Stage 773 is a vibrant anchor of the Belmont Theatre District and home to Chicago’s finest off-Loop talent. As a performance and tenant venue, our four stages provide entertainment for everyone: comedy, theatre, dance, musicals and more. We are a not-for-profit, connecting and catalyzing the theater community, while showcasing established artists and incubating up-and-coming talent.
OUR RESIDENT THEATERS
Lukaba Productions was formed in 2002 as the parent company to oversee a number of long-running theatrical productions including The Cupid Players and the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. Launched in 1999, The Cupid Players now perform the longest-running musical sketch comedy in Chicago, Cupid Has a Heart On. In January 2002, Creative Director, Brian Posen, launched the first Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, which now annually hosts over 1,000 artists performing close to 200 shows. In 2007 Lukaba Productions staff members Brian Posen, Brian Peterlin, Jill Valentine along with founding Board members Chuck Jesser, Alex Meyer and Laura Michaud, began searching for a home for their productions and to create an artistic utopia by hosting many of the city's itinerant theater companies. In May 2010, Lukaba Productions took over the management of the Theatre Building Chicago with the aim of growing and supporting Chicago's artistic community. In the fall of 2011, the building completed an extensive renovation and Lukaba Productions began doing business as Stage 773. Today, the complex houses two 148-seat theaters - (one proscenium style, the other a thrust); an 80-seat black box; and a 70-seat cabaret. Our four theaters host over 70,000 guests and 5,300 artists each year. We launched the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival in 2012 and the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival in 2013.
As of 2017, the complex has been operating for 40 continuous years as a performance facility.
November: The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 Line Up,
One Act Festival
August: The Defiant Thomas Brothers,
The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 2017 Applications
July: The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival
June: Unlikely Company
May: The Chicago Women's Funny Festival Lineup,
The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival Applications
April: The One Act Festival: Skin in the Game
March: The Chicago Youth Comedy Festival
February: The Inoffensive Theatre Series
January: Cupid Has A Heart On... In Bed Valentine's Show
November: The 15th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival
October: It's a Wonderful Santaland Miracle, Nut Cracking Christmas Story... Jews Welcome!
September: The Inoffensive Theatre Series,
The One Act Festival: Halloween Edition
August: The 15th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival Applications Open
July: The 3rd Annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival
May: The 4th Annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival
March: The One Act Festival: All In The Timing
January: The 14th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival,
Cupid Has A Heart On Valentine's Show
2011: June: The Cupid Players Move to Stage 773
2010: October: The Cupid Players Present: Plugged