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Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences

​​​Founded as the Goodman Children's Theatre in 1925 and recognized as a pioneer of theatre for families, Chicago Playworks welcomes more than 25,000 students and families to our highly celebrated productions each season. Today we are dedicated to reflecting our audience's experience in an urban, contemporary, and multi-racial environment.

2022-23 Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences Series

Goosebumps The Musical:
Phantom of the Auditorium

book and lyrics by John Maclay
music and lyrics by Danny Abosch
directed by Rob Adler                  
October 6-November 12, 2022

Las Wavys                                                                            
by Ricardo Gamboa
A Cunningham Commission World Premiere
directed by Coya Paz
January 19-February 11, 2023

A Wrinkle in Time                                                                    
by Madeleine L'Engle
adapted by Tracy Young
directed by Jeff Mills
April 12-May 20, 2023

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DePaul's Historic Merle Reskin Theatre
Located at 60 East Balbo Drive, this Beaux-Arts style theatre was built as the Blackstone Theatre in 1910 and designed by Chicago architects Benjamin Howard Marshall and Charles Eli Fox. To learn more about the theatre, visit this page.

Public Transportation
The theatre is easily accessible by public transportation. The Red, Blue, Brown, Pink, Green, Orange, and Purple lines have stops nearby, and multiple bus routes serve the theatre.

There are several parking lots near the theatre, including LAZ Public Parking at 1 E. 8th Street, and Multipark at 635 S. Wabash Avenue. For parking rates and additional information, visit our Parking & Directions page.

Michelle Lopez-Rios
"Changing the world and keeping it safe is never-ending work." - Las Wavys
We are thrilled to be back live in DePaul's historic Merle Reskin Theatre sharing stories of courage, mystery, and finding our strength within. Whether you are in the mood for a frightening musical, a world premiere epic galactic battle, or a timeless classic, we have something for you and your family to enjoy! -Michelle Lopez-Rios, Artistic Director