35th anniversary season
REMEMBERING THE PAST – LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Learn more about this year’s productions and subscription packages below!
HONORING THE GREAT AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY
Tennessee Williams was the first playwright ever produced by Raven Theatre, and we’ll close the season with his Suddenly Last Summer. His meetings and friendship with William Inge (Bus Stop, Picnic) and the influence they had on each other’s careers will be explored in our commissioned world premiere of The Gentleman Caller by Philip Dawkins.
SHOWCASING THE BRIGHTEST VOICES OF THE 21ST CENTURY
Our season will include three Chicago premieres by three of today’s most in-demand playwrights, including Tarell Alvin McCraney – the Academy Award-winning co-screenwriter of Moonlight, Melissa Ross – nationally acclaimed author of A Life Extra Ordinary and Of Good Stock, and Chicago’s own Philip Dawkins – whose play Charm opens off-Broadway this fall.
SEPTEMBER 27 – NOVEMBER 12, 2017
Determined to make his mark like those before him, Pharus is hell-bent on being the best choir leader in his prep-school’s 50 year history. First, he must gain the respect of his peers, but he’s an outsider in a world of ritual and tradition. Laced with soaring spiritual music, this coming-of-age drama by the Oscar®-winning writer of MOONLIGHT is an exciting commencement of our 35th anniversary season.
JANUARY 24 – MARCH 11, 2018
Next, we’re flashing back to a world of modest dreams and outrageous hair. It’s 1984 and Josephine Rosen has a dead-end job, lives in a suburb of Boston with her mother, and has settled into the uncomfortable comfort of being single at 37. When flirtation with an old classmate and a new friendship at work give her hope for change, she begins taking tentative steps toward a new life. Melissa Ross’ humorous and heartfelt play is a celebration of embracing who you are and letting go of who you were supposed to be.
MARCH 28 – MAY 13, 2018
Although now regarded as two of history’s finest American playwrights, back in 1944, William Inge and Tennessee Williams hadn’t yet experienced anything close to success. Before the Chicago premiere of THE GLASS MENAGERIE, Inge, a dissatisfied newspaper critic, invites Williams to his St. Louis apartment for an interview. The rendezvous sparks a relationship which radically alters the course of their lives and the American Theatre… We are so fortunate to be working with world-renown Chicago playwright Philip Dawkins on this world-premiere production!
MAY 2 – JUNE 17, 2018
In 1930’s New Orleans, wealthy socialite widow Violet Venable has summoned a brain surgeon to her home. Her niece Catherine has been crazed and traumatized since witnessing the horrifyingly violent death of Violet’s son. Enraged by Catherine’s claims, and unwilling to accept other facts about her son’s life, Mrs. Venable pursues extraordinary measures to keep Catherine silent. This stark and poetic play by Tennessee Williams was adapted into the 1959 film starring Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Montgomery Clift.
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