Monday, March 22, 2010

Classy - The League of Chicago Theatres Emerging Theatre Award

Each year, Broadway in Chicago and The League of Chicago Theaters team up to award a scrappy emerging theatre company with the "Emerging Theatre Award", a prize worth a chunk of change, a press package, and honor galore. This years finalists teamed up and wrote a note that can only be defined as classy to the max. Pay special attention to the show info! This fills us at the Fringe with a feeling akin to patriotism.

Hi Chicago!

Our five companies - Caffeine, Dog & Pony, New Leaf, Steep, and Theatre Seven of Chicago - are so collectively thrilled to be considered for this year's Emerging Theatre Award. It truly is an honor to be nominated, and we're sending out this message because we are just so pleased - all of us - to be in the company of so many committed, visionary, talented artists within our broad community and within these five companies specifically. We know each other, respect one another's work, see each other's shows - and it's really a thrill to be in this together.

One of the proudest hallmarks of Chicago's dynamic theatre community is that it's just that - a community. We're a huge family of artists who strive towards the same goals of thought-provoking, inventive, exciting theatre that asks our audiences some of life's most mystifying and important questions. Each company in this town takes a different path to and around and through, and yet we still get to these questions' (and our audiences') core in effective, engaging, and innovative ways. This is what makes Chicago the best town in which to make and see theatre.

So, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for this community we've made together, and we wanted to come to you as a group and let you know more about all five of us. To us, this is an opportunity to celebrate our collective accomplishments thus far, and look forward to an exciting future.

If you haven't already joined each of us for a show, we hope you will soon. Here's what's we've got going on:

Caffeine - Wild Nights with Emily (through April 11)
Dog & Pony - The Twins Would Like to Say (through April 25)
New Leaf - Curse of the Starving Class (April 15 - May 22)
Steep - Harper Reagan (through April 25)
Theatre Seven of Chicago - Mimesophobia (through April 4)

If you're a representative of a League member theatre company, you can also learn more about our companies and perform your democratic duty here:

If you're with a theatre company that's not a member of the League, you can cruise over here to learn more about joining the party:

And if you just want to learn more about what's up in Chicago theatre, you should head here:

Caffeine - Dog & Pony - New Leaf - Steep - Theatre Seven of Chicago

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