Tilikum Returns @ Streaming by Sideshow Theatre

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Created by Nancy Bishop

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Gregory Geffrard and Matt Fletcher. Photo by Jonathan L. Green.

WHAT: Sideshow Theatre Company will stream a one-night only revival of its 2018 world premiere hit, Tilikum, by Kristiana Rae Colon. The revival will be a benefit for the #LetUsBreathe Collective in honor of Juneteenth and the Black Lives Matter movement, and in solidarity with the protests in Chicago and around the world for an end to police violence against Black bodies. The presentation will include remarks and conversation with some of the artists who created it.

SO WHAT: Tilikum was a king, and the oceans of the world were his. Now, he is a captive in a marine amusement park, doomed to live as an opportunity for profit. Alone behind bars he forgets the feel of freedom, but when fellow prisoners ignite the fires of his memory, he starts down a path that threatens to consume everything. Ripped from the headlines, Kristiana Rae Colón’sTilikum explores captivity, violence and rebellion in a vital and visceral blend of theatre, drumming and dance. We reviewed this thrilling and thought-provoking production when it premiered in July 2018. Tilikum won Jeff awards for new play, original music and projection design. (3CR was not using star ratings at that time or the reviewer would have given it 4 stars out of 4.)

Founded by Colón, the #LetUsBreathe Collective is an alliance of artists and activists organizing through a creative lens to imagine a world without prisons and police. It operates the Breathing Room space, a Black-led liberation headquarters for arts, organizing and healing on Chicago’s South Side. For additional information, visit letusbreathecollective.com.

NOW WHAT: Tickets are pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of at least $10; however all are welcome and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. To donate, visit sideshowtheatre.org/liberation any time before the event. Patrons will be linked to YouTube Live or Facebook Live to view the production.

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