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Tomorrow: World Theatre Day 2010!

By Julienne Bilker in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 26, 2010 8:40PM


Right around this time last year, we had just learned about World Theatre Day. The almost-50-year-old event will be celebrated once again this Saturday, and for the second year in a row, Chicago is joining the party - and throwing one.

After the success of last year's soirée, the Chopin Theatre is once again playing gracious host, thanks to some help from The League of Chicago Theatres and viewers like you. The festivities start after the proverbial curtain comes down on the two shows currently playing at the Chopin (The House Theatre's Wilson Wants It All and Backstage Theatre Company's Orange Flower Water) - so, around 9:30pm. For the low price of ZERO DOLLARS, you'll get food, live music, international cultural exchange (via social media), $3 beer/wine specials, and this guy (Chris Piatt, former theatre editor of TimeOut, whose "live magazine" Paper Machete is supposed to be hilarious).

This year's World Theatre Day Message, authored by Dame Judy Dench, will be read prior to performances all over the globe (and/or included in programs), along with special remarks by playwright Lynn Nottage (video below), whose 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined originated at the Goodman.

Take a look at what specific plans other cities and countries have made at the World Theatre Day website or the World Theatre Day tumblr page, find a show to see Saturday night, and we'll see you at the party.

World Theatre Day celebration, 9:30pm Saturday March 27, FREE. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division.

See a video message about World Theatre day from Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage after the jump.