Waltzing Mechanics

Chicago's Home for Documentary Theatre

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2018 documentary play festival

click the images below for more information about the cast, director, and playwright

PRODUCTION TEAM

stage manager | CARINNE USLAR

production manager | KAITLIN TAYLOR

marketing manager | BOB PRESCOTT

casting director | KANOME JONES

event staff | JOEY CARDONA & THOMAS MURRAY

play selection | KEELY LEONARD with CARINNE USLAR & BOB PRESCOTT

artistic director | ZACK FLORENT

 

special thanks

J.D. OSTERGAARD (BERGER PARK), NATALIE SALLEE (THE ARC THEATRE), LAGUNITAS BREWING COMPANY

 

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the frontier | Chicago

1106 W. THORNDALE AVE.

JUNE 1 - 7:30 pm | June 2 - 4:00 pm

free staged reading of #justicefor: June 2 at 7:30 PM

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Our goal with the festival is to highlight some of the exceptional work being developed across the country in the realm of non-fiction theater.  With each performance, we will showcase selections from 8 plays that run the gamut in terms of style, subject matter, and source material.  Each piece featured is between 10-20 minutes in length.  

Included with the festival is a week long workshop of #JusticeFor, by David Guiden, which will culiminate with a staged reading on SATURDAY at 7:30.  Waltzing Mechanics will continue to develop this piece throughout the year along with the playwright before staging a full production in Spring 2019.  

What is a documentary play?

Conceptually, it’s not all that different from a film documentary or non-fictional literature.  But with documentary theatre, these stories and events come to life in a way only experienced on a stage.  The minimum and most essential criterion for these works is that they must be about something that actually happened and substantially utilize words spoken or written by the real humans who are the subject of the work.  

 

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