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February 11- March 19, 2017The Actors Gymnasium Presents Quest Feb 11- March 19

Fridays at 7:30pm
Saturdays 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm

At The Actors Gymnasium in Evanston

Quest is an original circus-theater production loosely based on Leo Tolstoy’s short story The Three Questions. The protagonist asks three simple (but huge) questions, setting in motion a whirlwind journey to find the answers. Our hero and her sidekicks venture through obstacles, misinformation, slapstick fun, unexpected detours, music and songs, near crises, and amazing feats of partnership in seek of answers. Fun, funny, surprising, action-packed, deeply moving, profoundly existential – something for everyone!

“Recommended . . . a standout act by Amanda Crockett”Chicago Reader

“Any of these circus numbers could be stand-alone entertainment. This family-friendly outing is fun and astonishing. To quote the little girl to my left, “Oh my gosh!” She repeated this phrase often.”The Fourth Walsh

“what is happening is ambitious, adventurous, inventive and full of amazing flipping, climbing, swinging and tossing . . . The king, played by Amanda Crockett, is especially charming . . . the best moments of the show are the occasions when you seem to forget that you are watching a circus and simply see the stunts as moments in time of conquering an obstacle”Third Coast Review

“a thrilling ride through the unconsious mind in pursuit of the truth . . . Any good circus show should teeter at the edge of chaos, and these actors gleefully oblige.”Evanston Roundtable

“great fun and worth seeing!The hat juggling routine performed by pro Amanda Crockett is phenomenal! If you bring a child, prepare for them to ask if they can take class at the Actors Gym (which is a worthwhile endeavor!)”Dadapalooza

“a really fun show with amazing circus performances . . . It was amazing and mind-boggling to watch . . . I think two person trapeze is amazing to watch because you see the cooperation they have to have with each other”Ada Grey Reviews for You

“glued to the action, looking high and low, watching each move and where the performers might be next.”Around the Town Chicago

We recommend this show for kids aged five and above.
Running time: 75 minutes without intermission
There is no late seating for this show after the first 8 minutes.

Featured Performers

  • Flora Bare
  • Kate Braland
  • David Corlew
  • Amanda Crockett
  • Edgar Ortiz

Production Staff

Director and Writer: Leslie Buxbaum Danzig
Circus Choreographer: Sylvia Hernandez DiStasi
Co-Circus Choreographer: Tommy Tomlins
Composer and Music Director: Kevin O’Donnell
Dance Choreographer: Erin Kilmurray
Costume Designer: Jerica Hucke
Lighting Designer: Justine Brock
Sound Designer: Grover Holloway
Rigging Designer: Isaac Shoepp
Production Manager: Catherine Allen
Assistant Director: Aileen McGroddy
Workshop Stage Manager:Madie Doppelt

The Actors Gymnasium Winter Circus will participate for a fifth year in the League of Chicago Theatres’ Chicago Theatre Week February 9-19. 

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