Season 41

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Emma's Child

by Kristine Thatcher

directed by Terry McCabe

Apr. 15 - May 29, 2022

(Previews Apr. 15 - 23)

One of the great Chicago plays.  By City Lit's resident playwright, author of Voice of Good Hope and The Safe House, it won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and a half-dozen other playwriting awards when Terry directed the Chicago premiere at Victory Gardens twenty-five years ago.  A Rogers Park couple plans to adopt the child of Emma, a pregnant teenager. What follows threatens their marriage and reshapes what they think of parenthood.

The Playboy of the Western World

by John Millington Synge

directed by Brian Pastor

July 1 - Aug. 14, 2022

(Previews July 1 - 9)


A man walks into a bar. He announces he has killed his father with a shovel. "There's a daring fellow" is the response, and the folks in the bar offer him drinks and a place to stay, while women vie for his attention. "I'm thinking this night," he muses, "wasn't I a foolish fellow not to kill my father in the years gone by?" The next day his father shows up with a bandaged head and a blazing temper.

Aztec Human Sacrifice

music & lyrics by Kingsley Day

book by Kingsley Day and Philip LaZebnik

directed by Adrian Abel Acevedo

Aug. 26 - Oct. 9, 2022

(Previews Aug. 26 - Sept. 3)

It's the night before the beginning of the Aztec empire's new millennium, and the Chosen One--so named because he is to be sacrificed in order to make the sun rise next morning--has run off with the Emperor's daughter.  If he is not found, the sun will not rise and the world will end. By the writers of the legendary Chicago musical Summer Stock Murder.

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