2019 Season

Swing State
A Musical
Midwest Premiere

Book and Lyrics by Dana Yeaton
Music by Andy Mitton

Directed by Jeff Casey
Musical Direction by Elizabeth Tuazon

February 22-24, 1-3, 8-10, 2019

What if the people who are ruining this country were your only friends? In SWING STATE, Bonnie has promised God she’ll save every little soul in her Appalachian Kindergarten class, and if that means risking her job, or happens to trigger her chronic back pain – well, so be it. Neil, the new chiropractor in town, sees things differently. A gay, new-age transplant from Brooklyn, Neil is over the moon when his first treatment turns out to be a miracle cure. But Bonnie is feeling things she hasn’t felt in years and has a different response: “Put me back.” The moment Neil refuses, they’re off…and another epic battle in the Culture Wars is ON. With both of their professional lives now in flux, Neil is determined to help Bonnie recover and return to a normal life, no matter what the cost…

Swing State is presented through special arrangement with APA Agency and the Authors.

Mama’s Boy
A Drama
Chicagoland Premiere

By Rob Urbinati

Directed by Jeff Casey

May 3-5, 10-11, 17-19, 2019

The riveting story of Lee Harvey Oswald and his complex relationship with his overbearing mother Marguerite, Mama’s Boy follows Marguerite's reckless attempts to reunite her family, from Lee's return to the U.S. from Russia, through the assassination of Kennedy, to her son's own murder and her defense of his innocence in the months that follow. A fascinating examination of family dynamics and obsessive maternal devotion played out in the shadow of history. 

Mama’s Boy is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Xanadu
A Fairy-tale Musical

Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Music & Lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar
Based on the Universal Pictures film
Screenplay by Richard Danus & Marc Rubel

Directed by Jeff Casey
Musical Direction by Elizabeth Tuazon

July 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, 2019

Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California. in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO! But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds.  Xanadu is a moving, electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep audiences in stitches while the original legendary, chart-topping tunes lift them out of their seats.

Xanadu is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 

The Smell of the Kill
A Dark Comedy

By Michele Lowe

Directed by Jeff Casey

September 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 2019

Take three delicious, malicious wives, add three miserable, unloving husbands—and chill. That's the recipe of Michele Lowe's tantalizing comedy that had Broadway audiences cheering. The Smell of the Kill revolves around Nicky, Debra and Molly who have tolerated one another during once-a-month dinners for years. While their unseen spouses play golf in the dining room, the women exchange confidences for the first time revealing that all three marriages are on the brink of disaster and all three women are facing the challenges of their lives. When the men mistakenly lock themselves in a basement meat locker the women are faced with a life-or-death decision—should they leave the men out in the cold—permanently—or let them thaw? 

The Smell of the Kill is presented through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing. 

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