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




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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