Red Theater Chicago is thrilled to announce its 2018-19 season of three productions, each keeping with Red Theater’s mission to ask dangerous questions theatrically.
The season kicks off with Tim Crouch’s bold, absurdly-comic play, An Oak Tree, directed by company member Jeremy Aluma. A Father loses his daughter to an automobile accident. The driver of that car is a Hypnotist, played by Red Theater company member and Jeff Award Winner Gage Wallace, who has lost the power of suggestion since the accident. His act is a disaster. For the first time since the accident, these two men meet when the father volunteers for the hypnotist’s act. The Father is played by a different guest actor at each performance. They walk on stage having neither seen nor read a word of the play they’re in … until they’re in it. An Oak Tree runs from Oct. 6 through Nov. 11.
The new year kicks off with Red Theater’s mounting of True West, Sam Shepard’s classic tale of sibling rivalry between two estranged brothers reconnecting in a combative pursuit of the American Dream. They reflect each others masculinity, redefine their dominance, and re-imagined the relationship in surprising ways. The cast features company member Jeff Kurysz, Evan Linder, David Cerda. Directed by Red Theater Artistic Director Aaron Sawyer, True West will run Jan. 19 through Feb. 17.
Closing out the season is Walt McGough’s Non-Player Character. Aspiring video game designer Katja and her longtime friend Trent are an unstoppable online RPG team. But after a humiliating falling-out, Trent marshals an army of internet trolls to wage real-life war against her. Comic and poignant, Non-Player Character is a timely, boldly theatrical exploration of the games we play and who’s winning. Directed by Midsommer Flight Artistic Director Beth Wolf, Non-Player Character will go up in April/May 2019.
ABOUT RED THEATER: Red Theater is a Jeff Award-winning company that asks dangerous questions theatrically, striving to deliver productions that go beyond entertainment, challenging an audience to interpret the themes and ideas presented on a personal level. Since 2008, our commitment to accessibility through every stage of the creative process also lowers the barriers of access, allowing all audiences to see new and reimagined works that broaden perspectives and inspire dialogue.