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A vanished hometown history

Hastings Street in the Black Bottom/Paradise Valley neighborhood during the 1950s, and then in the 1960s after construction of the I-75/I-375 highways. My parents were born and raised in Detroit. I went to school in the city and grew up in a suburb on its northern border. Though I’ve called Chicago home for the last 26 years, I will always be deeply influenced by my Detroit roots. But I’m less proud to admit that prior ...
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An interview with Orbert Davis

During rehearsals, dramaturg Jared Bellot (JB) caught up with renowned jazz musician Orbert Davis (OD), who composed and recorded the original music for Paradise Blue, to ask about his 30-year career, his approach to working on the play, and the power of jazz. JB: What ...
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“There’s your theatre company”

A historic page from Nick Bowling’s journal. I’ve been cleaning a lot the past few weeks and I came by this journal that my friend Audrey Wasilewski gave me for my birthday in 1995. It’s a record of the unofficial first meeting of TimeLine. It ...
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“Acting It Out” on sale now!

For more than 10 years, TimeLine has been stepping off the stage and into the classroom with its Living History Education Program. Led by founding Company Member and Director of Education Juliet Hart, Living History’s teaching artists collaborate with classroom teachers to create lesson plans ...
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Playwrights Collective Spotlight: Emily Dendinger

The Grand Illusion Show, or the Lady Magician Play Even in this day and age, we don’t have enough stories on stage about ambitious women actively seeking out the life they want, regardless of the obstacles in their way. 2013-2016 Playwrights Collective, Emily Dendinger For ...
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Playwrights Collective Spotlight: Frances Limoncelli

The Sweet Everlasting How and when to speak out against racial injustice is difficult to navigate, making many of us fearful of saying the wrong thing. But to stay silent is to tacitly approve of these outrages. 2013-2016 Playwrights Collective, Frances Limoncelli. For three years, a small group of playwrights worked with TimeLine Literary Manager Ben Thiem in a series of meetings, workshops and readings to develop a new play from start to finish. We ...
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Playwrights Collective Spotlight: Alice Austen

Bolshoi Since the end of the Cold War, never has it been more important to have an understanding of Russia and the Russian mentality. Finding common ground and re-establishing communication with Russia through art, through our shared interests and histories, could be the most important ...
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Playwrights Collective Spotlight: Brett Neveu

The Evolution of an Idea 2013-2016 Playwrights Collective, Brett Neveu TimeLine let our imaginations run wild and the results gave me the courage to blow the play up and out in the best ways possible. For three years, a small group of playwrights worked with ...
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Announcing the 2017-2018 Season

For the past 20 years, TimeLine has brought you inspiring, captivating, and groundbreaking work igniting conversations about our place in history. We are incredibly proud to be continuing that trend with our 21st season. This spectacular season will feature two Chicago premieres, a new TimeLine production of a ...
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Playwrights Collective Spotlight: Susan McLaughlin Karp

Much Ado about the Mitfords You could say they were kind of like the Kennedys and also the Kardashians—but that wouldn’t quite paint the picture. Not by a long shot. 2013-2016 Playwrights Collective, Susan McLaughlin Karp For three years, a small group of playwrights worked ...
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