"El Stories" to showcase real-life vignettes from rollicking Red Line

Using the actual words of CTA Red Line commuters, the Waltzing Mechanics troupe will bring the Red Line to life on stage at City Lit Theater starting Feb. 7.

The script is adapted from interviews with 23 commuters from across Chicago, According to the press release, “Care was taken in adaptation to preserve the actual speech patterns of
the source contributors in the script itself, and the 10-actor ensemble
prepared for performance using both interview transcripts and the
source recordings as research guides.”

This really sounds like it could be a winner — a veritable CTA Tattler on stage.

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Each performance also will feature a volunteer from the audience invited to share his or her CTA story. The volunteer “will be guided to select actors from the ensemble to fulfill that story, and will watch
as the story just shared is ‘played back’ in scene. Other audience
members who wish to share their own El stories are encouraged to remain
after the performance, when their tales may be recorded individually by
members of the company.  Collected stories may be used for further
productions as El Stories continues to document the living history of
Chicagoans’ intracity transit through performance.”

Ohhhh, don’t get me started. I have seven years worth of material from this blog.

Performances start at 8 pm and will run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from Feb. 7 through Feb. 23 at City Lit Theatre, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, about a block from the Bryn Mawr Red Line station. Tickets cost $10 and are available in advance.

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  • Kevin,

    Looks like the orange line slow zones were all removed. Any word on the fix for the signals?

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