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The Sweetest Season : A Gathering of Indigenous Creativity

July 14 – July 16, 2023

Back for a second year, The Sweetest Season expands to include two performances of a spoken word and song showcase, staged readings, workshops, a Native-curated gathering and more. Presented in partnership with The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian.

A Celebration of Indigenous Spoken Word and Song

Photo: The Sweetest Season 2022

Friday, July 14 at 7:30pm


Saturday, July 15 at 2:00pm


Join us for a post-show discussion after the Saturday performance!

Since time immemorial, Chicago has been a meeting place for Native peoples. With words of wisdom, stories, and histories old and new, we expand traditions of performance with an evening of music, dance, and spoken word, featuring local Indigenous artists in a program curated by Vincent Romero (Laguna Pueblo).

Tickets are $15 for all locations




The Sweetest Season Social Hour: An Indigenous-Only Curated Space 

Friday, July 14 at 6pm
Alice Center – Baskes Rotunda

An event hosted by the Mitchell Museum and curated by the Indigenous community for fellowship, food and conversation.

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Decolonizing Theater

Saturday, July 15 at 12pm
Alice Center – Baskes Rotunda

A panel discussion with Indigenous artists about the ways in which theater artists can decolonize their practice and the field.

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Sorrel and Sassafras: Indigenous Poetry and Art

Saturday, July 15 at 5:30pm
Alice Center – Baskes Rotunda

Join us for an exciting event celebrating Indigenous poets and visual artists as they share and discuss their work and process.

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Campy; The Search for Summer’s Campiest Camper

Staged Reading
A new play by New Stages Resident Playwright Dillon Chitto
Saturday, July 15 at 8:00pm
Healy Rehearsal Room 

Chicago friends return to a gay summer campground to continue their annual tradition of competing to be named, “Summer’s Campiest Camper”. As the competition draws closer, the campers are forced to reveal their true selves and confront their hidden feelings. Campy; The Search for Summer’s Campiest Camper is a gay Indigenous rom-com about love, lust and longing. 

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Secret Stash: Indigenous Humor Explored

Sunday, July 16 at 2:00pm
Alice Rotunda

From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend…The legend of Jud, Defender of the Universe. A mighty artist, loved by good, feared by evil. Cinefile, chanteur, warrior-poet, raconteur, enabler, bon vivant, dramatist, and sporadic user of french. Justin ‘Jud’ Gauthier isn’t really a grown up, he just convincingly portrays one when he needs to. As a Ronin and accomplished pizza-eater, Jud has seen every form of combustion known to man and is reportedly the last of the Meketrex supplicants. Appraised at worth a million in prizes this strider of the boards was recently recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada.

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ADDITIONAL activities

Native Vendor Fair

Join us in the Alice Lobby for a collection of Indigenous artwork and wares.

Photo: Martiza Garcia (Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians); @chachabeads_

INDIGE-FACTS Lobby Exhibit

View a special exhibit in the lobby from the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian.

“Are Native Americans US citizens?” “How many Indigenous people live in this country?” “Do all American Indians live on reservations?” “What are the right words to describe the people who have always lived here?”



About the Mitchell MUSEUM

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, located in Evanston, Illinois, is one of a handful of museums across the country that celebrates the diverse histories, cultures, and present-day contributions of Native communities across the United States and Canada. Since its founding in 1977, the Museum has served as a space to increase the visibility and elevate Native voices through education, awareness, and advocacy.

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