Season 30, 2022-2023

Season 30: Disrupting the Cycle

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Cycles make for familiar processes and helpful tools for growth. Cycles can also be harmful — destructive, even — and are perhaps best broken. There is a cycle of theatrical production, and while it would be easy to let that cycle become a bit of a hamster wheel — to do it all the same — not all stories, not all artists, and not all times call for the same processes.

I am thrilled to bring you two plays in our 30th year that dig into cycles and stepping off that hamster wheel in very different ways. Each of them interrogates what it means to survive and what we need to thrive. Through the epic journey of Is God Is and the hilarious and heartbreaking every-day of The Malignant Ampersands, we explore the breaking of cycles to reclaim both the narrative and the best of what lies ahead.

In the spirit of breaking cycles, we are very excited to make time for experimentation and incubation; time dedicated to joyful coming-together, risk taking, and the cultivation of new collaborations. There is great desire to examine artistic process, and I am thrilled to invite our patrons into the process earlier with opportunities to attend readings, open rehearsals, experimental performances, and conversations this winter.”

 – Kirsten Fitzgerald, Artistic Director, A Red Orchid Theatre

Season 30 Shows

The Malignant Ampersands

Written by Ensemble Member Brett Neveu
Directed by Ensemble Member Dado
Performance Dates: October 6 – November 27, 2022
Press Performances: Saturday, October 15, 2022
World Premiere!
Playwright Brett Neveu returns to the A Red Orchid stage with this very unofficial sequel to Orson Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons. A century ago, the Ampersands were a wealthy, thriving family. Now, their remaining descendants must struggle with the legacy of their persistent curse. A darkly funny and unsettling look at ancestry, sacrifice, and survival.

Tickets are on sale now! Click here to view the show calendar and purchase tickets.

Is God Is

Written by Aleshea Harris
Directed by Marti Gobel
Performance Dates: April 6 – May 28, 2023
Press Performances: Saturday April 15
Featuring Ensemble Members Karen Aldridge & Travis A. Knight
Chicago Premiere!
When twins Racine and Anaia receive a letter from the mother they thought was dead, they swear to avenge her — and themselves — with blood. Their “mission from God” spans from the Dirty South to the California desert, from hip-hop to Afropunk, from ancient tragedy to the Spaghetti Western. Winner of the 2016 Relentless Award and the 2018 Obie Award for Playwriting, Is God Is asks us to consider the roots, futility, and inevitability of cyclical violence, and to question ourselves for wallowing so happily in stories that traffic in it.

 

Season 30: Disrupting the Cycle

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In the spirit of breaking cycles, we are very excited to make time for experimentation and incubation; time dedicated to joyful coming-together, risk taking, and the cultivation of new collaborations. There is great desire to examine artistic process, and I am thrilled to invite our patrons into the process earlier with opportunities to attend readings, open rehearsals, experimental performances, and conversations this winter.”

– Kirsten Fitzgerald, Artistic Director, A Red Orchid Theatre

Season 30 Shows

The Malignant Ampersands

Written by Ensemble Member Brett Neveu
Directed by Ensemble Member Dado
Performance Dates: October 6 – November 27, 2022
Press Performances: Saturday, October 15, 2022
World Premiere!
Playwright Brett Neveu returns to the A Red Orchid stage with this very unofficial sequel to Orson Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons. A century ago, the Ampersands were a wealthy, thriving family. Now, their remaining descendants must struggle with the legacy of their persistent curse. A darkly funny and unsettling look at ancestry, sacrifice, and survival.

Tickets are on sale now! Click here to view the show calendar and purchase tickets.

Is God Is

Written by Aleshea Harris
Directed by Marti Gobel
Performance Dates: April 6 – May 28, 2023
Press Performances: Saturday April 15
Featuring Ensemble Members Karen Aldridge & Travis A. Knight
Chicago Premiere!
When twins Racine and Anaia receive a letter from the mother they thought was dead, they swear to avenge her — and themselves — with blood. Their “mission from God” spans from the Dirty South to the California desert, from hip-hop to Afropunk, from ancient tragedy to the Spaghetti Western. Winner of the 2016 Relentless Award and the 2018 Obie Award for Playwriting, Is God Is asks us to consider the roots, futility, and inevitability of cyclical violence, and to question ourselves for wallowing so happily in stories that traffic in it.

 

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