Learning Curve is a theatrical journey that places you within the walls of a Chicago public high school and in the shoes of its students. With each step, you’ll experience the real-life triumphs and struggles of students, teachers and parents during the years that hopefully lead to a high school diploma.
Learning Curve is the first collaboration between Albany Park Theater Project, Chicago’s “prodigiously gifted, exquisitely directed youth theater ensemble” (Chicago Sun-Times), and Brooklyn-based Third Rail Projects, the acclaimed creators of Then She Fell, the long-running immersive performance voted “Top Ten of 2012” by the New York Times.
We are creating this innovative and ambitious show over two years. The Spring 2015 performances will showcase Learning Curve as a work-in-progress, giving audience members both a complete experience and the opportunity to share feedback that will shape the fully produced performance, which will premiere in 2016.
Learning Curve is an experiential performance and is not recommended for audience members who are not comfortable standing, walking, or climbing stairs. Children under 14 will not be admitted.
Albany Park Theater Project will stage two productions in 2015, the first highlighted by a new collaboration with Third Rail Projects and the second by a continued partnership with Goodman Theatre. Tickets for both productions go on sale in Spring, 2015.
This summer, APTP launched a two-year project to create Learning Curve, our first immersive theater production, in collaboration with Third Rail Projects, one of the foremost creators of immersive performance.
Already in less than 72 hours, APTP’s home theater and ensemble has transformed—school desks fill the building, furniture is dispersed across the theater, APTP teens interact with rooms and objects as though they are fellow actors, and the entire Eugene Field Park field house (which houses APTP) is evolving into a multi-floor, multi-room performance space. This week, APTP hosts New York’s Third Rail Projects to learn the art of immersive theater. By Saturday (less than 72 hours from now), APTP and Third Rail will reveal the original 40-minute performance experience they have co-created in just five days.