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The new S.I.T.E festival – “Surprising Intersections of Theatre in Evanston” – will present three productions in non-traditional theatre spaces between May 23 and June 7. The performances aim to directly engage members of the Evanston community
The festival is the idea of Northwestern’s Michael Rohd, assistant professor of theater at the School of Communication, and is a partnership between the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern, the City of Evanston, Temperance Beer Co. and the Evanston-Wilmette Community Golf Course.
“Instead of inviting people to come through our doors and see what we have made,” said Mr. Rohd, “we’re asking people to engage with us around our art-making and invite us into their spaces. Our hope is to expand on existing relationships and build new ones, so our students are more deeply rooted in the community where they reside.”
The S.I.T.E. festival’s three plays are “Far Away” by British playwright Caryl Churchill, “American Dead” by Chicago playwright Brett Neveu, and “Thou Proud Dream,” co-written by Northwestern graduate student (fine arts) director Damon Krometis and Northwestern alum Jenni Lamb. Casts for all three productions comprise Northwestern undergraduate students and guest professional actors from Chicago. “Far Away” will be held at 727 Howard St.; “American Dead” at Temperance Beer Co., 2000 Dempster St.; “Thou Proud Dream” at the Evanston-Wilmette Community Golf Course, 1030 Central St., Evanston.
Detailed information on each play can be found by clicking on the date at the calendar at the City of Evanston’s website, cityofevanston.org. The S.I.T.E. Festival pass, which includes admission to all three shows and the Festival Finale Party on June 8 at Temperance Beer Co., is $25. It is available only by phone at 847-491-7282.
Single advance-purchase tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for NU students and are available online, by phone, or in person at the NU Theatre and Interpretation Center Box Office at the Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive. Tickets at the door on the day of performance will cost $10, cash only, and are subject to availability. The box office (847-491-7282) opens one hour before curtain. Curtain is at 8 p.m.; There will be no late seating. In the event of inclement weather causing cancellation, attendees will be rescheduled for another performance.