Schedule - Past

The Faith Community of Saint Sabina
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 20 May 2018 - 4:00 PM
Presenters: Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Negaunee Music Institute; The Faith Community of Saint Sabina
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Los Angeles, California
Thursday, 10 May 2018 - 7:30 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Role of Jette
Victim of brutalities and atrocities. We experience her life, love, and triumph over the ongoing civil war of the Congo.

Written by Stephanie Liss
Original Musical Score by RebbeSoul
Rabbi: Todd Weeks
Miriam: Christine Lahti
Amani: Leon Morenzie
Cesar: Christopher McClellan

SISTER AFRICA, focuses on the story of the women and children of the Congo, brutalized by the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, and the work of Jewish World Watch to help survivors rebuild their lives.

Based on the playwright's own experiences of traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo along with hundreds of hours of interviews - not only with the victims of rape and torture, but with child soldiers, the staff of Jewish World Watch (an activist organization dedicated to ending genocide and mass atrocities worldwide and to providing support and building resilience to those living in conflict-affected communities), and its co-founder and president, Janice Kamenir Reznik.
Presenter: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Annenberg Space for Photography
Los Angeles, California
Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - 6:00 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Role of Jette
Victim of brutalities and atrocities. We experience her life, love, and triumph over the ongoing civil war of the Congo.

Written by Stephanie Liss
Original Musical Score by RebbeSoul
Cesar: Christopher McClellan

SISTER AFRICA, focuses on the story of the women and children of the Congo, brutalized by the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, and the work of Jewish World Watch to help survivors rebuild their lives.

Based on the playwright's own experiences of traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo along with hundreds of hours of interviews - not only with the victims of rape and torture, but with child soldiers, the staff of Jewish World Watch (an activist organization dedicated to ending genocide and mass atrocities worldwide and to providing support and building resilience to those living in conflict-affected communities), and its co-founder and president, Janice Kamenir Reznik.
Presenter: Jewish World Watch
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
6018|North
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 22 April 2018 - 6:00 PM
TAKESHA MESHÉ KIZART appears as The Soprano

Soundscapes of Color is an opera and installation by Michal Dzitko. After two successful pre-shows in New York City, Soundscapes of Color will premiere in art space 6018|North in Chicago on April 22nd.

Dzitko believes that the next frontier of artistic performance is an immersive, virtual reality experience. This has led him to question the principles of operatic staging. The resulting innovation is the idea of remote conducting, a technique which puts the conductor in an isolated space, and asks of them to conduct to cameras instead of live performers. The live stream from the cameras then gets transmitted through a wire onto tablets in front of live musicians. Performers see the conductor on their respective screens and are able to play in sync, regardless of whether they see or hear each other. Distributing musicians uniformly across a performance space now results in creating an art gallery, for sound. The audience is free to roam and explore this space guided only by the sounds and sights that captivate them.

PERFORMERS
Floor One:
Marysa Abbas, Alto
Keanon Kyles, Baritone
Jennifer Darwell, Flute
Megan Robbins, Oboe
Josh Goo, Clarinet (Bb)
Stephanie Lebens, Trombone
Floor Two:
Takesha Meshé Kizart, Soprano
Dan Grambow, Bass
Janis Sakai, Violin 1
Hannah Bureau, Violin 2
Hannah Samson, Viola
Andrew Bukowinski, Violoncello
Basement:
Will Myers, Conductor
Caroline Gully Brown, Stage Manager
David GoodmanEdberg, Light Designer

Commissioned by author Esther K Smith and fine-print publisher Purgatory Pie Press, the opera is based on a libretto of an 1874 typography and ink catalog, Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type. Since the words of the libretto do not describe a story, but rather constitute brilliantly-illustrated poetry, the music itself becomes the only plot that can be followed. The pervasive subjectivity of the musical experience is thus brought to the surface. Dzitko is collaborating with lighting and stage designers to create a light show emulating his music, which will serve to heighten the immersive quality of the experience.

A reception, as well as an artist’s talk and Q&A moderated by Steven Rings, will start at 6PM. Refreshments will be provided. The performance time is 7PM. Free transportation is available for University of Chicago students and will depart from Reynold’s Club at 5PM. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP using the following link: https://llsherfick.wufoo.com/forms/q1eesmd51ihg2ie/
Presenter: 6018|North
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Park Community Church: Near North
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 1 April 2018 - 11:00 AM
Worship Soloist
Presenter: Park Community Church
Program TBA
Artists: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano); Chad Watson (Keyboard)
Park Community Church: Near North
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 1 April 2018 - 9:00 AM
Worship Soloist
Presenter: Park Community Church
Program TBA
Artists: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano); Chad Watson (Keyboard)
Park Community Church: Near North
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, 31 March 2018 - 5:00 PM
Worship Soloist
Presenter: Park Community Church
Program TBA
Artists: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano); Chad Watson (Keyboard)
The Den Theatre : Mainstage
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 7:30 PM
TAKESHA MESHÉ KIZART appears in the Role of Phaedra

When the state of Florida legalizes same sex marriage, Arthur and Henry (his partner of fifty years) come to terms with their differing opinions on the necessity of becoming husbands, even as their son Alexander and niece Phaedra find themselves wading through some rough new waters of his own. KINGDOM is the story of an entirely-LGBTQ African American family that lives in the near-literal shadow of Orlando’s magical kingdom, as they struggle to create a life together that captures a little bit of that same magic.

BEN LOCKE | Alexander
MICHAEL MEJIA-BEAL | Arthur
LARRY TRICE | Henry
JAMES MERCER | Malik

MICHAEL ALLEN HARRIS+ | Playwright
KANOMÉ JONES | Director
ECHAKA AGBA | Assistant Director
NIKKI MARQUARDT | Stage Manager
JULIA FARRELL | Assistant Stage Manager
ROSE HAMILL | Production Manager
DEVON GREEN | Props Designer, Co-Scenic Designer
CASWELL JAMES | Technical Designer, Co-Scenic Designer
MARCI RODRIGUEZ | Costume Designer
MICHAEL JOSEPH | Lighting Designer
GROVER HOLLWAY | Sound Designer
RYLEE FREEMAN | Hair & Make-Up Designer
CHLOE BALDWIN | Fight Director
ELIZABETH GOMEZ | Master Electrician
Presenter: Broken Nose Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
The Faith Community of Saint Sabina
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 18 March 2018 - 3:00 PM
Presenters: Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Negaunee Music Institute; The Faith Community of Saint Sabina
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Park Community Church: Near North
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 25 February 2018 - 11:00 AM
Worship Soloist
Presenter: Park Community Church
Dorsey: Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Artists: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano); Chad Watson (Keyboard)
Park Community Church: Near North
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 25 February 2018 - 9:00 AM
Worship Soloist
Presenter: Park Community Church
Dorsey: Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Artists: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano); Chad Watson (Keyboard)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 24 February 2018 - 1:00 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 24 February 2018 - 10:00 AM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Prop Thtr: Front Space 3504
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, 22 February 2018 - 9:00 PM
Featuring the Vocal Talents of Takesha Meshé Kizart

A play that brings not only the objectivity of beauty into question, but the objectivity of objectivity...
A former beauty finds herself trapped in a non-dimensional world where beauty is irrelevant, with a shockingly (but irrelevantly) hideous non-dimensional being who forces her to reach the ultimate, dimension-less goal. There’s a lot to be learned: #1. Everything you’ve always known to be true is false. #2. Trust us now as the all-knowing ones to never deceive you and tell you what you need to know. #3: There are only two steps in the learning process. #4: There are only three steps in the learning process.

Paul William Brennan's (Playwright & Composer) second play for the Rhinofest is a semi-comic, mostly tragic tale of people trapped in a non-dimensional plane of existence, forced to prepare themselves for an undisclosed ultimate truth, decided by an undisclosed method, leading to a hilarious fate.

What can we know besides what we know we cannot know? What happens when we try to answer questions that can't be answered? What are the dangers of saying one thing is subjective and another isn't? The answers are all here, or maybe they're not.

CAST
Beauty: Leslie Keller
Anomaly: Hannah Williams

PRODUCTION TEAM
Co-Director: Taryn Smith
Co-Director: Lauren Katz
Stage Manager: Charlotte Lastra
Presenter: Prop Thtr
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - 10:30 AM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 17 February 2018 - 1:00 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 17 February 2018 - 10:00 AM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Prop Thtr: Front Space 3504
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, 15 February 2018 - 9:00 PM
Featuring the Vocal Talents of Takesha Meshé Kizart

A play that brings not only the objectivity of beauty into question, but the objectivity of objectivity...
A former beauty finds herself trapped in a non-dimensional world where beauty is irrelevant, with a shockingly (but irrelevantly) hideous non-dimensional being who forces her to reach the ultimate, dimension-less goal. There’s a lot to be learned: #1. Everything you’ve always known to be true is false. #2. Trust us now as the all-knowing ones to never deceive you and tell you what you need to know. #3: There are only two steps in the learning process. #4: There are only three steps in the learning process.

Paul William Brennan's (Playwright & Composer) second play for the Rhinofest is a semi-comic, mostly tragic tale of people trapped in a non-dimensional plane of existence, forced to prepare themselves for an undisclosed ultimate truth, decided by an undisclosed method, leading to a hilarious fate.

What can we know besides what we know we cannot know? What happens when we try to answer questions that can't be answered? What are the dangers of saying one thing is subjective and another isn't? The answers are all here, or maybe they're not.

CAST
Beauty: Leslie Keller
Anomaly: Hannah Williams

PRODUCTION TEAM
Co-Director: Taryn Smith
Co-Director: Lauren Katz
Stage Manager: Charlotte Lastra
Presenter: Prop Thtr
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 - 10:30 AM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 10 February 2018 - 1:00 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
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TAKESHA MESHÉ KIZART



is worthy of all superlatives. With a breathtaking mastery and unflinching portrayals... a vocal flexibility that enables her to acutely pass from a tearful murmur to a firm luminosity. And her dramatic intelligence is worthy of the great "lionesses" of the lyric theater. An artist whose international career is still at its dawning, this young and beautiful American should reach the summit quickly. Provided, of course, that she preserves the incandescent glow that currently emanates from her every word and gesture. 
-Opera Magazine
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