Jackalope Theatre Company Announces 2017/2018 Season

CHICAGO (June 5, 2017) – Jackalope Theatre Company, under the artistic direction of Gus Menary, announces its 2017/18 season, the company’s 10th. The upcoming season features four productions, including three world premieres. Jackalope’s 10th season begins with the world premiere of 1980 (Or Why I’m Voting for John Anderson) by Patricia Cotter, directed by Associate Artistic Director Kaiser Ahmed. Next up is the world premiere of Franklinland by Lloyd Suh, directed by Chika Ike, followed by the world premiere of The Light Fantastic by Ike Holter, directed by Artistic Director Gus Menary. The season concludes with Jackalope’s third collaboration with The Yard, the collective of Senn Arts theatre students.

Artistic Director Gus Menary and Board President Clare Butterfield announce the appointment of Jackalope’s new Managing Director, Nora Leahy, to join Jackalope’s staff at the start of the season and to lead the company into its next decade, Leahy will begin her tenure at Jackalope on August 1, 2017. She succeeds Nate Silver, who has served in the role for the past four years.

“Nora perfectly encapsulates the creative thinking and adventurous spirit that has come to define our company,” says Menary of the appointment. “As we think of the growth we’ve experienced and our aspirations for the future, Nora is the right person to lead Jackalope on this exciting journey.”

“I am thrilled to join the generous and dedicated artists at Jackalope, and to lead a company whose work I have admired for years,” says Leahy of her new role. “Jackalope is truly a paragon of Chicago storefront theatre, and I look forward to honoring the company’s mission of presenting bold new work that celebrates diverse perspectives, and building upon the company’s tremendous momentum.”

All four of Jackalope’s 2017/18 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 The 9th Annual Living Newspapers Festival in The Frontier during August of 2018.

“Jackalope’s 10th season is bursting with world premieres from the most exciting and gifted playwrights working on the national stage,” says Menary. “Thinking about Jackalope’s mission and the shifting cultural climate in our country today, these new works capture what is uniquely American and remains unchanged. In these plays we can find ourselves mirrored in our collective history, serving as a reminder that our new national landscape is not without familiar landmarks.”

Jackalope is offering a 2017/18 Season Pass, which gives patrons access to the four productions in Broadway Armory Park, tickets to The 9th Annual Living Newspaper Festival, 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 2017/18 Season Pass is $75 and is available for purchase via www.jackalopetheatre.org.



World Premiere

By Patricia Cotter

Directed by Kaiser Ahmed

October 17 – December 2, 2017| Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway

Press Night: Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30pm

 It’s 1980 and an unknown congressman from Illinois, John Anderson, just might have a chance to be President of the United States. In the candidate’s Boston campaign office, four idealistic young campaign workers struggle to spread the hope that their long-shot candidate might bring to the country and to their lives, while staving off that era’s Unthinkable Presidency. 1980 (Or Why I’m Voting For John Anderson) pits youthful optimism against the status quo, in a world premiere comedy about class, race, and the politics of change.


World Premiere

By Lloyd Suh

Directed by Chika Ike

 January 9 – February 17, 2018 | Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway

Press Night: Tuesday, January 16 at 8:00pm

Philadelphia, 1752. Growing up as the only son of Benjamin Franklin – the greatest scientific mind in the world; inventor of the lightning rod, the odometer, the glass harmonica, bifocal glasses, and, in his spare time, The United States of America – is not all it’s cracked up to be. In the world premiere of this moving new play, Franklinland asks what it’s like to make your way in life knowing your father’s greatest invention wasn’t you.



World Premiere

By Ike Holter

Directed by Gus Menary

 May 8 – June 16, 2018| Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway

Press Night: Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30pm

 We’re deep in the mid ’90s. Clinton is president, cellphones are a novelty, and toasty R&B jams blast from every available speaker. Grace, a down on her luck phony-storefront-psychic of questionable commitment and sobriety, is on the run and thirsty for cash. When a client meeting goes horribly wrong, Grace is dragged through an intense examination of fake spirituality versus terrifying belief. From the writer of Exit Strategy and Prowess comes The Light Fantastic, a world premiere based on the true story of an infamous, unsolved case of spiritual possession.



Performed by The Yard Ensemble

 July 16 – August 18, 2018| Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway

Press Night: Tuesday, July 17 at 7:30pm