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A live, online production
November 6 – 26, 2020
Chicago. Southside. 1963. The Robert Taylor Housing Projects are completed, and black families are given hope. Community forms and Taylor is full of music, food, and a self-sustained economy. But as time progresses, things change and violence increases, and the women step up to protect their community. Suddenly black people have to question: is this our home or just a failing project? Experience the real history and stories taken from interviews with residents and historians. The Project(s) gives voice to the black residents of Chicago's early housing projects.

Online Performances:
Friday 11/6 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday 11/7 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday 11/8 @ 3:00 PM

Thursday 11/12 @ 7:00 PM
Friday 11/13 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday 11/14 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday 11/15 @ 3:00 PM

Saturday 11/21 @ 7:00 PM
Thursday 11/26 -- View anytime between 9:00 AM CT and 11:00 PM CT

All in Central Time

  • Please note: Tickets are only on-sale until one hour before showtime to allow time for processing & sending links.

  • Performances of The Project(s) will be LIVE online, not pre-recorded*, capturing the excitement and interactivity of an onstage show in a virtual world performance. A link to access your performance via the internet will be sent to you via email prior to the performance.

  • The Thursday, November 26th Thanksgiving performance will be a pre-recorded performance.


Understudies: Christian Prins Coen, Sharayah Wallace

Production Team

Stage Manager: Devonte Washington
Artistic Producer: Brittany Gillespie*
Costume Design: Brenda Winstead*
Projection Design: Christian Helem and James Yost*
Dramaturgy: Antwon Funches
Streaming Technology: Drew Martin*
Graphics: David Dowd

*Stage Left Ensemble Member

the project(s) videos

the project(s) videos

the project(s) videos
An interview with cast member Danyelle Monson from "the project(s)"

An interview with cast member Danyelle Monson from "the project(s)"

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An interview with cast member Jaegen Ellison from "the project(s)"

An interview with cast member Jaegen Ellison from "the project(s)"

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An interview with cast member RjW Mays from "the project(s)"

An interview with cast member RjW Mays from "the project(s)"

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"This Chicago story has a new life and new meaning in a strong virtual production by Stage Left Theatre …
It shines an authentic light on the journey that grew sporadically but inevitably into the Black Lives Matter movement and its growing political strength."

~ Nancy Bishop, Third Coast Review. Full Review 

“The highest compliment I can pay director Christian Helem and his very talented cast is that I found myself midway through the production forgetting that I was at home watching from my couch. There were of course the usual Zoom glitches that plague pretty much every virtual experience. But these minor technological mishaps served to remind me that the play was in fact live, a raw organic experience that would never be presented in exactly the same way again.” 

~ Noel Schecter, New City. Full Review 

"This is real! These are stories about real people and their experience. This is 'the rest of the story'."

~ Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago. Full Review

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