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Borealis

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By Bennett Fisher
Directed by Monty Cole
Featuring Company Members Johnny Arena, Paige Hoffman, and Ben Hertel with work from Matthew Muñiz and Lee Keenan

AN EPIC QUEST THROUGH THE CORPORATE PIPELINE

WORLD PREMIERE
August 30 - October 21
Chopin Upstairs Theatre, 1543 W. Division Street

When a redacted and ominous letter arrives from her brother on the oil fields, thirteen-year-old Cozbi sets off for Anwar, Alaska to find him. Armed with a book on corporate communication strategy and a sharp axe, Cozbi battles her way through an Arctic wilderness in pursuit of her missing brother.  But she'll have to face more than a multi-tentacled HR rep to learn the truth. Part mythic journey, part workplace satire, Borealis is a dark and funny adventure about family obligation, career aspiration, and what we leave behind to make our way to the top.

 

The Nutcracker

Created by Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, Kevin O'Donnell, and Tommy Rapley
Based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann

Directed and Choreographed by Tommy Rapley

A MAGICAL STORY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

November 8  - December 30
Chopin Upstairs Theatre, 1543 W. Division Street

The House brings this wholly original, ballet-free show back year after year because it truly has something for everyone. The show is fast-paced, beautifully choreographed, family-friendly, and moving for even those of us that might be on the Grinch’s side from time to time.

This fantastical expansion of the holiday classic centers on young Clara’s journey to save Christmas in the face of grief. With the help of a magical nutcracker, the brave girl risks the darkness, fights the Rat King and saves her family! A modern holiday tradition weaving together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope -- a fun outing fit for the whole family.


 

Nova to Lodestar

Written and Directed by Nathan Allen
Game Design by Sandor Weisz
Production design by Lee Keenan

Presented in partnership with Cards Against Humanity

A BRAND-NEW LIVE ACTION GAME FROM THE CREATORS OF THE LAST DEFENDER
WORLD PREMIERE in early 2019
A unique and exciting custom venue in Wicker Park is being created to house this interactive event.

Set in the far future and at the far reaches of our solar system, audience players in Nova to Lodestar will execute a harrowing rescue mission. 16 crew members are split into two seperate ships, one disabled, and one functional. Players will need strong Communication and Resource Management skills as they attempt to locate, communicate with, and finally reach each other across the deadly vacuum of space. Watch that fuel tank though! Success is measured in how many of your teammates can get home safe!

 

Pinocchio

Adapted for the stage by Joseph Steakley and Ben Lobpries
Based on the works of Carlo Collodi
Directed by Chris Mathews

WORLD PREMIERE
March 28 to May 19, 2019
Chopin Upstairs Theatre, 1543 W. Division Street

A TALL-TALE ABOUT TELLING THE TRUTH

The House brings to life the classic fairy tale of a wooden boy who wishes to become real. Funny, imaginative, and moving, Pinocchio explores how the lies we tell ourselves hurt those we love. The House employs its savvy and heartfelt storytelling to the boy with no strings, and his toymaker father, learning to accept each other for who they are.


 

The Magic Parlour

starring Dennis Watkins

AN INTIMATE EVENING OF CLASSIC MAGIC AND WONDER

OPEN RUN
Fridays at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 4:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.*
The Palmer House Hotel, 17 E. Monroe St.

Now in its seventh year, this intimate evening of classic magic and mind-reading with third generation magician Dennis Watkins continues its runaway success!

*Schedule varies weekly, check website for updated performance days and times.
 

 

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BOREALIS

By Bennett Fisher
Directed by Monty Cole

“Good-hearted, funny, clever, sweetly indignant, and just dark enough before the dawn.” Chicago Reader

"Imaginative storytelling and immersive spectacle." Third Coast Review

"A balm and a beautiful reminder that the sacrifices we make for our search are worth it." Rescripted

"The satire is hilarious, but also quite poignant." Picture This Post

"A progressive heart and genuine creative interest" Chicago Tribune

"Corporate America never looked more fun!" Buzz Center Stage

When a redacted and ominous letter arrives from her brother on the oil fields, thirteen-year-old Cozbi sets off for Anwar, Alaska to find him. Armed with a book on corporate communication strategy and a sharp ax, Cozbi battles her way through an Arctic wilderness in pursuit of her missing brother.  But she'll have to face more than a multi-tentacled HR rep to learn the truth. Part mythic journey, part workplace satire, Borealis is a dark and funny adventure about family obligation, career aspiration and what we leave behind to make our way to the top.

AN EPIC QUEST THROUGH THE CORPORATE PIPELINE

Showing at the Chopin Theatre August 30 - October 21, 2018!

LOCATION: 
The Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642

RUN DATES: August 30 - October 21, 2018
TIMES: Thursdays 8:00, Fridays 8:00, Saturdays 8:00, Sundays* 7:00 - 9/23 and 10/7 at 3pm
PRICES: $20-$50
AGES: Cozbi’s battle with corporate ass-hats is recommended for older kids and teens. (This one’s got some swears.)

GROUPS: 10+ people? Save at least 15% when you get a group!

ACCESS PROGRAMS at Borealis

The House offers pre-scheduled services on the dates listed below. If you require assistance outside of what is listed here, please reach us at access@thehousetheatre.com or call the box office at 773-769-3832. 

 The cast from L to R: Johnny Arena, McKenzie Chinn, Desmond Grey, Ben Hertel, Paige Hoffman, Madhura Jugade, Juan Munoz, Karissa J. Murrell Myers, Oly Oxinfry, and Tia Pinson as Cozbi.

The cast from L to R: Johnny Arena, McKenzie Chinn, Desmond Grey, Ben Hertel, Paige Hoffman, Madhura Jugade, Juan Munoz, Karissa J. Murrell Myers, Oly Oxinfry, and Tia Pinson as Cozbi.

Borealis sends 13-year-old Cozbi on an epic quest and there's bound to be tussles with monsters real and imagined! "My goal is to make the violence look how Cozbi feels in the moment." - Fight Director, Gaby Labotka

In this epic quest show, actor bodies shape lots of the elements of Cozbi's adventure into Corporate Oil HQ! "I always tell my actors, you are an extension of the story, and your body is just as much telling that story as your words."- Movement Director, Breon Arzell