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Berwyn’s 16th Street Theater plans “American Dream” season

Updated: November 13, 2012 4:43PM

Berwyn’s 16th Street Theater, housed in the Berwyn Cultural Center at 6420 16th St., will present five shows for its 2013 season under the umbrella title of “The American Dream.” They include:

† “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs 2.0” (Jan. 10-Feb. 2), Mike Daisey’s tale of the Apple genius, and the Chinese factories where the company’s high-tech devices are manufactured, directed and performed by Lance Baker.

† “Empanada for a Dream” (Feb. 14-March 16), a tale of growing up in a Latino neighborhood on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where secrets about the drug trade were kept hidden. Written and performed by Juan Francisco Villa, the show is directed by Alex Levy and co-produced with Teatro Vista.

† “8” (A one-night staged reading on March 10, co-produced by the Oak Park Area Lesbian & Gay Association in collaboration with Oak Park Festival Theatre and Circle Theatre. The show will be staged at the Ernest Hemingway Museum & The Arts Center of Oak Park). This new play by Dustin Lance Black (Academy-award winning screenwriter for “Milk” and “J. Edgar”) draws on actual court transcripts and interviews on the subject of gay marriage.

† “Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way” (April 4-May 11), Diane Rodriguez’s play, directed by Ann Filmer and produced in association with Teatro Luna, about two sets of Mexican-American sisters, one assimilated and the other still struggling with her immigrations status issues.

† “Broken Fences” (Sept. 19-Oct. 26)), Chicago playwright Steven Simoncic’s play, directed by Filmer, about two views of gentrificaton in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood.

For tickets call (708) 795-6704 or visit


± Serbian version of Kushner’s “Homebody” headed to Chicago

Director Zeljko Djukic, founding director of Chicago’s TUTA Theatre (who recently staged an innovative version of Harold Pinter’s “The Dumb Waiter” here, and who is now on a Fulbright Fellowship in Belgrade, Serbia) will present the “Homebody” portion from his production of Tony Kushner’s play, “Homebody/Kabul.” Djukic’s acclaimed production ran for nearly three years at the National Theatre of Belgrade.

The show runs Nov. 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. at the Serbian-American Museum of St. Sava, 448 W. Barry, and will star the renowned Serbian actress Dusanka Glid Stojanovic (in Serbian, with English subtitles). Tickets are $20 and include a post-show discussion and reception both nights. Call (773) 549-9690.

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