Jamie Alexander
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A Thanksgiving Thank You, Chicago-style

Each Thanksgiving, all of us at JCA Arts Marketing are thankful for our clients. We’re not only thankful for the gift of being a small part of the work you do, but also for the gifts that you constantly give to our communities.

As a resident of Chicago, I had the opportunity to see several recent performances produced by our clients in this city. Let me say, I am stunned by the gifts these cultural organizations have given to the people of Chicago this year. They took risks, illuminated seldom-seen perspectives, and brought us cheer.

Here’s just a glimpse at what our clients gave Chicago audiences within the past month:

  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company brought an incredibly difficult, yet important, topic to the stage. Downstate made many of us question our assumptions about sex offenders, and their punishments, and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick.
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago brought us the third opera in Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle: Siegfried. With incredible stage magic and world-class singers, Chicago audiences got to witness the pinnacle of operatic glory and allegory. The company also brought two other fantastic productions from the opera cannon to the Chicago stage: Il Travatore and La Boheme (probably the best Boheme I have seen).  
  • Victory Gardens brought us the work of a Chicago favorite, playwright Ike Holter, who Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones calls “the tiptop of Chicago’s most poetic and knowing young writers.” His new play called Rightlynd explores idealism vs corruption in Chicago neighborhoods.
  • Goodman Theatre continues to bring families together and expose the next generation to the magic of theatre through its glorious production of A Christmas Carol.
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) brought us Music Director Riccardo Muti (who is considered the world’s foremost conductor of Verdi’s works) conducting Verdi’s Requiem. The symphony also brought to the stage Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert No 1, Star Wars in Concert, and the Vienna Boys Choir… which represent just a small selection of the organization’s performances in the past month.
  • Lookingglass Theatre brought us The Steadfast Tin Soldier directed by the legendary Mary Zimmerman, from the story by Hans Christian Andersen.
  • Writers Theatre showcased the Faustian tale of Witch with Audrey Francis and Ryan Hallahan (two of my favorite Chicago actors), and William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

On top of these incredible performances, the city also launched a new initiative that showcases the original, world-class, sometimes gritty, and always thought-provoking theatre that comes out of Chicago: Year of Chicago Theatre

Thank you, to our clients in Chicago and around the country, for the work that you do. You elevate our lives and our culture, and your mark on our community is indelible. It’s an honor to work with you.

Happy Thanksgiving!