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.
I met David Feiner, artistic director of Albany Park Theater Project, in the fall of 2013 after he wrote to Third Rail Projects about his experience at our show Then She Fell and inquired about meeting to chat about sharing this format with the APTP youth ensemble. Working with teenagers is not exactly in my comfort zone, but faced with David’s enthusiasm and excitement, I found myself just saying “Well, how about we just come out to Chicago and teach a workshop with your company?”
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.