Rough House
 

Upcoming Events

Jan
20
Fri
Links Hall and Rough House Present: Nasty, Brutish, and Short: A Puppet Cabaret @ Links Hall
Jan 20 @ 11:00 pm – Jan 21 @ 12:00 am

Hit Links Hall for late night cabarets featuring short works by international festival artists, regional puppeteers, and local talent. End your evening with a tasty selection of the raucous, raunchy, dark, sassy, sad, and hilarious! The program provides a late-night hang out spot for the whole Festival, an opportunity for out of town talent to bring shorter works, and a space for local artists.

Jan
21
Sat
Links Hall and Rough House Present: Nasty, Brutish, and Short: A Puppet Cabaret @ Links Hall
Jan 21 @ 11:00 pm – Jan 22 @ 12:00 am

Hit Links Hall for late night cabarets featuring short works by international festival artists, regional puppeteers, and local talent. End your evening with a tasty selection of the raucous, raunchy, dark, sassy, sad, and hilarious! The program provides a late-night hang out spot for the whole Festival, an opportunity for out of town talent to bring shorter works, and a space for local artists.

Jan
23
Mon
Links Hall and Rough House Present: IMMACULATE, POIGNANT, and MEDIUM LENGTH @ Links Hall
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

In this sister show to Nasty, Brutish, and Short, four respected local innovators present medium-length puppet productions: The Life and Times of Terry (Vanessa Valliere), An Inter-Dimensional Love Story (Myra Su), Hay in Hard Times (Christopher Knowlton) and Music Box (Liz Schachterle).

Vanessa Valliere, The Life and Times of Terry (15 min)
The Life and Times of Terry is a whimsical multi-media journey of romance, parenthood, and success.  A woman’s search for love has hilarious consequences told through clowning, puppetry, audience participation, drawings, photos and projections.

Myra Su, An Inter-Dimensional Love Story (15 min)
An Inter-Dimensional Love Story tells of an unrequited love between a 2D square, a2, and a 4D tesseract, Caroline. Each “dimension” is interpreted through a different styles of puppetry: 1D and 2D by shadow puppetry; 3D by tabletop puppetry; 4D by digitally animated projections. Protagonist a2 travels between the second and third dimensions with pop-up book techniques.

Christopher Knowlton, Hay in Hard Times (15 min)
Hay in Hard Times stars a charming and somewhat bumbling character created by Knowlton’s butt disguised with a fake nose, glasses and other costuming. Using comedy, self-referential performance, puppetry, props, movement, imagery puns and abbreviated monologues, the work touches on identity, isolation, humor and self-criticism.

Liz Schachterle, Music Box (20 min)
Music Box is a poetic piece about love and loneliness within a mechanical imaginative world.  A Little Girl cranks a music box.  Within the box, a shadow puppet show plays out where the little girl finds a playmate, a magical bird man.  Their story is told through music and shadows.

Artist and Presenter Bios available here.

 

Jan
24
Tue
Links Hall and Rough House Present: IMMACULATE, POIGNANT, and MEDIUM LENGTH @ Links Hall
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

In this sister show to Nasty, Brutish, and Short, four respected local innovators present medium-length puppet productions: The Life and Times of Terry (Vanessa Valliere), An Inter-Dimensional Love Story (Myra Su), Hay in Hard Times (Christopher Knowlton) and Music Box (Liz Schachterle).

Vanessa Valliere, The Life and Times of Terry (15 min)
The Life and Times of Terry is a whimsical multi-media journey of romance, parenthood, and success.  A woman’s search for love has hilarious consequences told through clowning, puppetry, audience participation, drawings, photos and projections.

Myra Su, An Inter-Dimensional Love Story (15 min)
An Inter-Dimensional Love Story tells of an unrequited love between a 2D square, a2, and a 4D tesseract, Caroline. Each “dimension” is interpreted through a different styles of puppetry: 1D and 2D by shadow puppetry; 3D by tabletop puppetry; 4D by digitally animated projections. Protagonist a2 travels between the second and third dimensions with pop-up book techniques.

Christopher Knowlton, Hay in Hard Times (15 min)
Hay in Hard Times stars a charming and somewhat bumbling character created by Knowlton’s butt disguised with a fake nose, glasses and other costuming. Using comedy, self-referential performance, puppetry, props, movement, imagery puns and abbreviated monologues, the work touches on identity, isolation, humor and self-criticism.

Liz Schachterle, Music Box (20 min)
Music Box is a poetic piece about love and loneliness within a mechanical imaginative world.  A Little Girl cranks a music box.  Within the box, a shadow puppet show plays out where the little girl finds a playmate, a magical bird man.  Their story is told through music and shadows.

Artist and Presenter Bios available here.

 

Jan
25
Wed
Links Hall and Rough House Present: IMMACULATE, POIGNANT, and MEDIUM LENGTH @ Links Hall
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

In this sister show to Nasty, Brutish, and Short, four respected local innovators present medium-length puppet productions: The Life and Times of Terry (Vanessa Valliere), An Inter-Dimensional Love Story (Myra Su), Hay in Hard Times (Christopher Knowlton) and Music Box (Liz Schachterle).

Vanessa Valliere, The Life and Times of Terry (15 min)
The Life and Times of Terry is a whimsical multi-media journey of romance, parenthood, and success.  A woman’s search for love has hilarious consequences told through clowning, puppetry, audience participation, drawings, photos and projections.

Myra Su, An Inter-Dimensional Love Story (15 min)
An Inter-Dimensional Love Story tells of an unrequited love between a 2D square, a2, and a 4D tesseract, Caroline. Each “dimension” is interpreted through a different styles of puppetry: 1D and 2D by shadow puppetry; 3D by tabletop puppetry; 4D by digitally animated projections. Protagonist a2 travels between the second and third dimensions with pop-up book techniques.

Christopher Knowlton, Hay in Hard Times (15 min)
Hay in Hard Times stars a charming and somewhat bumbling character created by Knowlton’s butt disguised with a fake nose, glasses and other costuming. Using comedy, self-referential performance, puppetry, props, movement, imagery puns and abbreviated monologues, the work touches on identity, isolation, humor and self-criticism.

Liz Schachterle, Music Box (20 min)
Music Box is a poetic piece about love and loneliness within a mechanical imaginative world.  A Little Girl cranks a music box.  Within the box, a shadow puppet show plays out where the little girl finds a playmate, a magical bird man.  Their story is told through music and shadows.

Artist and Presenter Bios available here.

 

Jan
26
Thu
Ubu the King @ Links Hall
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Ubu the King brings Jarry’s seminal satire Ubu Roi to life in all its absurd, grotesque glory. In the hands of five power hungry puppeteer-performers, Pa Ubu murders, lies, and farts his way up to the Polish throne—and back down again. Beautifully designed and meticulously realized, Ubu is ridiculous, heartbreaking, and spectacular.

Rough House is committed to connecting individuals and communities through art that celebrates the weird things that make us unique, and the weirder things that bring us together. We create theater that captures the heart through the eye. Our shows use puppetry, music, and human performance to tell stories that are intimate, strange, and sincere. Rough House has headlined the National Puppetry Festival and Open Eye Figure Theater’s Toy Theater After Dark Festival. The company has been a proud contributor to such Chicago institutions as Brain Frame and the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and tours nationally.

Links Hall encourages artistic innovation and public engagement by maintaining a facility and providing flexible programming for the research, development and presentation of new work in the performing arts. Founded in 1978, Links has incubated performing artists through its residency programs, artist-curated festivals, cabaret and performance series, co-presentations with self-producing artists, low-cost space rentals, direct grants to artists, workshop programs, apprentice producer program, fiscal sponsorship program, and as one of 72 presenting and visual arts partners in the National Performance Network.

Jan
27
Fri
Ubu the King @ Links Hall
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Ubu the King brings Jarry’s seminal satire Ubu Roi to life in all its absurd, grotesque glory. In the hands of five power hungry puppeteer-performers, Pa Ubu murders, lies, and farts his way up to the Polish throne—and back down again. Beautifully designed and meticulously realized, Ubu is ridiculous, heartbreaking, and spectacular.

Rough House is committed to connecting individuals and communities through art that celebrates the weird things that make us unique, and the weirder things that bring us together. We create theater that captures the heart through the eye. Our shows use puppetry, music, and human performance to tell stories that are intimate, strange, and sincere. Rough House has headlined the National Puppetry Festival and Open Eye Figure Theater’s Toy Theater After Dark Festival. The company has been a proud contributor to such Chicago institutions as Brain Frame and the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and tours nationally.

Links Hall encourages artistic innovation and public engagement by maintaining a facility and providing flexible programming for the research, development and presentation of new work in the performing arts. Founded in 1978, Links has incubated performing artists through its residency programs, artist-curated festivals, cabaret and performance series, co-presentations with self-producing artists, low-cost space rentals, direct grants to artists, workshop programs, apprentice producer program, fiscal sponsorship program, and as one of 72 presenting and visual arts partners in the National Performance Network.

Links Hall and Rough House Present: Nasty, Brutish, and Short: A Puppet Cabaret @ Links Hall
Jan 27 @ 11:00 pm – Jan 28 @ 12:00 am

Hit Links Hall for late night cabarets featuring short works by international festival artists, regional puppeteers, and local talent. End your evening with a tasty selection of the raucous, raunchy, dark, sassy, sad, and hilarious! The program provides a late-night hang out spot for the whole Festival, an opportunity for out of town talent to bring shorter works, and a space for local artists.

Jan
28
Sat
Ubu the King @ Links Hall
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Ubu the King brings Jarry’s seminal satire Ubu Roi to life in all its absurd, grotesque glory. In the hands of five power hungry puppeteer-performers, Pa Ubu murders, lies, and farts his way up to the Polish throne—and back down again. Beautifully designed and meticulously realized, Ubu is ridiculous, heartbreaking, and spectacular.

Rough House is committed to connecting individuals and communities through art that celebrates the weird things that make us unique, and the weirder things that bring us together. We create theater that captures the heart through the eye. Our shows use puppetry, music, and human performance to tell stories that are intimate, strange, and sincere. Rough House has headlined the National Puppetry Festival and Open Eye Figure Theater’s Toy Theater After Dark Festival. The company has been a proud contributor to such Chicago institutions as Brain Frame and the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and tours nationally.

Links Hall encourages artistic innovation and public engagement by maintaining a facility and providing flexible programming for the research, development and presentation of new work in the performing arts. Founded in 1978, Links has incubated performing artists through its residency programs, artist-curated festivals, cabaret and performance series, co-presentations with self-producing artists, low-cost space rentals, direct grants to artists, workshop programs, apprentice producer program, fiscal sponsorship program, and as one of 72 presenting and visual arts partners in the National Performance Network.

Links Hall and Rough House Present: Nasty, Brutish, and Short: A Puppet Cabaret @ Links Hall
Jan 28 @ 11:00 pm – Jan 29 @ 12:00 am

Hit Links Hall for late night cabarets featuring short works by international festival artists, regional puppeteers, and local talent. End your evening with a tasty selection of the raucous, raunchy, dark, sassy, sad, and hilarious! The program provides a late-night hang out spot for the whole Festival, an opportunity for out of town talent to bring shorter works, and a space for local artists.

 

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