Season 34

Season 36

We are thrilled to announce our 36th season, as well as our move to Athenaeum Theatre Chicago.

September 21 – October 22, 2017

the Chicago premiere of

Building the Wall

by Robert Schenkkan
directed by Co-Artistic Director Amy Szerlong              

From Pulitzer and Tony® winner Robert Schenkkan (All The Way, Hacksaw Ridge – Academy Award® nomination), comes a provocative 80-minute theatrical event written in a white-hot fury. In a time when shocking campaign rhetoric turns into real policies, Building the Wall urgently reveals the power of theater to question who we are and where we might be going. Don’t miss the show The Hollywood Reporter calls, “A mesmerizing and shocking new play that simmers with of-the-moment urgency.”

January 11 – February 11, 2018

the Chicago premiere of

Insurrection: Holding History

by Robert O’Hara
directed by Wardell Julius Clark              

Ron, a young, gay African-American graduate student, trying to complete his thesis on Nat Turner’s slave rebellion, is feeling lost in his life and alienated from his family. When his 189-year-old great, great grandfather TJ takes him back in time to meet Turner in the flesh, both men find answers they never expected. The play deals with themes of racial identity and sexuality, as Ron comes to face his ancestors’ history, and his own personal identity. A raucous, wrenching story, part “Roots”, part “The Wizard of Oz”, part “In Living Color”, and all Robert O’Hara, Insurrection: Holding History will change how you see the past, and just maybe yourself as well.

March 26 – April 29, 2018

a National New Play Network rolling world premiere

The Luckiest People

by Meridith Friedman
directed by Co-Artistic Director Jason A. Fleece* 

After the matriarch of the Hoffman family passes away, Richard is blindsided when his elderly father, Oscar, demands to leave his assisted living facility. With his sister Laura living in Shanghai, and Richard soon to become a first time father with his partner David, he is less than thrilled at the prospect of housing his–to put it mildly–difficult father. Accusations begin to fly and defenses are raised, drawing father and son, brother and sister, and spouses into a heated game of finger pointing with unintended consequences. The first in a trilogy of plays about the Hoffman family.

As part of a NNPN Rolling World Premiere, The Luckiest People will be produced by Curious Theatre Company in Denver, Colorado in May of 2017, then at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina in August of 2017, and finally at Stage Left Theatre.


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*Stage Left ensemble member