Jackalope Theatre Company in collaboration with the Chicago Inclusion Project presents CIRCLE UP!, a collection of new play readings fresh to Chicago. Set in JTC’s Frontier venue at 1106 W Thorndale, CIRCLE UP! is dedicated to amplifying diverse stories of scope and providing safe harbor for evolving work. Each reading includes a post-show discussion, encouraging our audience to share and engage with the play over drinks and light fare. Bring your friends, bring your enemies, arrive with interest, leave with questions...
Admission is Free (although donations are accepted); Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited.
Unable to attend? We’ll be following each live reading with a CIRCLE UP! Podcast episode, spotlighting our featured playwright through interview and selected excerpts. Episodes can be found below:
GOOD BAD PEOPLE
written by Rachel Lynett
directed by Cameron Knight
November 13, 2017
June returns home in an attempt to make amends with her family after her brother Amiri is shot by a police officer. But when her family refuses to make a statement and her personal beliefs are questioned, June is suddenly forced into the spotlight and must decide which is more important: family reconciliation or standing up for her brother's life.
written by Isaac Gomez
directed by Vanessa Stalling
March 13, 2018
It's just another day at PerKup Elkhorn, the hottest local coffee shop in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, where happiness is sold per the cupful. Lori and Vicki gab about the latest town gossip, Jeff and Eric argue about the latest sports news, and the new cold brew is selling like hot cakes. But when newcomer, Pedro, stops by the shop to borrow WiFi for work, a collision of differences leaves irreparable damage. PerKup Elkhorn is an experiment on assessing how far we will go to protect the ones we love.
wirtten by Caridad Svich
directed by Lisa Portes
May 7, 2018
What kind of future will you have living in these here United States? Remember when you were eleven years old and you had a bike, one that made you dream about a world bigger than the one in which you live? This is that memory. Except it is now.