2017/18 Season

“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

The Minutes

A Broadway-Bound world premiere by ensemble member Tracy Letts

Directed by Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro
Featuring ensemble members Ian Barford, Francis Guinan and Tim Hopper
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

Directed by Jonathan Berry
Featuring ensemble members Audrey Francis and Caroline Neff
January 25 – March 11, 2018

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

Directed by ensemble member Tina Landau
Featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas, Gary Cole, Ora Jones, Sandra Marquez and James Vincent Meredith
April 5 – May 20, 2018

After a British businessman's untimely death, his unwitting American doppelgänger is thrust into background deals that could shape the face of Africa.

The Roommate

A CHICAGO PREMIERE By Jen Silverman

Directed by Phylicia Rashad
Featuring ensemble members Ora Jones and Sandra Marquez
June 21 – August 5, 2018

A comically mismatched pair of roommates leads to a surprising and touching friendship. Think The Odd Couple meets Breaking Bad.

 

In the Upstairs Theatre

 

The Rembrandt

A chicago Premiere by Jessica Dickey 

Directed by Hallie Gordon
Featuring ensemble members Francis Guinan and John Mahoney
September 7, 2017– October 22, 2017

When a museum guard decides to touch a famous Rembrandt painting, a remarkable journey across the ages ensues.

BLKS

A WORLD PREMIERE BY AZIZA BARNES

Directed by Nataki Garrett 
Featuring ensemble member Namir Smallwood 
December 7, 2017 – January 21, 2018

An ingenious portrait of a day in the life of four young black women in New York City in the wake of a cancer scare and a totalled relationship.

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.

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