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Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble challenges status quo by staging four shows ‘against type’Hedy Weiss Sun-Times Theater Critic
You’re either too young or too old. Too stunning or too bland. Too tall or too short. Too fat or too thin. Female when you should be male. White when you should be black. Black when you should be Latino. Latino when you should be Asian.
Don’t take it personally, but you probably never will be cast as Hamlet or Blanche DuBois, as Malcolm X or Madame Mao.
To be sure, these days the whole casting game is considerably more imaginative and diverse than it was just a couple of decades ago. But typecasting persists — in the theater, movies, television. And no matter how great a performer’s transformational gifts might be, more often than not there are “limits.”
It was out of this realization that Ellyzabeth Adler, founder and artistic director of Chicago Danztheatre (an interdisciplinary performance art ensemble that combines dance, theater, the visual arts and a healthy dose of activism), joined forces with Kyra Morris, Jack Ryan and the Fulton Street Collective to devise “All the Shows I’ve Ever Wanted To Do But Couldn’t.”
"All The Shows I've Ever Wanted to Do But Couldn't"
December 7, 14, and 21
"All The Shows I've Ever Wanted to Do But Was Told I Couldn't" invites directors, writers, performers, and the like to creatively re-stage their favorite productions with an unlikely cast. Gender, racial, and sexual barriers are sure to be broken by some of the most talented voices in the Chicago. "All The Shows..." opens saturday December 7 and runs for the next two Saturdays.
7 p.m. Gallery and Bar Opens
8 p.m. Performance
Fulton Street Collective, 2000 W. Fulton St.
$15 Advance / $20 Door
Tickets available at Brownpapertickets.com
Featuring: David Besky, Laura A. Harrison, Christpher Jamell Jackson, Maria Margaglione, Maren Rosenberg, and Vahista Vafadari
In scenes from:
Sweet Bird of Youth, Directed by Alex St. John
True West, Directed by Jude Hansen
The Pillowman, Directed by Lavina Jadhwani
Danny & the Deep Blue Sea, Directed by Tara Branham
with additional scenes written by Dana Lynn Formby
Produced by Kyra Morris, Jack Ryan, and Ellyzabeth Adler
Art Exhibition Curated by Annan Shehadi and Leila Taha