2017-18 Season

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Fall 2017

 

Evening at the Talk House

 

by Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn, Shade Murray

 

Directed by Ensemble Member

Shade Murray

 

Featuring Ensemble Members

Lance Baker, Kirsten Fitzgerald, Doug Vickers, and Natalie West

 

September 29 – November 19, 2017

 

Previews: September 29 – October 7, 2017

Opening Night: Sunday, October 8, 2017 

Red Night: Friday, October 13, 2017 

 

Remember when you felt you could do anything, when there was still nothing to fear? Evening at the Talk House is a reunion at your favorite club, where old friends cozy up, raise a glass and remember gentler times when culture had value and terror wasn’t the every day. This ultra-dark comedy invites us all to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening night of Robert’s under-appreciated masterpiece, Midnight in a Clearing with Moon and Stars

 

 

Winter 2018

 

The World Premiere of

 

Traitor

 

an adaption of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People

 

by Ensemble Member Brett Neveu

Brett Neveu, Michael Shannon

 

Directed by Ensemble Member Michael Shannon

 

Featuring Ensemble Members Dado, Kirsten Fitzgerald, Larry Grimm, Guy Van Swearingen and Natalie West

 

Lighting design by Ensemble Member Mike Durst

 

January 7 – February 25, 2018

 

Previews: January 7 – 13, 2018

Opening: Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Red Night: Friday, January 19, 2018 

 

In this world premiere adaptation of Heinrich Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, a small, NorthChicago suburb finds the town’s restart button with an investment in a newly opened charter school. After issues with the school grounds are discovered by its head of sciences, Dr. Stock, a quest to inform and correct is met with support.  But suspicion and rancor mount as truths bubble to the surface.  A play that mirrors our vital, absurd and often hilarious political times.

 

 

Spring 2018

 

33 to Nothing

 

by Grant Varjas

 

Grant Varjas

Directed by TBA

 

Featuring Ensemble Member Steve Haggard

 

April 6 – May 27, 2018

 

Previews: April 6 – 14, 2018

Opening: Sunday, April 15, 2018 

Red Night: Friday, April 20, 2018 

 

Taking place during a real-time band practice, 33 to Nothing is a play that rocks hard and breaks hearts.  Feeling the incessant call of adulthood, individuals begin to question their role in the ensemble. Ultimately begging the question: to break up or to build stronger?  An anthem of forgiveness, loyalty and resilience when your world is being torn by the seams.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Bonus 2018

 

Victims of Duty

 

by Eugene Ionesco

 

Shira Piven

Directed by Shira Piven

 

Featuring original cast members Michael Shannon and Guy Van Swearingen 

 

July-August 2018 (Specific Dates TBA)

 

 

Much of the original 1995 team come together to revisit Ionesco’s absurd masterpiece. Choubert, the archetypal bourgeois everyman, and his wife Madeleine are spending a quiet evening at home when the Detective arrives to enlist their help in finding the previous tenant.  A roller-coaster ride of high comedy and horrific tragedy as Choubert examines his past present and future in a quest to find out where Mallot could be hiding.

 

 

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