In the Blood
by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Angie Sweigart-Gallagher
February 25, 26, 27, March 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m., and March 5 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Hester, a homeless mother of five, struggles to raise her children and escape the harsh world of poverty. While Hester’s children fill her life with joy, rendered in lovingly comic moments, the adults she encounters ensure the play’s tragic end. Suzan-Lori Parks’ haunting riff on The Scarlet Letter won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000.
IN THE BLOOD is produced in special arrangement with the Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York, NY.
Death Defying Acts
by Woody Allen, David Mamet, and Elaine May
Directed by Rodney Higginbotham
April 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m., and April 23 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Death Defying Acts combines comedies by three playwrights, two of whom have Chicago roots. In David Mamet’s An Interview, a lawyer is questioned prior to admittance into hell. Hotline, by Elaine May, is a comic encounter between a crisis hotline counselor and a caller. Woody Allen’s Central Park West is a confrontation between friends and spouses set in a New York apartment.
“Death Defying Acts” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
BY GINA GIONFRIDDO
Directed by John Bliss
October 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 at 7:30 p.m., and October 10 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
When Suzanna and Andrew fix up their friends Max and Becky, none of them could predict that one bad date would change all their lives. This “comedy of bad manners” (New York Times) takes a sharp look at love and relationships in the 21st century, and finds more questions than answers.
BECKY SHAW is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York, NY.
ADAPTED FROM ARISTOPHANES
Directed by Derek Van Barham
November 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m., and November 21 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Why do the rich get richer while hardworking citizens never seem to get ahead? Aristophanes’s irreverent comedy tackles the perennial problem of economic inequality. Wealth combines classical characters with contemporary situations to bring our reality center-stage.