Moon Shot: A Race to Space | Ruth Page Center for the Arts | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Moon Shot: A Race to Space Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Nov. 20 2016

Theater Unspeakable’s latest project tells the story of the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar landing through a nonlinear narrative that moves back and forth in time, from Neil Armstrong’s boyhood play to the end of his marriage to his monumental step on the moon’s surface. Mark Frost and his troupe have developed a singular style that places seven actors on a 21-foot platform, where the story is told through an immersive, mutable physical language, bodies morphing and shifting elegantly and collectively, offering moments with historical figures like John F. Kennedy, Russian astronaut Yuri Gargarin, and German rocket builder Wernher von Braun. There’s an impressive emphasis on the women who were trained to go to space but denied the opportunity, as well as on the many female mathematicians behind the scenes at NASA who were crucial to making this happen. A Chicago Children's Theatre production, the show's aimed at kids ten and over. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $25


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