RHINOFEST 2020
RHINOFEST 2020
The 31st Annual Rhinoceros Theater Festival

John Starrs Celebration

This one-night-only event celebrates the work of John Starrs, a Chicago poet and teacher who has appeared in every Rhino since 1988! Artists from the broader Rhino community will read John’s work, tell stories, and perform songs created from John’s poems; and John will read from his own work. Don’t miss it!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 at 7pm

 

Pestilence WOW!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 at 9pm

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 at 9pm

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at 9pm

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 at 9pm

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 at 9pm

Pestilence WOW!

A wonderland of restored meaning in a world gone mad!

Truth and Beauty!

You'll laugh!

You'll cry!

You'll be so glad you came it will all be worth it you'll see wow incredible oh my god!

I promise you that somehow, god knows how, it will help...

1348, Avignon, France: a third of the population has been wiped out by the Bubonic Plague. The other two thirds is extremely freaked out. Part reality television, part psychedelic fever dream, this is a play about humans and the way we deal with real, actual tragedy: totally inadequately, and like assholes.

Written by Savannah Reich, author of Rhinofest 2017’s Hatchet Lady

Directed by Ashley Hollingshead

 

 
Goose

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 at 12pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 at 12pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 at 12pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 12pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 at 12pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at 12pm

 

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Dallin's turning 13... and no one's coming to his birthday party. Left to his own devices, Dallin takes a journey through memories, space, and time as he reflects on the strangeness of getting older. A semi-finalist for the O'Neill Theater Center National Playwright's Conference, goose is a play about relativity, quantum mechanics, hunting, cake, and geese.

Written by Michael Yichao

Directed by Brent Ervin-Eickhoff

 

 
What About Chicago?

What About Chicago?! Live

What About Chicago?! is a weekly award winning podcast exploring live art, music, entertainment, and culture going on in Chicago's very unique DIY (Do It Yourself) art scene! Your hosts Ben Moroney and Rahim Salaam are inviting you to take the walk with them at RhinoFest up close and personal during their 6 week run of live What About Chicago?! episodes featuring interviews and performances from some of Chicago's most talented creatives. What About Chicago?! not only dives deep into the minds of great local artists to share their perspectives on creativity, inspiration, process, goals, hang-ups, triumphs and aspirations, but also gives you a day-by-day rundown of the most uniquely interesting events being held in the city every week.

If you are passionate about the arts, enjoy traveling to all points of the city, and are seeking to explore innovative spaces and original works of the Chicago "underground" art diaspora, then this live podcast is a must see! We definitely feel that art has the power to break but to also connect all boundaries and borders. This beautiful aspect of art motivates us to love you, wherever you are… But… What About Chicago?!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 at 7pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 at 7pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 at 7pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 7pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 at 7pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at 7pm

 

Café Neckbeard: Dinner in the Forest of Ambergris and Glass, in Idaho

Cafe Neckbeard

Cafe Neckbeard’s PR representative Chris Bower will theatrically advertise Chef Anton “*” Anis’ most dangerous and beautiful menu yet, with dishes starring ingredients procured from The Forest of Ambergris and Glass, in Idaho.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 at 10:30pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 at 10:30pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 10:30pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 at 10:30pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at 10:30pm

 

 

Mandi Theatre

The Last Leaf

Mandi Theatre is a group of like-minded enthusiasts of "Traditional Hindi Theatre" in Chicago and nearby areas. They are dedicated to producing the "classics" of Indian as well as international dramatic literature — which are not accessible to a wide audience — in Chicago. For Rhino Fest 2019 they present the American fiction writer O. Henry's story The Last Leaf.

O. Henry's stories are known for their surprise endings. The Last Leaf highlights the fear of death faced by humans, but sometimes it changes its recipient. It tells the story of an old artist who saves the life of a young artist, dying of pneumonia, by giving her the will to live.

...The story of Hope, Faith & Sacrifice

...The story of struggle between Optimism & Pessimism

Monday, February 18 at 9pm

Monday, February 25 at 7pm

The Lavender Cloud

The Lavender Cloud Live!

Written and performed by Justin and Rachael Botz

A young boy is lost in the woods. A sea turtle contemplates its delicate existence. A pair of singers floating through space in a colorful cloud, tell stories, and sing songs with the help of an artisan Hippo, a melancholic crab, and the littlest sloth you’ve probably ever seen. It will all be very fun.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 1pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 at 1pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at 1pm

 

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Bethany Arrington and Emily Rich in The Skriker. Photo by Jeffrey Bivens.

SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS at 3pm

JANUARY 19 — FEBRUARY 24

"The Skriker" is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Curious Theatre Branch

Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker

Lily and Josie are two young women at sea in modern-day London: wandering the earth without family or connections, dealing with young motherhood and instability, they are followed by the Skriker, an ancient shape-shifting fairy, and her coterie of underworld friends. Look for such fairyland favorites as the Brownie (a helpful house-elf), Kelpie (a sinister aquatic horse) and Rawheadandbloodybones (you know him), in Caryl Churchill’s dark fairytale, originally devised in 1994 for three actors and a company of dancers, which traces themes of mental illness, environmental degradation, and crumbling social support systems. Presented by the Curious Theatre Branch.

Directed by Beau O’Reilly and Julia Williams

Performed by Barry Lohman, Charlotte Hamilton, Patrick Ford, Bethany Arrington, Emily Rich, Briavael O’Reilly, Kristy Lockhart, Leo Brün, Jayita Bhattacharya, and Julia Williams

Dramaturgy by Ali Kinsella and Julia Williams

Stage management by Marlana Carlson

 

 
 

I’m Not Making Good Art Anymore

A frenetic exploration of anxiety, insecurity, and writer’s block.

Written and performed by Eileen Tull.

MONDAY, JANUARY 21 at 9pm

MONDAY, JANUARY 28 at 9pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 at 9pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 at 9pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 at 9pm

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Perennials

Monday, February 18 at 9pm

Monday, February 25 at 7pm

The Tiniest Theatre Collective

Perennials

Written by Eva Friedman

Perennial (adjective):

1. Lasting for an indefinitely long time; enduring.

2. Having a life cycle longer than two years, as a stream.

3. Perpetual; everlasting; continuing; recurrent.

In the next millennium, something terrible is going to happen to the human race, bringing us to the brink of extinction. In the middle of it all, two women journey across a vast forest, on the run from... well, everything, really. Resting in a clearing, they read a book about a family that can never die. But it’s just a children’s story. It’s fiction, a fantasy. People can’t really be immortal. Everlasting. Perennial.

Right?

The world premiere of Perennials is The Tiniest Theatre Collective's debut production.

Stop That!

Susan Parenti and Mark Enslin of the School for Designing a Society in Urbana present two new works: Stop That!, a play by Parenti on climate change which won the INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre National Call for Scripts in 2018; and an Immigration Puppet Show, a touring work performed on the Majestic Puppet Theater Stage!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at 7pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 7pm

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 at 1pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 at 1pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 at 1pm

Shakespeare All-Stars

To the End of Reckoning

Set in America not far in the future, an eclectic group find themselves held up in a sanctuary space, fearing their safety from a government encroaching on the standards of being allowed citizenship and the consequences if one does not meet this government’s standards. While they wait for what to do next, they read from Shakespeare’s ten history plays. The play examines what there is to learn from the past, what these 400 year old British plays may have to say about the political climate today, and the importance art serves in a world seemingly upside with division.

Devised by Erik Wagner and the Ensemble

Directed by Arin Mulvaney

Production Manager: Jessica Woodburn

 

Pro Memoria: Two Dark Tales

El Bear is back and ready for YOU to think on your sins!! After their Reader-recommended run at Rhinfest 2018, El Bear is proud to present Pro Memoria: Two Dark Tales. By the light of a campfire, witness two short stories told through a sinister lens.

In ALONE IN THE WOODS, two troubled friends confront demons of the past.

In THE GATES OF BLISS, a daughter confronts the sins of her mother.

Come chill your heart in the dead of winter at RhinoFest with El Bear and Pro Memoria!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 at 7pm

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 at 7pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 at 7pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 at 7pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 at 7pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 at 7pm

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 at 7pm

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 at 7pm

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at 7pm

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 at 7pm

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 at 7pm

 

Shift S&ven

The Astronomy of Silence

Words complicate. In the bilge of a barge, Josh and Katy celebrate; two minutes to bedtime, Pluto and her Dad contemplate; while dining al fresco, a couple negotiates; while training the newbie, co-workers navigate; and while their children play, a pair of publicists equivocate. Once the words fall away, they communicate.

A play cycle by Adam Webster

Directed by Esteban Arevalo Ibañez, Erik Wagner, and Adam Webster

 

Mystical Transformations

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 at 9pm
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 at 9pm
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 at 9pm
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 at 9pm
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 at 9pm
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 at 9pm

 

Mystical Transformations

Ziggy Stardust, three tiers of angels, the performance artist Marina Abramović, and a healing figure glimpsed somewhere on the horizon combine in Mystical Transformations. This original play with music dramatizes a visit to a Renaissance Fair and a Lake Michigan beach by two multi-ethnic Chicago families touched by death and mental instability. The blandness and challenge of everyday life seen in the play’s first half give way to the fantasy world of the Fair and a little girl’s hopeful innocence, and finally enough hope and light to face the journey ahead.

Written by Emily West

Director: Lon West

Sound and lighting: Charlotte Lastra

Rehearsal coaching/understudy: Kathleen Urbanski

Cast:
Ha-yoon: Harmony Zhang
Julie: Nicolette de Guia
Jan/guitar: Paul Brennan
Greg/bass: Jake Van Hoorn
Maria: Bridget Taylor
Jewel: Lydia Foss
Ben/flute: Lon West

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at 5pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 5pm

Walkabout Theater Company

Paper Wind

Paper Wind features a collaboration between Walkabout ensemble members Katie Mazzini and Thom Pasculli. In an intimate exploration into Walkabout's signature montage aesthetic, Mazzini, Pasculli, and company will interweave personal narrative, song, and found text to explore questions of creative myth-making, musical theater, and transformation.

 

 
The Neighborhood Collective

The Neighborhood Collective

Upstream Swimming

Rose colored classes crack and reveal things that were once hidden in plain sight. Withholding truth is kind until it isn't. Does honesty benefit everybody or only some people? How can we know whether the loving thing to do is to stay or to go?

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 at 9pm

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 at 9pm

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 at 9pm

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 at 9pm

 

11 Empty Frames

An inexperienced guide leads us through a tour of art, and their own experience therein. The guide finds their tour becoming increasingly more personal, and is confronted by those responsible for their strife. Based on the real Bostonian Gardner Museum heist, Eleven Empty Frames is a meditation on our relationship with art, the public, and public art.

Performed by Caleb Walker and Jordan Conrad

Written by Caleb Walker

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 3pm

 

Art by Natalie Hill

MONDAY, JANUARY 21 at 7pm

MONDAY, JANUARY 28 at 7pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 at 7pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 at 7pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 at 7pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 at 7pm

 

I'm Not Having Anyone Talk about Me in the Past Tense!

Hi, thank you for your interest in our play! And to be clear, this is mostly a play, with actors using prepared text to generate real emotions within fictional circumstances. You may be thinking, "been there, done that," but I promise we'll still find something for you to do as well.

Also, can I ask you a personal question? Have you ever been so emotionally attached to a fictional character that their success was tied to your own sense of self worth? Like, if they don’t hit with 9999 damage every time they attack, it must mean you are inadequate in some way. Then you write a play about it. You ever been there? I hope not. It’s best not to get so caught up in a male power fantasy.

Directed by Josh Weinstein

Written by Chris Zdenek

Actors: Madeline Long, Laura Taylor, Jorge Bolanos, and Ian Tranberg

 

 
Minutes and Seconds

Minutes and Seconds

The Sun shuts off, leaving 8 minutes and 20 seconds of light left on the Earth. Fearing the end of the world, a family exposes their secrets they'd rather not go to the grave with. When the end doesn't come as quickly as they expected, those secrets must be dealt with while they slowly freeze to death.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 at 9pm

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30 at 9pm

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 at 9pm

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 at 9pm

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 at 9pm

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 at 7pm

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27 at 7pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 at 7pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 7pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 at 7pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 7pm

 

Fragments of Heartbreak Reassembled Here

How an empty-nesting divorcée journeys out of the dark winter of the soul to rekindle her creative spirit – only to find that she may no longer exist. A cheeky desolation in story, poetry, and song.

Written and performed by Wendy Parman

Justin Bernard Bowse on Keyboard

Original songs by Wendy Parman

Directed by Jill Daly


 
Infinity Burns

Tikkun Olam Theatre Company

Infinity Burns

In the year 1600, a funny little monk is sentenced to death. His crime? Believing that the universe is infinite. With only seven days to live, he needs to convince his accusers, and anyone who will listen that the truth he experiences is valid, even though he isn't so sure it is. Infinity Burns is a tale of connection and rejection. It asks the questions of what happens when our reality is different from the norm and why reality is worth dying -- or killing -- over.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 at 7pm

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30 at 7pm

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 at 7pm

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 at 7pm

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 at 7pm

 

I HATE MONDAYS: Rhino Fest Performance Series

SCHEDULE OF PERFORMERS:

1/21: Ann Warde + Convenience Kills + Steak Richardson

1/28: Ann Warde + Clapp/Test + Convenience Kills

2/4: Dylan Fahoome + The Grandmothers + Steak Richardson

2/11: Dylan Fahoome + The Grandmothers + Tuli Bera

2/18: The Last Leaf + Perennials

2/25: The Last Leaf + Perennials

Hosted by Steak Richardson

A rotating, curated program of short works including dance, plays, comedy, and theater. Organized and hosted by returning Rhino performer Steak Richardson.

MONDAY, JANUARY 21 at 7pm

MONDAY, JANUARY 28 at 7pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 at 9pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 at 9pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 at 9pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 at 7pm

 

How to Pick a Lock

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 at 9pm

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30 at 9pm

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 at 9pm

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 at 9pm

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 at 9pm

 

How to Pick a Lock

The year is 2030. The entire Chicagoland area is heavily militarized. Only the richest 1% have easy access to the internet, food, clothing, and basic necessities. The rich expect everyone else to make do with scanty rations on top of poor wages, housing instability, rare access to health care, the constant threat of incarceration, and dwindling Constitutional Rights.

Thankfully, there are those who choose to resist. Zahra is a lockpicker, and she knows that her skills can help Chicagoans liberate and access the resources they need. How To Pick A Lock is a recreation of Zahra's first skillshare, when four special audience members help her learn that the work of liberation is never a solo affair.

Written by Tanuja Jagernauth

Directed by Tara Branham

 
 

My Dinner with... Joe

Curious Theatre Branch

My Dinner with… Joe

Two guys, not hip to the times, have dinner. Scotch security becomes an issue, as do paperless menus. The waiter contemplates a fistfight.

A new play by Matt Rieger, presented by the Curious Theatre Branch

Starring Mike McKune, Nick Leininger, and Matt Rieger

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 at 9pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 at 9pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 at 9pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 9pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 at 9pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at 9pm

 

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Café: A Meditation

Welcome to [cafe]. Those baristas are weird. Wasn't that one fired a week ago? Who are they serving? What does tip mean? What's a crumpet? Why can't we get the facts straight?

Featuring Emmalee Dixon, Amelia Mroczkowski, Alec Phan, and Electra Tremulis.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 at 5pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 at 5pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 at 5pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 5pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 at 5pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at 5pm

 

Top L-R: Jackie Bowes, Jillian Patterson, William Delforge  Bottom L-R: Isa Ramos, Tyler Brockington, Mary Iris Loncto

Top L-R: Jackie Bowes, Jillian Patterson, William Delforge

Bottom L-R: Isa Ramos, Tyler Brockington, Mary Iris Loncto

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 at 9pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 at 9pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 at 9pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 9pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 at 9pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at 9pm

The Roaring Ones

The Roaring Ones is an interactive, improvisation-based performance that uses movement, dance, music, and ritual to express stories told by audience members.

A living tribute to Dionysus, patron deity of the theatre, and to the Bacchae who practice his rites, The Roaring Ones explores the transformative power of theatrics and the enduring significance of catharsis.

Movement Ensemble: William Delforge, Mary Iris Loncto, Jillian Patterson, Isa Ramos

Musical Improvisers: Jackie Bowes and Tyler Brockington

Directed by Madeline Moeller


 
 

Cabaret Prop’d

Cabaret Prop’d is Prop Thtr’s cabaret series for the 30th annual Rhinofest. Each week features a different band/musical guest and variety performers: movement artists, spoken word, and performance art. Variety highlights include hoola-hoop, dance styles of eastern/belly, jazz contemporary, burlesque, and more. Shows start at 10:30pm and run three Fridays in February: 1, 8, and 15. Featured bands are Improper Behavior (jazz and blues), The Push Push (alternative rock), and a special night with different musical guests and variety, spotlighting transgender artists and drag.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 at 10:30pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 at 10:30pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 at 10:30pm

 

 
 

Scenes from a mental health center

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 at 5pm

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27 at 5pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 at 5pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 5pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 at 5pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 5pm

 
 

How many psychotherapists does it take to make a crowd laugh? You’ll find out when you take a walk through the lighter side of psychotherapy, as presented by Chicago’s premier all-psychotherapist comedy improv troupe. Their revue, “Phobia Schmobia” earned them a standing ovation at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and they were a big hit at the International Society for the Study of Self Injury, where they performed at the happy hour. The doctors will see you now!

Performed by Dave Carbonell, Eric Cho, Niquie Dworkin, Jackie Gnepp, Michael Greenbaum, Bob Haas, Kristin Krueger, Nina Riccardi, Ruth Richman, Sara Rusk, and Cliff Saper. Artistic Director: John Abbott.

 
 

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The Swim Club

A routine trip to the local YMCA becomes a portal into madness for Frank, in David Hauptschein’s new monologue The Swim Club, performed by returning Prop Thtr stalwart Charles Pike.

The evening’s program also features a special treat: a solo performance by Prop co-founder Scott Vehill!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 at 7pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 at 7pm

 

Photo by Adam Miguèst, @adamm_photography

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 at 7pm

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30 at 7pm

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 at 7pm

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 at 7pm

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 at 7pm

Theatre of the Beyond

The Ear and the Hart

In the near future, a marooned fighter pilot on an unfamiliar planet is left with nothing to do but wait for rescue. Alone with their wreckage, they mull over the events that led them there. “The Ear and the Hart” explores the danger of standing idly by in the face of injustice, and a friendship tested by different ideals.

Starring Emmalee Dixon and Danielle Malenock

Written by Danielle Malenock

 

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Cast:

Dana Macel as Orpheus

Angie Fisher as Eurydice

Charlie Diaz as Hades

Emma Pauly as Persephone

Ensemble: Terri Lynne Hudson, Alicia Jade, Athanasia Sawicz, Jessica Smoot, and Electra Tremulis

Production Team:

Angie Fisher - Choreographer

Emma Pauly - Dramaturg/Translator

Jenn Oswald - Costume Designer

Cat Davis - Lighting Designer

Shannon Lauzier - Stage Manager

Electra Tremulis - Original Music

Underworld Anthem

Orpheus waltzes into the Underworld for real this time, no tinkering with its facsimile in his desires or in his head. Under his bed now lurk real monsters—how will he escape with the one he loves? What awaits him way across the Styx River? Underworld Anthem pushes us through the looking-glass and throws away the key.

Through a curated cycle of poems by Alexandra Ranieri, director Iris Sowlat and the ensemble explore the many facets of Orpheus’ journey into the Underworld. The play explores what compels one to seek the Underworld, to leave it, to relish it, to rule it, to create within it, to give oneself to it, and to attempt to escape. This devised piece includes Ranieri’s poetry, an actual Orphic hymn to Persephone, translated sections of Ovid’s Orpheus and Eurydice, original music, dance, and more!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 at 7pm

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 at 7pm

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at 7pm

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 at 7pm

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 at 7p



 

The Uploose Odditorium Presents: The Uploose Odditorium

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 at 10:30pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 at 10:30pm

The Uploose Odditorium is a sketch show whose mission is to carry audiences through a night of unhinged, unpredictable, uninhibited entertainment. Breaking what's acceptable, demolishing cultural norms, putting a giant stick up common decency! Come get Uploose with a band of weird, wacky, wild misfits!

Produced by Zoe Pike

Written by and starring (in order of alphabet, not rank): Paul Brennan, Leemichael Huston, Jessica Kearney, John Francis Klingle, Cristina McCrystal, Zoe Pike, Robert Puig, Bradford Rogers, and Chloe Speshock

 

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 at 10:30pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 at 10:30pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 at 10:30pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 10:30pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 at 10:30pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at 10:30pm

Bi-Polar Bitch

Sweetback Productions invites the audience on a wild ride through mania with their new show BiPoLaR BitCH. All cast members come with a diagnosis of bipolar or bipolar-related issues. The cast explores the voyage of bipolar symptoms, delving into Jungian spirituality and archetypes while suffering the side effects of psychotropic sedation. The show stars the incredibly talented singer and composer, Violet, who draws us into the experience with her soulful and haunting music.

Performed and Created by: Kelly Anchors, Diane Hamm, Larry Hart, Jillian Erickson, Robert Puig Cuevas, Paul Brennan, and Violet

Set Design: Rick Paul

Wig design: Keith Ryan

Stage Manager: Marlana Carlson

Assistant Stage Manager: Alanna Gerardi

 

 
Ways+to+Pretend

Ways to Pretend It’s Not As Bad As It Is

A new play by Leo Brün, brought to you by Leo Brün and Riley Lamarre, in association with PinkElephant Performing Troupe and the Rhinoceros Theater Festival, Ways To Pretend It's Not as Bad as It Is follows a young couple searching for answers. Their question: how do people cope with the world as it is today? And how do they cope with each other?

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 at 12pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 12pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 at 12pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 12pm

 

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 at 7pm

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 at 7pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 at 7pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 at 7pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 at 7pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 at 7pm

Littlebrain Theatre

Bicycle Thieves

Bicycle Thieves is a devised stage adaptation of the 1948 Vittorio De Sica film of the same name. The play follows the story of Ricci, an Italian worker striving to build a stable life for his wife and child in a post-war depression economy. When he finally finds a job that requires him to own a bike, the family pawns their possessions to purchase one. The bike is stolen on his first day of work, launching Ricci and his child Bruno into an odyssey through the streets of Rome to retrieve it. The play tackles the difficult relationship between ethics and class – the morals we strive to hold for ourselves, and the desperate situations that can cause even the staunchest minds to compromise their beliefs. With a diverse cast of nine and a team of interdisciplinary designers, Littlebrain will explore the transition of film to stage in a fresh reimagining of this classic story.

Performed by Janette Angelini, Laura Brennan, Annabella De Meo, Danny Gadaj, Ann-Claude Rakotoniaina, Denise Smolarek, Autumn Wehry, Elana Weiner-Kaplow, and Austyn Williamson. Bicycle Thieves is directed by Zach Barr and produced by Clare Brennan, with stage management from Lenny Fritsch. The set is designed by Evan Frank, lights by Fran E. Gallagher, sound and composition by Erik Siegling, costumes by Anastasia Kontchaeva, props by Brandii Champagne, and photography by Willie Burton.

 

 
 
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Zone Rats: The Afterlives of the Fabulous Killjoys 2019

Curated by Mac Modean Greenberg
Production assistants: Jason Greenberg, Vicki Walden

The year is 2019, the place is California, and civilization has been reduced to almost nothing. In the middle of the Mojave Desert sits Battery City, a seemingly perfect utopia from far away, but in truth trapped in the iron grasp of the powerful and omnipresent corporation, Better Living Industries. But in the heart of this cold, clinically perfect world stirs dissent.

In a resistance led by the Fabulous Killjoys (Party Poison, Kobra Kid, Jet Star, Fun Ghoul and The Girl) those who are unhappy with the grey and lifeless existence under the thumb of BLI escape to The Zones, the six regions of desert that surround the limits of Battery City, to make a life for themselves full of color and wonder and chaotic joy.

This fictional universe is the brain-child of the band My Chemical Romance; the story debuted on their 2010 album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and via two music videos from that album, “Na Na Na” and “Sing.” Over the ensuing 9 years, MCR fans have taken the story and run with it, creating new characters, fan fiction and incredible visual art. Mac Modean Greenberg, an artist himself, has curated this show in celebration of the ongoing creative afterlife of this story, in this, the canonical year.

The exhibit opens on January 12 (just before the Full Moon Vaudeville — join us for snacks and conversation!), and remains up for viewing through the last day of Rhino, February 24.

Opening gala: SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 from 6:00-7:00pm

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3502 N. Elston
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Roberta Miles

Bawdy & Soul

Not for the faint of heart, femme fatale Roberta Miles takes us on a no-holds-barred trip though some of her most outrageous romantic escapades. Join her as she tells all with brutal and hilarious honesty. One night only!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 at 9pm

 

 

Photo by Adam Shalzi

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 at 3pm

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27 at 3pm

 

Dave Maher COma Show

Chicago standup comedian Dave Maher was almost unplugged from life support during a monthlong diabetic coma. He was eulogized on Facebook. Then he woke up. Maher told this story on “This American Life,” and he has brought his narrative stand-up show about the experience, Dave Maher Coma Show, to venues across the U.S. and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Dave Maher Coma Show explores the physical and existential discomfort of waking up in a new body with a second chance at life. With his trademark combination of mischief and sincerity, Dave asks questions about life, online death, and the cost of change. He provides no easy answers but plenty of hard laughs.

This critically acclaimed one-man show sold out its initial run in Chicago, and the Kickstarter campaign to fund its Edinburgh Fringe run reached its goal in a week.


 
Photo by Ruben Whitaker

Photo by Ruben Whitaker

Language Can Fly

A reading/performance of run-on sentences, love letters to no one in particular, summaries, alphabets, and other short works from Barrie Cole’s collection.

Written and performed by Barrie Cole

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 at 7pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 at 7pm

 

Brick by Brick

Brick by Brick

Building a life from the materials provided.

After fifty years of solo work as Mark Twain, Lord Buckley, Ronald Reagan, Frank Lloyd Wright, “Gary Indiana,” Richard Henzel performs as Richard Henzel. In "Brick By Brick" he tells how a fulfilling life as a working actor, father, and senior citizen was constructed from the "bricks" of teachers, mentors, family, and friends.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 7pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 7pm

 

The Turkish Poker Game

Dan Nelson, winner of The Moth storytelling contest, tells the true story of a lifetime of playing poker and the game that changed his life. Dan started gambling with his paper route money at the age of 10 in the basement of a drug dealer before graduating to online poker and playing tournaments in Las Vegas. The Turkish Poker Game is the story of the beautiful and gritty sides of playing poker, and the value of taking big risks.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 at 7pm

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 at 7pm

 

 

Inside The Trojan Rabbit

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Inside The Trojan Rabbit is a performed oration, with images and music, which chronicles five years of making a sprawling art work — in this case, a feature animated film. Mixed with these notes are thoughts on living a life, some death, some illness, some love, some hate. And of course, Mom not being impressed. Ultimately this piece is about the work of our days, as we evolve, and don’t, from our nubile selves, to our present moment, and what do these works mean in the end?

Written and performed by Chris Sullivan

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 at 7pm

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27 at 7pm

 
 

 
Fornés

For questions, contact: beauoreilly2@gmail.com


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 9-11:00am

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 9-11:00am

The Picture Exercise: A Rhino Workshop

For 20 years, Beau O’Reilly has used “the picture exercise” as a writing prompt in his teaching, asking students to imagine written worlds beginning in curated visual images in the classroom space. Beau has changed the exercise over the years, but he first learned it from Matthew Goulish, who learned it from Cuban-American playwright Maria Irene Fornés. Fornés died in late 2018, and to honor her at this year’s Rhino, Beau invites you to come to Prop on the morning of Saturday, February 2 and make a play, using the picture exercise. Come back at the end of the month and we will read from everyone’s writings, together. No tickets needed — we will pass the hat. All are welcome.

 

I Speak, Therefore…

Leaners Theater presents a program of 16 moving parts: 10 prose poems (written by Nin Andrews, Lydia Davis, Margaret Atwood, Getrude Stein, Lynn Emanuel, Matthea Harvey, James Tate, and James Wenderoth), 3 songs (Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen), and 3 Beckett voice-ings, curated by Curious and Rhino co-founder Beau O’Reilly.

Performed by: Kaitlyn Chisholm, Sheila Donahue, Charlotte Hamilton, Jenny Magnus, Flynn Mixdorf, Mike O'Brien, Beau O’Reilly, Timothy David Rey, and Heather Riordan.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 at 7pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 at 7pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 at 7pm

 
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