ABOUT THIS SHOW:

Get Out Alive is a new autobiographical musical by independent artist, actor and activist Nikki Lynette. This afrogoth musical is equal parts raucous, tender, intelligent and triumphant. Recounting her personal journey marked by abuse, grief, sexual assault and suicide, Lynette raises mental health awareness through the lens of a hip-hop concert. Using storytelling, song, dance, visual media and a live DJ, Lynette’s offbeat approach to sharing her personal mental health journey shows that even when life leads us to a bad place, we can always make it out alive.

“When I went into the psych ward after a suicide attempt, I met all of these people with the same issues as me, and they felt alone, too. I told them when I got out, I would use my platform to tell our stories—and I'm keeping my word.” – Nikki Lynette
 
The first songs from Get Out Alive were performed in 2018, when Lynette opened for Russian feminist protest punk rock group Pussy Riot. The full piece was later workshopped in a developmental reading produced by the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University in May 2019. Lynette was the first black woman to have her work developed and produced by AMTP.
 
A creative powerhouse, Lynette is an artist whose style is equal parts hip hop, alternative and pop. Her music has been featured in popular shows on Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, Fox and MTV. Since her return to the public eye, she has written articles about mental health, depression and suicide for prominent black publications, and is currently working on the mental health documentary Happy Songs About Unhappy Things—the inspired product of Lynette’s sit-down with renowned director Spike Lee.
 
There will be a talkback following the Sunday matinee performance with the cast and representatives from Rebecca's Dream, moderated by director Roger Ellis.

 

CAST
Nikki Lynette
Keeley Morris
Natalie Renee Savoy
DJ P1
 
TEAM
Roger Ellis, Director & Choreographer
Rebecca Blaich, Associate Director 
Garrett Steinke, Lighting
Chris Owens, Projections
Ziare Paul-Emile, Costume/Hair/Makeup
Megan Chaney, Props
Gianna Petrosino, Stage Manager
 
Produced by Ira Antelis, David H. Bell and Brannon Bowers with additional production support from the Vanguard Arts Collective and the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University.
 
For more information: http://nikkilynette.com/the-play

 

Running Time

90 minutes, presented without intermission

Due to the high volume and wide breadth of work we present, we are often not able to proactively offer content advisories for individual performances. However, if you have specific concerns about stage effects (such as strobe lights or fog/haze) that might have a bearing on comfort or well-being, or if you would like to know more about the age appropriateness of the performance, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Running Time

90 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

Due to the high volume and wide breadth of work we present, we are often not able to proactively offer content advisories for individual performances. However, if you have specific concerns about stage effects (such as strobe lights or fog/haze) that might have a bearing on comfort or well-being, or if you would like to know more about the age appropriateness of the performance, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.