This multidisciplinary performing arts festival, hosted by the Pilsen area’s Blue Rider Theatre, runs through December 17, with shows most Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 7 PM, as well as children’s matinees on selected Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM. Most evenings feature two or more artists, with intermissions between each act. Blue Rider Theatre, 1822 S. Halsted, 733-4668. Tickets: $10 a night except where noted in the listings below; $60 for a festival pass (good for all performances); some student and senior discounts available.

The Reader carries festival listings on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for November 17 through 19.


1 Thru 6 x 2 With Chance Variations and Mental Radio: My Voice in Your Head

The first half of this double bill is a site-specific dance piece choreographed by Bob Eisen and performed by Eisen with Felicia Ballos and Julie Hopkins. The second is an audio piece performed by the Glowbug Theatre of the Air. 8 PM.


Beep Beep and No, no, I was sleeping, you know

The first piece is a musical text-based performance by Example: None, featuring “bits of song, words, cheesy dance numbers, and visuals”; the second is a performance piece by Mary Zerkel and Michael Thomas, inspired by the TV show Cops.

8 PM.

The Road to Jaipur

Frank Melcori’s collection of monologues accompanied by trumpet offers a seriocomic “history of desire.” 11 PM.


Old Letters I Keep in My Underwear Drawer and Road Improvements

The evening opens with a one-act about a man coming to terms with his homosexuality as he considers boyhood memories; Ed Hofmann performs under Tekki Lomnicki’s direction. The second piece is “a radio work with stage actions” written and performed by Jeff Abell about his travels in Indonesia. 7 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/K. Thompson.