PILSEN — Things definitely got loony at Redmoon Theater’s “Spectacle Lunatique,” a fundraiser that was the first major event in the theater’s new space.
Redmoon, previously at 1463 W. Hubbard St., now makes its home in a 57,000-square-foot warehouse space at 2120 S. Jefferson St.
About 1,000 people turned out for Saturday’s event, said Brittany Pyle, marketing associate for Redmoon.
The theater specializes in spectacle, and Saturday was no exception.
Guests rode rickshaws and a homemade carousal. They also watched a mobile chandelier made out of champagne bottles — topped with a silk circus artist pouring the bubbly.
Redmoon’s Community Galvanizer Award — an award given to a community builder — went to Matt Moog, CEO of Viewpoints, a product review website.
During the first two hours of the event, VIP guests were treated to a gourmet meal by local chefs. Each chef had to craft a dish that represented a neighborhood significant to Redmoon’s history, with five ‘hoods in total.
Chinatown was represented by Chef Thai Dang of Embeya with a dish of Green Papaya, cilantro, Thai basil, crispy shallots and Vietnamese beef jerky. Pilsen’s shoutout came from Nightwood’s Chef Jason Vincent, who prepared a hog leg caldo with Three Sister's hominy, tomato, chilis, lime, cilantro and crema (Mexican sour cream).
Redmoon’s upcoming show, "The Elephant and the Whale," is a partnership with Chicago Children’s Theater. The show runs April 10 to May 26 and tickets start at $25.