Opens Today! Sam Shepard’s “OPERATION SIDEWINDER” at Columbia College

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On February 15, 2012, the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department will open its mainstage production of Sam Shepard’s OPERATION SIDEWINDER at the Getz Theatre, 72 E. 11th St.

An adventure story, a political satire, a pop-art “smash up,” this play with music points up the dehumanizing effects of technology on American culture, circa 1970. A sophisticated Air Force computer in the form of a huge snake escapes in the Mojave Desert, becoming the focus of a multitude of forces – black militants, a hapless young tourist couple, the military establishment that tries to recapture the sidewinder – against a backdrop of Hopi Indian magic and mysticism.

Director Jeff Ginsberg has been a full-time faculty member at the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department for 25 years. He is also co-artistic Director of the National Jewish Theater where he has supervised, directed or acted in over twenty classics, as well as Chicago and world premieres. Jeff has received a Presidential Scholar in the Arts Teaching Award and has twice been nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award from Columbia College.

OPERATION SIDEWINDER playwright Sam Shepard is a Pulitzer Prize-winner for his original play “Buried Child” (1996) and was also nominated for two additional Pulitzer Prizes for his plays “True West” (1983) and “Fool for Love” (1984). He has also been nominated for multiple Broadway Tony Awards as author of a Best Play nominee. Since his introduction to writing and acting in Hollywood during the 1980s, he has continued to write, act and direct, both on screen and in the theater.

To reserve tickets for OPERATION SIDEWINDER send an email to columbiatickets@colum.edu. Include your name, performance you want to attend and the number tickets. Tickets can also be reserved at 312-369-6126.


Columbia College Chicago is a recognized leader in arts and media education. Located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop, Columbia College Chicago offers over 20 academic programs in the media and liberal arts to over 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department, 72 E. 11th St. Chicago, IL 60605

312-369-6101, www.colum.edu/theatre