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About Face Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season

The Chicago company will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a world premiere.

Peter Parnell's Dada Woof Papa Hot will make its Chicago premiere at About Face Theatre.
(© Allison Stock)

About Face Theatre in Chicago has announced the lineup for its 2018-19 season.

First will be the Chicago premiere of This Bitter Earth (November 1-December 8), written by Harrison David Rivers and directed by Mikael Burke. The play is described as follows: "In this poetic romance, deep love is challenged by divisive political realities. Jesse, an introspective black playwright, finds his choices called into question when his boyfriend, Neil, a white Black Lives Matter activist, calls him out for his political apathy. As passions and priorities collide, this couple is forced to reckon with issues of race, class, and the bravery it takes to love out loud."

Following will be the Chicago premiere of Dada Woof Papa Hot (January 10, 2019-February 16, 2019), written by Peter Parnell and directed by AFT artistic associate Keira Fromm. The play is described as follows: "This funny and sexy play introduces two gay couples and their circle of friends who have ventured into the world of modern-day parenting. As friendships deepen and vulnerabilities get exposed, the foundation of family and commitment are shaken. With same-sex marriage the law of the land…what happens next? Dada Woof Papa Hot is a fast-paced glimpse into the world of 21st-century parenthood."

Closing out the season in summer 2019 will be the world premiere of 20/20, crafted by AFT artists with the Youth Theatre Ensemble and directed by AFT artistic director Megan Carney. The play is described as follows: "For its 20th anniversary year, About Face Youth Theatre goes to the next level with a citywide multigenerational performance and civic dialogue project to gather lessons from the past and envision a better collective future. Youth and adult artists will engage LGBTQ thought leaders and program alumni through interviews, workshops, and story circles to explore markers of social change over the last two decades and mobilize a community in transition."

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