Summers are always big at Free Street, and 2016 is no exception! Join us for ghosts, mental wards, and the true story of how the Transformers made one couple gay.


space_age_flyer_front 5Free Street artists (and real-life partners) Ricardo Gamboa and Sean Parris debut SPACE AGE, two-man show that celebrates queer imagination, intimacy and really gay shit like resilience, love, and hope.

Previews Friday, July 8th

Runs Mondays July 11th-August 15th



From an elevator operator who doesn’t know he’s dead to the ways that redlining continues to shape the city, 100 HAUNTINGS looks at who–and what–haunts Chicago. Based on real stories from people across the city, this ensemble-created multigenerational performance is spooky, funny, and serious about ghosts. 100 HAUNTINGS will premiere as a multi-media performance in our theater space on October 14th, but no need to wait until then to get your ghost on! Join us this summer for outdoor campfire-style performances in Chicago parks. Coming up:

July 19th- Cragin Park
July 20th- Gage Park
July 30th- La Villita Park
August 3rd- Davis Square Park
August 5th- Calumet Park
August 16th- Walsh Park
August 17th- Merrimac Park

Times are TBA but we’re guessing 6:30pm! BYOE (Everything! Food, blankets, chairs)


This summer, our youth ensemble as well as our ARTS XIII participants will also be picking up the notion of haunting, developing performance interactions all over the city. Stay tuned! Programs start July 5th.



This season, Free Street looks at the emotional toll of oppression in our everyday lives – this sounds heavy, but in true Free Street style we bring you shows that are irreverent, honest, often funny, and always unlike anything else showing in Chicago. First up:


TRACK 13 is BACK! Playing Fridays at 7pm, September 18- October 23rd.

The Young Fugitives’ TRACK 13 takes the death of Deonta Mackey as a launching pad to explore the history of crime and policing, the present-day realities of relentless, racialized state violence and the impact of growing up in Chicago in communities under pressure. Written and performed by young adults of color too often in the line of fire, TRACK 13 grapples to understand: Why is it that fifty years after the Civil Rights Act youth are being shot by those enforcing the laws their grandparents fought to change? As we chant #blacklivesmatter, are some deaths easier to rally behind than others? How does state violence against Black women, Latinos or queer and trans people fit into this equation? Are some youth really just “thugs?” TRACK 13 approaches these questions in a 50-minute physical theater piece directed by Ricardo Gamboa with Sean J.W. Parris and with an original soundtrack composed by Sadie Woods. As always, tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door. To reserve a ticket in advance, go here. 

melissa-duprey1What’s after that? Melissa DuPrey’s one woman show SUSHI-Frito: An Adobo Girl in a Salt&Pepper World, directed by Miranda Gonzalez. SUSHI-frito is about a young Neo-Latina trying to make sense of her bicultural identity. While juggling a career, her crazy family, and pressures to end singledom, DuPrey tells the tales of her experience as a modern woman with old-school traditions. Thursdays-Saturdays, December 3-12.


CRAZY, created by our emerging youth artists, opens on April 8th.From PTSD to the cost of medication, CRAZY offers a fast, funny, and pop-culture inspired look at the impact of politics on our collective mental health and asks: is it really possible for anyone to stay sane in Chicago?

Created by members of the Free Street HQ ensemble, aged 13-19
Directed by Katrina Dion and Steven Beaudion.

Friday April 8th, 7pm
Saturday April 9th, 3pm
Thursday April 14th, 7pm
Friday April 15th, 7pm

Tickets are pay what you can at the door, or can be pre-ordered at

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