Give It All Back

date range
Nov 20, 2016
Dec 18, 2016

In a swank French hotel room in the mid-1960s, an artist hides out from a world that's turned on him. As a cavalcade of familiar faces tries to break down his door, he smokes, talks, drinks, and tries not to think about acoustic versus electric. But when a prime career opportunity lands on the table, he has to decide which version of himself he wants to be, and how to keep the past from bubbling up beneath him. Calamity West delivers a hilariously sardonic examination of how you hold on to your art when everyone else thinks that it's theirs.

Approximate running time: 2 hours, including one intermission
Not recommeded for very young theatre-goers

Performances Thursday-Saturdays at 7:30pm; and Saturdays-Sundays at 3pm


Sideshow is happy to provide the following accessible services for the performances listed:

Audio Description and Touch Tour:
Sunday, November 27: 1:30pm Touch Tour; 3pm performance

Open Captioning:
Saturday, December 3: 3pm performance
Saturday, December 10: 3pm performance
Friday, December 16: 7:30pm performance
Saturday, December 17: 3pm performance


Calamity West is a Chicago-based award-winning playwright. She is currently developing new plays with the Goodman, Steep Theatre Company and Jackalope Theatre Company. Her full-length plays include: Tony Kushner Considers Writing a Gay Fantasia Based on National Themes (2016), Rolling (2016, Jeff Award nominee for new work); Give It All Back (Kilroys-cited 2015); Ibsen Is Dead (2014); The Peacock (2013, Kilroys honorable mention); The Gacy Play (2012); and Common Hatred (2012). Calamity is a company member of Jackalope Theatre Company, an artistic associate of Sideshow Theatre Company, and is represented by The Gersh Agency.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.



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at Richard Christiansen Theatre at Victory Gardens
2433 N Lincoln Ave

written by: Calamity West

directed by: Marti Lyons

featuring: McKenzie Chinn, Matt Fletcher, Andrew Goetten, Lindsey Kite, Paloma Nozicka, Pat Whalen and Mary Williamson