Season 34

Season 30

How far will you go?

September 3 – October 9th, 2011

the Chicago premiere of

Farragut North

by Beau Willimon
directed by Artistic Director Vance Smith

“The question you gotta ask yourself is whether you want friends, or whether you want to work for the President.”

Stephen Bellamy is a wunderkind press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a tight presidential primary race, Stephen’s meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives. Farragut North is a fast-paced drama about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it.

“juicy entertainment… whip-smart insider look at the soul-sucking world of political campaigns” —Variety
“supremely entertaining ” —Associated Press
“one of the top plays of 2008” -Time

February 18 – April 1, 2012

the world premiere of

The Fisherman

by Jayme McGhan
directed by Drew Martin*

For brothers Carl and Chucky Lund, retirement means building a cabin on Pequot Lake, the perfect place for fishing while listening to the Twins lose (again). But that dream is destroyed when they are forced out of their jobs and pensions by the airline to which they’ve devoted their lives. With his back against the wall, Carl begins to question how far a man can be pushed before he pushes back.

May 15- June 3rd, 2012

LeapFest 9

See what’s next in Chicago theatre – LeapFest’s first eight years have so far graduated fourteen plays to world premiere productions in Chicago and beyond, with three of these receiving the Jeff Award for Best New Work. Join us for a 9th smash year, when five new plays “take the leap” in development in this three week festival of politically-minded new work. Each play will be presented in rotating repertory, and performances are followed by a discussion with the playwright and director.

…also, a late-night holiday comedy:

The Eight Reindeer Monologues

by Jeff Goode
December 9-31, 2011

Scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa’s eight tiny reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment. As the press descends, the other reindeer demand to reveal their stories, and a horrific tale of corruption and perversion emerges. Stage Left brings this hilarious, international theatrical sensation back to the city where it was first produced in a limited run, late-night production.

All performances at Theater Wit: 1229 W Belmont