Join us for the 2017 Ripped: The Living Newspaper Festival. All proceeds benefit American Blues Theater’s free arts education program The Lincoln Project in Chicago Public Schools which serves over 2,000 students.

Tuesday May 2, 2017
Doors open 6:00pm; Performance begins at 7:00pm
1225 W Belmont, Chicago 60657

Tickets are $12 and includes pizza, beverages, desserts, and the performances.

Online ticket sales end May 2 @ 3pm.



Call (773) 654-3103 to reserve your ticket or buy online above.
This performance will sell-out.

Can’t make the show?  You can support the 2017 Ripped Festival through donations or raffle tickets.


Darren Canady^, Ada Cheng, Rohina Malik^, Shannon Pritchard, Avi Roque, Jon Steinhagen, Caridad Svich, Gwendolyn Whiteside^, Virginia Wiles, and students from Chicago Public Schools.

^ Ensemble member or Artistic Affiliate of American Blues Theater

About Ripped: The Living Newspaper Festival

Chicago’s Original – Est. 2009

Since 2009, we’ve produced sixteen editions utilizing over 500 artists! Based on the 1930s WPA era program that brought Orson Welles, Arthur Miller, and Clifford Odets into public attention, we present short plays ripped from today’s headlines.

Our annual festival cultivates new material and allows audiences to discuss topical issues together. American Blues Theater provides community service and raises awareness through creative collaborations. The following organizations have been supported by RIPPED events since its inception in 2009: AgrAbility, Chicago Public Schools, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Illinois Farm Bureau, Lincoln Park Community Shelter, University of Chicago’s Urban Education Teachers Program, and Open Books.

The annual festival occurs in May.

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