2016-17 Season

BREAKING THE RULES

Rules are an expression of how we think things should be – what’s right and what’s wrong. Some rules govern how we behave in society, some govern how we treat each other. Some are just about how we think the world is supposed to work.

When people break the rules – drama ensues. The five plays in our 2016-17 season show what happens when someone breaks the rules or when the rules break all by themselves.

Red VelvetRED VELVET

BY LOLITA CHAKRABARTI
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL MENENDIAN
SEPTEMBER 28 – NOVEMBER 27, 2016
PREVIEWS SEPTEMBER 28 – OCTOBER 3, 2016
REGULAR RUN OCTOBER 7 – NOVEMBER 27, 2016
East Stage

In 1833, there was an unwritten rule against black actors performing on London’s stages, but when Edmund Kean collapsed on the stage of the Theatre Royal while playing Othello, to the shock of audiences and critics, a young African-American actor was called in to take over the role. Outside the theatre, the public was rioting in the streets over the abolition of slavery. Inside, another revolution was about to begin.

Red Velvet – a drama of backstage intrigues and social change - was a huge hit in London and in New York, where The New York Times’s Ben Brantley said of it, “you can experience firsthand what it must have felt like to be part of one seriously rattled London theater audience in 1833.” Raven is pleased to be the first bring this entertaining and moving drama to Chicago.

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BetrayalBETRAYAL   

BY HAROLD PINTER
DIRECTED BY LAUREN SHOUSE
OCTOBER 26 – DECEMBER 17, 2016
PREVIEWS OCTOBER 26-30, 2016
REGULAR RUN NOVEMBER 4 - DECEMBER 17, 2016
West Stage

In Pinter’s modern classic, Jerry - a successful and married London writer - has a nine-year affair with Emma, the wife of his publisher and best friend Robert. What happens when we break the rules requiring fidelity to one’s spouse and loyalty to our friends?

Betrayal is a thoughtful and rich play about the difficulty in maintaining honesty with those closest to us.
Reviewing the 2013 Broadway revival starring Daniel Craig and directed by Mike Nichols, Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune wrote “Betrayal is Pinter’s most personal and intimate drama…remarkably timeless.” Pinter’s four-character drama about secrets and deeply personal emotions will be staged in unusually intimate fashion in our 57-seat West Stage.

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THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES

BY RICHARD GREENBERG
DIRECTED BY CODY ESTLE
MIDWEST PREMIERE
JANUARY 25 – MARCH 25, 2017
PREVIEWS JANUARY 25 –30, 2017
REGULAR RUN FEBRUARY 3 – MARCH 25, 2017
East Stage

In 1980, the Bascov family gathers with relatives and friends in their sprawling Central Park West apartment to celebrate the holidays and the accomplishments of the son they assume will one day become President of the U.S. By the year 2000, they find that fate doesn’t always play by the rules and that their lives and family look much different than they had planned.

The Assembled Parties, produced on Broadway in 2013 by the Manhattan Theatre Club, earned a Tony® Award nomination for Best New Play. A stunning play infused with humor, The Assembled Parties is an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium. The New York Times’s Ben Brantley said "It is charming…also smart, sad and so impossibly well-spoken you may feel like giving up on conversation.”

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SYCAMORE

BY SARAH SANDER
DIRECTED BY DEVON DE MAYO
WORLD PREMIERE
MARCH 8 - APRIL 29, 2017
PREVIEWS MARCH 8 - 12, 2017
REGULAR RUN MARCH 17 - APRIL 29, 2017
West Stage

Celia and Henry are teenaged siblings living in a Midwestern suburb who both become romantically interested in the same boy - their new next-door neighbor, John. This isn’t the first time Celia and Henry have been romantic rivals. Will trouble strike again as the two vie for John’s affections?  Meanwhile, Celia and Henry’s parents, David and Louise, face stress in their marriage due to David’s reduction in hours as a college professor and need to take on a job as a short order cook in an all-night diner.

This world premiere by one of America’s most promising new playwrights is a warm and frequently funny look at family life in a world where all the rules have changed.

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NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES

BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL MENENDIAN
APRIL 19 – JUNE 17, 2017
PREVIEWS APRIL 19 – 24, 2017
REGULAR RUN APRIL 28 – JUNE 17, 2017
East Stage

When rules are unjust, we need to break them. This early play by Tennessee Williams is the story, based on real events, of a prison in which inmates fight back against the oppression of a physically abusive and even murderous warden. This 1938 play was rediscovered in the late 1990’s and revived in London and on Broadway and shows signs of the genius Williams would later prove to be.

"Enthralling...A feverish, full strength compassion for people in cages makes Nightingales fly toward a realm of pain and beauty that is the province of greatness...The emotions, both savage and painfully delicate, that saturate this work are arguably more rich and varied in tone than those of any American dramatist...The voices of Williams's entrapped nightingales...refuse to fade when the play is plunged into its concluding darkness." – The New York Times

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