Join Alderman Scott Waguespack for “You Took Away My Flag: A Musical about Kosovo’’ at Theatre Building Chicago Friday, April 16 as he supports local arts and one of his most influential educators.

The Chopin Theatre is located in the 32nd Ward and all proceeds from the performances benefit the local arts. The show runs from April 6 till May 23 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Purchase your tickets online at Ticketmaster.com.

Prof. Henry J. Perritt, author of “You Took Away My Flag’’ founded Operation Kosovo at Chicago-Kent College of law with help from Alderman Waguespack when he was a student. The Alderman was one of the first CK students to go to Kosovo with Perritt, assisting with refugee relief and then economic, legal and political development.

Waguespack led Operation Kosovo’s effort to get the nation’s government to establish a chamber of commerce in the U.S., even as the United Nations mission was being organized.

“Scott has become a close friend. I admire his courage and his integrity. He demonstrated both when he was a Peace Corps volunteer and again when he was working on Kosovo, ‘’ said Perritt, who has served three U.S. Presidents and was a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress from the IL 10th District in 2002.

“More recently Scott courageously helped lead efforts to clean up the corrupt mess in Berwyn. As an alderman, he is an innovative and independent voice for Chicago and all its peoples.’’

“You Took Away My Flag’’ is the story of a family struggling under the oppression of war and ethnic conflict, yearning for freedom, the ability to rule their own destiny, and attempting to turn romantic ideals into reality.

Perritt has been an instrumental figure in the redevelopment of Kosovo and written two books on the nation, “The Kosovo Liberation Army: Inside Story of an Insurgency’’ and “The Road to Independence for Kosovo: A Chronicle of the Ahtisaari Plan.’’

In researching the KLA book Perritt – a lifelong composer – decided he needed to music and poetry to bring the dramatic and touching stories of the people to life. While the show is set in Kosovo, it applies to conflicts from the American Revolution to Ireland in 1912 to Iraqi Kurdistan today.

The show is dramatic and inspiring with great reviews of the music and the cast. Performances are at Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:15 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. Box office at 773-327-5252

See a video trailer from last year’s amateur preview run:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km3HjwmV7EY