Wooden Box Theater to return to the House Café

Local performance group Wooden Box Theater will present “Life in the Faster Lane,” a production featuring theatrical performers, belly dance, poetry and live music, in its return to the House Café in DeKalb at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The event will be co-hosted by longtime Wooden Box Theater collaborator Jade Cook, along with area fashion model Jeanette Marie Dulzo, who will make her debut with the group. Cook and Dulzo will be joined by fellow co-hosts Ruth Spaeth, hoop artist Melissa Cansino and Jamie Burd of the local metal band, Innerot.

“Life in the Faster Lane” will feature live music by Bill Leighly, Joel LaVaughn, Matt Carlson of Section Gang, and ForeverStardust (featuring event co-writer Zephirine Moon Garden and Bear Wolf), Scott Christopher Barnes, the acoustic duo of Steve and Beth Barnes, R&B singer Mia Lynell (Breona Austin), and Jade Cook.

The audience will hear original poetry read by Bear Wolf and there will be special guest appearances by longtime collaborators Dan MacCabe and Gus Panourgias, who will assist with musician introductions.

Cansino, in her debut with the group, will perform a themed hoop presentation to the music of Amaranthe, Taylor Swift, PVRIS and Tonight Alive. Zephirine Moon Garden will perform a set of event-inspired belly dances.

“Life in the Faster Lane” will tell the story of the making of the show itself, and the elements that went into its creation and the writing of the event.

“This particular event will be a one-time return to The House Café, and will be a night to reminisce out loud, along with the audience, about our past events there, and also to look forward to our new tour and adventures ahead as a group,” lead writer Daniel Sherrill said in a news release.

Wooden Box Theater began on stage during an edition of Open Mic at the House Cafe in the summer of 2006, and continues to evolve into an event directing team that has toured venues in Sycamore and DeKalb and Kane County.

The House Café is at 263 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. Admission is $5 at the door.

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