate Song Marshall performs in Operation Marshmallow Fluff.

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Aug
27
8:00 PM20:00

Bechdel Fest 7

Broken Nose Theatre presents BECHDEL FEST 7: MOMENTUM, the company's annual festival of new short plays featuring an ensemble of female-identifying and non-binary actors talking about things other than men.

Presented as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series, BECHDEL FEST 7 has four performances, August 25 - 28, 2019 at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. in Chicago.

Tickets for all BNT productions are available on a "pay-what-you-can" basis, allowing patrons to set their own price and ensuring theatre remains economically accessible for all audiences. Suggested price is $25. Tickets are currently available at www.steppenwolf.org or by calling (312) 335-1650.

The lineup includes:

ALL I REALLY WANT
By Jillian Leff | Directed by Becca Holloway
A first-year cadet at West Point decides to share some unexpected news with a military veteran - who also happens to be her mother.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI OF THE STANTON SCHOOL
By Ryan Oliveira | Directed by Alison Dornheggen
The annual fundraising dinner for a prestigious all-girls school hits a major speed-bump when one of their "unsuccessful" alumni starts speaking her mind.

harderfasterharderfaster
by Grace McLeod | directed by Madisen Dempsey
Alone in her bedroom, a horny teenager journeys deep into her own personal dreamscape in search of satisfaction.

REHEARSAL
By Dolores Diaz | Directed by Ben Locke
Five girls on a drum-line consider the terrifying future that awaits them if the current tempo of the nation keeps accelerating.

LAUGH OUT LOUD
by Michael Turrentine | Directed by Alejandro Tey
In the unforgiving world of stand-up comedy, two women look behind the jokes to explore what's really on each other's mind.

THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL OF THE NIAGARA
By Robert Koon| Directed by Jen Poulin
A concerned daughter follows her hydrologist mother north of the border in the wake of a family tragedy.

PLANNED SISTERHOOD
By Michael Allen Harris | Directed by Brittney Brown
In a deep-South state where abortion has just been outlawed, the wife of a prominent politician seeks help from a woman who runs a clandestine health clinic.

OPERATION MARSHMALLOW FLUFF
By Hallie Palladino | directed by Benjamin Brownson
A famed clairvoyant, who claims to speak to the dead, is confronted by a group of outspoken women who are not quite "True Believers."

THROW AWAY
By Jenni Lamb | Directed by Nadya Naumaan
Stationed along the conveyor belt at a recycling sorting center, three employees grapple with questions of idealism, reality, and planning for the future.

Ghostlight Artistic Associate Song Marshall performs in Operation Marshmallow Fluff.

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Aug
27
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen perform their Reader Recommended and PerformINK's critics choice improvised Regency novel for at the renowned iO Improv Theater. Inspired by audience suggestion, the all female cast will conjure a tale on the spot in the style of the beloved 19th-century British novelist.

In each show, they follow a heroine and/or hero through the trials and tribulations of living in turn-of-the 19th century England. Along the way you shall also meet misunderstood suitors, meddling mothers, charming cads, suspicious soldiers, silly sisters, and a wide variety of characters found in the world of Regency England.

IJA leaves the audience laughing and thinking about the status that women (and men) hold in society—both then and now. Their shows comment slyly on modern issues in what seems to be a form that celebrates the past, but actually is fighting for the future.

Ghostlight Ensemble Member Holly Robison is a member of Improvised Jane Austen.

Improvised Jane Austen
Tuesdays 8 p.m.
$12
iO Theater
1501 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642

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Aug
26
7:30 PM19:30

You and Me and Five Bucks: A Live Reading of Reality Bites

Ghostlight Ensemble presents the next installment of its ongoing live movie reading series with You and Me and Five Bucks: A Live Reading of Reality Bites.

Reality Bites is a 1994 American romantic comedy-drama staring Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke that follows the lives an aspiring videographer working on a documentary called Reality Bites about the disenfranchised lives of her friends and roommates. Their challenges exemplify the career and lifestyle choices faced by Generation X.

Details
Where: Carbon Arc Bar & Board (4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625)
When: Monday, August 26, 2019
What time: 7:30 p.m.
How Much: Suggested donation of Five Bucks ($5)

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Aug
26
7:00 PM19:00

Bechdel Fest 7

Broken Nose Theatre presents BECHDEL FEST 7: MOMENTUM, the company's annual festival of new short plays featuring an ensemble of female-identifying and non-binary actors talking about things other than men.

Presented as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series, BECHDEL FEST 7 has four performances, August 25 - 28, 2019 at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. in Chicago.

Tickets for all BNT productions are available on a "pay-what-you-can" basis, allowing patrons to set their own price and ensuring theatre remains economically accessible for all audiences. Suggested price is $25. Tickets are currently available at www.steppenwolf.org or by calling (312) 335-1650.

The lineup includes:

ALL I REALLY WANT
By Jillian Leff | Directed by Becca Holloway
A first-year cadet at West Point decides to share some unexpected news with a military veteran - who also happens to be her mother.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI OF THE STANTON SCHOOL
By Ryan Oliveira | Directed by Alison Dornheggen
The annual fundraising dinner for a prestigious all-girls school hits a major speed-bump when one of their "unsuccessful" alumni starts speaking her mind.

harderfasterharderfaster
by Grace McLeod | directed by Madisen Dempsey
Alone in her bedroom, a horny teenager journeys deep into her own personal dreamscape in search of satisfaction.

REHEARSAL
By Dolores Diaz | Directed by Ben Locke
Five girls on a drum-line consider the terrifying future that awaits them if the current tempo of the nation keeps accelerating.

LAUGH OUT LOUD
by Michael Turrentine | Directed by Alejandro Tey
In the unforgiving world of stand-up comedy, two women look behind the jokes to explore what's really on each other's mind.

THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL OF THE NIAGARA
By Robert Koon| Directed by Jen Poulin
A concerned daughter follows her hydrologist mother north of the border in the wake of a family tragedy.

PLANNED SISTERHOOD
By Michael Allen Harris | Directed by Brittney Brown
In a deep-South state where abortion has just been outlawed, the wife of a prominent politician seeks help from a woman who runs a clandestine health clinic.

OPERATION MARSHMALLOW FLUFF
By Hallie Palladino | directed by Benjamin Brownson
A famed clairvoyant, who claims to speak to the dead, is confronted by a group of outspoken women who are not quite "True Believers."

THROW AWAY
By Jenni Lamb | Directed by Nadya Naumaan
Stationed along the conveyor belt at a recycling sorting center, three employees grapple with questions of idealism, reality, and planning for the future.

Ghostlight Artistic Associate Song Marshall performs in Operation Marshmallow Fluff.

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Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

Bechdel Fest 7

Broken Nose Theatre presents BECHDEL FEST 7: MOMENTUM, the company's annual festival of new short plays featuring an ensemble of female-identifying and non-binary actors talking about things other than men.

Presented as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series, BECHDEL FEST 7 has four performances, August 25 - 28, 2019 at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. in Chicago.

Tickets for all BNT productions are available on a "pay-what-you-can" basis, allowing patrons to set their own price and ensuring theatre remains economically accessible for all audiences. Suggested price is $25. Tickets are currently available at www.steppenwolf.org or by calling (312) 335-1650.

The lineup includes:

ALL I REALLY WANT
By Jillian Leff | Directed by Becca Holloway
A first-year cadet at West Point decides to share some unexpected news with a military veteran - who also happens to be her mother.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI OF THE STANTON SCHOOL
By Ryan Oliveira | Directed by Alison Dornheggen
The annual fundraising dinner for a prestigious all-girls school hits a major speed-bump when one of their "unsuccessful" alumni starts speaking her mind.

harderfasterharderfaster
by Grace McLeod | directed by Madisen Dempsey
Alone in her bedroom, a horny teenager journeys deep into her own personal dreamscape in search of satisfaction.

REHEARSAL
By Dolores Diaz | Directed by Ben Locke
Five girls on a drum-line consider the terrifying future that awaits them if the current tempo of the nation keeps accelerating.

LAUGH OUT LOUD
by Michael Turrentine | Directed by Alejandro Tey
In the unforgiving world of stand-up comedy, two women look behind the jokes to explore what's really on each other's mind.

THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL OF THE NIAGARA
By Robert Koon| Directed by Jen Poulin
A concerned daughter follows her hydrologist mother north of the border in the wake of a family tragedy.

PLANNED SISTERHOOD
By Michael Allen Harris | Directed by Brittney Brown
In a deep-South state where abortion has just been outlawed, the wife of a prominent politician seeks help from a woman who runs a clandestine health clinic.

OPERATION MARSHMALLOW FLUFF
By Hallie Palladino | directed by Benjamin Brownson
A famed clairvoyant, who claims to speak to the dead, is confronted by a group of outspoken women who are not quite "True Believers."

THROW AWAY
By Jenni Lamb | Directed by Nadya Naumaan
Stationed along the conveyor belt at a recycling sorting center, three employees grapple with questions of idealism, reality, and planning for the future.

Ghostlight Artistic Associate Song Marshall performs in Operation Marshmallow Fluff.

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Aug
24
9:00 PM21:00

Dorothy Does Oz

Dorothy was just a girl from Instagram-filtered Kansas. Then all of a sudden, mother nature took her out and threw her into a magical, oddly sex-positive land called Oz. Watch her go on crazy adventures and find a way back home.

Join PS...Burlesque as they put on their very first nerdlesque parody show, Dorothy Does Oz! The show will run Fridays and Saturdays from August 9-31 at 9 p.m. at Otherworld Theatre (3914 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613).

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets (but bring cash to tip the performers and bartenders).

Ghostlight Artistic Associate Emma Jo Schumacher is a performer in Dorthy Does Oz.

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Aug
23
9:00 PM21:00

Dorothy Does Oz

Dorothy was just a girl from Instagram-filtered Kansas. Then all of a sudden, mother nature took her out and threw her into a magical, oddly sex-positive land called Oz. Watch her go on crazy adventures and find a way back home.

Join PS...Burlesque as they put on their very first nerdlesque parody show, Dorothy Does Oz! The show will run Fridays and Saturdays from August 9-31 at 9 p.m. at Otherworld Theatre (3914 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613).

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets (but bring cash to tip the performers and bartenders).

Ghostlight Artistic Associate Emma Jo Schumacher is a performer in Dorthy Does Oz.

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Aug
20
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen perform their Reader Recommended and PerformINK's critics choice improvised Regency novel for at the renowned iO Improv Theater. Inspired by audience suggestion, the all female cast will conjure a tale on the spot in the style of the beloved 19th-century British novelist.

In each show, they follow a heroine and/or hero through the trials and tribulations of living in turn-of-the 19th century England. Along the way you shall also meet misunderstood suitors, meddling mothers, charming cads, suspicious soldiers, silly sisters, and a wide variety of characters found in the world of Regency England.

IJA leaves the audience laughing and thinking about the status that women (and men) hold in society—both then and now. Their shows comment slyly on modern issues in what seems to be a form that celebrates the past, but actually is fighting for the future.

Ghostlight Ensemble Member Holly Robison is a member of Improvised Jane Austen.

Improvised Jane Austen
Tuesdays 8 p.m.
$12
iO Theater
1501 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642

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