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Theatre For One

Christine Jones

New York, United States

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Theatre for One is a mobile state-of-the-art performance space for one actor and one audience member. Conceived by Artistic Director Christine Jones and designed by LOT-EK architects, Theater for One commissions new work created specifically for this venue’s one-to-one relationship. Embracing serendipity and spontaneity, Theatre for One is presented in public spaces in which audience members are invited to engage in an intimate theatrical exchange and enter the theatre space not knowing what to expect. Actor and audience member encounter each other as strangers in this suspended space and, through the course of the performance allow the divisions and distinctions that separate us to dissolve. Since its inception, Theater for One, in collaboration with its presenting partners, has commissioned 75 new works, by established as well as emerging writers.

Venue

Chicago Cultural Center

Address

78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL

Neighborhood

The Loop

Description

The Chicago Cultural Center serves as one of the main exhibition venue sites for CAB 5, featuring projects from more than 80 participants from ten countries. 

Opened in 1897, the Chicago Cultural Center is a Chicago landmark building operated by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and is home to free cultural exhibits and programming year-round.

Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Cultural Center

CAB 5 Contribution

Project Overview

Poetry For One: This is a Rehearsal

Theatre for One (T41) is a mobile state-of-the-art performance space  for one actor and one audience member. Conceived by Artistic  Director Christine Jones and designed by LO/TEK architects, T41  commissions new work created specifically for this venue’s one-to-one  relationship. Embracing serendipity and spontaneity, T41 is presented  in public spaces in which audience members are invited to engage in  an intimate theatrical exchange and enter the theater space not  knowing what to expect. This fall, in collaboration with the Chicago  Architecture Biennial, The Poetry Foundation, Floating Museum, and  Illinois Humanities, T41 is bringing to Chicago Poetry For One:  This is a Rehearsal, an iteration of T41’s most intimate and compelling  aspect—the exchange between human beings of meaning, beauty,  work, and attention. Poetry For One will feature twelve poets reading  works created for the booth. Reading and listening to poems in the  privacy of the T41 booth amplifies the power of poetry to dissolve the  boundaries between writers and readers, performers and audiences,  and human beings from human beings, thus intensifying the  intellectual and emotional connections poetry creates, and it makes  the poetry—and language itself—shimmer and matter.  

 

Made by Many Team: Andrew Schneider, Anne Carson, avery r. young, Bryan Hunt,  Christine Jones, CM Burroughs, Helene Achanzar, JC Widman, Jessica Dean Turner,  Kelsey Leigh Ervi, Kristiana Rae Colón, M’Reld Green, Mara Isaacs, Maryam Abdi,  Michael Francis, Mike Steele, Monty Cole, Nile Lansana, Nita Mendoza, Octopus  Theatricals, R.E. Dewoskin, Robert Currie, Roy Kinsey, Sasha Smith, Shara Nova,  SRĐA, Sydney Charles, Thomas Dixon, Tina Post, Ydalmi Noriega 

Produced by Octopus Theatricals  

With support from Jeanne Donovan and the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, and  the Poetry Foundation

Team Members

Project Overview

The City is the Site