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No Child

Cape Fear Regional Theatre

October 31st - November 22nd, 2019

Written by Nilaja Sun
Directed by Kaja Dunn

No Child is an insightful, hilarious, and touching play where 5 actors play 16 characters, including Shondrika, José, Coca, and Ms. Sun, a teaching artist. In order to build community, Ms. Sun must navigate teenage angst and overworked administrators. No Child sheds light on the life changing impact one teacher can have in their students’ lives.

Corduroy

Emerald City Theatre @ Broadway Playhouse
November 9th - January 5th, 2020
Based on the Corduroy books by Don Freeman
Adapted by Barry Kornhauser
Directed by Jamal Howard

Emerald City Theatre’s beloved production of Corduroy returns to Chicago just in time for the holidays! In this sweet adaptation of Don Freeman’s classic book, a small bear’s quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime. After the lights are dimmed and the doors locked, the department store comes to life with circus elements and physical comedy. It’s up to Corduroy to outsmart the Night Watchman as he waits for his new pal Lisa to return with her mother. Along with exciting scenes of clowning and mischief, the story teaches the importance of empathy and unconditional love. Tailored for young imaginations, this playful adventure will delight ages three and up!

Verböten

The House Theatre of Chicago
January 16th - March 8th, 2020
Music and Lyrics by Jason Narducy
Book by Brett Nevue
Directed by Nathan Allen

1983. Chicago. It’s do-or-die for Verböten -- a band made up of outsider teens with seriously complex home lives. As they gear up for a show at The Cubby Bear that is sure to change their lives forever, can they keep their parents from destroying the fabric of their self-made punk rock family?


With lyrics and music by Verböten’s original guitarist, Jason Narducy, (Split SingleSuperchunkBob Mould) and book by Brett Neveu (OdradekPilgrim's ProgressTraitor), Verböten is inspired by the true story of Chicago's own young punks.

Kitty Hawk

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts 

October, 2019

Book by Tom Bryant

Music and Lyrics by Erik Della Penna

Directed by Nathan Allen and Jesse Roth

Through a partnership between the Arsht Center and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and incorporating science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM), Kitty Hawk brings to life the story of The Wright Brothers, as they build the first successful airplane and take flight on Dec. 17, 1903, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Kiss

Haven
July 18th - August 18th, 2019
Written by Guillermo Calderón
Directed by Monty Cole, Associate Director Abhi Shrestha

Two couples meet for their weekly soap opera viewing party, but that standing double date quickly starts to feel like a soap opera itself when the friends unpack scandals, secrets and their heart-rending passions.  Guillermo Calderón has written a bold and political theatrical experience that explodes the romantic drama and asks what it means to empathize with a culture and conflict that is not one's own.

United Flight 232

The House Theatre of Chicago at Adrienne Arsht Center
for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

May 4th - May 19th, 2019

Adapted and Directed by Vanessa Stalling

WINNER of the 2016 Jeff Awards for Best Production of a Play (Midsize)                 and Best Ensemble

“I love you, hurry home. I love you.” On July 19, 1989, a DC-10 headed for O’Hare with 296 aboard is paralyzed mid-air. For 44 minutes, the aircraft descended towards an emergency landing and crashed at Sioux City Gateway airport. To the astonishment of all who witnessed the event, 184 of 296 passengers and crew survived. Drawing on the interviews and research conducted by Evanston author Laurence Gonzales for his critically acclaimed book, Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival, this brand new play, United Flight 232, is a reflection on how to comprehend tragedy and celebrate human ingenuity in the face of overwhelming challenges.

Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Pinocchio

The House Theatre of Chicago
March 28th - May 19th, 2019
Based on the works of Carlo Collodi

Adapted by Joseph Steakley and Ben Lobpries
Directed by Chris Mathews

The House brings to life the classic fairy tale of a wooden boy who wishes to become real. Funny, imaginative, and moving, Pinocchio explores how the lies we tell ourselves hurt those we love.

Hopelessly Devoted

Piven Theatre
April 4th - May 18th, 2019 (Extended!)

Written by Kate Tempest

Music by Kate Tempest and Dan Carey

Directed by Abby Pierce


Chess is in prison. Facing a lengthy sentence, her cell mate, Serena, becomes her soul mate. But when Serena is given parole, Chess faces total isolation.

Hope comes in the form of a music producer looking for a reason to love music again. She finds a powerful voice in Chess. But to harness her talent, Chess must first face her past. 

Featuring Kate Tempest's trademark lyrical fireworks and live music, this is a story of love and redemption. 

The Total Bent

Haven, in association with About Face Theatre
February 7th - March 17th, 2019 (Extended!)
Text by Stew
Music and Lyrics by Stew & Heidi Rodewald
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown

A funny, fiery, one-of-a-kind show about the passions that divide a father and son as they make their music and make their choice between salvation and selling out.

The Nutcracker

The House Theatre of Chicago
November 8th - December 30th, 2018
Created by Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, Kevin O'Donnell and Tommy Rapley
Directed by Tommy Rapley

The House’s fantastical, ballet-free expansion of this holiday classic centers on young Clara’s journey to save Christmas in the face of grief. With the help of a magical nutcracker, this brave girl will risk the darkness, fight the Rat King, and save her family! This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original songs, and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope -- a fun outing for the whole family.