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CHICAGO, ILCollaboraction, the Ambassadors of Hope, has remixed its spring show line-up, and will return in May with an all-new, world premiere installment of Crime Scene Chicago, the hit show that ignited the company’s now two-year campaign to link immersive, hyperlocal live theater crowdsourced with community activists and organizations to combat violence in Chicago.

Titled Crime Scene Chicago: The Next Chapter, Collaboraction’s new spring production is the 2015 chapter to Chicago’s history of violent crime and a call to discover what it might take to create lasting change. This new installment syncs up with Collaboraction’s current  Let Hope Rise tour, a community variety show born from Crime Scene, now rotating monthly through July at Chicago Park District facilities in Englewood, Austin and Roger’s Park, and precedes Collaboraction’s planned Crime Scene parks tour every weekend in August.

The 2013 debut of Crime Scene drew much attention and played to sold-out houses. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, wrote “Crime Scene, far and away the best Collaboraction show I’ve seen these past 14 years, is indeed a call for collaborative action. The ensemble piece probes the current epidemic of violent crime in this city, (and) offers a veritable plethora of problems, contexts and solutions.”

Crime Scene returned that summer via the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks program, toured targeted neighborhoods including Englewood, Austin, and Rogers Park, and was brought back to the parks by popular demand in summer 2014.

Tickets to Crime Scene Chicago: The Next Chapter go on sale Monday, March 30. Previews are May 21-26:  Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 7 p.m., no show Monday, and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Press opening is Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. Performances run through June 21: Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. Added Industry nights are Monday, June 1 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be followed by a Town Hall Discussion co-hosted by Collaboraction community partners.

Tickets are $15-$30. For tickets and information, visit collaboraction.org or call
(312) 226-9633.

Collaboraction is located in Chicago’s historic Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Room 300, in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.

Current Collaboraction program reminders

This new installment of Crime Scene syncs up perfectly with Collaboraction’s current Let Hope Rise series, a community variety show born from Crime Scene, rotating monthly every second Saturday through July at Chicago Park District facilities in Englewood, Austin and Roger’s Park, and precedes Collaboraction’s subsequent planned Crime Scene parks tour every weekend in August.

Following are the remaining Let Hope Rise dates and locations:

March 14                       Austin Town Hall in Austin, 5601 W. Lake St.
April 11                          Loyola Park
in Rogers Park, 1230 West Greenleaf Ave.
May  9                            Hamilton Park
in Englewood, 513 West 72nd St.
June 13                          Austin Town Hall
in Austin, 5601 W. Lake St.
July 11                            Loyola Park
in Rogers Park, 1230 West Greenleaf Ave.

Each Let Hope Rise event/happening/show starts at noon with a free community meal sponsored by Connie’s Pizza. At 1 p.m., Collaboraction Artistic Director Anthony Moseley will host a fast-paced, fun and audience involved Variety Show dedicated to increasing the peace, art, love, hope and fun in Chicago.

All events feature inspirational guest performers including local theater and dance troupes, slam poets, break dance crews, drum lines, gospel choirs and more, backed by the Let Hope Rise House Band. Visit collaboraction.org for information on updates about event line-ups.

Additionally, Collaboraction has extended its current hit show Forgotten Future: The Education Project, an explosive, high-energy theatre experience that examines the dysfunction of Chicago’s education system, now playing through March 22 at the company’s home in Chicago’s historic Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Room 300.

Family of War moves to 2016

Note: To make way for Crime Scene Chicago: The Next Chapter, Collaboraction is moving to 2016 its previously announced world premiere Family of War, a new theatre piece exploring the costs of war shouldered by American veterans and their families.

Next fall’s 15th SKETCHBOOK Festival to be its last

Also, Collaboraction confirmed today its 15th Annual SKETCHBOOK Festival will be its last. However, the “premiere short play festival in the Midwest” having produced over 212 world premiere theater pieces since 2000, is going out with a blast.

The 15th and final SKETCHBOOK will reunite many of the Chicago artists who have participated over the years, including co-creators, Wesley Kimler (painter) and John Cabrera (tv and film producer/writer/actor.)

SKETCHBOOK will also return to its classic format of 16 short plays, visual arts and music, reuniting and furthering grow a diverse community of artists and audience for a grand finale bacchanal of provocative new works and immersive staging in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Collaboraction is accepting submissions of plays and devised work and is interested in proposals that explore form and unconventional staging.  Submit online at collaboraction.org. The deadline is Sunday, April 19 at 11:59 p.m. Note: SKETCHBOOK will be presented an exciting venue and on dates TBA.

About Collaboraction

Collaboraction (collaboraction.org) collaborates with artists, community leaders, health professionals and citizens from throughout the city to create original theatrical experiences that push artistic boundaries and explore critical social issues with a diverse community of Chicagoans.

For tickets and information, visit collaboraction.org or call (312) 226-9633.

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