March at Open Door Rep

Jazz Concert Series: Rhythm, Rhyme & the Refrain

Rhythm & Rhyme Refrain

Curated in collaboration with jazz artist Linda Solotair, the Open Door Repertory Company is thrilled to present the first part of our ongoing Jazz Concert Series: Rhythm, Rhyme & the Refrain. This Spring, we open the pages of the Great American Songbook to enjoy the words and music of some of America’s most celebrated composers and lyricists. “The Great American Songbook” is a hypothetical construct that seeks to represent the best American songs of the 20th century principally from Broadway and other musical theatre, and Hollywood musical films especially from the 1920’s-60’s, including dozens of songs of enduring popularity. The Great American Songbook became (and remains) a vital part of the repertoire of jazz musicians.

Starting March 2, 2013 – June 15, 2013 – click here for more information.


An evening with Nate Aydelott, Connor McCann and Jay Lind

Nate Aydelott is a Chicago-based singer-songwriter who plays music indebted to the traditions of American folk and country, indie rock, and power pop. His former band, Brother Lowdown, was a mainstay on the Chicago club circuit and released their acclaimed album, Which Side Are You On?, on the Sloboda Recordings label. The Chicago Reader called the “songcraft…consistently appealing,” and noted, “ lead singer Nate Aydelott has a rubbery vocal delivery that suggests a huskier Michael Stipe.” The Illinois Entertainer said the album’s “…eclectic mix makes for an extremely interesting debut that shows the diverse musical flair of the band…” After the band’s dissolution, Aydelott has continued to write songs, but has taken time off from working and performing with a full band. He rarely plays live, but he is happy to play his first show in more than a year at Open Door Repertory Company. He will sing and perform new and old songs solo on acoustic guitar. Conor McCann, another Chicago-based singer-songwriter, originally from Oak Park, will open the show. McCann leads the band Cicero, and will be performing solo at Open Door. Poet and OPRF teacher Jay Lind will perform a short set of spoken word poetry.

Friday, March 8, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 (All proceeds benefit Open Door Repertory Company)

Artists Websites:
http://natea.bandcamp.com/
http://www.myspace.com/cdrummmccann


Anti O’gravity Experiment presents Magically Delicious Improv

Improv @ Open Door Theatre
with Tunes o’Cheer by The Harrison Street Ukelele Players


RING SHOUT

Ring Shout has been playing as an ensemble for more than three years. They play a wide range of popular musical genres including mainstream jazz, R&B, Reggae, ballads and original compositions. They have performed at a variety of venues from private parties to the intimate confines of the Eastgate Cafe in Oak Park, to the Harrison Street Art Walks, to the majestic grandeur of the Copernicus Center of Polish Culture in Chicago.

Featuring Musicians: George Bailey – Guitar and Vocal; Mike Blake – Reeds; Erick Hendricks – Reeds; Kevin McDermott – Electric Bass; Charles Torpe – Guitars and Vocal; Steve Smith – Guitar and Vocal; Carl Spight – Percussion; Marsha Spight – Vocals; Mark Wilczynski – Trap Drums

Friday, March 22nd at 8PM
General Admission: $8

Jazz Concert Series Part 1, Rhythm & Rhyme Refrain

Jazz Concert Series Part 1, Rhythm & Rhyme Refrain

Curated in collaboration with jazz artist Linda Solotaire, the Open Door Repertory Company is thrilled to present the first part of our ongoing Jazz Concert Series: Rhythm, Rhyme & the Refrain. This Spring, we open the pages of the Great American Songbook to enjoy the words and music of some of America’s most celebrated composers and lyricists. “The Great American Songbook” is a hypothetical construct that seeks to represent the best American songs of the 20th century principally from Broadway and other musical theatre, and Hollywood musical films especially from the 1920’s-60’s, including dozens of songs of enduring popularity. The Great American Songbook became (and remains) a vital part of the repertoire of jazz musicians.

Stay tuned, in November the Jazz Concert Series will return, exploring the intricate syncopations and rhythms that emerge in jazz from the African and Latin diasporas.

Jazz Concert Series Flex Ticket Packages

March 3rd, 2013 – June 15th, 2013

Rhythm & Rhyme Refrain – Saturday, March 2 at 8pm
Rhythm & Rhyme Refrain – Saturday, March 9 at 8pm
Rhythm & Rhyme Refrain – Saturday, March 23 at 8pm

Rhythm & Rhyme Refrain – Saturday, June 1 at 8pm
Rhythm & Rhyme Refrain – Saturday, June 8 at 8pm
Rhythm & Rhyme Refrain – Saturday, June 15 at 8pm

Flex Package A
(March concerts)

$40 SAVE $5
3 Flex tickets for
any March concert.

Flex Package B
(June concerts)

$40 SAVE $5
3 Flex tickets for
any June concert.

Flex Package C
(March and/or June concerts)
$90 SAVE $15

6 Flex tickets. get one Free.
Use for any concert in March and/or June

OpenDoorRep.org/tickets or call 708.342.0810

Now through February 24th…

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

A touching comedy about a formidable retired woman and her acerbic dance instructor. Lily Harrison hires Michael Minetti to give her private dance lessons – one per week for six weeks – in her gulf-front condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendshiop as these two people from vcery different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears and joys while dancing the swing, tango, waltz, foxtrot, Cha Cha and contemporary dance. Overcoming their outward differences, Michael and Lily discover an unlikely but profound connection. By the final lesson, Lily shares her most closely guarded secret and Michael shares his greatest gifts, his loyalty and compassion. A comedy with music and dance, the play also addresses the serious issues of ageism and intolerance.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in January and February – click here for more information.

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

A touching comedy about a formidable retired woman and her acerbic dance instructor. Lily Harrison hires Michael Minetti to give her private dance lessons – one per week for six weeks – in her gulf-front condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendshiop as these two people from vcery different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears and joys while dancing the swing, tango, waltz, foxtrot, Cha Cha and contemporary dance. Overcoming their outward differences, Michael and Lily discover an unlikely but profound connection. By the final lesson, Lily shares her most closely guarded secret and Michael shares his greatest gifts, his loyalty and compassion. A comedy with music and dance, the play also addresses the serious issues of ageism and intolerance.

Previews: Wed. January 16th and Thurs. January 17th at 8 PM
Tickets – $15
Performances:
Fridays: January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 8 PM
Saturdays: January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 8 PM
February 16 at 2 PM
Sundays: January 20, 27, 3, 10 and 24 at 2 PM
No Performance on Sunday, February 17

Tickets: General Admission – $25 Senior (60 and over) – $22 Groups (8 or more) – $20 Students – $15

 

 

December at Open Door…

DAVID COPPERFIELD

In honor of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, Open Door presents “David Copperfield” adapted and performed as a one-man play by Peter Baker. Saturdays: December 1,8,15 @7:30PM and Sundays: December 2,9,16 @2PM. Tickets are $12 (general admission) $8 (Seniors/Students)


The Walter Mitty Jazz Band

The return of the Walter Mitty Jazz Band! All original 6 members including our own Wes Boyer! (Plus 2 new friends!)
One evening only – Dec. 7th at 8pm All tickets are $8


BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!
Anti Gravity Experiment Presents

It’s Snow Joke!

IMPROV AT OPEN DOOR THEATER
Starting with a Seasonal Sing-along
8 PM Friday, December 14 $10
Please bring a non-perishable food donation for theOak Park River Forest Food Pantry

September at Open Door!

We have three exciting events coming up:

Open Door Theatre invites you to celebrate our “ONE” year of PROGRESS with a…

PROGRESSive Dinner

September 10th, 2012 – A fun and delicious evening with entertainment and a short live auction.
Click here for more information and to RSVP.


ACTING FOR A CAUSE Presents

Precarious Bonds

featuring Dominick Alesia, Lily Blackman, Dana Clouser, Brando Crawford, Zach Davidson, Jay Faris, Robert Hunter Bry, Zane Joiner, Quinn McGavin, Isaac Murtha, Niki Nesnidal and Charlie Weissglass

Tuesday 9/11, at 7:30 pm
Wednesday 9/12, at 7:30 pm
Thursday 9/13, at 7:30 pm

Tickets– $15 (All proceeds will be donated to the Oak Park Veterans Center)


“Anything Goes” with the Elaine Dame Trio and a Night of Cole Porter

Anything goes when the The Elaine Dame Trio starts swingin’ the tunes of one of America’s most celebrated composers, Cole Porter.

Whether performing with her trio, opening for national jazz acts or producing her own cabaret show, Elaine Dame’s talent is also unmistakable. For the past fifteen years, Ms. Dame has been headlining the most venerable jazz venues to the delight of audiences and critics alike.

September 29th
8pm
Tickets – $15

Progressive Dinner

September 10th, 2012

A fun and delicious evening with entertainment and a short live auction. There will be two seatings to choose from:

seating number one
6:00 – 6:45pm: Appetizers at Cucina Paradiso
Located at 814 North Blvd.

7:00 – 8:00pm: Dinner at Winberies
Located around the corner at 151 North Oak Park Ave.

8:15 – 9:00pm: Dessert at Eyrie
Located across the street at 128 North Oak Park Ave.

seating number two

7:00 – 7:45pm: Appetizers at Cucina Paradiso
8:00 – 9:00pm: Dinner at Winberies
9:15 – 10:00pm: Dessert at Eyrie

Cash Bar, Alcohol and Soda.
Live Auction will be held during dessert.
reservations needed
Please RSVP by filling out the form below. Please submit the form by Tuesday, September 4th.

 

would be delighted to attend Open Door's PROGRESSive Dinner on September 10th.
Please make checks payable to OPen Door Repertory Company

August at Open Door!!!

For tickets or information, call 708.342.0810 or visit us at www.opendoorrep.org

COMING IN SEPTEMBER

THE SPEW

Tackle a hotbed of liberated women’s issues while sharing the latest in man-pleasing lingerie… with the ladies of “The Spew” Chicagoland’s hilarious spoof of “The View.”

Conceived by Lynda Shadrake and Mary Olivieri

Created by Lynda Shadrake, Mary Olivieri, Amy Binns-Calvey, Mary Fahely-Hughes, Liz Cloud, Jenni Lamb – Hetherington and Vince Kracht

Tickets: $15.00

Friday, September 7 @ 8pm
Saturday, September 8 @ 8pm
Friday, September 14 @ 8pm
Saturday, September 15 @ 8pm
Friday, September 21 @ 8pm
Saturday, September 22 @ 8pm

Click here for more information about the show.

Thursday, August 2

OPEN MIC- IN THE THEATER!

8PM $5 Sign Up at 7PM

The Open Mic at Open Door offers professional sound and an intimate venue for performers and audiences alike. Get your music out there! Don’t miss this networking event! Musicians, Comics, Actors, Poets – all performers welcome!

The stage is Open! For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/events/199009953555084

Friday, August 3
COMEDY NIGHT AT OPEN DOOR

8 PM  $10

Improv and Stand-Up Featuring:

Doug Deuchler, local Theater Critic and Storyteller returning to one of his first loves – Stand-Up

FrankenReagen began as the closely-knit class of 2007 at the iO Theater. They now host their own brand of shows just south of Wrigley Field where they perform as the Mullen’s House Team each week. www.frankenreagan.com

Ghost Toddler is a mix of veteran and newer improvisers who perform scenes that strive for emotional truth and grounded relationships. Jay Sukow, a Meisner-trained actor and Second City Improv, teacher is their coach. Facebook.com/GhostToddler

Declassified contains individuals from ClassyD, a nine-person Harold team from iO whose words and movements coalesce as one. The team is coached by Timmy Mayse. ioimprov.com/Chicago/io/teams/classyd

Saturday, August 4
LINDA SOLOTAIRE & THE COSMOPOLITANS

8PM $15

Join us for an evening of great jazz with Linda Solotaire & The Cosmopolitans
Linda Solotaire – Vocals
Chris Greene – sax Tommu Mueller – piano
Stu Greenspan – bass Tony Bussone – drums

Friday, August 10
COMEDY NIGHT AT OPEN DOOR

8 PM $10

Improv and Sketch Comedy featuring:

F.Y.A is a one-woman Sketch Show with Erica Slutsky Facebook.com/pages/FYA-Erica-slutskys-One-Woman-Show/129493840465183

With That Said is an experienced ensemble that brings a highly interactive experience to the stage. They draw on audience suggestions to create fast paced, no-holds-barred comedy.

2 Neurotic 30-Somethings Doing Improv are Carolyn Minor and Matt Utter who have been performing together for a year. They have both studied at iO and Second City

Stuntman CD-ROM is a former iO team that loved each other too much to break up.

Facebook.com/pages/Stuntman-CD-ROM/229452157128942

Saturday, August 11
ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES BAND and ZOZO

8 PM $10

ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES BAND is a multifaceted acoustic quartet that performs a comfortable blend of cool contemporary and traditional folk, along with some of their own compositions.

Fred Louderman: Songwriter Vocals, Guitar; Michael Smoucha: Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele:

Sally Conley: Vocals; Tammy Value: Violin
www.rougharoundtheedgesband.com

ZOZO is an acoustic/electric folk band that performs folk, pop and swing, as well as Irish & Scottish ballads, American spirituals and originals.

Andrew Calhoun: Songwriter, Vocals, Guitar; Casey Calhoun: Vocals, Dance;

Gary Cleland: Acoustic Bass; Victor Sanders: Lead Guitar
http://.waterbug.com/calhoun/zozo.html

 

Friday, August 17
COMEDY NIGHT AT OPEN DOOR

8 PM $10

An evening of Improv, Stand-Up and Musical Comedy featuring:

Mike Maxwell is a tactfully irreverent, clean comedian and a “back-to-back” finalist in the Great American Comedy Festival. Facebook.com/pages/Mike-Maxwell-Stand-up-Comedian/195993233768862

With That Said is an experienced ensemble that brings a highly interactive experience to the stage. They draw on audience suggestions to create fast paced, no-holds-barred comedy.

Matt Griffo is a Chicago comedian who combines serious piano and ukulele chops with hilarious lyrics. He composed the smash Chicago production “Jersey Shore: The Musical. ” He has opened for comedian Reggie Watts. and performed at the Chicago Laugh Factory, Chicago Sketchfest, Black Box comedy Festival and Big Little Comedy Festival. www.mattgriffo.com

Stuntman CD-ROM is a former iO team that loved each other too much to break up.

Facebook.com/pages/Stuntman-CD-ROM/229452157128942

Tuesday, August 21
GEORGE & IRA: The Gershwins, Part 1

2 PM $10

Charles Troy entertains with a 4-partt multi-media presentation on the music of The Gershwins

Part 1: The Flapper Musicals

Friday, August 24
ANTI-GRAVITY EXPERIMENT and JIMBO DELTA

8PM $8

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!

Oak Park’s only resident, mature improv company, the Anti-Gravity Experiment (AGE) Presents “It’s All Relative”
With Americana Roots Music by Jimbo Delta

Saturday, August 25
BLACKLUNG POP presents LOCAL MUSICIANS’ SHOWCASE

8 PM $8

Featuring Local Songwriters/Singers:
Dave and Jodi Walker
Scott Momenthy and Tom Valenzano,
David Thompson & Alex Karan (The Butterfields!)

Sunday, August 26
CHURCH OF BEETHOVEN

10 AM – Coffee 10:30 AM – Performance $10/Adults $5/Children
The Grant Street String Quartet will perform Beethoven, Shostakovich and Astor Piazzolla

Friday, August 31
COMEDY NIGHT AT OPEN DOOR

8 PM $10

Stand-Up and Improv featuring:

Luciana Bonifazi performs weekly at The Comedy Shrine in Aurora and has performed at Second City and ComedySportz. She won 2nd place in The Gorilla Tango Theatre’s $500 Stand Up Thing and 1st place in

Tassel Free Comedy’s Standup competition. Facebook.com/LaughatLucia

Monster McFeely Its members have performed at Second City, the Crocodile Lounge, the Chicago Women’s
Funny Festival and The Works By Women Festival. monster-mcfeely.tumblr.com

Declassified contains individuals from ClassyD, a nine-person Harold team from iO whose words and movements coalesce as one. The team is coached by Timmy Mayse. ioimprov.com/Chicago/io/teams/classyd