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"Animals Commit Suicide" by J. Julian Christopher, at terraNOVA Collective in New York City in 2013. Pictured: Nic Grelli and Charles A. Callaghan.

First Floor Theater Announces 2015–16 Season

The roster includes plays by Ken Urban, J. Julian Christopher, and Johnna Adams, that tackle social issues and explore realms between fantasy and reality.

CHICAGO: First Floor Theater has announced its 2015–16 season, including a world premiere and two Chicago premieres. All three productions will be staged at one of the Collaboration spaces in Wicker Park’s Flat Iron Arts Building.

The season begins with the world premiere of J. Julian Christopher’s Animals Commit Suicide (Nov. 15–Dec. 12), about “bug-chasers”—gay men who actively seek to become infected with HIV as part of a dubious queer subculture. Hutch Pimentel will direct.

Next is the Chicago premiere of Ken Urban’s The Awake (Feb.14–March 12, 2016), about three strangers who are connected by their dreams and a malevolent corporation. Josh Altman will direct.

Following will be the Chicago premiere of Johnna Adams’s World Builders (June 5–July 2, 2016), about a couple participating in a clinical drug trial to treat schizoid personality disorder. Jesse Roth will direct.

Also part of the season is the First Floor Theater’s annual LitFest featuring new work from Chicago playwrights. The festival will be based on the life and work of a classic playwright, which will be announned.

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