Late Nite Catechism
Returning July 15
You, the audience member, are part of Sister’s class. She’ll take you back to the days of the Latin Mass, meatless Fridays, and remind you about that good old ruler across the knuckles!
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, a Chicago institution, one of the longest comedies in the city's history.
October 6 - November 19
DIRECTED BY LAUREN WELLS-MANN
BY IDRIS GOODWIN
There's something strange about the trendy new restaurant in town. When Ann and Rachelle meet there for dinner, there's already tension in the friendship they've built on their common experience navigating academia as black women: While Ann just got tenure at her tiny liberal arts college, Rachelle's struggling to find her place at the less prestigious State University.
Junie B. Jones The Musical
October 7 - November 5
JUNIE B. JONES
Following a joyful inaugural season that saw enthusiastic reviews, sold-out public performances, and thousands of local students at special school matinees, YPT returns with an exhilarating 2023-24 season to delight all ages!
Based on Barbara Parks’ perennially popular early-reader book series and featuring an exhilarating score and hilarious book, JUNIE B. JONES follows the uproarious escapades of a plucky first-grader who discovers that what makes you happy and what makes you blue are all part of the same indelible story that is your life.
This sparkling musical comedy is a beloved TYA classic!
Best enjoyed by everybody 3+.
September 2 - 30
Now in its 13th year, Bible Bingo is a hit, long-running, interactive comedy play, written by Vicki Quade.
The premise is that Mrs. Mary Margaret O’Brien, a former nun, is here tonight to raise money while playing bingo and making sure you remember your catechism lessons.
It’s a crazy night of bible trivia, audience interaction, and the funniest quiz about the Holy Family you’ve ever seen. Add to that a box of wacky prizes, fun bingo cards, and a lot of Catholic humor for a night of entertainment you’ll never forget.
September 29 - October 7
Shakespeare Blood Oath returns with their production of Hamlet, the classic tale of Murder, Revenge, and … Indecision! Plus: There’s a swordfight! And you’d better believe someone’s gonna talk to a skull. This year, SBO is back at the Greenhouse Theater for another go at the Bard after their 2022 production of Timon of Athens, which played to sold-out audiences.
Shakespeare Blood Oath is a Chicago-based independent Shakespeare company dedicated to staging every play written by William Shakespeare, one a year, until they do them all or die trying. This is their fifth production and second time at the Greenhouse Theater, and yes, there will be an intermission.
The zoo story
September 27 - October 15
This one-act play concerns two characters, Peter and Jerry, who meet on
a park bench in New York City. Peter is a wealthy publishing executive with a wife, two
daughters, two cats, and two parakeets. Jerry is an isolated and disheartened man,
desperate to have a meaningful conversation with another human being. He intrudes on
Peter's peaceful state by interrogating him and forcing him to listen to stories about his life
and the reason behind his visit to the zoo.
If the moon never came back
October 5 - 7
“If the Moon Never Came Back” is Lazy Susan Theatre Company’s debut production. Within the show we explore the complexities of our lives; relationships, loss, love, learning, and the heavy burden of growth. This devised show began with the question “what if the moon never came back?”. Our ensemble answers this question through original work, collaboratively explored. The stories are authentic, heartfelt, and sometimes a little silly.
Holy Ghost Bingo: God, Goblins, & Games
October 6 - 29
Who is the patron saint of werewolves? Which saint died and went to hell, then came back to life? Which two saints practiced black magic before switching to Catholicism? You’ll learn the answers to these and more in the hit comedy, Holy Ghost Bingo: God, Goblins, & Games, reopening October 6, just in time for the Halloween season.
The power to be happy
Tap into your own power to be deeply and reliably happy. Join Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago for a special evening talk and guided meditation with Buddhist monk Gen Zamling.
Using the scientific method of Buddhist meditation, you can gradually free your mind permanently from the inner pains of fear, frustration, and craving, and awaken your innate potential for extraordinary peace and lasting happiness. Once you start to tap into your own peace and happiness, you'll be able to truly help others.
Sacred Tassels Burlesque Extravaganza
Join us in sacred celebration of burlesque and feminine energy. After 8 weeks of practicing the art of burlesque with headmistress Red Hot Annie, courageous new performers debut their first (public) strip tease.
Witness a once-in-a-lifetime student showcase, full of tassel-twirling, boa dancing, and a whole lotta bump and grind while our artists revel in the beauty and divinity within each of us.
Hosted by Egypt Bfree.
Are You Smarter Than Your 8th Grade Nun?
November 3 - 19
Are You Smarter Than Your 8th Grade Nun?, returns to the Greenhouse for three weeks only!
Written by Vicki Quade, one of the writers of the mega-hit, Late Nite Catechism, this is an interactive comedy game show, where willing audience members compete to see who was paying attention and who was daydreaming in school.
Think you can remember what your 8th grade nun was trying to teach you? In this comedy game show, contestants are quizzed on subjects like history, geography, arithmetic, science, civics, and a few more!
Bodies of water
October 20 & 21
Submerge yourself in an evening of movement that explores the ebb and flow of young adulthood. Through dance, physical theatre, and spoken word, Bodies of Water takes you on a voyage that invites you to connect with your own memories. Under the direction of Esther Pauline Farley, a collective of Chicago artists share raw and unguarded experiences. Discover the power of artistry in motion that will leave you with a newfound sense of self.
The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque
November 30 - December 30
Come follow Clara, Drosselmeyer, The Buttcracker, and more as they dance, boogie, tease, and strip their way from a boring-AF corporate holiday party to the sultry, sexy Land of the Sweets. Witness this "completely inappropriate tale of unimaginable naughtiness" (Urban Matter) that has become a Chicago staple during the holiday season. Featuring a rotating cast of over 30 of Chicago's best in burlesque, circus, variety, magic, and drag, this "risqué seasonal entertainment" (Time Out Chicago) is sure to jingle your bells in an experience you'll never forget!
TAD IN 5TH CITY
January 19 - March 3
DIRECTED BY CARLA STILLWELL
ADAPTED FROM THE WORKS OF ORRON KENYATTA MARSHALL
After the assassination of Dr. King on April 4, 1968, violence erupted on Chicago's west side, consuming a 28-block stretch of West Madison Street. This traumatic moment changed the landscape of the city and an entire generation. That generation of young men and women “watched the genesis of the ghetto sphere" evolve.
Told through the eyes of 10-year-old Tad Brown, Tad in 5th City illuminates his daily life in the aftermath of those riots, chronicling Tad's journey as he navigates a post-rioting city amidst the effects of gang violence, poverty and addiction.
Christmas Bingo: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night
November 24 - 30
Written by Vicki Quade, one of the creators of the hit comedy Late Nite Catechism, CHRISTMAS BINGO brings together two of the best things about being Catholic: Christmas and Bingo. The show features the character of Mrs. Mary Margaret O’Brien, a former nun and current bingo caller.
In this interactive comedy, audience members play bingo while also answering questions about Christmas traditions, the origin of St. Nick, where do candy canes come from, miracles in the Bible, and a clever re-creation of the Annunciation, complete with audience members in angel wings and halos.
The Diary of Anne Frank
February 16 - March 24
Drawing on more recently available diary entries, playwright Wendy Kesselman updates the original 1955 Pulitzer Prize-winning text, centering the Jewishness of those in hiding and forging a more complicated, authentic, and fascinating central character.
YPT’s goal is to spark in children a lasting interest in theatre and we believe this riveting, family-focused Anne Frank will galvanize a less-served young-adult demographic.
Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank YPT’s production will be accompanied by an exhibit from the Anne Frank Center designed to help visitors understand Anne’s story in the context of the Holocaust.
Last Stop on Market Street
May 11 - June 2
A hip-hoppin’, toe-tappin’ musical joyride about finding beauty in everyday city life.
Visiting his grandmother's unfamiliar neighborhood, six-year old CJ discovers friendship, empathy and joy in unexpected places.
Adapted by Cheryl L. West from Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson’s Newberry Award-winning picture book, Last Stop on Market Street’s glorious score is by Paris Ray Dozier and his father, Lamont Dozier, writer of Motown hits like How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) and Stop! In the Name of Love!
2257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 404 - 7336
Box Office Hours
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Saturday: 1pm - 5 pm
Sun: 12pm - 4pm