What Does It Mean To Be A Hero?
Inspired by Hispanic folklore, SIX STORIES TALL is a storytelling spectacle unlike anything ever seen on our stage. Featuring a live DJ and incorporating a unique mix of narrative influences including comic books, video games, hip-hop music and mythology, the six fantastical tales that comprise this remarkable play create a thrilling, heartfelt journey that families will not soon forget. Recommended for ages 8 and older (grades 3 and above).
To download production photos, please visit www.adventurestage.org/
SIX STORIES TALL is a play of six stories commissioned by Washington D.C.’s The Kennedy Center, where it made its premiere in October 2008 under the title Mermaids, Monsters and the World Painted Purple and was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play. One of the stories in the play, “I Am Not Batman,” was part of the 2007 Humana Festival and won the Heideman Award for Best 10-Minute Play before being incorporated into the complete script of Mermaids, Monsters and the World Painted Purple. This Adventure Stage Chicago production marks only the second time the complete play has been staged, and the first time under its new title SIX STORIES TALL: a play about mermaids, monsters and spray paint!
Tom Arvetis (Director/ASC Producing Artistic Director) says of the play: “The gift that Marco Ramirez has given us with SIX STORIES TALL is the joy derived from the power of youthful imagination and the conceit that young people can be superheroes, guardians and saviors. Through six uniquely wrought adventures we see a boy save a mermaid, a girl defeat the devil at the crossroads, another boy become Batman, another girl defeat a legendary monster relying on video game skills, a boy and a girl invent a musical language together, and a boy express his love for his grandfather by literally changing the world.“
Thu, Nov. 8 | Fri, Nov. 9
Weekday Education Matinees: 10:30am (also open to general public)
Tue, Nov. 13 | Thu, Nov. 15 | Tue, Nov. 20 | Tue, Nov. 27 | Thu, Nov. 29 | Tue, Dec. 4 | Thu, Dec. 6 | Tue, Dec. 11 | Wed, Dec. 12 | Thu, Dec. 13
Weekend Evenings: 7:30pm
Fri, Nov. 16 | Fri, Nov. 23 | Sat, Nov. 24 | Fri, Nov 30 | Sat, Dec. 1 | Fri, Dec. 7 | Sat, Dec. 8
Weekend Matinees: 4:00pm
Sat, Nov. 10 | Sat, Nov. 17 | Sat, Nov. 24 | Sat, Dec. 1 | Sat, Dec. 8
Child: $15.00 (14 and under)
Neighborhood Discount (zip codes 60642 and 60622): $10
Groups: $13.00 (10 or more)
School Groups: $8 per student, with one complimentary chaperone ticket for every 10 students.
For tickets, call 773-342-4141 or visit www.adventurestage.org.
Sunday, Oct. 7, 4:00-5:00pm
Please join us for a FREE open rehearsal of SIX STORIES TALL and gain a glimpse into the journey that awaits you as we pull back the curtain for a sneak peek into what you can expect on show day. Refreshments provided. Limited seating - register at 773.342.4141 or www.adventurestage.org.
OPENING DAY CUPCAKE SOCIAL
Saturday, Nov. 10, 4:00-8:00pm
Celebrate opening day with us and mingle with the cast after the show while enjoying yummy cupcakes from Kyle’s Cupcakery.
Saturday, Nov. 17, 4:00-8:00pm
Settlement Saturday is a day to celebrate our parent organization, the Northwestern University Settlement House, as well as the Settlement's neighbors. This performance includes Spanish supertitles, and the pre- and post-show discussion are conducted in both Spanish and English. The show is followed by a food and game reception in Vittum Theater's Burnside Hall for all audience members to enjoy.
Kevin Brown (Drummer/Chorus)
Danielle Davis (Rebecca/Marta Elena/Yennifer/
Mikhail Fiksel (DJ/Chorus)
Mark Anthony Gonzalez (Tomas/Stranger/
Sarah Rose Graber* (Sirena/Abuela/
Alexander Knapp (Alfredo/Carbon/
Lance Newton (Boy/Warrior 1/Chester/Chorus)
Alyssa Vera Ramos (Emilia/Lupe/
Sara Sawicki (Understudy)
Tony Garcia (Understudy)
Director: Tom Arvetis*
Asst. Director: Emilio Robles
Stage Manager: Phil Claudnic
Asst. Stage Manager: Morgan Gire
Dramaturg: Brian Bell*
Movement Director: Stephanie Paul
Scenic Design: Brandon Wardell*
Lighting Design: Heather Gilbert
Costume Design: Jessica Kuehnau Wardell*
Props Design: Catherine Campbell
Technical Director: Jarrod Bainter
*denotes ASC company or ensemble member
Marco Ramirez (Playwright)
Tom Arvetis (Director) founded Adventure Stage Chicago in 2004 and is responsible for the creative vision of the company, the implementation of all programming, and the supervision of the theater staff. Tom's directing credits for Adventure Stage Chicago include And A Child Shall Lead by Michael Slade, Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back by Jason Tremblay (world premiere), The Blue House by José Cruz González (world premiere), and A Woman Called Truth by Sandra Fenichel Asher. Tom also directed a reading of Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back as part of the 2008 New Visions/New Voices Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Other directing credits include Dragon/Sky by Elizabeth Wong (workshop reading for Silk Road Theatre Project), The Search for Odysseus by Charles Way (The Simple Theatre) and The City Wears a Slouch Hat by Kenneth Patchen (Wanderlust Productions)
Adventure Stage Chicago creates dynamic and transformative theatre for young audiences that activates the imagination, inspires dialogue and strengthens community among families, educators and artists. ASC is a program of Northwestern University Settlement House, the oldest continually operating settlement house in Chicago. Last season, we served over 7,000 students from 85 schools throughout the Chicagoland area and over 2,600 audience members for our weekend performances. For more information, visit www.adventurestage.org.
Each Adventure Stage Chicago production presents weekday matinees primarily for school groups, as well as weekend performances for the general public. Every performance includes a post-show audience talkback with the cast. Out of respect for our actors and audience members, children under age 5 are not permitted in the theatre during a performance.
All shows are performed at Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., in the heart of Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. Street parking is available, and the theater is close to the Noble St. stop on the #56 Milwaukee bus line and the Division stop on the CTA Blue Line. The theater is wheelchair accessible.