Season 34

LeapFest X

June 13 – June 30 2013

See what’s next in Chicago theatre – LeapFest’s first nine years have so far graduated seventeen 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 10th smash year, when six 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.

All performances will be at the
Storefront Theater, 66 E Randolph

The Plays

by Jayme McGhan ♦ directed by Artistic Director Vance Smith
A world famous atheist and Professor of Physics prepares for the release of her much-anticipated book, as well as for a nationally televised debate with a leading scientific theologian that will shortly follow. But there’s something startling about her past and present in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood that is causing her to reconsider her belief in Autonomy.

by Steven Haworth ♦ directed by Greg Werstler*
In order to learn about the murdered runaway daughter she never really knew, a wealthy white suburban woman bails out the black city kid accused of the crime.

Broken Fences
by Steven Simoncic ♦ directed by Ann Filmer and Ilesa Duncan
presented in association with 16th Street Theater
As a West Side neighborhood gentrifies, property taxes rise and Hoody and D struggle to keep the only home they have ever known. But when April and Czar buy the house next door, the very definition of home is called into question.

Open Book
by Katie Watson ♦ directed by Scott Bishop*
A hipster essayist moves into the Wyoming Governor’s mansion to write the memoir of an aging actor-turned-politician, and opposites attract. But what Lorelei learns about Governor Hawk’s past is the story she’s really dying to tell. Are any of us who we say we are?

The Liar Paradox
by Kristin Idaszak ♦ directed by Katie Horwitz°
On New Year’s Eve, a catastrophic car accident leaves Mark’s twin sister in a coma and his girlfriend dead. When nude photographs of his sister surface on the internet, Mark goes in search of answers to what happened that night, and in the process is forced to confront her boyfriend, their father, and his own secrets. The Liar Paradox explores the nature of death in the Information Age and the timelessness of love, loss and identity.

Your Teacher is Out Today
by Scott T. Barsotti ♦ directed by Drew Martin*
Henry is an FBI agent who knows the world is full of monsters; immediately following the arrest of one such monster (a teacher removed directly from his classroom), he takes it upon himself to speak to the perp’s students. In trying to ease their minds, Henry gives them much more to think about.

*Stage Left ensemble member °Stage Left Artistic Associate

The Playwrights

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Scott T. Barsotti

Steven Haworth

Kristin Idaszak

Jayme McGhan

Steven Simoncic

Katie Watson

The Schedule


BOOK= Open Book; TEACHER= Your Teacher is Out Today; BLUE= Blue/Whitney; FENCES= Broken Fences; LIAR= The Liar Paradox


First NightThe Kick-Off Event
Tuesday, June 11th, 7pm
Storefront Theater, 66 E Randolph

Join us to mingle with the artists of LeapFest and enjoy selections from six LeapFest plays!
(Free admission, beer wine and snacks)