Jun
29
to Jan 5

Setting the Stage: Objects of Chicago Theatre

  • Design Museum of Chicago Expo 72 (map)
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Design in theatre can take many forms, including costumes, lights, sound, props, and sets, among countless other examples. Setting the Stage celebrates the myriad ways design is employed in stage productions. Using objects on loan from Chicago theatres, this exhibit will emphasize the diversity, depth, and breadth of theatres in the city and explore how words are translated by designers into a production. See the process behind the final products and learn more about how and why design decisions in theatres are made. Celebrate the Year of Chicago Theatre with us and discover all that the city’s theatre has to offer through the objects which exemplify the soul of each institution. Idle Muse Theatre Company will showcase renderings, costumes, the loom and the bear puppet from Best for Winter as part of the exhibition throughout July, with limited items on display for the duration of the exhibit.

Design Museum of Chicago Expo 72
72 E Randolph, Chicago, IL

P 312-894-6263

E info@designchicago.org

https://designchicago.org/exhibitions/

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Sep
23
to Oct 20

Equivocation

Tickets available at the     Idle Muse Box Office   or by phone at 773.340.9438

Tickets available at the Idle Muse Box Office or by phone at 773.340.9438

In the aftermath of the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 to assassinate King James I and destroy the British Parliament, playwright William Shagspeare is commissioned by the powerful Lord Robert Cecil to write the "true historie" of the plot...to the particular specifications of His Majesty. As they work to unravel the truth behind the conspiracy, navigating clandestine meetings, betrayals, and brawls, the King’s Men acting company tests just how far they’re willing to go for each other and to speak truth to power. When duty to country and pursuit of the truth collide, the Globe Theatre becomes the stage for Shag’s darkest play yet - and the battle for a nation’s soul. Fact, fiction, politics and comedy all vie for control in this critically acclaimed dramatic account of an historical national crisis!

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The Idle Musings of Sherlock Holmes Radio Play: The Boscombe Valley Mystery
Dec
1
7:30 PM19:30

The Idle Musings of Sherlock Holmes Radio Play: The Boscombe Valley Mystery

Idle Muse Theatre Company presents The Idle Musings of Sherlock Holmes, with its third episode in the series, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, by Michael Dalberg! Join IMTC for an evening of Sherlock Holmes, live radio performance, and delectable drinks as we rejoin the inimitable duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in another baffling mystery with friends and foes both old and new. Watch the wheels spin rapidly off the wagon as the world’s greatest detective takes on a classic and compelling murder mystery with new twists in this original adaptation voiced by IMTC ensemble members, live to broadcast with onstage foley artist sound effects presented live at The Edge Off Broadway Theatre in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood!

Idle Muse Theatre Company

at The Edge Off Broadway

1133 W Catalpa Ave

Chicago, IL 60640
For tickets:
P 773-340-9438
E boxoffice@idlemustheatre.org www.idlemuse.org

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Mar
9
to Apr 5

In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play)

Tickets available at the     Idle Muse Box Office   or by phone at 773.340.9438

Tickets available at the Idle Muse Box Office or by phone at 773.340.9438

1880s New York, The Gilded Age of America. The second Industrial Revolution has ignited a desire to change the fabric of daily life. When her physician husband creates a unique piece of machinery to massage the growing affliction of “female hysteria,” Catherine Givings embarks on some new discoveries of her own. As Dr. Givings garners the attention of new patients, Catherine finds her own attention inexplicably drawn to what occurs “in the next room” and what it means for her. In this intimate and humorous journey of self-examination and sexuality, human connection is not only a climax, but a vital part of life itself.

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Martinis for Muses
Sep
1
2:00 PM14:00

Martinis for Muses

Shmooze and booze with Idle Muse! Marty's Martini Bar, the #1 Ranked martini bar in Chicago has graciously opened its doors to Idle Muse Theatre Company on Sunday, September 1, 2pm-5pm! All sales during these hours will directly benefit IMTCs activities and productions in our mission to provide transporting, timely, and true local theatre. No cover, no tickets to buy – just good friends and great drinks. Join us in celebrating the start to our 2019/20 Season!

Marty’s Martini Bar
1511 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago IL 60640


P 773-561-6425

https://www.facebook.com/martysmartinibar

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Best for Winter, being a short Shakespeare Adapted from The Winter's Tale and other works
Mar
21
to Apr 20

Best for Winter, being a short Shakespeare Adapted from The Winter's Tale and other works

The ensemble of Idle Muse Theatre Company explores this classical fantasy with an impossible ending. Shakespeare’s story of human beings living in a world broken by the unforgivable acts of a man in power is the basis for this new adaptation focused on feelings and actions and as recognizable in 2019 as they were in the Bard’s time.

When forgiveness is impossible, can something else be found to take it’s place? Maybe something more important - something like hope?

“A simple, elegant Shakespeare adaptation”
-
Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader

“Director Evan Jackson impressively adapts works by William Shakespeare, including The Winter’s Tale, into one epic tale. His storytelling is bursting with signature Shake; a mad king, a shipwreck, mistaken identities, star-crossed lovers. Jackson engages with an almost overwhelming 16 characters. Over time, his multiple storylines are weaved together  in a satisfying circle of jealousy, betrayal, forgiveness, redemption."
- Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh

“…a theatrical treasure.”
- Catherine Hellmann, ChiIL Mama

”Magical…that’s the word - magical…”
-
Audience Member, Best for Winter

March 23 - April 20
$10 Previews 3/21/2019 & 3/22/2019

The Edge Theater Off-Broadway | 1133 W. Catalpa, Chicago, IL 60640
8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 3pm Sundays
Special Wednesday night performance 8pm, 3/27/2019

Runtime: 1 hour 50 minutes with a 10 minute intermission

Tickets available at the Idle Muse Box Office or by phone at 773.340.9438

Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

FEATURING:
Kristen Alesia as Perdita
Brian Bengtson* as Leontes
Michael Dalberg* as Autolycus
Eric Duhon as Shepherd
Brian Healy as Florizel
Paula Hlava as Mamillias
Mara Kovacevic* as Hermione
Elizabeth MacDougald* as Paulina
Laura Jones Macknin* as Camilla
Morgan Manasa as Time
Sara Robinson* as Antigonis
Erik Schnitger as Polixenes
Watson Swift as Cleomenes
Joel Thompson* as Clown
Toma Lynn Smith as Emilia
Lauren Grace Thompson as Understudy (Perdita/Cleomenes)

PRODUCTION:
Evan Jackson*, director
Heather Zink, calling stage manager
Shellie DiSalvo*, production manager and rehearsal stage manager
Laura Wiley*, Technical director, lighting design and projection design
Milo Bue, scenic design
Joshua Allard, costume design
Tristan Brandon*, dramaturgy and prop design
L. J. Luthringer, sound and music design
William Sidney Parker*, consultant
Kati Lechner, vocal coach
Sarah Scanlon, intimacy design.  

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A League of Identity: A Sherlock Holmes Radio Play
Nov
15
7:30 PM19:30

A League of Identity: A Sherlock Holmes Radio Play

Join Idle Muse Theatre Company once again as we continue to play upon our audience’s love of Sherlock Holmes, old-time radio performance, and drinking during live theatre! The characters of Doyle’s canon have never been so close, so extemporaneous, so occasionally feckless as in this the second in our series of Sherlock Holmes Radio Dramas, A League of Identity by Michael Dalberg, coming to you once again from the friendly and acoustically-lovely heart of the Edgewater Theatre District, the Edge. We’ll rejoin the inimitable duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they go up against baffling mystery and friends and foes both old and new, most of whom are not who they seem, and all of whom are voiced by the players of Idle Muse, live to broadcast with onstage foley. You’re invited to watch the wheels come rapidly off the wagon as the world’s greatest detective takes on two capers at once in this original adaptation, and what starts out as a staged reading will hopefully end up with a minimum of personal injury, a medium amount of hurt feelings, and a maximum of laughter.

Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A League of Identity is the latest episode in Idle Muse’s Sherlock Holmes radio play series and continues the story begun in July’s A Scandal in Bohemia, presented live at The Edge Theatre in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood with drinks and small eats.


Tickets are $20
The Edge Theater | 5451 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
8pm | November 15

Doors open at 7:30pm for drinks and small eats.


Tickets available soon at the Idle Muse Box Office or by phone at 773.340.9438

Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

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A Scandal in Bohemia, Part One - a Sherlock Holmes Radio Play
Jul
22
8:00 PM20:00

A Scandal in Bohemia, Part One - a Sherlock Holmes Radio Play

One night only!

The company that brought you The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Final Adventure returns to the stage with one of literature's most beloved characters.

Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Scandal in Bohemia, Part One will be presented live at The Edge Theatre in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood with drinks and small eats.

In this first installment of a new series based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Idle Muse takes audiences back to the glory days of radio, feature a cast of Idle Muse Ensemble members, period costumes, and live foley sound effects! The sequel, A Scandal in Bohemia, Part Two, will be presented this coming winter as a follow-up performance.


Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 if purchased in advance
The Edge Theater | 5451 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
8pm | July 22

Doors open at 7pm for drinks and small eats.


Tickets available soon at the Idle Muse Box Office or by phone at 773.340.9438

Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

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Girl Found
May
17
to Jun 10

Girl Found

Idle Muse Theatre Company presents a world premiere by Barbara Lhota!
Directed by Alison Dornheggen

A seventeen year old girl who mysteriously went missing four years ago resurfaces in a youth shelter in Canada, with no memory of where she's been.  Soon she recalls a name, Sophie Sobin, and a life she want's back.  Her aunt Ellie and troubled mother Eva welcome her home, but Sophie has a hard time remembering things.  Who are you if you cannot remember your past?  Sophie revives her damaged family, but chaotic past events bubble beneath the surface.  Inspired by true life events, Girl Found explores how perceptions can be distorted in the desperate, primal pursuit of love.

$10 Previews 5/12/2018, 5/13/2018, & 5/16/2018
The Edge Theater | 5451 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 3pm Sundays

Runtime: 1 hour 50 minutes with a 10 minute intermission

Tickets available at the Idle Muse Box Office or by phone at 773.340.9438

Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

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Nov
18
to Nov 19

Athena Festival 2017

Athena Festival is an annual project providing a greater voice and representation for women in Chicago theatre. Athena Festival features plays by diverse women playwrights, directed by women, and featuring women in prominent roles.

ATHENA FESTIVAL LINEUP 2017

November 18th at 1PM
Faithless by Kimberly Patterson
Directed by Kate Leslie

November 18th at 6:30 PM
Wherever You've Been by Caitlin DiGiacomo
Directed by Iris Sowlat

November 19th at 2PM
Parturient by Shadana Patterson
Directed by TBD

November 19th at 6:30PM
Witch Trials by Josefina Valenzuela Cerda
Directed by Beth Wolf

Performances at Jackalope's Frontier space
1106 W. Thorndale Ave
Chicago, IL 60660

Tickets for Athena Festival are pay what you can!
Cash and Credit Card purchase available at the door.

Call or email the Idle Muse Box office to reserve:
773.340.9438
boxoffice@idlemuse.org

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The Veil
Aug
17
to Sep 17

The Veil

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With her family facing financial ruin as the Irish rural way of life comes to an end, Hannah's impending marriage to a British lord will settle her mother's debts and save the estate. Catastrophe strikes, however, when a defrocked reverend pushes her to embrace the strange voices that have haunted her since birth. Against the backdrop of Ireland's troubled colonial history, The Veil is a transfixing, mystical ghost story about the search for love and the circularity of time - and the ghosts that are woken by scarcity and the fear of dispossession.

The run time of The Veil is approximately 2 hours 35 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission.

The cast features Ashley Crowe (Hannah Lambroke), Alison Dornheggen (Lady Madeleine Lambroke), Jean Marie Koon (Maria "Grandie" Lambroke), Scott Olson (Reverend Berkeley), Nathan Pease (Charles Audelle), Leslie Hull (Mrs Goulding), Ross Frawley (Mr Fingal), and Catherine Dvorak (Clare Wallace).

The production team includes Conor McPherson (playwright), Ann Kreitman (director), Idle Muse ensemble members Tristan Brandon (scenic designer, prop designer, and dramaturge), Shellie DiSalvo (production manager) Erin Gallagher (costume designer), Laura Wiley (technical director, lighting and projection designer),  and guest artists Devonte Washington (stage manager), Allison Asher (dialect coach) and Robert P. Lloyd (sound designer).

$10 Previews 8/17/2017 & 8/18/2017
The Edge Theater | 5451 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 3pm Sundays

Matinee & Evening Performances: 9/2/2017, No performance on 9/3/2017 

Tickets available now at the Idle Muse Box Office or by phone at 773.340.9438            

Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

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