Apr
27
2:30 PM14:30

Interviewing Idra Novey for Chicago Humanities Festival

Excited to be interviewing Idra Novey for the Chicago Humanities Festival! From their website:

Idra Novey’s thrilling and suspenseful new novel, Those Who Knew, seems to have presaged, almost eerily, more than a few of our recent headlines. The crime at its heart—the suspicious death of a young woman involved with a senator—takes place on an unnamed island in the wake of political upheaval. But the broader story at its core—involving the intersection of politics, corruption and sexual violence—is one that has played out again and again, setting every ounce of Novey’s fiction, as she says, startlingly “within the realm of reality.” The questions at the heart of the novel are resonant and roaring: Does breaking silence ever go well for the silence-breaker? When does fear become complicity? And is there anything the powerful can’t get away with?

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May
9
8:00 PM20:00

City Bureau Public Newsroom: Building Collective Manifestos

What's your vision for a Chicago that makes room for all of its people? What's still here, but in danger of being lost? What was here, and what does the fact that it's gone tell us about what's possible in the future? How do we survive? Where do we find joy? Join City Bureau and Free Street Theater for an interactive workshop that invites participants to share stories of the past and actively envision a more just future.

This workshop is part of Free Street Theater's Still/Here: Manifestos for Joy and Survival, a performance that will tour for free to communities across the city this summer. Based on conversations and workshops with people all across the city, Still/Here asks Chicagoans to consider what the past can tell us about the future, and invites us all to imagine the Chicago that could be - five years from now, fifty years from now, five hundred years from now. In the tradition of sci-fi and speculative fiction, we are interested in how the stories we tell about our future shape the way we act today.

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Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

City Bureau Public Newsroom: Storytelling and Journalism with 2nd Story

Eeeeeeeeee. Teaming up with ALL my favorite people to talk journalism, storytelling, and getting real! I mean: City Bureau, BAM! Natalie Moore, BAM! 2nd Story, BAM! Build Coffee, BAM! I can’t wait. Here’s the scoop:

How can personal storytelling and journalism come together to challenge dominant narratives, and how they can be used as a tool for building community?

To explore those questions, we're bringing together a panel with WBEZ’s South Side Reporter Natalie Moore, Free Street Theater’s Artistic Director, Coya Paz, and 2nd Story company member Eric May. Moore is the author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation as well as monthly columns for the Sun-Times, where she draws from her personal and family history to ground current issues. In 2017, Paz collaborated with ProPublica Illinois to lead a series of workshops across the state that utilized theater practices to engage residents on ProPublica’s reporting. A former journalist with the Washington Post, May has taught fiction writing at Columbia College since 1993 and published his debut novel, Bedrock Faith, in 2014.

After the conversation, attendees will have a chance to participate in an activity that will connect personal history with broader news.

This event is a collaboration with 2nd Story, a storytelling nonprofit celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and is part of their "Open Space" series. "Open Space" makes room for conversation, learning, and healing around a particular issue or an outside form of art-making. This new series utilizes 2nd Story's approach to empathy building through story making to convene, challenge, and empower our audience to be active participants as catalysts for real change in their lives and communities. Learn more at 2ndstory.com

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Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

Out at Chicago History Museum: Out of This World

Journey with us beyond the binary and heteronormative! Join us as Kim Hunt, executive director of Pride Action Tank, moderates a discussion about the vibrant history of LGBTQIA themes in speculative fiction (science fiction, comics, and fantasy). Take a closer look at how the genre gives authors and readers the freedom to imagine societies, releasing them from reality and forcing the reader to reconsider his or her heteronormative cultural assumptions. Panelists include:

-Coya Paz, associate professor at DePaul University and artistic director of Free Street Theater
-Derek Lee McPhatter, writer and producer
-Ricardo Gamboa, artist, activist, and academic
-Cesar Torres, journalist, author, and filmmaker

6:30 P.M. program, reception to follow. $20, $15 members and students. Tickets here.

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Oct
21
8:00 PM20:00

Lit y Luz Festival

Excited to be collaborating with Aura Xilonen at this Live Magazine Show Extravaganza

From MAKE: Participating writers and artists from Mexico City and Chicago work as teams to create a 10-minute-or-less collaboration. Past presentations have included the birth of a rock band, new poetry translations, typewriter epistles via video, inter-city photo essays, and comedic monologues. What will 2017 and the theme, “Belonging, “ have in store? Find out at this exclusive event that moves between Spanish and English, live lit and image, and caps Lit & Luz 2017.

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Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Brooks in Translation

Thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate the great Gwendolyn Brooks by participating in Brooks in Translation, a special event that features - SURPRISE - her works translated into Spanish by poets including Cristina Rivera Garza, Eduardo Arocho, y YO, The Lovely and Talented Coya Paz. 

What: 
Brooks In Translation, A Special Palabra Pura Celebrating Gwendolyn Brooks

When:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Doors 5:00 PM, Event 6:00-8:00 PM

Where: 
Chicago Public Library
Harold Washington Library Center
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 South State Street | Chicago | 60605

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Oct
13
to Nov 10

Meet Juan(ito) Doe

Actually, I have nothing to do with this, if you don't count the fact that I am the Artistic Director of Free Street and this GORGEOUS and HILARIOUS piece is our Fall show. 

 

We run Mondays and Fridays at 7:30pm, plus a few random Thursdays - check out freestreet.org for the full schedule!

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Oct
13
to Dec 2

100 Hauntings

100 Hauntings is BACK, for a BIGGER! BADDER! DEADER! show this Fall. 

An elevator operator named Jorge doesn’t know he’s dead. A passive aggressive ghost defends his territory at the corner of Division and Western. A mysterious pattern of redlined maps chokes the city into decades-long segregation. In 100 Hauntings, created by an intergenerational ensemble of performers, comedians, writers and community organizers, Free Street asks: Who—and what— is haunting Chicago? To create the performance, the ensemble facilitated over a dozen story circles in communities ranging from Englewood to Humboldt Park, asking hundreds of Chicagoans to share their personal experiences with the notion of hauntings, both literal and metaphorical.

For tickets and AAAAAAAAALL the info, visit freestreet.org

 

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100 Hauntings: Gage Park
Jul
20
6:00 PM18:00

100 Hauntings: Gage Park

100 HAUNTINGS will be performed in 7 Chicago parks this summer. Below, please find the carefully crafted text for the Facebook Invite I made on Facebook. 

This summer, Free Street helps you beat the heat with chilling stories of real Chicago hauntings! Join us for FREE campfire-style performances in seven Chicago parks as we explore who --and what -- haunts Chicago. From an elevator operator who doesn't know he's dead to the legacy of housing laws in Chicago, 100 Hauntings is based on stories collected all over the city and performed by a multigenerational ensemble of storytellers, comedians, and actors. Presented in collaboration with the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks initiative and coming to a park near you:

July 19th Cragin Park 2611 N. Lockwood Ave. 
July 20th Gage Park 2411 W. 55th St. 
July 30th La Villita Park 2800 S. Sacramento
August 3rd Davis Square Park 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 
August 5th Calumet Park 9801 S. Avenue G
August 16th Walsh Park 1722 N. Ashland Ave. 
August 17th Merrimac Park 6343 W. Irving Park Rd. 

Performances at 6pm. Shows are free! Bring a blanket, chairs, snacks and prepare to have your hair stand on end! All ages welcome, though the show may be VERY SCARY for younger audiences. 

100 Hauntings is a year-long and multi-sited performance project created by Free Street Theater. We have been facilitating story circles and workshops all over the city, asking Chicagoans: what haunts our city? What can ghosts tell us about those hidden histories that refuse to be forgotten? This summer, we have chosen a handful of those stories for campfire style performances outdoors. In the fall, 100 Hauntings will open for a full run in our performance headquarters in Pulaski Park.

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100 Hauntings: Cragin Park
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

100 Hauntings: Cragin Park

100 HAUNTINGS will be performed in 7 Chicago parks this summer. Below, please find the carefully crafted text for the Facebook Invite I made on Facebook: 

This summer, Free Street helps you beat the heat with chilling stories of real Chicago hauntings! Join us for FREE campfire-style performances in seven Chicago parks as we explore who --and what -- haunts Chicago. From an elevator operator who doesn't know he's dead to the legacy of housing laws in Chicago, 100 Hauntings is based on stories collected all over the city and performed by a multigenerational ensemble of storytellers, comedians, and actors. Presented in collaboration with the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks initiative and coming to a park near you:

July 19th Cragin Park 2611 N. Lockwood Ave. 
July 20th Gage Park 2411 W. 55th St. 
July 30th La Villita Park 2800 S. Sacramento
August 3rd Davis Square Park 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 
August 5th Calumet Park 9801 S. Avenue G
August 16th Walsh Park 1722 N. Ashland Ave. 
August 17th Merrimac Park 6343 W. Irving Park Rd. 

Performances at 6pm. Shows are free! Bring a blanket, chairs, snacks and prepare to have your hair stand on end! All ages welcome, though the show may be VERY SCARY for younger audiences. 

100 Hauntings is a year-long and multi-sited performance project created by Free Street Theater. We have been facilitating story circles and workshops all over the city, asking Chicagoans: what haunts our city? What can ghosts tell us about those hidden histories that refuse to be forgotten? This summer, we have chosen a handful of those stories for campfire style performances outdoors. In the fall, 100 Hauntings will open for a full run in our performance headquarters in Pulaski Park. 


 

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