Redtwist 2016-17: ‘Death of a Salesman,’ new works on theme ‘Home is where the HURT is’
World premiere of “Turtle” and Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” are in the mix.
“Home is where the HURT is” examines the fabric of family relationships. How do we live in the present when the future is looming? How far will we go to reach our potential and make our dreams a reality? And will that help or hurt the ones closest to us?
Scarcity by Lucy Thurber
A Chicago Premiere directed by Cody Estle
Sept 10 to Oct 9, 2016 (Previews Sept 7, 8, 9)
A family stuck in the sticks and struggling to make ends meet has a chance to get their brilliant son into an advanced program when his obsessed math teacher becomes mesmerized by Billy’s intellect and potential and offers to help with his college dreams. But what are her real intentions? And will the family grab this golden opportunity for a way out? Featuring Jeff Award-winner, Jacqueline Grandt, and fellow Redtwist company members, Johnny Garcia and Debra Rodkin, along with guest artists, Mark Pracht, Brendan Meyer, and Ada Grey.
by Jake Jeppson
A World Premiere directed by Damon Kiely
Nov 19 to Dec 30, 2016 (Previews Nov 16, 17, 18)
No performance Nov 24, Dec 24 or Dec 25
Molly has it all-a great suburban home, two cute kids, and a hard-working husband. According to what the politicians on her TV say, she is the model of the American dream. And yet, there’s a sense of uneasiness in the air. When a sea turtle waddles its way into Molly’s life, she and her family can’t help but face the unspoken dread that has been lurking in the shadows. This charming and clever new play combines the distant echoes of timeless wisdom with an aggressively post-modern drama about our vexing present day fears.
Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller
Directed by Steve Scott
Feb 4 to Mar 5, 2017 (Previews Feb 1, 2, 3)
The great American drama about dashed hopes and delusional optimism, Miller’s timeless themes play out in the fractured Loman household where Willy is the worn out king of his castle. He’s also prince of the road as a fading traveling salesman, barely clinging to reality while searching in vain for the life of his dreams, yet failing to embrace the life that he lives. Featuring Jeff Award-winner, Brian Parry, with Redtwist company member Jan Ellen Graves, as Willy and Linda Loman.
Circle Mirror Transformation
by Annie Baker
Directed by Scott Weinstein
Apr 15 thru May 14, 2017 (Previews Apr 12, 13, 14)
When four lost New Englanders enroll in Marty’s six-week community center drama class, they begin to experiment with seemingly harmless theatre games, but hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged. In her savvy storytelling, this Pulitzer-winning playwright takes you into the underbelly of the craft of acting and reveals the creative process that allows the actor to access the range of emotions that seem so intensely real on stage.
Going to a Place Where You Already Are
by Bekah Brunstetter
A Chicago Premiere directed by Matt Hawkins
Jun 24 thru Jul 23, 2017 (Previews June 21, 22, 23)
A fun-loving couple, Roberta and Joe, are avowed atheists in their golden years, moving along nicely until Roberta undergoes a serious medical diagnosis. Funny and poignant, this is an insightfully compassionate play about a senior couple navigating the land mines of their advancing years in a delightfully carefree manner, until life catches up and demands some big time decisions about faith. Featuring Kathleen Ruhl in the role of Roberta.
Thu, Fri, Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm (Openings are on Saturdays at 3pm)
Tickets: Thursdays, $30; Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, $35 (seniors & students $5 off)
Redtwist is located at 1044 W Bryn Mawr, 2 blks W of LSD, 2 blks E of the Red Line El station.
Valet parking for Redtwist is available across the street in front of Francesca’s Bryn Mawr for most performances (but not for Sunday matinees). Dining is not required.
Allow ample time for parking. FREE street parking is available on side streets. You don’t need a permit to park on Winthrop and Kenmore but availability is limited.
Limited FREE street parking is available on side streets. Metered street parking is 3-hour Paybox on Bryn Mawr Av and 2-hour Paybox on side streets. Free on Sundays, and after 10pm Mon thru Sat. You can mange the meter with your smart phone by registering at parkchicago.com which will save you an extra trip to your car during intermissions.