Waltzing Mechanics

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News: Waltzing Mechanics Celebrates Fifth Consecutive Year with Earlier Departure Time


CHICAGO - After four years at 11 o'clock, Waltzing Mechanics is pleased to announce that 'EL Stories' is moving to 10:30 p.m., beginning January 16. Marking its fifth consecutive year at the Greenhouse Theatre Center, the twenty-fourth edition, 'El Stories: Riding the Line', focuses on engaging with strangers in an unfamiliar environment. Users of public transit are constantly navigating the risk of intervention and the potential for a serendipitous surprise versus harm to oneself or others. 'EL Stories: Riding the Line' explores that line of interaction between a warm invitation and a cold encounter.

"There are three choices we make every time we're on public transit" says director Kanomé Jones. "We can initiate action, participate in it, or ignore it all together. No matter the choice, we become momentarily involved in someone else's world and while that can be fun and enjoyable, it can also be offensive and hostile." Jones said she wanted to explore engaging with strangers because crossing that first line of presence can elicit a "wonderful surprise." She finished with "but what happens if you don't cross in far enough and you miss out? Or you go too far and you hurt someone?"

'EL Stories: Riding the Line’ features Stephan Collins-Stepney, Alisha Fabbi, Zach Finch, LaKecia Harris, Angela Horn, Matthew Lunt, Semaj Miller, Chelsea Rolfes, Brian Sheridan, and Emily Renee Shimskey.

Running January 16th through March 26th on Saturday nights at 10:30 pm, tickets are $20 general admission and are available in advance at greenhousetheater.org or by calling 773-404-7336. Student and industry tickets are available.

Upcoming productions for the Waltzing Mechanics include Danielle Pinnock's 'Body/Courage', a co-production with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, running February 4-27, and an original documentary play following the Romanov family through the fall of imperial Russia, tentatively scheduled for Fall of 2016.

For more information or to request press tickets, please contact: J.D. Ostergaard, Event and Media Coordinator 312.714.2233 - jdostergaard@waltzingmechanics.org

Waltzing Mechanics presents: 'EL Stories: Riding the Line'

Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. January 16th - March 26th, 2016

Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60614

$20 general admission

Advance tickets at greenhousetheater.org or 773-404-7336.

Running time is approximately 60 minutes.