The Bear Suit of Happiness at Theater on the Lake
Ran June 12, 2013 - June 16, 2013

After a successful run in March, The Bear Suit of Happiness returns to kick off Theater on the Lake 2013!

In 1943, Woody, a young gay American, enlists in the army. After being shipped out to a remote Pacific Island, he is given an order: “Put up a show to entertain the men. Keep it simple. Needs music. And they like drag.”

Woody becomes a one-man war. He fights to write a show worthy of his fellows’ last laughs. Torn between fantasy and reality, his silly camp show grows to be a dream of an impossibly hospitable world. Theatre of war and theatre of the mind play out together on Woody’s little stage as he battles to build an identity and to be free.

5 performances only!
Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30pm
Thursday, June 13 at 7:30pm
Friday, June 14 at 7:30pm
Saturday, June 15 at 7:30pm
Sunday, June 16 at 6:30pm

During World War II, Theater on the Lake was used as a USO Center and regularly hosted USO dances.  The New Colony honors this history by welcoming big band Mike P’s and the Cool Breeze for special pre and post-show events included with your ticket!

Tickets are now on sale! Call 312.742.7994 to purchase!

Theater on the Lake

2401 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
(Fullerton & Lake Michigan)

Box Office Number: (312) 742-7994

Getting Here Green:  Walk or bike along Chicago’s lakefront path directly to our front door.  Not only will you BE green, but you’ll also SAVE some green!
By car:  Pay parking is available at the Lincoln Park Zoo, located at Fullerton Avenue and Cannon Drive.  Metered parking is sometimes available along Cannon Drive.
By bus:  CTA bus routes 151 or 156 both serve the area; for schedules, contact the RTA/CTA at (312) 836-7000 or online at

Chicago Tribune: New Colony asks, how much a disguise is a bear suit?
★★★ "a moving collective portrait of lives caught between the lure of the spotlight and the safety of the shadows. This is a piece that stays with you."
Windy City Times: Camping It Up
Interview with Evan Linder about "The Bear Suit of Happiness"