Jackalope Theatre Announces 2016/17 Season!

CHICAGO (June 6, 2016) – Jackalope Theatre Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Gus Menary and Managing Director Nate Silver, announces its 2016/17 season. The company’s 9th season features three productions: a world premiere, a U.S premiere, and a Midwest premiere. The season begins with the U.S premiere of Octagon by Kristiana Rae Colón, directed by Tara Branham, continues with the world premiere of The Snare by Samantha Beach, directed by Jackalope Associated Producer Elana Boulos, and concludes with the Midwest premiere of Ideation by Aaron Loeb, directed by Jackalope Artistic Director Gus Menary.

All three of Jackalope’s main productions will take place in Jackalope’s theatre space within Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N Broadway. In addition to these three shows, Jackalope will present a fully curated season of work in The Frontier, 1106 W Thorndale.  The full details of this programming will be announced in the fall, and will include collaborations with other Chicago theatre companies, a lineup of developmental workshops, and presentations by guest companies. Already slated for production in The Frontier is another collaboration with the collective of Senn Arts High School theatre students, The Yard, the monthly Good Evening with Pat Whalen, and The 8th Annual Living Newspapers Festival in August of 2017.

“I wanted Jackalope’s 9th season to focus on new work that’s willing to take risks,” says Artistic Director Gus Menary. “This year we feature a cadre of some truly exciting playwrights, all who bring unique perspectives and ask difficult questions. From rebellious slam poets, to modern religious families, to the closed-door meetings of secretive corporations, this season investigates the America of today, and challenges audiences to consider what assumptions we make, what prejudices we carry, and which values we hold most dear.”

Jackalope is offering a 2016/17 Season Pass, which gives patrons access to the three world premiere shows in Broadway Armory Park, tickets to Jackalope’s forthcoming collaboration with The Yard, exclusive access to Jackalope’s artists at special events, reserved seating and free parking for all productions, and special invitations to Jackalope’s lineup of developmental work and supplemental events at The Frontier. The 2016/17 Season Pass is $75 and is available for purchase via www.jackalopetheatre.org.


J A C K A L O P E   S E A S O N   9:  U P – C L O S E



U.S. Premiere

By Kristiana Rae Colón

Directed by Tara Branham

October 19 – November 20, 2016 | Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway

Press Night: Tuesday, October 25 at 7:30pm

After Wall Street and Tahrir Square, after ISIS and the NSA, after Ferguson and Eric Garner: here come the poets. In a downtown poetry slam with a place on the team to be won, eight young poets prepare to do battle. But backstage it’s all kicking off with love triangles, families to feed and wounds to rip open. And in the end, is it about winning – or finding the words that need to be said?



World Premiere

By Samantha Beach

Directed by Elana Boulos

February 22 – April 1, 2017 | Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway

Press Night: Tuesday, February 28 at 8:00pm

Ruth is your average eighth-grader, keeping busy with basketball, preparing for her school’s Civil War Day, and trying to be more like her babysitter. One night, in the quiet of her bedroom, Ruth hears the voice of the devil, telling her to take action. Unprepared, Ruth’s pastor mom and family struggle to walk a path between pragmatism and faith. In this world premiere play about good vs. evil, and growing up, the question is: who will you believe?



Midwest Premiere

By Aaron Loeb

Directed by Gus Menary

May 10 – June 27, 2017| Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway

Press Night: Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30pm

Jackalope Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of the critically acclaimed play the New York Times called “Amusing and intriguing…Triumphant…First-rate.” Aaron Loeb brings a dark comic edge to this psychological suspense thriller, in which a group of corporate consultants work together on a mysterious and ethically ambiguous project. As the lines between right and wrong are blurred, these characters must navigate the cognitive dissonances and moral dilemmas to decide for themselves if everything is as it really seems.