Coming up this season in Chicago, theater companies put the spotlight on zombies, the Civil War, dark desires, and lots more. Plus, other events include a night of storytelling.
I Am Going to Die Alone and I Am Not Afraid: A Furious History of the Holocaust
Devised by the ensemble, this play asks: How do you fight for a future you won’t live to see? In a time when Fascism is on the rise and history threatens to continue repeating itself with permanent, global, environmental, and social consequences, can this play be more relevant? Part reminder, part call to action, I don’t think it is one to miss right now.
Details: Through December 5 at Prop Thtr
Hell Followed With Her
It’s a zombie western, y’all. Need I say more? OK. After two years of seeking, Willow Parker finally finds the man she has been looking for, and now it’s time for her to get her revenge. Will she achieve the justice she seeks? Perhaps. Enter zombies. I wonder whose side they’re on.
Details: Through November 9 at WildClaw Theatre
What will emerge when conflicting familial ideologies collide like particles in the Hadron Collider? I will not be missing this play, which brings together science, sisterhood, and politics. Details: Through November 9 at Steep Theatre
Pour One Out: Mistakes, Thank You!
Dr. Ada Cheng is the kind of storyteller who is not afraid to go “there,” and she is a master at creating spaces for other storytellers to tell their truths. Join Cheng and her crew for a night of naming and claiming what are commonly perceived as mistakes. Bring your tissues.
Details: November 13 at Volumes Bookcafe
Straight to the Heart! Workshop/Open-Mic Night
First of all, if you have not visited the National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial, you should go. It is a must-visit for all Chicagoans. We need to learn about those whose lives were lost during the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. At this open mic, Dr. Ada Cheng teams up with the resilient folks from the museum, and you are not going to want to miss it. Witness contemporary Cambodians demonstrating what healing from generational trauma looks like.
Details: November 14 at National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial
The Master Comic
This play tells the story of the rise and fall of Lincoln Wolfe, a character reminiscent of Bill Cosby, who lives a double life. In front of his audiences, he is the picture of charm and erudition, the consummate entertainer. Behind closed doors, he is an abuser. I am particularly interested in what guidance this play can offer to each and every theater-maker affected by industry-wide, consistently silenced abuse.
Details: Through November 17 at MPAACT at the Greenhouse Theater Center
Sugar in Our Wounds
Mikael Burke helms this award-winning play about the freedom to love during times of war—specifically the Civil War. A family will have to reckon with their beliefs and one another when one of their members falls in love with a mysterious visitor seeking shelter.
Details: Through November 23 at the Den Theater
Toulou has fallen in love with a man named the Ace of Spades, and she will do whatever it takes to win his love. Sound familiar? This play by Katori Hall explores the dark side of our desires. Directed by one of Chicago’s busiest directors, Wardell Clarke, the drama is bound to go boldly where few choose to tread.
Details: Through December 15 at Raven Theatre