photo by Joe Mazza-Brave Lux

R+J: The Vineyard- photo by Joe Mazza-Brave Lux


Season 4: Dangerous and Free

Adopting a Free Theater mission allows us to truly “ask dangerous questions theatrically”. Our commitment to a defiant energy and diverse voices has resulted in four collectives: Lincoln, Omaha, Chicago, and Purchase, NY. Now it’s time to take the next step. We believe that theater only works when it’s for everyone, so we work hard to keep it free. You can help, comrade!


ear and hair abstraction

Based on Romeo and Juliet By William Shakespeare
Adaptation by Janette Bauer and Aaron Sawyer
Directed by Artistic Director Aaron Sawyer
A coproduction with Oracle Theatre
January 22-February 20th, 2016 SECOND EXTENSION
Capulet and Montague families ignite intense cultural lines between hearing and non-hearing in 1890’s Martha’s Vineyard when a unique deaf/hearing bilingual agricultural community gave way to a budding tourism industry. This beautiful and physical production is both spoken and performed in American Sign Language and is intended for all audiences.


bird flying in sunset

Year of the Rooster by Eric Dufault

by Eric Dufault
Directed by Carrie Lee Patterson
January 9 – Feb 6, 2016
at Frontier Theatre
A humorous examination of violence, victory and their inherent connections to masculinity as viewed through the lens of McDonalds employees and chickens trained to fight.


knives around a heart
by Benjamin Brand
Directed by Artistic Director Aaron Sawyer
April 23 – May 22nd, 2016
Produced by Red Theater Chicago and Aperture Entertainment in association with Redtwist Theatre
at Redtwist Theatre
Based on a shockingly true event, Taste is a frighteningly tender play about the limits of love, consent, and cannibalism.

Fourth Annual Red Playwriting Competition-Staged Reading
Produced by Maria Burnham
March, 2016- TBD
Location TBD
We spend hundreds of hours digging for new dangerous theater. Come hear what we’ve found.


Access Auditions for d/Deaf and Disabled performers

Red Theater-Chicago is proud to host our first city-wide Access Auditions for d/Deaf and Disabled performers by appointment on Sunday, May 29th from 3:00PM-7:00PM.


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