We are thrilled to share our next season of shows with you, including:
- one of our annual favorites this fall
- a verse comedy set in the Middle Ages
- a modern comedy about marriage
- a Pulitizer and Tony-award winning play set here in Chicago’s south side
- and a summer Shakespeare
We hope you’re as excited about these coming shows as we are! You can read more about all of them (including dates and locations) below.
See you at the theatre!
Our 2016-2017 Season
Annual Halloween Radio Show
October 22, 2016 at Augustana Church
An evening of horror and suspense in the old-time radio tradition! Classic stories, live sound effects & music.
The Lady’s Not for Burning by Christopher Fry
December 2-4 and 9-11, 2016 at University Church
Directed by Paul Baker
A romantic verse comedy set in the Middle Ages, it was first produced in England, and had a successful run in New York. Thanks to its delightful freshness, the dramatic thrust of its poetry and the sheer high spirits with which the author endows his characters, the play has proved over and over to be a joy to produce, to act and to experience. “A poetic fantasy of rare splendor and delight…a work of magical humor and deep beauty” —NY Herald-Tribune
The Marriage of Bette and Boo by Christopher Durang
February 24-26 and March 3-5, 2017 at University Church
Directed by Corinna Christman
This work is considered by many to be Durang’s best play to date. Admittedly biographical, the play is based on his parents’ marriage. Though it is a funny play told in 33 (mostly) quick scenes, the play is known for the mixture of seriousness and comedy in its tone. “Christopher Durang, the humorist and satirist, has rarely written anything funnier or more serious than his mordant comedy “The Marriage of Bette and Boo.” …[Durang] has perfected the art of turning bitterness into comedy without losing its edge.” – Edith Oliver, The New Yorker
Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
May 12-14 and 19-21, 2017 at University Church
Directed by Vanessa Ellis
A spin-off to Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun, it portrays fictional events set before and after the Hansberry play, and is loosely based on historical events that took place on the south side of Chicago, near Hyde Park. As described by the Washington Post, the play “applies a modern twist to the issues of race and housing and aspirations for a better life.” Clybourne Park was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play.
Twelfth Night, or What You Will by William Shakespeare
July 14-16 and 21-23, 2017 — Outdoors!
Directed by Leslie Halverson
We’ll be returning for an outdoor performance next summer with this classic comedy that involves mistaken identity, deception, disguise, and performance. Duke Orsino is in love with Olivia, while Viola (disguised as Orsino’s pageboy, Cesario) falls in love with Orsino, and Olivia falls in love with Cesario! How does it end? Who does Malvolio love? What happened to Viola’s brother? Come find out!