Season 27 2019-2020

Season 27: Shattered

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We strike out this season with new artists in our house. I am incredibly excited about the ways in which these new voices will deepen conversation, spark discovery and provoke action. With all three of this season’s plays we examine the houses we—or in some cases others—have built and demand that we ask, “do we want to continue living and operating in these structures?” This conversation could not be more immediate and with each play the question is explored quite differently; with the ghost story that is Grey House gazing through the lens of reparation, Do You Feel Anger? a horrifying and hilarious reflection and The Moors via revolution. I am honored that each of these playwrights and directors has chosen to do this work at A Red Orchid and I look forward to the many questions, conversations and revolutions ahead.

–Kirsten Fitzgerald, Artistic Director

Season 27 Shows

Grey House

Written by Ensemble Member Levi Holloway
Directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray
October 10 — December 1, 2019
Previews October 10 – October 19
Opening October 20
Red Night October 25
Regular Run October 24 – December 1
Open Captioning November 21 & 22
Running Time: 95 Minutes, no intermission

World Premiere

After a brutal car wreck in the mountains of Oregon, a young couple seeks shelter from a blizzard in a small cabin. But the cabin’s seemingly innocent inhabitants: four children and their minder, quickly start to expose the couple’s secrets, unmake everything they know about themselves, and hurl them towards a potentially sinister destination. Grey House is a new horror play about the gravity of the past and the cruel inevitability of its pull.

Do You Feel Anger?

Written by Mara Nelson-Greenberg
Directed by Ensemble Member Jess McLeod
January 23 — March 15, 2020
Previews January 23 – February 1
Opening February 2
Red Night February 7
Regular Run February 6 – March 15

Chicago Premiere

Sofia was recently hired as an empathy coach at a debt collection agency—and clearly, she has her work cut out for her. These employees can barely identify what an emotion is, much less practice deep, radical compassion for others. And while they painstakingly stumble towards enlightenment, someone keeps mugging Eva in the kitchen. An outrageous comedy about the absurdity—and the danger of complicity in a world where some people’s feelings matter more than others’.

The Moors

Written by Jen Silverman
Directed by Marti Lyons
April 23 – June 14, 2020
Previews April 23 – May 2
Opening May 3
Red Night May 8
Regular Run May 7 – June 14

Chicago Premiere

On the wind-blown desolate moors two spinster sisters and their mastiff scheme to wrest their destinies from the savage land around them. When a governess is summoned and a moor-hen drops in, all three are forced to ask what price they might pay for love. Inspired (perhaps) by certain 19th-century gothic romances, and the sisters who wrote them, this savage comedy disrupts the conventions of visibility.

Season 27: Shattered

arot_kirsten_1200x800

We strike out this season with new artists in our house. I am incredibly excited about the ways in which these new voices will deepen conversation, spark discovery and provoke action. With all three of this season’s plays we examine the houses we—or in some cases others—have built and demand that we ask, “do we want to continue living and operating in these structures?” This conversation could not be more immediate and with each play the question is explored quite differently; with the ghost story that is Grey House gazing through the lens of reparation, Do You Feel Anger? a horrifying and hilarious reflection and The Moors via revolution. I am honored that each of these playwrights and directors has chosen to do this work at A Red Orchid and I look forward to the many questions, conversations and revolutions ahead.

–Kirsten Fitzgerald, Artistic Director

Season 27 Shows

Grey House

Written by Ensemble Member Levi Holloway
Directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray
October 10 — December 1, 2019
Previews October 10 – October 19
Opening October 20
Red Night October 25
Regular Run October 24 – December 1
Open Captioning November 21 & 22
Running Time: 95 Minutes, no intermission

World Premiere

After a brutal car wreck in the mountains of Oregon, a young couple seeks shelter from a blizzard in a small cabin. But the cabin’s seemingly innocent inhabitants: four children and their minder, quickly start to expose the couple’s secrets, unmake everything they know about themselves, and hurl them towards a potentially sinister destination. Grey House is a new horror play about the gravity of the past and the cruel inevitability of its pull.

Do You Feel Anger?

Written by Mara Nelson-Greenberg
Directed by Ensemble Member Jess McLeod
January 23 — March 15, 2020
Previews January 23 – February 1
Opening February 2
Red Night February 7
Regular Run February 6 – March 15

Chicago Premiere

Sofia was recently hired as an empathy coach at a debt collection agency—and clearly, she has her work cut out for her. These employees can barely identify what an emotion is, much less practice deep, radical compassion for others. And while they painstakingly stumble towards enlightenment, someone keeps mugging Eva in the kitchen. An outrageous comedy about the absurdity—and the danger of complicity in a world where some people’s feelings matter more than others’.

The Moors

Written by Jen Silverman
Directed by Marti Lyons
April 23 – June 14, 2020
Previews April 23 – May 2
Opening May 3
Red Night May 8
Regular Run May 7 – June 14

Chicago Premiere

On the wind-blown desolate moors two spinster sisters and their mastiff scheme to wrest their destinies from the savage land around them. When a governess is summoned and a moor-hen drops in, all three are forced to ask what price they might pay for love. Inspired (perhaps) by certain 19th-century gothic romances, and the sisters who wrote them, this savage comedy disrupts the conventions of visibility.

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