Danztheatre Ensemble presents “Getting Old Sucks”

Danztheatre Ensemble presents “Getting Old Sucks”

Danztheatre Ensemble presents “Getting Old Sucks”

Getting Old Sucks is a Danztheatre work exploring the universality of aging through individual experiences. Getting Old Sucks runs Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 3pm, February 22 through March 3, 2019 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church (1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago).

What does aging mean to you?:

Getting Old Sucks, devised and directed by CDE Ensemble Members, Scott Dare and Michele Stine, explores the aging process through individual experiences. Don’t let the title fool you. Getting Old Sucks chases stories from all walks of life, diving deep into moments from pain and satisfaction to despair and elation.

When did you last play hide-and-seek? Do you know how much a coffin costs? This production prods at the absurdity in the monotony of our trek through this timeline called, life. Aging may have its challenges, but it is also filled with precious moments that last a lifetime.

Over the past 18 months, 11 ensemble members, led by Dare and Stine, have collected interviews with people age 7 to 87, locally, nationally, and internationally to ask questions about the way people relate to age. Through the use of dance, games, live music, and text, the ensemble of Getting Old Sucks travels through the ups and downs of aging to prove you are never too old to dance.

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Photography by Anna Gelman, Danztheatre "Getting Old Sucks"

Photography by Anna Gelman, Danztheatre “Getting Old Sucks”

WHEN & WHERE

February 22 – March 3, 2019
Friday & Saturday, 8:00pm
Sunday, 3:00pm

Ebenezer Lutheran Church
1650 W. Foster Avenue, Chicago

TICKETS & INFORMATION

$15 | General Advance
$20 | General Door
$10 | Student & Senior Advance (With ID)
$15 | Student & Senior Door (With ID)

Tickets can be purchased by visiting, https://gettingoldsucks.bpt.me or calling, 773.486.8261.
For more information, please visit, www.danztheatre.org.

Photography by Anna Gelman
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS:

Scott Dare is a physical theatre and circus artist working as a director, deviser, choreographer, and educator. He serves as Education Manager for the Actors Gymnasium and as curator and host for Heels Over Head, a monthly physical variety show at Improv Olympics. Outside of Chicago his works have been seen in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and London. Locally he has collaborated with The Actors Gymnasium, Theater Unspeakable, Filament Theater, Mudlark Theater, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, American Theater Company, The Agency Collective, Semi-Circus and Imaginez Ensemble. He holds a Master’s degree from Royal Holloway, University of London and a Black Belt in traditional martial arts from the ISKA.

Photography by Anna Gelman, Danztheatre "Getting Old Sucks"

Photography by Anna Gelman, Danztheatre “Getting Old Sucks”

Michele Stine is very excited to be a part of the 2018/2019 Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble! She is a part of the Professional Training Program at the Actors Gymnasium this year but has also been a theatre artist in Chicago for over five years performing, directing, and puppeteering. Some Chicago credits include: Seryohza in Anna Karenina (Lifeline Theatre); Little Mew in The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles (Filament Theatre); Jill in Mother Goose’s Garden (Emerald City Theatre); Martha Washington in The American Revolution (Theatre Unspeakable); Chorus in Little Red Cyrano (Red Theatre Chicago); Karen Trout in Crime Scene: The Next Chapter (Collaboraction). Regional credits include: Snout in The Magical Mind of Billy Shakespeare (Illinois Shakespeare Festival). Michele received a B.S. in Acting and Political Science from Illinois State University. She is also an ensemble member with Theatre Unspeakable.

Photography by Anna Gelman, Danztheatre "Getting Old Sucks"

Photography by Anna Gelman, Danztheatre “Getting Old Sucks”

PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE:

Venice Averyheart, Emily Butcher, Diane BLumensaadt, David Chervony, Emily Chervony, Susie Griffith, Rafael Hernandez Roulet, Murphy Monroe, Emily Moon, Saniya Peavy, Jessica Pennachio, Maggie Robinson

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