Oct 1st 2019

Setting the Stage

@ Design Museum of Chicago

72 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Opening Tuesday, October 1st, from 6PM - 8PM

On view through Sunday, January 5th

Design in theatre can take many forms, including costumes, lights, sound, props, and sets, among countless other examples. Setting the Stage celebrates the myriad ways design is employed in stage productions.

Using objects on loan from Chicago theatres, this exhibit will emphasize the diversity, depth, and breadth of theatres in the city and explore how words are translated by designers into a production. See the process behind the final products and learn more about how and why design decisions in theatres are made.

Celebrate the Year of Chicago Theatre with us and discover all that the city’s theatre has to offer through the objects which exemplify the soul of each institution.


Each month throughout the run of this exhibition, a different theatre will be curating a mini-exhibition on our “stage,” featuring an expanded look at what makes each of them unique.

July: Idle Muse Theatre Company

August: Chicago Public Library

September: Black Ensemble Theater

October: eta Creative Arts

November: Joffrey Ballet

December: Chicago Children’s Theatre


Event is free and open to the public




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