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August 14-16, 2020

ONLINE
At YippieFest.com    

UPDATE Jun 13

YippieFest 2020 will be a virtual-only festival on August 14-16. There will be no live performances with an audience present. We are working on details of the best ways to deliver entertainment to the world on that weekend. Applications are open now for performers who would like to perform virtually. Apply Here

YippieFest will be back at Prop THTR in 2021.

 

YippieFest

Three days of Theatre & Music & Short Film & Comedy & MORE

YippieFest is a unique opportunity to see a wide variety of shows from the Chicago arts community.

We have one act plays, sketch comedy, improv, stand-ups, storytellers, bands, short films, and MORE.

Yippie!

Yippie!

Yippie!

Prop Thtr website
3502 N Elston Ave
Chicago, Illinois

What is a Yippie?

"Yippies" were members of the Youth International Party, a counterculture movement mixing psychedelic hippies with political activists, that began in 1967. With a flair for theatrics and satirical pranks, the Yippies grabbed media attention in the U.S. protesting war and the criminalization of marijuana, and criticizing institutions of government and greed. Some of their most notable mischief included an attempt to levitate The Pentagon, nominating a Pig for President, throwing pies at politicians, and bringing Santa Claus to the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Pot, politics, music, performance and humor fueled the Yippies. Once referred to as "Groucho Marxists," they aimed to change the system and to provide a means of expression for everyone. According to one of the founders, Jerry Rubin, "We try to bring out the yippie in everybody."

Above all, Yippie! is shout of joy. As Abbie Hoffman, another founder of the Yippies, explained, "What does Yippie! mean? Energy -- fun -- fierceness -- exclamation point."

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