BY MALLORY AVIDON DIRECTED BY DEREK BERTELSEN APOLLO STUDIO THEATRE MARCH 13-29, 2016
Grace is twenty-seven-going-on-dead and she’s done everything a self-actualizing woman is supposed to do. All the same, her marriage to her high-school sweetheart is a lonely existence, lodged inside a maze of empty pizza boxes, TV commercials and the incessant blips of Call of Duty. That is, until Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen arrive on the scene and transform everything. A funny play about sad people. Chicago premiere.
BY CHRISTOPHER SHINN DIRECTED BY ELIZABETH LOVELADY HEARTLAND STUDIO OCTOBER 7-30, 2016
One year after his suspicious death, a young soldier’s wife and twin brother meet for the first time since the funeral. A psychological showdown erupts as the two fight to reconcile their memories with the ugly truth. DYING CITY was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008.
PRELUDE TO A KISS
BY CRAIG LUCAS DIRECTED BY DEREK BERTELSEN GREENHOUSE THEATER CENTER JANUARY 12-FEBRUARY 4, 2017
In this modern day fairy tale, an uninvited guest turns a perfect wedding into a white-knuckled rollercoaster ride of doubt and regret. When an elderly “wedding crasher” kisses the bride, their souls exchange, leaving the brave but bewildered groom to reverse the curse armed only with the power of love. PRELUDE TO A KISS was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1991.
IN THE WAKE
BY LISA KRON DIRECTED BY ALEX MALLORY GREENHOUSE THEATER CENTER JULY 27-AUGUST 26, 2017
It's Thanksgiving of 2000 and the presidential election still has not been decided. Ellen insists that her friends and family don't understand how bad the situation really is. A funny, passionate, and searing play that illuminates assumptions that lie at the heart of the American character—and the blind spots that mask us from ourselves. IN THE WAKE was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Chicago premiere.
BOB: A LIFE IN FIVE ACTS
BY PETER SINN NACHTRIEB CO-DIRECTED BY WILL QUAM AND DEREK BERTELSEN APOLLO STUDIO THEATRE OCTOBER 29-NOVEMBER 21, 2017
From an early age, Bob dreams of becoming a great man. The ensuing rags-to-riches-to-fame-to-fall-to-legacy-to-the-love-of-living-life tale follows Bob on an epic journey in just five acts. A play that explores American Mythology and how hard it is to figure out what will make one happy. BOB: A LIFE IN FIVE ACTS was the winner of the 2010 Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award from the National Theatre Conference.
ROW AFTER ROW
BY JESSICA DICKEY DIRECTED BY ANN KREITMAN APOLLO STUDIO THEATRE FEBRUARY 5-27, 2018
Historical accuracy is paramount to Cal and Tom, two hardcore Civil War re-enactors, fresh off their latest Gettysburg battle. But their accuracy is compromised when they’re joined by a soldier with a less than authentic uniform…and the wrong gender. Straddling 1863 and today, ROW AFTER ROW is a dark comedy about choosing your cause and finding your courage. Chicago premiere.
BY KENNETH LIN DIRECTED BY CAROL ANN TAN GREENHOUSE THEATER CENTER OCTOBER 11-NOVEMBER 11, 2018
WARRIOR CLASS centers on Julius Lee, a New York assemblyman who's been dubbed “The Republican Obama.” Lee is the son of Chinese immigrants and a decorated war veteran with a seemingly limitless political career ahead of him. When the ghosts of his college days come back to haunt him, Lee must decide how far he'll go to keep a certain incident out of the public eye. Midwest premiere.
DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE
BY SARAH RUHL DIRECTED BY ARIANNA SOLOWAY GREENHOUSE THEATER CENTER FEBRUARY 7-MARCH 10, 2019
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man – with a lot of loose ends. So begins DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE, a wildly imaginative comedy about how we memorialize the dead – and how that remembering changes us – it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Awards: Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical.
BY HARRY WOOD DIRECTED BY DEREK BERTELSEN GREENHOUSE THEATER CENTER JULY 18-AUGUST 18, 2019
Roast follows the friends and family of Sam, a talented young comedian who took his own life, as they fulfill his last request: to hold a roast of him instead of a traditional funeral. As each of the roasters has their turn on stage, they reflect on who Sam was, and what he meant to them. Throughout, the play asks an important question: when a loved one is lost, how does the world change in their absence? Roast explores the deeply intertwined worlds of comedy and tragedy, humor and grief. World premiere.
BY MIKE BARTLETT DIRECTED BY ADRIENNE MATZEN GREENHOUSE THEATER CENTER OCTOBER 10-13, 2019
Emma’s been seeing her coworker Darren. She thinks she’s in love. Her boss thinks she’s in breach of contract. In a series of cordial but increasingly tense conversations, the two dissect the differences between “sexual” and “romantic,” negotiate the length of Emma’s interoffice relationship, and face the consequences of shrinking privacy and binding contracts. Midwest premiere.