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Running through September 8, the seventh annual edition of this Wicker Park/Bucktown weekend festival claims to be the nation's largest studio walk and arts exhibition, showcasing emerging artists in all media--including theater and performance, as reflected in the following schedule. Coordinator Jonathan Pitts has organized some 40 theatrical offerings into programs loosely linked by theme or style, assigning each program to a specific venue (ranging from legitimate theaters to park district field houses, school auditoriums, and front lawns), as follows: "Talk, Talk, It's All Talk," featuring monologues and short plays, plays at the Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen; "All One Alone," a set of "intimate and dark" works, plays at the Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt; "Kidding on the Square," described as "comedy from the urban heartland," plays at the Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland; "The Yearning Tree," whose focus is "life and spirituality," plays at the Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk; "Soup de Avant-Garde," whose focus is experimental theater, plays at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division; "Outside & Out," a set of outdoor performances, plays on the front lawn of Association House, 2150 W. North; "Kids 'n' the Hood," featuring shows by and for children and teens, plays at Holy Trinity High School, 1443 W. Division; and "Up Meets Down Sideways," featuring performance art and dance theater, plays at Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division. The agenda also includes site-specific performance art, poetry readings, dance, and music.

Admission to all performances is free, though you can expect to be hit up for donations. (A festival guide book costs $3.) For more information, call 342-6777, visit the festival's web site at www.aroundcoyote.com, or check at the ATC info booth at the festival's "ground zero" at the intersection of North, Damen, and Milwaukee.

The following theater and performance listings (which are subject to last-minute changes) are arranged chronologically, not programmatically; check the dance, art, and music listings elsewhere in this issue for information on the rest of the fest.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

The Hick, the Spic, and the Chick

Performance artists Paul Turner, Antonio Sacre, and Donna Jay Fulks team up for an evening of solo storytelling, presented as part of "Talk, Talk, It's All Talk." Turner's piece is inspired by his rural upbringing; Sacre's work recounts his upbringing in a Cuban-Irish household; and Fulks's The Magic Kingdom uses comedy to explore her reaction to her brother's death. The monologuists "achieve universality by plunging into the particular, connecting with the audience by simply and honestly revealing, using just a hint of humor, the details of their lives. . . . You'll leave this delightful hour-long show wanting more," says Reader critic Jack Helbig. Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen. 7 PM.

Chapman

Timothy Hiatt plays John Lennon's assassin in Silken World Productions' one-man show, set in New York during the days prior to the December 8, 1980, killing. It's offered as part of "All One Alone." "Hiatt neither demonizes nor deifies Chapman, but he never really convinces us that he's come to understand his subject in more than a superficial way. The result is a rather generic portrayal of a confused, profoundly depressed man who in some twisted way thought he was fighting for justice when in fact he was committing cold-blooded murder," said Reader critic Adam Langer when he reviewed the show's original run at Cafe Voltaire. Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 7 PM.

Soiree Dada

Die Hanswurste and the WNEP Theater Foundation present an evening of dada-style performance art as part of "Kidding on the Square". Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 7 PM.

Grow Up!

Telemachus Productions' evening of long-form improv, presented as part of "The Yearning Tree," features eight adult actors hosted by a seven-year-old girl. Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk. 7 PM.

Wisconsin Girl Makes Good

Stephanie Kulke's one-woman show, offered as part of "Talk, Talk, It's All Talk," focuses on "remembering the lessons of adolescence." Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen. 8 PM.

A Summer's Day

This absurdist comedy by Polish playwright Slawomir Mrozek, seen here in its U.S. premiere, concerns two men who examine each other's "fortunes and failures." This preview of the Eclipse Theatre Company's new production is part of "All One Alone." Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 8 PM.

The White Whore and the Bit Player

The Trap Door Theatre previews its upcoming production of Tom Eyen's dark comedy about the last moments of a woman's life; it's offered as part of "Kidding on the Square." Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 8 PM.

Gabriel's Threshold

The Ma'at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre (MPAACT) presents Shepsu Aahku's play about urban strife, torment, and young love as part of "The Yearning Tree." Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk. 8 PM.

Deep-Fried and Suck My Nose

"At a time when confessional monologues about performers' crazy, hateful families or crazy, lovable families are as common as discarded candy wrappers at a carnival, Kelly Anchors, who wrote and performs Deep-Fried, and Mike McKune, who wrote and performs Suck My Nose, eschew easy formulas, telling their stories with candor and without judgmentalism, ridicule, or hee-haw hyperbole," said Reader critic Mary Shen Barnidge when she reviewed this "refreshingly original and engaging little show" in its original run. It's remounted as part of "Talk, Talk, It's All Talk." Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen. 8:30 PM.

Birth of a Sun

Sam Jordan's play, about "life after the end of the world, when all that is left are two men, one black, one white," is performed by the hOstage tHeater Company as part of "All One Alone." Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 9 PM.

That's the Way It Is, By Golly

"Kidding on the Square" presents the Nomenil theater group in a new comedy by Allen Conkle and Courtney Evans. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 9 PM.

Each One's Journey Is Their Own

The Radiant Theatre's production, presented as part of "The Yearning Tree," is directed by Shannon Epplett and choreographed by Tanya Picard; it draws on biblical passages, texts by Joseph Chaikin and Sam Shepard, Native American folktales, and rock music in an effort to reflect "the theme of spiritual harmony." Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk. 9 PM.

Rules of Engagement

"Talk, Talk, It's All Talk" hosts Angela Allyn's "short, dark comedy about a husband, a wife, and a therapy session." Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen. 9:30 PM.

Tough Choices for the New Century

Jane Anderson's satire, about a seminar on quick response to catastrophic situations, is directed by David Kirk as part of "All One Alone." Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 10 PM.

Kitten With a Whip

Hellbent Productions presents Reader contributor Jack Helbig's one-act comedy about a director who's so intent on defying theatrical taboos that he names his theater company Macbeth while attempting to mount a musical version of The Epic of Gilgamesh. The show is part of "Kidding on the Square." Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 10 PM.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

The Hick, the Spic, and the Chick

See listing for Thursday. Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen. 7 PM.

Chapman

See listing for Thursday. Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 7 PM.

Soiree Dada

See listing for Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 7 PM.

Grow Up!

See listing for Thursday. Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk. 7 PM.

Incantations of Escape

Jason Winslade's one-man play, about two prisoners and "their struggle to survive and transcend," draws on such influences as psychologist Carl Jung and warlock Aleister Crowley. It's presented by Dreamscreamer Productions as part of "Soup de Avant-Garde." Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 7 PM.

Lunacy

This program of "movement, drumming, and poetry celebrating lesbian sexuality and women's power" originated at Bailiwick Repertory's gay- and lesbian-oriented Pride Performance Series '96. It plays as part of "Outside & Out." Association House lawn, 2150 W. North. 7 PM.

Deep-Fried and Suck My Nose

See listing for Thursday. Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen. 8 PM.

A Summer's Day

See listing for Thursday. Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 8 PM.

The White Whore and the Bit Player

See listing for Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 8 PM.

Gabriel's Threshold

See listing for Thursday. Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk. 8 PM.

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll

Eric Bogosian's gritty, sometimes raunchy program of character sketches, usually performed by a single actor, is divided up among an 11-man cast in this Journeymen production, which is directed by Frank Pullen and presented as part of "Soup de Avant-Garde." Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 8 PM.

Wisconsin Girl Makes Good

See listing for Thursday. Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen. 9 PM.

Birth of a Sun

See listing for Thursday. Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 9 PM.

That's the Way It Is, By Golly

See listing for Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 9 PM.

Each One's Journey Is Their Own

See listing for Thursday. Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk. 9 PM.

Reciprocal Quantities: A Mathematical Study

"Soup de Avant-Garde" presents a collaborative piece by sculptor/scenic designer Charlie Levin and actor/dancer Meaghan Strell (working as Girl Charlie Productions) on the concept that "that which multiplies together produces unity." Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 9 PM.

Rules of Engagement

See listing for Thursday. Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen. 9:30 PM.

Tough Choices for the New Century

See listing for Thursday. Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 10 PM.

Kitten With a Whip

See listing for Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 10 PM.

Tales of Sonia & Pepito

Raised by Wolves presents "an undulating mood piece" featuring poetry and music that tells "an urban story . . . about love for a Latin American country, God, redemption, love, and to be heard." It's offered as part of "The Yearning Tree." Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk. 10 PM.

Art Lab

Laboratoria del Arte, "an organization composed of artists from various disciplines dedicated to art performance in all its manifestations," presents "an evening of performance, poetry, and music through naked structure design." It's part of "Soup de Avant-Garde." Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 10 PM.

Lesbian's Last Pizza

Children of the Corn presents Jeff Goode's monologue about a woman trying to make peace with her family and loved ones on her last night alive. It's part of "All One Alone." Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 11 PM.

Ike & Tina's Wedding

Second City veterans Frances Callier and John Hildreth penned this comedy about the love and marriage of the Turners, which asks the question: What's love got to do with it? It's part of "Kidding on the Square." Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 11 PM.

Number Nine

This ensemble-created, Beatles-inspired piece, directed by Eric Senne, seeks to portray "a disturbed and disoriented mind, as shown through snippets of dialogue, rapid scenes, and repeated movements." It's part of "Soup de Avant-Garde." Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 11 PM.

The Balcony

The Thirteenth Tribe theater company, which made its debut earlier this year with The Precipice, further reveals its attraction to high spaces with this new adaptation of Jean Genet's study of illusion and reality set in a brothel. In this staging by Mabou Mines resident artist Joanna Settle, presented as part of "Soup de Avant-Garde," "Genet's towering icons of our death-loving culture shrink to horny old men with kinky dress-up fetishes. The playwright's scathing political indictments degenerate into a hollow satire of sexual compulsiveness," says Reader critic Justin Hayford. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. Midnight.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Expose the Myth of the Artist

The Open Studio Project presents this site-specific performance piece. 1739 N. Damen. 10 AM to 4 PM.

You Say Tomato, I Say . . .

This children's show, presented by Gillian McNally as part of "Kids 'n' the Hood," concerns "identity and prejudice in the produce world." It's about a tomato named Mato who's trying to figure out if he's a vegetable or a fruit. Holy Trinity High School, 1443 W. Division. 11 AM.

The Children's Parade

This family fest on foot features a live band, drummers, samba dancers, bicyclists, and much more. It starts at noon at the Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen, and proceeds via Damen and North avenues to Association House, 2150 W. North.

I Was a Teen-Age Human

The Imagination Theatre's new educational show concerns substance abuse, family cycles, and choices; it's offered as part of "Kids 'n' the Hood." Holy Trinity High School, 1443 W. Division. Noon.

Images for the Marimba Muse

Poets on Pedestals, a spoken-word ensemble directed by Effie Mihopoulos, performs "a pastiche of poetic text" by Mihopoulos and other company members, including Michael Brownstein, Dan Cleary, Lily Gaines, Brian Gary Kirst, Elizabeth Marino, Pamela Miller, Lorraine Moretti, Mike Puican, Frank Varela, and Larry Winfield. In this performance piece, the writer-speakers act as keys of a "human marimba" who to sound out images instead of notes when Mihopoulos "strikes" them. DiFalco Gallery, 1855 W. Armitage, 342-4555. 12:30 PM.

La Palabra: A Fable for All Ages

Angela Allyn presents a bilingual family play as part of "Kids 'n' the Hood." Holy Trinity High School, 1443 W. Division. 1 PM.

Write On!

The Kidz Writes children's theater presents adult professional actors performing material written by grammar-school student as part of "Kids 'n' the Hood." Holy Trinity High School, 1443 W. Division. 2 PM.

Images for the Marimba Muse

See listing for 12:30 PM today. Flat Iron Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee, second floor. 2:30 PM.

Love's Labour's Lost

See Critic's Choice. Association House lawn, 2150 W. North. 3 PM.

Richmond Street

The Drama Gym presents the story of a teenage girl's struggles with drugs, gangs, family, and life in and around the title thoroughfare. Note: This program, part of "Kids 'n' the Hood," is only for high-school-aged audiences and older. Holy Trinity High School, 1443 W. Division. 3 PM.

Images for the Marimba Muse

See listing for 12:30 PM today. DiFalco Gallery, 1855 W. Armitage. 5 PM.

The Hick, the Spic, and the Chick

See listing for Thursday. Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen. 7 PM.

Chapman

See listing for Thursday. Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 7 PM.

Soiree Dada

See listing for Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 7 PM.

Grow Up!

See listing for Thursday. Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk. 7 PM.

Incantations of Escape

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 7 PM.

Lunacy

See listing for Friday. Association House lawn, 2150 W. North. 7 PM.

Stone Windows

"Up Meets Down Sideways" presents Ralitsa Popcheva's "visual journey through faded memories of a deaf woman's struggle for freedom from communist Romania." Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division. 7 PM.

Morel and Daddy/Poppy

Morel is a video shown to live accompaniment by musicians who interact with the projected image; Daddy/Poppy is a butoh dance piece performed by two women to live music. Both pieces are presented by Mariko Ventura as part of "Up Meets Down Sideways." Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division. 7:30 PM.

Deep-Fried and Suck My Nose

See listing for Thursday. Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen. 8 PM.

A Summer's Day

See listing for Thursday. Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 8 PM.

The White Whore and the Bit Player

See listing for Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 8 PM.

Gabriel's Threshold

See listing for Thursday. Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk. 8 PM.

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 8 PM.

Love's Labour's Lost

See Critic's Choice. Association House lawn, 2150 W. North. 8 PM.

Enter at Your Own Risk

Director-performer Robert Schleifer offers "visual images in story form developed through the mind's eyes." It's part of "Up Meets Down Sideways." Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division. 8:45 PM.

Wisconsin Girl Makes Good

See listing for Thursday. Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen. 9 PM.

Birth of a Sun

See listing for Thursday. Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 9 PM.

That's the Way It Is, By Golly

See listing for Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 9 PM.

Each One's Journey Is Their Own

See listing for Thursday. Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk. 9 PM.

Reciprocal Quantities: A Mathematical Study

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 9 PM.

Rules of Engagement

See listing for Thursday. Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen. 9:30 PM.

Brick Walls/Open Spaces

"Up Meets Down Sideways" presents Shakti Dance's ensemble-created piece incorporating movement, text, and music to explore "the struggle to find our creative consciousness within the physical and social walls that trap us." Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division. 9:30 PM.

Tough Choices for the New Century

See listing for Thursday. Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 10 PM.

Kitten With a Whip

See listing for Thursday, September 5. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 10 PM.

Tales of Sonia & Pepito

See listing for Friday. Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk. 10 PM.

Art Lab

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 10 PM.

Lesbian's Last Pizza

See listing for Friday. Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 11 PM.

Ike & Tina's Wedding

See listing for Friday. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 11 PM.

Number Nine

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 11 PM.

The Balcony

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 252-2510. Midnight.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

You Say Tomato, I Say . . .

See listing for Saturday. Holy Trinity High School, 1443 W. Division. 11 AM.

Expose the Myth of the Artist

See listing for Saturday. 1739 N. Damen. Noon to 4 PM.

The Mission of Nahual

Patricia Carlos wrote and directed this play about sexual abuse and survival, presented as part of "Kids 'n' the Hood." Holy Trinity High School, 1443 W. Division. Noon.

La Palabra: A Fable for All Ages

See listing for Saturday. Holy Trinity High School, 1443 W. Division. 1 PM.

Lunacy

See listing for Friday. Association House lawn, 2150 W. North. 2 PM.

Write On!

See listing for Saturday. Holy Trinity High School, 1443 W. Division. 2 PM.

Love's Labour's Lost

See Critic's Choice. Association House lawn, 2150 W. North. 3 PM.

Richmond Street

See listing for Saturday. Holy Trinity High School, 1443 W. Division. 3 PM.

The Hick, the Spic, and the Chick

See listing for Thursday. Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen. 7 PM.

Chapman

See listing for Thursday. Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 7 PM.

Soiree Dada

See listing for Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 7 PM.

Grow Up!

See listing for Thursday. Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk. 7 PM.

Incantations of Escape

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 7 PM.

Lunacy

See listing for Friday. Association House lawn, 2150 W. North. 7 PM.

Stone Windows

See listing for Saturday. Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division. 7 PM.

Morel and Daddy/Poppy

See listing for Saturday. Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division. 7:30 PM.

Wisconsin Girl Makes Good

See listing for Thursday. Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen. 8 PM.

A Summer's Day

See listing for Thursday. Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 8 PM.

The White Whore and the Bit Player

See listing for Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 8 PM.

Gabriel's Threshold

See listing for Thursday. Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk. 8 PM.

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 8 PM.

Love's Labour's Lost

See Critic's Choice. Association House lawn, 2150 W. North. 8 PM.

Deep-Fried and Suck My Nose

See listing for Thursday. Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen. 8:30 PM.

Enter at Your Own Risk

See listing for Saturday. Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division. 8:45 PM.

Birth of a Sun

See listing for Thursday. Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 9 PM.

That's the Way It Is, By Golly

See listing for Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 9 PM.

Each One's Journey Is Their Own

See listing for Thursday. Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk. 9 PM.

Reciprocal Quantities: A Mathematical Study

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 9 PM.

Rules of Engagement

See listing for Thursday. Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen. 9:30 PM.

Brick Walls/Open Spaces

See listing for Saturday. Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division. 9:30 PM.

Tough Choices for the New Century

See listing for Thursday. Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt. 10 PM.

Kitten With a Whip

See listing for Thursday, September 5. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 10 PM.

Art Lab

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 10 PM.

Number Nine

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 11 PM.

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