Red Theater Chicago is thrilled to announce its 2018-19 season of three productions, each keeping with Red Theater’s mission to ask dangerous questions theatrically.
The season kicks off with Tim Crouch’s bold, absurdly-comic play, An Oak Tree, directed by company member Jeremy Aluma. A Father loses his daughter to an automobile accident. The driver of that car is a Hypnotist, played by Red Theater company member and Jeff Award Winner Gage Wallace, who has lost the power of suggestion since the accident. His act is a disaster. For the first time since the accident, these two men meet when the father volunteers for the hypnotist’s act. The Father is played by a different guest actor at each performance who walks on stage having neither seen nor read a word of the play they’re in … until they’re in it. An Oak Tree runs from Oct. 6 through Nov. 11.
The new year kicks off with Red Theater’s mounting of True West, Sam Shepard’s classic tale of sibling rivalry between two estranged brothers reconnecting in a combative pursuit of the American Dream. They reflect each others masculinity, redefine their dominance, and re-imagined the relationship in surprising ways. The cast features Jeff Kurysz* and David Cerda. Directed by Red Theater Artistic Director Aaron Sawyer, True West will run Jan. 19 through Feb. 17.
Closing out the season is Walt McGough’s Non-Player Character. Aspiring video game designer Katja and her longtime friend Trent are an unstoppable online RPG team. But after a humiliating falling-out, Trent marshals an army of internet trolls to wage real-life war against her. Comic and poignant, Non-Player Character is a timely, boldly theatrical exploration of the games we play and who’s winning. Directed by Midsommer Flight Artistic Director Beth Wolf, Non-Player Character will go up in April/May 2019.