THE NEW COLONY RAMPS UP TO THE BEAR SUIT OF HAPPINESS WITH TWO STIMULATING EVENTS!

THE NEW COLONY RAMPS UP TO THE BEAR SUIT OF HAPPINESS WITH TWO STIMULATING EVENTS!

In order to continue strengthening the world of The Bear Suit of Happiness, The New Colony will play host to two public events in service to this world premiere play and its themes.

Created through The New Colony’s unique devised process of improvisation and character workshops, The Bear Suit of Happiness takes place in 1943 and follows Woody, a young gay American, who enlists in the army. After being shipped out to a remote Pacific Island, he is given an order: “Put up a show to entertain the
men. Keep it simple. Needs music. And they like drag.” Woody becomes a one-man war. He fights to write a show worthy of his fellows’ last laughs. Torn between fantasy and reality, his silly camp show grows to be a dream of an impossibly hospitable world. Theatre of war and theatre of the mind play out together on Woody’s little stage as he battles to build an identity and to be free.

Event 1
Public Reading of The Bear Suit of Happiness
Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 7:30 pm
Dank Haus, 6th Floor ? 4740 North Western Avenue, Chicago, 60625
FREE

The New Colony opens the doors on its devised work process and invites
audience members to come hear the current draft of this world premiere
play as read by the actors. Following the reading The New Colony’s
artistic staff will solicit feedback from those in attendance in order to
inform changes to the script before opening night. Admission is free and
beer will be available before the reading begins at no cost. Press is
invited to attend for a first look at this world premiere project, though we
kindly ask that you refrain from reviewing the show until opening night.

Event 2
Do Ask, Do Tell
Thursday, February 7, 2013, 7 ? 10 pm
Dank Haus, 6th Floor ? 4740 North Western Avenue, Chicago, 60625
FREE
PRESENTED BY: The New Colony and Pride Films and Plays
SPONSORED BY: The Qu.co

For one night only, the community is invited to join The New Colony and
Pride Films and Plays at Do Ask, Do Tell as they explore Queer history in
World War II and the military through their upcoming world premiere
productions of The Bear Suit of Happiness and Under A Rainbow Flag.
Get a sneak peek at both shows, take part in a panel discussion
examining these themes, and experience the transformation of drag.
Hosted by The Qu.co’s Tony Soto.

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