Current & Upcoming Shows

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Nocturne
July 7-10

Co- Artistic Directors Eddy Ocampo and Joshua Paul Weckesser take LEVEL to another “level” with NOCTURNE! This 50 minute show investigates “creatures of the night” taking dance into nontraditional spaces where the audience is part of the performance.

This traveling show takes site-specific dance to a new high. Only 40 tickets available per show! Tickets available on a first come first serve basis.

Note: This performance requires constant audience movement, including up and down stairs, but there is an accessible route for those who require it.

Performance lasts 50 minutes without intermission. This interactive performance depends on patron mobility, including climbing stairs.
LEVELdance  presents
Nocturne
July 7-10
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Nocturne

Co- Artistic Directors Eddy Ocampo and Joshua Paul Weckesser take LEVEL to another “level” with NOCTURNE! This 50 minute show investigates “creatures of the night” taking dance into nontraditional spaces where the audience is part of the performance.

This traveling show takes site-specific dance to a new high. Only 40 tickets available per show! Tickets available on a first come first serve basis.

Note: This performance requires constant audience movement, including up and down stairs, but there is an accessible route for those who require it.

Performance lasts 50 minutes without intermission. This interactive performance depends on patron mobility, including climbing stairs.
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Main Stage
July 7-10
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New Dances 2016
July 16 & 17

Thodos Dance Chicago celebrates 16 years of dance creation with its annual New Dances choreography project and performances. Be part of an amazing evening of new dance discovery when TDC’s Ensemble Members and Guest Choreographer, Shannon Alvis, present their World Premiere works.

This all-ages performance lasts two hours including a 15-minute intermission.
New Dances 2016
July 16 & 17
New Dances 2016

Thodos Dance Chicago celebrates 16 years of dance creation with its annual New Dances choreography project and performances. Be part of an amazing evening of new dance discovery when TDC’s Ensemble Members and Guest Choreographer, Shannon Alvis, present their World Premiere works.

This all-ages performance lasts two hours including a 15-minute intermission.
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Main Stage
July 16 & 17
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2016 DFAC Windy City Naturals
8/13

The “First Ever” Natural Pro/Am Bodybuilding & Fitness Competition in downtown Chicago!!

Naturally trained competitors will be putting their hard earned physiques to the test by stepping on stage to be judged for muscularity, symmetry, leanness, posing and overall stage presence!! Amateur competitors will be fighting to win a Pro Qualification, the Pros will be battling it out for over $16K in prize money…and everyone is trying to earn their spot at the DFAC World Finals in Miami this October!!!

10:00am – Preliminary Competition

5:00pm – Final Competition

2016 DFAC Windy City Naturals
8/13
2016 DFAC Windy City Naturals

The “First Ever” Natural Pro/Am Bodybuilding & Fitness Competition in downtown Chicago!!

Naturally trained competitors will be putting their hard earned physiques to the test by stepping on stage to be judged for muscularity, symmetry, leanness, posing and overall stage presence!! Amateur competitors will be fighting to win a Pro Qualification, the Pros will be battling it out for over $16K in prize money…and everyone is trying to earn their spot at the DFAC World Finals in Miami this October!!!

10:00am – Preliminary Competition

5:00pm – Final Competition

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Main Stage
8/13
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Maria Bamford
AUG 19
Maria Bamford is the creator and star of Maria Bamford: the special special special and of the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show, which screened at the Museum of Art and Design. She is the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and starred alongside Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Brian Posehn in the Comedy Central series The Comedians of Comedy and Netflix’s Comedians of Comedy: The Movie. Maria voices characters on numerous animated series including BoJack Horseman, Adventure Time, Legend of Korra, Puss in Boots, and PBS’s Emmy-winning series Word Girl. She can also be heard voicing lead roles on Fox’s upcoming Golan the Insatiable and Yahoo’s upcoming Talking Tom & Friends. Maria recurred as DeBrie Bardeaux on Netflix’s Arrested Development reboot, for which she was praised as “fantastic” (Entertainment Weekly) a “standout” (TIME) and “perhaps one of the high points of the entire new season” (Black Book Magazine). She also recurred on fX’s critically-praised Louie, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, and USA’s Benched. Maria’s new Netflix series, Lady Dynamite was created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South Park). It premieres in April 2016.
Performance lasts 90 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
AEG Live presents
Maria Bamford
AUG 19
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY FEBRUARY 19 AT 10AM CST
Maria Bamford
Maria Bamford is the creator and star of Maria Bamford: the special special special and of the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show, which screened at the Museum of Art and Design. She is the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and starred alongside Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Brian Posehn in the Comedy Central series The Comedians of Comedy and Netflix’s Comedians of Comedy: The Movie. Maria voices characters on numerous animated series including BoJack Horseman, Adventure Time, Legend of Korra, Puss in Boots, and PBS’s Emmy-winning series Word Girl. She can also be heard voicing lead roles on Fox’s upcoming Golan the Insatiable and Yahoo’s upcoming Talking Tom & Friends. Maria recurred as DeBrie Bardeaux on Netflix’s Arrested Development reboot, for which she was praised as “fantastic” (Entertainment Weekly) a “standout” (TIME) and “perhaps one of the high points of the entire new season” (Black Book Magazine). She also recurred on fX’s critically-praised Louie, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, and USA’s Benched. Maria’s new Netflix series, Lady Dynamite was created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South Park). It premieres in April 2016.
Performance lasts 90 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
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Main Stage
AUG 19
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Max Amini
8/20

MAX AMINI, born in Tucson Arizona, from an Iranian heritage was raised on the East Coast and graduated from UCLA’s school of Theater, Film and Television in 2004. As an actor, Max has over 50 film and television credits including NBC’s Heroes, regular appearances on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia, and a leading role in the upcoming feature film Beyond Paradise.

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Max Amini
8/20
LIVE
Max Amini

MAX AMINI, born in Tucson Arizona, from an Iranian heritage was raised on the East Coast and graduated from UCLA’s school of Theater, Film and Television in 2004. As an actor, Max has over 50 film and television credits including NBC’s Heroes, regular appearances on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia, and a leading role in the upcoming feature film Beyond Paradise.

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Main Stage
8/20
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Seussical, Jr.
8/ 26 & 27

Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop’s second production camp will include Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters onstage in Seussical Jr., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos and even though he faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
This all-ages performance lasts 90 minutes with no intermission. Children under 2 are free, but must sit on a guardian’s lap.
Seussical, Jr.
8/ 26 & 27
Seussical, Jr.

Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop’s second production camp will include Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters onstage in Seussical Jr., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos and even though he faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
This all-ages performance lasts 90 minutes with no intermission. Children under 2 are free, but must sit on a guardian’s lap.
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8/ 26 & 27
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Studio One
Make Me a Song
6/10 - 7/10
Make Me a Song is a celebration showcasing the songs of one of the most acclaimed composer-lyricists writing for the musical theatre today. A two-time Tony Award winner for the groundbreaking musical, Falsettos, and the beloved The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, William Finn is a true living legend. Make Me a Song is big, boisterous, and full of joie de vivre just like Finn, himself.
Make Me a Song
6/10 - 7/10
The Music of William Finn
Make Me a Song
Make Me a Song is a celebration showcasing the songs of one of the most acclaimed composer-lyricists writing for the musical theatre today. A two-time Tony Award winner for the groundbreaking musical, Falsettos, and the beloved The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, William Finn is a true living legend. Make Me a Song is big, boisterous, and full of joie de vivre just like Finn, himself.
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Studio One
6/10 - 7/10
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Einstein’s Gift
8/4 - 8/28

Through the recollections of Albert Einstein, the play focuses on the life and career of German chemist Dr. Fritz Haber, who helped improve living conditions with his work on nitrogen fixation. His work was later used by the German army to produce chlorine gas used in Second Battle of Ypres in the First World War. As Dr. Haber becomes increasingly involved with the German army, the play depicts how his actions and newly forged military connections affect his relationship with his wife, Clara, and his assistant, Otto. As his passion in science intertwines with nationalistic pride, Haber manifested himself a scientist devoted to a country that never accepted his Jewish origin.

No late seating. Recommended for ages 18+ due to intellectual content. Performance lasts 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Einstein’s Gift
8/4 - 8/28
Einstein’s Gift

Through the recollections of Albert Einstein, the play focuses on the life and career of German chemist Dr. Fritz Haber, who helped improve living conditions with his work on nitrogen fixation. His work was later used by the German army to produce chlorine gas used in Second Battle of Ypres in the First World War. As Dr. Haber becomes increasingly involved with the German army, the play depicts how his actions and newly forged military connections affect his relationship with his wife, Clara, and his assistant, Otto. As his passion in science intertwines with nationalistic pride, Haber manifested himself a scientist devoted to a country that never accepted his Jewish origin.

No late seating. Recommended for ages 18+ due to intellectual content. Performance lasts 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

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Studio One
8/4 - 8/28
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Amour
9/2 - 10/8
Black Button Eyes Productions brings the Broadway musical Amour to the city for its Chicago premiere. Adapted by beloved French composer Michel Legrand from the Marcel Aymé short story “Le Passe-Muraille,” the musical spins the story of an unassuming clerk in post-World War II Paris who embraces a life of romance and adventure when he discovers one day that he has the ability to walk through walls.
Amour
9/2 - 10/8
Amour
Black Button Eyes Productions brings the Broadway musical Amour to the city for its Chicago premiere. Adapted by beloved French composer Michel Legrand from the Marcel Aymé short story “Le Passe-Muraille,” the musical spins the story of an unassuming clerk in post-World War II Paris who embraces a life of romance and adventure when he discovers one day that he has the ability to walk through walls.
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Studio One
9/2 - 10/8
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Studio Two
The North Pool
May 27 - June 26

In this riveting psychological thriller, when a high-school vice principal discovers incriminating evidence in the locker of a Middle Eastern-born transfer student, the two engage in a politically and emotionally charged game of cat and mouse, with dangerous consequences.

Due to strong language, not recommended for all ages. Performance lasts 80 minutes without intermission.

Jeff-Recommended-Signage

The North Pool
May 27 - June 26
by Rajiv Joseph
The North Pool

In this riveting psychological thriller, when a high-school vice principal discovers incriminating evidence in the locker of a Middle Eastern-born transfer student, the two engage in a politically and emotionally charged game of cat and mouse, with dangerous consequences.

Due to strong language, not recommended for all ages. Performance lasts 80 minutes without intermission.

Jeff-Recommended-Signage

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Studio Two
May 27 - June 26
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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
6/30 - 7/31
Oscar Wilde’s last comedy opened on Valentine’s Day, 1895, and embodied society’s rules and rituals artfully with cleverness and humor. The play mocks Victorian traditions, social customs, marriage, and the pursuit of love. This farce is built on an absurd confusion of a book and a baby.
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
6/30 - 7/31
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde’s last comedy opened on Valentine’s Day, 1895, and embodied society’s rules and rituals artfully with cleverness and humor. The play mocks Victorian traditions, social customs, marriage, and the pursuit of love. This farce is built on an absurd confusion of a book and a baby.
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Studio Two
6/30 - 7/31
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Three Hotels
8/9 - 9/17
Set in three different hotel rooms a husband and wife tell their story, separate and alone. Kenneth Hoyle, an American businessman, sells defective baby formula in third world markets. And his wife, Barbara, talks about him, their marriage, and the incident that made this story their reality. In a play that progresses from intellectual cynicism to heartbreaking honesty, Baitz reveals the emotional and physical wounds we all encounter in the face of adversity and heartbreak.
No late seating. Recommended for ages 13+. Performance lasts 1 hour 15 minutes without intermission.
Blubeird Arts presents
Three Hotels
8/9 - 9/17
By Jon robin Baitz
Three Hotels
Set in three different hotel rooms a husband and wife tell their story, separate and alone. Kenneth Hoyle, an American businessman, sells defective baby formula in third world markets. And his wife, Barbara, talks about him, their marriage, and the incident that made this story their reality. In a play that progresses from intellectual cynicism to heartbreaking honesty, Baitz reveals the emotional and physical wounds we all encounter in the face of adversity and heartbreak.
No late seating. Recommended for ages 13+. Performance lasts 1 hour 15 minutes without intermission.
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Studio Two
8/9 - 9/17
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Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
11/4 -12/4

When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone Goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful.

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
11/4 -12/4
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone Goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful.

Recommended for adults, due to nudity and strong language. Performance lasts 90 minutes without intermission.
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Studio Two
11/4 -12/4
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The History Boys
2/3/17 - 3/5/17

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form (senior) boys in a British boarding school are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university – generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and by a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling.

The History Boys
2/3/17 - 3/5/17
The History Boys

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form (senior) boys in a British boarding school are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university – generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and by a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling.

Recommended for ages 13+, due to strong language. Performance lasts two hours 30 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.
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Studio Two
2/3/17 - 3/5/17
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Gidion’s Knot
6/2/17 - 7/2/17

Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of the mother’s son, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely—or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.

Gidion’s Knot
6/2/17 - 7/2/17
Gidion’s Knot

Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of the mother’s son, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely—or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.

Recommended for ages 13+, due to strong language. Performance lasts 90 minutes without intermission.
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Studio Two
6/2/17 - 7/2/17
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Studio Three
A Small Oak Tree Runs Red
6/3-7/3

Shackled, bound, and trapped within someplace between reality and make believe, lies swollen bellied, bloodied Mary Turner and the accused murderer Sidney Johnson. He must force her to remember so they both can move on. In this world, entangled in history and unforgivable acts against humanity, to forget is to forever perish, just like the countless stories before them; trapped within old newspapers and forgotten memories.

No late seating. PG-13. Not for all ages–contains strong language. Performance lasts 2 hours 15 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.

A Small Oak Tree Runs Red
6/3-7/3
A Small Oak Tree Runs Red

Shackled, bound, and trapped within someplace between reality and make believe, lies swollen bellied, bloodied Mary Turner and the accused murderer Sidney Johnson. He must force her to remember so they both can move on. In this world, entangled in history and unforgivable acts against humanity, to forget is to forever perish, just like the countless stories before them; trapped within old newspapers and forgotten memories.

No late seating. PG-13. Not for all ages–contains strong language. Performance lasts 2 hours 15 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.

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Studio Three
6/3-7/3
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Our Lady of 121st Street
7/14 - 8/21

The Ortiz Funeral Home is in big trouble: The body of beloved community activist and nun Sister Rose has been stolen from the viewing room, and waiting for her proper return are some of New York City’s most emotionally charged, life-challenged neighborhood denizens, trying to find a place to put their grief, checkered pasts and their uncertain futures. The rest of the crowd in this dark, insightful and very funny comedy inevitably square off on each other, motivated by rage, pain and a scary desire to come clean—perhaps for the first time. Ensemble member Sarah Moeller directs.

Our Lady of 121st Street
7/14 - 8/21
part of the 2016 Stephen Adly Guirgis Season
Our Lady of 121st Street

The Ortiz Funeral Home is in big trouble: The body of beloved community activist and nun Sister Rose has been stolen from the viewing room, and waiting for her proper return are some of New York City’s most emotionally charged, life-challenged neighborhood denizens, trying to find a place to put their grief, checkered pasts and their uncertain futures. The rest of the crowd in this dark, insightful and very funny comedy inevitably square off on each other, motivated by rage, pain and a scary desire to come clean—perhaps for the first time. Ensemble member Sarah Moeller directs.

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Studio Three
7/14 - 8/21
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Oh, Coward! a Noël Coward musical review
8/25 - 9/18
Oh, Coward! is a musical revue with songs and lyrics, all by Noël Coward, featuring three singers and a pianist. Songs include, ‘Poor Little Rich Girl,’ ‘A Room with a View,’ ‘The Stately Homes of England,’ ‘If Love Were All,’ ‘Why Do the Wrong People Travel,’ and ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen.’
Oh, Coward! a Noël Coward musical review
8/25 - 9/18
Oh, Coward! a Noël Coward musical review
Oh, Coward! is a musical revue with songs and lyrics, all by Noël Coward, featuring three singers and a pianist. Songs include, ‘Poor Little Rich Girl,’ ‘A Room with a View,’ ‘The Stately Homes of England,’ ‘If Love Were All,’ ‘Why Do the Wrong People Travel,’ and ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen.’
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Studio Three
8/25 - 9/18
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The Heiress
9/26 - 10/ 23
In mid-1800s New York, a naïve young woman falls for a handsome young man, who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a fortune hunter; after all, his daughter is plain and boring. Based on the Henry James novella, Washington Square, the film version of The Heiress won four Academy Awards.
The Heiress
9/26 - 10/ 23
The Heiress
In mid-1800s New York, a naïve young woman falls for a handsome young man, who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a fortune hunter; after all, his daughter is plain and boring. Based on the Henry James novella, Washington Square, the film version of The Heiress won four Academy Awards.
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Studio Three
9/26 - 10/ 23
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The Little Flower of East Orange
11/3 - 12/18

The 2016 Stephen Adly Guirgis Season concludes with the Midwest Premiere of The Little Flower of East Orange. When Therese Marie arrives in the emergency room of a small hospital in the Bronx, suffering from hypothermia and in shock, no one there knows her story. To the doctors and nurses, she is just another abandoned elderly woman who can’t even tell them her name. But Therese Marie’s dementia is not all that it seems. And when her prodigal son, Danny, returns to New York, Therese Marie must fight to maintain her dignity in light of her son’s insistence on confronting the ugly secrets of their past. In this unconventional family drama, Stephen Adly Guirgis gives us a mother and son who must face a long family legacy of abuse in order to find the true meaning of grace. Ensemble member and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, Steve Scott directs.

The Little Flower of East Orange
11/3 - 12/18
part of the 2016 Stephen Adly Guirgis Season
The Little Flower of East Orange

The 2016 Stephen Adly Guirgis Season concludes with the Midwest Premiere of The Little Flower of East Orange. When Therese Marie arrives in the emergency room of a small hospital in the Bronx, suffering from hypothermia and in shock, no one there knows her story. To the doctors and nurses, she is just another abandoned elderly woman who can’t even tell them her name. But Therese Marie’s dementia is not all that it seems. And when her prodigal son, Danny, returns to New York, Therese Marie must fight to maintain her dignity in light of her son’s insistence on confronting the ugly secrets of their past. In this unconventional family drama, Stephen Adly Guirgis gives us a mother and son who must face a long family legacy of abuse in order to find the true meaning of grace. Ensemble member and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, Steve Scott directs.

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Studio Three
11/3 - 12/18
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