Season 34

Season 27 (2008-09)

After Ashley
by Gina Gionfriddo
directed by Greg Werstler 
Chicago Premiere

The national media’s hunger for violence, sex and redemption grabbed hold of the tragedy that struck Justin’s family when he was only 14 years old. Three years later, tele-cash-registers still ringing, he fights back with his only weapon: no-holds-barred wit. But when he also discovers the beginnings of love and the capacity for wisdom and understanding, will his battle against the media vultures and amateur celebrities also destroy his own new-found hope? Gina Gionfriddo’s razor-sharp wit provides an incisive, satirical reflection on a round-the-clock media culture obsessed with ‘reality,’ celebrity and sensationalism.

The Day of Knowledge
by David Alan Moore †
directed by Drew Martin †
World Premiere, Downstage Left Graduate

Forty days after an unimaginable trauma, survivors and families are still haunted by volatile memories of the three-day standoff. As they struggle to mourn the loved ones they’ve lost and to rebuild their shattered lives, their paths collide in a single night. An act of charity threatens to divide a husband and wife; a single mother searches obsessively for her lost daughter; and a woman from the provinces claims an as-yet unidentified child who hasn’t spoken since the explosive end of the hostage crisis. Above and around them all, something is… watching. The Day of Knowledge explores the human spirit’s capacity for healing and hope in the face of overwhelming tragedy.


LeapFest 6

Safe
by David Alan Moore †
directed by Scott Bishop †

Ruby Vector
by Karla Jennings
directed by Greg Werstler †

Kingsville
by Andrew Hinderaker
directed by Meghan Beals McCarthy

Hungry Ghosts
by M.E.H. Lewis †
directed by Laura Blegen

Anna is Saved
by Jessica Cluess
directed by Jason Fleece †

 

 

† – Ensemble Member at time of production

The national media’s hunger for violence, sex and redemption grabbed hold of the tragedy that struck Justin’s family when he was only 14 years old. Three years later, tele-cash-registers still ringing, he fights back with his only weapon: no-holds-barred wit. But when he also discovers the beginnings of love and the capacity for wisdom and understanding, will his battle against the media vultures and amateur celebrities also destroy his own new-found hope? Gina Gionfriddo’s razor-sharp wit provides an incisive, satirical reflection on a round-the-clock media culture obsessed with ‘reality,’ celebrity and sensationalism.