Come what may – Chicago Reader

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Time continues its astonishing push through dimensions as we enter the fifth month of 2022 and there is no shortage of fun things to do on the horizon.

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House Theater of Chicago’s artistic director Lanise Antoine Shelley’s latest production honors her Haitian heritage and the story of Henri Christophe, a leader of the Haitian Revolution who helped end the French rule in 1804 – to later declare himself a monarch. IN King Christopher’s tragedy, Shelley adapts and directs the 1963 Indian poet and playwright Aimé Césaire’s drama (translated from the French original by Paul Breslin and Rachel Ney) into its North American premiere. Césaire, who died in 2008, was known for inventing the term “Négritude”, which he defined as “the simple recognition of being black, the acceptance of this fact and of our destiny as blacks, of our history and culture. . ” Césaire wrote his play at a time of global postcolonial upheavals, when other black leaders who came to power during revolutions ended up using repressive means against their citizens. As Breslin notes in an interview on the House website, “the remedy itself [Christophe] had to take to ensure that the freedom of his subjects destroyed their freedom and made him an oppressor just like the oppressors he had fought to free them from. ” The piece includes a cappella music under the direction of The Ricky Harris; William Anthony Sebastian Rose II plays Christophe. There is a preview tonight at. 19.30, and production runs through Sun 29/5 at the Chopin Theater (1543 W. Division); Tickets are $ 20- $ 50 and available at thehousetheatre.com. (KR)

Talk about a death dance (or do I mean “undead?”). Ardent Dance Companyunder the direction of Justine Kelly, presents a full-length performance based on Bram Stokers Dracula this weekend, running tonight and tomorrow at. 19.30 and Sunday at 16.00 in Vittum Theater (1012 N. Noble). Tickets cost $ 18- $ 25 and can be purchased at Eventbrite. Proof of wax required but masks optional; no word on the garlic or wood pile policies. (KR)

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