The 2017 Season
September 19, 2016, 4:11PM

Announcing the 2017 Season featuring four world premiere productions by four Chicago playwrights!

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PSYCHONAUT LIBRARIANS
Written by Sean Kelly
Directed by Krissy Vanderwarker
January 11 – February 11, 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.

SCAPEGOAT; OR (WHY THE DEVIL ALWAYS LOVED US)
Written by Connor McNamara
Directed by Kristina Valada-Viars
April 6 – May 7, 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 is a Satanist. With his eyes set on a future nomination to the Supreme Court, Anse Porter is forced to choose between having the life he’s worked for, and sacrificing all for the people he serves. Loyalties to family, faith, country and self are tested in this twisted story of The Porter Family as they struggle through the wreckage of America’s crumbling wall between church and state.

THE BLUE
Written by Beth Kander
Directed by Tony Horne
July 12 – August 13, 2017

The Alexander sisters of Worried Creek, Kentucky, have it rough. The eldest, April, a pregnant prize-fighter, refuses to reveal the identity of her unborn baby’s father; the youngest, May, is dead (though a very talkative ghost); and the brilliant middle sister June was born with the family curse: bright blue skin. But June hasn’t abandoned hope. She writes daily to a plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, a man she believes can cure her… but when he shows up at their doorstep, each of the sisters’ lives (and deaths) take unexpected turns.

PUNK
Written by Michael Allen Harris
Directed by Diana Raiselis
October 4 – November 5, 2017

Set in a maximum-security prison in present day America, Punk is the story of a group of inmates who are protected and housed in a special unit for gay, bisexual and transgender inmates. Tensions rise when Travis, a young man sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a gay man, requests to transfer into the unit. Fear and suspicion hover over the inmates who call this unit home.  Currently in development in The New Colony’s Associate Company Intensive Program, Punk will receive a two-week workshop production in December of 2016 before its world premiere in the fall of 2017.

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