#Buttcracker2019 Press Release!


(sub)version productions is proud to announce the return of, THE BUTTCRACKER: A NUTCRACKER BURLESQUE©️ at its newest location: THE DEN THEATRE, 1331 N Milwaukee, December 5th, 12th and 19th, and 26th at 8:00pm, as well as the premiere of CLARA’S LATE NIGHT HOLIDAY PARTY, following The Buttcracker each night at 10:30pm.

The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque will be directed by long-time Neo-Futurist and Chicago artist Leah Urzendowski and choreographed by burlesque superstar Jenn Freeman | Po’Chop. With Costume Design by Kate Setzer Kamphausen, Scenic/Lighting Design by Kristof Janezic, Sound Design by Steve Labedz, and Experience Design by Mealah Heidenreich. Wendy Madrigal stage manages, produced by Jaq Seifert, with assistant producer Jess Vann.

The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque© is celebrating four years as Chicago’s hottest alternative retelling of the holiday classic. Featuring burlesque, boylesque, drag, magic, pole, sword balancing, ballet and more in a combination fairy tale and exotic trip down the rabbit hole to the Land of the Sweets. This year The Buttcracker will be debuting new acts, both featured soloist and group numbers alike, along with the introduction of Clara’s Late Night Holiday Party, the party Clara wished she could throw: sexier, riskier, more intimate and close-up, with even more amazing talent from Chicago’s leaders in cabaret, vaudeville, circus, and of course, burlesque. VIP experience includes reserved seating on the VIP floor, cafe table, early entrance with a cast meet and greet, new swag, and entrance to Clara’s Late Night Holiday Party. Early Bird and VIP tickets on sale in October. General Admission on sale in November.

The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque©️ tells the story of Clara, the humble office admin, a believer in body and sex positivity. Charged with the planning and executing of the office holiday party, she hires a dancer named Drosselmeyer to entertain her coworkers. But when the dance causes her to lose her job, she doubts whether there’s a place for her in the real world. Seeing her despair, Drosselmeyer gives her a gift of a tiny Nutcracker. Lodged inside its mouth she finds a hidden piece of candy that upon consumption, whisks her away on a wild hallucinogenic trip from the boring-A(s)F(u*k) holiday party to the jazzy, seductive, and luscious underground world of the Land of the Sweets. While there, she battles rats, saves the day, receives her confectious rewards, and realizes her sensual, sexy self is nothing to be ashamed of, but to be celebrated and enjoyed.

Director, Leah Urzendowski

About Director Leah Urzendowski: Leah Urzendowski is a founding member of The Ruffians, and an ensemble member with the Chicago Neo-futurists since 2011, where she regularly performs in the late night show The Infinite Wrench.  Most recently, she co-created, wrote and performed “The? Unicorn? Hour?” with Anthony Courser. Some Chicago credits include Jeff recommended Mr. Burns (Theatre Wit); Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, Miss Neo Pageant, (The Neo- Futurists); Burning Bluebeard (The Ruffians); 500 Clown Trapped, 500 Clown Frankenstein, 500 Clown Macbeth (500 Clown); Moby Dick, Dustbowl Gothic (The Building Stage); Hunchback (Redmoon). Choreography and movement direction credits include The Magic Play (Goodman), Lord of The Flies (Steppenwolf), Ivywild (Hypocrites), Miss Neo Pageant (The Neo-Futurists), and Burning Bluebeard (The Ruffians, The Neo-Futurists).  TV and film credits include Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, “Operator”, “Beats”, and “For Prophet”. Leah is a teaching artist with The Ruffians, Neo-futurists, and Team Awesome, specializing in physical theatre, ensemble and partnership building, clown, movement, and movement consulting. She received her BFA from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and is represented by Paonessa Talent.

Choreographer, Jenn Freeman | Po’Chop

About Choreographer Jenn Freeman | Po’Chop: Chicago-based performance artist Po’Chop uses elements of dance, storytelling & striptease to create performances and inspire students & collaborators. Po’Chop has performed at the Brooklyn Museum with Brown Girls Burlesque’s Bodyspeak and headlined shows across the states. Po’Chop is a Workshop Coordinator & Board Member for Jeezy’s Juke Joint. Po’ performs on Netflix’s Easy and appears in videos for Jamila Woods and Mykele Deville. Po’Chop was selected as a 2018 Chicago Dancemakers Lab Artist.

About (sub)version productions: (sub)version productions’ mission is to resist the normalization of performance, to reimagine the way the public views performance art, and redefine what cannot be defined. From burlesque to solo performances, cabarets and dance experiences, (sub)version productions is dedicated to art that matters and is never finished.


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