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COYOTE PETERSON
COYOTE PETERSON
With over 1.466 billion views and 8.7 million subscribers, Brave Wilderness, YouTube’s top-rated wildlife channel, is a one stop connection to a wild world of adventure and amazing up close animal encounters! Coyote Peterson, host of the Brave Wilderness animal adventure shows, is first and foremost an avid explorer and animal enthusiast! Based out of Columbus, Ohio, Wilderness Productions is comprised of show host Coyote Peterson and his fearless crew. From adventures in the field filming with wild animals, to long hours in post-production, they are dedicated to making animal conservation and education entertaining for the next generation of explorers. Through the Brave Wilderness channel, their goal is to promote a genuine compassion and welfare for the natural world through the curiosity it provokes.
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Cendrillon
April 27 & 29
True love can transform any landscape in this retelling of the Cinderella story. Listen and watch as love triumphs over dire circumstances in a production filled with visual delights – one that reminds us of the spring we, children and adults alike, hold inside. The singers of North Park University bring to life this production with set, projections, costumes and orchestra. In French with English surtitles. Performance lasts two hours with one intermission: ideal for families.
Cendrillon
April 27 & 29
Cinderella
Cendrillon
True love can transform any landscape in this retelling of the Cinderella story. Listen and watch as love triumphs over dire circumstances in a production filled with visual delights – one that reminds us of the spring we, children and adults alike, hold inside. The singers of North Park University bring to life this production with set, projections, costumes and orchestra. In French with English surtitles. Performance lasts two hours with one intermission: ideal for families.
All-ages. Performance lasts 2 hours plus a 15-minute intermission.
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April 27 & 29
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The Playground
May 12

Come play with us and immerse yourself in the wonders of African drum and dance. You don’t want to miss this exhilarating and thought provoking cultural experience centered around coming of age rituals and the way we play.

The Playground
May 12
The Playground

Come play with us and immerse yourself in the wonders of African drum and dance. You don’t want to miss this exhilarating and thought provoking cultural experience centered around coming of age rituals and the way we play.

All-ages. Performance lasts 2 hours plus a 15-minute intermission.
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May 12
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Under The Big Top
May 18

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Gays and Straights, and everyone in between! Come one, come all and join the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus as we take you back to the circus! This musical journey to a forgotten time will feature animals, acrobats, aerialists, and amazing music. Grab some popcorn and enjoy, as our singers jump through this flaming hoop!

Under The Big Top
May 18
Under The Big Top

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Gays and Straights, and everyone in between! Come one, come all and join the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus as we take you back to the circus! This musical journey to a forgotten time will feature animals, acrobats, aerialists, and amazing music. Grab some popcorn and enjoy, as our singers jump through this flaming hoop!

All-ages. Event lasts 2 hours including a 15-minute intermission.
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May 18
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City of Big Shoulders
May 19th

Hot Crowd will be expressing the day-to-day life of Chicago through the art of dance. Audiences will find their own experiences of the city appear onstage: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Topics covered vary in emotional content from the comically frustrating traffic, delicious food, thriving nightlife, and awkward CTA encounters to the unfortunate homeless population and violence within the city.

Hot Crowd presents
City of Big Shoulders
May 19th
City of Big Shoulders

Hot Crowd will be expressing the day-to-day life of Chicago through the art of dance. Audiences will find their own experiences of the city appear onstage: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Topics covered vary in emotional content from the comically frustrating traffic, delicious food, thriving nightlife, and awkward CTA encounters to the unfortunate homeless population and violence within the city.

Due to some adult language, recommended for ages 13+. Performance lasts 90 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
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May 19th
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2018 PSO Central Pole Championships: Amateur Days
May 26 & 27

Be inspired by the athleticism, grace, mobility, and fluidity of dance – on a pole. Join Pole Sport Organization, the world’s largest professional and amateur pole dance competition, where over 100 dancers will perform at this regional event. Cheer for beginners taking the stage for the first time, and professionals vying to move on to the U.S. National finals.

5 levels of skill, 5 age groups, 5 categories. Please check website for performer names and division times. We are an all ages event.

2018 PSO Central Pole Championships: Amateur Days
May 26 & 27
2018 PSO Central Pole Championships: Amateur Days

Be inspired by the athleticism, grace, mobility, and fluidity of dance – on a pole. Join Pole Sport Organization, the world’s largest professional and amateur pole dance competition, where over 100 dancers will perform at this regional event. Cheer for beginners taking the stage for the first time, and professionals vying to move on to the U.S. National finals.

5 levels of skill, 5 age groups, 5 categories. Please check website for performer names and division times. We are an all ages event.

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May 26 & 27
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2018 PSO Central Pole Championships: Professional Night
May 26 - 7:30 PM

Be inspired by the athleticism, grace, mobility, and fluidity of dance – on a pole. Join Pole Sport Organization, the world’s largest professional and amateur pole dance competition, where over 100 dancers will perform at this regional event. Cheer for beginners taking the stage for the first time, and professionals vying to move on to the U.S. National finals.

5 levels of skill, 5 age groups, 5 categories. Please check website for performer names and division times. We are an all ages event.

2018 PSO Central Pole Championships: Professional Night
May 26 - 7:30 PM
2018 PSO Central Pole Championships: Professional Night

Be inspired by the athleticism, grace, mobility, and fluidity of dance – on a pole. Join Pole Sport Organization, the world’s largest professional and amateur pole dance competition, where over 100 dancers will perform at this regional event. Cheer for beginners taking the stage for the first time, and professionals vying to move on to the U.S. National finals.

5 levels of skill, 5 age groups, 5 categories. Please check website for performer names and division times. We are an all ages event.

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May 26 - 7:30 PM
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Bitch Sesh Live!
June 1, 2018

Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and Danielle Schneider (The Hotwives of Orlando) bring you a live version of their hilarious podcast Bitch Sesh. They’ll deep dive into all things Real Housewives, unpack pertinent pop culture goings on and continue to process and hopefully come to accept Julia Roberts wig in “Mother’s Day.” One day at a time. Join them for dramatic reenactments, audience questions, clips, and more. You won’t want to miss this very important, nay – life altering, evening.

10:00 PM SHOW ADDED FOR 6/1!

Bitch Sesh Live!
June 1, 2018
Bitch Sesh Live!

Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and Danielle Schneider (The Hotwives of Orlando) bring you a live version of their hilarious podcast Bitch Sesh. They’ll deep dive into all things Real Housewives, unpack pertinent pop culture goings on and continue to process and hopefully come to accept Julia Roberts wig in “Mother’s Day.” One day at a time. Join them for dramatic reenactments, audience questions, clips, and more. You won’t want to miss this very important, nay – life altering, evening.

10:00 PM SHOW ADDED FOR 6/1!

Ages 17+. Performance lasts 90 minutes without intermission.
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June 1, 2018
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How Did this Get Made?
June 2

HOW DID THIS GET MADE? Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it’s good? Paul Scheer (The League & Veep), Jason Mantzoukas (The League & The House) and June Diane Raphael (Grace & Frankie, New Girl) are experts in the best of the worst of cinema. On each episode of their Award Winning podcast, HOW DID THIS GET MADE? they gather with their funniest friends and subject themselves to a cinematic nightmare and report back to you with the results.

With over 160 episodes, past guests have included Adam Scott, Amy Schumer, Nick Kroll, Patton Oswalt, Whitney Cummings, Illana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Gillian Jacobs, Vanilla Ice, Chris Hardwick, Chelsea Peretti, Pete Davidson, Kumail Nanjani, Scott Aukerman and many more.

Every episode features the deconstruction and mockery of one particular film such as ‘Surf Ninjas’, ‘XXX: Return of Xander Cage’, ’The Room’, and the entire ’Fast and Furious’ franchise.

With sold out shows across the country, each live episode is truly unique as the audience gets to play a part in the show by asking questions of the hosts and coming up with impromptu songs for segments of the show and seeing one of a kind clips.

HOW DID THIS GET MADE? has been voted “The Best Comedy Podcast” by LA Weekly, one of Vogue’s ‘Best Podcasts to Listen to Now’, one of TIME Magazine’s ’50 Best Podcasts’, one of Entertainment Weekly’s ’15 Podcasts That Will Give You A Break From Reality’, one of Vulture’s ‘Funny and Fascinating Podcasts”, one of Backstage’s ‘Podcasts to Inspire and Entertain You’, as well as being listed as one of the Top Film podcast’s in The Washington Post and is also consistently one of the Top 10 most downloaded comedy podcasts.

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How Did this Get Made?
June 2
How Did this Get Made?

HOW DID THIS GET MADE? Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it’s good? Paul Scheer (The League & Veep), Jason Mantzoukas (The League & The House) and June Diane Raphael (Grace & Frankie, New Girl) are experts in the best of the worst of cinema. On each episode of their Award Winning podcast, HOW DID THIS GET MADE? they gather with their funniest friends and subject themselves to a cinematic nightmare and report back to you with the results.

With over 160 episodes, past guests have included Adam Scott, Amy Schumer, Nick Kroll, Patton Oswalt, Whitney Cummings, Illana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Gillian Jacobs, Vanilla Ice, Chris Hardwick, Chelsea Peretti, Pete Davidson, Kumail Nanjani, Scott Aukerman and many more.

Every episode features the deconstruction and mockery of one particular film such as ‘Surf Ninjas’, ‘XXX: Return of Xander Cage’, ’The Room’, and the entire ’Fast and Furious’ franchise.

With sold out shows across the country, each live episode is truly unique as the audience gets to play a part in the show by asking questions of the hosts and coming up with impromptu songs for segments of the show and seeing one of a kind clips.

HOW DID THIS GET MADE? has been voted “The Best Comedy Podcast” by LA Weekly, one of Vogue’s ‘Best Podcasts to Listen to Now’, one of TIME Magazine’s ’50 Best Podcasts’, one of Entertainment Weekly’s ’15 Podcasts That Will Give You A Break From Reality’, one of Vulture’s ‘Funny and Fascinating Podcasts”, one of Backstage’s ‘Podcasts to Inspire and Entertain You’, as well as being listed as one of the Top Film podcast’s in The Washington Post and is also consistently one of the Top 10 most downloaded comedy podcasts.

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Ages 17+. Performance lasts 90 minutes without intermission.
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June 2
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45th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards
June 11, 2018
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45th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards
June 11, 2018
45th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards
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June 11, 2018
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COYOTE PETERSON
June 15th
With over 1.466 billion views and 8.7 million subscribers, Brave Wilderness, YouTube’s top-rated wildlife channel, is a one stop connection to a wild world of adventure and amazing up close animal encounters! Coyote Peterson, host of the Brave Wilderness animal adventure shows, is first and foremost an avid explorer and animal enthusiast! Based out of Columbus, Ohio, Wilderness Productions is comprised of show host Coyote Peterson and his fearless crew. From adventures in the field filming with wild animals, to long hours in post-production, they are dedicated to making animal conservation and education entertaining for the next generation of explorers. Through the Brave Wilderness channel, their goal is to promote a genuine compassion and welfare for the natural world through the curiosity it provokes.
AEG Presents presents
COYOTE PETERSON
June 15th
COYOTE PETERSON
With over 1.466 billion views and 8.7 million subscribers, Brave Wilderness, YouTube’s top-rated wildlife channel, is a one stop connection to a wild world of adventure and amazing up close animal encounters! Coyote Peterson, host of the Brave Wilderness animal adventure shows, is first and foremost an avid explorer and animal enthusiast! Based out of Columbus, Ohio, Wilderness Productions is comprised of show host Coyote Peterson and his fearless crew. From adventures in the field filming with wild animals, to long hours in post-production, they are dedicated to making animal conservation and education entertaining for the next generation of explorers. Through the Brave Wilderness channel, their goal is to promote a genuine compassion and welfare for the natural world through the curiosity it provokes.
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June 15th
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Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
August 17 & 18

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR.is a fast-paced take on the classic tale.

The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
August 17 & 18
Alice in Wonderland, Jr.

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR.is a fast-paced take on the classic tale.

The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

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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August 17 & 18
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Studio One
The Luckiest People
March 24 - April 29

After the matriarch of the Hoffman family passes away, Richard is blindsided when his elderly father, Oscar, demands to leave his assisted living facility. With his sister Laura living in Shanghai, and Richard soon to become a first time father with his partner David, he is less than thrilled at the prospect of housing his–to put it mildly–difficult father. Accusations begin to fly and defenses are raised, drawing father and son, brother and sister, and spouses into a heated game of finger pointing with unintended consequences. The first in a trilogy of plays about the Hoffman family. As part of a NNPN ( National New Play Network) Rolling World Premiere, The Luckiest People will be produced by Curious Theatre Company in Denver, Colorado in May of 2017, then at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina in August of 2017, and finally at Stage Left Theatre.

The Luckiest People
March 24 - April 29
The Luckiest People

After the matriarch of the Hoffman family passes away, Richard is blindsided when his elderly father, Oscar, demands to leave his assisted living facility. With his sister Laura living in Shanghai, and Richard soon to become a first time father with his partner David, he is less than thrilled at the prospect of housing his–to put it mildly–difficult father. Accusations begin to fly and defenses are raised, drawing father and son, brother and sister, and spouses into a heated game of finger pointing with unintended consequences. The first in a trilogy of plays about the Hoffman family. As part of a NNPN ( National New Play Network) Rolling World Premiere, The Luckiest People will be produced by Curious Theatre Company in Denver, Colorado in May of 2017, then at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina in August of 2017, and finally at Stage Left Theatre.

No late seating. Performance lasts 90 minutes with 15-minute intermission. Not recommended for all ages, due to strong language.
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Studio One
March 24 - April 29
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Very Still & Hard to See
May 3 -13

A disorienting exploration of our demons, both in a literal and figurative sense, Steve Yockey’s very still and hard to see is a short play cycle recounting the history of a cursed hotel and the haunted individuals who fall into it’s trap. Each chilling encounter breaks the boundaries of the real and the surreal, reminding us that sometimes bad things do happen for a reason.

Very Still & Hard to See
May 3 -13
Very Still & Hard to See

A disorienting exploration of our demons, both in a literal and figurative sense, Steve Yockey’s very still and hard to see is a short play cycle recounting the history of a cursed hotel and the haunted individuals who fall into it’s trap. Each chilling encounter breaks the boundaries of the real and the surreal, reminding us that sometimes bad things do happen for a reason.

Recommended for Ages 13+ due to strong language. Performance lasts 1 hour 30 minutes without intermission.
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Studio One
May 3 -13
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Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies
May 24 - June 10

Back by popular demand, Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies returns to The Athenaeum after last season’s successful 4-week run featuring “a fascinating look at Davis’s life and career,”(Chicago Theater and Arts). Commissioned by The Athenaeum for a repeat-performance, now with an extended full-length version of the show, experience for yourself the actress and writer, Jessica Sherr, “whose Davis isn’t quite like any you’ve seen, adding a bright comic energy” –Chicago Reader, Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies is a one-woman show about 1930s-icon, Bette Davis, on the night of the 1939 Academy Awards.

Young Miss Davis is nominated for Best Actress in Dark Victory, but the Los Angeles Times LEAKED the OSCAR winners EARLY. The bold, defiant, and disillusioned Davis decides to leave the Oscars! Journey into the starlet’s battle to win freedom from the grip and control of the studio moguls and flash forward to how Hollywood treats the aging star. Witness Bette’s most defining moments as a tenacious star fighting her way to the top! See what happens when someone who always wins…loses.

Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies
May 24 - June 10
Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies

Back by popular demand, Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies returns to The Athenaeum after last season’s successful 4-week run featuring “a fascinating look at Davis’s life and career,”(Chicago Theater and Arts). Commissioned by The Athenaeum for a repeat-performance, now with an extended full-length version of the show, experience for yourself the actress and writer, Jessica Sherr, “whose Davis isn’t quite like any you’ve seen, adding a bright comic energy” –Chicago Reader, Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies is a one-woman show about 1930s-icon, Bette Davis, on the night of the 1939 Academy Awards.

Young Miss Davis is nominated for Best Actress in Dark Victory, but the Los Angeles Times LEAKED the OSCAR winners EARLY. The bold, defiant, and disillusioned Davis decides to leave the Oscars! Journey into the starlet’s battle to win freedom from the grip and control of the studio moguls and flash forward to how Hollywood treats the aging star. Witness Bette’s most defining moments as a tenacious star fighting her way to the top! See what happens when someone who always wins…loses.

No late seating. All-ages. Performance lasts 90 minutes without intermission.
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Studio One
May 24 - June 10
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Studio Two
GRACE by Craig Wright
May 3 - June 3

Steve and Sarah have a plan. With nothing more than a little start-up cash and a lot of faith, the couple picks up from their Minnesota home to start a new life in sunny Florida, opening a chain of evangelically-themed motels to spread the good Word while reaping some divine financial benefits. Meanwhile, their new neighbor Sam is in an existential quandary of his own: recently widowed and badly injured, he’s faithless, bitter and hardly in the mood for new friends, sent by God or otherwise. As their lives become entwined, and their destinies made clear, all three will come to question their own beliefs and fears.

GRACE by Craig Wright
May 3 - June 3
GRACE by Craig Wright

Steve and Sarah have a plan. With nothing more than a little start-up cash and a lot of faith, the couple picks up from their Minnesota home to start a new life in sunny Florida, opening a chain of evangelically-themed motels to spread the good Word while reaping some divine financial benefits. Meanwhile, their new neighbor Sam is in an existential quandary of his own: recently widowed and badly injured, he’s faithless, bitter and hardly in the mood for new friends, sent by God or otherwise. As their lives become entwined, and their destinies made clear, all three will come to question their own beliefs and fears.

Due to strong language, not recommended for all ages. Performance lasts 1 hour 45 minutes without intermission.
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Studio Two
May 3 - June 3
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Fuddy Meers
June 8, 2018 - July 8, 2018

Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. But today turns out different. She’s kidnapped by a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask who claims he’s there to save her, and he spirits her off to her mother’s house. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.

Fuddy Meers
June 8, 2018 - July 8, 2018
Fuddy Meers

Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. But today turns out different. She’s kidnapped by a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask who claims he’s there to save her, and he spirits her off to her mother’s house. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.

Recommended for ages 13+, due to strong language. Performance lasts two hours with a 15-minute intermission.
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Studio Two
June 8, 2018 - July 8, 2018
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Studio Three
Natural Affection
April 12 - May 20

Awaiting the Christmas visit of her teenage son, Donnie, Sue Barker is torn between motherly love and the fear of a disruption in the life that she has built in his absence. Having been deserted by the boy’s father before his birth, Sue was forced to support herself, leaving Donnie to a childhood of orphan homes and ultimately a term at the penal farm. Now the head lingerie buyer for a Chicago department store, Sue has a small apartment and a lover, Bernie Slovenk. When Donnie announces that he will not have to go back to the farm if she will give him a home, the crisis is broached. The inescapable showdown comes on Christmas Eve when the couple from next door joins the others for a party. Rachel Lambert makes her Eclipse directorial debut.

Natural Affection
April 12 - May 20
part of the 2018 William Inge Season
Natural Affection

Awaiting the Christmas visit of her teenage son, Donnie, Sue Barker is torn between motherly love and the fear of a disruption in the life that she has built in his absence. Having been deserted by the boy’s father before his birth, Sue was forced to support herself, leaving Donnie to a childhood of orphan homes and ultimately a term at the penal farm. Now the head lingerie buyer for a Chicago department store, Sue has a small apartment and a lover, Bernie Slovenk. When Donnie announces that he will not have to go back to the farm if she will give him a home, the crisis is broached. The inescapable showdown comes on Christmas Eve when the couple from next door joins the others for a party. Rachel Lambert makes her Eclipse directorial debut.

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Studio Three
April 12 - May 20
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