Today and tomorrow, PEACEBOOK will hold a live theater performance event at Clarendon Park (Clarendon and Sunnyside).
The mission statement of the Collaboraction Theatre Company, which is the driving force behind PEACEBOOK, is to "create original theatrical experiences that push artistic boundaries in order to explore critical social issues with a diverse community of Chicagoans." PEACEBOOK features FREE food, FREE performances, Peace Fairs, Peace Panels, and our famous Dome of Dance, all celebrating community and the power of art to cultivate a more peaceful Chicago.
It all happens Friday and Saturday. The line-up is:
- BAG AND TAG devised by Sophia Pietrowski. There are over 20,000 homeless youth in the city of Chicago. What happens to the things that are most important to us after displacement? This devised piece aims to bring awareness to a Bag and Tag service that will keep our homeless youth in possession of their most important belongings.
- BEATBOX SYMPHONY by Chicago Beatbox LTD, directed by Yuri Lane. This piece will feature amazing beatboxers from around the Chicago area, including an interactive beatbox symphony conducted by Yuri Lane, also known as the Human Beatbox.
- CO.EX.IST devised by Danielle Littman and Diana Raiselis. Littman and Raiselis are interviewing Uptown residents, business owners and workers with a central question: What does it mean for Uptown residents to coexist? The answers will be shaped into a hyper-local performance piece that touches on not only the neighborhood's concerns, but also its gifts, strengths and joys.
- EVERYBODY LOVES BIG E written by Reginald Edmund, directed by Melanie Flores. A narrative from a 12-year-old bootlegger brings attention to the difficulty of making a living in a difficult neighborhood, and how police bias and brutality lead to unjust actions against people just trying to survive and find peace.
- YOU'RE MEAN, WORK ON THAT devised by Kasey Foster. Peace is a good thing, and this city of marches and protests is hungry for it. A dance piece about Chicago’s fight for unity and love.
- FOLKS ALONG THE WAY by Still Acting Up, directed by Genevieve Fowler. Still Acting Up is an audition-based senior citizens theatre troupe who hopes to debunk the myth of what it means to be a senior involved in the arts and wants to inspire audiences to action.
- WHEN THE LIGHTS TURN OFF by Jenny Lynn Christoffersen, directed by Spencer Diedrick. A spoken word ensemble piece about ignorance and privilege that shows how everyone must do their part to open their eyes and help fix the world’s problems even though they may not be directly affected by some of them.