Theater on the Lake:  Prologue.  June 26-28, 2019.  Free and open to the public.

Theater on the Lake: Prologue

Designed to create a space for artists, organizations and cultural programmers to come together and explore the value, meaning and methods of presenting diverse performances in community spaces. THEATER ON THE LAKE: PROLOGUE will welcome attendees from across the city and state to shape the future of performance. Daytime programming at Theater on the Lake will focus on conversations and workshops intended to present new perspectives, emerging strategies and opportunities to forge new relationships within the field.  With a focus on the award-winning Night Out in the Parks model, participants will have to opportunity to visit 3 parks with unique relationships to performance.

Advanced registration is strongly recommended for PROLOGUE programming.   
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Schedule
 

***  Wednesday, June 26 ***


9am-10am | Welcome Program
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive - Theater Room
Join us as we kick off the Theater on the Lake’s PROLOGUE program, three days of conversations, workshops and performances exploring the role of cultural programming in public spaces and supporting the growth of the Chicago theatre community. In Partnership with DCASE, The League of Chicago Theatres, Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium, The Chicago Inclusion Project, The Illinois Arts Alliance and others, PROLOGUE offerings will highlight important conversations around equity, diversity, inclusion and radical accessibility and will forge new connections for artists and organizations in Chicago and beyond.

10am-12pm | Illinois Arts Alliance Supporting a Creative Life
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive - Theater Room
Join Illinois Arts Alliance and Theater on the Lake Wednesday, June 26 for our ongoing series, Supporting a Creative Life, a conversation about the arts, culture, and creativity and what community members should do to support access to a creative life for all. These conversations are the next steps in creating the first Cultural Bill of Rights.

1pm – 3pm | Not in Our House: Working with the Chicago Theatre Standards with Laura T. Fisher 
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive - Theater Room
Workshop Capacity: 99
Formed to address the need for a structure to facilitate spaces free of sexual harassment and risk of sexual violence in theaters, Not in Our House seeks to provide a tool for theatre-makers on and offstage. The Chicago Theater Standards is a wholly-free, voluntary, non-legally-binding tool for self-regulation in theatre spaces. They provide a revolutionary framework for mutual agreement of safe working conditions, and a path toward accountability when that safety is breached. Join Co-Founder Laura T. Fisher as we learn how to integrate the guidelines into rehearsal spaces and organizational structures.
Attendees should prepare: By reading the Chicago Theatre Standards. A free copy of the document can be found at   https://www.notinourhouse.org/download-the-standards/.

1pm – 5pm | PROLOGUE EXPLORES: Berger Park
Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan Rd.
1:00pm Complimentary Bus leaves TOTL for Berger Park
1:30pm Bus Arrives at Berger Park
2:00pm Performance (outdoors)
2:30-3pm  Facility Tour: Berger Park
3pm-4:15pm Curated Discussion: The Role of Storytelling in Community    
4:30pm  Complimentary Bus leaves Berger Park for TOTL
5pm Bus Arrives at TOTL

3pm - 5pm | Chicago Inclusion Project: Intro to Improv and Meisner with Sadieh Rifai and Jesse Fisher
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive - North Room
Workshop capacity: 12

This class will use a combination of improvisation and Meisner (a technique where students respond truthfully to a given moment based on what you get from your scene partner) to get you to a more truthful place in both auditions and performance.

5pm-8:30pm | Chicago Inclusion Project: Intimacy Direction in Collaboration (For Directors, Stage Managers, Producers and Choreographers) with Rachel Flesher, Sarah Scanlon and Gaby Labotka 
Lincoln Park Cultural Center Auditorium, 2045 N Lincoln Park West
Workshop Capacity: 40

In this introductory workshop, directors and producers will explore what it is like to work with Intimacy Directors from conception of production, through rehearsals, to opening night. This workshop is both practicum and forum to facilitate the integration of Intimacy Directors International’s Pillars and fortify consent culture within collaboration on theatre projects. Bring your curiosity, bring your notebooks, bring your questions, and get ready to come together to make safe spaces for dangerous work!

6pm – 9pm | SummerDance 2nd Annual TOTL Barn Dance with the Golden Horse Ranch Band 
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive - Theater Room and North Room
SummerDance celebrates the Year of Chicago Theatre with Theater on the Lake. Highlighting the dynamic history of this lakefront treasure, we’ll transport ourselves back in time to the days before the building transformed into a theater and was primarily known as a place to do-si-do on a warm summer’s night. During the 1930’s, 40’s and early 50’s, Theater on the Lake was one of the Park District’s hottest dance floors for traditional barn dance.  The Golden Horse Ranch Band, and caller Annie Coleman, will incorporate a little of the old and a little of the new, reaching across genres to bring us a contemporary take on square and contra dancing that’s fun for all ages and abilities.  No previous experience required.
Presented in partnership with The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
This program is free and open to the public. No reservation is needed to attend, however if you would like to stay up to date on event details, please RSVP.


 

***  Thursday, June 27 ***


9am-10am |Community Networking Breakfast 
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive - North Room

10am-1pm | Theater on the Lake and Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium present An Accessible Services Showcase for Theater: as illustrated through a staging of  Project Potential. Written by Isaac Gomez play, Directed by Laura Alcalá Baker.  Followed by a post-production meeting and greet.
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive - Theater Room
Through a live staging of Gomez' 10-minute play, Project Potential, this workshop will demonstrate the presentation of Audio Description, American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation, Open Captioning and Relaxed performance. Following a performance of the play, members of the creative, production, access and audience teams will discuss the fundamentals employed in each accessible service – occasionally doing a live rewind with the actors to illustrate. Following this two-hour session, attendees will be invited to participate in an optional Q + A with the entire team.

Following the workshop, please join members of CCAC and the cast for post-production meeting and greet, and the opportunity to continue the conversation.
This program is free and open to the public. No reservation is needed. This gathering takes place in the North room.

Accessibility Information: 

  • This experience will feature Audio Description, ASL Interpretation, Open Captioning, Assistive Listening Devices and wheelchair-accessible and stair-free seating and restrooms.
  • We are proud to present this experience in a Relaxed environment -- it’s okay for audience members to make noise, move, and enter and exit the theater during the presentation. Written guides with information about the play and visiting the theater will be shared in advance of guests’ visit, and a quiet area will be designated in the lobby for anyone who wants to take a break.
  • For people with allergies and scent sensitivities, all CCAC events are scent-free. Leftovers and flowers may be checked in the lobby, and we appreciate you refraining from wearing products with fragrance such as perfumes, colognes and lotions.

To request an additional service or let us know if there is anything we can to make it easier for you to participate, please email hpearson@chicagoculturalaccess.org.

REGISTRATION:  Registration is separate for the Accessible Services Showcase for Theater event. To register, visit: https://chicagoculturalaccess.formstack.com/forms/ccac_accessible_services_showcase 



12:45pm – 5:00pm - PROLOGUE EXPLORES: Palmisano Park
Palmisano Park, 2700 S Halsted St.
12:45pm Complimentary bus leaves TOTL for Palmisano Park
1:30pm Bus Arrives at Palmisano Park
2pm-2:30pm Performance: Nejla Yatkin 
2:30-3pm Facility Tour: Palmisano Park
3pm-4:15pm Curated Discussion: Producing Performance in Non-Traditional Spaces
4:15pm Complimentary bus leaves Palmisano Park for TOTL
5pm Bus Arrives at TOTL

1:30pm-2:15pm |CircEsteem Youth Social Circus Showcase 
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive - Theater Room
The 2nd Chicago Social Circus Festival will bring 48 young people from around the United States (School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts – Seattle, WA;  Fern Street Circus – San Diego, CA;  CircEsteem – Chicago, IL;  Circus Harmony – St. Louis, MO;  Escuela Nacional de Circo – San Juan, Puerto Rico; Trenton Circus Squad – Trenton, NJ) to celebrate diversity together.  The 8-day festival, running concurrently with TOTL: PROLOGUE is hosted by CircEsteem (Uptown) and will comprise of four important components; youth teaching youth workshops, collaborative creation and rehearsals, individual performances and demonstrations, and social activities to give youth opportunities to bond.  As part of their festival, the youth will present their collaborative performance for audiences across Chicago including at Theater on the Lake on Thursday June 27 at 1:30pm and at Hamilton Park on Friday June 28 at 2pm.
This program is  free and open to the public. No reservation is needed to attend, however if you would like to stay up to date on event details, please RSVP.

3pm - 5:00pm | Chicago Inclusion Project: Audition and Monologue Workshop with Kanome Jones and Stephanie Diaz
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive - North Room
Workshop Capacity: 30

Actors will step through a mock audition in front of casting professionals, receiving tools and constructive feedback.  Participants can use this opportunity to workshop new monologues as well as gain a deeper understanding of what casting directors expect from the moment they walk through the door.
Note:  Attendees should prepare: 90 seconds of a classical monologue and 90 seconds of a contemporary monologue

5-7pm | Not in Our House: Working with the Chicago Theatre Standards with Laura T. Fisher 
Lincoln Park Cultural Center Auditorium, 2045 N Lincoln Park West
Workshop Capacity: 99
Formed to address the need for a structure to facilitate spaces free of sexual harassment and risk of sexual violence in theaters, Not in Our House seeks to provide a tool for theatre-makers on and offstage. The Chicago Theater Standards is a wholly-free, voluntary, non-legally-binding tool for self-regulation in theatre spaces. They provide a revolutionary framework for mutual agreement of safe working conditions, and a path toward accountability when that safety is breached. Join Co-Founder Laura T. Fisher as we learn how to integrate the guidelines into rehearsal spaces and organizational structures.
Attendees should prepare: By reading the Chicago Theatre Standards. A free copy of the document can be found at https://www.notinourhouse.org/download-the-standards/.

7:30pm-10pm | 2019 Theater on the Lake Festival Season Preview
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive - North Room
Get a peek behind the curtain with the curators of Theater on the Lake: Chicago’s Summer Theater Festival!  Quenna Barrett and Tony Santiago will give us a glimpse into their curation process and share 2019 Chicago Theatre highlights, as well as a deeper look at the festival selections, including interviews, panel discussions and special preview performances.

 

*** Friday June 28 ***

 

9am-12pm | Touring Pitch Session
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive - Theater Room
Come listen to Chicago artists and companies pitch the work you want to see in this fast paced pecha kucha style presentation. 10 companies will have 10 minutes to present a touring project in hopes of connecting with cultural programmers, producers, and organizations interested in collaborating to present this work in new communities. 
Interesting in pitching your work? Submit your application here.

1pm - 3pm | Chicago Inclusion Project: Auditioning For Musical Theater with Lili Anne Brown and Harmony France
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive - Theater Room
Workshop Capacity: 20

The instructors will workshop 32 bars of a song with each student, coaching them on specificity, storytelling and help discover what can make the piece dynamic.
Attendees should prepare: sheet music for 32 bars of a song they'd like to work.

1pm - 5pm |Night Out in the Parks Artist Partner Networking Space
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive - North Room
This program is free and open to the public. No reservation is needed to attend, however if you would like to stay up to date on event details, please RSVP.

1pm – 5:30pm | PROLOGUE EXPLORES: Hamilton Park
Hamilton Park, 513 W 72nd St.
1pm Complimentary bus leaves TOTL for Hamilton Park (1:45pm Bus Arrives at Hamilton Park)
2pm-2:45pm Performance: CircEsteem International Youth Social Circus Showcase
2:45-3:30 pm  Facility tour: Hamilton Park Cultural Center
3:30pm-4:30pm Curated Discussion: Cultural Work in Civic Agencies 
4:45pm Complimentary Bus leaves Hamilton Park for TOTL
5:30pm Bus Arrives at TOTL

3pm – 5pm | Theater Chicago Inclusion Project: Vahishta Vafadari Dialect Masterclass 
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive - North Room
Workshop Capacity: 20

This class will address how to approach dialects in an audition with the option of bringing in a piece. Specifically, you will look at how to prepare for an audition where the text calls for a dialect, and how to approach it to allow yourself to be confident and to let the dialect support your acting.
Attendees should prepare whatever dialect text they want to work with, if they have any.

5pm-7pm | 2nd Story Storytelling Workshop 
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive - North Room
Calling all Theater on the Lake performers, directors, production staff and patrons! Share a story (or two!) from your time at Theater on the Lake for a chance to work your storytelling skills and take the mic at the Theater on the Lake Reunion Party. Select participants will also be offered the chance to share their story as a part of 2nd Story’s prime time run July 23-28, 2019.
Please note-- due to the nature of this program, we will not be able to accommodate walk-ups. Interested in participating in the 2nd Story Storytelling workshop? Submit a story here.  Submission deadline is Monday June 17 at 5pm.

7:30-11:00pm | Theater on the Lake Reunion Party: Celebrating 67 Years of Chicago Theatre
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive - Theater and North Room
We’re closing out PROLOGUE with a trip down memory lane. Come meet the cast of characters that makes this space so special as we welcome back EVERYONE who has ever been a part of any of our 67 seasons for the ultimate cast party.  Catch up with old friends and make new ones, bring memorabilia to share at our memorabilia tables, hear stories you’ll never believe, and dance the night away. DJ Jamie Hayes will be spinning real vinyl and ColorSwim will provide mesmerizing visuals.
This program is free and open to the public. No reservation is needed to attend, however if you would like to stay up to date on event details, please RSVP.
 

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