Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Collaboraction has updated its renowned theatrical docudrama, Crime Scene Chicago 2015: Let Hope Rise, a reaction to Chicago's history of violent crime and a call to discover what it might take to create lasting change, and will perform it for free on Wednesday, January 21, as part of Northwestern University School of Law's D.R.E.A.M. Week (Day to Recognize the Efforts and Achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.).
For this 2015 update, show creator and Collaboraction artistic director Anthony Moseley has remixed Crime Scene to include up-to-the-minute stories of Chicago violence, coupled with nonfiction source material such as interviews, articles, social media threads and online comments to raise critical questions surrounding segregation, poverty, the news media and popular culture.
The D.R.E.A.M. Committee is an organization of Northwestern University administrators and students that coordinates lectures and programs to inform faculty, staff and students on the Chicago campus about the teachings and contributions of Dr. King. This special event is partially supported by sponsorships from Northwestern Law law firm sponsors Perkins Coie, LLP, Chapman and Cutler, LLP, and Collaboraction sponsor AV Chicago.
The world premiere of Crime Scene was universally lauded by critics when it debuted in 2013, drawing considerable attention and playing to sold-out houses at Collaboraction's Wicker Park home. The production returned as part of the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks program in 2013 and 2014 and toured to targeted neighborhoods including Englewood, Austin, Rogers Park and Bronzeville.
The upcoming one-night-only performance will be held at Northwestern Law's Thorne Auditorium, 375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a pre-show reception followed by Crime Scene at 7 p.m., and a Town Hall Discussion immediately following the 60 minute performance.
Tickets are free and can be reserved by emailing email@example.com or calling (312) 226-9633.
Readers will note that Crime Scene is recommended for ages 14 and up due to violence and mature content.
Cast of Crime Scene Chicago 2015: Let Hope Rise (photo courtesy of Collaboraction).