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"The American Evolution:
Civil Disobedience"

 Jeff Awards Recommended


By Lee Blessing

Directed by Shawn Douglass

Featuring Artistic Associate Greg Matthew Anderson

Presented March 28 - April 29, 2012

Extended through May 6, 2012

In a strained political season, the provocative work of one performance artist comes up against a conservative senator running for re-election. The senator has a lovable dog, a charming, folksy manner and a campaign to cut frivolous spending. The artist has a plan for one final shocking performance with his public funds. How much could a dognapping really cost, anyways?


Artistic Associate Greg Matthew Anderson stars in this one-person comedy about a conservative senator, the performance artist he demonizes, and the lovable Chesapeake Bay retriever called Lucky.

"HILARIOUS, provocative, blisteringly smart!" HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

–Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"A most LIVELY production! Anderson is SO FUN AND EMPATHETIC, you’re sorry to see him exit." 3 STARS (of 4)

–Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"Slick direction and MARVELOUS delivery!"

–Al Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago

"A STUNNING piece of acting by Anderson."

– Dan Zeff, Chicago Theater Review


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The 2011/2012 Season is generously underwritten by:

Chesapeake is underwritten, in part, by:
BRUCE AND MARY FEAY, Associate Production Sponsors
NANCY A. MCDANIEL, Associate Production Sponsor

NANCY AND GENE DESOMBRE, Assistant Production Sponsors
MATT MACNELLY AND SCOTTIE PERRY, Assistant Production Sponsors
KAREN RANDOLPH AND BILL LINDEN, Assistant Production Sponsors

The following organizations supported Chesapeake:
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The mission of the Animal Care League is to protect animals from improper use, abuse, neglect, inhumane treatment and health hazards and to find homeless animals a permanent, loving family.
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Arts Alliance Illinois is the state's leading voice for the arts and arts education. Through advocacy, research, and collaboration, we give voice to a creative state. Support arts and culture in Chicago and a bold and sustainable cultural plan for the city here.


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Greg Matthew Anderson
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