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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

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

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!



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

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

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

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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