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Season 14

Jack welcomes you back with a season of in-person shows for 2021/2022 

From an all-digital Season 13 to an all-in-person Season 14

We cannot wait to see you again, so we're starting off with Neighborhood Narratives, a free, outdoor, short play festival in the parks! Followed by a season long play development process with company member Paloma Nozicka and acclaimed Broadway and Chicago director Kimberly Senior for the world premiere of Enough to Let the Light In spring 2022.  The production will be the first indoor event to welcome audiences back to the company’s Broadway Armory stage in over two years. We close the season the the return of the Living Newspaper Festival, on the Armory mainstage for the first time. It's another season of all new work in an all new way.

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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 
**CANCELLED** 
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 Kimberly Senior

April 28th - June 5th, 2022, Jackalope Theatre in the Broadway Armory
Tickets will go on sale Winter 2021, $15-35 

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 a one-act commissioned by Jackalope in 2019, Enough to Let the Light In is a full-length psychological thriller about love, truth, and the ghosts that won't let us go. Rehearsing the play in sections over the course of the season, Jackalope company member Paloma Nozicka* and acclaimed Broadway director Kimberly Senior team up for the world premiere of this new two-hander.

 
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13th Annual Living Newspaper Festival
A night of 10 min. plays inspired by recent news articles

August 25th - 29th, 2022. Jackalope Theatre in the Broadways Armory
Tickets will go on sale Spring 2022, $15-$20

Six short plays inspired by news articles featuring the top rising talent in Chicago. 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. 

Neighborhood
Narratives

Jackalope Theatre Company, in association with Chicago Parks District Night Out in The Parks, opens the 2021/2022 season with  Neighborhood Narratives, a free all-ages festival of short plays touring to parks in the Edgewater, East Side, and Humboldt Park neighborhoods. The festival features news plays by Carolyn Hu Bradbury, Ireon Roach, and Lily Be, each one inspired by local stories submitted by community members from the touring neighborhoods.

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Neighborhood Narratives 

A short play festival in the parks.

September 25th, 2021, 4pm, Broadway Armory Parking Lot, 5917 N Broadway Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

**CANCELLED** October 2nd, 2021, 4pm, Calumet Park Beach, 4001 E 98th St, Chicago IL 60617

October 9th, 2021, 4pm, Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 N Humboldt Dr, Chicago, IL 60622

All performances are FREE
 

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 playwrights, directors, and actors to share hyper-local short plays with hyper-local audiences. Presented with live music on a pop-up stage, Neighborhood Narratives is a celebration of the parks and people that surround Chicago.
 

I COME FROM CROWDED
by Carolyn Hu Bradbury, directed by Stephanie Shum

Adi, a recent Nepalese immigrant, is a little haunted by the absolute silence she is experiencing in her new Chicago apartment. She'd much rather have the cacophony of the street vendors, crying babies, and constant human voices back home in Nepal. After a video call from her older sister, Adi sets out to make some kind of connection in her neighborhood and quickly realizes that it’s not as easy as it seems. 

STILL STEEL:
by Ireon Roach, directed by Monét Felton*

In Chicago's (a)historic Steelworkers Park, new friends Row Man and Jimmy Ben Gene XI share their visions of the Past and Future in an epic battle for their place in the Present.

THE STOOP IN JUNE
by Lily Be, directed by Xavier Retana

Two longtime homegirls kick it on the stoop during Puerto Rican pride weekend. 

The Neighborhood Narratives creative team includes Ryan Emens* (Scenic Design), Aaron Stephenson (Sound Design), Silent Marvin (Music). The production Stage Manager is Anna Brockway. 

 

Details at chicagoparkdistrict.com/events. In accordance with Be Safe Chicago Guidelines for Parks and Recreation Activities, participants in this activity will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times while participating. Patrons who are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay home and join us for an event when symptoms subside.

Season 14 Programing is made possible by 

Season Sponsors
The Michael & Mona
Heath Fund

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