“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
world premiere by ensemble member Tracy Letts
Directed by Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro
Featuring ensemble members Kevin Anderson, Ian Barford, Francis Guinan, James Vincent Meredith, Sally Murphy, William Petersen
November 9 – December 31, 2017
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
A quirky dark comedy about a young woman following the thorny path to adulthood—right over a cliff.
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 22, 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.