Surprise! Death is Not the End
at Links Hall
Several evenings of performance inspired by the experience of surprise, audience interaction, sophisticated puppetry, soulful song, and community investment- special guest performances by tap dancer Time Brickey, animation by Laura Hiet, R and B music by Lynne Jordan, and many other community guests participated in the event.
“A cabinet of curiosity is a collection whose categorical boundaries are yet to be defined; it contains raw experience; it is where the poet lives and is the source of meaningful art. (Cabinet’s) first event was remarkable, and, with only four performances, a precious experience.” — Maurice Herzing, audience member
at Moonlight Studios
2017 Illumination was a one-of-a-kind Halloween celebration. In addition to raising money and awareness for a great cause it intends to be THE most unique Halloween event of the year. Frank served as the central designer, conceiving and directing all performer engagements, creating unusual service devices, costumes, makeup and more.
“Now Maugeri is getting back into the spectacle business... His new nonprofit, Cabinet of Curiosity Events, is designed to create original rites and ceremonies…to express his own aesthetic vision — not to mention his fierce sense of the cosmic.” — Tony Adler, Chicago Reader
at Chicago Park District, 606 Trail
A festive procession along the 606 trail coordinated by the Chicago Park District. Partners included Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, Free Street Theater, Quilombo Cultural Center, West Town Bikes, Opera-Matic, and unique installations created along the trail which included an illuminated choir, shimmering projections, animated chandeliers, a mobile piano, and more by Cabinet of Curiosity.
“It was so beautiful to see people of all ages joyfully wearing their lighthouse hats. They truly did light up the trail as folks made their way home.” — Bonnie Tawse, 606 Community Outreach Supervisor
Journey for the Sun
at Actors Gymnasium
A collaboratively created interactive circus that combined aerial arts, puppetry, song, and professional performers alongside a teen ensemble.
“If the young human performers of Journey to the Sun are any indication, the future of the world is awash with creativity, compassion and wisdom.” — Catey Sullivan, Chicago Sun Times.
at Navy Pier
Cabinet of Curiosity collaborated with Indian dance troupe Mandala Arts to create joyful interactive elements of the Pier’s first Holi celebration.
“Frank and Cabinet are a very professional and detailed oriented group. They added engaging moments for our audience of all ages and helped elevate the overall experience of the event.” — Daniel Crane, Navy Pier Program Coordinator
Epic Tale of Scale
at Chicago Children’s Theatre in collaboration with the Goodman Theatre
Epic Tale of Scale was a building-wide, site-specific interactive experience exploring science and the mechanics of the human body.
“Collaborating with Maugeri, who created magical worlds at Redmoon and continues to do so with his project Cabinet of Curiosity, elevated my production to another level.” — Henry Wishcamper, Goodman Theatre
Shorts TV, Oscars Committee
in Los Angeles, Mack Sennet Studios
Shorts TV commissioned Cabinet to create mechanical vehicles to ceremoniously process the award-winning shorts competitors.
“Frank and his team transformed ordinary bicycles into marvelous, celebrity-bearing mobile stages celebrating 15 OSCAR®-Nominated Filmmakers for our Hollywood pre-OSCAR event. Magnificent.” — Dave Carlson, Producer, Maestro Matic
Virtual Reality Experience
at University of Chicago, Chicago Performance Lab
An alternative reality game that took freshman orientation to a new level. Cabinet consulted on a massive ARG game that encouraged University of Chicago freshmen to gain familiarity with the campus, the institution’s philosophy, and an introduction to ritual and ceremony through a campus wide scavenger hunt. The event was featured in an article in Wired Magazine.
“Frank Maugeri is precisely the kind of innovative curator that the University of Chicago treasures. Chicago Performance Lab continues to be grateful for his work nurturing artists and developing vision.” — Heidi Coleman, University of Chicago
The city’s largest and most sophisticated lighting store held its annual community celebration on its rooftop, with audience interactions developed by Cabinet of Curiosity. We transformed their roof into a dynamic playground for a cosmic celebration.
“Frank and his team were a pleasure to work with. They brought imaginative ideas to us that enhanced our event, amazed our guests, and created beautiful imagery for post-event promotion. I highly recommend Frank and team, and look forward to working with them again soon.” — Greg Kay, President, Lightology
Shedd Aquarium Gala
at John G. Shedd Aquarium
Cabinet was commissioned to create original masks, unusual performer encounters, and the evening’s celebratory parade for the Institution’s annual gala.
“Turning the vision for an event into a magical evening requires a well-balanced combination of creativity, collaboration, persistence, and fearlessness. Frank and his team at Cabinet of Curiosity achieved that magic …He understood the Shedd’s mission and made sure that we captured the essence of that mission in how we designed the evening. Frank is truly a rock star!” — Dixie Adams, Chair, Shedd Aquarium Gala
Navy Pier Grand Opening Ceremony for the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion
Cabinet was invited to direct the grand opening of Navy Pier’s new Fifth Third Bank Pavilion and develop environments of joy and play. Partners included The Happiness Club, Walkabout Theatre, and Chicago Children’s Theatre.
“Having completed a floor-to-ceiling renovation of Navy Pier’s historic Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, we were in need of creative and engaging performances that would utilize and highlight some of the structure’s new spaces and architectural details…(Cabinet of Curiosity) transformed our central, grand staircase and Family Pavilion into a dynamic and interactive stage. Our guests were completely wowed by the surprise performances, and it was just what we needed to make a splash and build excitement for the iconic space.” - Andrea Chwee, Donor & Special Events Manager, Navy Pier
Arts in the Dark Parade
State Street, Chicago
In its fourth year, Arts in the Dark is a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the "artist's holiday". The event draws together world-renowned institutions, celebrated Chicago organizations, important programs like After School Matters and aspiring artists in every field. Cabinet was commissioned by Art Design Chicago to devise numerous mechanical parade objects.
“Creativity, collaboration, imagination, and innovation -- hire Cabinet of Curiosity Events and you'll get all of that and more. Take it from me, Frank Maugeri will work closely with you to deliver a brand new experience that is custom-made to your needs and budget. Looking for something beyond your dreams? Hire Cabinet and you'll end up with something even better. Spectacular magic!!” -Eva Silvermen, Art Design Chicago
WTTW Imagining More Event
Cabinet was hired to create installation and interactivity for this special event, celebrating the success of their Imagining More capital campaign.
“Working with Frank and Cabinet of Curiosities was a pleasure. Frank offered many creative ideas and solutions while working closely with us to understand our needs. Ultimately, Frank’s imaginative vision and timely execution added a new level of whimsy to our event that our guests greatly enjoyed.” -Keira Dubowsky, Associate Director of Development
SBIZ- Private Event
Cabinet collaborated on a mammoth birthday party for a well-known entrepreneur, by creating a unique illuminated installation that was inspired by a beat poem, The Clapping Tree. The installation was inhabited by costumed and masked characters developed by Maugeri and a small group of performers. The characters also roamed the party and engaged in small intimate acts of ritual with the guests.
at Moonlight Studios
Building on the momentum from its highly successful 2017 event, Frank returned to amplify the brand, create greater ritual and ceremony, and develop the event narrative and its spectacle moments for 900 guests.
Theatre on the Lake
Cabinet created “aerial” rituals for a party of 600 guests in the newly renovated cultural center.
Behold, Where Stands the Usurper’s Cursed Head
Blair Thomas’s Living Room Tour
Frank directed Mickle Maher’s one-man hand puppet show about two puppets, Brandon and Alan, and their attempt to drag the dead body of a giant Macbeth up a cliff and to the YMCA where its head will be removed and put on a spike. A story of the eternal rebirth of tyranny and the eternal resistance to that rebirth, the show toured to Hyde Park-Kenwood, Logan Square, Evanston and Humboldt Park
Chicago Children’s Theatre Power of Play 2018 Gala
Frank led the design and direction of all interactive images and objects. Additionally, he guided three apprentices through the ritual and ceremony training of the gala creation.
TABLETOP TRAGEDIES: GRIEF AND GRACE
Cabinet was honored to present the first incarnation of a new indoor work at Links Hall, 2019 for the CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL PUPPETRY FESTIVAL, JANUARY 2019. 4 shows only - JANUARY 24 , 25, AND 26. The production examined the universal mysteries of life and loss through a series of fantastical fables inspired by history.
In those works, Cabinet of Curiosity's artisans, musicians, and actors, led by Frank Maugeri, employed a mixture of reverence and irreverence, and the rituals of puppetry, poetry and song, to honor the dead and wake up the living to the vivid sadness and wild beauty of the world.
The triptych: The Last Matador, The Death and Life of Billy The Kid, and The Simple Soul, were scripted by co-director Seth Bockley and inspired by true stories of fate and redemption.
Each work featured live music, transforming mechanical scenery, a wide array of puppetry styles including life-size wooden puppets, hand-carved masks, an epic chase scene on paper scrolls, toy theater techniques, shadow puppetry, and more.
With an outstanding cast of Liz Chidester, Nicole Laurenzi, Time Brickey. Mike Steele, Brandon Wayne Moorhead, and Allyce Torres, and art and objects by Hannah Jablonski, Shoshanna Utchenik, Mike Coons, Jesse Mooney Bullock, Kass Copeland, Andres Lemus-Spont, Jillian Gryzlak, and Susan Haas, the evenings were transforming, gorgeous, frightening and hopeful.