Friday, September 24, 2010

Redmoon Reigns Supreme With The Tallest Shadow Projection Show In The City...If Not The Universe

Here's ChiIL Mama's recap of Redmoon's out of this world merger of live action, human shadow puppets, and acetate cells magnified on the facade of the MCA by old school, overhead projectors.

We loved the family centered theme, classic comic book illustrations, and stunningly large presentation.   The Astronaut's Birthday celebrates the simple joys of pancakes, laughing loud, a Dad who hunts monsters in the closet, kids who just miss their Moms, and the evil empire destroying power of a child's pure love.

We saw The Astronaut's Birthday last night and highly recommend it.   There are only 3 chances left to see it.   So call for tickets today!



SPECTACLE 2010: The Astronaut's Birthday

Thursday, Friday, & Sunday

At the Museum of Contemporary Art Plaza
7:30PM THUR: $15 7:30PM FRI & SUN: $20
Kids under 10 for $10, Kids under 3 for FREE.
call 312 850 8440 ×111,

"Redmoon Theater is why you say: 'I'm glad I live in the city!' ...they have done an absolutely amazing production! ...a story for today."
WTTW Chicago Tonight with Hedy Weiss, 09/14/10

Chris Jones recommends "Hottest Ticket" for Astronaut's Birthday
Chicago Tribune, On The Town arts section 09/17/10

"Urban bliss can come in many forms. But it would be difficult to imagine a more transcendent experience — or a more profound manifestation of the magic this city and its artists can conjure — than Redmoon Theater's new project, The Astronaut's Birthday..."
— Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"The fiercely analog Redmoon has built a major outdoor show on the back of an overhead projector and a hand-drawn comic book...The Astronaut's Birthday is an exceedingly cool idea that offers such a fresh take on public art and outdoor performance...the pleasure of sitting atop a familiar sidewalk, listening to original music, watching lines wiggle and enjoying a very distinctive show that really is made in Chicago, right before your restless eyes."
— Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"...a marvel of synchronization and ingenuity, and the production's homemade, hands-on aesthetic dovetails nicely with its humanistic moral."
— Zac Thompson, TimeOut Chicago

"...extraordinary ... an epic production."
— Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review

"... a masterful work of theatrical engineering and spectacle... astonishing."
— Shaun Manning, Comic Book Resources

"...this is typical Redmoon sorcery."
— Lawrence Bommer, Steadstyle Chicago
"If you want to see an unusual, creative, and entertaining multimedia performance, look no farther than 'The Astronaut's Birthday', an outdoor event resulting from a collaboration between Redmoon and the MCA."
— Donna Robertson, The Examiner

"The MCA-commissioned project is another hyper-ambitious effort from the endlessly imaginative Redmoon crew, world famous for site-specific spectacle theater."
— Joel Hoglund, CS Magazine

"Unlike the high-tech, high-concept space films Hollywood is churning out by the bushel, 'The Astronaut's Birthday,' which opens to launch the MCA's acclaimed performance series, is defiantly hand-made and low-tech..."
— Rachel Shteir, Wall Street Journal

"Easy to describe just isn't what Redmoon Theater is into. If this company ever came up with an event that could be summed up in a sentence, they'd scrap it and start over and make it more complicated. More spectacular. More of a scramble of the senses..."
—Collections: "What's Next!", Chicago Tribune

Gather in the plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art and be witness to an ENORMOUS STORYBOOK of EPIC ADVENTURE! Marvel as we take over the entire façade of the MCA with our collision of SCIENCE FICTION, COMIC BOOK, SPECTACLE PERFORMANCE, WILD SHADOW, SILHOUETTE PERFORMERS, AND BERSERK MUSIC! COME AND BE ASTONISHED...

The Astronaut’s Birthday is created in partnership with MCA Stage.


call 312 850 8440 ×111,



Field Museum

This Halloween, celebrate at The Field Museum with a delightful, yet spooky parade! On October 30th, the Field Museum's Stanley Field Hall will be enlivened with a performance by Chicago's signature theater company, Redmoon! Raucous performers dressed in head to toe skeleton costumes will march the hall playing bombastic music and wearing enchanting dinosaur skeleton masks.  Redmoon will perform two parades, the first at 11:30am and the second at 1:30pm. 
Free with admission.
Visit for details.
Don't miss the next chance to see Redmoon, detailed above.   They'll Bring The Field Museum to life on October 30th, with dino skeleton masks and 2 rockin' parades.

ChiIL Mama and the littles also thoroughly enJ.O.E.d ...I mean enjoyed, Redmoon's Labor Day, J.O.E. (or joyeous outdoor event) Festival on the lakefront.   CLick here for our prior Mellow
Yellow Monday post on our unique Luminarium experience.   We'll post a more comprehensive photo filled recap tomorrow.   We literally waited for hours to see The Luminarium, but our line time was full of mini Redmoon strolling performances that made the time go faster.   It was a unique, colorful experience worth the wait.

After The Luminarium, we were excited to have another chance to see Redmoon's reincarnation of last year's The Last of My Species.   Sagezilla was surprised and happy to see her former preschool teacher, Jess, from Hoyne Street Playgroup, rockin' out on guitar.   He not only played for the show, but also helped compose some of the music.   Check in tomorrow for a cuppa J.O.E. and a full photo feature.

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