Sarah Terez Rosenblum (@SarahTerez) is an MFA-holding writer, teacher and Spinning instructor. She's also the Theater Listings Editor for Centerstage Chicago. Look for her posts twice a week.
I’m the kind to charge irritably through intersections, head down, phone to my ear, refusing to lock eyes with anyone in my periphery for fear of being asked for money, harassed, followed home. The young idealists with clip boards inquiring, “Got a minute for Greenpeace/Lake Michigan/Gay Rights?” Mentally I support them, still, I’ve been known to respond “What about broke writers, got a minute for me?” Or once, nastily, “Do I look like I have a minute, I’m on the phone!” Usually I blame the city; disconnected, overwhelming, impossible to negotiate without growing numb.
But some magical people make neighborhoods out of cities, communities from scattered passersby. Chicago artist, poet, actor and playwright Tony Fitzpatrick is one such magician. His show, This Train, which debuted at Berwyn’s 16th Street Theater, completes its short run this weekend at Steppenwolf.