Northwestern’s winter performance season offers new ways to delight audiences

The Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts and the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University announce the virtual performance lineup for Dec. 9, 2020, to April 11, 2021. Online productions include a cyberpunk drama that raises questions about identity in the digital age; a video album filmed in Chicago featuring songs by Salzman and Cunningham; Imagine U’s adaptation of the story “Tomás and the Library Lady” and three offerings from the “Visions and Voices” Black playwright reading series.

Tickets are on sale now on the Wirtz Center website.

“We have learned much from the fall about how to adapt to our current circumstances and produce work safely and virtually,” said Al Heartley, managing director of the Wirtz Center. “Our broad winter lineup continues to expand on opportunities for our students and explore new ways to delight audiences with quality productions.”

The winter lineup is as follows:

Streaming Dec. 9, 10 and 12 is the Alpha Phase run of “[re: CLICK],” a cyberpunk drama for the #MeToo era. The streaming event is the first test run of a co-production between the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern and the University of California, Davis department of theatre and dance. The show will be performed by undergraduate students from both schools through a special website created by Northwestern alumna Jackie Fox (MFA ’20). Viewers can choose from various portals on the show’s homepage, which alter the storytelling perspective for each patron.

“[Re: CLICK]” follows a hacktivist named Fresh, who turns industrial espionage into high art. Based on the play “Click” by Jacqueline Goldfinger – this story of trauma, transformation and reclaiming who you are – is adapted, directed and co-produced by Roger Ellis, assistant professor of theatre at Northwestern and Margaret Laurena Kemp, associate professor of theatre and dance at UC Davis, and features original music by UC Davis alumni Richard Chowenhill and Ramteen Sazegari. The creative team will continue to develop and expand the world of “[re: CLICK]” with a yet-to-be announced Beta Phase production in 2021.

Note: “[re: CLICK]” contains strong language and emotionally charged material around the topics of sexual assault, sexual violence and suicidal ideation.

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