Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Jewish Plays Project Now Accepting Submissions for 2015 Season

The JPP is delighted to announce that the Jewish Plays Project is now accepting Project Submissions for its 2015 season.

What's New this Year?
In past seasons, we have accepted new work formally through the Jewish Playwriting Contest and informally through a variety of industry channels. This year, we’re combining the two. Every project will go through the same online channel, and it will be up to the primary creative on each to select to which programs they want to submit. We’re aiming to keep control of your work in your hands. You want as many opportunities for your new work to be seen, developed, appreciated, and advanced? So do we. Make sure you check all the boxes. You want us to look at your new play but don’t want it in the public eye of the Contest? No problem. Just leave that Contest box blank, and we’ll keep it to ourselves. We’re also accepting musicals this time around! We developed our first musical last year (Sharyn Rothstein and Kris Kukul’s modern Megillah, Beauty Queen) and really liked it. While musicals don’t quite fit into our Contest or open structure yet, we want to survey the field and find out what’s being created. So send ‘em in! Click Here for the Full Submission Guidelines

Babes With Blades Announces Joining Sword and Pen Competition

Babes With Blades Theatre Company is a Chicago-based company, currently celebrating its 17th season! Our unique mission, using stage combat to place women and their stories center stage, is at the heart of this playwriting competition. "Joining Sword and Pen" is the international playwriting competition we founded in 2005 to increase the number of quality scripts featuring fighting roles for women - and the 2014-15 competition is now open!

Just the facts: Submission Deadline: 2/27/15
Prize for winner: $1,000 and production of the script in 2015/16 as part of BWBTC's season Basic Requirements (full list of requirements on our site:
1 - Only FULL LENGTH submissions will be accepted: 75-120 minutes (at least 60 pages) in length.
2 - The moment depicted in the 'inspiration' images ( must be dramatized in the play.
3 - Women must be in most/all of the primary roles. Women must be featured in most/all of the combat. (Mixed cast is allowed)
4 - All submissions must be new, original works, inspired by the contest’s topic
5 - Submission Guidelines (found at: must be followed.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Industry Ticket Offers

Genesis - Definition Theatre at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. is offering $10 tickets to the first weekend, September 4 through September 7 and $15 Tickets to shows September 11 through September 14. Use code “INDUSTRY” online at or questions call 847-903-1029. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Idle Muse Theatre Company at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N Ridge Ave, Chicago, IL 60660 is offering $10 Industry Tickets every Thursday 9/25 through 10/16. Call 773.340.9438 or email and use the code INDUSTRY. Seats limited to availability.

Mnemonic- Red Tape Theatre at the DCASE Storefront Theater, 66 E Randolph St in Chicago, is offering $7 industry tickets for preview performances September 2-September 4 at 7:30pm. Use promo code INDUSTRY when purchasing tickets online at, or present proof of industry affiliation at the door.

Hank Williams: Lost Highway - American Blues Theater at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets for the 7:30pm performance on Wednesday, September 3rd. Use promo code LONESOME when purchasing tickets. Call (773) 404-7336 or purchase online.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Brenton Wright Memorial at Court Theatre

Court Theater will be hosting a memorial gathering in honor of Brenton Wright on next Monday. Everyone is welcome.

Monday August 25
Doors open at 6:30pm

Court Theatre
5535 S. Ellis Ave
Chicago IL 60636

There is a paid parking garage located directly north of the theatre; street parking in the area is mostly free and, after 6pm, shouldn't be too hard to find. The 55 bus drops off 1 block away, and the 56th Street Metra station is about 1 mile away.

Please help by forwarding this information to friends or colleagues who you think would like to attend.

If you would like to contribute anything - a memory of Brenton to share, photos, music - please get in touch.

RSVPing is not required, but it will be helpful so we can plan for the right number of people. Please RSVP to

Industry Ticket Offer

Coraline- Black Button Eyes Productions at City Lit Theater, 1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave in Chicago, is offering $15 industry tickets for this weekend’s August 28-31 performances . Use promo code GHOSTEYES when purchasing tickets online at, or present proof of industry affiliation at the door.

My Name is Asher Lev - TimeLine Theatre Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. is offering $17 industry tickets to preview performances August 22 - 27.  For reservations buy online or call the Stage 773 Box Office at 773.327.5252 and use the code word INDUSTRY.

Avenue Q - Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613, is offering a limited number of $15 Industry tickets on Wednesday, September 3rd at 7:30pm. Discounted tickets are available with code "INDUSTRY" when you call 773-325-1700.

SEASON PASS - Choose Your Own Adventure - The Plagiarists at The Frontier Storefront, 1106 W Thorndale, Chicago, IL 60660, are offering a limited number of $10 industry tickets for their exclusive preview on Wednesday, September 10th at 7:30pm. Email for more information and to reserve.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chicago Community Trust SMART Growth Grant and Information Sessions

The Chicago Community Trust is pleased to announce that our signature capacity building program, SMART Growth, is recruiting organizations for our third cohort. This is an opportunity for arts and cultural organizations with budgets under $1 Million to obtain coaching and support to build their management capacity. Attached is a flyer that gives an overview of the program. More details about the grant, criteria and information sessions can be found here:

We look forward to continuing this popular grant program and selecting another group of 30 organizations that are deeply rooted in and reflective of a community, target population or art form that is underrepresented in the cultural spectrum of the Chicago region.

Details about the grant criteria and information sessions can be found here: If you have questions about SMART Growth or other Arts and Culture grant opportunities, please contact Rebecca Dill, Administrative Assistant, at or (312)616-8000 ext. 122.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Industry Ticket Offers

Coraline- Black Button Eyes Productions at City Lit Theater, 1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave in Chicago, is offering $15 industry tickets for the Thursday August 14 at 7:30 pm, Friday August 15 at 7:30 pm and Sunday August 17 at 3 pm performances of the musical Coraline. Use promo code GHOSTEYES when purchasing tickets online at, or present proof of industry affiliation at the door.

Methtacular! - About Face Theatre at Theatre Wit, 1229 W Belmont, is having a special Industry Night on Saturday, August 23 with $10 preview tickets available . Use promo code INDMETH1 when purchasing tickets. Visit for tickets and info.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Support Season of Concern by Joining The SOC AIDS Run & Walk Team

Each year, the AIDS Foundation selects a limited number of organizations as partners in the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. We are delighted to announce that Season of Concern was selected this year as one of 32 Chicago area organizations that will participate in the CommunityDirect partnership program. Season of Concern has been given the opportunity to raise funds to advance its mission at this year’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Sunday, September 14 at Arvey Field in Grant Park. Please consider joining the Season of Concern Team or contributing to one of our members. Ninety per cent of the funds raised by our team will be returned to support SOC programs including our support of AIDS organizations providing direct care to individuals living with HIV/AIDS as well as our support of The Actors Fund and the Biscotto Miller Fund which each assist members of the theatre community impacted by HIV/AIDS and other catastrophic illness or injury. Since 1988 when Season of Concern was founded at the height of the AIDS epidemic, over $2.5 million has been raised to provide support for our community.

Join the team by registering here or contributing to the goal of one of our team members. We'd be thrilled if you can walk as an individual, as a theatre company or as a cast. The Walk start time is 9:20am so we will gather between 8:45 and 9am. Registration is $30 for walkers and $40 for runners. Together we will work together and walk together to support our community and raise awareness.

Join today to help us take advantage of this opportunity. There is no limit on what we can do together.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Industry Ticket Offers

My First Time -- Broken Nose Theatre at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, is holding a special industry performance and postshow party on Monday, August 11th, at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10 in advance with the code FRIENDSWITHBENEFITS, $15 at the door with proof of industry, or $10 at the door if you show a tweet or Facebook post mentioning the show and tagging Broken Nose. This special offer is also good for the our performance on Friday, August 8th, at 11pm. $15 industry tickets are available for all performances through August 29th. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling at 773-404-7336. Visit for more information on BNT and the show.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Remy Bumppo Rehearsal Space available starting August 24.

Remy Bumppo's rehearsal space at 3717 N Ravenswood has availability starting August 24. Rates vary from $11 - $16 per hour, depending on hours scheduled per week. Approximately 800 sq ft, close to Addison Brown Line. Contact Danielle Whaley at or 773-244-8119.