“I mean, this is not the man who once stood outside my apartment window and serenaded me with a guitar, all right?”


From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Qualms and Clybourne Park.

Politician Bill Pulver faces the cameras to stumble his way through a carefully crafted apology as his wife Judy stands stoically behind him…. but what is she REALLY thinking? We are about to find out in Bruce Norris’s wickedly funny, unpredictable play about a marriage burst apart by a sex scandal. This scathing, wildly entertaining play investigates gender politics, modern marriage and the sexual mysteries of the animal kingdom.

Watch & Listen

  1. Bruce Norris gets animated over <i>DOMESTICATED</i>

    Bruce Norris gets animated over DOMESTICATED

  2. <i>DOMESTICATED</i> - Audience Response

    DOMESTICATED - Audience Response

  3. <i>Domesticated</i> - Trailer

    Domesticated - Trailer

  4. <i>DOMESTICATED</i> in Production

    DOMESTICATED in Production

  5. <i>DOMESTICATED</i> in Rehearsal

    DOMESTICATED in Rehearsal

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Featured Ensemble Members


“A very juicy play, a savvy discussion-starter”
Chicago Tribune

“Tabloid juiciness, rage and sick humor that, in a perverse way, keep you listening”
Chicago Sun-Times

“Biting comedy asks if philandering men are just naughty by nature”
Time Out Chicago

“A theatrical thrill ride”
Stage and Cinema


“Call Is the Theater of Contrition: Bruce Norris’s ‘Domesticated’ Takes On Politics and Monogamy” – The New York Times

“Bruce Norris: I’m a racist” – New York Magazine

“Bruce Norris: ‘I think we are doomed’” – The Telegraph

Program Articles

Welcome to Domesticated

A letter from Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro welcoming patrons to Domesticated


Before rehearsals began, Bruce Norris discussed Domesticated with Aaron Carter, Artistic Producer.

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Show Cocktail

"The Stubborn Ass"
Vodka, CH Distillery amaro, ginger beer, lime

Special Performances

Preview Performances:
December 3 - 12, 2015

ASL interpretation:
Sunday, January 10 at 7:30pm

Saturday, January 16 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, January 24 at 1:30 touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm