Performances will be held Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 5pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Regular ticket prices are $25 with $20 tickets available for students and $15 tickets available for Near West residents. Flex Passes are $100 and offer admission to 5 performances of the passholder’s choosing.
Please note: The first two productions (Building the Wall and Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies) will be produced at Indy Convergence.
Sept. 14 – Oct. 7, 2018
Written on the eve of the 2016 election, the stunning play by Pulitzer Prize– and Tony Award–winning dramatist Robert Schenkkan has created a nationwide sensation. Building the Wall lays out the potential repercussions of Donald Trump’s anti-immigration campaign rhetoric. After that policy resulted in the mass round-up of millions of undocumented individuals, the former warden for one facility is now behind bars awaiting sentencing for the horrific injustices that happened under his watch. In a riveting interview with a historian who has come seeking the truth, he reveals how the unthinkable became the inevitable. Please note that this production will be staged at Indy Convergence.
Nov. 9 – Dec. 2, 2018
A timely examination of growing up black in America by rising-star African American playwright, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm. Marquis, a book smart prep-schooler from the suburbs, meets Tru, a street savvy Baltimorean, in a holding cell. Tru thinks Marquis has lost his “blackness” and decides to write a manual: Being Black for Dummies. Please note that this production will be staged at Indy Convergence.
Jan. 25 – Feb. 17, 2019
Klook is a drifter who’s tired of drifting. Vinette is on the run but she doesn’t know what’s chasing her. Meeting over carrot juice, they take a chance on love and hope until the past catches up to the future. Soulful music combined with witty and poetic storytelling makes this a mesmerizing theater experience. Please note that this production will be staged at Indy Convergence.
March 13 – EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 4, 2019
Starring Monica Cantrell as Billie Holiday
1959. A seedy bar in Philadelphia. You’re about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen powerful musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous reminiscences to project a dynamic portrait of the lady and her music. Please note that this production will be staged at The Linebacker and has a unique performance schedule.
July 12 – 28, 2019
Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes (Water by the Spoonful, In the Heights) and acclaimed, genre-breaking singer/songwriter Erin McKeown combine talents in this powerful new musical. Miss You Like Hell tells the story of Beatriz and her estranged 16-year-old daughter, Olivia. On the road trip of a lifetime these incredible women make new friends, reconnect with each other, and explore the meanings of family and redemption. Please note this production will be staged at Kinney Group.
Sept 13 – Oct 6, 2019
The Brothers Paranormal tells the story of two Thai-American brothers who launch a ghost-hunting business in order to capitalize on the nationwide increase in sightings of Asian-looking ghosts. When the siblings end up investigating the home of an African American couple who claim to be haunted by one very terrifying spirit, everyone’s notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth. At times haunting, at times hilarious, The Brothers Paranormal serves as a powerful metaphor for grief, loss, and healing among communities of color.
Nov 8 – Dec 1, 2019
A layer of bulletproof glass won’t protect Superstar Chinese Take-Out owners from the gentrification consuming the Point Breeze neighborhood in South Philly. By African American playwright, Joshua Wilder. When a trendy food co-op opens nearby, the Wu’s and their customers initially see it as a hipster annoyance, but as tensions mount they begin to recognize the intrusion as an act of war. Tinged with genuine humor and pathos, Salt Pepper Ketchup examines the very human consequences of neighborhood redevelopment.