a world premiere
One of the top shows to see this fall!
October 19 – November 21, 2010
Previews: October 15, 16, and 18 at 7:30pm
The day after the Virginia Tech shooting, radio shows were flooded with calls from listeners, repeating the same argument, over and over: if the students had been armed, the shooter would’ve been killed and no one else would have died. Kingsville dares to explore whether those callers had a point. In an America where children legally carry guns to class, one teacher must choose between opposing a policy he abhors and putting his own son at risk. Kingsville was developed through our Downstage Left program and appeared in LeapFest 6.
Audrey: Cat Dean*
*Stage Left Ensemble Member
Stage Manager: Chistopher Thompson *
Andrew Hinderaker is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a nominee for the 2010 New Voices in American Playwriting Award. His plays have been developed or produced in New York, Los Angeles, and throughout his hometown of Chicago, at such theaters as Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, and American Theater Company. Hinderaker’s play, Suicide, Incorporated, premiered at the Gift Theatre in Chicago in June 2010, was extended twice, and has been nominated for a Jeff Award for Best New Work. Additional recognitions for Hinderaker’s work include Finalist/Semi-Finalist status at Sundance, PlayLabs, The Princess Grace Award, the Heideman Award, the Woodward/Newman Drama Award and the Austin Film Festival. For more information, please visit www.andrewsplays.com
For our production of Kingsville, we are proud to partner with PAX, and organization whose mission is to reduce gun violence impacting youth and families through empowering, public health and safety based solutions that address and positively change dangerous social norms and prevent gun injuries and deaths. Click below for more info.
We are also proud to partner with UCAN, whose mission is to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education and empowerment. Since its founding in 1869, UCAN has grown into a multi-faceted social service organization which today serves more than 13,000 at-risk children, youth and families across the state of Illinois.
UCAN’s Angel Corps program assists victims of violence as they and their families deal with the effects of trauma. If you’re interested in learning more about Angel Corps, please visit
For more information on UCAN, please visit www.ucanchicago.org.
“Hinderaker, the author of the hit show “Suicide Incorporated,” is one of Chicago’s most interesting and provocative young writers…”Kingsville” is a shrewd and savvy play.” –Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“Presented in a well-acted world premiere by Stage Left Theatre… Vance Smith’s staging features superb performances by teen actors Andrew Raia as Justin and Nick DiLeonardi as his best friend who inadvertently sets a violent tragedy in motion.” –Albert Williams, Chicago Reader
“Kingsville is heart-breaking in its veracity and its sensitivity. In its world premiere at Stage Left, Kingsville is also powerful in delving the related topic of bullying; the sort of relentless, dehumanizing abuse that can drive young people to the violence borne of utter despair.” –Catey Sullivan, chicagothteaerblog.com
“With teen bullying on the public mind, this feels extraordinarily timely… Hinderaker and director Smith provide some elegant juxtapositions, and remarkably assured performances by young actors Andrew Raia and Nick DiLeonardi hit their marks.” Kris Vire, TimeOut Chicago
“A locked-and-loaded speculative drama, playwright Andrew Hinderaker’s ‘Kingsville’ puts a piece of conservative rhetoric to the test of imagination: What if the solution to guns in schools was more guns in schools? Tensely performed and smoothly executed, director Vance Smith’s production brings it down to a contest of masculinity.” —Centerstage
“Kingsville is a richly compelling story as it mines the volatile, triple-threatening world of adolescence, machismo and guns. Moreover, director Vance Smith has a remarkable pair of young men in the two key roles that anchor the piece. ” –Catey Sullivan, chicagothteaerblog.com
“…will certainly stir heated post-show discussion.” — Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times