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'Crossing Six Corners' Unfolds Oral History Of District At Filament Theater

By Alex Nitkin | November 1, 2017 6:00am
 The Sears store at Six Corners in the 1980s
The Sears store at Six Corners in the 1980s
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Six Corners Association

CHICAGO — A play premiering later this month at Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., will show the vibrant and tumultuous history of the Six Corners Shopping District through "playful scenes, nostalgic monologues and creative songs," the theater announced.

A new version of "Crossing Six Corners," a first performed at the theater in 2013, will translate months of interviews with neighbors and historians into an immersive theatrical experience aimed at both longtime residents and outsiders.

The Six Corners Association is sponsoring this year's show not just to boost the neighborhood's name, but also to pad the association's own archives, according to association director Kelli Wefenstette.

"There's such a pride of place in Six Corners ... people carry so much nostalgia wrapped up in experiences they had shopping there with their parents or grandparents," Wefenstette said. "So when we can recognize that, and provide a platform for people to have a firsthand interaction with it, that's part of what sustains us as a commercial district."

The show premieres at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 with a "special viewing reception," when drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served and long-running businesses in the district will be honored with awards, Wefenstette said.

The play will show again at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 and 3 p.m. Nov. 12.

Tickets for all three performances are available online. Proceeds will benefit the association.