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Theatre & Performing Arts

Humanity and Hope

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble (CDE) announces its collaboration with CIRCA Pintig, the Filipino American community arts organization, for a night of “Hope and Humanity.” The double feature event features T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland,” adapted, directed and choreographed by CDE Executive Director Ellyzabeth Adler and CIRCA Pintig’s world premiere production of “Daryo’s All- American Diner,” written by Conrad A. Panganiban, directed by Louie Pascasio with music by Demetrio Maguigad, May 5 – 20, at The Auditorium at Ebenezer Lutheran Church 1650 W. Foster Avenue. The performance schedule is Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with the art gallery and doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the venue box office with student and senior discounts available. Tickets and more information are available at


Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble

“The Wasteland”

T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland,” has a cast of four illuminating “the lost generation” of post World War I European society and the human soul’s search for redemption using CDE Founder and Executive Director Ellyzabeth Adler’s unique style of danztheatre that blends together dance, theatre, music and video imagery, featuring the illustrations of David Sarallo, into a visceral theatre experience. Written in a stream of consciousness, it seeks out what humans are looking for, a constant connection in life.


Circa Pintig

“Daryo’s All-American Diner”

​Written by Conrad A. Panganiban, “Daryo’s All-American Diner” is a new play about resilience seen through the lens of a Filipino family who struggles to keep a family business, “Daryo’s All-American Diner,” open at the height of the pandemic. May, the 40-year old daughter of the late founder, Daryo, manages the diner and is torn between keeping the business afloat despite mounting expenses or sell the business altogether. As she tiptoes on navigating these choices, her mother April and her African American surrogate aunt Alberta suffer the brunt of racial hatred. May is forced to revisit her decision as family and friends redefine what binds them together as a community. The play sets the tone for how a traumatic act of violence can lead to an act of grace when Daryo’s family and friends find new joy in honoring the legacy of Daryo, the late father whose culinary prowess makes “Daryo’s All-American Diner” all American.

Pictured: Peyton Hooks, Courtney Reid Harris, Ellyzabeth Adler and Joshua Hogan

Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis


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