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PRESENTED BY Irish Theatre of Chicago
May 17, 2017
June 25, 2017
Upstairs MainStage

Written by Geraldine Aaron and directed by Kevin Theis. Galway-born Willa is 78. South African emigre Byron is 24. In a suburban London nursing home, this pair of unloved misfits discovers that family can be chosen, and freedom is for the taking. From the author of MY BRILLIANT DIVORCE comes a touching and uplifting story about the choices we make, the hearts we touch, and how it’s never too late to live your life with a happy ending.


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PRESENTED BY Griffin Theatre
May 27, 2017
July 16, 2017
The Heath MainStage

Book Terrence McNally, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, New Orchestrations by Matt Deitchman, Directed by Scott Weinstein. A newly orchestrated chamber version of the Tony Award-winning musical performed with two pianos, a wind instrument and 20 actors. Griffin premieres this new version created by director Scott Weinstein and music director Matt Deitchman. The musical, based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, is set at the dawn of a new century where the lives of three distinct American families from different backgrounds intersect in their search for the American dream. Part history lesson—part family saga, Ragtime asks us to think about racism, immigration, social justice, wage inequality and the role of women in society in a changing America.


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PRESENTED BY The Agency Theater Collective
June 10, 2017
July 16, 2017
Theatre 2B

Written by Brian Foster and Directed by Sommer Austin & Anna Lucero

A series of small scenes and monologues which lock into each other like puzzle pieces and create a larger narrative, Nautilina is an examination of what makes people tick, what makes them behave the way they do.


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PRESENTED BY Dandelion Theatre
June 22, 2017
June 25, 2017
Theatre 3A

A night of totally new, zany, fervent, wholehearted, riotous short plays by Chicago area playwrights! Featuring 9 playwrights, 24 actors, 9 directors, and 1 ticket booth. With the backdrop of a singularly familiar location, THE TICKET BOOTH leaps into some of life’s unpredictable moments, full of the absurdity, intrigue, and charm, that make the examined life so fascinating.


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PRESENTED BY Broken Nose Theatre
June 29, 2017
July 28, 2017
Upstairs MainStage

Six friends head out of the city on their annual retreat for the weekend. With no social media, no cellphones, no internet allowed all, this leaves them with one thing to do… look up from their screens and talk to each other. And when the liquor starts flowing and the tongues start to loosen, no conversation is uneventful and no topic is off-limits. AT THE TABLE is a new comedy that begs the question: what happens when those with privilege are pushed to the periphery and a marginalized minority suddenly finds its voice amplified? Who is allowed at what discussion table, and who isn’t? BNT company member Spenser Davis teams back up with playwright Michael Perlman after producing the Midwest Premiere of Michael’s FROM WHITE PLAINS as part of our second season.


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PRESENTED BY Firebrand Theatre
November 11, 2017
December 17, 2017
The Bookspan

Chicago Premiere! Music by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt, Lyrics by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Tim Maner, Book by Tim Maner, Additional music by Tim Maner, Additional lyrics by Alan Stevens Hewitt, Based on an original concept by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Tim Maner, Orchestrations by Alan Stevens Hewitt, Directed by Victoria Bussert, Music Direction by Julia A. Miller and Andra Velis Simon, Choreographed by Janet Louer. Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, gave her father forty-one.” So goes the nursery rhyme describing the crime of the century that took the nation by storm when Lizzie Borden murdered her parents with an axe in 1892. Or did she? LIZZIE is a musical that reimagines that bloody legend with four women fronting a female rock band. LIZZIE is American mythology set to a blistering rock score with rage, sex, betrayal and bloody murder.


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