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TimeLine Theatre Company will offer three special events connected to its world premiere production of My Kind of Town by John Conroy, directed by Nick Bowling. My Kind of Town has been highly recommended by both the Chicago Tribune (“A long-in-the-works drama that gripped its audience on Saturday night … wholly compelling”) and Chicago Sun-Times (“A vitally important piece of political theater … provocative [and] entirely riveting”). My Kind of Town is now playing through July 29, 2012 at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.

All special events listed are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated. For more details, please visit timelinetheatre.com/my_kind_of_town/events.htm.

MY KIND OF TOWN: A DISCUSSION OF POLICE TORTURE IN CHICAGO
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 6 – 7:30 pm
(reception to follow)
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 East 60th Street, Chicago, on the University of Chicago campus

This event will feature diverse perspectives on and experience with the Chicago police torture scandal that has plagued the city over the past three decades. Confirmed panelists include former Chicago police superintendent Richard Brzeczek; journalist and playwright John Conroy; Craig Futterman, founder of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project at the University of Chicago; and People’s Law Office founding partner G. Flint Taylor. The discussion will be moderated by WBEZ’s Kelly Kleiman. The evening will include a brief excerpt from the play My Kind of Town performed by the cast as a spark for discussion, as well as an opportunity for audience questions, and will be followed by a reception.

Co-sponsored by the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, TimeLine Theatre Company and the University of Chicago Master of Arts Program in the Humanities.

Admission is free but reservations are recommended. Call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 or email boxoffice@timelinetheatre.com.

SUNDAY SCHOLARS SERIES
Sunday, June 10, 2012 from 4 – 5:30 pm
Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ Sanctuary, next door to TimeLine Theatre 615 W. Wellington Avenue, Chicago

Each TimeLine Theatre production features this free post-show panel discussion with experts on the themes and issues of the play. For My Kind of Town, the Sunday Scholars Series panel will feature Rob Warden of Northwestern University’s Center for Wrongful Convictions, accompanied by some of the men who have been wrongfully convicted due to torture.

Tickets for the 2 p.m. performance of My Kind of Town that day are $42 and are subject to availability. Sunday Scholars Series attendees need not attend the performance to attend the discussion. Admission to the discussion is free but reservations are recommended. For tickets to the show/discussion or reservations for the discussion only, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 or email boxoffice@timelinetheatre.com.

A CONVERSATION WITH PLAYWRIGHT JOHN CONROY AND RICK KOGAN
Monday, June 25, 2012 from 6 – 7:30 pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theatre
78 E. Washington Street, Chicago

Veteran investigative journalist John Conroy has covered the Chicago police torture scandal for more than 20 years, challenging public indifference to become one of the leading voices drawing attention to the charges. Rick Kogan of WGN 720AM Radio and the Chicago Tribune will join Conroy for a wide-ranging conversation about the development of Conroy’s first play, My Kind of Town.

Admission is free but reservations are recommended. Call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 or email boxoffice@timelinetheatre.com.

TimeLine would also like to call the public’s attention to an event scheduled at the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ related to the themes of My Kind of Town:

7TH ANNUAL ELIZABETH I. BENSON AWARD
Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 6 pm

Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ
615 W. Wellington Avenue, Chicago

This benefit event will honor Citizens Alert and Mary Powers for their 45 years of dedication to police accountability. The evening includes a reception and silent auction at 6 pm, with a program and awards ceremony with master of ceremonies Lydia Talbot at 7:30 pm. The program will include highlights from Peace Production’s new film To Turn a Blind Eye, music by Voices and the Wellington Choir, and appearances by some of those who have worked with Citizens Alert in their quest for police accountability. Tickets for this benefit event are $50; students/limited income tickets are $35. For tickets visit waucc.org or call 773.935.0642. All proceeds benefit Citizens Alert and the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ.

About My Kind of Town

TimeLine Theatre Company, named one of the nation’s top 10 emerging professional theatres by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®, presents the world premiere of My Kind of Town by John Conroy, directed by Nick Bowling, now through July 29, 2012 at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.

My Kind of Town is a passionate, groundbreaking new drama revolving around one imprisoned man’s fight for justice, inspired by the stories of numerous victims, police officers, prosecutors and families whose lives have been poisoned by allegations of police torture over the past three decades. With interlocking storylines that humanize the play’s issues of corruption and responsibility, My Kind of Town sets the stage for a new conversation about today’s culture of law and order.

The performance schedule is Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (except no performance on 6/24). Tickets are $32 (Wednesday – Friday) or $42 (Saturday & Sunday). Student and group rates are available.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 or visit timelinetheatre.com.

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