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The New Frontier Series follows three playwrights and their creative teams as they embark on new commissions. More info and presentation dates for each play are below.

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CROPT

Written by Daria Miyeko Marinelli

Directed by Mikael Burke

Dramaturgy by Hannah Hopkins

 

PERFORMANCE DATES:

Rough Cut Reading: December 8th, 2020 @ 7:30pm | youtube.com/JackalopeTheatre

Paper’s Edge Presentation: April 16th & 17th, 2021 @ 7:30pm | Reserve for Free
 

SYNOPSIS:

"If that's not a challenge, you haven't been listening." 

Moving from fig orchards to the ombre lakes of national parks to data server farms in Georgia, cropt is a connective triptych that investigates the systematic violence inherent in the millennial bourgeois life that some of us have inherited and others of us have grown towards. Meet Magda (an ex-farm laborer), Victor (her mentor), Shay, (a vanlife podcaster), Ami, (an It Girl influencer), and Reggi, (keeper of the data centers), as all five grapple with how to make change in a system of unforgiving dimensions.

 
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PRETTY SHAHID
(FORMERLY TITLED "BEING JULIA ROBERTS")


Written by Omer Abbas Salem

Directed by Sophiyaa Nayar

Dramaturgy by Nadya Naumaan

 

PERFORMANCE DATES:

Rough Cut Reading: December 10th, 2020 @ 7:30pm | youtube.com/JackalopeTheatre

featuring: Sam Boeck, Sahar Dika, Rashaad Hall, Noor Hamdi, Arti Ishak, Sarah Price, and Omer Abbas Salem


Paper’s Edge Presentation: April 30th & May 1st, 2021 @ 7:30pm | youtube.com/JackalopeTheatre

SYNOPSIS:

As an immigrant, if you had the chance to forget everything about your cultured past  and start new as an American, would you? What if you got the voice, the privilege, and "freedom" too? Pretty Shahid examines assimilation and which knots we choose to untie in the quest for American selves in this magical 9/11 romantic comedy.

 
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MICHAEL JACKSON
AND THE DEVIL'S BOOK/

WHITNEY HOUSTON AND THE DEVIL'S BOOK


Written by Terry Guest

Directed by Wardell Julius Clark

Dramaturgy by Jared Bellot

 

PERFORMANCE DATES:

Rough Cut Reading: December 15th, 2020 @ 7:30pm | youtube.com/JackalopeTheatre

featuring: Breon Arzell, Christopher Wayland, Victor Musoni, Adhana Reid, Donovan Session, Michael Turrentine, and Netta Walker


Paper’s Edge Presentation: May 14th & 15th, 2021 @ 7:30pm | youtube.com/JackalopeTheatre

SYNOPSIS:

Would you sign over your life for immortality? The Devil’s Book Plays are macabre fantasias that use the myth of The King of Pop and The Voice to explore Black Celebrity, madness, greed, murder and The American Dream. A multitude of Black superstars (Including OJ Simpson, Billie Holiday, Michael Jordan, Diana Ross, James Brown etc) appear out of the shadows to tell the story of what happens to a person who becomes a God.

 

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Venue: Broadway Armory Park

5917 N Broadway Ave, Chicago, IL

 

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