2016-17 Season

FALL 2016
The Room

By Harold Pinter

Directed by Ensemble Member
Featuring Ensemble Members
Kirsten Fitzgerald &
Mierka Girten
September 29 – November 13, 2016
Previews 9/29-10/2 ~ Press Opening 10/3 7pm 
Red Night Opening 10/7 8pm
By turns terrifying, moving and wildly funny, The Room is Pinter’s very first play.  Rose prefers to stay in, safe from the hostile world outside, but her seemingly cozy sanctuary is continually being invaded.  With visits from the landlord, a couple in search of their own space, a stranger and the return of her husband, it becomes increasingly unclear whether the menace comes from within or without.  The Room is a precarious examination of private fears vs. social fears, as seen through the lens of the working class.


WINTER 2017 
The Chicago Premiere of
The Nether
By Jennifer Haley

The Nether crew

Directed by Ensemble Member
 Karen Kessler
Featuring Ensemble Members

Guy Van Swearingen & Doug Vickers

January 26 – March 12, 2017
Previews 1/26-1/29 ~ Press Opening 1/30 7pm  
Red Night Opening 2/3 8pm
A young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, triggering an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination and the most basic of human desires. The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion; a beautiful escape that ultimately begs some very serious questions about responsibility, connectivity and love. Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2011-2012.


The Chicago Premiere of
By David Adjmi


3c crew
Directed by Ensemble Member
Shade Murray
Featuring Ensemble Members
Jennifer Engstrom & Larry Grimm
April 20 – June 4, 2017
Previews 4/20-4/23 ~ Press Opening 4/24 7pm
 Red Night Opening 4/28 8pm

Inspired by 70’S sitcoms and the political incorrectness of “jiggle television,” 3C is a hilarious and horrifying look at identity and what lies beneath the perky veneer.   Brad lands in L.A. to start a new life. A wild night of partying finds him passed out in Connie and Linda’s kitchen
 and the three strike a deal that raises the suspicions of the landlords.  Complications spiral out of control, taking the show from farce to something…unexpected.




MacArthur Award 2016

Posted on March 21, 2016

  As many of you have heard, A Red Orchid Theatre has been named one of the 14 recipients of this year’s MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.  We …

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Professional Development Series

A Red Orchid Theatre Professional Development: **This class is now full. Please check back for upcoming offerings and if you would like to be added to our contact list to …

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