The Yellow Wallpaper and Attic Room

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Adler's compelling `Yellow' drives imagination up the wall  Adler capably weaves together stinging snippets of text and the suggestion of one woman's world unraveling in almost lyrical measures- Chicago Tribune

Come back to the theater this fall with a split bill with Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble and RE Dance Group.

This will officially kick of CDE's two-year retrospective celebrating 20 years of creating innovative and socially conscious danztheatre work.

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble remounts “The Yellow Wallpaper,” based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 1890 short story and reinterpreted for a 2021 pandemic landscape. As a woman in postpartum depression also battles her own rapidly vanishing sanity, her physician husband gives her the "rest cure." In her bedroom, she fixates on the wallpaper patterns, which transform into other trapped women who reflect her despair through monologues and dance. Feelings of mental and physical isolation will resonate with audiences still reeling from COVID-19.

RE|dance Group performs “The Attic Room,” choreographed by Michael Estanich. “The Attic Room” is an intimate dance story of escape and desire. The dance theatre work for seven dancers reveals the thin line between resignation and hope. Images unfold through sharp dancing and poetic text in a space filled with the forgotten memories of the past.

Each production in CDE’s return to the stage will include an art gallery reflecting the show’s particular themes.

The gallery opens at 7:30 p.m. and closes 30 minutes after the performance ends. Also in the gallery area will be representatives of Chicago organizations that complement and expand on the subject matter of each performance.


Following current guidelines from federal, state and local government and its agencies, audience members must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask at all performances. All performers and participants in this CDE performance are vaccinated and will perform without masks.

The cast of “The Yellow Wallpaper” includes Cheryl Nowlin (woman) and Venice Averyheart, Sarah Franzel, Ellyzabeth Adler and Shalaka Kulkarnari (wallpaper ensemble), Andrew Kain Miller (John) and Ginger Leopoldo (Jennie).
The creative team for “The Yellow Wallpaper” includes Ellyzabeth Adler (choreographer, co-script adapter, costume designer, director and set designer);; Amanda Healy Collins (co-script adapter); Joe Griffin (original sound design); Tim Hort (original sound design); John Borowski (sound designer for 2021): Siobhan Kealy (art gallery curator) and Joshua Paul Weckesser (lighting design and technical director).

Featured visual artists in the gallery of the Auditorium include Tien Austin, Melon Fernsebner, Harvey Hayes, Siobhan Kealy, Jennifer Krause, Kayla Placencio, Cristal Tucker, Tom White and Dorothy Zhu.

Running Time
90 minutes
Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Ebenezer Lutheran Church

1650 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 561-8496