Blacktop Sky examines the intersection of love, violence and community inside an institution with a haunting Chicago legacy: the public housing project. After witnessing police rough up a fellow resident of the projects, 18-year-old Ida befriends a young homeless man who sleeps on a nearby bench. As their unlikely friendship grows, will it strengthen her connection to home or drive her away in search of a new life?

"A performance of impressive poetry and vitality...a cry from the urban heart."
Chicago Sun-Times

"Compelling, detailed...effectively dramatizes the vicious nature of love and hate."
New City

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Watch & Listen

  1. <i>BLACKTOP SKY</i> in Production

    BLACKTOP SKY in Production

  2. Trailer for GARAGE REP 2013

    Trailer for GARAGE REP 2013

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Program Articles

Welcome to Garage Rep 2013!

Associate Producer, Jacob Padrón, on what to expect at Garage Rep 2013

This is Not a Steppenwolf Production: and We're Damn Proud of That

Joshua Goode explores Chicago's dynamic storefront theater scene.

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BlackTop Sky is part of The Garage Rep Season

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Special Performances

Sign Language-Interpreted
Saturday, April 13 at 8pm

Audio Description and Touch Tour
Saturday, March 30
Touch Tour: 2pm
Curtain: 4pm

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