Recommended Theater: GET OUT ALIVE (Haven, The Den)

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by Lamont Williams on July 8, 2022

in Theater-Chicago


Beginning tonight from Haven is Nikki Lynette’s multidisciplinary afrogoth musical Get Out Alive, co-directed by Roger Ellis and Lucky Stiff, which features the writer and her personal journey with mental health. The cast also includes DJ P1, Keeley Morris and Jacinda Ratcliffe.

Independent artist, actor and activist, Lynette’s recounts her personal journey marked by abuse, grief, sexual assault and suicide, Lynette raises mental health awareness through the lens of a hip-hop concert. Using storytelling, song, dance, visual media and a live DJ, Lynette’s offbeat approach to sharing her personal mental health journey shows that even when life leads us to a bad place, we can always make it out alive.

Comments Lynette, “When I went into the psyche ward after a suicide attempt, I met all these people with the same issues as me, and they felt alone, too. I told them when I got out, I would use my platform to tell our stories — and I’m keeping my word.”

The production team includes Eleanor Kahn (scenic design), Anna Wooden (costume design), Gabrielle Strong (lighting design), Brett Ashleigh (sound design), Caitlin McLeod (props design, set dressing design), Keeley Morris (co-choreographer), Jacinda Ratcliffe (co-choreographer), Chris Owens (projections design), Ty Huey aka Lucy Stoole (hair and make-up design), Brannon Bowers (creative producer), Matt Hennessy (music producer) and Jayce Lewis (production stage manager).

Get Out Alive
The Den Theatre’s Janet Bookspan Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.
previews (pay-what-you-can) July 8-12, 2022
regular run though August 6, 2022
Thurs-Sat at 7:30; Sun at 3
for tickets ($21-$46), call 773. 697.3830 or visit Haven
Industry Night
: July 25 at 7:30 pm
Open-Captioned Performances: July 28 – Sunday, July 31
Get Out and Thrive, post-show dancing with DJ Ca$h Era:  July 22
Wellness Event, pre-show panel: July 17, 2:30-2:30

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