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Experience the gratitude

She say when each of her boys came of age, she take ‘em to Old Hickory Lake.  Then say, ‘Pick a rock.’ And none of them know why, but she just tell ‘em, ‘Pick a rock, boy.’ And they did. And she say, ‘That’s your rock. You put it in your pocket and take it with you wherever you go. Don’t never let it loose.  Never. And whenever you mad you stepped in a puddle ...
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Surveying the experts: YOU

Earlier this year, when hopes about rapidly containing the pandemic were high, we updated our subscribers and audience members to let everyone know about our prospective plans. We didn’t have shows or dates to announce, but rather a promise and a commitment to our values:  ...
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Living History in a time of ‘squares’

Since 2006, TimeLine has been bringing its mission to Chicago Public Schools via the Living History Education Program. Over six to 13 in-classroom sessions, students are empowered to explore the connections between their own lives, TimeLine’s plays, and history. The plays in our season are ...
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Everyone’s history

If you explored our newest Strategic Plan in September’s Behind the ‘Line post, you saw that one of our Primary Excellence Goals (PEG) is “Everyone’s History.” While this PEG has been a formal part of our strategic plans since 2017, diversity, inclusion, and community-focused programming ...
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Dear TimeLine, What Does Voting Mean To You?

In honor of this year’s presidential election, we reached out to TimeLine company, associate artists, board, and staff to ask about their views on voting. We asked them three questions: What was your first memory involving voting? What can you remember about the first time ...
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Your CAMPAIGNS, INC. Reading List

Looking for your next read? Complement our Campaigns, Inc. public programs with this book list, curated and described by playwright Will Allan. The Lie Factory Jill Lepore “The Lie Factory is the piece that started it all for me. A filmmaker friend of mine, Gregory Kennedy, showed me this piece in 2012 and I was hooked. Here we have two virtually unknown people who almost single-handedly changed the landscape of American politics forever. This piece ...
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Your RELENTLESS Watch List

Looking for your next binge watch? Complement our Relentless public programs with this recommended media list, curated by playwright Tyla Abercrumbie and compiled with commentary by dramaturg Katie Jacobsen.  Beah Richards: A Black Woman Speaks on White Womanhood Actress, poet, and political activist Beah Richards ...
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Your RELENTLESS Reading List

Looking for your next read? Complement our Relentless public programs with this book list, curated by playwright Tyla Abercrumbie and compiled with commentary by dramaturg Katie Jacobsen. They Were Her Property Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers Stephanie Jones-Rodgers pens an important and bold argument, bringing to light ...
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Recommendations to raise a glass to RELENTLESS!

In honor of Relentless and its character Franklin (a winemaker), TimeLine partnered with Lakeview East’s BottlesUp! for a super fun Take Home Wine Tasting! (Weren’t able to join us? You can still learn about the featured wines through this video of the Zoom gathering!). Now, raise ...
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Setting the stage

As we head into fall, go Behind the ‘Line with this reflection on recent happenings at TimeLine, including our online programs celebrating Relentless and Campaigns, Inc.; a multi-week exploration of The New York Times’ “1619 Project” through our weekly staff LunchGroup; and a new landlord ...
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