Theatre Offers

Chicago’s rich and varied theatre community comprises more than 250 companies ranging from dozens of neighborhood storefront theatres to some of the most renowned resident theatres in the country, including 5 that have been honored with Regional Tony Awards, and the largest touring Broadway organization in the nation. We hope that you will take the time to see a show and experience Chicago theatre firsthand during your stay in the Windy City. The following theatre companies are offering complimentary or discount tickets to APASO Conference attendees:

DORIAN
The House Theatre of Chicago at the Chopin Theatre
DORIAN_tempposterweb1543 W. Division St.
(Located in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, a 15 min. train ride from downtown)
Oscar Wilde’s love/hate affair with youth and beauty is captured in this visually arresting contemporary adaptation. House Company Members Director/ Choreographer Tommy Rapley, Co-Writer Ben Lobpries and Composer Kevin O’Donnell seamlessly blend theatre and dance, revealing the unsightly truth behind each character’s outer beauty. Dorian Gray’s ill-fated portrait is a character who comes vividly to life, only to encourage his wicked and sexually irreverent indulgences.
A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for APASO conference attendees to the Thursday, April 24, 8 p.m. performance. Tickets are available first come first served.
Reserve tickets by emailing ben@chicagoplays.com.
Half-price tickets are also available to any performance using the code IMakeArt at www.thehousetheatre.com.

 

HIT THE WALL
Chicago Commercial Collective and The Inconvenience at the Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
(Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, a 20 min. train ride from downtown)
hitthewallapasoIt’s the summer of ’69 and the death of music icon Judy Garland has emboldened her gay followers. A routine police raid on an underground Greenwich Village hotspot erupts in to a full-scale riot, the impetus of the modern gay rights movement. That’s the well-known, oft-rehearsed myth of Stonewall, anyhow. Smash that myth against the vivid theatrical imagination of playwright Ike Holter, add a howling live rock ‘n roll band, and you get the world premiere play, Hit the Wall. Remixing this historic confrontation reveals ten unlikely revolutionaries, caught in the turmoil and fighting to claim “I was there.”
A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for APASO conference attendees to the Saturday, April 26, 5 p.m. performance. Tickets are available first come first served.
Reserve tickets by emailing ben@chicagoplays.com.

 

IN THE GARDEN: A DARWINIAN LOVE STORY
Lookingglass Theatre
821 N. Michigan Ave.
(Located on the Magnificent Mile, a 10 minute walk from the hotel)
inthegardengglassLong before The Origin of Species will forever change the world, Charles Darwin meets Emma Wedgewood and they forever change each other. In the space between science and faith, they find an unexpected and unlikely romance. In the Garden chronicles the struggle of two fiercely independent individuals, divided by ideology but united by a fire that fuels a passionate lifelong debate: evolution vs. salvation. Only by embracing this duality can they possibly navigate the struggles, triumphs, losses and discoveries that await.
A limited number of half-price tickets are available for APASO conference attendees to the Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets are available online, via phone at 312.337.0665 or in person with code APASO.

 

THE JEWELS
TUTA Theatre Company at the DCASE Storefront Theatre

66 E. Randolph
(Located in the Loop, a 10 minute walk from the ACME hotel)
thejewelsThe Jewels, a world premiere, adapted and directed by TUTA Company Member Kirk Anderson, is a mysterious and surprising love story, seen through the eyes of a middle aged Parisian man. Based on a short story by French writer Guy de Maupassant, (“The French Chekhov”), the play examines the life of two lovers, one older and one younger, through love, marriage, death, and all of the secrets that can lie between two people. TUTA loosely sets the production in Paris in the 1920’s, and uses poetic text and a high level of physicality to deeply explore the universal topics of love, money, and greed.
A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for APASO conference attendees to the Thursday, April 24, 8 p.m. performance. Tickets are available first come first served.
Reserve tickets by emailing ben@chicagoplays.com.

 

MUD BLUE SKY
A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St.
(Located in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, a 15 minute train ride from downtown)
mudblueskyapasoA high school pot dealer abandons his prom night to crash the hotel room reunion between three flight attendants (all old enough to be his mother). Booze is poured, herb is smoked, the room blurs and futures, careers, and kindness snap sharply into focus. We suggest that you keep your seat belt fastened throughout the performance, as you are certain to experience turbulence.
A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for APASO conference attendees to the Thursday, April 24, 8 p.m. performance. Tickets are available first come first served.
Reserve tickets by emailing ben@chicagoplays.com.

 

PRINCIPAL PRINCIPLE
Theatre Seven of Chicago and Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
(Located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, a 25 minute train ride from downtown)
principal_witwebArmed with her dreams of changing the world and six weeks of training, Kay quits her corporate job to teach English in a Chicago public high school. She arrives to find that the copy machine, the system, and the spirits of her fellow teachers are all broken. Or are they? A dark comedy of academic intrigue, Principal Principle is a world premiere by playwright and former CPS teacher Joe Zarrow that takes a peek at the politics behind the closed doors of the teachers’ lounge.
A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for APASO conference attendees to the Thursday, April 24, 8 p.m. performance. Tickets are available first come first served.
Reserve tickets by emailing ben@chicagoplays.com.

THE WAY WEST
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted
(located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, a 15 minute train ride from downtown)
wayweststeppIn a modern-day California town that’s seen better days, Mom shares death-defying tales of pioneer crossings with her two squabbling adult daughters as she waits for her bankruptcy to come through. This hilarious and heartbreaking play about today’s American family explores the mixed blessing of our great frontier spirit, which has fueled both self-delusion and survival.
Tickets are no longer available for this performance. 

 

 

 

Not finding what you’re looking for? Visit ChicagoPlays.com for a complete list of performances taking place in Chicago during APASO 2014. Half-price theatre tickets are also always available to many shows at HotTix.org.

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