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Cultural Affairs sets Fall 2012 theater season
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CHICAGO (March 6, 2012) — Today, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture (COTC), announced the Fall 2012 Season at both DCA Theater venues: the DCA Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph Street, and the DCA Studio Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street.

The DCA Storefront Theater Fall 2012 Season will feature a world premiere production by WildClaw Theatre; a U.S. premiere by Sideshow Theatre Company and a Chicago premiere by BackStage Theatre Company.

"We are excited to collaborate with these notable companies on what promises to be a diverse and exciting Fall 2012 Season," said Nate Brandt, Director of Theater and Dance Programming, COTC. "DCA Theater brings audiences the best of Chicago's local talent into the Loop at an affordable ticket price, while providing our theater companies the invaluable opportunity to produce in a state-of-the-art venue in downtown Chicago with no rental fees."

The DCA Studio Theater, located in the Chicago Cultural Center, will host the following companies as part of the Incubator Series, which supports the development of new works: The Ruckus Theatre Company; Route 66 Theatre Company; The Theatre Exchange; and Praxis/High Concept Laboratories. Additionally, DCA Theater will present the AFTRA/SAG Senior Radio Players and performances by the Vet Art Project.


Idomeneus by Roland Schimmelpfennig, translated by David Tushingham

U.S. Premiere presented by Sideshow Theatre Company

Directed by Jonathan L. Green

Media Opening: Thursday, August 23, at 7:30 p.m.

August 18 — September 23, 2012

Thursdays — Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.

DCA Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph Street

Tickets: $25 for general admission; $15 for seniors and students; pay-what-you-can (at the door) or $20 in advance for previews (8/18, 8/19 & 8/22) or (312) 742-TIXS (8497)

Idomeneus, King of Crete, has killed his son. Or maybe not. Maybe he's let his son live, but angered the gods in doing so. Or maybe the person he thinks is his son is an imposter. Maybe his real son actually turned into a talking, shape-shifting sea-creature and is back to have a heart-to-heart. Or maybe it's all true, all at once. A kaleidoscope of monsters, mythmaking and sudden, striking humor, the U.S. premiere of Roland Schimmelpfennig's smash-hit Idomeneus details the end of a war between nations and the beginning of a war between reason and superstition. Idomeneus makes a promise to the gods, and what comes next is a fractured, mythic tidal wave, brought to life with astounding theatricality by Sideshow's adventurous ensemble of storytellers.

Sideshow Theatre Company's mission is to mine the collective unconscious of the world we live in with limitless curiosity, drawing inspiration from the familiar stories, memories and images we all share to spark new conversation and exploration. For more information, visit .

Thursday, August 30: Post-show discussion following the performance

The Life of Death by Charley Sherman, adapted from the short story by Clive Barker

World Premiere presented by WildClaw Theatre

Directed by Carolyn Klein

Media Opening: Thursday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m.

October 2 — November 4, 2012

Thursdays — Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.

DCA Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph Street

Tickets: $25 for general admission; $15 for seniors and students; $15 for preview (10/2 & 10/3) or (312) 742-TIXS (8497)

It's Christmastime in London, but mortality, not merriment, is on everyone's minds. Leaving a trail of victims in his wake, a serial killer is terrorizing the British capital. Elaine, however, has been dealing with life and death matters on a more personal scale. While going through the healing process from a life-saving hysterectomy, she becomes fascinated with death. Elaine's morbid obsession leads her to an old church being demolished and a mysterious man who shares her dark curiosity. In this adaptation of Clive Barker's short story, The Life of Death is a journey of transformation and restoration from beyond the grave.

WildClaw Theatre is dedicated to bringing the world of horror to the stage, attracting an audience craving strange journeys of dread, suspense, terror and wonder. For more information, visit .

Thursday, October 11: Post-show discussion following the performance

The Language of Trees by Stephen Levenson

Chicago Premiere presented by BackStage Theatre Company

Directed by Matthew Reeder

Media Opening: Friday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m.

November 14 — December 16, 2012

Thursdays — Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.

No performance on Thursday, November 22

DCA Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph Street

Tickets: $25 for general admission; $20 seniors; $15 for students; $15 for previews (11/14 & 11/15) or (312) 742-TIXS (8497)

Sent by a private company to the Middle East, Arabic translator Denton is captured and held hostage by a faceless enemy, becoming the focus of intense media attention. Left behind are his wife Loretta and seven-year-old son, Eben, who struggle with maintaining a life quietly torn asunder by the reality of Denton's capture.

BackStage Theatre Company is an ensemble of theatre artists dedicated to the exploration of family. For more information, visit .

Thursday, November 29: Post-show discussion following the performance

Every Sunday: Post-show discussion following the performance

DCA Storefront Theater Ticket information

All tickets are available by calling 312.742.TIXS (8497), visiting, or stopping by the Chicago Cultural Center Ticket Office in the Chicago Cultural Center at 78 E. Washington Street, open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Tickets go on sale one hour before each performance at the DCA Storefront Theater. Be sure to follow DCA Theater on Facebook for updates and information.

Discounted parking is once again available at Wabash/Randolph Self Park at 20 E. Randolph Street. Patrons can receive the $12 rate by validating their ticket at the Storefront Theater ticket office.

Each season, the DCA Theater accepts proposals from the city's itinerant theater and dance companies who wish to bring their pioneering productions downtown. Presenting companies receive free performance space and resources, while theatergoers get an exciting glimpse into Chicago's world-renowned performing arts scene. Deadline for Spring 2013 season submissions is May 15, 2012. For more information and to apply for either space, visit


The DCA Theater's Incubator Series supports the creation of new work by emerging Chicago theater companies. Utilizing DCA Theater resources and rehearsal space in the Chicago Cultural Center over a four-week period, participants explore new projects, develop and refine styles and share their process with the public during a special showcase event.

The evening showcase events offer a glimpse into the companies' projects through readings, performances, or works-in-process. The events are pay-what-you-can ($5 suggested donation), but reservations are encouraged by calling 312.742.TIXS (8497) or by visiting . All performances take place at the Studio Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center, accessible entrance at 77 E. Randolph Street.

The Ruckus Theatre Company

Elise Mayfield is Samuel Clemens, Samuel Clemens is Mark Twain

By Aaron Dean, Elise Mayfield, Allison Shoemaker, Matt Test and the company

August 27, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.: Incubator showcase performance

Route 66 Theatre Company

Uncanny Valley by Caitlin Montanye Parrish

September 24, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.: Incubator showcase performance

The Theatre Exchange

No Man's Land by Gabriel Sigal

October 29, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.: Incubator showcase performance

Praxis/High Concept Laboratories

The First Act of La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini; adapted by Peter Weathers

November 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.: Incubator showcase performance


AFTRA/SAG Senior Radio Players

Audiences are invited to witness the performance of classic radio scripts by voice actors, sound effects artists and, often, live musicians. The AFTRA/SAG Senior Radio Players stay faithful to the original model by having to get it right the first time — no retakes permitted. Admission is free. All performances take place in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, accessible entrance at 77 E. Randolph Street.

Jane Thinks Mink from the Easy Aces series (originally broadcast November 30, 1939 on NBC Radio) and The Bum from The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy series (originally broadcast June 30, 1946 on NBC Radio)

Tuesday, July 31 at 7 p.m.

Shakespeare from the Gunsmoke series (originally broadcast August 23, 1952 on CBS Radio) and Night Melody from The Whistler series (originally broadcast February 9, 1947 on CBS Radio)

Wednesday, October 10 at 7 p.m.

A Twist of the Dial: Holiday Special

Wednesday, December 12 at 7 p.m.

The Vet Art Project Performance Series

The Vet Art Project creates opportunities for veterans and their families to work in collaboration with artists from multiple disciplines to create new art about war. This unique performance series features several short works-in-progress with a brief discussion on the impact of art on the veteran community. Admission is free.

Vet Art Performance Series

July 25, 7-9:30 p.m.

November 14, 7-9:30 p.m.

Chicago Cultural Center, 1st floor Garland Room

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to promoting and supporting Chicago's arts and culture sector. This includes, but is not limited to: fostering the development of Chicago's nonprofit arts sector, independent working artists, and for-profit arts businesses; presenting high-quality, free or low-fee cultural programs accessible to residents and visitors; and marketing the City's cultural assets to local, regional, and global audiences. DCASE produces nearly 2,000 public programs, events and support services annually, generating millions in economic benefits for the City of Chicago.

Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture

The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture markets Chicago as a premier cultural destination to domestic and international leisure travelers; provides innovative visitor programs and services; and familiarizes visitors and residents with the city's vibrant neighborhoods, cultural attractions and creative industries. The Chicago visitor industry serves 40 million visitors annually, generates $11 billion in direct spending and $616 million in taxes, and sustains 124,000 jobs. For more information, visit .

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