Celebrate World Theatre Day in a World-Class City

March 26, 2012

Tuesday, March 27 is World Theatre Day in Chicago and around the world.

World Theatre Day was created in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) to celebrate the contributions made by theatre practitioners and patrons to our society.

In 2009, Chicago became the first city in the country to plan a World Theatre Day celebration, which is an opportunity for Chicago artists — and the city’s residents who love them — to examine what it means to be thought-provoking leaders in a city ever-evolving as a global citizen.

Each year’s celebration includes a World Theatre Day statement that reflects on the craft and its value. This year’s statement was composed by Chicago’s own John Malkovich:

“I’m honored to have been asked by the International Theatre Institute ITI at UNESCO to give this greeting commemorating the 50th anniversary of World Theatre Day. I will address my brief remarks to my fellow theatre workers, peers and comrades.

Chicago's own John Malkovich

“May your work be compelling and original. May it be profound, touching, contemplative, and unique. May it help us to reflect on the question of what it means to be human, and may that reflection be blessed with heart, sincerity, candor, and grace. May you overcome adversity, censorship, poverty and nihilism, as many of you will most certainly be obliged to do. May you be blessed with the talent and rigor to teach us about the beating of the human heart in all its complexity, and the humility and curiosity to make it your life’s work.

“And may the best of you — for it will only be the best of you, and even then only in the rarest and briefest moments — succeed in framing that most basic of questions, “how do we live?” Godspeed.”

The Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph Street, Chicago, is hosting free events beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 in honor of World Theatre Day. The occasion will culminate in a reception celebrating all that Chicago theatre artists contribute to making our home a world-class city.

For more information on the Chicago events and World Theatre Day, visit

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