One member of this theatre troupe had previously been discriminated against for his race. Another was rejected by a casting director for her weight. But not here. These actors are accepted at Near West Theatre. That's the kind of place it is — one where people, whether they may be, young, old, black, white, gay, straight, disabled or able-bodied, can have a turn in the spotlight.
How is it that a small community theatre project that started with 13 teenagers and an $800 budget blossomed into a company that is about to open a 7 million dollar building? The heart and soul of this talented and diverse community theater is chronicled during the group's farewell show in its former location. The unorthodox company has been so impactful that former cast members, including one battling cancer, came from as far as Puerto Rico to be a part of the final show.