The Bricklayers of Oz


    Date and Time
  • 07/28, 8:00pm
  • 07/29, 8:00pm
  • 07/30, 3:00pm
  • 08/04, 8:00pm
  • 08/05, 8:00pm
    Location
  • The Ruth Page Center for the Arts
  • 1016 N. Dearborn
  • Chicago, IL 60610

CHICAGO DANCE CRASH TELLS THE HIP HOP ORIGIN STORY OF THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD WITH “THE BRICKLAYERS OF OZ” JULY 28-AUGUST 5.

For Crash’s 15th Anniversary Season, they go back to their roots of the “big pop culture production” with an original prequel to L. Frank Baum’s ‘The Wizard of Oz.’

Chicago – Chicago Dance Crash and Artistic Director Jessica Deahr are proud to go BIG with The Bricklayers of Oz, fit for all ages, playing at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Ave., July 28-August 5. Opening Night is Friday, July 28th at 8pm. Bricklayers is conceived & choreographed by Deahr with original lyrics by Chicago rapper Al Tamper. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. There is one matinee on Sunday July 30th at 3pm. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under and may be purchased at the link below.

Who sweeps up the confetti in Munchkinland? Who paves the roads and waters the flowers?

As the flagship production of Crash’s historic 15th Anniversary Season, ‘Bricklayers’ is an action-packed, lighthearted street tale of the lesser known laborers that toil within The Land of Oz. Crash’s hip hop fusion style full of flips & spins help tell the story of the Wicked Witch of the East and her power-hungry plan to coax others into building her a magical road (that was originally supposed to be silver!), followed quickly by the realization and uprising of an otherwise ignored group of people.

This family-appropriate production uses lollipops and breakdancing as an allegory for modern day politics, unsaid social assumptions, and what it’s like growing up as a “Second-Class Citizen of Paradise.” These performances are sponsored, in part, through the Ruth Page Center Subsidized Theater Rental Program. This will be the only original, evening-length performance from Dance Crash in 2017.

The cast for The Bricklayers of Oz includes: KC Bevis as the makeshift leader of the ‘Bricklayers,’ David Ingram, Zak McMahon, Kristi Licera, Porscha Spells, Elijah Motley, Kelsie Jayne, Monternez Rezell, Brian Humpherys, Kelsey Reiter, Charlie Cutler, Danielle Wilson, Brian Hare and Jessica Deahr as the Wicked Witch of the East.

The Bricklayers Artistic Team includes: Jessica Deahr (director and choreographer), original rap lyrics by Al Tamper, costumes by Jeff Hancock, and original lighting design by Erik S. Barry.