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MCFrom Artistic Director Michael Colucci...
Whenever I’m asked to describe our theatre to someone who has not seen a Redtwist show, I have a standard reply. I say that it’s the size of a large living room. That description embodies the character and personality of the Redtwist space, and the reasons why I love it.

large living room, even a really big one, translates into a very small theatre, and that's ideal for the two things I like to see with every show. First, I absolutely love an explosive drama in an intimate space because when I see a play, I want to feel something. Second, I want to make sure that I see the actors up close…every nuance of their emotional lives in a great drama. When I watch terrific actors, I want to see not only their bodies, I want to see their souls.

A living room means homey, and the entire Redtwist space has an effortless cozy warmth that is one of its signature qualities. The theatre itself feels like a room because it is a room. And since we do family drama, it works really well because families live in rooms. It doesn’t feel like a business, it doesn’t even feel like a building, it doesn’t feel corporate, it doesn’t feel industrial, it doesn’t feel warehouse-y, it doesn’t feel like a gymnasium. It feels like home. And we hope you feel it's your home too.

Our special little space is the perfect fit for what we do, but more importantly, it's the wonderful people and talented artists and awesome patrons who make up the actual Redtwist family, so please be generous and support Redtwist so we can keep things moving forward.

From actor Kathy Ruhl...
At Redtwist I was onstage before I was in the audience. Later, my granddaughter and I saw "Glass Menagerie and both felt privileged to be part of such a small audience. This intimacy is one of the reasons so many people come to Redtwist once and keep coming back. Besides intimacy, I look to Redtwist for interesting plays, fine acting, and to see what designers and directors can achieve in Redtwist's long narrow theatre THIS time. Redtwist felt "like home" from the beginning. It's not just small, it's cozy! And that coziness isn't spatial accident, it's the Redtwist ethos:  actors, audience,crew, and staff enjoying great theatre and each other in a small space. Coziness has its price though. Do the math: with 36 or so seats and low ticket prices, Redtwist needs our help to give us the Redtwist experience. It's my pleasure to support Redtwist financially!

From Actor Brian Parry...
Live theatre is magic.
Storefront theatre is up close and personal "table-side" magic; for both the performer and the spectator, there's no place to hide. I love performing in the Redtwist space because it scares the heck out of me. I love seeing shows in the Redtwist space because the characters and situations just splash and spill all over me. If you thrill at messy in-your-face, in-your-lap theatre, as I do, I hope you'll make Redtwist your home.

From actor, playwright Tommy Lee Johnston...

Our veteran patrons will tell you the Redtwist experience begins well before the first light has dimmed or the first actor has stepped on stage. All your senses will begin to fire the second the lobby doors. If teleportation exists, this is it. You are literally on the stage! You have now become the proverbial “fly on the wall”, and will not only witness, but become a part of a magically orchestrated theatrical free-fall. It really is kind of like jumping out of a plane, you’ll feel the nerves, maybe a bit of fear, absolute certain exhilaration until finally and safely coming back to earth under a canopy of masterful theatre. The smaller confines and limited seating surprisingly create an immeasurable experience for the theater goer and actor alike. Redtwist will change the way you think of theater and undoubtedly you’ll become hooked as many have.


From actor Peter Oyloe...
Great theatre requires an intimate exchange between those on stage and off. At Redtwist the audience is an important cast member in each and every show. It is this shared breath that has thrilled me so much in my work at Redtwist. Some of my most important theatrical memories have been made while treading the boards at Redtwist. Tears and laughter have flowed in abundance and I wouldn’t have traded a single moment. I love Redtwist, and I love each and everyone who has come to support the work I have done in those hallowed halls. May all our work be so fulfilling. Thank you for supporting live theatre. We are all better for it!

From actor Abby Dillion...
Redtwist has become a home and a family to me. The intimate space makes it a great place to both be on the stage and to watch the shows. You are so close to each other that you can catch every tender or tense moment. You become part of the story. And Redtwist is very smart about choosing to do work that's new and provocative to encourage open-minded discussion! A donation from you would be a great way of showing your support of live theatre and new work! We're all in this together!

From actor KC Karen Hill...
I discovered Redtwist during their production of EQUUS in 2006. It was such an astounding production, and having grown up on a horse farm I was fascinated with the production. I was drawn to the intimate space because I had done a lot of work in a small black box in drama school, and now I am happy to call this amazing company my artistic home.

Redtwist has consistently inspired me with productions that allow us to view ourselves in another dimension leading us to a greater understanding of ourselves, and our complicated world. It is theatre at its very best, holding the mirror up to society revealing humanity, and human foible. Redtwist is a special, and safe space that not only asks questions, and challenges conventions but awakes, inspires, amuses, and disturbs. Redtwist will always live in a time and space in our Chicago theatre community, however, in order to keep producing we have to keep moving forward. Please consider donating to our brilliant little company.  Hope to see you soon. Happy Holiday!

From actor Michael Sherwin...

Redtwist is my artistic home for many reasons, but most of all because of the people. We have developed a community between artists, technicians, and audience which is unlike any other company I have been a part of. This season, I'll be performing in my 11th (TURTLE), 12th (DEATH OF A SALESMAN), and 13th (CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION) shows at Redtwist. Each one has been memorable, from the magic sink in MAN FROM NEBRASKA, to exploding a violin in OPUS, to the audible gasps in CLYBOURNE PARK and TURTLE; the audience is always the most important part of the show. I feel the shows we select are grounded in reality, both beautiful and heartbreaking; and our audiences are intelligent and trusting to come along for the ride, wherever it may lead. Michael and Jan have created an environment in which it is safe to take risks, reach for the stars, and provides not just entertainment, but memories. I'm proud to play my part, and I thank you for playing yours. Together, we make magic.

JQ From actor Jacqueline Grandt...
Redtwist Theatre productions create the ultimate Chicago storefront theatre experience. This intimate, professional, creative, striking little black box gives root to some of the most compelling and exciting theatrical experiences in the city. It is not a theatre to be taken lightly…and that is one of its greatest charms.  You will always walk away wanting more and will talk deep into the night about the riveting play that gripped you and simply won’t let go. Your donation to Redtwist is essential to its continued success in creating the “white hot drama” we all love to experience. Be generous with your donations so that Redtwist can continue bringing the highest level of theatre to its audience! (Read more of Jacqueline's comments below)

From actor Aaron Kirby...
As Redtwist continues to put out some of the best received, best reviewed work in the city, the greater its responsibility to its surrounding community becomes. The importance of art to challenge, reveal, and grow our society is more important than ever these days, and Redtwist is constantly on the forefront of producing new and challenging work--shows that engage the mind and excite the imagination. By choosing to attend the theatre and even to donate, you are truly responsible for the foundation for continued growth of the theatre and for strengthening the lasting artistic voice it has to offer. You're a true hero in my eyes. (Read more of Aaron's comments below)

From actor Sarah Sapperstein...

Redtwist is a place that brings people together. As an actor, it has brought me into a community of some of the most talented, supportive, creative and driven actors I've ever met. As an audience member, its connected me with my neighborhood, my community of art-lovers, culture-supporters and theatre-fans. It's more important than ever that we secure these places that bring us together to share our creative spirit, our passion for the arts, and our support of one another. (Read more of Sarah's comments below)

From board member Denise Fiducia…

My husband & I enjoy theatre, particularly small venues. We have been Saints for many years & began ushering at Redtwist about 9 years ago. We were so impressed by the quality of the performances that we decided to become subscribers so we would not miss any shows. We travel a bit of a distance but have not been disappointed. I enjoy the up close & personal nature of the space. So when asked to be a board member earlier this year I thought what a great way to be involved.


From board member Lois Hobart...
After several seasons as a flex-tix owner (aka subscriber) and finding myself at the annual Rave to enjoy food, drink, engaging with ensemble and other patrons, I wanted to know what ELSE this tiny yet magical place held in store. Finding out what was coming season to season has been important. I see a LOT of theatre all over town, so I wasn't really even sure WHY Redtwist grabbed me so much.
Then I was invited to be on the board. (apparently, they'd been watching me, too!)  After several invitations, I finally accepted. That's how it's impacted my life. I'm going public with this pride of being on Redtwist's board--and pledging to contribute my time and money to them--especially trying to encourage others I know, and don't yet know, to do the same.  (Read more of Lois's comments below)

From actor Debra Rodkin...
We are rich in talent, terrific actors, designers, directors, tech support and administration. Those who are part of the company and those who join us to share an experience or more. Our leadership is superb and they even dig into their own pockets to keep us operating, because they know the value we bring to the community, our wonderful patrons, the developing companies we have partnered with and the numerous talented people who join in to create the magic. We ask you to join in to help keep the magic alive. (Read more of Debra's comments below)

From actor Johnny Garcia...
My hope is that when people either come see a show, or work at Redtwist, they have a great experience. I appreciate all the years of support from our patrons, and hope people will donate generously. Thanks!
From actor Adam Bitterman...
I am so grateful to be a Company Member at Redtwist. There is so much about this family of artists that brings me endless joy, not the least of which is the ongoing commitment to the exact kind of theater I, personally, always hope to do: fun, daring, vital, in-your-face, and above all, entertaining!

More from Jacqueline Grandt...

What makes Redtwist special to me is the physical space itself. It truly allows…even forces the audience in many instances, to live and breathe what the characters are dealing with. As an actor you can actually feel the audience members turning away, covering their eyes and so often crying, as they are affected by the close up action.  There’s just something about being able to see every nuance in a character’s face that pulls out a much different and affected experience for the audience. Redtwist is very special.

More from Debra Rodkin...

Redtwist is such a special place. Our stage has been described as 'the size of a parking space' but what that means for you is sharing our performance in a unique way. The proverbial 'Fly on the wall', being immersed in the action, the emotions,the experience. It is relentless and exhilarating, frightening, joyful,moving, inescapable and richly satisfying. A shared experience with the actors—as we feel you there with us, witnesses and participants. A give and take that is the signature Redtwist experience.

From box office associate Charles Bonilla…

Every theater has a unique dynamic. Redtwist's blends passion, humor (lots of humor), and 110% frontstage-to-backstage dedication. Of course, it's all for naught without our amazing patrons, donors, and Saints!

More from Aaron Kirby...

Redtwist is my artistic home and has provided me the opportunity to build significant artistic relationships, challenge myself with difficult material, and connect with Chicago audiences in a way that is hard for me to wrap my head around. It's not an accident that people like the associate artistic director of the Goodman Steve Scott has a seemingly annual sojourn to work at Redtwist. The people and the work are constantly at an unbelievably high level and the reputation of the theatre has only strengthened over the years.  I'm fortunate to be a small part of that legacy in this city of remarkable theatre.

I hope everyone realizes how truly special Redtwist is, as are the people who run the theatre. We are lucky, lucky people to be engaging with that on a consistent basis. 

More from board member Lois Hobart...
Due to the intimacy of the space, a theatre-goer at Redtwist has to be gutsy. It all unfolds right in your face and sometimes comes precariously close to your lap. It's a cultural thrill ride! As "experiential" as you can get without being onstage, too!

When I initially came to Redtwist, it was to see an actor I knew from another ensemble performing in "The Pillowman.”  I was awestruck by the intensity of drama in this overly intimate setting. And said, "Wow, I've got to come back and see what ELSE they do!" ... And I have—for several years now. While I see a tremendous amount of Chicago theatre and am very heart-committed to the "storefronts" & "little black boxes", there's just something about Redtwist I adore & admire. What IS it? Cleanest bathrooms in town? Friendliest box office staff? Flex-tix opportunities that never fail to ensure patron satisfaction? The annual Rave to thank patrons? It's all of these things--plus superior acting and direction on shoestring budgets. Always.


More from Sarah Sapperstein...
I've sort of grown up in Chicago with Redtwist. I became connected with the company when I moved to Chicago on a whim and found myself in an apartment down the street. I didn't know anyone, and only knew that theatre was an important part of my life. But quickly, I found a warm and supportive home in a tiny black box. As Redtwist has grown, so have I--and I'm honored to give back to the company that supported me, and to call myself a part of the place that has given so much to actors and audiences of Chicago.


From actor/director/Managing Director Jan Ellen Graves...
It never ceases to amaze me how many artists and patrons consider Redtwist their theatre home. When my husband, Artistic Director Michael Colucci, and I opened the doors to this little black box on Bryn Mawr, we knew we wanted to create a special place where people could experience timeless stories...stories that inspire us, make us think, make us question, and perhaps even move us to action. We love creating the vehicle that tells these stories and I'm honored and humbled that so many of you have chosen to support Redtwist with your presence, your time, and your donations. We can't do what we do, without you. Thank you!