Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

"Nevermind, It's Nothing" anti-Valentine's lesbian story told in slam poetry
From a press release
2017-02-03

This article shared 603 times since Fri Feb 3, 2017
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


CHICAGO - Chicago Slam Works Ensemble Theatre proudly announces the World Premiere of "Nevermind, It's Nothing", as a cure for a Valentine's Day hangover running Feb. 17 - March 24 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. Using slam poetry as a primary medium, Chicago Slam Works Ensemble Theatre uses elements of movement, drama, music, spoken word, and sketch comedy based on a central theme to create a truly unique and unified theater experience. "Nevermind, It's Nothing" is a madcap lyric play that tackles the flawed and funny convergence of desire and the unsaid in love, relationships and sex. The lead writer for "Nevermind, It's Nothing" is Shelley Elaine Geiszler and it is directed by J.W. Basilo. Tickets are $15 - $25 and performances are Fridays at 8:15 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. There is one preview on Feb. 16 at 8:15 p.m. For tickets and information visit www.ChicagoSlamWorks.com .

"This is the perfect antidote for Valentine's Day," said J,W. Basilo, Director. "This show is sex-positive and queer-forward. We try to celebrate and explore the parts of sex and romance that mainstream romantic shows avoid. It's the show for anyone who rolls their eyes at sonnets and prefers their kisses with teeth."

"Nevermind, It's Nothing" is a series of multi-voice performance poems intercut with a tongue-in-cheek play on a traditional farce. The narrative follows the story of Bee and Alex, a married lesbian couple celebrating their anniversary by throwing a party to celebrate their impending divorce. On the guest list are the only people a bigger mess than they are - their friends. The cast includes ensemble members Shelley Elaine Geiszler ( The Sister ), Felix Mayes ( The BFF ), Kyla Norton ( Alex ), Bianca Phipps ( The Ex ), Joseph Ramski ( The Suitor ) and Teagan Walsh-Davis ( Bee ).

Chicago Slam Works Ensemble Theatre's World Premiere of "Nevermind, It's Nothing" runs Friday, Feb. 17 - March 25 at 8:15 p.m. and Saturdays, Feb. 18, March 4 and March 11 at 2 p.m. at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. For tickets and information visit www.ChicagoSlamWorks.com .

Details

"Nevermind, It's Nothing"

Presented by Chicago Slam Works Ensemble Theatre

Head writer: Shelley Elaine Geiszler

Directed by J.W. Basilo

Fridays Feb. 17 - March 24 at 8:15 p.m.

Saturdays at 2 p.m. - Feb. 18, March 4 and March 11

Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.

Tickets are $15- $25

For tickets or information visit www.ChicagoSlamWorks.com .

Phone: 773-327-5252

BIOS

J.W. Basilo ( Director ) is the Executive Director of Chicago Slam Works and founder and Artistic Director of the CSW Ensemble Theatre. He serves as co-writer and director of the company's 6 original shows to date. Basilo is also a National and World Poetry Slam finalist, a PushCart Prize Nominee, and a company member with Red Theater Chicago. His work has appeared on NPR, CNN, CBS, WGN, in the Chicago Tribune, NewCity, numerous literary journals, and in hundreds of theaters, dive bars, prisons, schools and comedy clubs across the world. Recently, Basilo was honored by NewCity as one of Chicago's "Lit 50." Currently, Basilo co-hosts the world famous Uptown Poetry Slam every Sunday at the Green Mill in Chicago.

Shelley Elaine Geiszler ( The Sister ) is a founding member of the CSW House Ensemble, contributing writing & performance to six productions since 2014. Her performances have featured in The Fly Honey Show, at Salonathon, and numerous other venues around Chicago. She competed with The Green Mill Slam Team, and has performed in Europe with The Speak'Easy Ensemble. Playwrighting collaborations include the puppet shows Ichthyodyssey, Into the Uncanny Valley, and an upcoming adaptation of Ubu Roi with Rough House Theater. Shelley earned her B.A. in Acting at UCLA.

Felix Mayes ( The BFF ) has had the opportunity to perform on stages from NJPAC to the Lincoln Center to Dvorak Hall in Prague, as a singer, actor, and dancer. Some of his credits include: Angel ( Rent ), Edgar ( Bat Boy ), Juliet ( Romeo and Juliet ), Franklin Shepard ( Merrily We Roll Along ), and The Mummy ( Ghost Sonata ). He has participated in the Philly Fringe Festival and Irene Ryan Acting Festival, as well as the American College Dance Festival. Felix is a graduate a Muhlenberg College.

Kyla Norton ( Alex ) is currently an Acting major/Playwriting Minor at Columbia College Chicago. Recent credits include 15 Breaths ( AFYT ) Getting Out ( Columbia College Chicago ), All Girl Edgar Allen Poe ( Chicago Mammals ), This Great Nation, Much Enduring ( Chicago Slam Works )and Checking Boxes ( AFYT ).

Bianca Phipps ( The Ex ) is a recent graduate of the University of Northern Colorado's School of Theatre Arts and Dance with a B.A. in Acting. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, she recently made her Chicago debut with Chicago Slam Works in "Just Numbers," also directed by Basilo. Previous credits include Graymalkin in "Macbeth", Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest", and Echo in "Polaroid Stories".

Joseph Ramski ( The Suitor ) "Nevermind. It's Nothing" is Ramski's 2nd show with CSW Ensemble Theatre. You may have seen him previously perform with the likes of MOZAWA, Oracle Productions, The Ruckus, Organic Theatre Company, The Runaways, Arc Theatre, Rough Company, and The Right Brain Project, of which he is the Managing Director. Most recently, Joseph put his writing talents to use in penning The Dancing Plague, an original play which opened in of Fall 2016.

Teagan Walsh-Davis ( Bee ) is an actor, poet, and playwright who originally hails from Ohio. She holds a BFA in acting from Columbia College Chicago, and she has performed with Cold Basement Dramatics, The Mammals, The Right Brain Project, The Living Canvas, and others. As well as being a founding member of Chicago Slam Works Ensemble Theatre, Teagan is co-artistic director of The Jades, a new theatre company dedicated to advancing the work of female-identified artists.


This article shared 603 times since Fri Feb 3, 2017
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

THEATER REVIEW The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Volume 5-SEX!
2021-09-24
Title: The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Volume 5—SEX! Playwright: David Cerda At: Hell In a Handbag Productions at the Leather Archives and Museum. Tickets: $27-$45. Runs through: HandbagProductions.org It could almost be the premise for ...


Gay News

THEATER Ex-'Jagged Little Pill' performers accuse production of anti-TGNC behavior
2021-09-24
Two former cast members of Broadway's Jagged Little Pill—including Tony-nominated featured actress Celia Rose Gooding—released statements accusing the production of committing "harm to the trans and non-binary community, both onstage ...


Gay News

TimeLine Theatre Company announces 25th Anniversary Season
2021-09-24
Video below--From a press release - Chicago, IL, September 24, 2021 — TimeLine Theatre Company, acclaimed for presenting plays that explore today's social and political issues through the lens of the past, is thrilled to announce that it will celebrate its 25th ...


Gay News

'Firebird' opens Reeling Chicago LGBTQ+ Internat'l Film Fest tonight
2021-09-23
--From a press release - CHICAGO, Illinois — Tonight, the 39th annual Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival invites audiences to enjoy an in-person pre-party and theater screening of 'Firebird' for Opening Night at the Music Box Theater. Director P ...


Gay News

THEATER Steppenwolf's 'Bug' running Nov. 11-Dec. 12
2021-09-22
Steppenwolf Theatre Company will welcome audiences back for in-person performances for the first time in 20 months with its acclaimed revival of Bug by ensemble member Tracy Letts, in the Downstairs Theater on Nov. 11-Dec. 12. ...


Gay News

THEATER 'Hot Pink, or Ready to Blow' available for download
2021-09-21
It's Pompeii meets Heathers as New American Folk Theatre continues its "season of audio theatre" with a new studio recording of its 2018 hit comedy Hot Pink, or Ready to Blow. The production was written by ...


Gay News

OPALGA+ Scholarship Gala taking place Oct. 23
2021-09-21
The 2021 OPALGA+ (Oak Park Area Lesbian & Gay Association+) Scholarship Gala will take place Saturday, Oct. 23, at Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m., with the program/dinner ...


Gay News

Congo Square Theatre Co. announces new Artistic Director Ericka Ratcliff
2021-09-20
Congo Square Theatre Company, an African American theater company, announced that longtime company member Ericka Ratcliff will serve as its new artistic director, effective immediately. Ratcliff becomes only the fourth ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Carl Bean dies, LGBT History Month, military events, Dykes on Bikes
2021-09-19
Archbishop Carl Bean—an openly gay former Motown singer, longtime AIDS activist and leader in the LGBTQ church movement—died at age 77, The New York Daily News reported. In a statement entitled "The Giant Sleeps," the Unity ...


Gay News

WORLD Germany's compensation, Lyra McKee, LGBTQ Afghans, tennis player
2021-09-19
Germany has compensated almost 250 people who were prosecuted or investigated under a Nazi-era law criminalizing homosexuality, according to euronews. By September, 317 people had applied for compensation for their ...


Gay News

THEATER Steppenwolf presenting three Tracy Letts virtual works Sept. 29-Oct. 24
2021-09-18
Leading up to ensemble member Tracy Letts' production Bug returning this November to Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theater, the company is bringing audiences a sampler of the playwright's voice to their homes with a trio of new virtual ...


Gay News

Frank Ferrante to return as 'Groucho' for one night
2021-09-15
Actor/director Frank Ferrante returns to his internationally heralded stage performance for one night only in "An Evening With Groucho" on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Spiegeltent ZaZou, on the 14th floor of the Cambria Hotel Chicago ...


Gay News

THEATER Out actor Dan Butler to be in 'When Harry Met Rehab'
2021-09-15
Don Clark, a Chicago-based film/theater producer as well as co-owner of the Chicago Magic Lounge, will present the world premiere of When Harry Met Rehab—a comedy that takes sobriety seriously and is based loosely on the ...


Gay News

Students urged to apply for Musical Theatre Awards
2021-09-14
Broadway in Chicago is inviting high schools across Illinois to participate in the 11th Annual Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards. These awards celebrate excellence in high school theater throughout the state. Beginning Thursday, Sept. 16, ...


Gay News

'Homophile' organization New Gay Liberation Front launches
2021-09-13
The New Gay Liberation Front—which described itself in a press release as a "homophile organization"—has launched. "Homophile" is a term that was used by some gay and lesbian groups in the 1950s. According to the University ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.