Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology is a timely new theatrical reaction to Chicago's history of violent crime and a call to discover what it might take to create lasting change in our city.
This world premiere docu-drama uses nonfiction source materials such as interviews, articles, and online comments alongside dramatizations of three true Chicago crimes to raise critical questions surrounding segregation, poverty, the news media, popular culture, and our numbness to it all.
We created this piece with the help of 13 community partners - nonprofits in Chicago that work every day to stem the tide of violence in our city, and particularly among our youth.
The play premiered in February 2013 in Wicker Park, and has extended due to media acclaim and popular demand - but it is important that we take this powerful piece of theatre out of our North Side neighborhood and into communities and neighborhoods that stand to benefit most from the piece.
Pulitzer-Prize winning crime reporter Mark Konkol of DNAinfo.com called Crime Scene: "a gripping tale of the Chicago condition that gets to the heart of our suffering...When it was done my only complaint was that the tiny theater is just too small — with too few seats — to make the impact that it could." Read the full review here.
Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times called it "So direct, visceral, youthful and winningly honest. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED." - Read the full review here.
As violent crime continues to plague Chicago, Collaboraction and our amazing Community Partners are dedicated to taking this show to audiences in neighborhoods throughout the city. We want to share it with people who can't afford to come see a play, by offering free tickets and bringing the theater directly to the people.
Your financial support allows us to hold weeklong residences in parks, churches, schools and community centers, including not just performances of Crime Scene but frank public discussions after every show about the epidemic of violence and what we as citizens of Chicago can do to stop the bleeding.
Through our intense and acutely designed piece of theater, complemented by nightly post-show conversations with our audience, Crime Scene offers an unforgettable experience, where guests become immersed in the tragedy that has become a way of life in Chicago, while leaving with a sense of hope for a better, brighter, and safer future for our children.
We have already received requests from almost a dozen local venues to bring Crime Scene to them. If only we had the money!
We crunched the numbers, and here's the breakdown:
* It costs us $1,350 to bring a barebones version of the show (minimal technical elements) to schools and community centers. This includes free tickets to all attendees and paying our cast of 12 talented performers.
* To tour the full production, with scenery, lighting, sound, video, and costumes as well as the cast of 12 and crew of 6 for one week costs $7,000.
* To create a full summer-long tour of Chicago's parks and a variety of public schools and communty centers, we'll need to raise at least $30,000.
Without your generous support, the message of hope stays only with the people who come to our theater. With your help, we can share it beyond our trendy North Side neighborhood, and help heal this epidemic with the power of theater.
For 17 years, Collaboraction Theatre Company has been producing high-quality world premiere theatre in Chicago, garnering extensive media acclaim, awards like "Chicago's Best Funky Theatre Venue" (NewCity, 2012), and a loyal following of audience members and supporters like you.
Other Ways You Can Help
Please share this campaign, and the goals of Crime Scene with as many people as you can! This isn't a problem for individuals; the violence of Chicago is a city-wide concern, and one that we all have the power to stop. We've created a piece of theater that we are extremely proud of, and with your help, we can share it everywhere. Tell your friends!