May 9 - August 29, 2014
Written by Ike Holter
Directed by Gus Menary
Featuring: Pat Whalen, Andrew Saenz, HB Ward, Lucy Sandy, Barbara Figgins, Paloma Nozicka, and Jerry McKinnon
From the acclaimed writer of Hit the Wall and Loom, comes the story of a Chicago public high school slated for closure at the end of the year. The impending shut-down causes tensions in the school’s already volcanic neighborhood to rise to the breaking point, but a small group of teachers launch a last minute battle to save the school. Over the course of the year, they put their careers, their future and their safety in the hands of a fast talking administrator who comes on strong: but might actually have no clue what he’s doing.
★★★★! (out of 4) "At once poetic, political, sad, funny, timely, complex and compassionate, Ike Holter's thrilling, beautiful new play "Exit Strategy" is the story of the desperate final days of a condemned, crumbling Chicago public school... With the help of director Gus Menary, Ike Holter has forged a riveting 90 minutes"
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
★★★★ (out of 5) "Gus Menary’s smartly paced production hugs the comic and tragic curves in Holter’s tightly packed plot, and his appealing ensemble sells it with style."
"I can safely say it is the best thing I’ve seen this year so far."
Theatre by Numbers
"Jolting and provocative...I highly recommend Exit Strategy... Gus Menary’s direction is sharp and flows beautifully."
Chicago Theatre Beat
"This drama might make you rethink your stance. Here's hoping that the Jackalope Theatre Company reserves a seat for the mayor."