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In The Works: A Residency and Development Program

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Karen Yates Amok

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In the Works is the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' residency program and gives emerging and established performing artists the opportunity to test-drive new work in a public setting. Each residency is tailored to the needs of the artist or company and their project and takes place in the most suitable DCASE space. Each showing is a unique opportunity for audiences to get a behind-the-scenes look at new work by Chicago artists. To view past In the Works showings, click here.


Upcoming Showings


Walkabout Theater Company


presented in collaboration with Moon Fool

Walkabout Theater Company   Storm


Date: May 9, 2015

Time: 8 pm

Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Dance Studio

Charged with lightning and magic, a cast of international and Chicago performers weave together original live music, voice, body and text to capture the wild battle between humanity and nature, uniting the signature physicality and polyphony of Walkabout Theater Company and Moon Fool in a dynamic examination of power, illusion and the mystery of control. STORM invites audiences to take refuge in a world of fantasy, spectacle and haunting beauty, balancing the ageless work of Shakespeare with a modern confrontation of the devastating relationship between our planet and ourselves. An work-in-progress excerpt culminating 3 weeks of intensive rehearsal and exploration into a re-make of Storm, a piece first developed by director Anna-Helena McLean and her physical theater international exchange Moon Fool. Storm will be presented in collaboration with Moon Fool and Links Hall in Chicago and will run June 18-28 at Links Hall. 



Something Marvelous

Something Marvelous, a festival of magical realism


A new play by J. Joseph Cox.  Directed by Emmi Hilger.  Featuring Jack Bourgeois,

Nick Loumos, Chris Meister, Steve Munro, Becca Savoy, and Jordan Shomer.

  • FREE
  • Date: May 16, 2015
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Studio Theater



Ginger KrebsGinger Krebs Buffer Overrun

Buffer Overrun

In collaboration with: Sabrina Baranda, Elise Cowan, Joanna Furnans and Mary Wu


Date: May 19, 2015

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Studio Theater

Dance-maker Ginger Krebs will present in-progress excerpts of a performance provisionally titled Buffer Overrun.  The project uses intermittent vision, slow motion, phase shifting, and choreographies structured like code to question how our perception of three-dimensional space may be shifting in response to visual technologies and the increasing ubiquity of speed.



Something Marvelous, a festival of magical realism

Something Marvelous


A new play by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos.  Directed by Claire Redfield.  Featuring Angelica Acebedo, Maritza Cervantes, Annie Hogan, Nathalie Mendez, Tamika Nittel-Morales, and Erica Ramos.

  • FREE
  • Date: May 23, 2015
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Studio Theater



A new play by MT Cozzola.  Directed by Stephanie Stroud.  Featuring Lauren S. Deaton, Alison Dornheggen, Rachel Edwards Harvith, Angela Horn, Nick Loumos, Mark E. Penzien, and Michael Wexler.

  • FREE
  • Date: May 30, 2015
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Studio Theater

Something Marvelous cultivates new works of magical realism for the theatre and curates a reflective dialogue with the community to examine, broaden, and embolden the genre.  Each presentation is a staged reading of a new play that Something Marvelous has been developing in collaboration with the playwright, director, and actors since early April.  There will be a discussion following each reading; for more information please visit



Karen Yates

AmokKaren Yates Amok

Performers--Bryan Bosque, Carrie Drapac; Sound Designer--Thomas Dixon; Javanese gamelan musicians--members of Friends of the Gamelan

  • FREE
  • Date: August 15, 2015
  • Time: 2pm
  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Dance Studio

From the Indonesian spice trade of the 1600s to the 19th century eruption of Krakatoa to the 2004 tsunami, Amok uses ensemble movement, text, digital sound and live Javanese gamelan music to examine history, capitalism, and geoscience.

Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist Karen Yates has developed an expanded international practice that includes performance creation, stage direction, writing, acting, digital sound art, and social engagement. Her live ensemble performance pieces and digital sound work focus on U.S. and international issues—current and historical—especially as they relate to economic hierarchy and power.



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