The House Theatre of Chicago presents Odradek, written by Brett Neveu, directed by Dexter Bullard, with music by Josh Schmidt.
Odradek tells the story of a single father from a small Iowa town who becomes troubled over his son's declining mental heath. After a visit with a new doctor, the boy returns home and develops an odd friendship with a creature named "Odradek," a dark, shifting form made of twine and rags that lives under the stairs outside his bedroom. When the boy's health continues to deteriorate, the father returns to the doctor for further advice and the two enter into a romantic relationship. As his illness progresses, the boy begins to perceive the romance between his father and doctor as an echo of twisted words and hallucinated deeds. Cryptic fantasies become the boy's stark reality as his life twists towards the shadows of Odradek's existence, creating a world where the most sinister fairy tale may hold the key to the boy's only means of mental and physical salvation.