Newcity's first issue of 2019 features our annual look at the leaders in the worlds of theater, dance, comedy and opera in Chicago. On the cover is our Player of the Moment: Roell Schmidt and the staff of Links Hall. The organization is turning forty this year with Schmidt at the helm for the last ten. The issue also introduces the first ever Hall of Fame, celebrating Players who are so consistent and whose institutions so regularly present in past issues that inclusion is a foregone conclusion. Elsewhere: kombucha, scotch, puppets, dramaturgs, tribute bands, and more!