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InterFest 2000

Chicago theater is as racially and culturally varied as the city itself, yet to actor-director Stephan Turner--and many others--it often seems that off-Loop theater is still fragmented in terms of the work different companies present and the audiences they target. "We live together, we work together, and then when we get ready to do theater we all go into our separate microcosms," says Turner, artistic director of the Lakeview-based Stage Actors Ensemble of Chicago. That's what has prompted the SAEC to present what Turner hopes will be the first annual edition of a theater festival specifically devoted to work that addresses issues of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. The event, which runs through April 29, features work by local and out-of-town artists, including solo performers Ryan Anglin and Miriam Lewis, playwright-director Steven W. Long, and the Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago. All shows take place at the Performance Loft (the Stage Actors Ensemble's home base), located in the Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, 656 W. Barry. Prices range from $5 to $8; call 773-529-8337 for reservations and information.

Festival listings run on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for April 6 through 13.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6

Global Village

Tom Small directs his own adaptation of folktales from Japanese, Polynesian, Tibetan, Kenyan, Native American, and Maori cultures. 7 PM; $8.

Cop

The Stage Actors Ensemble of Chicago presents playwright-director Steven W. Long's docudrama, which is based on the oral and written accounts of Christian police officers who find their faith often in conflict with the raw realities they face. 8 PM; $8.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7

Cop

See listing for Thursday, April 6. 9:30 PM; $8.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8

Cop

See listing for Thursday, April 6. 8 PM; $8.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9

Global Village

See listing for Thursday, April 6. 4 PM; $8.

TUESDAY, APRIL 11

The Valerie of Now

Miriam Lewis performs Peter Hedges's monologue about a teenage girl facing her first menstrual period. 7 PM; $5.

Swacko in America

Ryan Anglin portrays multiple characters in this one-man show, which examines the "common reality that America, 'the land of opportunity,' is also the land of crazy people, phonies, and those who have been left behind during these prosperous times." 7:30 PM; $8.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12

Swacko in America

See listing for Tuesday, April 11. 7 PM; $8.

Cop

See listing for Thursday, April 6. 8 PM; $8.

THURSDAY, APRIL 13

The Valerie of Now

See listing for Tuesday, April 11. 7 PM; $5.

Global Village

See listing for Thursday, April 6. 7:30 PM; $8.

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