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“As we continue telling stories that connect us to our cultural landscape, we launch this season in a small country town where the trial of the century is brewing. We will follow a strong woman living fiercely, discover the budding love of two young men, and come home to Chicago’s south side to watch a couple reconcile their past with their present. We continue striving for even greater heights by combining the best Chicago has to offer with artists from around the country. Together they will bring Raven audiences a world premiere, a regional premiere, and two beloved revivals newly reinvigorated.”

— Cody Estle, Artistic Director

The Four Plays

September 24 – November 8, 2020

by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Directed by Ian Frank

The national spotlight turns to the small town of Hillsboro after local teacher Bert Cates is arrested for discussing evolution with his students. As prayer and protest collide, two big-league defenders turn up the heat and launch the trial of the century.

Matthew Brady and Henry Drummond go head to head as they argue the core of right vs. wrong and good vs. evil, examining the marvel and flaw of free will. As the trial ensues, beliefs are saddled against opinion, and the town of Hillsboro is put to trial alongside Cates. Soon, one man’s fate becomes inextricably linked to the battle over a nation’s soul.

October 22 – December 6, 2020

by Melissa Ross
Directed by Cody Estle

Lissette is a vibrant and fiercely independent young woman. But when a sudden diagnosis shatters her world into pieces, she finds herself at odds with her mother and her best friend, who each come bearing strong opinions wrapped in good intentions.

With an overwhelming amount of choices to make in a very short amount of time, Lissette is forced to navigate between the two while unflinchingly forging her own path for her future. This tender, funny and keenly-observed play explores the uncertain and sometimes heartbreaking territory of how we choose to take ownership of our lives.

February 11 – March 28, 2021

by Jonathan Harvey
Directed by Mikael Burke

Jamie and Ste are two boys living in low-class flats in southeast London. They attend school, talk gossip, and sit outside to bask in the sun. They live their average- and often predictable- lives.

Jamie is a bit rebellious, has patchy attendance at school, and has inherited the same sharp tongue as his mother, Sandra. Ste, often avoiding his erratic brother and father, devotes himself to sports and academics in hopes for a better future. They find solace with one another from their mundane, yet overwhelming lives. When Ste starts seeking nightly refuge at Jamie’s, their midnight chats evolve into something different, something transformative, and something beautiful. The boys seek understanding in themselves, rather than the world that doesn’t seem to understand them.

May 6 – June 20, 2021

by Joshua Allen
Directed by Tyla Abercrumbie

Ever since he was a teenager in Mississippi, Wayland Early could count on two things – his talent for making handmade shoes, and the love of his bride, Della Rose.

But danger forces them to flee north to Chicago. Before they know it, nearly two decades have passed, and both Wayland and Della find themselves increasingly unable to count on anything, including their marriage. As they each contend with the weight of their spent youth and unrealized dreams, a life-altering question comes to the surface: are we still enough for each other?


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