A new play opens this week, set amid the hothouse cultural explosion of Chicago’s 1980s house music scene.
Back In The Day is presented by UrbanTheater Company – a new work-in-progress focusing on the city’s Black and Latino dance crews in the prime of Chicago’s groundbreaking house music scene of the 1980s.
Based upon José “Gringo” Echevarría’s book The Real Dance Fever: Book One, Back In The Day “takes you back to the ’80s, to the glory days of house music when Black and Latino dance crews set such legendary local juice bars like Jenal’s and Medusa’s on fire with their dance moves.”
There will also be a post-performance basement party on June 22 and following every other Saturday night, DJ’d by Pablo “Punkout” González.
Back In The Day is written by UTC Artistic Director Miranda González based on Echevarría’s book and co-directed by González and Raquel Torre. The show runs June 19 to August 3 at the Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division St in Chicago. Tickets are available online at urbantheaterchicago.org.