Crime Scene: The Next Chapter | Collaboraction | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Crime Scene: The Next Chapter The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 21 2015

Cowritten and directed by Anthony Moseley, this sequel to Collaboraction's 2013 docudrama Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology is another much-needed reality check. It's an unwelcome reminder of Chicago's epidemic of gun violence, which shows no signs of abating despite ever-increasing national attention (like Spike Lee's controversial upcoming film Chiraq). The performance offers respectful, heart-wrenching portrayals of local tragedies, like the 2013 death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, set against stories of hope—like Sir Taylor’s. An original member of the Jesse White Tumblers, Taylor performs with a mix of spoken word and gymnastics, charting his journey out of Cabrini-Green, then back to the neighborhoods, empowering youth through his Example Setters Youth Poetry group. The postshow discussion sparked spontaneous intimacy, raw emotional sharing, and plenty of hugs on the night I attended, proving the power of community more eloquently than anything scripted could. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $15-$30


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