Current Season



September 16-17, 2016
November 4-5, 2016
An old man returns a violin to Northwestern Settlement. Ms. Harriet Vittum lent it to him 80 years earlier, with the promise that he bring it back when he was done. With original music and lyrics inspired by Chicago’s cultural traditions, Reprise follows an immigrant story as we discover what he did with the instrument all those years, how he knew he was finished, and what it meant to keep his promise. The only U.S. company commissioned to participate in the National Theatre of Scotland’s Home Away Festival, ASC will tell the story of this decades-long community connection during a limited 2-day engagement.



January 21 - 23, 2017
What's more surprising than a plastic-bag-world, where funny and colorful creatures appear and transform? They meet, fill up, empty out. They fly, they fight, they eat each other. And they even resemble us a little bit... maybe? With Plastique, Théâtre Puzzle brings to ASC a multicolored performance with unusual puppets, humor, and unexpected situations.
Part of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

January 27-28
Dive into a world of wonder as ASC presents The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Left by his master to complete a list of chores, the apprentice calls on spirits to help. Using magic he can't control, the young hero unleashes a flurry of whimsy and mystery!  With masterful marionette puppetry and an original score, Minneapolis-based Open Eye Figure Theatre explores youth and aging, the allure of power, and the beauty of a life well-lived.
A co-presentation with the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

Six Stories Tall

March 24 – April 29, 2017
Drums and DJs. Monsters and mysteries. Victory. Join a legion of young heroes battling villains, saving the underdog, and once again making dreams come true in Six Stories Tall. ASC revives its electrifying 2012 production before embarking on its first-ever national tour.  Influenced by comic books, video games, hip hop, and Latino folklore, this collection of vignettes celebrates youth as everyday heroes taking us on a thrilling, heartfelt journey.
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Turn the Page

May 5-6, 2017
How do we know when we are truly healed?
How do we know when we are truly healed?
A magical book transports our young artists and their mentors on a journey through time—to World War II and the Civil Rights movement—exploring grief and our struggles to communicate and ask for help.Join us as ASC’s Vittum Trailblazers take the stage this spring with another originally-devised show. Tickets are FREE.
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Special Events

To help us create and tell heroic stories for youth, ASC hosts a variety of events throughout the year, both on and off the stage. Learn More

Curtain Conversations

As a participatory arts company, we start every performance with a question for the audience. We ask them to keep that question in mind as they watch the show. We return to the question afterwards, allowing students, teachers and parents to share observations and draw connections to their own lives.


Youth (14 or younger): $12
Adults: $17
Groups (10 or more): $10 per ticket

Tickets can be purchased online, in person, or by calling 773-342-4141
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