Sideshow Theatre Company announced it will be offering a nine-month artistic residency to Chicago-based playwright Preston Choi.
Through the residency, Sideshow will provide Choi with artistic and dramaturgical support as he develops his full-length play, Drive-In to the End of the World. The residency will culminate in March 2022 with a reading of Choi's final script. This residency strengthens the existing artistic partnership between Sideshow Theatre and Choi, who had previously been selected to participate in Sideshow's new-play development program, "The Freshness Initiative."
Director Marti Lyons will serve as Choi's primary mentor through the residency. Together, Lyons and Artistic Director Regina Victor will collaborate with Choi and offer feedback and insight on each incoming draft. Additionally, Choi will participate in regular script consultations with Sideshow Ensemble members and friends of the company for a diversity of perspectives on the piece.
Sideshow is also presenting the final two installments of its digital House Party Series featuring Fabuloso!, by Makasha Copeland (with Micah Figueroa directing), streaming Friday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. CT; and The Whisperer's Apprentice, by Walt McGough (with Sydney Charles directing), streaming Friday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. CT. Both events will be streamed on Sideshow's Twitch channel at www.twitch.tv/sideshowtheatre. Tickets are pay-what-you-can (suggested donation of $10) and can be purchased online at SideshowTheatre.org .