World Premiere of Fast Food Chain
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April 26 to May 18, 2019 at Adventure Stage Chicago (1012 N. Noble Street, Chicago) Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC) is one of the only theaters in Chicago that develops and presents works specifically for the pre-teen and teenage audience. In ASC artistic associate Andrew Marikis’ Fast Food Chain, directed by Black Ensemble Theater’s Daryl Brooks, Igbo folk heroes Hare and Tortoise are reimagined against the backdrop of Chicago in 2019. The story follows a brother and sister: Rudy is a teenage boy who dreams of becoming a famous chef; the problem is, his schemes usually involve getting him and his younger sister, Akari, into big trouble. Their family struggles with the pressure of food insecurity in Chicago until one day Rudy and Akari discover a garden in the unlikeliest of places. Fast Food Chain is written with help from Chicago students, diving into the magical realism of African folktale while showcasing the power of community and storytelling in combatting social issues. More information at