CHICAGO: Halcyon Theatre has announced its 2017-18 season, which features two Midwest premieres.
“Both of the plays this season rumble with what happens when you realize the world before you is not the place you dreamed it would be,” artistic director Tony Adams said in a statement. “When grief strikes and they feel enveloped in loneliness, the women at the center of the stories are given a gift of seeing a different way forward, as if seeing the world through a magic mirror showing that more is possible. We get to watch what they do with that gift, how their journey makes them feel less lost and lonely. And hopefully we can feel a little less lonely too.”
The season will open with Bekah Brunstetter’s The Oregon Trail (Sept. 14-Nov. 4), which brings the cult-favorite computer game to life for a middle schooler in the 1990s. Claire Reinhart will direct.
The next show will be Caridad Svich’s De Troya (May 10-June 20, 2018), about what happens when two families wrestle with rebellion, regret, and loss of faith amid a violent city. Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary will direct.
Halcyon Theatre is in residence at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood and presents new voices from inadequately represented communities and works to recast classic works in order to showcase contemporary relevance.