Season 34

LeapFest 11

June 14-28, 2014

See what’s next in Chicago theatre – LeapFest’s first ten years have so far graduated eighteen 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 11th smash year, when four 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

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The Plays

12th and Clairmount
by Jenni Lamb ♦ original music by Janice Lowe directed by John Gawlik
It is July 1967 in Detroit. Roderick, an up-and-coming Motown singer, brings a suit to be repaired by Dot, a talented Polish seamstress. Through a series of fittings, the unlikely pair find themselves drawn to each other. And as the riots break out, they reveal their traumatic pasts. This play with music explores the power of sharing stories of human suffering, and the connection and turmoil it can create in our communities.

The Firestorm
by Meridith Friedman♦ directed by Drew Martin*
The Firestorm follows a racially charged prank during a gubernatorial campaign that forces an aspiring politician’s African-American wife into the spotlight. When she is forced to defend him against charges of racism, their marriage takes as much heat as his campaign.

Mine and Yours
by Carolyn Kras ♦ directed by Ann Shanahan
When a foreclosure loophole forces a house’s new owners and former owners to share the same home, the cohabiting strangers struggle to drive each other out of the contested space.

Raggedy And
by David Valdes Greenwood ♦ directed by Katie Horwitz°
In a very modern comedy of manners, a lesbian poet must weigh whether or not to accept an offer to be the Inaugural Poet and, in so doing, risk exposing a secret not even her own son knows. Her choice calls into question her whole identity—and who gets to define it.

*Stage Left ensemble member °Stage Left Artistic Associate

The Playwrights

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Meridith Friedman

David Valdes Greenwood


Carolyn Kras


Jenni Lamb

The Schedule


MINE= Mine and Yours; RAGGEDY= Raggedy And; 12TH= 12th and Clairmount; FIRESTORM= The Firestorm;