When Pulitzer-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks makes a resolution, it's a doozy. In November 2002 she decided to write one play a day for an entire year. In November 2006, in what is surely the most breathtaking example ever of theatrical cooperation, more than 600 theaters across the country began presenting them, a project to be completed in a year. A new set of seven plays will be performed each week in different locations, with part of the interest being the widely varying modes of presentation. In Chicago this week Collaboraction riffs on the theater-visual-art-live music recipe that's made its annual Sketchbook evening of shorts such a hit, combining Anacron Allen's hip-hop with a gallery art show. The plays being done by Collaboraction, which is bringing in a different director for each piece, include "Hamlet/The Hamlet," blending Shakespeare's masterpiece with characters from Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County. Later this week Moving Dock Theatre Company makes the venerable Fine Arts Building part of its ambulatory presentations. For a complete schedule see 365chicago.org. a Collaboraction: Fri-Sat 1/12-1/13, 8 PM, Open End Gallery, 2000 W. Fulton, #310, 312-226-9633. Moving Dock Theatre Company: Opens Wed 1/17, 7:30 PM. Through 1/21: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM, Fine Arts Building, main lobby, 410 S. Michigan, 312-427-5490. F
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Stephanie Dani.