On Tuesday, June 23 at 7pm after the showing of the film COMPASS CABARET 55 (description below) James Sherman, acclaimed playwright of JACOB AND JACK and BEAU JEST and Charna Halpern Artistic Director of IMPROV OLYMPICS will join David Chack, the Artistic Director of the JCC CHICAGO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL and ShPIeL-PERFORMING IDENTITY on a panel with filmmaker Mark Siska to discuss his film, which is part of the festival.
The JCC offers League of Chicago Theatre members FREE admittance to the film and panel event on Tuesday, June 23 at 7pm. Use the Code CC55 at the door.
The film takes a loving and thoughtful look at the incredible Compass Players in Chicago that spawned the careers of Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Sheldon Patinkin, Shelly Berman, Joyce and Byrne Piven, Paul Sills and his mom Viola Spolin, Ed Asner and many more luminaries who then went on to help create Second City, Saturday Night Live, and the American improv/comedy movement today. This movie is an incredible study of the art of improv from the masters and creators of this art form. It is beautifully shot with an incredible soundscape that brings you back to the heyday of the 50s beat gen. It is also great to see Sheldon Patinkin again, whom many of us knew and we miss so dearly.
Date and Time: Tue, June 23, 7pm - Start time of film (80min) - panel to follow
Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.
How Much: FREE with code - "CC55"