Announcing the 2016/17 Season!

 

The 62nd season features family fun, dramas, musicals, comedies, new works, and classics to suit a variety of tastes and audiences. Tickets and Season Passes go on sale July 1, 2016.  

HARRIET THE SPY

by Leslie Brody Based on the novel by Louise Fitzhugh | directed by Kelley Weisenbacher 
August 19-September 3, 2016

Family Fun: A favorite children's books comes to life on stage to tell the story of an 11 year-old aspiring writer named Harriet M. Welsch, whose journal of mean observations about her peers falls into the wrong hands and mayhem ensues. Can Harriet survive 6th grade and her classmates' all out attack to catch the young writer that they've dubbed a "spy?" 

GUTENBERG THE MUSICAL 

by Anthony King & Scott Brown | directed by Zachary Gipson
Co produced with Ensemble Theatre Company
September 16-25, 2016 

Musical in the Wood Studio: After last season's blockbuster production of Young Frankenstein, Ensemble Theatre Company is teaming up with Chicago Street again for this small scale spoof about two dreamers pitching their idea for a musical about the inventor of the printing press. Bud and Doug perform all the parts and sing their way for a shot of going to Broadway.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 

by Lori Allen Ohm | directed by Mike Glorioso
Based on the original 1968 film by George Romero and John Russo
October 14-29, 2016

A Halloween Event: CST has thrilled audiences with Dracula, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Frankenstein over the past five years. This season, experience the cult classic about a disparate group of individuals attempting to survive  a mishap that reanimates the bodies of the deceased that must feed on the flesh of the living.  

HOLIDAY DOUBLE FEATURE in Rotating Rep: November 18- December 18, 2016

A WINNIE THE POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL 

by James W. Rodgers | Based on the books of A.A. Milne
directed by Zachary Gipson
Co-produced with Ensemble Theatre Company 

Bring the whole family to celebrate Christmas with all their friends in the Hundred Acre Woods as Christopher Robin is told about the holiday (not so long ago) when Eeyore lost his tail. Full of enchanting songs and beloved characters, A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail is the perfect holiday treat to share with your little ones.

THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL

Book By Betsy Kelso, Music and Lyrics By David Nehls  | directed by Zachary Gipson
Co-produced with Ensemble Theatre Company and directed by Zachary Gipson

Holiday time at North Florida's Armadillo Acres Trailer Park means that everyone's filled with warmth and beer. However when a freak bout of amnesia strikes the trailer park's resident Scrooge, neighborly love is put to the test, It's a festive fracas just as much cat-fightin', sun-worshipin', chair-throwing fun as the original. 

PALE DREAM 

by Matt Pera | directed by Traci Brant
January 27- February 11, 2017

NEW DRAMA: Two brothers, once united by their love of film and the desire to make movies together, have become estranged as their paths diverged toward lives neither of them imagined. When their father becomes sick, they must face each other and take stock on who it is they've become, and who they could have been. Chicago Street Theatre is proud to present this edgy new work penned by one of our own members.

BETRAYAL 

by Harold Pinter | directed by Mark Baer
February 23-26, 2017

WOOD STUDIO: Taking place in the intimacy of Chicago Street Theatre's upstairs Edith B. Wood Studio is Harold Pinter's contemporary masterpiece about three individuals and the affair that shattered them all. Ingeniously told in reverse time, casting a harsh light on the lies and deceptions of Emma and Robert's best friend Jerry that led to it all. 

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD 

by Willie and Robert Reale | Based on the books by Arnold Loeb
directed by Dona Henry
March 3-17, 2017

FAMILY FUN: This family musical follows the woodland adventures of two friends-a worry-wart toad and his perky frog friend. Based on the storybook favorite, A Year with Frog and Toad broke new ground in bringing professional children's theatre to acclaim on Broadway. Children of all ages will be delighted with the play's whimsical score and colorful cast of characters. 

THE ROSE TATTOO 

by Tennessee Williams | directed by Justin Treasure and Mary Bird
April 7-22, 2017

CLASSIC: This season we are proud to present the drama that served as the basis for the Oscar-winning film staring Burt Lancaster and Anna Magnani. In the play an Itallian/American neighborhood in Louisiana is rocked when a local truck driver is killed by police, leaving his wife devastated. Serafina's grieving comes to an end when she learns of her husband's infidelities and lured by the desire for a handsome drifter who has come into town. 

INCORRUPTIBLE 

by Michael Hollinger | directed by Jason Utesch
May 19- June 3, 2017

COMEDY: Welcome to the Dark Ages in Priseaux, France, where everything is really, really bad and the monastery's patron saint hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. Threatened by the success of a rival church and a visit from the Pope, a group of desperate monks look to a shady one-eyed minstrel, to teach them outrageous ways to make their own miracles. 

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW 

by William Shakespeare | directed by Kari-Anne Innes
July 7-8, 2017 at Central Park Plaza  
July 14-22, 2017 at Chicago Street Theatre

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Join us under the stars for a classic romp about the love/hate courtship of Petruchio and the headstrong Katherina. Until the shrewish elder daughter of Batista Minola is wed, the two suitors fighting for the attentions of his younger daughter, Bianca will just have to wait. The game changes when a third suited, Lucentio arrives in Padua and hatches a plan to win the younger's affections in a tale that is filled with mistaken identities, humor and wit.