NATIVE GARDENS by Karen Zacarías


Directed by Leslie Hull

February 2020

Stage Center Theatre, Northeastern IL University


“Good fences make good neighbors!” Or so Robert Frost once told us. But fences take on new meaning when our new neighbors are not the ones we expected, and often not the ones we’d choose. In one of the country’s most produced and most talked about new plays of any recent season, Pablo, a rising attorney, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, have just purchased a home next to Frank and Virginia, a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden. In the darkly hilarious backyard world of renowned playwright Karen Zacarías, cultures clash over seemingly nothing more than a small patch of land. Well-intentioned neighbors become feuding enemies as an impending barbecue spirals into an all out border dispute that unearths the complex layers of our perceptions of race, class, and privilege and examines the necessity for understanding, empathy, and commonality that must exist between neighbors to create strong bonds of responsibility to one another. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

RESIDENCE by Laura Jacqmin

Directed by John Bliss

April 2020

Stage Center Theatre, Northeastern IL University


A layered, poignant, and vital examination of the fragility of our day to day lives, "Residence" is an exciting new work from Chicago favorite Laura Jacqmin. New mom Maggie returns to her medical sales job, checking into an extended-stay hotel in Arizona as she pursues the commission that will get her out of debt and back on track. When she befriends two hotel employees intent on making her visit a five-star experience, they discover that their lives are all on similarly shaky ground. A funny and sharply observed play about hanging on when you’re at the end of your rope – and the times when letting go might be the most responsible thing to do. Originally produced to great acclaim at the Humana Festival of New Plays in 2016, "Residence" presses us to find the ray of hope on the other side of crisis and to fill our broken spaces with true human connection. Produced by special arrangement with Literate. Management/Production and Laura Jacqmin.


Directed by David Catlin

May-August 2020

Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago, IL


Lookingglass Alice returns for a fantastical trip down the rabbit hole, through the looking glass, and deep into your heart. The New York Times calls this circus-infused adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories “eye-catching entertainment.” The Chicago Tribune lauds it as “ingenious,” and the Chicago Sun-Times calls it “pure, unadulterated magic.”

This signature Lookingglass production, adapted and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin (The Little Prince, Moby Dick), has toured the country, enchanting audiences of all ages. Now, after a five-year hiatus, the awe-inspiring production comes back home for a new generation to discover.

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