On and Off Stage

 

Our mission of telling classic stories through a modern lens has brought us from Shakespeare to Rivera to Ruhl. Take a walk down memory lane and revisit the plays that have riveted our audiences.

In the community

When you’re looking around for charitable giving opportunities, we hope you’ll consider donating to these worthwhile organizations. We’re aware that they represent only a small fraction of the good work that’s happening all around us, every day. We strongly encourage you to support any worthy cause that helps make the world a better place!

Promethean Theatre Ensemble is honored to draw your attention to:

  • Black Lives Matter Chicago | BLMChi is one of many iterations of #BlackLivesMatter: a movement, a rebellion, an affirmation, an intervention… and so much more. (We supported this organization by donating just over 10% of the money that was received through donations at our 5/9/20 production of Spring Breakdown: A Virtual Evening of Shakespeare.)
  • Brave Space Alliance | Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, and designed to create and provide affirming and culturally competent services for the entire LGBTQ community of Chicago. (We supported this organization by donating just over 10% of the money that was received through donations at our 5/9/20 production of Spring Breakdown: A Virtual Evening of Shakespeare.)
  • The Chicago Theatre Workers Relief Fund | This League of Chicago Theatres initiative directly assisted theatre workers who  lost work as a result of COVID-19. On May 5, 2020 Promethean joined 87 other local theatre companies to promote a limited edition “Chicago Acts Together” t-shirt featuring the names of all participating companies—an incredible showcase of Chicago’s robust and diverse theater community. 100% of the proceeds from t-shirt sales supported the initiative.
  • Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation | CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation. CAASE’s work  includes prevention education, policy reform, community engagement, and offering free legal services to survivors of sexual harm. (We supported this organization with post-show collections during our production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession 2/28/20 through the show’s unanticipated early closing on 3/13/20. We regret that the COVID-19 crisis prevented us from continuing to draw live audience members’ attention to the efforts of CAASE.)

In 2019 our audiences helped us “share the love” with these three great non-profits:

  • Women & Children First Bookstore’s Women’s Voices Fund | This organization ensures that events featuring women writers, fostering discussion of feminist issues and culture, and nurturing children’s delight in books will continue to play a vital role in Chicago’s intellectual, literary, and political life. (We supported this organization with post-show collections during our production of Blue Stockings 9/13/19 through 10/13/19.)
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention | AFSP is the nation’s largest non-profit dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope by raising awareness, funding scientific research and providing resources and aid to those affected by suicide. (We supported this organization with post-show collections during our production of Mad Beat Hip & Gone 4/27/19 through 6/1/19.)
  • Howard Brown Health | Since 1974, Howard Brown Health has been doing amazing and important work, offering health and social services to the LGBTQ community here in Chicago. From pediatrics to geriatrics, they deliver expert care to the LGBTQ community and its allies – regardless of ability to pay. (We supported this organization with post-show collections during our production of Gross Indecency 2/15/19 through 3/23/19.)

Education

Swedish American Museum

As our city (and world!) learns to operate with limited summer camp, daycare, and early childhood education options, Promethean ensemble members are delighted to help the Swedish American Museum in their childhood literacy outreach. Visit the museum’s Making Poetry page to see how we put our experience with the written and spoken word to good use. Invite the children in your life to check it out – then work together to write a poem.

Through its arts and educational programs and its permanent collection, the Swedish American Museum interprets the immigrant experience for children and adults and promotes an appreciation of contemporary Swedish-American culture.

Free Tickets for Chicago Public School Students

Discounts to Promethean shows are always available for students, seniors and active military. And if you’re a Chicago Public School teacher, please email our box office at boxoffice@prometheantheatre.org for information about our FREE ticket offer for CPS students. We want to see your students – and you – at the theatre!

Interested in hosting a workshop?

 

Chicago Public Library

Promethean had the opportunity to partner with the Chicago Public Library’s Teen Volume Reader’s Theatre Troupe. Through monthly rehearsals and performances, ensemble members served as mentors to the teens, helping them explore and better understand the world of theatre. We worked with library staff to plan rehearsal agendas, direct scenes excerpted from teen literature, and lead exercises aimed at improving theatrical skills.

From that experience we were able to build a portfolio of workshops for kids and adults, which give the students a chance to shake off their inhibitions and be themselves on stage.

Reader's Theatre Residencies and Workshops
  • Appropriate for grades: 4-12
  • Residency would run for 5-8 weeks
  • Number of students: 10-30
  • Activities involved: Warm-ups, diction and voice training, script reading, character selection and interpretation, movement workshop, posture and physicality training.
  • Scripts can be chosen by teacher to align with curriculum
  • Outcomes: Students become familiar with the process of preparation and rehearsing, and develop skills in speaking, reading fluency, taking direction, story making, scripting, gesture, and emotional learning in a safe, supportive environment
  • Culminating performance for parents/peers
Shakespeare Workshops
  • Appropriate for grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 10-30
  • Activities involved: Developing choral readings of sonnets or monologues, brief staging of large scenes with many characters, short reenactments of entire plays
  • Outcomes: Students become familiar with Shakespeare and language-focused scripts.  Speaking skills, reading fluency, story making, improvisation, and emotional learning are all addressed and strengthened
Reader's Theatre Teacher Training (Professional Development)
  • Group size: up to 12 teachers, ideally suited for entire-department training
  • For teachers interested in developing Reader’s Theatre skills
  • Activities involved: 3 sessions covering script selection, movement and gesture, projection, warm-ups, posture, diction, and character creation
  • Outcomes: Teachers become well-versed in Reader’s Theatre and its applications in the classroom. Empowers teachers to start and maintain a Reader’s Theatre program

Events

UPCOMING EVENT

Monday, July 27, 2020  |  7:30pm CDT
A developmental reading. A virtual event.

A discontented graphic designer finds himself caught between the desire to pursue a risky career as a surrealist painter, and the realities of becoming a father. Craving the freedom in his life that he lords over the canvas, he begins to experiment with the art of lucid dreaming, assuming conscious control of his dreams and living out his deepest fantasies. But as he descends ever deeper into the depths of his dream world, he begins to erase the border that separates dream from reality.

This is a work in progress for an invited audience. CLICK HERE to learn more.

UPCOMING EVENT

Monday, July 27, 2020  |  7:30pm CDT
A developmental reading. A virtual event.

A discontented graphic designer finds himself caught between the desire to pursue a risky career as a surrealist painter, and the realities of becoming a father. Craving the freedom in his life that he lords over the canvas, he begins to experiment with the art of lucid dreaming, assuming conscious control of his dreams and living out his deepest fantasies. But as he descends ever deeper into the depths of his dream world, he begins to erase the border that separates dream from reality.

This is a work in progress for an invited audience. CLICK HERE to learn more.

PAST EVENT

You know how, every year, Promethean returns to the Red Lion Pub to stage a short set of Shakespeare scenes – heartfelt, quirky and funny, centered around a common theme? Well no pubs this year. Sigh.

BUT THAT DIDN’T STOP US! Folks from all over the country tuned in to watch their favorite scenes reinterpreted through the lens of a computer camera and a global pandemic.

It was as highly polished as usual. That is to say, um, guests were invited to pour a drink and start the evening early.

Click here to learn more.

Click here if you want to see video snippets of fun!

PAST EVENT

You know how, every year, Promethean returns to the Red Lion Pub to stage a short set of Shakespeare scenes – heartfelt, quirky and funny, centered around a common theme? Well no pubs this year. Sigh.

BUT THAT DIDN’T STOP US! Folks from all over the country tuned in to watch their favorite scenes reinterpreted through the lens of a computer camera and a global pandemic.

It was as highly polished as usual. That is to say, um, guests were invited to pour a drink and start the evening early.

Click here to learn more.

Click here if you want to see video snippets of fun!

 

UPCOMING EVENT (Postponed)

The “Martinis That Matter” event hosted by the good folks at Marty’s Martini Bar at 1511 W. Balmoral in Chicago, originally scheduled for April 5th, is postponed until further notice. We look forward to hanging out with you all soon, to enjoy an adult beverage or two and laugh about that crazy time COVID-19 threw all our plans into a blender. Special thanks to Marty’s for their commitment to hosting some of our coolest fundraising events to benefit the artists who create our work, subsidize discounted tickets for students and seniors, as well as help sponsor free Promethean theatre admissions for Chicago Public School students. We’ll be looking for you when this is all over!

UPCOMING EVENT (postponed)

The “Martinis That Matter” event hosted by the good folks at Marty’s Martini Bar at 1511 W. Balmoral in Chicago, originally scheduled for April 5th, is postponed until further notice. We look forward to hanging out with you all soon, to enjoy an adult beverage or two and laugh about that crazy time COVID-19 threw all our plans into a blender. Special thanks to Marty’s for their commitment to hosting some of our coolest fundraising events to benefit the artists who create our work, subsidize discounted tickets for students and seniors, as well as help sponsor free Promethean theatre admissions for Chicago Public School students. We’ll be looking for you when this is all over!

PAST EVENT

Sunday, July 21, 2019 – 6:00pm | The Lincoln Loft | 3036 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60657
Thanks to everyone who joined Promethean Theatre Ensemble for a staged reading of An Uncertain Hour by Nicholas Patricca. Directed by Cecilie Keenan.

When confronted with extinction by the terrible killing machine of Nazi Auschwitz, when Primo Levi very much wanted to give up and die, his identity as a Jew and the immortal words of Dante came to his rescue, calling him to the life of a poet −− a maker of words necessary for life. Presented by agreement with the Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, Il, London, England, Melbourne, Australia.

PAST EVENT

Thanks to everyone who joined Promethean Theatre Ensemble for a staged reading of An Uncertain Hour by Nicholas Patricca. Directed by Cecilie Keenan. Sunday, July 21, 2019 – 6:00pm | The Lincoln Loft | 3036 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60657

When confronted with extinction by the terrible killing machine of Nazi Auschwitz, when Primo Levi very much wanted to give up and die, his identity as a Jew and the immortal words of Dante came to his rescue, calling him to the life of a poet −− a maker of words necessary for life.

Presented by agreement with the Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, Il, London, England, Melbourne, Australia.