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Filament Theatre
Chicago, IL
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SPARKfest 2017
SPARKfest® 2017
September 7-24, 2017
Filament Theatre ~ 4041 N Milwaukee Ave ~ Chicago, IL
Audience talkback after every performance.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.There is also a special TRIPLE PLAY Ticket to see all three productions on one Saturday for $33. Choose the TRIPLE PLAY option in the 2:00PM performance for the Saturday you are interested in.

SPARKpasses provide 6 tickets for only $72, the best value, and may be purchased through our website at

SPARKfest® is Erasing the Distance's inaugural festival of new work, exploring mental health issues from new theatrical perspectives. The three productions in the festival are-

Devised by Millie Hurley* and Maura Kidwell*
Directed by Heather Bodie
Performed by Dave Belden, Susie Griffith and Shariba Rivers

While we speak of caregiving as both a gift and a burden, we never really consider how hard it is on the actual person who is having to balance work, family, and the needs of the ailing family member. How does the caregiver get taken care of? How does the person taking care get emotional support? This work explores the quiet and complex emotional world of the end-of-life caregiver and those who choose to care for others.

Performance schedule: 9/7 8:00 PM, 9/9 2:00 PM, 9/16 8:00 PM, 9/17 2:00 PM, 9/22 8:00 PM, 9/23 5:00 PM

Devised and performed by Stacy Stoltz*+
Directed by Matt Hawkins

How do you reconnect or strengthen your ties to your family? How does your connection to them affect the way you move through the world? With all the chaos and confusion in the world, in our country, why is family important? Walk a Mile is about a woman uncovering her familys stories, personalizing those stories and re-telling them as though they are her own. While attempting to grow her empathy for the people who made her who she is, she hopes to inspire others to consider their own family connections.

Performance schedule: 9/8 8:00 PM, 9/9 5:00 PM, 9/14 8:00 PM, 9/16 2:00 PM, 9/23 8:00 PM, 9/24 2:00 PM

Devised by Mariana Green*, Charlotte Drover and Adam Poss*
Directed by Charlotte Drover
Performed by Adelina Feldman-Schultz and Josh Odor

The story of one mans struggle with addiction, starting in high school, continuing through college, graduate school, and in the workforce. As a high functioning addict, he told lies to friends, family, coworkers, and girlfriends to protect the addiction. Along with the lies he tells, the work explores the lies others chose to believe. How does addiction impact relationships? What truths are impossible to share when you are an addict, or someone involved with an addict?

Performance schedule: 9/9 8:00 PM, 9/10 2:00 PM, 9/15 8:00 PM, 9/16 5:00 PM, 9/21 8:00 PM, 9/23 2:00 PM

*Member of Erasing the Distance Artistic Company
+Member of Actor's Equity Association

"SPARKfest" is a registered trademark, used under license.

Founded in 2005 and currently seen by more than 60,000 people, Erasing the Distance is a nonprofit organization that sheds light on mental health issues through theatre. For more information, visit

SPARKfest® 2017 is sponsored by ASPIRE HEALTH, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Jellyvision, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Thresholds, Urban Balance, Aetna Better Health of Illinois, Gladden Home Care, Graphic Purchasing Solutions LLC, and Bryne, Byrne and Company.

Erasing the Distance is also supported in part by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, The Chicago Community Trust, The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Glasser and Rosenthal Family Foundation, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.



Filament Theatre (View)
4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60641
United States

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Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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