Wild Boar - The U.S. Premiere
November 9 to December 17, 2017
Written by Candace Chong
Chinese to English Translation by Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith
Adapted by David Henry Hwang
Directed by Helen Young
A gripping investigation of journalistic integrity, city planning, and social conscience, Wild Boar is a new play from one of Hong Kong’s most acclaimed playwrights. When a controversial professor goes missing, an editor and his student band together to publicize the truth. Old flames spark and friendships are tested in the U.S. premiere of this thriller about media manipulation, fake news, and who gets to speak for the poor.
Through the Elevated Line - The World Premiere
March 8 to April 15, 2018
Written by Novid Parsi
Directed by Carin Silkaitis
Having fled Iran where he was imprisoned for being a gay man, a damaged Razi arrives at his sister’s Chicago doorstep only to disrupt the life she and her American husband have built together. As the Chicago Cubs vie to make history, rivalries of a different kind simmer in the Uptown two-flat that Razi tries to call home. With echoes of A Streetcar Named Desire, Novid Parsi’s world premiere drama probes the boundaries between family, loss, prejudice, and desire.
Hollow/Wave - The World Premiere
May 17 to May 27, 2018
Written and Performed by Anu Bhatt
Directed by Barbara Zahora
Anu Bhatt combines the personal with the poetic in her new one-woman show about depression, body image, and sexual assault. Seeking a balance of identities as a South Asian working actor in Chicago, Bhatt investigates the meaning of success as she embraces her own unique identity. With courage and self-effacing humor, she combines raw memories with lyricism in a daring dance for empowerment through imperfection.
Crescent and Star Staged Reading Series: Arab and Muslim Journeys
Twice, Thrice, Frice
August 5 and 6, 2017
Written by Fouad Teymour
Directed by Kareem Fahmy
After news of an affair involving one of their husbands, long-held secrets begin to emerge in the lives of three Muslim women, threatening the friendship that binds them together. With humor and mischief, Twice, Thrice, Frice unleashes a debate about polygamy and fidelity, as each woman struggles with her sexuality and faith.
Jihad Against Violence: Oh ISIS Up Yours!
August 19 and 20, 2017
Written by Fawzia Afzal-Khan
Directed by George Potter
A Muslim feminist responds to the hijacking of Islam by patriarchal extremists. Her unfiltered, stream of consciousness reflections provide a potent indictment of the surreal and sardonic world we now inhabit, and a welcome reminder that sisterhood is powerful.
We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War
September 9 and 10, 2017
Written by Mona Mansour
Directed by Anna Bahow
Should an Arab American enlist in the U.S. military? A progressive woman and her conservative nephew dip into the treacherous waters of identity, family, and militarism. Co-commissioned with San Francisco’s Golden Thread Productions and New York’s Lark Play Development Center as part of the Middle East America New Plays Initiative, We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War blurs the lines between “us” and “them,” presenting a provocative exploration of the tragic and indelible ripples of war.
In Collaboration with the Goethe-Institut: A Pairing of Staged Readings
P3M5: The Plurality of Privacy Project
January 13 and 14, 2018
What does privacy mean in the digital age? P3M5 is a groundbreaking transatlantic theater project featuring 5-Minute Plays from such renowned playwrights as Philip Kan Gotanda, Kenneth Lin, Rachida Lamrabet, and Marioan Hosseini. Presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Washington, D.C., and theaters across the U.S. and Europe, the collection aims to create an artistic and cultural dialogue around our divergent understandings of privacy in North America and Europe.
February 3 and 4, 2018
Written by Mehdi Moradpour
Translated from German to English by Neil Blackadder
German Iranian playwright Mehdi Moradpour’s Reines Land, nominated for the Munich Prize for German Drama, traces the story of Tara, a pregnant Middle Eastern woman seeking political asylum amidst crippling bureaucracy and crumbling relationships. Translated from German to English with the same poetic language that won Moradpour the prestigious Exil-DramtikerInnen-Preis, a German theatre award for outstanding playwrights-in-exile, and presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Chicago, Pure Land pits a torturous past against an uncertain future with sobering effect.
New China Festival: Staged Readings of Plays from China and Taiwan
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts
Plays To Be Announced
Curator: David Henry Hwang
Lead Director: Helen Young
Staged readings of three plays translated from Chinese to English that highlight the work of contemporary playwrights from China and Taiwan. Stylistically and aesthetically diverse, the featured plays examine a Chinese society rife with tensions between tradition and accelerating change, consumerism and communism, and authoritarianism and personal freedom. New China Festival will also include a panel discussion about the state of theatre in the Chinese speaking world and the insights American audiences can gain from Chinese plays.