Volunteer and See Some Free Chicago Theater

FREE THEATER: Would you like to see some Chicago Theater shows for free? Well most of Chicago’s small-to-medium-sized theaters use volunteer ushers who show up a little early to hand out programs and then get to see plays for free. A nonprofit group called the Saints organizes a lot of this, and charges a $65 annual membership fee. If you would like to join the Saints, you can apply right now, on-line! Click here to join and the Sign Up wizard walks you through the sign-up process.

The 2009 Free Night of Theater is Coming October 15

The Free Night of Theater program is celebrating its 5th anniversary on October 15, 2009 and they will be giving away more than 75,000 free theater tickets in more than 120 cities, including free theater ticket sin Chicago.. You can’t get them yet, but check back here closer to the date for details on which theater groups are participating in Chicago & to claim your free seats.

Free Parking at New Provision Theater

Do you love to go to dinner and professional theater in Chicago but hate to drop $20 on parking? Well, after 4 years of excellent productions and 6 Jeff nominations, Provision Theater Company has moved into its new permanent theater space at 1001 W. Randolph near UIC, that has 75 spaces of free parking! and will officially open its new home on September 12th as it begins a run of Harry Chapin’s Cotton Patch Gospel.

Free Movie Screening: Argentina’s “The Other” – August 12

Come to the Chicago Cultural Center on August 12 to see a free movie screening of “The Other”. Argentina has a major history of film production, and the last decade has brought an upsurge of notable movies thanks to a new generation of independent filmmakers. This free movie is presented by The Consulate General of the Argentine Republic, the Chicago Cultural Center and Cinema/Chicago.

Free Chicago Children’s Theatre Play – August 16, 23, 30

A great free treat for the kids! If you are looking for free things to do in Chicago with your kids before they head back to school, head down any of the next three Sundays to The Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millemium Park to see the Chicago Children’s Theatre’s acclaimed free production of “The Selfish Giant” based on a story by Oscar Wilde. Millennium Park hosts the free play for children on the Sundays in August as original puppets and music tell the story of a giant who bars village children from frolicking in his garden. The garden sinks into eternal winter and it is the children who sneak back into the garden, and bring with them the joyous rebirth of spring.

Learn From Chicago Theater Directors at Free Discussion – July 27

This free DirectorsLab Chicago moderated discussion on July 27 brings a frank and in-depth conversation with some of the city’s most prominent stage directors as they discuss their varied approaches to their work. Discussion will be moderated by Mark Sutton (The Annoyance Theatre and Artistic Director, Chicago Improv Festival). Panelists will include Henry Godinez (Artistic Associate, Goodman Theatre), Charlie Newell (Artistic Director, Court Theatre), Mick Napier (Artistic Director, The Annoyance Theatre), Ron OJ Parson (Resident Artist, Court Theatre) and John Sparks (Artistic Director, Theatre Building Chicago/New Musical Program).

Free Theater: Shakespeare in the Park July 25-26

Free Theater! Purple Bench Productions is mounting a decent free outdoor production of Romeo and Juliet on July 25-26 in Lake Shore Park. Chicago becomes Verona in this version of Romeo and Juliet, adapted from the original Shakespeare folio text and directed by Matthew Zaradich, with co-direction from Emily O’Neill. Purple Bench is proud to provide this production free of charge to the city of Chicago, with the help of funding from Friends of the Parks, a foundation working to improve Chicago’s parks since 1975.

Provision Theater’s Open House Fundraiser – June 12

Provision Theater Company, is hosting an Open House benefit on June 12 to showcase their new facility, a 200-seat theater complex at 1001 W. Roosevelt. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for refreshments and tours,with a special performance by some of Chicago best actors and actresses at 7:30 pm. The evening will end with a live auction and full reception at 8:30 pm. The fundraiser event is open to the public and tickets are $50. Plus, there is free parking at the facility. (yoo hoo! — a rarity in Chicago).