Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Artists Helping Artists. Family helping Family

On April 9, 2018 Season of Concern will present “Cabaret for Care” at The Goodman Theatre, hosted by E. Faye Butler and Honey West. The annual benefit features a fun-filled evening of song and theatre and the presentation of the annual Larry Sloan Awards, which are awarded to local organizations and individuals who have made a significant contribution to Season of Concern.

Our mission is simple. Season of Concern raises funds to provide compassionate care to those in the Chicagoland community who are experiencing the effects of catastrophic illness. This effort supports the fight against HIV/AIDS by contributing to direct-care support programs and directly assists theatre community members (Equity and Non-Equity) experiencing health-related emergencies and life-threatening medical issues.

I am writing to you in the hopes that your company will be able to help us raise monetary support by donating a prize to our raffle and auction. Theatre tickets, merchandise (caps, T-shirts, mugs) with your logo would be very helpful and one of a kind items (cast autographed scripts or posters for example) would be especially appreciated. Your generosity would be recognized in our program. Perhaps you can do more? If you donate a full subscription series (or any combination of gifts that retail for more than $150) we will include you as a special donor for the event. Special donors not only receive program recognition, but will also be thanked from the stage and featured on screens throughout the event.

This is a great way to engage new and enthusiastic patrons for your business. Should you be able to support our fundraising efforts, please contact or call me at 312-332-0518. Thank you for your consideration.

We are here for you!

Citadel Theatre’s 1st Annual Ten Minute Play Festival

Citadel Theatre proudly announces our first 10 Minute Play Contest!

All submissions will be read by a panel of judges comprised of professional theater artists.

Awards: First place: $350, second place: $100 and third place prize of $50.

The top 10 plays will be included in Citadel Theatre’s 1st Annual Ten Minute Play Festival.

Submission Details 
• Script maximum page count- 20 pages
• $5 Submission Fee (due at time of submission)
• Submisson Deadline: May 15, 2018
• Multiple Submissions Allowed (Up to 3 scripts maximum)
• The top 10 scripts will be announced on our website on June 21, 2018.


Submission Guidelines
1. Title Page: Please include your name, address, phone number, email address and a brief biography.
2. Submissions must be original, unpublished 10-minute plays written in English. Adaptations are accepted: playwright must show proof of rights held unless source text is in the public domain.
3. No professionally produced or published scripts. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production are eligible.
4. Scripts under option or scheduled for a professional production or publication at the time of submission are not eligible.
5. Plays must be sent as a Microsoft Word document or PDF file to by May 15, 2018
6. $5 administrative fee for each submission may be paid online by clicking here. Or mail a $5 administrative fee via check to: Citadel Theatre Company, 825 S. Waukegan Road, A8 PMB123, Lake Forest, IL 60045. (If mailing- please include your contact info & script title)
All administrative fees are applied towards the administration of this contest.
7. If you have questions, please email to No phone calls please.

Citadel Theatre Company reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

Industry Ticket Offers

Kingdom - Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee, is a entirely Pay-What-You-Can company; set your own ticket price for any performance. Previews begin this Friday, March 2nd, and performances run until Saturday, March 31st. For tickets, buy online or call the box office at 773-697-3830.

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo — La Belle (The Sleeping Beauty) — Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Congress Pkwy, is offering $25 industry tickets for La Belle on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30PM and Sunday, March 4 at 2PM. Use promo code INDUSTRY online at or by calling 312.341.2300. Limit 2 tickets.

Six Corners - American Blues Theater at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets on Monday, March 5 at 7:30PM. Use code word LIGHT for discount tickets. For reservations call 773.237.5252. For more information visit

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater — Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Congress Pkwy, is offering $25 industry tickets for Alvin Ailey on Wednesday, March 7 and $35 tickets for Thursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9. Use promo code INDUSTRY online at or by calling 312.341.2300. Limit 2 tickets.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Redtwist Space Available for Guest Companies

• Guest Company keeps 100% of box office revenue
• $400 per week for 6 weeks (3 performances per week)
• Performance times are Wed @ 7:30pm, Sat @ 3pm, Sun @ 7:30pm
• 18 performances total (the minimum for Jeff eligibility)
• Early payment discount of 10% is available
• Slot #4--Wed, Apr 25 to Sun, Jun 03 (free rehearsal starts Sat, Apr 21)
• Slot #5--Wed, Jul 11 to Sun, Aug 19 (free rehearsal starts Sat, Jun 30)
• Please contact Michael Colucci (

Greenhouse Seeking Partners for Co-Productions in 2018-19

The Greenhouse Theater Center is seeking local theatre companies and artists to partner on co-productions during its 2018-19 Season. Located at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, GTC’s theater complex houses four unique stages: two 190-seat main stages and two flexible, 60-seat blackbox studio spaces.

The Greenhouse offers partners a multitude of resources including a production manager, full-service box office and front-of-house staff, artistic consultation, marketing and public relations support, and a full-service bar with concessions.

During GTC’s critically acclaimed, 16-show Solo Celebration! Series in 2016, the Greenhouse staged four successful co-productions, which proved to be mutually beneficial relationships. GTC hopes to build on that dynamic by inviting Chicago companies and artists to bring their unique artistic visions to the Greenhouse where they can benefit from GTC’s professional support and resources.”

For additional information, contact Bill Spatz, Executive Director, at (312) 637-5323 or

Rehearsal Space Available at City Lit

4 different rehearsal spaces available for rehearsals/auditions/readings/etc. (650 square feet, 700 square feet, 750 square feet, 800 square feet). Rehearsal furniture available.

For more information and for booking, contact Stephanie Dykes at or 773-293-3682.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Industry Ticket Offers

Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare – Emerald City Theatre at the Apollo Theater, 2540 N Lincoln Avenue, is offering $10 industry tickets to performances on Sat. Feb 24th (10:30am & 1pm) and Sun. Feb 25th (10:30am & 1pm) when you use the code MTH10. For tickets, buy online or call the box office at 773.935.6100.

Bunny Bunny, Gilda Radner, A Sort of Love Story - Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 North Southport Avenue, is offering $15 tickets on Friday, February 23rd at 8pm. Members of the theatre community are invited to join us for $15 and may reserve tickets in person at the box office with their resume/headshot.

In the Works: Felons and Familias - Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive, is offering free tickets to the staged reading by Chicago playwright Sandra Delgado on Monday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. The reading will be immediately followed by a talk back session inviting the audience input into the development of the play. Tickets are free on a first come, first served basis. Tickets can be reserved in advance at, or at the door.

Encounter - Collaboraction at La Follettte Park, is offering a free performance at 3PM on Saturday, February 24th with a discussion. Includes a free meal from Son of a Butcher served at 2:30 PM followed by a powerful collection of work at 3:00 PM. Click here to RSVP.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Season of Concern Reports Record Breaking Year for Audience Collections

Season of Concern is thrilled to report that audience solicitations for 2017 far exceeded our expectations! Well over a quarter of a million dollars was raised by local theatres to support local HIV/AIDS organizations and Chicagoland theatre practitioners in need of financial assistance. Thanks to all participating theatres:
About Face Theatre
American Blues Theatre
Annoyance Theatre
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Court Theatre
Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre
First Folio
Goodman Theatre
House Theatre
Lookingglass Theatre
Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre
Mercury Theatre
Northlight Theatre
Other Theatre
Paramount Theatre
Porchlight Music Theatre
Remy Bumppo Theatre
Second City
Steppenwolf Theatre
Theatre at the Center
Victory Gardens Theatre
Writer’s Theatre

Thank you also to Eugene Dizon and Cory Goodrich, for producing Season of Carols Vol. 5 – our annual recording of local artists performing holiday music, which contributed greatly to our record-breaking year!

Rehearsal Space Availability at About Face Theatre

Our facility at 5252 N Broadway features three distinct (and distinctive!) rehearsal rooms available for rent at great low rates. Since moving into the space, we are proud to have welcomed over a hundred groups and performers to share our space for rehearsals, auditions, classes, meetings, and more!

All spaces offer wifi, controlled heat and air, use of our tables and chairs as available, and access to our shared kitchen area. We are also located right above a newly renovated coffee shop and near several other restaurants and grocery stores for snack and dinner breaks.

We offer affordable rates for evenings and weekends along with a special super discounted rate for daytime rentals.

Evening and Weekend Rate
(M-F from 5pm – 12am and all day Saturday and Sunday)
$16/hour (or $13/hour if you’re a 501(c)3 nonprofit)

Daytime Weekday Rate
(M-F from 9am – 5pm)

Interested in getting rehearsal space for free? About Face provides free rehearsal space in exchange for volunteer hours. To get started, sign up for our Volunteer program (cheekily called Friends with Benefits). Then, when you sign up for hours, let Alana Zalas know!

Read more about our spaces and check out our calendar of availability here. Please give us a call at 773.784.8565 or send an email to Alana Zalas to learn more!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Peacebook 2018 Submissions

Collaboraction is accepting submissions for artistic pieces exploring Peace in Chicago that are 7 minutes or less. In 2017 PEACEBOOK launched at the Goodman Theatre in August before select shows toured to Englewood, Hermosa, and Austin, with free shows, workshops, and meals.

 In total, Collaboraction is producing up to 24 short works at a Festival Launch on Aug. 25th, with 7 pieces performing at each location, in a multidisciplinary festival atmosphere on the South, West, and North sides of Chicago this fall.

 Submission Deadline: April 1st, 2018
(312) 226-9633

Industry Ticket Offers

Hay Fever - Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, is offering $7 industry tickets to performances February 16-18. Please present headshot and resume at the door for the industry offer. Box office phone number is 773-404-7922.

All My Sons - Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave, is offering $15 Industry Rush tickets Feb 15th-18th. May only be purchased in person and starting 1 hour before each performance. Must provide proof of industry. Limit 1 ticket per Industry member. To check availability on all performances call our box office at 773-753-4472. Don't forget, FREE PARKING TOO!

An Epic Tale of Scale - Chicago Children's Theatre, 100 S. Racine, is offering $20 industry tickets to any performance through February 28. Use Promo Code INDUSTRY online $20 tickets (normally $45). Starting March 1, tickets will be $30 with this code.

The Burn - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted is offering $15 industry tickets for performances February 17, 23 and 24. Use code BURNINDUSTRY online at or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

2018 CityArts Grant Program

The goal of the DCASE CityArts program is to encourage the attainment of artistic excellence and financial stability through general operating support for 501(c)3 nonprofit arts and culture organizations. Through this program, DCASE provides one-year general operating grants. This year arts and culture organizations of all sizes may apply for general operating grants through the CityArts Program. New in 2018, the CityArts program will also make project grants with a goal to incentivize innovation related to city-wide priorities. Each year, DCASE plans to select a specific theme to create focus to our programming and a driven energy towards a shared goal among Chicago’s arts community. 2018 Project Grants will focus on this year’s theme – the Year of Creative Youth. In 2018, the CityArts Program will offer three types of grants:
1)General Operating Grants for Large Arts & Culture Organizations with an annual adjusted income over $2M
2)General Operating Grants for Small Arts & Culture Organizations with an annual adjusted income under $2M
3)Project Grants for Small Arts & Culture Organizations with an annual adjusted income under $2M

Eligible organizations are able to apply for both a General Operating grant AND a Project Grant in 2018 using one application form. However, only a handful of the most exceptional applications will receive both grant types. All grant types are intended to further four Cultural Grants Program Priorities: Innovation, Community Engagement, Diversity & Equity, and Collaboration.

Application OPENS: January 15, 2018

Application DEADLINE: February 28, 2018 5pm CST

Please use the Eventbrite link on our website to register.

For detailed grant guidelines, timeline information, eligibility, and to apply, please visit: and click on “For Applicants.”

Voices from a Changing Middle East

A Multi-Faith, Multi-Perspective Lens on the Palestinian-Israel conflict, with Mosaic Theater Company of DC
Tue, Feb 20, 7pm
Reception to follow
Logan Center, Performance Penthouse
915 E. 60th Street
Free / RSVP encouraged
Mosaic Theater Company of DC presents selections from its acclaimed Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival Tour, bringing works about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to life as seen through Muslim, Christian, and Jewish lenses.

The evening features excerpts from the adaptation of I Shall Not Hate, performed in Arabic and Hebrew with English surtitles by one of Israel's leading Palestinian actors, Gassan Abas. The work is complemented by Sir David Hare’s Via Dolorosa, the play that launched the Festival and its trailblazing Peace Café forum in 2000, performed by British born actor Jonathan Tindle. The evening culminates with screened excerpts from Aaron Davidman’s internationally acclaimed solo performance travelogue, Wrestling Jerusalem, now an award-winning film directed by Dylan Kussman.

The event will include discussion with the artists and Voices Festival founder, Ari Roth (U of C Lab HS, ’78), along with questions and conversation with the audience, modeling the Peace Café process of using food-for-thought menu selections from the plays to prompt sharing of personal narratives as predicate for building bonds of candor and understanding.

Please note that seating for this intimate event is limited. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Industry Ticket Offers

Row After Row – The Comrades at the Apollo Studio Theater, 2540 N Lincoln Ave, has $10 industry tickets available on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. through February 26. Tickets available to purchase tickets by calling the box office at 773-935-6100 or purchasing in person by using code word ACTOR. For more information visit

Love Never Dies- Playing at the Cadillac Palace Theatre February 14 – March 4! Broadway In Chicago and Love Never Dies are a buy one ticket, get one free for February 15 (matinee + evening), February 16 and February 18 evening performances. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online with offer code INDUSTRY. For tickets or more information visit

Nice Girl – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $15 tickets to theatre industry professionals for any Thursday evening performance thru March 11. Offer available by phone or walk-up, must mention the code INDUSTRY to reserve. Proof of industry (headshot, business card, etc.) required upon ticket pickup.