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Actors Gym Kicks off Season with Popular Circus in Progress Series

EVANSTON, IL - This Saturday, Circus in Progress: An Evening of Daring New Work returns to The Actors Gymnasium after over two years of sold out performances.

Theatre and circus lovers of all ages delight in this popular sneak peek at some of Chicago's most exciting new works of circus art. Striding Lion dance theatre appears for the first time; one of few women nationwide to practice straps, Leah Leor is featured; as is the puppet master Michael Montenegro; and the extraordinary Camille Swift on solo trapeze. Molly Plunk will perform on the tightwire, a timely apparatus in the wake of Nik Wallenda's historic walks across Niagra Falls, the Grand Canyon and his upcoming Chicago Skyscraper Live walk. The Nexus Project, who performed to great acclaim in the spring Circus in Progress return with a new dance piece.

Actors Gym teacher Akemi Berry debuts a new silks act. Other faculty acts will include Jill Heyser on aerial chandelier, and Eric Robinson performing adagio with partner Kae Henning. Student performances include Marc Sorensen on Spanish Web: long time contortion students, Buyana Bayarjargal & Enkhjin Ganzorig, under faculty member Oyuna Yadamjav; and the exciting young artists of the AG Teen Ensemble display a wide range of their skills.

Tickets are available now for the one day only performances on October 11 at 4:30pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here or at For group reservations and general questions call 847-328-2795. The on-location box office opens 1.5 hours prior to the start of each performance.

To view the trailer, click on the image below. 

Fall 2014 Circus in Progress Trailer - The Actors Gymnasium
Fall 2014 Circus in Progress Trailer - The Actors Gymnasium

About Larry DiStasi, Artistic Director of Programming:
Larry DiStasi is Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of The Actors Gymnasium as well as a co-founder and ensemble member of Lookingglass Theatre Company. For Lookingglass, Larry has served as actor, director, administrator and designer over the past 25 years. He has performed in over 30 productions, among them the Tony Award winning production, Metamorphoses, and the Jeff Award winning productions Lookingglass Alice, The Arabian Nights and Hard Times. He received a Jeff Nomination for his direction and adaptation of The Baron in the Trees. Larry directed and co-created The Actors Gymnasium circuses Dream, Science Fiction, Lost and Found, Skooled, and The Magical Exploding Boy and The Invisible Circus. He has appeared on television and film and in a Philip Glass Opera called Galileo Galilei. He received his B.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University.

Theatre Information:
The Actors Gymnasium venue is located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston, Illinois - just off of the Noyes purple line 'L' stop. Parking in the Noyes Cultural Center lot (permit & metered spots) is free after 6 pm Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday. There is additional free parking on Ridge Street and at the Civic Center around the corner, as well as metered parking on Noyes Street.

About The Actors Gymnasium:

The Actors Gymnasium is dedicated to bringing a new physicality to the American Theatre. Encouraging ground-breaking theatrical exploration, The Actors Gymnasium teaches circus arts, physical theatre and multi-disciplinary performance to children and adults; produces original, daring works of circus-theatre; and serves as a talent resource, providing performance opportunities to our students and innovative professional event entertainment for a wider audience. At The Actors Gymnasium, people Learn To Fly - physically, emotionally, and creatively. For more information, please visit