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My name is Gary Zidek. Welcome to The Arts Section. Tune into the radio program every Sunday morning on WDCB 90.9 & 90.7 FM or listen to it online here. I'll be showcasing a variety of arts & entertainment, as well as.highlighting some creative ideas.

Inspired By Paris' Catacombs, Chicago Theater Artist Crafts Immersive Work

Inspired By Paris' Catacombs, Chicago Theater Artist Crafts Immersive Work

WDCB’s Gary Zidek catches up with Ann Kreitman, the co-artistic director of (re)discover theatre and creator of the new immersive production, LES INNOCENTS/THE INNOCENTS.

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“I see a lot of a lot of queer stories that cast us as the tragic hero. And I’m not the tragic hero, I’m more interesting than that. I think we have a right, as gay people, to tell the stories of our failed relationships.” - Ann Kreitman, creator of Les Innocents/The Innocents.

 Ann Kreitman, co-artistic director of (re)discover theatre.

Ann Kreitman, co-artistic director of (re)discover theatre.

A mythical concert that took place seven stories beneath the streets of Paris over 120 years ago is the inspiration for a new immersive theater production that just opened in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. (re)discover theatre’s new production will take audiences inside the Paris catacombs for a queer thriller titled LES INNOCENTS/THE INNOCENTS.

 Emilie Modaff as Gui (center) with the cast of  Les Innocents/The Innocents.  Photo credit   Sally Blood

Emilie Modaff as Gui (center) with the cast of Les Innocents/The Innocents. Photo credit Sally Blood

She received an artist grant from Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to create the production, which is set underneath Paris. Kreitman was inspired to create this immersive theater experience after touring the Catacombs a few years ago and learning of a concert that took place there in 1897.

 A (re)discover theatre staff member painting skulls at The Preston Bradley Center

A (re)discover theatre staff member painting skulls at The Preston Bradley Center

A look inside The Preston Bradley Center as (re)discover theatre prepared to open LES INNOCENTS/THE INNOCENTS

 Skulls!

Skulls!

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A Conversation With Composer Missy Mazzoli

A Conversation With Composer Missy Mazzoli

The Dueling Critics Review Steppenwolf Theatre's Provocative DOWNSTATE

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