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Buddy Cop 2

Nov. 25, 2014 - Dec. 21, 2014 Thurs-Sat @ 7:30p; Sun @ 3p

In this town, nothing is what it seems. Or is it? When a flood destroys the police station, the local cops set up shop in the nearby community center. Mysteries emerge. Criminals are chased. Racquetball is played. They're celebrating Christmas…in August. Set in small-town Indiana in the 1980s, this quirky & slightly sinister tale of cops, cancer and Christmas cheer is one holiday event you won't want to miss. Didn’t catch Buddy Cop I? Neither did we.

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Amuse Bouche 2014

April 14, 2014 - April 16, 2014 Mon-Wed @ 7:30pm
The Den Theatre 1333 N Milwaukee Ave

Amuse Bouche, Pavement Group’s annual creative meet-and-greet of both local and national artists, is back in its fourth year! This festival of bite-sized new plays, written, rehearsed, and produced for an audience in under a week’s time, features five hand-picked playwrights from across the country, all tasked to cook up a 15 minute script in 24 hours. Once again, Pavement Group is joined by the students at Steppenwolf’s Young Adult Council (YAC), who will follow the production process from early planning stages through the final performance. In addition to curating the ten "ingredients" for each play, some YAC representatives joining both the cast and production team for a unique experience working with professional actors and directors in a fast-paced environment.

PLAYWRIGHTS: Bixby Elliot, Dominic Finocchiaro, Idris Goodwin, Cory Hinkle, Janine Nabers DIRECTORS: Kaiser Ahmed, Leah Karpel, Laura Lapidus, Tyrone Phillips, Sara Sawicki CAST: Cyd Blakewell, Darci Nalepa, Tyshaun Lang, Brian Stojak, Alexander Lane, Keith Neagle, Morgan McNaught, John Zinn, Leah Raidt, Tony Santiago, Dominique Worsley, Rammel Chan, Jaclyn Hennell, Yunuen Pardo, Yadira Corea, Adithi Chandrashekar

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Harry & the Thief - by Sigrid Gilmer

Oct. 10, 2013 - Nov. 10, 2013 Thurs-Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 6pm; Opening Night Mon 10/14 @ 8pm
The Den Theatre 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL

In a very different America, plans are underway to conquer the future by changing the past – and Mimi has only one chance to get it right. In this on-stage action movie meets time travel comedy, a thief is blackmailed into going back in time to deliver a cache of arms to Harriet Tubman and change the course of history. Steeped in fast-paced irreverence, Harry & the Thief takes an absurd look at America’s collective history and throws a pie in its face. - Previews 10/10-10/13 @ $20; Regular run 10/14-11/10 @ $25; Student & Industry @ $15 for every show!

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Amuse Bouche 2013

April 8, 2013 - April 10, 2013
The Den Theatre 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL

Amuse Bouche is Pavement Group’s annual festival of bite-sized new plays, written, rehearsed, and produced for an audience in under a week’s time. Now in its third year, Pavement Group’s 2013 Amuse Bouche will feature five hand-picked playwrights from across the country, all tasked to cook up a 15 minute script in 24 hours based on ten “ingredients” curated by the students at Steppenwolf’s Young Adult Council (YAC). Students will follow the production process from early planning stages through the final performance, with some YAC representatives joining the cast for a unique experience working with professional actors and directors in a fast-paced environment.

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breaks & bikes - by Mallery Avidon

Thursday through Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 6pm; Opening Night 11/15, add'l performance Mon 11/26 (no performance 11/22)
Collaboraction Studio 300 in the Flat Iron Arts Building 1579 N Milwaukee Ave

What happens after you've slept with all the girls, played all the shows, and done all the drugs, but you're still not famous? If you're Drew, you go to law school. But when a bicycle accident lands Drew in a coma, his mom, his former drummer, and the girls he could have loved converge around his hospital bed. Can they move forward from past disappointments, or will those fractures stay broken?

Written by Pavement Group Associate Mallery Avidon, breaks & bikes examines the unexpected events that force us to look up from our phones and rediscover the people who have ended up in our lives.

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Girl You Know It's True - by Bixby Elliot

April 12, 2012 - May 13, 2012 Thursday through Saturday @ 7:30pm, Sunday @ 3pm; Opening Night 4/16; Industry Night 4/23
Chopin Theatre - Studio 1543 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642

When Bixby, a 40-ish playwright fails to get his work produced he conjures up a radical new identity for himself: an impostor. His stand in - an African American Lesbian woman in a wheelchair - instantly shoots to fame. Needless to say, shit hits the fan. Told in tandem with the infamous Milli Vanilli scandal, Girl You Know it’s True is a hilarious and bold indictment of the institution of theatre and true intent behind the act of creation.

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Amuse Bouche 2011

Dec. 9, 2011 - Dec. 11, 2011 Friday & Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 3pm
Collaboraction 1579 North Milwaukee Avenue, Suite 336, Chicago, IL 60622

Some plays take years to write.

Some plays are never finished.

Some plays are made in 72 Hours.

Amuse Bouche makes 6 plays over night.


Amuse Bouche 2011 is Pavement Group’s second installment of our quick and dirty new plays festival. Presented and created over one hazy week, it’s a performance pop up presenting some of the most exciting new voices in the American Theatre.

Six playwrights are given 10 ingredients to interpret into text, and 24 hours to shape into a scrappy new short play. A director and a team of actors have another 24 hours to rehearse this play.

Then we perform it – for you.

This year Pavement Group has given the curatorial voice to our audience – who have, via facebook, elected this year’s ingredients.

Just to highlight a few:

There is an imposter Someone tries to smoke a cigarette and fails A mythical figure must be utilized Some of the action takes place out of the view of the audience

In the spirit of immediate performance, Amuse Bouche gives birth to 6 small bites of 6 new plays. This year we are proud to have on board:

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MilkMilkLemonade - by Joshua Conkel

March 17, 2011 - April 17, 2011 Thursday through Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 3pm
Chicago Dramatists 1105 W Chicago Ave

Hailed by the New York Post as "funny and poignant...incredibly open-hearted and generous," and awarded 4 stars by Time Out New York, who raved “this batch of MilkMilkLemonade tastes especially bittersweet,” MilkMilkLemonade is the story of 11-year old Emory, who dreams of being a singer and a dancer. His plans to ribbon dance his way to television's "Reach For The Stars" are thwarted by his Nanna, who is determined to mold Emory into a normal American boy, and erase his days of Jazz hands and Nina Simone covers.

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Amuse Bouche 2010

Nov. 19, 2010 - Nov. 21, 2010 Thursday through Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 3pm
Collaboraction 1579 N. Milwaukee Suite 336, Chicago IL 60622

In the next installment of our reading series Mise en Place we're creating four plays in 72 hours!

Four playwrights will each be given a list of "ingredients" they have to use in their short play and they have 24 hours to write. Our four directors will take over, each of them given an assortment of actors and one of the fresh-from-the-oven scripts.

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punkplay - by Gregory S Moss

Feb. 18, 2010 - April 25, 2010 See Calendar for details
Steppenwolf Garage

Directed by Pavement Group Founder and Artistic Director David Perez, punkplay is written by Gregory Moss and was originally produced by Clubbed Thumb as part of Summerworks 2009, their annual festival of new plays.

A sonic mix-tape frames the story of two boys living a suburban 80’s adolescence within a world where everyone thinks, looks and talks the same. When Duck (Alexander Lane) and Mickey (Matt Farabee) discover fast, hot, angry punk rock, it’s like nothing they’ve ever heard. Punk, in all its righteous fury, becomes a foundation for the boys to create a self-defining belief system that revolutionizes their universe.

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fracture/mechanics - by Mallery Avidon

June 6, 2009 - June 27, 2009
Red Tape Theatre 621 W. Belmont Avenue

Does all the sex you've had accumulate? Does your sexual history create a visage of who you are? Mallery Avidon's fracture/mechanics is a funny, sexy, and harrowing portrait of one woman's lineage of love. Told in small snap shots in and around a bed, the play ponders the frailty of affection.

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Arrangements - by Ken Weitzman

Nov. 7, 2008 - Nov. 30, 2008 Friday, Saturday @ 7:30p, Sunday @ 2p
EP Theatre 1820 S. Halsted Street

When Donna shows up at Ros' flower boutique, the reunion is less then cheerful. After six years of estrangement and some dire circumstance, Donna needs the help of her little sister. She is unemployed, almost homeless, and...morbidly obese. Reluctantly, Ros takes her in, and puts her to work in her new business endeavor - a flower shop teetering on the brink of success.

Robby, the shop's sole employee is stuck. After being expelled from college, he is reliant on the help of his brother David to pay the bills. In exchange for his support, David requires Robby to take "life coaching" lessons with him weekly. When a strange friendship emerges between Donna and Robby, it unearths a tidal wave of dark history in the lives of the two pair of siblings.

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Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century - by Kirk Lynn

May 9, 2008 - June 1, 2008
AV-aerie 2000 W Fulton St

Music and theatre unite in this play that traces three stories of the punk sensibility, ranging from Dada art of the 1920s to the movement's 16th century roots and then right back to the late 20th century with the Sex Pistols.

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Perks of Nudity - by David Perez

Nov. 4, 2006 - Nov. 27, 2006
EP Theatre 1820 S. Halsted St.

"Perks of Nudity" presents three friends as they travel to the outskirts of Seattle on a brief road trip to appraise a piece of land. When the car keys go missing, they must wade through the wreckage of their friendship in order to make it back to civilization. Perks of Nudity ponders the nature of friendship, and the cruelty imbedded in loving people back.

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