ABOUT PORT OF ENTRY
Port of Entry invites you to step inside the stories of immigrants from all parts of the world as they forge new lives within the walls of a single apartment building in one of the country’s most diverse immigrant communities: Chicago’s Albany Park. You won’t find this immersive performance on a stage; instead, Port of Entry unfolds across the three floors of a re-created apartment building in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood. Co-created by Albany Park Theater Project and Third Rail Projects and performed by APTP’s youth ensemble, Port of Entry will take you on a journey through time and across cultures, welcoming you into the lives of people who have made this place their home over the span of a century.
Currently in development for the 2022/23 season, Port of Entry is the newest collaboration between Albany Park Theater Project and Third Rail Projects, the co-creators of 2016’s Learning Curve.
Port of Entry marks the second collaboration between Albany Park Theater Project (Chicago) and Third Rail Projects (New York). The two companies first teamed up in August, 2014 for what was slated to be a one-week, skill-sharing workshop. Those six days turned into a two-year collaboration, culminating in the co-creation of Learning Curve, an immersive theater performance that placed audiences within the walls of a Chicago public high school and into the shoes of its students. Learning Curve premiered in Chicago in July, 2016 and was named one of the best shows of the year by nearly every Chicago theater critic and one of the 25 best shows of the decade by critic Kris Vire. An ensemble of more than 30 teens, all high-school students themselves, performed in an extended run that lasted for five months. This nine-minute video offers a window into the worlds of Learning Curve.
LEARNING CURVE, Created by Albany Park Theater Project and Third Rail Projects
Albany Park Theater Project
Albany Park Theater Project devises world-class theater that amplifies and illuminates the voices and experiences of immigrant and first-generation Americans. On stage and off, APTP creates transformative experiences that forge an inclusive community of youth artists, adult artists and audiences united in making the world more just, equitable and joyful. Since 1997, APTP has premiered two dozen original theater productions inspired by real-life stories ofg hundreds of people in Albany Park, the Chicago neighborhood where the company makes its home, and other immigrant communities in Chicago. APTP’s teen ensemble has performed for more than 60,000 people, opened the Albany Park neighborhood’s first performing arts space, and filmed two of its original performances for broadcast on Chicago’s PBS affiliate. APTP has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the inaugural Luis Valdez Award for Arts Activism from the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists, the Midwest Human Rights Award from National Immigrant Justice Center, and the Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. APTP is also known for its youth development and college access and persistence programs, through which its youth ensemble members prepare to lead civically engaged and choice-filled lives.
Third Rail Projects
Third Rail Projects has been hailed as one of the foremost companies creating site-specific, immersive, and experiential performance. The company is led by Artistic Directors Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett, and is dedicated to re-envisioning ways in which audiences engage with contemporary performance. Their award-winning immersive hit Then She Fell, named one of the “Top Ten Shows of 2012” by Ben Brantley of the New York Times, enjoyed a sold-out run for seven years until the pandemic closed its doors in 2020. The company has created large-scale immersive works in New York and nationally with projects including Ghost Light at Lincoln Center Theater, The Grand Paradise in Brooklyn, and Sweet & Lucky with Denver Center for the Performing Arts, as well as internationally through the Global Performance Studio (GPS). Third Rail Projects has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including: two New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards; a Chita Rivera Award for Choreography; several fellowship awards including two CEC Artslink Back Apartment Residencies (Russia); a Theater Fellowship from the Bogliaco Foundation (Italy); and more. Third Rail Projects has also been recognized as part of the creative team of the Emmy Award-winning virtual reality adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Wolves in the Walls. In 2016, the artistic directors were named among the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn Culture by Brooklyn Magazine.