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Steppenwolf’s Garage Rep features innovative storefront companies

Thu, Apr 3, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s fifth annual Garage Rep features innovative storefront companies in rotating repertory through April 20. Productions include The New Colony’s world-premiere of reWILDing Genius, Prologue Theatre Company’s Chicago-premiere production of Saturday Night/Sunday Morning and Walkabout Theater Company’s world-premiere production of The Wild.

reWilding Genius

reWilding Genius

reWilding Genius, by Andrew Hobgood and Megan Johns, is a show about millennials, for millennials, by millennials, Hobgood says. An Uptown Chicago loft becomes a breeding ground for young minds looking to change the world. Self-identified geniuses, cybervigilantes, hacktivists and anarchists cast off the laws of the land as they attempt to alter Humanity’s fate. As these millennials plot against enemies and build complex data schemes, reWILDing Genius asks how far is too far in our quest to save us from ourselves.

Katori Hall’s Saturday Night/Sunday Morning takes place in Memphis, circa 1945.

Miss Mary’s beauty parlor and boarding house is alive and hopping – full of young African American women primping their hair and telling stories of their soldiers overseas. But as the final days of WWII approach, the women wrestle with the uncertainty of what the future will hold when – and if – their men return. Hilarious and historical, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning is a story about finding friendship and love in unexpected places.

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning

Rhythmic, muscular and full of risk, The Wild is a devised laboratory theater performance based on the words of playwright Charles Mee, Dionysian rituals and a pulsing mix of global folk performance. Walkabout Theatre Company examines what happens to people when institutions crumble and deities fail to show up.

The Wild

The Wild

The 2014 line-up also features Late Night @ Garage Rep, a series of late-night, cross-genre performances, every Thursday night at 11 p.m. The After Party includes performances Kevin Coval and Young Chicago Authors (March 20); James Anthony Zoccoli’s Wiggerlover [whiteboy + blackdad = greyareas]

(March 27); Ian Belknap’s one-man Bring Me The Head Of James Franco, That I May Prepare a Savory Goulash In The Narrow And Misshapen Pot Of His Skull (April 3); The Gift Theatre’s improv group, Natural Gas (April 10); and Chicago Dance Crash’s Follow The Reader (April 17).

Performances are Wednesday through Sunday in the Garage Theater (1624 N Halsted St.) Single tickets ($20), three-play passes ($45), a limited number of student tickets ($15 online with promo code GARAGEREP15) as well as Late Night single tickets ($5) are on sale through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.


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