Archive for the ‘2010 Season’ Category

Under America: Review Round Up

Share Jacob Juntunen’s socially charged world premiere inspired a lot of dialogue. Here’s a gathering of reviews of our first season production of Under America. “As long as Mortar Theatre continues to put out a high level of execution, this could be a group to watch for years to come.” “Juntunen has a very strong sense of [...]

Ex-prisoner speaks out about torture and Under America

Share After the matinee of Under America on September 12, an extraordinary event occurred. Before a rapt audience, Johnnie, a man who was locked in total isolation for five years talked about his take on the play’s portrayal of prolonged solitude and its particular torture. Not only did he find the play realistic, he found [...]

Talkback Schedule: Under America

Share This play’s got a lot to say and we’d love to talk to you about it. So we’ve set up a number of talkbacks and events during the production. There are 4 upcoming opportunities to dig deeper into Under America. Check them out here: Sunday, September 12th (2pm performance, talkback following) Mortar will host [...]

Inherit the Whole: Review Round-up

Share What’s been said about Mortar so far? Here’s a round-up of reviews from our inaugural production, Inherit the Whole. “The brand-spankin’ new Mortar Theatre Company is certainly putting its best foot forward.” “Dana Lynn Formby’s Inherit the Whole is an ambitious and gritty drama that sets the bar pretty high for this company.” -Robert [...]

Tamms Year Ten working to end torture in Illinois

Share After the Sunday, September 12th performance of Under America, a representative from Tamms Year Ten ( will introduce the organization and an ex-prisoner of Tamms Super Maximum Security Prison will discuss his experiences while incarcerated. Tamms Year Ten is an organization fighting for reforms and the closure of Tamms, the only “supermax” in Illinois. [...]

Under America: Opening Night Party

Share Fresh off the success of our inaugural production of Inherit the Whole, we’re continuing the season with another world premiere Jacob Juntunen’s Under America. A Chicago Tribune reporter finds her job threatened and must write a series on public housing, gentrification, and the prison industry. She moves into the infamous Cabrini-Green projects and tries [...]

Season 1 half way done. Party On.

Share To celebrate the success of Inherit the Whole and to get the momentum going for our upcoming fall show, Under America, we’re having a party. Join us for a night of Rock Band, door prizes and open bar at the Spot (Montrose & Broadway). Thursday, July 15th 7-10pm @ The Spot 4437 N Broadway [...]

Mortar competes in Theatre Wars!

Share This Saturday night (after our 8pm performance) the cast of Inherit the Whole and the rest of the company are gonna high tail it over to Strawdog Theatre Company to compete in an episode of Theatre Wars. A fierce “Family Feud” style game show where theatre companies play the families. Competing on Saturday: Mortar [...]

Architects Party: June 10th

Share Now that it has been said that “Mortar Theatre Company is certainly putting its best foot forward,”  (Robert Bullen, Chicago Theatre Addict) we want to celebrate and thank our Architects for their support. This Thursday, June 10th, we will host a special celebration. After that evening’s performance of Inherit the Whole the cast and company [...]

Volunteer with Mortar in our inaugural season

Share There are a lot of opportunities to help our non-profit out in this first, most important season. Our world premiere production of Inherit the Whole is opening June 4th and we’d love for you to be a part of it’s success. Opportunities are outlined in detail below. If something interests you, contact our Production [...]


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