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We are a new Chicago theatre company focusing on community building and artistic excellence

Chicago, IL Theater
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Eclectic Theatre Company is Chicago’s newest entry into the crowded theatrical landscape.  So why should you support us, with so many other theatre companies already in operation?

Because we have a strong mission!  Because we plan to do great shows!  Because we’re broke artists who can’t practice our craft without your help! 

Blah, Blah, Blah. Cue the violins.  You’ve heard all this before.  So let’s cut to the chase, drop the pretension, and be honest about who we are and what we’re planning to accomplish.

Our Company members have worked on a lot of shows.  I’m not kidding. A LOT of shows.  We’ve worked with some great theatre groups.  We’ve worked with some not so great theatre groups.  Lately, we had the opportunity to do some shows together, and we realized, “Hey!  I like these people.  They’re talented, organized, energetic and a heck of a lot of fun.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could work together on a regular basis, producing shows we love?”  So here we are.  We have the talent, the commitment, the space and the scripts.  Now all we need is the money.

We’ve gathered a collection of 22 fabulous actors to present our first three shows to you, and we’re arranging to have an equally large team of designers and other artists to make our productions look and sound incredible.  We can’t wait to share our first three shows with you over the next 14 months. Our inaugural season includes “Music from a Sparkling Planet” by Douglas Carter Beane, “Six Degrees of Separation” by John Guare, and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” by The Reduced Shakespeare Company. These shows are going to be great. You’ll want to be there. 

Please join us on our theatrical odyssey over the next several months.  Your donations are greatly appreciated, and we look forward to seeing you at the Athenaeum Theatre for our first season.

Sincerely,

David Belew

Artistic Director, Eclectic Theatre Company

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  • We spent a good three months perfecting our first season, and we're pretty proud of our selections! Through quite a bit of deliberation, the shows we decided on are partly because of the beautiful scripts, touching characters, and dynamic storylines that moved us to action.

    "Music From a Sparkling Planet" When Music opened in New York, Ben Brantley of the New York Times called it a “nimble escapist comedy about escapism… [it] is sweet, tasty and mildly inebriating, and it’s finished before you know it.” and the Star Ledger commented that it was “a real treat…wistful and funny…bittersweet.”

    "Six Degrees of Separation" Winner of the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. No subject is left untouched in this comic, fast-paced and affecting piece. “Among the many remarkable aspects of Mr. Guare’s writing is the seamlessness of his imagery, characters and themes, as if this play had erupted from his own imagination in one perfect piece.” —NY Times.

    "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" “If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!” The Today Show

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  • "Music From a Sparkling Planet" runs from October 26th to November 18, 2012

    "Six Degrees of Separation" runs from February 22nd to March 17th, 2013

    "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" runs from June 7th to June 30th, 2013

    Aren't you excited?! We can barely stand it.

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  • Since you asked so nicely, here they are (in no particular order): David Belew, Adam Kander, Julie Partyka, Andrew Pond, Marshall Stern, Angela Woods, Michelle Ziccarelli and Michael Woods.

    You can also appreciate our good looks and impressive backgrounds here: http://www.eclectic-theatre.com/about/whos-who/

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  • We are dedicated to putting on quality shows, which means we needed some quality scripts, at a fantastic location, with really, really talented actors. We have to pay for the rights of the scripts, the theatre every night the show runs, and we want to pay the actors, tech workers, and directors what they deserve. That's why we need your help!

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    Thanks for helping out! Your name will appear on the "Eclectic Wall of Fame"

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    My goodness, you're a helpful friend! Your name will appear on the Eclectic Wall of Fame, AND you will receive one free ticket to our first production, "Music From a Sparkling Planet"

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    Wow, someone's feeling generous! Your name will appear on the Eclectic Wall of Fame, you will receive one free ticket to our first production, "Music From a Sparkling Planet" AND you will receive a signed poster from the same show.

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    Yeah! Now we're talking! Your name will appear on the Eclectic Wall of Fame, you will receive TWO FREE TICKETS to our first production, "Music From a Sparkling Planet" and you will receive a signed poster from the same show.

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    Well, HELLO there, Mr. or Mrs. Generosity! Your name will appear on the Eclectic Wall of Fame, you will receive ONE SEASON SUBSCRIPTION (one ticket to each of three shows) and you will receive a signed poster from "Music From a Sparkling Planet"

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    You're so kind, we want to buy you some drinks! You will receive THREE FREE DRINK VOUCHERS, one Season Subscription (one ticket to each of three shows), your name will appear on our Eclectic Wall of Fame and you will receive a a signed poster from "Music From a Sparkling Planet"

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    You were so helpful, we want your friends to come along to see what you helped create! You will receive ONE GUEST TICKET to the show of your choice, One free drink for each show, one Season Subscription (one ticket to each of the three shows), your name will appear on our Eclectic Wall of Fame, and you will receive a signed poster from "Music From a Sparkling Planet"

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    We are floored by your kindness! Floored, we tell you! You will receive TWO Season Subscriptions, four free drink vouchers, your name will appear on our Eclectic Wall of Fame and you will receive a signed poster from "Music From a Sparkling Planet"

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    You are one of our new best friends. So, of course we want to meet you! You will receive special INVITATIONS TO OUR FIRST READ THROUGH and our end of season DONOR PARTY, 2 Season subscriptions, four free drink vouchers, your name will appear on our Eclectic Wall of Fame and you will receive a signed poster from "Music From a Sparkling Planet"

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    We are speechless. However, we'll do our best to regain our power of speech in time for you to enjoy an exclusive DINNER WITH THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. You will also receive special invitations to our first read through and end of season Donor Party, 2 Season subscriptions, four free drink vouchers, your name will appear on our Eclectic Wall of Fame and you will receive a poster signed by the cast of "Music From a Sparkling Planet"

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