Crime Scene Chicago
Crime Scene Chicago
Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology, Collaboraction's theatrical reaction to violent crime in Chicago, made it's world premiere on the Collaboraction stage in the winter of 2013 and has gone on to inspire two summer tours, a Crime Scene Teen Ensemble, a one night only event at Northwestern's School of Law for MLK Dream Week, and spurred a new monthly series called Let Hope Rise that began in February of 2015 with another tour in the summer. Crime Scene coupled nonfiction source material such as interviews, articles, and online comments with true Chicago crimes to raise critical questions surrounding segregation, poverty, the news media, and popular culture. Artistic Director Anthony Moseley has re-conceived the show for each incarnation to include up-to-the-minute stories of Chicago violence and those working to increase peace.
Universally lauded by press, the 2013 world premiere of Crime Scene was described as "gripping, "direct, visceral, youthful and winningly honest" using "elements of history, testimony, song and hip-hop oration."
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"'Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology,' far and away the best Collaboraction show I've seen these past 14 years, is indeed a call for collaborative action. The ensemble piece, which premiered Monday night and probes the current epidemic of violent crime in this city, offers a veritable plethora of problems, contexts and solutions."
"Neither politicians, nor the police, nor community activists, nor parents seem capable of stopping the insanity. And it's a good bet no theater company will be able to turn the tide, either. Yet there is something about the 85-minute 'Crime Scene' that is so direct, visceral, youthful and winningly honest (meaning not at all predictably politically correct), that you might at least find yourself listening again -- willing to get beyond the overload of disgust, impotence and sense of futility."
“The success of this work as theater indicates its potential to reach beyond its black box space and start vital conversations, and yes, even incite actions needed to staunch the flow of blood in Chicago street.”
"It is a frightening, and sometimes even funny new play."