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YOU FOR ME FOR YOU
by Mia Chung
directed by ensemble member Elly Green
February 28, 2021
We are pleased to present a one-night-only stream of an archival recording of Mia Chung's 2018 hit play, directed by ensemble member Elly Green. Two North Korean sisters plan an elaborate escape from the “Best Nation in the World,” only to be separated at the border. Now in two strange and separate worlds filled with outrageous characters, they must navigate barriers of language and bureaucracy, reckon with the ways that culture and country can shape us, and discover that survival requires sacrifice.
Critic's Pick! "Passes like a fever dream... This Chicago premiere hits on nearly all the cylinders, both enlarging Chung’s linguistically rich dialogue and finding moments of spare poignancy."
- Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune
March - September, 2021
Remember house parties after a show? It’s like that, but digital! Scattered throughout the calendar year, Sideshow will broadcast five readings of plays we love, written by playwrights we love. Every party has to have a theme, darling, and we will not disappoint. A play is an event, and so each play will have a customized party experience to bring us together even when we're apart.
THE FRESHNESS INITIATIVE
July 13, 2021
Each year Sideshow Theatre Company invites some of Chicago's hottest playwrights to develop brand new, full-length, totally fresh works inside the laboratory of The Freshness Initiative. During the year-long program, Sideshow artists and staff work with each resident writer to develop plays that intersect, explore and explode Sideshow’s aesthetic and mission. The result is bold, fresh works for the stage that push audiences' expectations of what a Sideshow play might be.