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. Two Actors. One has rehearsed the play. The second has never even read it. Performed by a different person each night, the second actor will discover the play and their role at the same time as you do.
In this Midwest Premiere by Tim Crouch, An Oak Tree asks, how do we transform our world in order to survive our pain? How do we create our own reality? Anything can happen in this play that illuminates the magic of theater – a cheap trick and a genuine spell all at once.
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.
Editor's Note: The description for An Oak Tree has been updated per the theatre's request.