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The Ruckus

Tell It & Speak It & Think It & Breathe It: Short Plays Inspired by Great Lyrics

by Wren Graves, Steve Feffer, Daniel Caffrey, Ron Riekki, Joshua Davis, Allie Gruner & Jessica Reese

Including short plays inspired by the lyrics of The Mekons, Neko Case, Blur, The Chords, Neil Young, and Arcade Fire, Tell It & Speak It & Think It & Breathe It creeps into the mind like old flat-top, grooving up slowly. Six Chicago-based playwrights join forces with up-and-coming directors to explore what landscapes emerge when words explode out of their familiar contexts. The result sounds like a carnival, and the microphone smells like a beer—Tell It sends audiences into peaceful neighborhoods, the rubble a bomb leaves behind, the shore of an unfamiliar sea, and a good old-fashioned Chicago dive bar.

  • Directed by
  • Kristin Davis
  • Kate Leslie
  • Brian Ruby
  • Julie Cowden
  • Daniel Caffrey
  • Joshua Ellison
  • Performed by
  • The Amen Brothers
  • Various other actors and musicians TBA
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  • 7 p.m. Saturday, January 18
  • 7 p.m. Saturday, January 25
  • 7 p.m. Saturday, February 1
  • 7 p.m. Saturday, February 8
  • 7 p.m. Saturday, February 15