Time Out Chicago: Why is theater in Chicago (still) so white?
Chicago Tribune: If art can’t fix problems, what good is it?
Conversations With CAR/StoryCorp: Conversation with Coya Paz
Vocalo Radio Interview: 100 Hauntings play explores the intersection between ghost stories and social justice
WGN Radio Interview: What do ghosts tell us about the city we live in?
Chicago Tribune: Free Street Names New General Manager Melissa DuPrey
The Real Life Adventures has been getting a lot of press! We were the cover story for Extra newspaper – read the full article here.
TAKING IT FROM THE STREET: FREE STREET THEATER MIRRORS ITS WORLD.
Rachel Lazar, Newcity Stage August 2011
“In preparing a piece that could be brought to different communities, the directors encouraged the ensemble to make the piece more than just about their own images, “being heard and having a voice in the world,” says Porretta. They also picked some locations specifically because they could use a little “joy.” They performed the piece at the Center on Halsted, for example, and outside the Boystown 7-Eleven where stabbings had taken place only weeks before. Winston says that one of their goals was to “address and counteract that in Chicago,” asking themselves “how to love and heal the space” even with “negative attention in the media.” Their choice of North Avenue Beach, for example, was partly inspired by the recent media frenzy over “flash mobs” and its encouragement of the perception of minority youth groups as threats.”
ABE’S IN A BAD WAY, BEST OF CHICAGO 2010: BEST PLAY I SAW BY MISTAKE
Tony Adler Chicago Reader June 2010
“As a matter of policy, the Reader doesn’t review amateur or community theater…I didn’t realize that the show was performed by a cast of adolescents…If I had, I wouldn’t have gone to see it for the Reader. But then I would’ve missed a small marvel. Earnest, exuberant, diverse, and just plain young, the kids themselves embodied a new birth of freedom.”
TAKING IT TO THE STREET
John Beer, TimeOut Chicago January 2010
“For 40 years, Free Street has been creating adventurous, relevant theater and at the same time altering young lives. Founded by the Goodman School of Drama’s Patrick Henry, the company involves multiracial ensembles of youths aged 13 to 20 from low-income backgrounds in all aspects of theatrical production.”
WBEZ FEATURES TO KILL A TEENAGER, SEVEN SINS OF A JUVENILE MIND
Interview by 848 Host, Richard Steele. January 2010
“Anyone who’s been around teenagers can report being confused by the way the young mind works or why “bad seeds” continue to murder each other. While it doesn’t promise any answers, a new play written and performed by young people attempts to shed a sliver of light into adolescence.”
TO KILL A TEENAGER, SEVEN SINS OF A JUVENILE MIND
Albert Williams Chicago Reader January 2010
“Director-designer Ron Bieganski’s eight young cast members are talented, confident, and relentlessly honest, and their use of stylized movement and improvisation reflects a sure sense of poetic theatricality.”
FREE STREET THEATER OFFERS 40TH ANNIVERSARY “FLASHBACK”
Albert Williams, Chicago Reader September 29, 2009
“1969 was a landmark year in American culture. It was the year of Woodstock, the moon walk, Stonewall – and in Chicago the blossoming of an off-Loop theater movement that emerged from the grassroots community theater activity of the mid-1960s…The same year saw the founding of Free Street Theater, a unique organization devoted to bringing theatrical entertainment and training ot disadvantaged populations in Chicago.”