Theater on the Lake - Programming

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Welcome to Theater on the Lake: The Chicago Summer Theater Festival.  Celebrating 61 years of Chicago’s rich off-Loop theater community.  

 

 

Programming Schedule

Come early and stay late for exciting pre and post-show programming surrounding our dynamic and diverse 2013 season. 

 

Live Lit on the Lake
Thursdays and Fridays:  9:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Admission free

After the main stage performance every Thursday and Friday, stay to hear Chicago’s literary all-stars read their stories, personal essays and commentaries.  Live Lit on the Lake is curated and hosted by Ian Belknap, founder and host of WRITE CLUB, which features a rotating lineup of Chicago’s most audacious writers/performers.

Dates: June 13 & 14, June 20 & 21, Jun 27 & 28, July 11 & 12, July 18 & 19, July 25 & 26, August 1 & 2, August 8 & 9

 

Theater Thursdays
Thursday: 6 - 7:15 p.m.
Admission included in ticket price

In partnership with The League of Chicago Theaters, Theater on the Lake will be hosting Theater Thursdays every Thursday night with a free pre-show cocktail and appetizer, and a chance to meet the artists.

Dates: June 13, June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, July 15, August, 1, August 8



Declaration YOUth Arts Fest
July 3, 5, 6 & 7
5-9 p.m.
Admission free
Recommended for teens ages 14 and up

Through four evenings of spoken word, music, dance, theater, and visual art, Chicago's teens will have an opportunity to celebrate the abundance of young talent within their city and within themselves. 
Learn more.




Theater Company Pre/Post-Show Programming

WEEK 1: June 12-16
The New Colony: The Bear Suit of Happiness

Wednesday, June 12
Pre and Post-Show, 6pm – 7:15pm & 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Opening Night USO-inspired Dance: During World War II, Theater on the Lake was used as a USO Center and regularly hosted USO dances.  The New Colony honors this history by welcoming big band Mike P's and the Cool Breeze for a night of swing dancing. 

Thursday, June 13
Pre-show, 6pm – 7:15pm:
Theater Thursday: Musical entertainment from big band Mike P’s and the Cool Breeze
Post-show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Live Lit on the Lake

Friday, June 14
Pre-show, 6:45pm – 7:15pm:
Musical entertainment from big band Mike P’s and the Cool Breeze
Post show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Live Lit on the Lake

Saturday, June 15
Post-show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Musical entertainment from big band Mike P’s and the Cool Breeze
 


 

WEEK 2: June 19-23
MPAACT Blackademics

Thursday, June 20
Pre-Show, 6pm – 7:15pm:
Theater Thursday
Post-show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Live Lit on the Lake

Friday, June 21
Pre-Show, 6:15pm - 7:15pm:
Proyecto Manigua - Bomba Salve, &  Caribbean Goodies
A night of Puerto Rican Bomba, Dominican Salve, and other Caribbean goodies brought to you by members of Africaribe, Bompleneras, Nuestro Tambo, and Chicago Afro Beat Project, under the direction of Charly Barbera.
Post-show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Live Lit on the Lake

Saturday, June 22
Post-Show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Ta-Tynisa Wilson-  Acoustic Soul  An Intimate Performance With Ta-Tynisa
Capture a never-before-seen performance from this up and coming artist. This show allows you to experience Ta-Tynisa up close and personal as she showcases her sultry vocals with HD an incredible band. Come out to enjoy an acoustic set with a touch of Neo-Soul and more.

 


 

WEEK 3: June 26-30
Manual Cinema:  Lula del Ray

Wednesday, June 26
Pre-Show,6:30pm – 7:15pm:
Immerse yourself in the environments from Lula del Ray through visual art installations, while listening to a live band inspired by the music of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.

Thursday, June 27
Pre-Show, 6pm – 7:15pm:
Theater Thursday
Immerse yourself in the environments from Lula del Ray through visual art installations, while listening to a live band inspired by the music of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.
Post-show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Live Lit on the Lake

Friday, June 28
Pre-Show, 6:30pm – 7:15pm:
Immerse yourself in the environments from Lula del Ray through visual art installations, while listening to a live band inspired by the music of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.
Post-show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Live Lit on the Lake

Saturday, June 29
Pre-Show, 6:30pm – 7:15pm:
Immerse yourself in the environments from Lula del Ray through visual art installations, while listening to a live band inspired by the music of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.
Post-Show: 9pm – 10pm:
Audiences are invited to stay for this audio-visual extravaganza, featuring a performance by Maren Celeste (the voice of Lula) and live art on overhead projectors.

Sunday, June 30
Pre-Show, 5:30pm – 6:15pm:
Immerse yourself in the environments from Lula del Ray through visual art installations, while listening to a live band inspired by the music of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.

 



 

Declaration YOUth Fest: July 3, 5, 6, 7


 


 

WEEK 4: July 10-14
Theater Oobleck: There is a Happiness That Morning Is

Thursday, July 11
Pre-Show, 6pm – 7:15pm:
Theater Thursday
Post-show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Live Lit on the Lake

Friday, July 12
Post-show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Live Lit on the Lake

 


 

WEEK 5: July 17-21
Barrel of Monkeys: That’s Weird, Grandma

Wednesday, July 17
Pre-Show, 6:30pm – 7:15pm:
Hang out at the B.O.M. Bandstand and enjoy Monkey Musicians play music inspired by stories. Visit the B.O.M. Stations to create your own paper bag puppet, write a story, personalize a bookmark and write your own comic strip!

Thursday, July 18
Pre-Show, 6pm – 7:15pm:
Theater Thursday
Hang out at the B.O.M. Bandstand and enjoy Monkey Musicians play music inspired by stories. Visit the B.O.M. Stations to create your own paper bag puppet, write a story, personalize a bookmark and write your own comic strip!
Post-show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Live Lit on the Lake

Friday, July 19
Pre-Show, 6:30pm – 7:15pm:
Hang out at the B.O.M. Bandstand and enjoy Monkey Musicians play music inspired by stories. Visit the B.O.M. Stations to create your own paper bag puppet, write a story, personalize a bookmark and write your own comic strip!
Post-show: 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Live Lit on the Lake

Saturday, July 20
Pre-Show, 6:30pm – 7:15pm:
Hang out at the B.O.M. Bandstand and enjoy Monkey Musicians play music inspired by stories. Visit the B.O.M. Stations to create your own paper bag puppet, write a story, personalize a bookmark and write your own comic strip!

Sunday, July 21
Pre-Show, 5:30pm – 6:15pm:
Hang out at the B.O.M. Bandstand and enjoy Monkey Musicians play music inspired by stories. Visit the B.O.M. Stations to create your own paper bag puppet, write a story, personalize a bookmark and write your own comic strip!

 


 

WEEK 6: July 24-28
The Den Theatre: The Quality of Life

Wednesday, July 24
Post-Show, 9:30pm – 10pm:
Post-Show Talkback

Thursday, July 25
Pre-Show, 6pm – 7:15pm:
Theater Thursday
Post-show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Live Lit on the Lake

Friday, July 26
Post-show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Live Lit on the Lake

Saturday, July 27
Post-Show, 9:30pm – 10pm:
Post-Show Talk Back

 


 

WEEK 7: July 31-August 4
Jackalope Theatre: Long Way Go Down

Thursday, August 1
Pre-Show, 6pm – 7:15pm:
Theater Thursday
Post-show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Live Lit on the Lake

Friday, August 2
Post-show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Live Lit on the Lake

 


 

WEEK 8: August 7-11
Chicago Physical Theater: The Chi-Town Clown Review featuring Honeybuns

Thursday, August 8
Pre-Show, 6pm – 7:15pm:
Theater Thursday
Post-show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Live Lit on the Lake

Friday, August 9
Post-show, 9:30pm – 10:30pm:
Live Lit on the Lake

 


 

 

Ticketing Information:

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Box Office open for single ticket sales June 4th.
312.742.7994
Subscription: $110
Single tickets:  $18.00

Weekend Diamond Flex Pass - purchase a single ticket for three different shows for $35, available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances only.  Best seats available and subject to availability.

 

Contact Us

Theater on the Lake
2401 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL  60614
(Fullerton and Lake Michigan)

Box Office: 312.742.7994

Samantha Chavis, Managing Director
Email: samantha.chavis@chicagoparkdistrict.com


Directions

Getting Here Green:  Walk or bike along Chicago’s lakefront path directly to our front door.  Not only will you BE green, but you’ll also SAVE some green!
By car:  Pay parking is available at the Lincoln Park Zoo, located at Fullerton Avenue and Cannon Drive.  Metered parking is sometimes available along Cannon Drive.
By bus:  CTA bus routes 151 or 156 both serve the area; for schedules, contact the RTA/CTA at (312) 836-7000 or online at transitchicago.com.

For patrons with special needs, please contact the Box Office at 312.742.7994 to arrange for valet parking services.


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