THE CIVILITY OF ALBERT CASHIER is a world-premiere musical based on the astonishing true-story of a Civil War soldier whose life defied definition. From fighting valiantly in more than 40 engagements to a final battle with dementia, the story recounts the heroic life of Albert Cashier, who was born Jennifer Hodgers.
Tickets are available through October 15 performances at Stage 773 at 1333 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago.
The Saint Sebastian Players (SSP) open the company’s 37th season with the powerful drama The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca. In this great modern Spanish tragedy, Bernarda is a stern matriarch obsessed with family honor. Just widowed, she announces to her five daughters that they will enter a traditional eight-year period of cloistered mourning. Each daughter desires love, but with the doors clamped shut, they silently turn to other pursuits – except one, who pursues an affair with the betrothed of the eldest daughter. Discovery results in a tragic climax that is unrelenting in its severity and terror. Director Kaitlin Taylor is incorporating flamenco movement and Riot Grrrl musical influences into her interpretation of the script.
Performances are October 20 through November 12, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey in Chicago. Post-show discussions with cast and production team members take place following the October 29 and November 5 matinees. WTTW members may purchase two full-price tickets for the price of one, subject to availability.
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago’s 44th season features the return of Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group. Choreographer Wilson’s new work CITIZEN questions what it means to belong and what it means to not want to belong, inspired by the histories of iconic African Americans who faced prevalent contradictions and irony connected to individuality, anonymity, freedom, and dignity in relation to their civic duties. A provocative dialogue emerges through a series of five intricately woven solos, layered with haunting footage that suspends time and place. Wilson, whose postmodern work embodies elements of blues, folk, and African Diaspora cultures, works down to the marrow in CITIZEN, exposing isolation and the ways in which we make space for our communities and our countries without sacrificing the authentic sense of self and the legacies of our diverse cultural identities.
Performances are October 12 through 14 at 7:30 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.