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Winter Sketchbook 2000

The CollaborAction Theatre Company presents a festival showcasing 16 short plays (culled from more than 600 submissions)--works of ten minutes or less, including several world, American, or local premieres. The sketches--which will be performed in an abstract environment created for the occasion by Chicago artist Wesley Kimler--will be judged by a panel of local theater directors and teachers, with awards being given in the categories of best writer, best actor, best director, and best work. The festival will also feature DJs, refreshments, and an installation by Kimler. In addition, the shows on February 27 through 29 will be followed by late-night performances by the clown troupe Asylum 137.

"Winter Sketchbook 2000" opens Thursday, February 24, with different programs at 7 and 9 PM; each consists of eight plays. Opening night admission is $15 for one or both programs. The festival runs through March 5: performances take place every night at 8 PM through March 4 (each program features seven or eight sketches), and at 5 PM on March 5, when all 16 pieces will be performed in a closing night marathon. The festival takes place on the main stage of the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 312-409-2741. Tickets are $15 per night except for the March 5 marathon, which costs $25 (price includes a postshow party). A $25 festival pass is good for admission to all performances except the March 5 marathon.

Festival listings run on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for February 24 through March 2 (each program's running order is subject to change).

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24

(7 PM)

The Road From Euclid

Rebecca Gilman's drama, directed by Rich Taylor in its world premiere,

examines the gulf between small-town nostalgia and reality.

Products in the Last Refuge

Kristin Goodman directs Guy Jackson's study of a pair of teen terrorists.

Birds of Prey

Shade Murray directs the world premiere of Elizabeth Scales Rheinfrank's play about a mysterious ex-con in a dive bar.

Dead Dwarf Intermezzo

John Weagly's play about "the vaudevillian discovery of a dead midget" is directed by Jen Ellison.

Dirty Laundry

William Borden's new play, directed by Ian Vogt, finds a young writer in a small-town coin laundry.

I've Decided It Was Raining the Last Time I Saw You

Amanda Delheimer directs the U.S. premiere of L.C. Carson's study of a failed relationship.

Enter . . . the Poet

Brenda Krantz's comedy, directed by Ian Armstrong in its midwest premiere, concerns an unemployed typist ensnared in "the mating rituals of the artistic elite."

Tuning in El Paso

An 11-year-old girl considers her past and future possibilities in her new Texas home in Ellen Fairey's play. Matt Miller directs a world premiere.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24

(9 PM)

I Miss Life

Jesse Weaver's new comedy, directed by Jimmy McDermott, concerns a woman "in denial of her infertility."

Covers

Sandra Perlman's play, about two pregnant teenagers sharing secrets, is staged by Marta Suarez.

The Pratts

W. Shaunessy Ashdown directs the world premiere of Tim Nordwind's comedy.

Toast

Adam Theisen directs the world premiere of G. Riley Mills's sketch about a woman who receives bad news from the mailman.

Phlegm

Lusia Strus directs Jonathan Mastro's comedy about two women searching for a sense of peace in church.

Rough Cut

Marjie Rynearson's drama, directed by Jeffrey Dudek in its world premiere,

concerns a woman's fight against disease.

Two Women on the Train Talking About Depression

Ann Filmer directs Brett Neveu's new play.

Lost

Beth Henley penned this portrait of "the gut-wrenching pathos of American sexual relations." Jay Paul Skelton directs a midwest premiere.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Covers

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Toast

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Products in the Last Refuge

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

The Road From Euclid

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Rough Cut

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Lost

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Enter . . . the Poet

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Tuning in El Paso

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Dirty Laundry

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

The Pratts

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

I Miss Life

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Dead Dwarf Intermezzo

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Birds of Prey

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Phlegm

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Two Women on the Train Talking About Depression

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Enter . . . the Poet

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Dead Dwarf Intermezzo

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

The Pratts

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Covers

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

I've Decided It Was Raining the Last Time I Saw You

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Two Women on the Train Talking About Depression

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Rough Cut

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Asylum 137

This performance troupe features a trio of neo-vaudevillian clowns whose antics are complemented by the work of a DJ. "The three zanies in this show are less interested in creating mayhem than in exploring varieties of clowning, from the broad big-top style predominating in America to the darker approach more often found in Europe. . . . And unlike many clowns, these frequently give voice, sometimes to ingenuous monosyllables but just as often to eloquent poetry," said Reader critic Mary Shen Barnidge when she reviewed the group in an earlier engagement. The Asylum 137 performance begins at 10:30 PM. Admission is $10, or free for persons attending the main show earlier that evening or bearing a festival pass.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28

I Miss Life

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Lost

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Phlegm

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

I've Decided It Was Raining the Last Time I Saw You

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Dirty Laundry

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Products in the Last Refuge

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Birds of Prey

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Asylum 137

See listing for Sunday, February 27. The Asylum 137 performance begins at 10:30 PM. Admission is $10, or free for persons attending the main show earlier that evening or bearing a festival pass.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 29

The Road From Euclid

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Products in the Last Refuge

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

The Pratts

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Enter . . . the Poet

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Tuning in El Paso

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Two Women on the Train Talking About Depression

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Phlegm

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Asylum 137

See listing for Sunday, February 27. The Asylum 137 performance begins at 10:30 PM. Admission is $10, or free for persons attending the main show earlier that evening or bearing a festival pass.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

Tuning in El Paso

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Covers

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Toast

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Dead Dwarf Intermezzo

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

The Road From Euclid

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Rough Cut

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Lost

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

Rough Cut

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

I Miss Life

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Toast

See listing for 9 PM Thursday, February 24.

Dead Dwarf Intermezzo

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Birds of Prey

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

I've Decided It Was Raining the Last Time I Saw You

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

Dirty Laundry

See listing for 7 PM Thursday, February 24.

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

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