All photographs courtesy of Sean Williams

Located in a quirky warehouse (1438 W Kinzie St ) and decorated with an always mutating ensemble of weird gadgets, peculiar costumes and borderline steam-punk devices, the amazing Redmoon theatre company is celebrating their twentieth anniversary with a roster of incredible shows and performances. Running until April 24th, Redmoon is showing a breathtaking adaptation of Robert Wiene’s classic German expressionism staple “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.”

Redmoon’s artistic director Frank Maugeri says that what you can expect from “The Cabinet,” and Redmoon shows in general, is “remarkable design, incredible craft, a great commitment to detail… riotous, rambunctious, wonderful character (be it a character that is personified by an object, or a character that is an actor in some kind of flamboyant costume), extremely well designed, and extremely outrageous objects (often some form of vehicle or device that begins as one thing and transforms into another thing)… Generally, you can expect stories that are very universal so that anyone can understand them and more importantly identify with them– because the scenes are broad, the subjects are broad, and the way in which we approach it is often through images, lyricism and celebration…” and trust me, it is an understatement.

Redmoon shows are very special and not easily forgettable: their magical capacity for artistic flair, and their always memorable performances, got them invited to the Halloween events at the White House last year, as well as the opening ceremonies of Millenium Park and the North Garden of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see poetry in motion performed by undoubtedly the most creative theatre troupe in the mid-west. Redmoon shows are Thursdays through Sundays and you can purchase tickets online or call 312-850-8440.

Published by Juan Laverde

Juan was born in the middle of the day, the middle of the month, the middle of the year of 1982 and coincidentally, in the middle of a goal towards the middle of an epic World Cup match where Hungary schooled El Salvador in the ancient art of soccer 10 to 1. Doctors and nurses paused his genesis eleven times, to celebrate each score with hugs and woots through the instant replay; a nurse in fact went as far as to laureate the obstetrician when all was said and done with a “Good one, Dr. Fillol” to which the doctor replied to, suggesting mom to name the newborn “Ubaldo Matildo”, in honor of the famous Argentine goalie.

True story.

Juan grew up to become a most excellent chap stuffed to the marrow with awesomeness. Moved from Bogotá, Colombia to Florida in 2001 shortly after dodging the draft, to North Carolina in 2003, to Chicago in 2007 and last year moved with the piano and the princess to the brink of Pilsen, immediately after his degree on Film was expedited by Columbia College.

His favorite color is purple, his favorite song’s by Deep Purple, if he was a vegetable he would be a beet, if he was an animal a mongoose, his favorite ice cream flavor is Pistachio, his favorite book is “A Clockwork Orange” followed closely by “Blindeness;” “Thin Mints” followed closely by “Samoas”, he’s really very left handed, cooks a mean egg-plant lasagna and George was his favorite Beatle.

That is Juan in a nutshell. The number one thing you’re most likely to say when you meet him:

“Hey, you look like Johnnie Depp”

7 replies on “Redmoon Rising”

  1. I can’t believe that the Red Moon is approaching a subject like Dr. Caligary. Tha is awesome! I wish I lived in Chicago so I could see it with my brother! (hehe)
    Great Article!

  2. I can’t believe that the Red Moon is approaching a subject like Dr. Caligary. Tha is awesome! I wish I lived in Chicago so I could see it with my brother! (hehe)
    Great Article!

  3. LUCHE!

    I wish you lived here too so you could see it with your brother 😛

    It’s a really cool adaptation. The action happens in different compartments of this HUGE skewed cabinet-set-stage thing that is really impressive and neat; no door opens in the same direction, no background is the same, some are paper, some projections… you know how Redmoon is…

    Maybe you can hitch a ride with the Easter Bunny?

    Love,

    J.

  4. LUCHE!

    I wish you lived here too so you could see it with your brother 😛

    It’s a really cool adaptation. The action happens in different compartments of this HUGE skewed cabinet-set-stage thing that is really impressive and neat; no door opens in the same direction, no background is the same, some are paper, some projections… you know how Redmoon is…

    Maybe you can hitch a ride with the Easter Bunny?

    Love,

    J.

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