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Upcoming Events

What is Breaking Ground?

The BREAKING GROUND SERIES provides a platform for artists, thinkers, and feelers to showcase their works, their ideas, and their hearts. Once a week, join us for gripping tales, riveting discussions, or tantalizing performances from new and established folks from the Chicago area.

The Greenhouse Theater Center provides performance space free of charge, and half of the box office proceeds go to the artists. You can be sure that each ticket you purchase will directly support Growing Chicago Theater.

Check this page often to see what exciting events will be Breaking Ground at the Greenhouse!

Are you interested in joining our "Ground Team?"

Email us!

If you have anything you'd like to present to an audience, we're looking for you! Here are just a few examples of what we're looking for, but we're interested in anything you might want to do.

  • Play Readings

  • Burlesque

  • Musical Revues

  • Full productions

  • Improv

  • Stand-up

  • Short Play Festivals

  • Lectures

  • Dance performances

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Past Events

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Acclaimed drag performers Kat Sass and Lucky Stiff bring their visionary GODDESS out of Boystown and into the Greenhouse Theater Center for a unique performance art experience unlike anything you have ever seen.

Featuring Kat Sass and Lucky Stiff

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Two best friends share one last six pack as one looks to resolve their friendship and the other wants to preserve it before time runs out.

Written by Bill Goff

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The Pall of Medusa is a new Elizabethan-style Tragedy. A fictional story of a conflict in ancient Corinth, wherein the mythical Gorgon and her sisters are presented as immigrants living in squalor outside the city walls.

by Jared McDaris

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Stoopie (aka improv duo Cooper Bohn and Steven Dionne) holds the title for strongest bromance in Chicago’s improv scene. Enjoy the day after Valentine’s Day with them and their funny friends!

Featuring Stoopie!

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There are times in your life where everything came before and after a single moment. Inspired by your suggestions Fancy Mustard will improvise what led up to that moment and the aftermath in The Event! Also featuring opening acts of friends and enemies (just kidding, we don’t have friends).

Featuring Fancy Mustard

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Elizabeth Morgan’s She’s Folks! is a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, and a lot of laughs. Journey from the city to farm country and back again through folk and country music, hilarious stories, soaring harmonies and a wry view of the folks back home.

By Elizabeth Morgan

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Oedipus in Jerusalem begins with the fictional and unexpected meeting outside of Thebes between the blinded Greek Oedipus and the biblical prophet Nathan. Although Oedipus insists on his guilt with regard to patricide and incest with his mother, Nathan is convinced that he has been entrapped by the purposely obscure responses of the Pythia to Oedipus's sincere attempts to avoid these acts and brings him to be tried in the great Sanhedrin in Jerusalem.

Written by Kalman Kaplan

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The hook-handed man. The call coming from inside the house. The girl who has been dead twenty-five years. Everyone knows those classic scary stories... but why do we love them so much? Alexandra Shields' new play DREAD is a creepy journey through our contemporary horror mythos

Written by Ali Shields

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Ah, the day after Valentine’s Day. The heart shaped candy is 50% off, the roses are wilting, and the love-themed plush toys have been thrown into the clearance bin. But, the Unpopular Hotties have something even more enjoyable for you Valentine’s Day haters on February 15th! During the “Love Hangover” burlesque revue, we’ll be serving up all those post V-Day feels the best way we know how – by taking off our clothes!

Featuring The Unpopular Hotties

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Both is a Chicago-based sketch comedy duo that specializes in cleverly written scenes with absurd, irreverent, and often silly premises and characters, featuring two young but experienced performers, Dylan Burke and Jack Allen.

Featuring Both

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Mona finds that life has left her sad and stuck. When she can’t seem to get off a Holocaust Trivia Distribution list, she takes a road trip to take some action. Along the way, she shapes her story and learns a bit about what she might want next.

By Steven Strafford

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Trans-Parent Love is a love song of a show that kicks off with a declaration of independence by Maureen’s daughter who has plastered a sign on her bedroom door informing the world that “A Pansexual Transgender” is in the house. The show takes an honest look at the gender struggle, family secrecy, and sexual identities from the eyes of the mother. A poignant and provocative story with pops of on-point humor, Muldoon weaves an array of characters and confrontations that leaves space for questions, curiosities and a more compassionate understanding of our current sexual spectrum.

Written by Maureen Muldoon

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Coffee. Romance. Heroin. There’s a first time for everything and a last. In his heartfelt solo show, Jack Schultz weaves together personal stories of the highs and lows of love.

Written by Jack Shultz

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Well-received by audiences in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, Roberta Randall’s one-woman show “Jackie Kennedy” traces the life and losses of one of America’s most famous First Ladies. From her difficult childhood with divorced parents, to her first job as a columnist for the Washington Times-Herald; from her love affair and marriage to John F. Kennedy, to the agony of Jack and Bobby’s deaths. Roberta Randall’s “Jackie Kennedy” brings to life a moving portrait of the Jackie O we knew, and opens up our world to the Kennedy Administration’s “Camelot.”

Written and performed by

Roberta Randall

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WOMEN IN REFRIGERATORS is a story of fear, fallibility, and the fate we make for ourselves.

Written by Shannon Pritchard



2257 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614





       Monday :     CLOSED
 - Saturday:    12pm - 6pm*
       Sunday:    12pm - 4pm*

*or 30 minutes after final scheduled showtime.