For each ASC production, we offer performances to school groups at subsidized ticket rates. Adventure Stage Chicago creates productions that respect the identity, intellect, and imagination of our student audience, and we strive to inspire the same in our teaching audience. We also prepare a free, online, Common Core-connected Learning Guide for each performance, which includes show context, theme questions, classroom activities, recommended resources, and more.
The Adventures of Robin Hood
A corrupt sheriff plagues the commoners of Nottingham. His skyrocketing taxes are preventing the needy from being able to feed themselves! Who will stand up to the injustices and bring hope back to the people? Follow Robin Hood and his Merry Men as they take you on a journey of action, danger, and of course, archery. This medieval legend with a modern twist places a cast of two at the center of the story, reimagining the tale with enthusiasm, tenacity, and vigor.
October 17, 18, 24, 25, 26,
November 6, 7, 8, 15, 16, 19, 20
The Stranger and the Shadow
Wren is an outsider who enters a community guarded by a strange, dark barrier. Rejected for her differences, she is treated as an outcast in school and in the streets. Soon, she discovers the town's dark secret when she befriends Gio, one of her classmates, and a shadowy creature born of her own insecurities. But when those in power find out, the trio is hunted down. Will they be able to promote change in this dystopian society, or will they be imprisoned for their actions? The Stranger and the Shadow embodies the efforts of youth activists who combat intolerance with empathy and inclusion. Drawing inspiration from the Golem of Prague and written with help from Chicago youth, the play uses actors and life size puppets to bring to life this story. The Stranger and the Shadow is part of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival.
January 18, 24, 31
February 6, 7, 8, 15
Rudy is a teenage boy who dreams of becoming a famous chef. The problem is, his schemes usually involve getting him and his younger sister, Akari, into big trouble. Their family struggles with the pressure of food insecurity in Chicago until one day Rudy and Akari discover a garden in the unlikeliest of places. Their lives are forever changed, but is it enough to turn the tables?
Fast Food Chain is written with help from Chicago students, diving into the magical realism of African folktale while showcasing the power of community and storytelling in combatting social issues.
April 24, 25, 30
May 1, 2, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17
All performances begin at 10:30am.
Groups receive ONE FREE chaperone ticket for every TEN student tickets purchased.
As a participatory arts company, ASC productions feature multiple options for audience engagement. First, each production is presented with Spanish supertitles. Additionally, we frame each performance with a Curtain Conversation, asking audiences to keep a question in mind as they watch the play and return to it after the show; and Learning Guides, including show context and arts-integrated activities, are available for educators to share with students.