"Defying Gravity" – A cabaret performance to promote equality and civil rights



322 W. Armitage


JANUARY 12, 2009

On Monday, January 12, cast members from the four North American companies of WICKED will host DEFYING INEQUALITY, a special evening of benefit cabaret performances promoting equality and civil rights.

In Chicago, the event will feature cast members of the Chicago companies of WICKED and Jersey Boys, cast members from the National Tour of Grease, members of Second City, and other special guests. The even will be held at Park West, starting at 8pm. A silent and live auction will consist of memorabilia from Broadway musicals and Broadway In Chicago shows, gift certificates to area bars and restaurants and other one-of-a-kind items. Held simultaneously in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Louisville and featuring cast members from WICKED as well as special guest performers, these special one-night only events will benefit Empire State Pride Agenda, Equality California, Garden State Equality and Vermont Freedom to Marry, four charitable organizations working to legislate equality and protect civil rights for the gay and lesbian community. All proceeds will be distributed evenly among the four organizations.

Each of the DEFYING INEQUALITY events will feature different musical performances that support WICKED’S theme of acceptance and illuminate the musical’s message that people should not be judged on first impressions. Performing on their night off from the musical hit, the WICKED cast members and musicians from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Louisville will be joined by local theatre performers who also recognize that in these divisive times we must come together to support one another’s rights throughout the country and around the world.


Experience the magic of Wicker Park Nights

Revolution Theatre Company of Chicago Experience the dynamic spirit, the magic, underlying essence that makes Wicker Park a destination!  Wicker Park Nights features poets, dancers, rock, opera and hip-hop musicians, painters, architects, actors, photographers & more all make intense 15 minute presentations.  Even more intriguing are the unique collaborations between these  artists: hip-hop with opera, architect with painter, viedo artist with photographer and so on.  The combinations produce new ideas, new sparks.


January 16 line up:    Joel MAXINE, Jr, Lady Death, Jennifer Hjelmberg, Nguyen Nguyen, Kevin Coval, Louder Than A Bomb, Jon Shaft, CODA dancers, Quiana, Jerusalem Singleton, Genesis Ensemble, BVax, Koku, Mike Hari, Tasner Harold, White Devil, London Bridgez, Neak, Edwin Garcia, Jus Love, Zamora, Scot Stewart & more

January 23 line up:  Baltazar Castillo, Baltazar/Nguyen collaboration, Mallace Finn, Katie Spencer, Flow Johnson, Jason Bowen, Katherine Darnstadt, Carenting, Greg Zimmerman, Unconceal, Shauna Castonguay, clover Dee, A Wu Li Conspiracy, Max Krucoff Sextet, Jason Vigil, Saunce, Chris Knight, Quinton Westmoreland, Wade Wittscheck, Jaik Willis, Kelly Strycker, Dwayne Richardson & more, links to follow.

MichaelMcDermott January 30 line up:  Mick Luter, Michael McDermott, Culture Shock dancers, Scott Kladke, Revolution Theatre Group, Big Splashes, Matthew Logan, Brandon Avery Smith, charlotte’s Nightmare, Heather Marie Vernon, Chicago Tribe, John-Frankin Dandridge, Saniqua Thomson/key-I-emit, Lea Grover, Lauren Parets, Chelcie. Porter, Dan Lawrence, James Beckman & more, links to follow.

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