City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street. will host a celebrity-driven music, artistic and interactive Passover Seder on Tuesday evening, April 4, at 7 p.m. in advance of the official start of Passover (Monday, April 10 at sundown). Offering a unique and contemporary connection to a historic tradition, the Seder features more than a dozen performers, politicians and thinkers sharing a meal with the audience and providing a one-of-a-kind interpretation of the ancient Passover story.
Among the talent participating this year alongside host (and City Winery founder) Michael Dorf are: Comedians Judy Gold and Joel Chasnoff; Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! host Peter Sagal; activists Malcolm London, Eman Hassaballa Aly, and Rabbi Brant Rosen; author Scott Turow; and musicians Sam Llanas, Corky Siegel, Lynne Jordan, Tum Balalaika, and Dani Rabin & Danny Markovitch of Marbin.
Said Dorf: “This year, the retelling of the story of the ancient Egyptians oppressing a small group of slaves keeps the vision of Freedom alive, and it has never been more important. The themes within the Passover story of tyrants and governments harboring lethal hatred for outsiders, the liberation struggles, the histories of oppression, bigotry, and racial injustices all are represented in the timeless Passover story.”
City Winery Chicago’s Fifth Downtown Seder will feature guests seated at long family-style tables, each set with the traditional accoutrements, including Seder plate and Matzoh. Tickets are priced at $70/110/125/145 (based on seat location) and ticket price includes vegetarian or kosher-style dinner and four cups of wine. (A Kosher option is available for an additional $25/person.) For more information or to make a reservation, visit http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/tickets/seder-4-4-17.html.