CHICAGO: A Red Orchid Theatre announces its 27th Season, featuring a new horror play, an outrageous workplace comedy, and a hilarious take on 19th-century gothic romances.
“I am incredibly excited about the ways in which these new voices will deepen conversation, spark discovery and provoke action,” said artistic director Kirsten Fitzgerald in a statement. “With all three of this season’s plays we examine the houses we—or in some cases others—have built and demand that we ask, ‘do we want to continue living and operating in these structures?’”
Up first is the world premiere of Grey House (Oct.10-Dec.1), by ensemble member Levi Holloway, directed by ensemble member Shade Murray. This new horror play follows a young couple seeking shelter from a blizzard in a small cabin in Oregon, and their interactions with the cabin’s ominous inhabitants.
Following will be the Chicago premiere of Do You Feel Anger? (Jan.16-March 8, 2020), by Mara Nelson-Greenberg. In this play, we follow Sofia as she is faced with the task of coaching empathy at a debt collection agency whose employees can barely identify what an emotion is. This outrageous comedy will be directed by ensemble member Jess McLeod.
Rounding out the season will be the Chicago premiere of Jen Silverman’s comedy The Moors (April 23-June 14, 2020), directed by Marty Lyons. Inspired by certain 19th-century Gothic romances, The Moors tells the stories of two spinster sisters and their mastiff living on the windblown desolate moors.
A Red Orchid Theatre, founded in 1993, is an ensemble-based company that produces plays and develops new work.