It looks like the City of Chicago is trying to make small amounts of joy and fun illegal.
Apparently, this Wednesday (as in tomorrow) City Council votes on whether or not to add a whole load of restrictions for "event promoters," making it prohibitively expensive for people like myself and the vast majority of small theatre/comedy companies (as well as bands, stand up comedians, etc.) from putting on shows.
This will basically kill the performance art career I had planned. For my first solo performance I was going to pack a large amount of people into a very small, dark room and then spray pepper spray in their faces. I call it "The Lamenting Cayennes." Looks like that's not going to happen.
Kidding. But of course the whole point of coming to this city for me (apart from being closer to my beautiful girl friend) was that there's a large community of small independent theatres and comedy companies where people like myself have a chance to get involved and learn the ropes.
So, for those of you who live in Chicago or come spend money on shows in Chicago, here is a website that's taking online signatures which they will present to the city council tomorrow. Please take the time to sign by leaving a comment in their comment section.