Come on in, pull up a chair, and stay awhile. Welcome to the Chicago Theatre Triathlon.
The League of Chicago Theatres and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced that 2019 will be celebrated as the “Year of Chicago Theatre”. In honor of this occasion and matched with a desire to continue my growth as a Chicago artist, I am challenging my super nerdy, overly ambitious self to be engaging with theatre every day of 2019. I pledge to do this in three capacities:
Watch. To see a ton of shows. To offer a comprehensive perspective of the term “performance” as Chicago offers an array of entertainment experiences. Whether it’s an ensemble attempting to perform 30 plays in 1 hour, an immersive cocktail party full of secrets, or a new work taking those first baby steps.
Read. From Anton Chekhov and Antoinette Nwandu to Young Jean Lee and Lauren Yee. To scrutinize classics and question their validity in American theatre today. To expand our common knowledge of plays, highlighting those written by LGBTQ+, black, Asian, Latinx, and female playwrights.
Write. To review productions through the lens of expanding our tools for critique and self-reflection. To shout out amazing artists, profile theatre companies, and recognize community organizations that none of us should be slacking on. To rediscover the pain and joy that is the writing process.
The Chicago Theatre Triathlon aims to provide advocacy, education, and celebration of our local companies, artists, and works. It is a commitment to being creative, passionate, and open to new voices, works, and ideas. We live in a city full of unknown stories, just waiting to be told. This is an opportunity to listen, and ultimately learn.
365 days. 1 hopeful, red lipstick wearing, forever student loan owing, theatre maker. And so, the journey begins.
Who are you anyway?
Do you think you will never want to do theatre again after this?
Probably, but I consider myself a cockeyed optimist.
How can I follow you along on this self-inflicted journey of suffering for your art?
What if I want you to come see my show?
I’m always open to suggestions. I’m also a really nice person, so if you make even the smallest of pleas, ask and you shall receive. If you have any thoughts (or better yet comps), please forward all inquiries to email@example.com or here.
I love mood lighting, Moscow mules, and meeting with friends (usually over a nice cup of tea and treats).