Packing

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Written and Performed by Scott Bradley
Directed by Chay Yew

October 31 – December 7, 2019
Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Learning who you are means knowing where you come from, and where you belong.

From writer/performer Scott Bradley (Scooty & JoJo’s Alien Queen and Carpenters Halloween; AFT’s We Three Lizas and The Homosexuals) comes a three-decade odyssey of reinvention and self-discovery. From small-town Iowa to England, New York City, and Chicago, Bradley’s story navigates relationships, assaults, addictions, the plague years of the AIDS crisis, and the fight for marriage equality. This personal snapshot of recent queer history is told with Bradley’s signature blend of humor, pop music, and disarming honesty. Don’t miss this world premiere solo show!

A Note for Audience Members:
About Face Theatre generally doesn’t provide content warnings because we understand that different people have different sensitivities. If you have any questions about content that might have a bearing on your comfort, please contact the About Face Theatre office at 773-784-8565 x101.

Tickets

Tickets: $15-32
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Blue Star Theatre Program
About Face Theatre offers $20 tickets for qualifying U.S. military personnel, veterans, and first responders and their families. Use code BLUESTAR online or call our box office to claim your discount. Please note that discounted tickets are limited by availability on any given date.


Special Events

We believe in the power of theatre to connect to our lives in essential ways and to spark dialogue about topics that matter most in our communities – so Let’s Talk!

This conversation series is designed to examine different themes in Packing and open up space for sharing stories and new ideas. We are grateful to these special guests who will be guiding the conversations and helping us to reflect on the ways that Scott Bradley’s journey portrayed onstage intersects with other life odysseys in our community.

Reimagining Masculinities
Thursday, November 21

Social expectations around gender get communicated in subtle and overt ways from the time we are very young. Join us after the show for a lively conversation with Dr. S Simmons, where we’ll discuss how those expectations get set, methods for repairing the harm of gender policing, and all of the ways we can begin to reimagine masculinity.

About Dr. S Simmons
Black, transmasculine, queer, educator, advocate, spouse, friend, and Beyonce’ fan all describe Dr. S Simmons. S and wife, Danielle are co-founders of Simmons Counseling and Consulting Services providing intersectional, anti-oppressive, interactive and engaging, challenging and supportive therapy and consultation. Dr. S earned their B.S. and M.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University, and PhD in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. Over the course of his career, S has held several positions within higher education providing advocacy and support for minoritized students. In all of S’s roles, he has provided leadership and guidance on diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts within and across departments. S currently teaches classes on self-awareness, intergroup dialogue, human development, and trans advocacy in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Ask anyone who knows S and they will tell you S is passionate, caring, and leads with love.

Living Out Loud
Sunday, November 24

Performing true life stories on stage requires a strong combination of courage and craft. Join producer and storyteller Ada Cheng for a reflective and informative conversation about translating personal experience into performance and what it takes to speak your truth out loud.

About Ada Cheng
Ada Cheng is a professor-turned-storyteller, solo performer, and storytelling show producer. She has been featured in storytelling shows as well as done her two solo performances across the country. She is the producer and the host of four storytelling shows, including Pour One Out: A Monthly Storytelling Series, Am I Man Enough?, Talk Stories: An Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show, and Speaking Truths Series. She creates platforms for people to tell difficult and vulnerable stories as well as spaces for people and communities who may not have opportunities otherwise. She currently works as the Education and Outreach Specialist with Women’s Leadership and Resource Center at the University of Illinois Chicago, providing training on issues related to gender-based violence. Her interests span multiple fields, including academia, storytelling/performance art, and advocacy. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell.

Inclusive Ministries and Healing
Sunday, December 1

Oppression or judgemental language stemming from religion is unfortunately an all-too-common experience for members of the LGBTQ community. These experiences can lead people down many paths, including a search for more holistic and affirming connections. Please join Rev. Rich Havard from Inclusive Ministries for an exploration of the many roads to healing and building a healthy spiritual life.

About Rev. Rich Havard
A native Southerner, Rich grew up in Gloster, Mississippi – a small town with a population of 960. After stints in Alabama and Georgia for school, Rich moved to Chicago in 2014 and now serves as Pastor and Executive Director of the Inclusive Collective, a Christian community for college students and young adults at the University of Illinois at Chicago and throughout Chicagoland. He strives to create faith spaces that are spiritually vibrant, inclusive, and justice-oriented. Rich is also a big fan of: spending quality time with quality friends, drinking a good (or not so good) cup of coffee, and hitting the beach during the 2-3 months of summer we get in this tundra-like city. To learn more about the Inclusive Collective, visit LetsGetInclusiveUIC.org or @LetsGetInclusiveUIC.


Meet the Artists

Headshot: Scott Bradley

Scott Bradley (Playwright, Actor) is a writer, performer, educator and director. He wrote the books for, directed, and performed in Chicago’s long-running genderqueer-rock-puppet-spectacles Alien Queen (BroadwayWorld Chicago Award: Best Special Theatrical Event) and Carpenters Halloween, as well as the acclaimed Mollywood, and Tran: The Atari Musical. His musical We Three Lizas (book, lyrics, performer) premiered at About Face Theatre and has enjoyed multiple productions nationally. As a writer, actor, and/or director, his work has been seen at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, PNBC/HERE, adobe theater company, HOME for Contemporary Theatre & Art, BACA Downtown, About Face Theatre, The Scooty & JoJo Show, Metro Chicago, The Hypocrites, Walkabout Theatre Company, Hell in a Handbag Productions, Bailiwick Repertory, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre, UMO Ensemble, and Open Circle Theater. Bradley is an Artistic Associate of About Face Theatre, alumnus of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and a member of Dramatists Guild, AEA and SAG/AFTRA.

Headshot: Chey Yew

Chay Yew (Director) is the artistic director of Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. His Chicago theatre credits include productions with Victory Gardens, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theater and Teatro Visa. His regional production credits include Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Rattlestick, Playwrights Realm, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Humana Festival, Mark Taper Forum, American Conservatory Theatre, South Coast Rep, Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf, Huntington Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Theater Center, Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Seattle Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Playmakers Rep, Boise Contemporary Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Geva Theater Center, Ma Yi Theatre Company, East West Players, National Asian American Theatre Company, Empty Space, Curious Theatre, Theatre at Boston Court, Pillsbury Theatre, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Mosaic Theatre, Singapore Repertory Theatre, amongst others. His opera credits include the world premieres of Osvaldo Golijov’s and David Henry Hwang’s Ainadamar(co-production with Tanglewood Music Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Rob Zuidam’sRage d’Amors(Tanglewood). He is a recipient of the OBIE Award and a DramaLogue for Direction.