July 11, 2019 - July 20, 2019

UNCHARTED is a two-week festival showcasing bold new works from Chicago playwrights developed, incubated and curated by The New Colony. The company provides Chicago playwrights with support from professional directors, actors and designers to help…

March 27, 2019 - May 04, 2019

It’s the end of the world…maybe? There’s no way to confirm for three cast members trapped inside their attraction at the happiest place on earth. The music won’t stop, there’s a body in the moat and one of the group is impaled under a smiling…

October 03, 2018 - November 04, 2018

By day, Tom works a dead end job for the man and can’t get a date. But by night, he’s top of the leader board, a master gamer. Othered and lonely, Tom is sucked into the Order of the Sword, an online community that seems to promise him…

January 05, 2018 - February 25, 2018

A surprise proposal takes an unexpected turn that upends the world of Genesis and Rashad, forcing them to confront a devastating secret from the past and putting the future of their relationship at risk. Featuring two of Chicago’s most dynamic actors,…

October 04, 2017 - November 05, 2017

Set in the GBTQ unit of a maximum-security prison, PUNK follows the unit’s inmates and staff as they struggle to accept their newest admit: Travis, a young man serving life for the murder of a gay man.  As the inmates of the “Queens”…

April 13, 2017 - May 07, 2017

Over two generations the Porters have cultivated their legacy as “The New Roosevelts.” As a Religious Freedom bill bullies its way through Congress, their political dynasty is suddenly threatened when a story leaks claiming the family patriarch…

January 11, 2017 - February 12, 2017

The library is closed. The curtains are drawn. A Bunsen burner flicks on in the dark. The librarians sip their glowing elixir and the room spins with color and light. One more time. One last fight at the barrier between reality… and the anyverse.…

October 08, 2016 - November 13, 2016

In 1976, Atari was the fastest growing company in the history of the United States, an arcade manufacturer with a workplace fueled by pot smoking, jacuzzi parties and nobody wearing socks. When they have to sell themselves to Warner Bros. to stay afloat,…

July 22, 2016 - August 21, 2016

Written by Evan Linder
Directed by Tyrone Phillips

Jim and Laurel Parker are about to become new parents. They are broke. They are loud. They are “proud white trash.” When Laurel gives birth to their long overdue child, she and Jim…

July 08, 2016 - August 14, 2016

Written by William Glick
Directed by Evan Linder

As they wait to sell their suburban house, Lucy’s family imagines a vibrant, new life in Chicago. However, Lucy has a different vision for her future.  She wants to self-actualize…

January 08, 2016 - February 14, 2016

Written by Evan Linder
Directed by Tyrone Phillips
A World Premiere Conversation Co-Produced with Definition Theatre Company

FOLLOW THE CONVERSATION…

April 15, 2016 - May 15, 2016

Written by Chelsea Marcantel
Directed by Thrisa Hodits

Elliot has one objective: hike the Appalachian Trail and make it to Katahdin the way his father always wanted. Weeks into his journey, Elliot’s pilgrimage comes to a halt. On…

October 16, 2015 - November 21, 2015

Controversial performance artist Woolfe wakes up dead in a weird room with a shrink, a rake and a songstress. Will they accept the terrible pains of life by which they died or be forced to relive them in this room for eternity?

July 30, 2015 - August 29, 2015

A trailer park fairy decides to become a pornstar because he wants to fall in love. Stanley, his hag, and a chorus of gay angels take off on the Road to Love. Along the way, they find Rod Fullalove, a beguiling pornstar, a man with a deep hole to fill.…

January 16, 2015 - February 22, 2015

Plastic Revolution: a new musical based on The New Colony’s 2009 hit Tupperware

“Irresistible” - Time Out Chicago
“a love letter to the power of female ingenuity” - Newcity Stage

When recently…

June 13, 2014 - July 20, 2014

Written by David Zellnik
With three songs by David Zellnik and Eric Svejcar
Directed by Andrew Hobgood

Orville and Wilbur Did It! follows the lives, loves, sadnesses, ecstasies, hopes, fears and egos of five actors and a stage…

February 16, 2014 - April 20, 2014

An Uptown Chicago loft becomes a breeding ground for young minds looking to change the world. Self-identified geniuses, cyber-vigilantes, hacktivists and anarchists cast off the laws of the land as they attempt to alter Humanity’s fate. As these…

November 01, 2013 - December 15, 2013

Hollywood’s hottest young couple has decided to split up for good. As the media erupts in speculation and their fanbase begins to dissolve, one man decides to take matters into his own hands. Kidnapped by the fanboy from hell the pair is faced…

September 13, 2013 - October 12, 2013

Presented by The Inconvenience, The New Colony, and The Theater and Performance Studies program at The University of Chicago
Written and created by Ike Holter and Evan Linder
Directed by Nicholas J. Carroll, Andrew Hobgood and Gus Menary

February 28, 2013 - March 30, 2013

In 1943, Woody, a young gay American, enlists in the army. After being shipped out to a remote Pacific Island, he is given an order: “Put up a show to entertain the men. Keep it simple. Needs music. And they like drag.”

Woody becomes a one-man…

October 27, 2012 - December 09, 2012

It’s the first home bout for the Misfit Mavericks, a rag tag roller derby team in Larkin City Ohio. In just over a year they’ve trained up from nothing to become a fierce pack of quad squad rollers. Now the Misfits are on their own turf,…

September 16, 2011 - October 22, 2011

You are cordially invited to a party at Theta Pi Psi fraternity, the best house on campus at a southern college. Back by popular demand, this remount of The New Colony’s sellout hit comedy by Evan Linder (author of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche,…

April 06, 2012 - May 26, 2012

One Child, One Nation may have saved our great country during the population crisis 50 years ago but The New Colony and Bailiwick Chicago have heard the voices of its victims. You’ve heard the rumors of the secret Numberless performance troupe…

November 27, 2010 - December 19, 2010

For the Malloy family, attendance at the annual Independence Day reunion is mandatory. Pancake Breakfast is the one chance for everyone to get together all year. For Beatrice Malloy, however, the weekend devolves into coping drunk. With her younger…

March 17, 2011 - April 17, 2011

At 12 years old, Chicago actress Mary Hollis Inboden survived the Westside Middle School massacre, one of the most shocking events of the 90s.  But who writes history when nobody’s the victor?  In an honest and irreverent homecoming…

June 24, 2011 - July 30, 2011

It’s 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. Will they be able to keep their cool when Communists descend on their idyllic town?

July 08, 2010 - August 07, 2010

A concept album from 1963 within a stage play within a live performance, That Sordid Little Story mixes modern American story-telling devices with the traditions of Greek theatre to craft a hilarious and heart-wrenching tale of a boy in search of his…

February 08, 2010 - March 13, 2010

11:11 tells the story of the first day at Camp Methuselah Pines and the team of young Christian camp counselors who unknowingly drug themselves. As the evening unravels, secrets are shared, temptations explored, and a group of friends realize they…

October 12, 2009 - November 28, 2009

Based on an extraordinary true story, Calls to Blood tells the darkly comic tragedy of the perfect American couple and their seemingly impenetrable happiness even as they struggle to conceive the child they want so desperately. But in trying to find…

July 13, 2009 - August 09, 2009

Tupperware tells the story of Delores Clarke, a young widow living in Kissimmee, FL, in 1950, her struggle to fit into the traditional mold of the All-American housewife, and how a revolutionary new kitchen product (and equally revolutionary new marketing…

March 09, 2009 - April 04, 2009

Based on true stories, FRAT brings to life the bizarre, frightening and secretive American sub-culture of Southern fraternities: the breeding grounds for politicians, journalists, movie stars, and even presidents. With each intense recreation from…

September 29, 2008 - November 16, 2008

Experience one of the greatest finds of the 20th Century as a professor and his young assistant, surviving amongst jungle creatures and cannibals on an uncharted Pacific island, find the legendary aviator living as a semi-amnesiatic jungle woman. When…