Archive

Lulu: a black and white silent play

“It’s a Christmas story after all”

Conceived & directed by: Tonika Todorova

Music by: Isaiah Robinson

Dates: November-December 2005, City Lit Theater, Chicago; February-March 2006, Theatre Building, Chicago; August-December 2006 Tour, New York City, Davenport, San Francisco; December 2006, Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, Chicago

Noir: a shot and a chaser

“The choices you make are the choices that make you”

Written by: Nick DuFloth & Nell Voss

Directed by: Tonika Todorova

Music by: Josh Lava, Rob Fry & David Taylor

Video design: Krzysztof Piotrowski & Victor Holstein

Dates: June-July 2007, Strawdog Theatre, Chicago; July 2008, Marry-Arrchie Theatre, Chicago; August 2008 Tour, New York, Davenport

      

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A Charlie Chaplin Christmas

“Nothing is permanent in this world. Not even our troubles” -Charlie Chaplin

Conceived by: Tonika Todorova & Marvin Quijada

Directed by: Tonika Todorova

Music by: Charlie Chaplin, Rob Frye, and David Taylor

Dates: December 2007-January 2008, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago

 

KANE

"A story of a modern American citizen"

Adapted & Directed by: Nick Dufloth

Video design: Krzysztof Piotrowski

Dates: March-April 2008, City Lit Theater, Chicago

 

The Thin Line: A History of Printmaking

Based on the art of Warrington Colescott

Conceived & directed by: Tonika Todorova

Music by: Rob Fry & David Taylor

Dates: February 2009, Columbia College, Chicago

 

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Americana

As part of the Jackalope Living Newspaper Festival

Written & directed by: Tonika Todorova

Dates: August 2009, Viaduct Theatre, Chicago

 

The Set-up

“No Pansies need apply”

Written by: Joseph Moncure March

Adapted & directed by: Nick DuFloth

Music by: Paul Gilvary

Dates: September-October 2009, Prop Thtr, Chicago

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The Wild Party

“Some love is fire; Some love is lust; But the cleanest, most fierce love is lust.”

Written by: Joseph Moncure March

Adapted & directed by: Tonika Todorova

Music by: Isaiah Robinson

Dates: September-October 2009, Prop Thtr, Chicago

The Wild Party Variety Hour

"The dirtiest fun to be had on the Chicago Stage" - Chicago Tribune

Created by: Marvin Quijada & Nathan Paul

Writers: Marvin Quijada & Brendan Balfe

Dates: September 2009-Present, Prop Thtr, Marry-Arrchie Theatre, STC HQ, Chopin Theater, Victory Gardens Theatre, The Den, The Front Bar @ Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago

Carnival Nocturne

“A curse that binds them all together”

Written by: Gillian Hastings

Directed by: Tonika Todorova

Music by: Rob Fry & David Taylor

Dates: November-December 2009, DCA Storefront Theater, Chicago

 

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The Grage on Clark Street

“The St. Valentine's Day Masacre”

Written and directed by: Tonika Todorova

Music by: Chris Jett

Dates: February 2010, Prop Thtr

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A.C.M.E: a (live) action cartoon with music & entertainment

Created by: Matthew Massaro, Gillian Hastings, Chelsea Brandt, Nathan Thompson, Jenna Dalgety, Sam Zelitch

Directed by: Matthew Massaro

Dates: August 2010, Prop Thtr, Chicago

 

The Better Doctor

In collaboration with Bootstraps Theatre

Written & directed by: Matt Lyle

Dates: August 2010, Prop Thtr, Chicago

 

An Evening with Aaron Aaronson

In collaboration with Theatre Unspeakable

Written & directed by: Marc Frost

Dates: August 2010, Prop Thtr, Chicago

 

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My Name is Gabby Rodriguez

Jackalope Living Newspaper Festival

Written & directed by: Tonika Todorova

Dates: August 2011, Viaduct Theatre, Chicago

A Christmas Carol: the silent bah-humbug

“It’s a ghost story after all”

Adapted and Directed by: Tonika Todorova

Music by: Isaiah Robinson

Dates: November-December 2011, NNWAC St. Paul’s Church, Chicago

 

Aliens

Jackalope Living Newspaper Festival

Written and Directed by: Tonika Todorova

Video design: Krzysztof Piotrowski

Dates: August 2012, Viaduct Theatre, Chicago

Noir Big Shoulders

Noir: City of Big Shoulders

"Who done It?"

Written & directed by: Brendan Balfe

Dates: 2012 Prop Thtr, Chicago

 

A Christmas Carol: a black and white silent play

Adapted and Directed by: Matthew Massaro

Music by: Isaiah Robinson

Dates: November-December 2013; Prop Thtr, Chicago

 

The Seven Secret Plays of Madame Caprice

"A live-music meta-theatrical adventure"

Written and Directed by: Tonika Todorova

Music by: Gillian Hastings & David Taylor

Dates: February-November 2014, STC HQ, Chicago; May-Jun 2015, Chopin Theater, Chicago

Dueling Gentlemen

"A love letter to Vaudeville"

Written and Directed by: Marvin Quijada

Music by: Ian Custer

Dates: August-September 2014, STC Hq, Chicago; August-September 2015, Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago

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Nosferatu

"A symphony of horror"

Adapted & directed by: Brendan Balfe

Music by: John Urban

Dates: October-November 2015, Prop Thtr, Chicago

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Hotel Bristol

"A concept album release"

Composed by: Davor Palos & Ode

Directed by: Tonika Todorova

Dates: May 2017, Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago

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Keep Your Guard Up, Smitty Harbinger!

"He'll Smitty everything up"

Written by: Tim Campos

Directed by: Tonika Todorova

Music by: Elliot Taggart

Dates: July 2018, Den Theatre, Chicago; October 2018, Marlene Ball Theatre, Detroit; August 2019, Beatniks, Indiana

Beethoven, a verbal opus

"The curse of the Ninth"

Written & directed by: Tonika Todorova

Dates: December 2018, 248th Beethoven Birthday Bash, Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago and Chopin Theater, Chicago

Incomplete Conversations

"What will you leave unsaid?"

Written & directed by: Nell Voss

Music by: Evan Sierminski

Dates: October-November 2019, Tapestry Fellowship, Chicago; March 2020, Tapestry Fellowship, Chicago

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Family Funhouse Live Stream Variety Show

"LIVE from the Attic"

Written & directed by: ensemble

Dates: March-July 2020, Berteau Tripp Attic, Chicago

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One State 24 Hour Virtual Theatre Festival

5 Writers. 5 Directors. 15 Actors. 24 hours to create and present 5 short plays

Written & directed by: participants

Dates: September 2020, Virtual Presentation

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Corona dell'Arte

"A slice of surrealtainment featuring music, skills, and narrative movement"

Written & directed by: Josh Levine, Danielle Levsky, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Nati Via, and Marcus Fittanto

Dates: October 2020, NEIU, Panacea, Chicago