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The Actors Gymnasium Announces Benefit Performance for "Visually Stunning" Show

EVANSTON, IL- The Actors Gymnasium (AG) hosts Circuscope Magnified - a benefit performance on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Attendees enjoy the "visually stunning" Circuscope and meet the shows creators at the Circuscope Magnified reception.  

The event, which will take place at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center after the 7:30 show, nourishes the unique fusion of spectacle and storytelling that is only found at AG. The evening will begin with the closing night performance of Circuscope and then lead to a special access reception, the highlights of which includes meeting the acclaimed director and cast, taking an "out of this world" photo in the photo booth by Matt Arauz Photography, and enjoying drinks provided by local brewery Temperance Beer Co and sweet treats by Fannie May.

In addition to these highlights,the evening will include the "VIP Pippin Experience" raffle drawing. One winner will receive chauffeur service, dinner at Oprah's favorite restaurant RL, and tickets to the Tony award winning Broadway touring show Pippin for four. 


"The development process for the show began in a converstaion with Deavn Evans and his fascination with a creature called a tardigrade. They are microscopic and have the ability to survive just about anything, including outer spaces," says Circuscope director Vanessa Stalling.

"The arts and circuses are a lot like tardigrades. They are resilent and fascinating. But unlike tardigrades, they need support to continue to thrive. Circuscope Magnified is the epitome of all that The Actors Gymnasium strives for. Showcasing thrilling performance, enabling incredible creativity and developing extraordinary artists. This benefit performance will help us to expand and reach our community with this life changing art," says Executive Director Virginia Nugent.

For tickets to Circuscope Magnified, go to or contact Executive Director Virginia Nugent at 847-328-2795

Tickets for the Pippin raffle can be bought at the same time as tickets for any performance of Circuscope including the benefit evening or at the event.


About Circuscope:

Enthralled by the extraordinary shapes and sizes of life, the creators of the Actors Gymnasium Winter Circus will explore a fascinating world on the other side of the microscopic lens. Directed by spectacle-theatre veteran Vanessa Stalling and featuring acclaimed Chicago clown Dean Evans, Circuscope will transport audiences through surprising acrobatics, mime, live music and other-worldly design. Circuscope also features Meredith "Tommy" Tomlins, Molly Plunk, and Leah Leor. Running through March 22, 2015

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