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

      

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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: 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

Nosferatu

"A symphony of horror"

Adapted & directed by: Brendan Balfe

Music by: John Urban

Dates: October-November 2015, Prop Thtr, Chicago

Hotel Bristol

"A concept album release"

Composed by: Davor Palos & Ode

Directed by: Tonika Todorova

Dates: May 2017, Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago

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

Family Funhouse Live Stream Variety Show

"LIVE from the Attic"

Written & directed by: ensemble

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

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

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

Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Humanities, Arts Work Fund, One State Grant, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Network for Good, and the generosity of our individual donors.