Special Events

The Arts Circle Presents:
Ayad Akhtar & Kimberly Senior in conversation
Presented in partnership with the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Monday, November 7 at 7:00PM
Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ayad Akhtar in conversation with Jeff-award winning director Kimberly Senior.  Akhtar's new play JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt takes us back to the hotbed of the ‘80s and offers an origin story for the world that finance has given us. The talk will be illustrated with scenes from the play, performed by theatre students and directed by Kimberly Senior. They will discuss the issues in this work and refer to their collaboration on the Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced, looking at people’s indebtedness to their family histories and inherited identities and the pull between countries of origin and countries of citizenship.

Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, playwright, actor and screen writer whose work addresses the identity politics of belonging and acceptance.

Kimberly Senior is the recipient of the 2016 Special Jeff Award for her Chicago career achievements as a trail blazer, champion, and role model for emerging artists. In addition to her stellar directing career, Kimberly has won recognition for her work in theatre education programs and work with young adults.

Free and open to the public


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MACBETH - A Staged Reading

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Kathryn Walsh

Friday, November 11 at 7:00PM
Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive
Presented in collaboration with One Book, One Northwestern

In the 2016 One Book, One Northwestern book selection “Signal and the Noise,” author Nate Silver unpacks our obsession with predicting the future, and gives us a number of examples of how we often fail, despite our best knowledge and intentions.  Similarly in Macbeth, Shakespeare gives us another view of that obsession. With their perspective warped by their desires, the Macbeths imagine they can see ahead clearly.  What we have in Macbeth is a great tragedy of confirmation bias and the horrible consequences of believing too strongly in the power of prediction.  Join us for a special staged reading of this classic Shakespearian drama performed by Northwestern students.

Free and open to the public


Evanston Dance Ensemble presents
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive

When the Evanston Dance Ensemble (EDE) first premiered its original story ballet adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s classic novel, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005, EDE founder and artistic director Béa Rashid referred to the show as “our alternative to The Nutcracker.” Much like that famous ballet, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has become EDE’s signature holiday performance, drawing audiences from throughout the Chicagoland area. With dancing snowflakes, leaping fauns, waltzing flowers, and animals prancing out a holiday polka, the production is a holiday feast for the whole family.

Thursday December 8 at 7:00PM Friday December 9 at 7:00PM
Saturday December 10 at 1:00 and 4:00PM
Sunday December 11 at 1:00 and 4:00PM

Tickets go on sale October 15
Prices: $24 Adults
$16 Children, Students & Seniors
$15 for Thursday, December 8 (All Seats)