National Pastime's 2010 Season Pass
The National Pastime Theater, Chicagoâs most fearless theater company, opens this season with a rare revival of Elmer Riceâs Street Scene, which ran for a total of 601 performances on Broadway and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1929. This ambitious, groundbreaking piece takes place on the front stoop of a New York City tenement mere months before the stock market crashed and The Great Depression began. Street Scene depicts first generation immigrant families struggling every day to reach the American dream.
Street Scene is co-produced by The National Pastime Theater and Clock Productions. The production opens March 19 with previews March 15 and 16 and runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm until April 25. Tickets are $25. Date night stimulus Thursdays two-for-one.
The National Pastime Theaterâs annual Naked July Festival celebrates the joys of heat. Featuring The National Pastime Theaterâs original âEmperorâs New Clothes,â based on the classic work by Hans Christian Anderson, this yearâs festival promises to knock more than just your socks off. Back by popular demand, The Living Canvas will perform their work of body art. On hiatus from their regularly scheduled Burlesk Idol, Sweet-and-Lowbrow Productions offers a medley of specialty Burlesk performances. Also appearing are other theme related acts from the world over. Beginning July 2 and running until August 7, tickets are $20 per show. Festival Passes include entrance into each of the five productions for $75.
The fall primetime show is the premiere of Terry Abrahamsonâs âDoo Listerâs Bluesâ, in a script revised for The National Pastime Theater. This powerful play looks back at the meeting of the political turmoil of the 1960s with the rise of an emerging Black music experience. Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement, Doo Listerâs Blues traces a songwriting Chicago barber's creative metamorphosis from Motown to militant, with results that challenge the validity of the evolution of Black popular music. âDoo Listerâs Bluesâ runs from October 1 to November 21.
The National Pastime Theater is offering the opportunity to become a professional supporter of the arts. For a limited time only, donate $100 to The National Pastime Theater and receive a season ticket package that includes tickets to the opening night performances of Street Scene, Doo Listerâs Blues and a Festival Pass to the one and only Naked July Festival.
Also performing, in the very room that was once a hidden speakeasy, produced by The National Pastime Theater in conjunction with Sweet-n-Lowbrow Productions, in appreciation of the ever growing revival of the Burlesque art form, is Oosha Boomâs Burlesk Idol, Chicagoâs original amateur burlesque competition. Running all year long, Burlesk Idol offers a history lesson in the most seductive of art forms. Sweet-N-Lowbrow Productions is Maiden Sacrifice and Oosha Boom, two veteran theater and variety performers/producers/technicians, whose dazzling, unpredictable, outrageous brand of âBurleskâ harkens back to the days when the art form was still just as much about substance and spectacle as it was about sexuality. In addition, NPT with SnL offers a variety of specialty Burlesk/Variety performances from âShakespeare in the Nudeâ to âOosha Boomâs Big Bazoom Roomâ with everything imaginable in-between. These performances are not included in the season ticket package. All Burlesk shows are 18 and older and tickets are $15.
Season Passes include tickets to Street Scene and Doo Lister's Blues as well as a Naked July 5-Show Festival Pass.
Passes do not include admission to Burlesk Performances outside of Naked July
National Pastime Theater
4139 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613
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