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Chicago Theatre Season During Covid19 -

Theatre During COVID-19:

Live Theatre during the Pandemic Adapts, Continues

Published September 2020


Since early 2020 theatres have been shuttered. Besides the serious cultural loss that our community faces when a theatre closes, even for a season, there are real human impacts as well. Actors who rely on Guild Insurance have found themselves without work and healthcare. Jobs conducive to part-time or supplemental income work, such as the restaurant and hotel industry, are not available as a lifeline to those out of work in the front or back of house during theatre closures.


In difficult times the theatre can transport us to a different place and time. We can be a different person or on a different planet.


Happily, there are fall theatre performances that keep our community’s health and safety as a priority. BYOP: bring your own popcorn!


Online Shows


Leo Lionni’s Frederick

Produced by Chicago Children’s Theatre




Produced by Porchlight Music Theatre

Tickets (Free):


The Pursuit of Happiness Cabaret

Produced by BoHo Theatre

Tickets (Free):


Ryan Opera Center at Home

Produced by Lyric Opera of Chicago

Tickets (Free):


Stateville Voices

Produced by the Goodman Theatre and Northwestern Prison Education Program

Tickets (Free):



Produced by the Trap Door Theatre



The International Voices Project 2020 Virtual Festival

Produced by the International Voices Project

Tickets (Free):



Produced by the Albany Park Theater Project

Tickets (Free):


Sunset 1919

Produced by Lookingglass Theatre Company

Tickets (Free):


My Magic Breath

Produced by Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Children’s Theatre

Tickets (Free): v


Pride and Prejudice: A Virtual Play

Produced by Lifeline Theatre



Closet Play: A Benefit Concert

This is one of four plays available online as part of REIGNITE!

Produced by PrideArts (formerly Pride Films and Plays)



Half Hour Theatre Podcast

Produced by Steppenwolf Theatre

Tickets (Free):



Outdoor and Drive-in Shows


Destinos al Aire Outdoor Social Distance Film Festival

Produced by The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA)


Currently Sold Out


Under the Stars with Handbag: A Drive-In Festival

Produced by Hell in a Handbag



Drive-In Theatre: Beatrix Potter and Friends

Produced by Chicago Children’s Theatre


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