Season 34

Season 26 (2007-08)

Spare Change
by Mia McCullough †
directed by Ann Filmer

World Premiere, Downstage Left Graduate

A young Chicago urbanite is shaken out of his comfortable existence by the urge to help a young woman who is fleeing an abusive relationship. In the face of her apparent mental instability, his attempts upset his life and relationship as he is forced to ask: how can one person truly help another? Mia McCullough is the award-winning author of Echoes of Another Man, Taking Care, Since Africa and Chagrin Falls.

Skin in Flames
by Guillem Clua
translated from the Catalan by DJ Sanders
directed by David M. Schmitz †
Chicago Premiere

A young girl looks gently into the camera lens, her clothes and hair aflame, thrown through the air by an exploding bomb. Twenty years later the photojournalist returns to this war-torn country and agrees to an interview with an upstart female reporter who challenges his standing as a national hero. But the hotel room where they meet holds more secrets than either expects. Skin in Flames received the prestigious Barcelona Critics Award for best script of the year in 2005.

by Tim Carlson
directed by Kevin Heckman†
U.S. Premiere

In this multimedia paranoid thriller, Warren struggles to finish a war documentary while coping with his troubled wife, a military officer who has just returned from the conflict. Under the pressure of constant corporate and government surveillance, he might be cracking up…or is he coming to see the truth of his world? Tim Carlson is a playwright, journalist, and co-founder and co-artistic producer of Theatre Conspiracy in Vancouver, British Columbia. Omniscience is currently in publication in English and German, with Dutch and Portuguese translations to be released in Europe in 2008.

LeapFest 5

Alice in War
by Steven Bogart
directed by Gregory Gerhard

The Fisherman
by Jayme McGhan
directed by Drew Martin†

Here Where It’s Safe
by M.E.H. Lewis†
directed by Kevin Heckman†

Iowa Akhbar
by Aaron Carter
directed by Erica Weiss

Safe House
by Lydia Stryk
directed by Laura Blegen

† – Ensemble Member at time of production