This year finds notable fringe veterans—like Greg Allen, Barrie Cole, Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman, and Kristiana Colón—joined by new artistic voices from our rich off-loop community. Chicago’s Prop Thtr throws in a special reading of material from the Studs Terkel archive, provided by WFMT radio. While Haha Productions and Pinkelephant Performing Troupe provide wacky weekend entertainment for kids and adults alike.
As a special Rhinofest event, Curious Theatre Branch celebrates the work of co-founder Beau O’Reilly. Welcome to Beautown features five one-acts and three monologues by O’Reilly, plus a one-night concert of his songs performed by a bevy of invited guests.
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Each year, Curious Theatre Branch curates and produces the Rhinoceros Theater Festival, which provides production and exhibition opportunities to hundreds of artists, drawing thousands in attendance each year. The longest-running multi-arts fringe festival in Chicago, the Rhino features works in theater and performance from Chicago companies and national artists alike.
First organized over 25 years ago in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, the Rhino is unique among national fringe festivals in that artists are never charged a fee to participate, and each year our programs are individually curated rather than selected on a lottery basis.