When Valerie’s groundbreaking story about a sexual assault is revealed to be a possible fraud, this renowned journalist returns to her small-town childhood home to hide from the relentless spotlight of the media and threats against her own safety – only to find the scrutiny of home to be just as sinister. This dark comedy from Calamity West shatters the boundary between public and private misogyny and asks: where can you run when you’re not welcome at home?
Run Time:Rolling runs approximately 2 hours, 5 minutes including one 10-minute intermission.
Accessibility: Jackalope Theatre Company is proud to produce in Broadway Armory Park, but it’s a historic building and accessibility is a challenge that we strive to meet. We suggest giving yourself 10-15 minutes of extra travel time once you’re here, and please let us know in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific accessibility requests or plan on using the elevator, so that we can assist you. We offer Audio Description and Touch Tours for one performance during each show.
There will be a Touch Tour and Audio Described performance of
Rolling on Sunday, March 20
Touch Tour: 1:30pm, Audio Described Performance: 3:00pm
Parking/Directions: There is a parking lot adjacent to Broadway Armory Park. The entrance to the lot is on Thorndale Avenue, and parking is $1.25 per hour. For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.
★★★ "very fresh, smart - and sometimes genuinely moving...[West], I think is one of the most talented of the youthful Chicago playwrights of the moment."
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
★★★★ "a fantastic production...Black plays Valerie with the perfect combination of volcanic emotionality and thin-skinned sensitivity...The cast around her is uniformly strong as well."
Time Out Chicago
"An engrossing new play! Under Nate Silver's direction, Dana Black's Valerie, Ann James's Janet, and Abby Pierce's Molly form a triangle tight enough to bring out the sickness in West's funny/nasty language."
"Hilarious, haunting and familiar...[the characters] embody our mothers, sisters and friends so well, it's as if author Calamity West were listening in on our own kitchen conversations. This is home."
Theater by Numbers
"West lets the relationships unfold with a genuineness. [Her] characters are distinct. The humor is clever. The dialogue is crisp. An engaging dramedy...highly recommended."