Closet Play: A Benefit Concert | Theater & Performance, Streaming | Chicago Reader

Closet Play: A Benefit Concert Free

When: Wed 9/30, 7 PM CDT
Price: Free, but donations accepted

PrideArts (formerly Pride Films and Plays) kicks off its "Closet Play" virtual fall series with this benefit concert. The "closet play" denotes a play that was meant to be read rather than performed, and has its roots in part in 17th-century England, when public performances of plays were banned, thanks to the double whammy of the plague and the censorious Puritan ways of Oliver Cromwell. Upcoming plays in this virtual season include Box and Cox by John Maddison Morton, A Pair of Lunatics by W.R. Walkes, and The Proposal by Anton Chekov (see separate listings). This benefit features original jazz compositions intertwined with the poetry of James Baldwin and Tennessee Williams, performed by a cast of 14. It's conceived and directed by PrideArts artistic director Donterrio Johnson. The concert will be available via the company website and Facebook page, both during the live performance and then afterward.

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