Incubator Series

Experiments with New Artists & New Ideas

Next Onstage: the 2023 Incubator

A Red Orchid presents two experimental projects helmed by our Ensemble Members:


Conceived & installed by Ensemble Member dado

Script by Katherine Swan | Musical curation by Sam Clapp

Featuring actors Audrey Billings, Paul Somers, Maya Hlava, Elliot Bibat & Sam Hurwitz, and musicians Ishmael Ali, Emily Beisel, Ben Baker Billington, Sam Clapp, Molly Jones, Lia Kohl & Luc Mosley

What if the orchard was not destroyed, and we return years later to find our musicians still playing out there? In this exploration of an imagined Act Five of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, we finally get to meet and experience the offstage musicians in person. Act Five will be shared with our patrons via five open rehearsals. 

Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1, March 8, March 9

at Facility Theatre, 1138 N California Ave.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.

Standard tickets: $10. Support the Experiment tickets: $25. To purchase, call our Box Office at 312-943-8722 or click below:


Directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray

Featuring Ensemble Members Karen Aldridge, Kirsten Fitzgerald, Natalie West, Sadieh Rifai & Larry Grimm with EM Davis, Jacob Alexander & Bruch Reed

Leaning into the sexy, the giddy, and the heartbreaking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, this project aims to investigate a world where desire is ignited in the most wonderfully unexpected ways. This workshop will culminate in a free, salon-style reading.

Sunday, March 5 at 3 PM

at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St.

This event is free. Reservations are strongly encouraged. 





About the Incubator

The Incubator at A Red Orchid Theatre was created to get to know emerging talent, encourage dreaming, and foster exploration in Chicago’s theatre community. Leading with curiosity, it provides artists with the space, stage, and time to incubate new work, new artistic relationships, and new artistic forms. A Red Orchid’s ensemble maintains the conviction that live theatre is the greatest sustenance for the human spirit, and that passionately committed artists will draw passionately committed audiences. The Incubator is an active manifestation of that conviction and of A Red Orchid’s mission to cultivate new audiences for the modern stage.

Have an idea and want to work with us? Email our Artistic Director, Kirsten Fitzgerald, for more information.

Past Incubators

Below are some of our past Incubators. Click on each title to find out more:

Previous Incubators

Put Your House In Order

Puget Sound

Sick by Seven