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Theater on the Lake 2014 Schedule

Welcome to Theater on the Lake: The Chicago Summer Theater Festival.  Celebrating 62 years of Chicago’s rich off-Loop theater community.  
 
In late November, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Superintendent Michael P. Kelly announced that the Chicago Park District is converting the historic Theater on the Lake building from a summer-only programming site to a year-round program and event facility.  Learn more.
 
While renovation is underway to convert the historic Theater on the Lake building from a summer-only programming site to a year-round program and event facility, we’ll be taking the shows on the road. Come see the shows this summer at Union Park, Berger Park Cultural Center and Washington Park Refectory.

Tickets go on sale May 19, 2014.

As a gift to our devoted patrons this season, we are suspending subscriptions and flex passes and reducing ALL ticket prices to $10.  
Click on the "Buy Tickets" buttons below to purchase tickets for each show.

Tickets will also be available on site, one hour prior to the start of the show.

For questions, call (312) 742-7994.

 

2014 Schedule:

 
six hours short Week 1:  June 18 – 22
Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. 
The Lockout: A Musical Book
The Lockout follows NBA owner Phil Goodman’s attempts to sign a franchise superstar to save the struggling Wichita Water -- all while battling a bitter labor dispute, his analytics-minded general manager, a scheming Commissioner, and his urge to sign his new best friend… who is definitely not a superstar.
Presented by Six Hours Short, LP.  Music, & Lyrics by Ben Fort & Jason Gallagher
Directed by Joe Giovannetti.

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urban theater co. Week 2:  June 25- 29
Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan Rd.
First Class
FIRST CLASS is set on a bench in New York gang territory, we meet two brothers: Apache, set on fighting to protect what’s there’s and Speedy, ready to leave it all behind. As discoveries are made, tensions grow, and they learn their chances of survival are reliant on one another.
Presented by UrbanTheater Company.  By Cándido Tirado
Directed by Juan Castañeda. 

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stageleft039 Week 3:  July 9 – 13
Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan Rd.
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Brian and Sheila always make the best of a bad situation—he cracks jokes, she plays the caretaker. But after ten years of raising their severely disabled daughter, Josephine, Brian and Sheila’s best isn’t quite good enough. A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is a highly theatrical, heartbreaking, and hilarious look at the love that brings people together and the strains that rip them apart.
Presented by Stage Left Theatre.  By Peter Nichols.
Directed by Greg Werstler.

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Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre Week 4:  July 23 – 27
Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan Rd. 
A Cole Porter Songbook
Aaron Benham's arrangements of Cole Porter’s vast repertoire comes alive in unique Theo Ubique style under the direction of multiple Jeff-award winning director Fred Anzevino! Don't miss Theo's sold out
2013 hit, which garnered ★★★½ from the Chicago Tribune; was “Highly Recommended!" by the Sun-Times; and called "a must see… not to be missed!“ by ShowBiz Chicago.
Presented by Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre.  Musical Direction and Arrangements by Aaron Benham; Choreography by David Heimann.
Directed by Fred Anzevino.

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The Neo-Futurists

Week 5:  July 30 – August 3
Washington Park Refectory, 5531 S. Russell Dr.
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes)
Combining sport, comedy, poetry, spectacle, politics, and personal honesty, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind has been exciting audiences for 25 continuous years with its ever-changing slate of 30 plays performed in random order against a relentless 60-minute timer.
Presented by The Neo-Futurists.Written and performed by Jessica Anne, Bilal Dardai, Lily Mooney, Jay Torrence, and Malic White.
Created by Greg Allen

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Strawdog_Theater_Great_Expectations Week 6:  August 6 – 10 
Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan Rd.
Great Expectations
A cast of six quick-change their way through nearly 40 characters as the classic novel is reinvented as a fast-paced theatrical feat. An orphan is plucked from poverty and thrust into the upper class, his benefactor's identity and motives hidden by lawyers and other minions. As Pip tries to find love and a living in his radically changed circumstances, he untangles a fascinating web of secret identities and hidden pasts.
Presented by Strawdog Theatre Company.  By Charles Dickens; adapted by Gale Childs Daly.
Directed by Jason Gerace.

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