Season Five Announcement

Season Five


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Red Theater is proud to announce its 2016-2017 fifth season in Chicago as a resident company at The Den Theatre.


Red Theater’s partnership with The Den Theatre will help us continue to offer Captioning and Touch Tours on request as we pursue our #AccessInitiative. Chicago is full of great theater, but many cannot afford to see it: seniors, people who are differently-abled, youth and the working poor. With five independent collectives around the country embracing the #FREETheater ticket model.


Red Theater is supported by our Comrade Patron Program. For every $10 monthly donation we receive, Red Theater is able to provide three #FreeTheater seats to nontraditional audiences over the course of our season. RTC_ComradeCard

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Playwright Celine Song

THE FEAST (Chicago Premiere) by Celine Song

Directed by Gage Wallace*

Sept. 17 – Oct. 15, 2016

Location: The Den Theatre 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Welcome to The Feast- where no meat is served. To fill the void, we reach for whatever is in our grasp – scientific facts, routines, memories, words and even each other. Red Theater presents this urgently consuming Chicago Premiere set in a post-meat apocalypse that asks just how far civilized people will go to fill their hunger.

BEOWULF X (World Premiere) Adapted and directed by Aaron Sawyer*

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Red Theater Associates Pavi Proczko* and Brenda Scott Wlazlo*

Feb. 11 – March 11, 2017

Location: The Den Theatre 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Featuring Associates Brenda Scott Wlazlo and Pavi Proczko

Beowulf X presents Beowulf and Grendel’s Mother in a never-ending cycle of murder, monsters and mead. A cycle in which both are victim and villain; monster and poet; singer and songwriter.

PRINCE MAX (World Premiere) By Ellen Struve

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Playwright Ellen Struve

Directed by Elizabeth Lovelady*

April 22 – May 20, 2017

Location: The Den Theatre 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

In 1832, the German naturalist Prince Maximilian du Wied hired the young Swiss artist Karl Bodmer to accompany him on a journey to observe and record the lives of the increasingly imperiled native tribes who populated the heartland of North America. This is their story. (Sort of.) With a total disregard for chronology and gender, this delightfully weird world premiere play by Ellen Struve provides a nuanced and sympathetic portrait of the people(s) our nation forgot.

RED CYRANO [Working Title] (Workshop) Adapted and Directed by Aaron Sawyer*


Deaf actor Brendan Connelly


July 2017

Location: The Den Theatre 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

After the success of R+J: The Vineyard, workshops for a Deaf/Hearing production will begin on a production slated to open in 2017. Bendan Connelly (Romeo/ R+J: The Vineyard) returns in this combination of Cyrano de Bergerac and Little Red Riding Hood explores their mutual themes of deception, as well as questions about ability, disability and whether inner-beauty can overcome a wolf-like exterior.


 A Note from Artistic Director Aaron Sawyer:

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Artistic Director Aaron Sawyer

With a Chicago premiere, two World Premieres and a workshop preparing for another epic ASL inclusive show, I couldn’t be more excited about our upcoming season in residency at The Den Theatre.

Red Theater Chicago is unprecedented at the storefront level in its efforts to be inclusive to all audiences and artists. It is our mission “to honor all audiences by asking dangerous questions theatrically.” Chicago is full of amazing theater productions, but many are unable to see it. With the success of our #FreeTheater initiative, we have tripled our audience, grown our differently-abled audience members to ten percent, and doubled our financial contributions. Red Theater has also hired two Directors of Accessibility (both soon to be professional ASL interpreters), an Audience Development Coordinator (fluent in ASL with a minor in Communication Disabilities) and a Deaf Accessibility Technician who will ensure that all Red Theater productions have multiple, peak-night captioned performances and host Touch Tours.


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