2022/2023 SEASON

A joint production between Dixon Stage Left and the Dixon: Historic Theatre.

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. This enchanted edition is inspired by the 1997 teleplay, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother.

Rating: G
Run Time: Approx. 2 hrs
Includes one 15-minute Intermission

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December 14, 2022

Music: Matt Ulery/Matt Shevitz Quartet

Rendezvous wants to help you relax and take a break from the rush of the holiday season while enjoying music by the Matt Ulery/Matt Shevitz Quartet! Their music will be perfectly paired with the unique photography of Harvey Tillis.

Artist: Harvey Tillis
https://www.harveytillisphotography.com/

A self-taught freelance photographer for over 40 years, Harvey Tillis creates original photo art with 35mm, 2 1/4, and view cameras, first using a wide variety of black and white, color, and infrared films, paper stocks, and darkroom techniques, then with digital technology! Come and view his special creativity. His prints will be available for purchase.

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January 11, 2023

Music: Kontras Quartet

New to Rendezvous Arts, the Kontras Quartet has been described as "a tightly crafted and beautiful instrument" (CVNC Arts Journal) and has been commended by Gramophone Magazine for their "scrupulous shading and control" and "enjoyable musical personality" (Fanfare Magazine). Kontras means "contrasts" in the Afrikaans language - fitting for a string ensemble whose colorful repertoire spans centuries, genres, and continents.

https://www.kontrasquartet.com

Artist: Lewis Ackenbach
https://www.lewisachenbach.com

Visual artist/painter Lewis Ackenbach is also new to Rendezvous and we couldn’t be more excited to watch him paint as the Kontras Quartet performs. “Color, movement, expressivity, freedom of gesture are attributes shared by painting and jazz as both art forms evolved since the early 20th Century. Modernists creating visual art famously including Jackson Pollock, Stuart Davis and Piet Mondrian were inspired by live performances and recordings of improvisational music.

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February 1, 2023

Music: Fareed Haque & Goran Ivanovic

Guitarists Fareed and Goran are back! Inspired by the rhythms and melodies of flamenco, jazz, classical, rock and the Balkan region, this performance features the unrivaled guitar artistry of two of the finest players of their respective generations. Their music is carefully balanced between blazing virtuosity and sheer beauty.

https://fareed.com/goran-ivanovic-fareed-haque-duo/

Artist: Jen McNulty
http://www.jenmcnulty.com

Jen Mcnulty interest in mosaics began in London, England in 1999. She saw this ancient art form everywhere. The notion of illustrating a story with tiles piqued her interest. McNulty was inspired to research the process and soon began merging her illustration background with mosaic tiles, all on antique pieces found on the Portobello Road in London.

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12 Angry Jurors

A limited run, readers theatre-style production

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry jurors.

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In October 1998, Matthew Shepard, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. The Tectonic Theatre project conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town, which are recounted in this challenging play. The breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating.

Rating: PG-13
Run Time: Approx. 1hr 45 min
Includes one 15-minute Intermission

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March 23, 2023

Music: STEAM

The Steam Quartet is a powerful combo of the leading exponents of traditional Irish music from the international acoustic scene. Their various backgrounds and their versatility embraces dance, wit, and road-tested musical integrity. Their energy, heartwarming stories, amazing friendship and unbelievable talent will melt your heart and make your toes tap with joy! 

Artist: Benjamin Calvert
https://www.benjamincalvert.com

Benjamin Calvert carves his art into woodblocks and then prints the images onto paper. Intrigued? You will get to witness this in action at our events! Ben will be carving before and during the concert and then printing after the music is done so you can see his art form as it happens! From Benjamin, "Pulling that first print off the block is pure joy. The excitement multiplies when there are multiple blocks for each color involved. Each successive color is a layer that informs the mystery and appeal of the final image. I take much pleasure in hearing interpretations of my work from others. I enjoy creating images that are at once familiar, yet open to interpretation. The more diverse the comments, the more effective I believe my work to be.”

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April 19, 2023

Music: Metropolis Oboe Quartet

Rendezvous Arts board members Deb Stevenson, Steven Houser and the Metropolis Oboe Quartet can’t wait to share with you three compositions written for the quartet by Chicago composers! Works presented include board member Lee Kesselman’s “Elegy & Burlesque,” “Three Quark Pieces” by Scott Stevenson and “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick” by James Stevenson.

Artist: Faith Humphrey Hill
https://www.dartily.com

At quick glance you might think you are looking at a portrait painting - but upon closer inspection - they are knit! Faith will not only have her art works for you to look at up-close, she is also making several 6 foot panels that will hang by the musicians during the performance!

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Four beautiful, badass women try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris and lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.

Rating: PG-13
Run Time: Approx. 2 hrs
Includes one 15-minute Intermission

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May 10, 2023

Music: True Colors Baroque

Rendezvous Arts is thrilled for the return of True Colors Baroque period instrument ensemble. The ensemble’s old-fashioned gut strings evoke the true colors of the baroque era, while freshly fashioned gutsy performances express the true colors of each musician, individually and collectively. 

Artist: Don Widmer
https://dwidmer.com

Don Widmer is a book and paper artist whose work incorporates papermaking and artist bookbinding. His papermaking utilizes detailed pulp painting with numerous layers of stenciled pulp. His artist books feature structures that explore movement and light.

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All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen's classic 1813 novel come to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation. Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet's most urgent priority. But with four sisters, an overzealous match-making mother, and a string of unsuitable suitors, it's difficult to escape the subject. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense -- but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice, and to make the best match of all?

Rating: PG
Run Time: Approx. 2 hrs 30 min
Includes one 15-minute Intermission

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This production features the local talent of young adults in the Sauk Valley area.

This is the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge.

Rating: PG-13
Run Time: Approx. 2 hrs
Includes one 15-minute Intermission

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