In the Summer of 2016, Chicago Performance Lab hosted The House Theatre of Chicago, Salonathon, The Syndicate, Walkabout Theatre Company, Colorguard, and The Hypocrites. In residence from July through August, these companies explored a variety of forms, idioms, and media.
THE HOUSE THEATRE
A Comedical Tragedy for Mr. Punch
Kara Davidson and Shade Murray
This dark and classic puppet show gives children a way to laugh and marvel at the cruelty of the adult world they do not understand.
Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, Kevin O'Donnell, and Tommy Rapley
A fast-paced, beautifully choreographed, family-friendly event, and one that is moving even for those of us who might be on the grinch’s side from time to time.
Alastair Reynolds, Althos Low, and Nathan Allen
A classic deadly-maze story that follows a future team of humans and trans-humans as they battle a sentient alien tower.
The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz
Phillip Klapperich and Tommy Rapley
A modern retelling of the classic american fairy tale.
Brett Neveu, Jason Narducci, and Nathan Allen
The story of how punk rock saved Dave Grohl's life.
Ellen Bond, Union Spy
Jenni Lamb and Jess McLeod
Freed slave Mary Bowser uses her intelligence to steal the Confederacy’s secrets by working as a maid in the Confederate White House.
A middle-aged married couple wake up to news that an old friend has died.
Hatfield and McCoy
Shawn Pfautsch and Matt Hawkins
Shawn Pfautsch’s love letter to R and J in a philosophically polarized America.
Joey Steakley and Ben Lobpries
In this new adaptation, Pinocchio’s struggle to become a “real boy” has very contemporary implications.
Ben Lobpries and Tommy Rapley
A street-poet prophet, a hedonistic prince, a self-obsessed matriarch and a slew of feuding diplomats set the stage for Salome’s greatest act.
Alex Lubischer and Monty Cole
Twins set out to save their parents in a world that has stopped spinning.
The Winter Farm
William Glick and Jesse Roth
Just 20 years after a near-apocalypse, Wendy returns to Mammoth Cryogenics with her daughter Alice to release her husband from cryogenic sleep.
Nova to Lodestar
Nathan Allen, Lee Keenan, and Sandor Weisz
A live, asymmetric, cooperative game played by two teams in two separate rooms.
Nathan Allen and Sandor Weisz
Experiments with technology, performance, game and social applications on the Vamonde.com urban storytelling platform.
Kitty Hawk Arsht Commission
A 60-minute musical for young audiences that premiered in Miami in Oct 2016.
The Cosmic Body
What does it mean to frame the narrative of an oppressed person around something other than The Struggle?
Dewayne Perkins and Aasia LaShay Bullock
A narrative set of sketches following two comedians through their journey of being black in a mostly white community.
TimeLife Video Presents a Limited Edition Performance of "Pretty Lady; The Life and Times of Judy Rosenblatt."
A tender, multimedia exploration of Rosenblatts's storied career, from the monumental highs to the devastating lows.
A series of dangerous, sexy, wild collisions inspired by Euripides’s The Bacchae.
Eric Hoff, SK Kerastas, and Will Davis
An epic movement-driven play that uses the military-originated and gayly-evolved “sport of the arts,” as its main language.
A recent conjoined adaptation of the surviving eleven Aristophanes’ comedies.
Tall Girl and the Lightning Parade
An immersive, celebratory outdoor parade performance with live music, dance, masks, and stilt-walkers.