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Season 14

Jack welcomes you back to the stage with the 20/21 season of new work celebrating a vibrant Chicago 

We cannot wait to safely see you again, so we're starting off with Neighborhood Narratives: a free, outdoor, short play festival touring Chicago parks! Join us in spring 2022 for the world premiere production of Enough to Let the Light In written by company member Paloma Nozicka, and featuring the return of acclaimed director Marti Lyons (ProwessThe Last Duck). We close the season with the 13th Annual Living Newspaper Festival of new short plays inspired by news articles. Communal experiences are at the core of our artistic work at Jackalope and we hold the safety of our artists and audiences at top priority. We're here for you. Let's rise together.

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In The Canyon: A Benefit Reading for Abortion Funds
Written by Calamity West 

Monday, July 25th, 2022 at 7:00PM 
Jackalope Theatre in the Broadway Armory Park

In response to The Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, Jackalope Theatre assembles for an in-person public reading of their 2018 World-Premiere hit production of In The Canyon by Calamity West to benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds. Join us in our theater to experience a staged reading of this riveting and prophetic play followed by a post-show discussion with the playwright.

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Earlier This Season -

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Neighborhood Narratives
A short play festival in the parks
 
September 25th, 2021, 4pm, Broadway Armory Parking Lot
October 2nd, 2021, 4pm, Calumet Park Beach 

October 9th, 2021, 4pm, Humboldt Park Boathouse
All performances are FREE 

First Up! Jackalope Theatre partners with Night Out in the Parks to present a festival of music and short plays inspired by community submitted stories. Amplifying Chicago Parks’ Cultural Asset Mapping Project, Jackalope pairs local storytellers from the Edgewater, East Side, and Humboldt Park neighborhoods with Jackalope writers, directors, and actors to celebrate hyper-local stories with hyper-local audiences. With live music and traveling with a pop-up stage, Neighborhood Narratives is a celebration of the parks and people that make Chicago home.

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Enough to Let the Light In
Written by Paloma Nozicka | Directed by Marti Lyons

***SPRING 2022 PRODUCTION POSTPONED. STAY TUNED!***

A couple spends the night celebrating a milestone, but it quickly devolves into chaos as buried secrets are revealed and lives are irrevocably changed. Originally developed at Jackalope in 2019, Enough to Let the Light In is an 80-min psychological thriller about love, truth, and the ghosts that won't let us go. Jackalope company member Paloma Nozicka* pens the world premiere production of this new two-hander.

 
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The New 13th Annual Living Newspaper Festival
Six news articles. Three weekends. Six new one-act plays.
May 27th - June 12th, 2022 at Jackalope Theatre in the Broadway Armory Park

After an all-digital Living Newspaper Series last season (you can view the short films on our YouTube page for free), Jackalope is proud to return to an in-person festival. For the first time, the festival will be presented on the company’s mainstage in the Broadway Armory, presenting a fresh take on our annual Living Newspapers Festival. In the past, we had six 10-minute plays, each based on recent news articles, and presented all six pieces each evening over a single weekend at our old Frontier space. 
This year, we’ll be spreading the festival out over 3 consecutive weekends of double-headers. We are expanding each of the plays from 10 minutes to 20 minutes, with two of the pieces being performed in rep over a single weekend, followed by two new pieces performed in rep the following weekend and another two after that! It's the spring festival you don't want to miss! 

IN THE CANYON
Benefit Reading

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In The Canyon: A Benefit Reading for Abortion Funds
Written by Calamity West 

Monday, July 25th, 2022 at 7:00PM 
Jackalope Theatre in the Broadway Armory Park

In response to The Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, Jackalope Theatre assembles for an in-person public reading of their 2018 World-Premiere hit production of In The Canyon by Calamity West to benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds. Join us in our theater to experience a staged reading of this riveting and prophetic play followed by a post-show discussion with the playwright and ensemble. 

By joining us, you will help us raise $1,500 for the Network's Collective Power Fund, which is a organization that redistributes wealth, power, and access toward local abortion funds and the people who call upon them.

 

Reservations

Complete This Google Form to RSVP. To reserve a seat to this benefit reading, make a $25 donation directly to the National Network of Abortion Funds' Collective Power Fund today and have a copy of your donation receipt ready to upload. Limit 1 seat per $25 donated.
Unable to attend? Please consider making a donation toward this fundraiser.
***Attendees are required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival at the theater.***

 

About the Play 

IN THE CANYON is a new American saga by Calamity West spanning from 2007 to 2067. In an exploration of the present attack on Roe v. Wade, this world premiere chronicles a story of survival, and imagines the decline of a broken society. When the sun begins to set on a shattered world, the canyon rocks and walls come alive and a story of resistance is birthed.
 

"A play set in a near-future so plausible it feels as though we’re already, inescapably, locked into it." - ReScripted

 

★★★★! (out of 5) "A full-throated, pro-choice, pro-women, anti-Trump war cry." -Time Out Chicago

"In the Canyon” is iconic." - Newcity

★★★1/2  ! (out of 4) 'In the Canyon' is a terrific Calamity West play that begins with controversy and only gets riskier." - Chicago Tribune

 

"A bold intelligent production..." - Chicago Reader

 

"Calamity West’s new play lives and breathes—taking our false sense of security and undermining it slowly and with great precision." - Third Coast Review

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BEFORE YOU RSVP
Proof of Vaccinations is required upon entering the building.  Review the rest of our current health and safety protocols.

Season 14 Programing is made possible by 

Season Sponsors
The Michael & Mona
Heath Fund

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