Season Six Announcement and Residency

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Comrades also support new works devoted to the stories of nontraditional audiences:

including people who are d/Deaf, people with disabilities, those facing economic barriers, and first-time theatergoers. RTC_ComradeCard

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Red Theater is proud to announce its 2017-2018 sixth season in Chicago as a resident company at Strawdog’s new location: 1802 W Berenice Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

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1802 W Berenice Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

The location is larger, wheelchair accessible, and offers plenty of free parking.

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

by Kristoffer Diaz
directed by Jeremy Aluma
8/18/17- 9/16/17

The 2009 smash hit at Victory Gardens, packs even more punch at the start of the Trump presidency than at the end of the Bush era. Hilarious and heart-warming with incredible wrestling!

“…has the delicious crackle and pop of a galloping, honest-to-God, all-American satire.” – The New York Times

“a vibrantly entertaining, insightful new play about — wait for it — professional wrestling.” – Variety

The 2009 smash hit at Victory Gardens, packs even more punch at the start of the Trump presidency than at the end of the Bush era.

Winner! 2011 Obie Award for Best New American Play

Winner! 2008 National Latino Playwriting Award

Finalist! 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Access Auditions for Performers who are d/Deaf and/or Disabled man jumping over city scape of chicago

Artistic and casting directors from numerous Chicago theaters attend a slate of auditions by Equity and non-Equity performers who are d/Deaf and/or Disabled.

Featuring actors and performers who showcase unique talent, but
might not otherwise feel that general auditions are accessible to them. We will have interpreters for d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing participants, as well as large print information packets available.

Click here for more info

Little Red Cyrano

written and directed by Aaron Sawyer* | December 2017

Cyrano defends ideals: a poet who combines English, French, and American Sign Language to defend beauty while piercing your heart and mind. Don’t stare at the nose. Defiant, humorous and heartwarming.

Location: 1802 W Berenice Ave.

Dates: December 1, 2017 through January 7th, 2018

GroundbreakingAll roles can be cast with Deaf or Hearing actors.

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

2016 Best Director, Time Out Chicago, Aaron Sawyer (runner-up)

2016 Best Director, Chicago Reader, Aaron Sawyer (runner-up)

Best New Work/New Adaptation (Resident, Nominated),

Excellence in Inclusion at the Storefront Level” Award in Time Out Chicago


by Abbey Fenbert | June 2018

directed by Elizabeth Lovelady* (D.O.A., Fail/Safe)

Set in the Ukrainian Holodomor, Joseph Stalin’s Soviet genocide through a man-made famine of that killed between 7 to 10 million people.

Dates: 7/1/18 – 7/29/18

Five female characters struggle against a tyrannical oppressor. An important reminder. Powerfully written.

Jeff Award Winner for Best Adaptation, Elizabeth Lovelady

2013 Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting, Abbey Fenbert

Beat him, the nationalist, the counter-revolutionary, beat the scum, beat harder, don’t be afraid.
Beat him, the nationalist, the counter-revolutionary, beat the scum, beat harder, don’t be afraid.
Beat her, the nationalist, the counter-revolutionary, beat her, beat harder, don’t be afraid.
Beat harder, don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid.

A Note from Artistic Director Aaron Sawyer:

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Artistic Director Aaron Sawyer

With a Chicago revival, two World Premieres, and an ASL inclusive show, I couldn’t be more excited about our upcoming season in residency with Strawdog Theatre at 1802 W Berenice Ave, Chicago, IL 60613.

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 grown our audience, maintained a strong presence with D/deaf and disabled audiences, and doubled our financial contributions. Red Theater has also hired two Directors of Accessibility, an Executive Director, and a new managing director- all devoted to ensuring all Red Theater productions have multiple, peak-night captioned performances and host Touch Tours.


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