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September 2019

Free Street Fifty: Celebrating 50 years of JOY and JUSTICE

September 14, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park
Chicago, IL 60624
$150

The Free Street 50: The Golden Gala at Garfield Park- Come celebrate our big 5-0 at a family-style gala at The Garfield Park Conservatory September 14, 2019. The Gala ticket includes dinner, drinks, live performances throughout the conservatory, music and if you want to add a ticket for your little one ages 3-11, we have a JUNIOR GALA as well! Saturday, September 14, 2019Garfield Park ConservatoryChicago, IL Gala ticket price: $150Includes dinner, drinks, live performances, live music, and DJ’d dance…

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October 2019

STILL/HERE at Millennium Park Theater Series

October 6, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - October 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Millennium Park Cloud Gate, 201 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60602
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As part of The Year of Chicago Theater, Free Street was selected to participate in the Millennium Park Theater Series at Cloud Gate October 6th-October 12th. Where: Millennium Park at Cloud Gate October 6th-12th PUBLIC WORKSHOPS Sunday 2pm-6pm Monday 5pm-8pm Tuesday 5pm-8pm Wednesday 5pm-8pm *Rehearsal open to the public PERFORMANCES Thursday 6:30pm Friday 6:30pm Saturday 4:30pm FREE and open to the public!

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December 2019

Good Grief by Melissa DuPrey, a Performance and Wellness Resource Exchange

December 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Free Street Theater, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Good Grief is a warm, loving, and unflinching reflection of Melissa Duprey’s life on the road with her single mother, who struggled with bipolar disorder. DuPrey recounts her complicated path towards healing and survival in times where there were little-to-no resources for herself or her mother. Good Grief is a response to the trauma that perpetuates intergenerational violence in communities of color and demands new frameworks for self and community care.                  …

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July 2020

WASTED: World Premiere

July 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Something is happening in Chicago! Garbage cans stolen from Black neighborhoods, lead in the soil in Little Village, one of the highest rates of youth incarceration in the country. But why? In Free Street Theater’s , youth ages 13-19 ask: "What & Who does society make disposable?" After the successful run of PARCHED, WASTED continues the Free Street youth ensemble’s exploration of the environmental issues that shape youth experience in Chicago, particularly on the South and West side.  Wasted will…

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November 2020

Re-Writing the Declaration

November 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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What happens when a class of young Black women and non-binary folx of color take a trip to 1776? A collage of time and space, a blend of character and self — the ensemble of Re-Writing the Declaration exists in both today and yesterday in order to change tomorrow. Believing that the founding fathers and documents never intended to include us, we consider the impacts of that founding on our lives today & realize it’s time to re-write the Declaration…

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September 2021

Free Street Theater Youth Ensemble Auditions

September 23, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Free Street Theater, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Free Street’s Youth Ensembles are made up of 14-19 year olds looking to create original plays about issues affecting Chicago youth. They come to us with varying levels of theatrical experience, from none, to “I’ve been acting since I was 3.” We meet students where they are at, focusing on their individual strengths, while training our ensemble in performance, writing, critical thinking, and research skills. In the past, we’ve looked at water justice, a history of labor in Back of…

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October 2021

Free Street Theater Youth Ensemble Auditions

October 2, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free Street Theater, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Free Street’s Youth Ensembles are made up of 14-19 year olds looking to create original plays about issues affecting Chicago youth. They come to us with varying levels of theatrical experience, from none, to “I’ve been acting since I was 3.” We meet students where they are at, focusing on their individual strengths, while training our ensemble in performance, writing, critical thinking, and research skills. In the past, we’ve looked at water justice, a history of labor in Back of…

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Ghosts on the Bloomingdale Trail

October 19, 2021 - November 15, 2021

Ghosts on the Bloomingdale Trail is a collaboration between Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, Free Street Theater, Chicago Mobile Makers, and Radio Luzifer. Project funding and support are provided by the Chicago Park District. This project features 15 ghost stories as told to us by Chicago residents. Some are told by the people who experienced the haunting, and others are performances based on interview transcripts. All stories are true in the sense that real people - your neighbors - believe…

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February 2022

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Map O Rama

February 3 - February 13
The Storyfront, 4346 S. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60606 United States
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Free Street premieres our first in-person gallery, Map-O-Rama, as the culmination of our work on the Cultural Asset Mapping Project.

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March 2022

A poster for the event features bright neon pink and yellow letters saying Rad Love

7th Annual Radical Love: Radical Survival Fundraiser and Lip Sync Battle

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

You're invited to join us for our annual de-commercialized love fest honoring Free Street's work and our beloved communities. This year's Radical Love: Radical Survival fundraiser will feature a live Lip Sync Battle with pre-recorded submission videos of community members competing to raise the most "tips" (donations) and will be entered to win a prize package. Throughout the night enjoy performances from featured Drag Kings and Queens, and bid on our silent auction with one-of-a-kind experiences to help get you…

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