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Friday, May 31, 10:12 AM written by EmilyHaha

Saddle Up with Team About Face Theatre for Ride for AIDS Chicago!

Ride for AIDS Chicago is a 2-day, 200-mile, cycling event produced by TPAN and designed to raise needed monies for TPAN and Community Partners, including About Face. But don’t take our word for it – check out this video from Interim Executive Director and team member Jonny Stacks!

We’re looking to add two riders and five crew members and raise $8000 toward our ultimate goal of $30,000 by June 1 which is just two days away! Dust off your road bike and saddle up for what’s sure to be a transformative experience. Questions about the ride or joining Team About Face? Contact team member Biz Wells!

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Monday, May 6, 12:14 PM written by EmilyHaha

WONKA BALL 2013 Raises $85,000 for AFT Programming and Youth Theatre

About Face Theatre’s

WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS

Raises $85,000 for AFT Programming and Youth Theatre

CHICAGO (May 1, 2013) – Nearly 450 guests gathered for a three-ring party of of colossal entertainment and excessive elegance at About Face Theatre’s WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS on Friday, April 26 at Chicago’s Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Lincoln Ave. The company’s 17th annual gala raised more than $85,000 for About Face Theatre programming, including its groundbreaking Youth Theatre.  Guests were also introduced to AFT’s newly-announced Artistic Director, Andrew Volkoff, who succeeds outgoing Artistic Director Bonnie Metzgar this spring.

Greeted by fire dancers, stilt walkers, a swinging mermaid and other sideshow entertainers, guests made their way into the giant red and yellow Wonka Big Top. Following an exclusive Ringmaster’s VIP cocktail reception, partiers spilled into the playfully decorated venue for spirits and scrumptious samplings at tasting stations and an opportunity to bid on tempting silent auction items. Partygoers enjoyed non-stop entertainment, including opera tenor Scott Ramsay, a marching band, belly dancers, contortionists and more. Revelers capped off the evening with dancing to the tunes of DJ Swaguerilla.

The 2013 Leppen Leadership Awards were presented to Mary F. Morten and the Office of Alderman Cappleman and Uptown United.  Named for About Face Youth Theatre supporter Michael Leppen, the annual awards recognize those whose efforts on behalf of About Face Theatre and the LGBTQA community empower youth leaders to take action and encourage LGBTQA adults and youth to create intergenerational dialogue and understanding.

Nemo Serges was the recipient of the About Face Youth Theatre 2013 MVP Award, given annually to an outstanding youth theatre ensemble member for exceptional service to the company and to the greater LGBTQ community. The recipient has proven herself or himself to be exceptionally dedicated to the mission of our work and has gone beyond her or his duties as an ensemble member to better the experience of other Youth Theatre participants.

The WONKA BALL 2013 was co-chaired by board members Billy Lullo and Benjamin SprungerThe 2013 Planning Committee also included board members Robert Abernathy and Drew Kent (VIP Party Co-Chairs); board member Amy Hutchison and associate board member Kristen Kaza (Silent Auction Co-Chairs); and Andrea A. Cedusky (Event Consultant); and Barbara Lee Cohen (Creative Director for Talent).

Proceeds from the annual WONKA BALL support About Face Theatre programming including its groundbreaking Youth Theatre, which creates critically acclaimed new work by and about LGBTQA youth and their allies.  The Youth Theatre has performed on major stages across the country and, through its outreach tour, changes the lives of thousands of young people each year.  AFT also boasts its annual, award-winning main stage season and the ambitious XYZ Festival of New Works.

Wonka Ball 2013 Corporate Sponsors included: BMO Harris Bank, Sidetrack and BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois.

Photo Copyright © 2013 Timmy Samuel

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Wednesday, April 3, 2:30 PM written by EmilyHaha

About Face Theatre Celebrates Its 17th Year at WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS

CHICAGO (April 2, 2013) – About Face Theatre celebrates its 17th year with a three-ring party of colossal entertainment and excessive elegance at WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8 pm (Ringmaster’s VIP Cocktail Party at 7 pm).  AFT’s premier fundraiser combines the surprising delights of the big top with the inspired grandeur of this year’s venue, Chicago’s Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. Hosted by About Face board members, Benjamin Sprunger and Billy Lullo, WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS offers a night of dazzling performances, decadent revelry and dancing, sumptuous dining and drink and tempting silent auction prizes. The annual gala also includes the presentation of the prestigious 2013 Leppen Leadership Awards and the About Face Youth Theatre MVP Award.  This year’s guests will be among the first to meet About Face’s new, soon-to-be-announced Artistic Director.  Tickets are currently available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or 773-784-8565.

About Face Theatre’s VIP supporters will be special guests at the exclusive Ringmaster’s VIP Cocktail Party beginning at 7 pm and hosted by AFT board members Drew Kent and Rob Abernathy. VIP guests will enjoy early access to the venue with an exclusive cocktail party, sumptuous culinary treats, special “sideshow” entertainments, the opportunity for early bidding at the silent auction and intimate access to the About Face leadership and artists. VIP supporters will also enjoy prime viewing of center-ring performances from the lavish Ringmaster’s Lounge exclusively reserved from 7 – 9 pm.

Proceeds from the WONKA BALL support About Face Theatre programming including its groundbreaking Youth Theatre, which creates critically acclaimed new work by and about LGBTQA youth and their allies.  The Youth Theatre has performed on major stages across the country, and, through its outreach tour, changes the lives of thousands of young people each year.  AFT also boasts its annual, award-winning main stage season and the ambitious XYZ Festival of New Works.

Named for About Face Youth Theatre supporter Michael Leppen, the annual Leppen Leadership Awards recognize those whose efforts on behalf of About Face Theatre and the LGBTQA community empower youth leaders to take action and encourage LGBTQA adults and youth to create intergenerational dialogue and understanding.  The About Face Youth Theatre MVP Award is given to an outstanding youth theatre ensemble member for exceptional service to the company and to the greater LGBTQ community. The recipient has proven herself or himself to be exceptionally dedicated to the mission of our work and has gone beyond her or his duties as an ensemble member to better the experience of other Youth Theatre participants.

Event:             WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS

Date:               Friday, April 26 at 8 pm – 11 pm;  Ringmaster’s VIP Cocktail Party at 7 pm

Location:      Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. in Chicago

Details:           Featuring a silent auction, open bar, delicious food, music, dancing and performances.

Tickets:          $135 general admission. Ringmaster’s VIP Cocktail Party: $135 event ticket + $100 tax deductible donation.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For tickets, visit www.aboutfacetheatre.com or call 773-784-8565.

The WONKA BALL 20113 Planning Committee includes: Billy Lullo and Benjamin Sprunger (Event Co-Chairs); Robert Abernathy and Drew Kent (VIP Party Co-Chairs); Amy Hutchison and Krista Kaza (Silent Auction Co-Chairs); and Andrea A. Cedusky (Event Consultant).

WONKA BALL 2013 Corporate Sponsors include: BMO Harris, Sidetrack and BlueCross Blue Shield of Illnois.

About Face Theatre is one of Chicago’s most acclaimed theatre companies, and is a national leader in the development of new work exploring gender and sexual identity.  Since its founding by Kyle Hall and Eric Rosen in 1995, the company has premiered more than 45 world premieres by writers and directors who have been recognized with several Tony Awards, The Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The MacArthur Fellowship and dozens of Joseph Jefferson Awards.

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Thursday, March 28, 9:30 AM written by EmilyHaha

Meet the Playwright: Jordan Seavey

Get to know Jordan Seavey, whose play THE TRUTH WILL OUT premieres as part of this year”s XYZ Festival of New Works.

Jordan Seavey is Co-Artistic Director of NYC theatre company CollaborationTown (CTown), a member of the 2009 Emerging Writer’s Group at The Public Theater, and a Usual Suspect at the New York Theatre Workshop. With CTown, he’s presently the inaugural recipient of the 2-year Archive Alliance Residency at The New Ohio Theatre and IRT Theater developing their newest devised piece, HELP ME TO MAKE IT.

His other plays include LISTENING FOR OUR MURDERER, THE THIRD THING (OR, THE BP OIL SPILL PLAY), WHO’S AFRAID OF GEORGE C. WOLFE?, THE FUNNY PAIN, THE TRUTH WILL OUT, CHILDREN AT PLAY, 6969 and THIS IS A NEWSPAPER. Plays co-created with CTown include THE MOMENTUM (2012 GLAAD Media Award nomination), THE DEEPEST PLAY EVER: THE CATHARSIS OF PATHOS (text by Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell), THE PLAY ABOUT MY DAD (text by Book Killebrew), LET’S GO, TOWNVILLE, THEY’RE JUST LIKE US (text by Boo Killebrew), THE ASTRONOMER’S TRIANGLE and THE TRADING FLOOR.

His work has been developed with New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Rattlestick phpaide.com Playwrights Theatre, The Old Vic (UK), Lark Play Development Center, Oslo Internasjanole Teater (Norway), Robert Wilson”s Watermill Center, 59E59 Theaters, The New Ohio Theatre, IRT Theater, The Amoralists, Orlando Shakespeare, Emerging America Festival/Huntington Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, hotINK Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, The MacDowell Colony, The Orchard Project, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Dartmouth College, NYSAF/Vassar, Edward F. Albee Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies from Boston University.

About THE TRUTH WILL OUT

It”s Valentine’s Day and on his famous cable news show “The Truth Will Out,” celebrity journalist Whittemore Walter is about to cover the one-year anniversary of the hate-inspired murder of 15-year-old Ronnie Principe. The newsroom is swarming with love: Whittemore and his female co-anchor have a romantic past to wrestle with, his mother loves him (almost) unconditionally, and his producer – and semi-secret boyfriend – has given him a life-changing ultimatum: come out of the closet. As Whittemore confronts his very notion of what it means to love, his reality unravels and he must face Ronnie – and himself.

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