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‘50 In 50’: Free Street Theater To Stage Performances In Every Ward This Weekend

Small teams will perform takes on what it means to survive in Chicago and create a “just and joyous” city.

Free Street Theater will stage pop-up performances in all 50 of the city's wards Sunday.
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CHCAGO — A citywide theatrical production is coming to your ward — and every other ward in Chicago.

Free Street Theater is staging pop-up performances across the city Sunday in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding, according to a press release.

Small teams will perform their takes on what it means to survive in Chicago and create a “just and joyous” city, according to the release. The teams are led by 10 theater artists from across Chicago.

The schedule and locations of Sunday’s performances can be found here.

“This event is indicative of the core philosophy put forth by our founder, Patrick Henry,” artistic director Coya Paz said.

“He wanted Free Street Theater to be exactly what its name suggests: free performances, presented in public untraditional spaces, performed by paid performers, addressing issues that impact the lives of the community.”

Free Street was founded in 1969 in the wake of the 1968 riots, according to its website, with the hope that theater could invite the city together. The company uses a pay-what-you-can approach for performances so all members of the community can experience the plays.

Credit: Free Street Theater

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