“This season embraces conversations about what American culture is, the stories we tell ourselves and the truths we all share.”
- Anna D. Shapiro
Seven captivating shows, seven conversations about American culture and seven more reasons to love Chicago theater.
Read a letter from Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro about season highlights.
In the Downstairs Theatre
A Broadway-Bound world premiere by ensemble member Tracy Letts
A scathing new comedy about small-town politics and real-world power exposes the ugliness behind some of our most closely-held American narratives.
You Got Older
A CHICAGO PREMIERE By Clare Barron
Mae, brokenhearted and unemployed, returns home to care for her ailing father and escape the loneliness of a life that just can’t seem to get off the ground.
The Doppelgänger (an international farce)
A world premiere by Matthew-Lee Erlbach
After a British businessman's untimely death, his unwitting American doppelgänger is thrust into background deals that could shape the face of Africa.
In the Upstairs Theatre
Guards at the Taj
A CHICAGO PREMIERE By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by ensemble member Amy Morton
Featuring Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed
May 31 – July 15, 2018
As the sun rises for the first time on the newly-constructed Taj Mahal, two hapless imperial guards are charged with an unspeakable task that will shake their faith in God, the empire and their lifelong friendship.