Sep 16th 2019

Join us for an in-depth conversation with author Mark Larson examining the story of theater on Chicago’s South Side, moderated by Pemon Rami.

Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater provides an in-depth, first-of-its-kind history of Chicago’s internationally celebrated theater scene, written and curated by Mark Larson. Chicago is a bona fide theater town, bursting with an explosive, innovative vitality that’s fed every sector of the entertainment industry—from Hollywood to Broadway to Studio 8H—for as long as it’s delighted adoring local fans, and now, Mark Larson has distilled the history of Chicago’s modern theater movement into one comprehensive volume.

Mark Larson
Drawing from more than 300 interviews, author Mark Larson has woven a narrative that expresses the spirit of Chicago’s ensemble ethos: the voices of celebrities including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ed Asner, George Wendt, Michael Shannon, and Tracy Letts comingle with stories from designers, composers, and others who have played a crucial role in making Chicago theater so powerful, influential, and unique. Learn more at

Pemon Rami
Pemon Rami is one of the architects of the Chicago Theatre Arts Movement of the 60’s, and is an award-winning international filmmaker, theatre director and consultant. Pemon has served as artistic director for theaters in Chicago, Phoenix and Los Angeles.

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