August 1, 2022: Summer Packets with back-to-school forms and information will be distributed electronically to all Charter Arts Families in the next couple of weeks.


The Charter Arts Theatre Department is excited to announce its 2021-2022 Season!

Mother of the Maid by Jane Anderson.

Directed by Kelly Bickert. Charter Arts Theatre, October 22-24.

The story of Joan of Arc’s mother, a sensible, hard-working, God-fearing peasant woman whose faith is upended as she deals with the baffling journey of her odd and extraordinary daughter. This riveting play is an epic tale told through an unexpected and remarkable perspective.

30 Neo-Futurist Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) by Greg Allen.

Directed by Kim Carson.  Charter Arts Black Box Theatre, November 10-14.

Having opened in 1988 and still playing today as the longest running show in Chicago history, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind is an ensemble experiment in presenting “30 Plays in 60 Minutes.” Each two minute play is performed in random order with an interactive audience. An onstage 60-minute timer keeps everyone honest. This collection of 90 comic, tragic, political, personal, and abstract plays gives you the chance to program your own evening of 30 Neo-Futurist plays to reflect the lives and experiences of your own ensemble.

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov

Directed by Diane Wagner, Charter Arts Theatre, January 14-16

In a New Translation by Curt Columbus. Originally produced by the Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Terrence J. Nolan, Producing Artistic Director, Amy Murphy, Managing Director.

This play was developed with the support of the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage

THE STORY: Somewhere in the backwoods of Russia, the three Prozorov sisters—Olga, Masha and Irina—live in the large, beautiful house their father has left them. Raised to be bastions of refinement and taste, but stranded amongst smalltown folk with no ambition, they cling desperately to memories of the bright, thriving Moscow they left as children. Unable to bear the ordinariness of their lives, tempers flare and all manner of appetites go unchecked, eliciting wild and dangerous responses from those around them and turning the proper Prozorov home into a place where anything can happen. Curt Columbus’ THREE SISTERS is Anton Chekhov’s rich tapestry of heartbreak and bad behavior.  (Source:  Dramatists Play Service)

This production is directed by Diane Wagner.