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Season 14

Jack welcomes you back to the stage with the 20/21 season of new work celebrating a vibrant Chicago 

We cannot wait to safely see you again, so we're starting off with Neighborhood Narratives: a free, outdoor, short play festival touring Chicago parks! Join us in spring 2022 for the world premiere production of Enough to Let the Light In written by company member Paloma Nozicka, and featuring the return of acclaimed director Marti Lyons (ProwessThe Last Duck). We close the season with the 13th Annual Living Newspaper Festival of new short plays inspired by news articles. Communal experiences are at the core of our artistic work at Jackalope and we hold the safety of our artists and audiences at top priority. We're here for you. Let's rise together.

Next Up! -

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ANNOUNCING! --
The New 13th Annual Living Newspaper Festival

Six news articles. Three weekends. Six new one-act plays.
May 27th - June 12th, 2022 at Jackalope Theatre in the Broadway Armory Park

After an all-digital Living Newspaper Series last season (you can view the short films on our YouTube page for free), Jackalope is proud to return to an in-person festival. For the first time, the festival will be presented on the company’s mainstage in the Broadway Armory, presenting a fresh take on our annual Living Newspapers Festival. In the past, we had six 10-minute plays, each based on recent news articles, and presented all six pieces each evening over a single weekend at our old Frontier space. 
This year, we’ll be spreading the festival out over 3 consecutive weekends of double-headers. We are expanding each of the plays from 10 minutes to 20 minutes, with two of the pieces being performed in rep over a single weekend, followed by two new pieces performed in rep the following weekend and another two after that! It's the spring festival you don't want to miss! 

 
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Earlier This Season -

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Neighborhood Narratives
A short play festival in the parks
 
September 25th, 2021, 4pm, Broadway Armory Parking Lot
October 2nd, 2021, 4pm, Calumet Park Beach 

October 9th, 2021, 4pm, Humboldt Park Boathouse
All performances are FREE 

First Up! Jackalope Theatre partners with Night Out in the Parks to present a festival of music and short plays inspired by community submitted stories. Amplifying Chicago Parks’ Cultural Asset Mapping Project, Jackalope pairs local storytellers from the Edgewater, East Side, and Humboldt Park neighborhoods with Jackalope writers, directors, and actors to celebrate hyper-local stories with hyper-local audiences. With live music and traveling with a pop-up stage, Neighborhood Narratives is a celebration of the parks and people that make Chicago home.

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Enough to Let the Light In
Written by Paloma Nozicka | Directed by Marti Lyons

***SPRING 2022 PRODUCTION POSTPONED. STAY TUNED!***

A couple spends the night celebrating a milestone, but it quickly devolves into chaos as buried secrets are revealed and lives are irrevocably changed. Originally developed at Jackalope in 2019, Enough to Let the Light In is an 80-min psychological thriller about love, truth, and the ghosts that won't let us go. Jackalope company member Paloma Nozicka* pens the world premiere production of this new two-hander.

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13th Annual Living Newspaper Festival

LNF 13 Playwrights

THE PLAYWRIGHTS (top L to R): Jasmine Sharma, Jesse Alana Robkin, Paloma Nozicka*, (bottom L to R) Katherine Gwynn, Omer Abbas Salem, and Ike Holter

We're pleased to welcome back live audiences with the
13th Annual Living Newspaper Festival.


In homage to the 1930's Living Newspapers of the Federal Theatre Project, Jackalope has assembled an exciting line-up of six world premiere one-act plays inspired by recent news headlines. Each play will be followed by a supplemental program to further engage with the news article that inspired the play.

Jackalope’s fresh take on this beloved festival presents a new pair of 20-minute plays each weekend from May 27th – June 12th, 2022 on the company’s mainstage in The Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N Broadway in Chicago. Tickets are $15 per performance. Festival Passes are on sale for $30 to see all six plays over three performances. See all ticket options currently available below.

Get The 3-Weekend Pass for $30! 

For the full festival experience, catch a show each weekend to see all six in-depth plays. 

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Festival Schedule:

 

DOUG and CHILD PROTECTION 

May 27th – 29th, 2022 ONLY!

Fri & Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 3:00pm. Runtime: 1 hour

UNTIL THE SUN DIES and VIRGINS

June 3rd – 5th, 2022 ONLY!

Fri & Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 3:00pm. Runtime: 1 hour

TRAIN TO ZANZIBAR and THE CURRENT STATE OF SUNSHINE

June 10th – 12th, 2022 ONLY!

Fri & Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 3:00pm. Runtime: 1 hour

LNF 13 Directors

THE DIRECTORS (top L to R): Laura Alcala Baker, Carter Caldwell, Kaiser Ahmed*, (bottom L to R) Monét Felton, Arti Ishak, and Shade Murray

THE CREW: 
The Production Manager is Rebecca Schilsky, Stage Manager is Zoe Bennditt, Scenic Design is by Ryan Emens*, Lighting Design is by Samuel Stephens, Sound Design is by Hannah Foerschler, Technical Director is Indigo Coar, Dramaturg/Community Coordinator is Nadya Naumann*, and the Article Curator is Tanuja Jagernauth. 

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Get The 3-Weekend Pass for $30! 

For the full festival experience, catch a show each weekend to see all six in-depth plays. Or grab an individual ticket to catch a pair of plays on a single night for $15. 

BEFORE YOU PURCHASE
Proof of Vaccinations is required upon entering the building.  Review the rest of our current health and safety protocols.

Season 14 Programing is made possible by 

Season Sponsors
The Michael & Mona
Heath Fund

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The Plays

DOUG
By Paloma Nozicka*
Directed by Kaiser Ahmed*

“It Could’ve Been the World’s Largest Potato, if Only It Were a Potato” – The New York Times, March 17, 2022

CHILD PROTECTION
By Jesse Alana Robkin
Directed by Carter Caldwell

“Dreading the knock at the door: Parents of trans kids in Texas are terrified for their families” – The Washington Post, March 17, 2022

UNTIL THE SUN DIES
By Katherine Gwynn
Directed by Monét Felton*

“Did scientists really quantum entangle tardigrades?” –  Cosmos Magazine, Jan 5, 2022

VIRGINS
By Jasmine Sharma
Directed by Laura Alcala Baker

“Actresses up for Madonna biopic must do ‘grueling’ boot camp” – New York Post, March 3, 2022

TRAIN TO ZANZIBAR
By Omer Abbas Salem*
Directed by Arti Ishak

“Pete Davidson will escape the Kanye drama for 11 whole minutes when he heads to space” – LA Times, March 14, 2022

THE CURRENT STATE OF SUNSHINE
By Ike Holter
Directed by Shade Murray

“How We Make Sense of Time” – The New York Times, January 1, 2022