Welcome to the inaugural season in our first permanent home! We’re excited to expand our favorite programming and share our innovative initiatives specially curated for the new digs. Join us for fully-staged productions, readings, intimate concerts, page-to-stage adaptations, and much more! There’s something for all ages and interests. Experience world class theater at a working class price.

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!

the original, interactive tradition

December 8-31, 2023

Coming soon

The Reclamation of Madison Hemings

written by Charles Smith

directed by Ensemble member Chuck Smith

February 16 – March 31, 2024

Coming soon!

The Last Wide Open

book / lyrics by Audrey Cefaly; music by Matthew M. Nielson

directed by Ensemble member Gwendolyn Whiteside

music directed by Ensemble member Michael Mahler

July 5 – August 18, 2024

Coming soon!

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Additional programming includes The Commons – in person community events (readings, small concerts, karaoke, trivia, Town Halls) that occur 1 Monday per month; @Home – an accessibility series of readings and concerts live-streamed from artists’ homes; Rubber Banned Book Club – our award-winning artists read passages live and host discussions; New Work – developing the classics of the tomorrow through the Blue Ink Award, The Ripped Festival, readings and commissions; Arts Education – education initiatives for all ages, including Classes for the Masses, school matinees, Ripped in Chicago Public Schools, and The Check It Out Project.

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Check this space!

Additional events include Dead Ringers for Dead Singers – annual costume & karaoke party; It’s a Wonderful Party – annual holiday party; Blue Bash – annual swanky party with live and silent auctions.


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