Steppenwolf Theatre's 2nd annual Garage Rep features works from Sideshow Theatre Company, The Strange Tree Group and UrbanTheater Company in rotating repertory for a ten-week run in Steppenwolf's Merle Reskin Garage Theatre.
Sideshow Theatre Company presents Heddatron
by Elizabeth Meriwether, directed by Jonathan L. Green
A book falls from the sky and a depressed Michigonian housewife is kidnapped by a clan of renegade robots, whisked away to the jungles of South America, and forced to perform the title role in a mechanical version of Hedda Gabbler. As a documentarian searches for the truth about the abduction and the woman's family mounts a search party, Ibsen himself enters the picture to defend his well-made play. Sideshow is partnering with robotics experts across Chicago to present a cast of human actors and functioning robots in this bizarre and savagely funny Chicago premiere.
The Strange Tree Group presents The Three Faces of Doctor Crippen
by Emily Schwartz
A world premiere that resurrects what was once the most famous and fanciful criminal investigation the world has ever known: the calamitously comedic tale of Dr. H. H. Crippen, England's most notoriously inept cellar murderer. Chased across the sea by destiny and Marconi's wireless telegraph, this factual turn of the century tragedy explores three versions of the life and death of this homicidal homeopath. Three Crippens ! Three tales! Three truths?
UrbanTheater Company presents Sonnets for an Old Century
by Jose Rivera, directed by Madrid St. Angelo in collaboration with Juan Castañeda and Ivan Vega
In a waiting room for the afterlife, we find a dreamscape filled with poignant, funny, lyrical and haunting monologues from recently deceased individuals. This Midwest premiere by Obie Award-winning playwright and Academy Award -nominated screenwriter Jose Rivera asks: "Where do we go when we die?" And if you were to offer commentary regarding the life that you've lived, "What would you say?"
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