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Theatre Fri Jul 11 2014
The Chicago Park District's "Night Out in the Parks" initiative has created opportunities for Chicagoans to experience theatre in outdoor spaces, but also for young Chicagoans to showcase their talents. Checking Boxes, an original production by Shannon Matesky in collaboration with the About Faces Youth Theatre Ensemble, is no exception.
The original play takes a deeper look into the all-American dream through the eyes of LGBTQIA immigrant youth. From coming out to growing up in a society where everyone is striving for the perfect job and the ideal white-picket fence, the characters show how their journeys don't follow a stereotypical path. "Checking Boxes" is based on real-life experiences of the ensemble as well as members of the LGBTQIA community.
The About Face Youth Theatre focuses on creating a "safe space" for members of the LGBTQIA community to share their stories. Participants in the program conduct interviews, write scripts and eventually develop on-stage productions to be featured during the About Face Theatre's mainstage season.
Here is a list of performances, times and locations, all shows are free of charge. What better way to spend a summer night than a performance in a park with a message?
Thursday, July 17 and Friday, July 18 at 7 pm
Piotrowski Park, 4247 W. 31st St., Chicago
Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25 at 7 pm
Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St., Chicago
Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1 at 7 pm
Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard St., Chicago