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Chicago’s Step Up Productions is continuing its 2014-15 season with the return of the wildly popular HoliDaze, a hilarious and heartwarming line-up of original holiday-themed short works by Kristiana Rae Colón, Dana Lynn Formby, Aline Lathrop, Steven Peterson, Joshua Rollins and Steve Simoncic. Now playing through December 21 at Chicago Dramatists, this series of original one-acts showcases the crazy, zany, dysfunctional chaos of the holiday season. Twelve talented playwrights and directors put relationships, family and friends in the holiday pressure cooker for an unforgettable evening.  

Among the works on tap for this year’s show are Lunch Box Love, written by Steve Simoncic. It’s a story about that everyday, punch-the-clock-and-pack-a-lunch kind of love that’s imperfect and imprecise, yet still somehow manages to find a little glitter in the rubble of everyday life. Also in the lineup is Perfect Space by Joshua Rollins. Here, actor Daniel Radcliffe, of Harry Potter fame, encounters two very different kinds of “fans” while rehearsing for an upcoming stage play and is suddenly faced with questions that confront loneliness, identity, magic, insecurity about one’s place in this world and licorice (yes, licorice).            

Throughout the HoliDaze run, Step Up Productions will be collecting donations of new hats, glove, coats and scarves for Make It Better Foundation’s annual Warming Hearts & Hands program. Proceeds from HoliDaze will also help provide counseling for Seasonal Affective Disorder through Dr. Jacqueline Duke, PsyD, LLC.  As part of its mission, Step Up Productions donates a portion of its proceeds to organizations in and around Chicago that support issues often highlighted in its productions.  

For more information about this year’s production or for tickets  www.stepupproductions.org or call (312) 316-8355.  

(L-R) Alicia Ciuffini and Anthony Venturini in Lunch Box Love by Steven Simoncic, directed by Kacie Smith, part of Step Up Productions’ 2nd annual HoliDaze (photo by Liz Lauren).

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Quirky and Heartwarming HoliDaze Returns to Step Up Productions

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