To open its 2014-15 season, the Saint Sebastian Players (SSP) present a world premiere that stays close to home. Lotto Fever in the Sucker State by company member Leigh Johnson takes place in 1988 at Rayners Victory Café in central Illinois, where life has taken a difficult turn due to the farm foreclosure crisis. The diner’s new, young “citified” owner, Steven Rayner, is desperately trying to build his customer base, with comically mixed results. His steadiest customers, the Smithfield family, have resorted to ritually playing the Illinois State Lottery to mask the fact that they are losing the family farm. Calvin Smithfield’s efforts to save the farm have attracted two agents, who use the diner as a base of operations to attempt to locate the marijuana they suspect is being grown in the area.
Lotto Fever in the Sucker State opens Thursday, October 30 at 7:30 pm, with additional performances the first weekend Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 2 at 2:00 pm. The schedule for the remaining three weekends is Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm through November 23 at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey (enter on Marshfield) in Chicago. WTTW members may purchase two tickets for the price of one, subject to availability, to any performance. For information, visit saintsebastianplayers.org.
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents Heidi Latsky Dance, a company that features mixed-ability dancers. A former dancer with Bill T. Jones, Latsky brings two works to The Dance Center, under the banner “One Hour: Two Works”: Solo Countersolo features Latsky in opposition to the ensemble, weaving through a landscape of vigorously moving bodies to British composer Chris Brierley’s score, commissioned for the piece. Somewhere is set to wildly eclectic renditions of “Over the Rainbow,” using the iconic song to frame a series of intimate movement portraits that highlight a diverse unconventional cast.
Performances are November 6-8 at 8:00 pm at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. WTTW members may purchase two tickets for the price of one, subject to availability, for any performance. For more information, visit colum.edu/dancecenterpresents.
The Orion Ensemble continues its 22nd season with “Rhapsody,” a program showcasing Chicago composer Sebastian Huydts. The program features the world premiere of Sebastian Huydts’ Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano; Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins, Op. 56; Sergei Rachmaninov’s Vocalise for Cello and Piano, Op. 34, No. 14; Iwan Müller’s Quartet No. 1 in B-flat Major for Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Cello; and George Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody Op. 11, No. 1, arranged for Orion by Ilya Levinson and Peter Labella.
The Orion Ensemble’s concert program “Rhapsody” takes place Sunday, November 23 at 7:30 pm at Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston; Sunday, November 30 at 7:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Geneva, 2300 South Street in Geneva; and Wednesday, December 3 at 7:30 pm in the Recital Hall at Sherwood, The Community Music School of Columbia College Chicago, 1312 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. WTTW members may purchase two tickets for the price of one, subject to availability. For information visit orionensemble.org.