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A CLOCKWORK NIGHTMARE” ~ WildClaw Theatre’s Masque of the Red Death Gala

“When the Ebony clock chimes… Darkness, Decay, and the Red Death will hold dominion over all.”

The Daemons of WildClaw Theatre, Chicago’s premier horror theatricals cordially invites those of imagination grand and dark to an evening of engineered and alchemical horror diversions. Come revel with the scholars and scientists of Chicago’s horror theatre as we celebrate the dark minds of Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, H. P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman, and Clive Barker.

Wonder at our ghoulish grotesquerie and demented delights!

Live Music, Games, and Performances featuring:
Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald* directed by Jeff Christian, readings from Michaela Petro, Ele Matelan, Scott Barsotti and more, so much more…

Horror Art and Entertainers.

Magnificent Artistic and Mercantile Treasures
in our sinister Silent Auction and Raffle.

Confess your darkest nightmares in the Fear Box in conjunction with KBH Media.

Commence your fall season with a grand fete featuring beer from Dry Hop Brewery, wine, culinary delights, dark art, tricks and treats, all included in the price of your ticket, all in support of WildClaw Theatre’s mission to bring the world of horror to the Chicago Stage.

*based on A STUDY IN EMERALD © 2003 by Neil Gaiman. First published in Shadows Over Baker Street.

September 15, 2012 – Saturday 7pm – Midnight

Dark steampunk attire is encouraged, but not required.


Please join Theater Oobleck and special guests to celebrate the release of their new collection, MORE IF YOU’VE GOT IT: FIVE PLAYS FROM THEATER OOBLECK.

Entertainment includes but is not limited to:
• Scenes from classic Oobleck plays
• Music from Jeff Dorchen, Danny Thompson, and elusive folk-rockers the Ring of Promised Wonder
• Sneak preview of the next installment of Oobleck’s Baudelaire in a Box project, coming to Links Hall Nov. 14-18
• and a very special reunion set from Shloinke, Chicago’s hardest drinking klezmer band

All this plus snacks! DJ Mike Bulington! And, of course, many copies of MORE IF YOU’VE GOT IT for sale, hot off the Hope and Nothings Publishing presses and featuring:
• Dave Buchen’s “Innocence and Other Vices“,
• Jeff Dorchen’s “Ugly’s First World
• David Isaacson’s “Letter Purloined
• Mickle Maher’s “There Is a Happiness That Morning Is
• Danny Thompson’s “Necessity.”
With a preface by Tony-award winning playwright Greg Kotis and introduction by Oobleck founding member Terri Kapsalis.

Tues. Sept. 4, 7-10pm — the day after Labor Day

@ The Hideout

1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago


Theater Oobleck: “More If You’ve Got It” Book Release Party

Back to OUR Future! – Babes With Blades

Join Babes With Blades in celebrating 15 years of creating unique theatre in Chicago! They’ll be celebrating at The Den Theatre – and they want to see your faces there!

* Sneak Preview Performances from their upcoming 15th Anniversary Season – SUSAN SWAYNE AND THE BEWILDERED BRIDE and JULIUS CAESAR

* Photo Booth – go back to YOUR future and dress up like detective Susan Swayne in Victorian England or Julius Caesar in the Roman Empire!

* Food, drinks, (first drink is on the Babes), dancing, music, prizes, auction, special celebrity video guest appearances, and much, much more!

Sunday, July 29, 2012 – 6:00pm

@ The Den Theatre

1333 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

* Don’t miss this one, folks. It’ll be a night to remember!

All of this – performance, food, drink? Only $15! Book your tickets @

15th Anniversary Celebration ~ Babes Withe Blades

Deathscribe 2012 Submissions Now Open!

WildClaw Theatre is now accepting submissions for Deathscribe 2012, our Fifth Annual Radio Horror Festival! Deathscribe 2012 will take place on the evening of December 3, 2012 at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave, in Chicago, IL.

We are looking for 10-minute radio scripts that are genuinely scary, imaginative, chilling, intelligent, suspenseful, horrific or downright grotesque. We put no restrictions on contestants as to content or tone, but keep in mind that we are a Horror Theatre. We take our horror seriously, and so should you.


To submit electronically, please make sure your script is formatted correctly according to the guidelines (see WildClaw website) and submit your script as an attachment to deathscribe2012@gmail.com.

This is an INTERNATIONAL contest. Writers need not be present to win. Writers the world over encouraged to SUBMIT.


WildClaw Theatre – DEATHSCRIBE 2012– Bringing Horror and the Supernatural to the Chicago Stage

SUBMIT to WildClaw. You know you want to.

Now You See It and Now You Don’t! – CLOSING TONIGHT @ Flat Iron Arts Building

The Flat Iron Artists’ Association will be closing its third annual “Now You See it and Now You Don’t” art exhibit on May 4, 2012 at 10 p.m. The show, open now, features more than 60 Chicago artists whose pieces celebrates the coming of spring and the vibrant art scene of the Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods. The interior walls of the Flat Iron Arts Building have been transformed into a lively, colorful canvas displaying a continuous flow of linear art. This visual artistic journey will start to disappear on May 4 when the first murals will be covered over in white paint. By the end of the week, they will be gone.

For more information on this and other FIAA events, please visit FIAA Homepage

COST: $5 Suggested Donation at the Door

Friday – May 4, 2012

@ Flat Iron Arts Building

Intersection of Milwaukee, Damen and North – 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

FIAA Blog: Now You See it, Now You Don’t …. The Finale!


April 23, 2012—Shakespeare’s 448th Birthday

“Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounc’d it to you,
trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it, as many of our
players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines.”

“There was a star danced, and under that was I born.”

– William Shakespeare

Monday, April 23, is Talk Like Shakespeare Day, an occasion for citizens from Chicago and across the globe to celebrate Shakespeare’s 448th birthday by bringing the spoken words of Shakespeare into their daily lives. The holiday, which originated in Chicago in 2009, became a worldwide sensation garnering extensive national and international media coverage and more than one million hits to TalkLikeShakespeare.org.

Shakespeare is being celebrated around the world next week, from Chicago to London to Armenia, in recognition of the man who engineered more than 154 sonnets, 37 plays, 1,700 original words and innumerable phrases. On April 23 Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London will launch its Globe to Globe Festival, part of London’s Cultural Olympiad, beginning a two month international event presenting all 37 plays from Shakespeare’s canon in 37 different languages (including Chicago Shakespeare’s Othello: The Remix, The Q Brothers’ hip-hop adaptation of Othello, opening in London May 5). Talk Like Shakespeare Day has even sparked a movement, originating in Armenia, lobbying for the inclusion of “Shakespearean” alongside “Pirate” and “Upside Down” as an official language option on Facebook.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 2008 recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, will be talking like Shakespeare throughout the upcoming birthday week. On the morning of April 23, Chicago Shakespeare’s production of The Taming of the Shrew will be performed for Chicago Public School students at Sawyer Elementary School on the City’s south side and that evening, celebrated British actor Simon Callow’s one-man show, Being Shakespeare will play a special Monday performance at the Broadway Playhouse, preceded by a birthday party for the Bard in the theater’s lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m. At ChicagoShakespeare’s home on Navy Pier, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Tony Award-winning actor Ian McDiarmid begin preview performances of Timon of Athens, while the cast of Othello: The Remix prepares for the world premiere of its new work in London the following week.

Among the many visitors to Navy Pier, the Midwest’s most visited tourist destination, on April 23 will be William Shakespeare himself. Those who talk like Shakespeare to “the Bard” will receive free rides on Navy Pier’s iconic Ferris Wheel from 10 a.m. to noon. Shakespeare will then dine at Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier, where a special Shakespeare-inspired menu will be available from noon to 2:00 p.m.

Talk Like Shakespeare

The Black Market Trunk Show!

In America, you can always find a party.
In Soviet Russia, Party always find you! – Yakov Smirnoff

Compatriots! (Trumpet sounds) Tickets for The Strange Tree Group’s yearly Trunk Show are NOW ON SALE. Every red cent of this benefit will go to our Spring 2012 production of Goodbye Cruel World at Theater Wit and support our company through 2012.

Russia. Tubas. Sausages. Suicides. Fake beards.

DRAMA. (There’s a preview at the Trunk Show!)

Come drink vodka, watch plays and help us out, won’t you? It’s gonna be oh. so. good.

Russian delicacies and delectable desserts!
A bar of black market bottles provided by the fine folks at Hopleaf!
A deliciously viscous vodka tasting by Koval.
They’re included, you know?

A guaranteed lovely (& eventful) time.

Monday @ 7:00pm – April 16, 2012

@ Neo-Futurarium

5153 North Ashland, Chicago

TICKETS: The Black Market Trunk Show!

DETAILS: The Black Market Trunk Show!

The Strange Tree Group | A Wickedly Whimsical, Delightfully Devious Chicago Theatre Company

GAY FRIDAYGayCo promises to make it a very Good Friday

t’s time for a party of Biblical proportions. On Good Friday (April 6) GayCo Productions, the nation’s premiere LGBTQ sketch comedy group, is taking over Crew Bar & Grill, offering an OPEN BAR, and throwing a party that would make Sodom and Gomorrah proud.

GayCo’s GAY FRIDAY party will feature raffles, games, prizes, a Sexy Jesus, pin the nails on Jesus contest, drink specials, and at least one spin of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.” Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and partygoers get free domestic beer and well drinks for three hours.

Proceeds from GAY FRIDAY will help fund the non-profit theater group’s Pride Month show at Stage 773, along with other LGBTQ programming throughout the year.

The party will last from 8pm to 11pm. Those attending GAY FRIDAY are encouraged to bring cash for raffle tickets, games and drink specials.

Advanced tickets available until Thursday at GayCo presents: Gay Friday! – Eventbrite

Friday, April 6, 2012 ~ 8:00pm -11:00pm

@ Crew Bar and Grill

4804 N. Broadway Street, Chicago

Gay Friday: GayCo promises to make it a very Good Friday


Trap Door Theatre’s Artistic Director Beata Pilch awarded Artist Residency in Paris!

The Trap Door Theatre is proud to announce that Artistic Director Beata Pilch has been selected for a prestigious Artist Residency at the Program Cite Internationale des Arts-Home of foreign artists in France. Pilch was the only person from the United States to be selected for this honor, as well as the only theatre artist. During her three month long residency in Paris, beginning in April, Pilch will network with French actors, playwrights and directors to seek out new productions to bring home to Chicago! This residency was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Cultural services of the French Embassy in Chicago and New York. Merci!


Beata Pilch is currently revising her role as the Mother in ME TOO, I AM CATHERINE DENEUVE for a four city tour throughout France, including 10 performances in Paris. For more information …

Trap Door Theatre

For more information about Beata Pilch … Trap Door Theatre ~ Beata Pilch

SAVE the Portage Theater!

Originally opened in 1920, the Portage Theater is an architectural landmark and one of Chicago’s oldest movie houses. Since being purchased by new owners in 2006, the Portage Theater has been restored to its original beauty and serves as the centerpoint of the Chicago independent film community, a key venue for up-and-coming indie music artists as well as facilitating a grand location for the wonderful renaissance of burlesque performance.

The Six Corners, Portage Park Neighborhood and Old Irving Park associations invite you to attend a community meeting in order to learn what you can do to support preserving this iconic theater.


Chicago Tabernacle would like to convert the theater into their worship space, remove the marquee, alter the auditorium, and eliminate the storefronts and half the apartments for offices and classrooms.

Please come to the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Monday, March 26, 7 p.m. and learn what you can do to save the Portage!

Monday, March 26, 7 p.m.

@ Portage Theater

4050 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

Save the Portage Theater

The Portage Theater

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