25+ Years of Curious Theatre

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Presenting "rude, strange, often brilliant original work" is what we do. From the storefront to the halls of the Museum of Contemporary Art, from Wicker Park to Rogers Park, for the last 25 years we've tapped our imaginations and "collected some of the most radical, poetic, life-affirming fantasies Chicago has seen in recent years" (Chicago Reader). And throughout the years, we've eschewed gimmicks and membership drives. Because "pay what you can" is our commitment to you. Always.

Donating to Curious also means donating to the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. Starting in January, that's five to six weeks of independent theater, music, multimedia, and performance from some of Chicago's brightest fringe luminaries. Unlike other national fringe festivals, we don't charge our artists an application fee. And we don't choose our shows on a lottery basis. We deliberate, we curate. Because producing new work leads to amazing things.

Thank you for your support! All contributions are processed securely via PayPal. Curious Theatre Branch is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so that's a nice thing, too.

The Curious Theatre Branch doesn't have a lot of money, but its members are never lazy and they're full of boundless creativity.—Chicago Reader

Over the last two decades, Curious has received support and funding from the Alphawood Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, the CityArts Program, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and McDougal Littell, a division of Houghton Mifflin Company.

We also get on by generous contributions from our community and from individual donors. We invite you to join us in advancing the mission of Curious Theatre Branch, one of Chicago's few all-original theatre companies. Your contribution will swell the ranks of committed loyalists who believe in honest, collaborative, and fiercely independent theatre.