In these plays, Karel Capek, along with his brother Josef, explore the threats technology and war pose to humanity. In "R.U.R.," humans live lives of leisure while robots do all of the work. That is, until the robots become self aware and rose up against their masters. This piece was the first to introduce the word "robot." In "The Insect Play," a traveler drunkenly falls asleep, only to wake up in a dream-like world inhabited by different bugs, who act surprisingly like human. Presented in conjunction with Once More Theatre.
Chicago's Ballet 5:8 presents "The Stor(ies) of You and Me," five works that explore love, the power of words, unexpected joy, perspectives, and the stories of everyday people. The program, dedicated to storytelling through breathtaking dance, features original choreography by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager and former Houston Ballet dancer Caleb Mitchell. Audience members have said "The Stor(ies) of You and Me" is "an enchanting evening," and has "something for everyone." Lynn Shapiro of See Chicago Dance says Ballet 5:8 "shows gutsy determination to contribute a unique perspective."