CHICAGO: About Face Theatre (AFT) has announced its 2018-19 season, its 23rd.
“This season we’re featuring dynamic LGBTQ+ artists who are leading the way forward,” said AFT artistic director Megan Carney in a statement. “It has been a thrilling process charting out my first full season with About Face Theatre. The projects and collaborations for the year contain nuanced stories of complicated desire along and insightful revelations about the many ways that politics remain deeply personal. We’ll be highlighting underrepresented points of view while joyfully affirming our lives.”
The season will open with the Chicago premiere of This Bitter Earth (Nov. 1-Dec. 8) by Harrison David Rivers, a poetic romance about an interracial gay couple in contemporary America as their passions and priorities collide. Mikael Burke will direct.
Next will be the Chicago premiere of Dada Woof Papa Hot (Jan. 10-Feb. 16, 2019) by Peter Parnell, a modern comedy about two gay couples embarking on parenthood. Keira Fromm will direct.
Closing out the season will be a new work entitled 20/20 (Summer 2019). It will celebrate the 20th anniversary of About Face Youth Theatre (AFYT) with a citywide multigenerational performance and civil dialogue project that will engage the Chicago LGBTQ+ community. Lead artists will include AFYT associate director Donny Acosta, associate director of outreach and engagement Mia Vivens, AFT artistic associates, and the AFYT Youth Ensemble. Megan Carney will direct.
Founded in 1995, About Face Theatre is a Chicago-based company focusing on innovative theatre that advances the national conversation about sexual and gender identity.