CROOKED hosted by Betty Theft

The Understudy Coffee and Books 5531 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, United States

Join host Betty Theft alongside a sordid cast of drag things. CROOKED is a show for villains, freaks, and petty thieves. A show that celebrates all things strange, dark, bizarre, fringe, and alternative! CROOKED is a theatrical platform for dark and alternative drag- ominous, expressive, and dramatic. Featuring performances by: Betty Theft Fallon Finn Kerosene […]

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THE DRAG by Mae West presented by Gerber Hart Library

The Understudy Coffee and Books 5531 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, United States

Join us for a community reading of “The Drag” presented by the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives. Written by the iconic Mae West, this 1927 drama about a closeted socialite and the morality of homosexuality was banned from theatres and torn to shreds in the press. No acting experience required! This is a reading with the […]

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Play Reading Club: FLEX

The Understudy Coffee and Books 5531 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, United States

Join our monthly play reading club! Each month, we gather to discuss a new, exciting or confounding play that has caught our attention. This month, we're reading FLEX by Candrice Jones   ABOUT THE PLAY The pressure is on for the 1998 Lady Train high school basketball team—on top of a battle to bring home […]

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G. L. O. W. : A Queer Sober Open Mic Night

The Understudy Coffee and Books 5531 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, United States

The Understudy presents G.L.O.W.: a Queer Sober Open Mic Night ABOUT THE EVENT Join The Understudy for G.L.O.W., a queer sober open mic night hosted by K.J Whitehead and Sharon Pasia. Expect comedy, drama, and stunts galore. Stay tuned for performer signups! Doors open at 7. Performances begin at 7:30. The Understudy Cafe will be […]

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Ari Gato Attempts to Share the Spotlight

The Understudy Coffee and Books 5531 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, United States

A (not so) Solo Show Join Ari Gato for her intimate, one-woman-only cabaret... or is it? For once in her life, scene-stealer Ari might have the tables turn on her. Featuring accompaniment by Alex Newell and guest appearances by: Annie Andrews Jordan Tannous Kynzie Jones Neala Barron and Rachel Slurrz-Stoole Doors open at 7pm, Performance begins […]

Advocacy Night for Theatre Writers

The Understudy Coffee and Books 5531 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, United States

Join us on Tuesday, June 18, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm CDT, for a special advocacy event featuring playwright Samuel D. Hunter and Dramatists Guild Co-Executive Director Emmanuel Wilson. Register Here The Dramatists Guild is thrilled to continue their national advocacy tour, bringing empowering Advocacy Nights to theatre writers across the country. After successful events […]

PHARAOH TAROT

The Understudy Coffee and Books 5531 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, United States

Pharaoh Tarot is back for a surprise solstice popup on Monday, June 24th! The summer solstice is upon us and abundance and wealth are dancing in the sky as the sun is in cancer and the full moon heightens in Capricorn on June 21st. This is one of the most powerful spiritual holidays for manifesting […]

SERVICE by Makeda Declet

The Understudy Coffee and Books 5531 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, United States

When a close circle of buds have to go to their recently-deceased friend’s apartment to retrieve a suit for his burial, they discover a woman tied up in his closet. Dark and farcical, this play explores the question, “How far would you go to preserve the memory of a friend?"   Cast and Creative Team […]

CHEERS QUEERS: A Pride Month Cabaret

The Understudy Coffee and Books 5531 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, United States

CHEERS, QUEERS! is a toast, not to the end of pride month, because pride lives on honey, but a toast in celebration and recognition of who keeps Chicago running, the Queers. Join us for an intimate and extravagant night of music and spoken text! Performed by a stellar cast of queer actors of color, and […]

A Conversation with Sarah Ruhl: BECKY NURSE OF SALEM

The Understudy Coffee and Books 5531 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, United States

Author Sarah Ruhl joins Polly Noonan for a a discussion of her newly published play BECKY NURSE OF SALEM. Playwright, author, essayist, and professor Sarah Ruhl joins Polly Noonan to discuss their newly published play Becky Nurse of Salem. Don't miss this intimate discussion ahead of the Chicago premiere of Becky Nurse of Salem. Learn […]

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Get Lit: Grown-Up Book Fair

American Writers Museum 180 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, United States

Join us at The American Writers Museum and check out a curated selection of Understudy favorites! Indulge your literary impulses at Get Lit: Grown-Up Book Fair! Mix and mingle with fellow bookworms, share your favorite titles, and discover new ones. From cozy mysteries to epic adventures, there’s something for every reader to discover and enjoy! GET […]

OCEAN AND HER MADNESS by Lydia Moss

The Understudy Coffee and Books 5531 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, United States

Written after Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro, this work is an exploration of the mind of a "mad black woman." It is a madness that is both the synchronization and dissonance of space, time, and music. Cast and Creative Team TBA Freshly Brewed Team: Emma Durbin - Co-Artistic Producer Joel Willison - Co-Artistic Producer […]