Theater Wit and The Inconvenience are teaming to present Chicago's newest, constantly-shifting, late-night, live multi-medium revue showcasing some of this city's best artists.
Titled The Inconvenience Presents..., the new monthly series kicks off tonight, March 23 at 10:30 p.m. with The Inconvenience Presents Urban Lore: Tales from the Concrete Jungle. Enjoy a beverage or two and hear live storytellers share true tales of the weird and bizarre that can only happen in urban settings.
Says Chris Chmilek, Artistic Director of The Inconvenience, "The focus of The Inconvenience Presents... series with Theater Wit is to revisit the act of LIVE storytelling. For our first installment, audiences can expect a broad range of storytellers all telling tales about life in the city late into the night. We want each act to feel like a section of an old EC Horror Comics installment. Think Tales From the Crypt or the like."
Also on tap this Saturday: live music by the atomic space punk band Earth Program, plus a variety of drink specials at the Theater Wit bar, naturally.
The The Inconvenience Presents... series, set to repeat the fourth Saturday of every month, promises to make full use of Theater Wit's three-theater complex at 1229 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. Tickets are only $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Hardcore fans of The Inconvenience and/or Theater Wit may want to go for a four-ticket Flex Pass to the series for only $20. For tickets and information, visit TheaterWit.org or call 773.975.8150.
The Inconvenience is a community of interdisciplinary artists who seek to create a new way of experiencing art through a collaboration of music, theatre, dance, fine art and celebration. In 2012, the company was named Best New Theatre by the Chicago Reader, and Best New Company by Chicago Magazine. The collective's most recent production, Ike Holter's Hit The Wall, about the 1969 Stonewall riots, wowed Chicago audiences in sold out runs at the Steppenwolf Garage and Theatre on the Lake in 2012. Hit the Wall is currently being remounted at New York's Barrow Street Theatre through July 7, 2013. For more information about the company, visit theinconvenience.org.
The new Theater Wit is in its second season in its newly renovated home at 1229 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago. Theater Wit inaugurated its brand new, $1.3 million venue in the former home of the Bailiwick Arts Centre in June 2010. The new Theater Wit boasts three intimate 99-seat performance spaces - the only theater in Chicago with such a configuration - plus a new box office, administrative offices, a beer, wine, spirits and coffee bar, and a cool, casual lobby.
Currently, Theater Wit is extending its current Midwest premiere of Completeness, acclaimed playwright Itamar Moses' newest play about brainy grad students toggling in and out of love, through May 4. In addition to presenting its own productions, Theater Wit's three 99-seat theaters are booked with an eclectic slate of new plays and musicals by Chicago's most popular and accomplished off-Loop theater companies. To encourage cross-pollination, the company has introduced Chicago's first live theater, Netflix-like membership program. With a Theater Wit Membership, you can see as many plays as you want at Theater Wit, year round, for one low monthly fee of $36 ($22 for students).
Founded in 2004, Theater Wit's mission is to explore contemporary issues with wit and wisdom through new works and Chicago premieres. To purchase a Membership Program, Flex Pass, single tickets or for information about all 2012-2013 productions at Theater Wit, call 773.975.8150 or visit TheaterWit.org.