The House Theatre of Chicago presents their meta-theatrical adaptation of Moby-Dick from September 12 - October 26 at Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division Street in Chicago).
Melville’s Pequod crew is transformed into the Bad Settlement Theatre Company, beleaguered by a dilapidated building, strained finances, and an aging artistic director with a singular focus: the first-ever perfect production of Moby-Dick. A novice assistant stage manager joins the ranks at the top of the company’s make-or-break season, and is thrown quickly into the fray. Mirroring Melville’s unconventional form, Season on the Line is the young narrator’s look back at the industry he has grown to love, even as those around him pay the ultimate price in pursuit of their great white whale.
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents the Chicago debut of Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company BalletX as the opening performance series of its 2014-15 season. The 10-member company performs two works by Joshua L. Peugh: Slump, a wild, aggressive dance about courtship and the instinctual rituals of mating; and Valentine’s Day, a pas de deux inspired by the simplicity and purity of Japanese animation. Jodie Gates’ Delicate Balance is a physically and emotionally powerful piece that highlights the athleticism and artistry of the BalletX dancers. Ballet X Co-Director Matthew Neenan’s The Last Glass is a ballet that slowly awakens like a city featuring the wild street-parade sound of American indie-rock band Beirut.
The Orion Ensemble opens its 22nd season with “Stepping Out,” a program showcasing Chicago composer Jim Gailloreto and a combination of Romantic-era chamber music favorites and classical-jazz fusion pieces. Orion performs Jim Gailloreto’s “As of Yet” for Clarinet, Violin, and Cello, as well as his arrangement of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” for the same instrumentation plus viola, played by guest musician Stephen Boe; Morton Gould’s “Benny’s Gig: Eight Duos for Clarinet and Bass,” featuring Orion clarinetist Kathryne Pirtle and guest bassist Robert Kassinger; the four-hand version of Antonin Dvorak’s Selected Slavonic Dances, with pianist/composer Sebastian Huydts joining Orion pianist Diana Schmück; and the popular “Trout” Quintet in A Major, Op. 114, D. 667 by Franz Schubert.
“Stepping Out” takes place Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Geneva, 2300 South Street in Geneva; Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 pm in the Recital Hall at Sherwood, The Community Music School of Columbia College Chicago, 1312 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago; and Sunday, October 5 at 7:30 pm at Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston.
First Folio Theatre presents the World Premiere production The Gravedigger from October 1-November 2 at the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate (31st St. & Rt. 83 in Oak Brook).
The Tudor Revival style mansion, built in 1921, serves as the perfect backdrop for the chilling new play. This tale of Frankenstein’s Monster takes place in the 18th century in one of Bavaria’s forgotten cemeteries, where the original novel leaves off and a lone gravedigger finds a hideously scarred man hiding in a fresh grave. Told from the Monster’s perspective, both men soon realize how interconnected they are as their shared, gruesome pasts slowly unfold.