HoliDaze begins November 30th! Tickets are ON SALE NOW!
Five talented playwrights explore the holiday season and the experiences of love, happiness, craziness, sadness, magic, anger, loss, and disappointment in a series of short moving and original plays. Join a fool and wench for a light hearted Christmas in a royal palace; an engaged couple wanting to have the best Christmas ever; a family’s experience of loss and larger-than-life love; a first date over coffee with a special gift; and an unexpected visitor on Christmas Eve for this festive line-up that truly reveals the difficulties and joys of relationships at this time of year!
*Opening Night: Tuesday, December 3rd is SOLD OUT! Get your tickets soon to avoid the risk of missing this great show! *
Previews: November 30- December 2
Opening: December 3
Running: December 5- December 22
Industry Night: Monday, December 16 @ 8pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @8pm & Sunday @2pm
Step Up Productions will be collecting donations and non-perishable goods for Lakeview Pantry at each performance.
Proceeds from HoliDaze will also benefit Seasonal Affective Disorder. As part of its mission, Step Up Productions donates a portion of its proceeds to organizations in and around Chicago that support issues often highlighted in its productions.
Step Up Production is offering discounted session rates on the first 4-6 treatment hours and discounted SAD treatment therapy lamps to Dr. Jacqueline Duke, Psy.D., LLC.
The full HoliDaze line-Up includes:
Christmas is Made for Fools by Lisa Dillman
Directed by Adrianne Cury
Featuring: Eric Lynch, Ashley Neal, and Nick Polus
A depressed court jester, tasked with creating a holiday pageant for the king, gets a lesson in love and the art of merrymaking from a quick-witted palace wench.
And The Snow Came Down by Tate Geborkoff
Directed by Tara Branham
Featuring: Jake Carr, Greg Geffrard, and Gina Taliaferro
Recently engaged, Stuart and Phillip are busy trying to unite their families during “the best Christmas ever.” In a moment’s reprieve, Stuart and his future mother-in-law, Karen, escape the party and their slow-burning hostility comes to blows over love, marriage, family and Phillip. And the Snow Came Down reflects on how families can lovingly be at each other’s throats with charming rancor and razor wit.
*please note this show will not be performed on 12/2.
For My Brothers Whenever I May Find Them by Nambi E. Kelley
Directed by Daniel Bryant
Featuring: Nadirah Bost, Jennifer Glasse, David Goodloe, and Eric Lynch
What happens to a family when it loses its matriarch just before the holidays? Will they come together in love or allow their loss to separate them? For My Brothers Whenever I May Find Them tells the story of family and asks the question: will love triumph over fear in the face of loss?
The Intruder by Joshua Rollins
Directed by Laura Hooper
Assistant Director: Emily Finck
Featuring Elizabeth Antonucci* and Connor McNamara
The holidays are a time for family to come together – but what happens when all flights are cancelled and a couple is left to spend the time together – whether their relationship is ready for it or not? Oh, and there’s a squirrel loose in the apartment. And he’s hungry. And evil.
The Space Behind Your Heart by Steve Simoncic
Directed by Vincent Teninty
Featuring: Andy Luther and Amanda Powell
The story of Connor and Sloan, two 40-somethings on a first date brokered by the online dating service, Christian Mingle. A gift is exchanged, an understanding is achieved, and there is a moment of possibility for people simply trying to find a moment of dignity and genuine human connection after life has convinced them that might not be possible.
Catherine Allen- Production Manager
Adrienne Bader- Stage Manager
Megan Kowalsky- Assistant Stage Manager
Alyson Kulin- Assistant Stage Manager
Sarah Watkins- Scenic Design
Becca Jeffords- Lighting Design
Megan Snowder- Master Electrician
Raquel Adorno- Costume Design
Dorthea Walstrom- Make Up Design
Haley Borodine- Props Design
Steve Baldwin- Sound Design
David Rosenberg- Publicity
Bridgette Baggio- Graphic Design
Corinne Bass- Technical Director
Jon Martinez- Choreographer
Shelia Spencer- Assistant Props Designer
Performances are being held at:
Athenaeum Theatre- Studio One
2936 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
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