We are happy to announce that Kelsey Melvin will be joining The Poor Theatre as our first Artistic Associate! Kelsey has costume designed all of our shows so far and we love working with her. She is a true collaborator and works intimately with actors to find not just the costume that works for the character in the play, but the costume that works for the specific person wearing it. We look forward to many more productions with Kelsey to come!
Thank you so much to everyone who came out for our final weekend of Catch the Fish. Another show closed, our third full production here at The Poor Theatre. We are so proud of bringing this play to Chicago, and it is thanks to all of your support that this show was a success. Big plans are on the horizon for our 2015 season, so keep an eye out for what we've got planned. We can't wait to see you there!
It's finally here! Come join us this weekend for the Midwest Premiere of Catch the Fish. Tickets start at only $10 for students and industry. Please come support this brilliant new play as it makes it's first appearance in Chicago. You won't regret it!
We have changed our performance space and dates for our summer production of "Catch the Fish." We will now perform at Rivendell Theatre with previews starting July 18th and the show closing on August 10th. Check out our "Catch the Fish" page for the exact dates and times of our performances this summer!
The Poor Theatre is proud to announce our second year season:
The world premiere of
Written by Addison Heimann | Directed by Will Crouse
April 12th - 2pm
Kate is doing fine. She may be snorting drug concoctions of her own making and having visions of Miley Cyrus, but hey, everyone has ways of coping with trauma. When Kate receives a letter from her former best friend, All-American soldier Riley, her life takes a turn for the worse and she must reexamine her destructive behavior and the fateful night that changed everything. Can’t Stop, a new work by Addison Heimann, is a play about rape culture, army culture, pop culture, and the blurry crossroads in which they intersect.
The Midwest premiere of
Catch the Fish
Voted a 2007 FringeNYC Outstanding Play
Written by Jonathan Caren | Directed by Will Crouse
July 11th - August 3rd
Jordan, Grant, and Lindsay are ambitious, overstimulated LA twenty somethings. These are the kids taking a level 2/3 Venusian Flow Yoga class, hanging out at Moomba, and not getting served at the bar at Sushi Roku. Its a typical Friday night and they're out late looking for fun when they meet Alison, a mid-thirties divorced reporter for Vanity Fair writing about Hollywood wannabe life. Everyone seems to stand to gain when Alison chooses to write a story about their lives, but quickly sexual attraction burns down professional walls and the kids expose more than they may mean to. Who's catching who? The reporter or the 20 year olds?
Performances will be at The Frontier (Jackalope Theatre - 1106 W Thorndale Ave).
We're very excited about these two projects and can't wait to see you there!
Currently we are looking for plays for our 2014 season, and we could use your help. Are there any playwrights that excite you? Any plays you wish you say being done in Chicago but aren't? Send along your ideas!
Email us at contact@ThePoorTheatre.org with your suggestions.
Good Thing has only three performances left: Tonight, Friday and Saturday. People coming out of this roller-coaster of a show have had great things to say!
Check out our review by Dueling Critics (starting at ~5:50)
"If you want to see good acting, and how good the off loop gets among our young generation of actors, go see Good Thing presented by The Poor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre."
With two weekends left, take a look at what's waiting for you at Good Thing, over on the Good Thing page.
Thanks to the amazing Justin Barbin Photography for these gorgeous shots.