Photo Courtesy of Journey For the Sun initial 2021 producers, presenters, and directors: The Actors Gymnasium (Evanston), Sylvia Hernandez, Kasey Foster, and Lindsey Noel Whiting.
Cabinet of Curiosity, the Chicago-based theater and events company, presents their first annual pageant The Icicle Picnic. This year’s inaugural family-friendly production Journey for the Sun features live music, beat boxing, giant puppets, ridiculous devices, and transforming sets to tell the story of two brothers who embark on a mythological journey to save the earth from an exploding sun. Inspired by the absurd low budget science-fiction films from the 1950s and cartoons of the 60s, Journey for the Sun celebrates coming together across differences while encountering Little Green Men, asteroid showers, space monkeys, giant robots, and more along the way.
5 NIGHTS ONLY, 11 PERFORMANCES
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 AT 7:30PM
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 AT 7:30PM
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 AT 7:30PM
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 AT 1:00PM, 3:00PM, AND 7:30PM
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 AT 1:00PM, 3:00PM, AND 7:30PM
1543 West Division Street, Chicago
$25 adult / $15 youth (18 and under)
5 and under FREE
The production kicks off an innovative model for Cabinet of Curiosity where professional actors and artists provide mentorship to emerging artists.
Journey for the Sun is written by veteran Chicago playwright and adapter Seth Bockley and collaboratively directed by Frank Maugeri, Sadie Rose Glaspey, Michelle Billingsley, Alexandra Plattos Sulack, and Yuri Lane.
Seasoned actor and tap dancer Time Brickey leads the first-time Pageant ensemble of young performers, including Avie June Schubert, Selah Herrera Helphand, Delilah Lane, and Theo Maciukenas.
“A CABINET OF CURIOSITY SHOW IS WORTH SEEING AND WORTH SUPPORTING”
— Sandro Miller, Photographer
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Showcasing the delightful craft of pageantry, live cartoon, and intimate spectacle, Journey for the Sun is an imaginative devised theater work that follows two brothers, Clem and Buster (Michelle Billingsley and Sadie Roz Glaspey), who run a declining drive-in movie theatre in small town Indiana. Along with their new employee the Cow (Alexandra Plattos Sulack) and the drive-in’s Popcorn machine (Yuri Lane), the brothers receive a strange transmission from outer space that sets off a whirlwind mission to save the planet. Inspired by the absurd low budget science-fiction films from the 1950s and cartoons of the 60s, Journey for the Sun protagonists must prevent the earth’s overheating and destruction, encountering Little Green Men, asteroid showers, space monkeys, giant robots, and more along the way.
In The Icicle Picnic: Journey for the Sun, Cabinet of Curiosity’s Artistic Director Frank Maugeri returns to a theatrical form he crafted during his 25-year tenure at Redmoon Theater, the “Pageant.” Journey for the Sun was originally created and presented in association with Sylvia Hernandez Distasi, Lindsey Noel Whiting, and Kasey Foster at the Actors Gymnasium. For this new edition, Maugeri brings together new artists, designers, engineers, and social innovators to revise the timely story about hope, fearlessness, and the power of community.
Designed as a relief from Chicago’s dark winter weather, the immersive production features sets and props by Caitlin McCloud, video projections and shadow performance by Liviu Pesare, and sound effects by Yuri Lane. Cabinet of Curiosity invites families for interactive post-show opportunities to learn how prop devices and contraptions were developed by the creative team.