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Kiana Harris Simon
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events@actorsgymnasium.com
847-328-2795
The Actors Gymnasium to Open the 19th Season with Circus in Progress
EVANSTON, IL -  The Actors Gymnasium Artistic Director of Programming Larry DiStasi has announced the company's lineup for its 2013-2014 season. During 2013-2014, The Actors Gymnasium celebrates the organization's 19th season. The line up includes public performances of both narrative theatrical pieces, including the annual main stage Winter Circus, as well as variety act installations such as Circus in Progress and the Summer Circus Intensive Showcase
 
The Actors Gymnasium opens its 2013-2014 season on October 12 with Circus in Progress: An Evening of Daring New Work. Each year, Chicago 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.  This cabaret style performance series focuses on the development of new acts, showcasing many Chicagoland area circus and variety arts professionals as well as advanced students from The Actors Gymnasium's classes. Tickets are available now for the 4:30 matinee and the 7:30 evening performances.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12.50 for kids, students and seniors.

  

Further performer announcements will continue throughout fall through The Actors Gymnasium's social media, but the following acts are confirmed: Will Howard & Pam Davidson (adagio), Meredith "Tommy" Tomlins (juggling and aerial sling), Simone Lazar (lyra and contortion), Isaac Schoepp (diablo), The Actors Gymnasium Teen Ensemble (circus mash-up), Javen Ulambayar (aerial straps), Jill Heyser (trapeze).

  

PRODUCTION CALENDAR

 
Circus in Progress - An Evening of Daring New Work
Saturday, October 12, 2013
View the trailer here.
 
Get a sneak peek at some of Chicago's most exciting new works of circus art. This latest installation of our performance series focuses on the development of new acts. Professionals from the Chicagoland circus community will be featured as well as advanced students from The Actors Gymnasium's own classes. Two Performances Only.  

A'Musing Myths: Fall Youth Circus
Written/Directed by Chris Mathews
Circus Choreography by Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi
Dance Choreography by Topeka Ellis
Assistant Directed by David Corlew 
November 9, 10, 16, 17, 2013
 
A young girl who sacrifices love for the sake of the world. A fierce seamstress who dares flaunt her talents before the goddess of Arts & Crafts. That angry one with the snakes for hair. The gift of fire and the origin of man himself. Join us as Prometheus, our favorite Titan, recounts the origins of some of his favorite characters from mythic Greece. The Members of The Actors Gymnasium's Fall Youth Ensemble combine skills in circus, dance, clowning, and ensemble to delight us on adventures that span the heights of Mount Olympus, the depths of the Underworld, and every strange and imaginary place in between.

Winter Circus
Directed by Larry DiStasi
Featuring Dean Evans, "The Magical Exploding Boy"
February 15 - March 23, 2014
 
Previous Winter Circus productions include: Skooled: A Study in Circus ("a fascinating theatrical experiment...highly entertaining...Skooled crackles with energy" **Recommended** - The Chicago Reader), Lost & Found: A Recycled Circus ("This production will charm, warm and wow you...sly and nuanced clowning...wordless, impressive poetry" - Chicago Theatre Blog), and Science Fiction: An Experiment in Circus ("A funny and kinetic show the whole family can enjoy." - Evanston Roundtable)

Circus in Progress - An Evening of Daring New Work 
Saturday, May 17, 2014
 
Get a sneak peek at some of Chicago's most exciting new works of circus art. This latest installation of our performance series focuses on the development of new acts. Professionals from the Chicagoland circus community will be featured as well as advanced students from The Actors Gymnasium's own classes. Two Performances Only. 

Spring Youth Circus
May 31 - June 1, 2014

The Youth Circus is a performance-based training program that culminates in a fully-produced, original show. This intensive experience includes high-quality training in drama, dance and circus arts - not to mention personal and interpersonal skills that are invaluable. The Youth Circus is one of The Actors Gymnasium's most popular ticketed events each year.
 
Summer Circus and Performing Arts Camp Shows
Session One - July 2 & 3, 2013
Session Two - July 31 & August 1, 2014
 
Performances of the camp shows are intended for the participants and their families and have limited ticketing options. 

Summer Circus Intensive Showcase 
Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Actors Gymnasium Summer Circus Intensive is an innovative six-week intensive workshop for adults, dedicated to the development of high-level physical performance and circus skills.  The workshop culminates in this exciting, collaborative final recital known as the Summer Circus Intensive Showcase Performance. 
 
About Larry DiStasi, Artistic Director of Programming
Larry is Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of The Actors Gymnasium Circus and Performing Arts School as well as an ensemble member and founder of the 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 directed and adapted The Baron in the Trees for which he received a Jeff Nomination in Adaptation. Larry directed The Actors Gymnasium circuses Dream, Science Fiction, Lost and Found, and Skooled. 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.

The Actors Gymnasium 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. There is limited metered parking in the Noyes Cultural Center Parking lot and other events in the building can make parking more difficult. Parking in the lot (permit & metered spots) is free after 6 pm Monday-Saturday. Parking is free on Sundays in the Noyes lot. There is additional free parking on Ridge Street and at the Civic Center and metered parking on Noyes Street. 


Friday performances begin at 7:30 pm; Saturday matinee performances begin at 4:30 pm and evening performances begin at 7:30 pm; matinees on Sunday begin at 3:00 pm.


Tickets can be purchased at www.actorsgymnasium.org. 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. 

 

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. 
 
The Actors Gymnasium Circus and Performing Arts School
Each year, The Actors Gymnasium's education programs reach over 3,000 students of all ages in the Evanston and Chicagoland area. To register for classes, call 847-328-2795, email email@actorsgymnasium.org, or visit www.actorsgymnasium.org/classes-camps/
 
The Actors Gymnasium Event Entertainment
The Actors Gymnasium serves as a talent resource, providing performance opportunities for our students and innovative professional event entertainment for a wider audience. With over 18 years of experience providing premiere entertainment and instruction, The Actors Gymnasium has a variety of great options for any event.
To book a performer or instructor now, call 847-328-2795, email events@actorsgymnasium.org, or visit www.actorsgymnasium.org/event-entertainment/ 
2013 Fall Circus in Progress


Circus in Progress - Fall 2013 Trailer
Circus in Progress - Fall 2013 Trailer
Backstage Evanston Image
Hi - res photos and more information are available upon request. 
Contact Kiana Harris Simon: events@actorsgymnasium.com, 847-328-2795
 
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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 Flyphysically, emotionally and creatively.