The Snare

World Premiere

February 22 – April 1, 2017

Ruth is your average eighth-grader, keeping busy with homework, vying to be captain of her basketball team, and trying to be more like her babysitter. When Ruth mentions at the dinner table that the Devil has been talking to her, her pastor mom and family struggle to help Ruth fight something only she can see. In this world premiere play about faith, doubt, and growing up, the question is: who will you believe?

Performance Venue: Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N Broadway

Run Time: 2 hours and 20 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 if you have specific accessibility requests or plan on using the elevator, so that we can assist you.

There will be a Touch Tour and Audio-Described Performance of The Snare on Sunday, March 19 for the 3:00pm performance (Touch Tour: 1:30pm, Audio-Described Performance: 3:00pm)

There will be an Open-Captioned Performance of The Snare on Saturday, March 18 for the 8:00pm performance.

For tickets and information, email

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


Preview Performances: – $5

General Admission – $25

A limited number of discounted tickets for Students, Industry Members, and Edgewater residents are available by using the promo code TURNABOUT when purchasing tickets.

"★★★! The new work, "The Snare," by a young writer named Samantha Beach, actually is a show that you could enjoy with your kids...cast and directed with real exploration of faith (and the limitations thereof) that really anybody can understand or appreciate...Beach [is] a new name to watch."

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"★★★★! Director Elana Boulos has delivered a taut, carefully drawn piece of family drama—one that audiences of all faiths (or who lack faith all together) would do well to see."

Time Out Chicago

Reader Recommended! "powerfully acted, intelligently directed, The Snare is the rare play that asks an audience to accept, without a trace of irony, that faith truly matters to "ordinary" people."

Chicago Reader

"★★★1/2 Beautifully written, directed and acted, The Snare is both thoughtful and thrilling, a tour de force for Jackalope Theatre Company."

Chicago Theatre Beat

"Whether you’re newly independent and reflecting on your adolescence or an overworked, under-rested parent looking for recognition, you will likely see yourself reflected."

Newcity Stage

Critic's Pick! "Engaging and quick-witted...this charming and family-friendly play invites an intimate inquiry of ideas while tugging at your heart."