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Theater Wit Artistic Director Jeremy Wechsler announced today the balance of the company’s 2016-17 “smart art” line-up.
First is an election-season production of Mike Daisey’s THE TRUMP CARD. A 70-minute take-down of the current Republican presidential nominee who captured a nation’s heart through bullying, charm, one-syllable explosions, and occasionally telling the brutal truth. THE TRUMP CARD opens October 5 and closes on election night, November 8. Wechsler will direct. Casting, performance times and ticket prices are TBA.
Wit’s all-new holiday show is THIS WAY OUT OF SANTALAND, Mitchell Fain’s autobiographical tell-all about his eight years starring as Crumpet the elf in Wit’s long-running hit THE SANTALAND DIARIES. Performances are November 23-December 23, 2016.
The Midwest debut of 10 OUT OF 12 by Anne Washburn, author of Wit’s 2014 hit MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY, is a recreation of a technical rehearsal, celebrating the hopes and visions that emerge from the most mundane of processes. In Wit’s production, audiences will don their own headsets to hear the backstage chatter and experience the challenges of bringing a new play to life. What’s more, Washburn will join director Jeremy Wechsler to create a 10 OUT OF 12 fully customized for Chicago’s theater scene. Performances are March 3 – April 23, 2017.
Already announced is the Midwest premiere of Mat Smart’s NAPERVILLE. Previews start August 26 and run through October 16.
These surprising plays are a clarion call for how compassion, humor and understanding can ignite unexpected community in a divided society,” said Theater Wit Artistic Director Jeremy Wechsler. “Ranging from the broadest political stage to the smallest coffee house, these plays scale from the smallest nuclear family to the larger collectives that create meaning and connection from nothing but plywood and determination.”
To purchase a Theater Wit Membership, inquire about Flex Pass options or to buy single tickets, visit TheaterWit.org or call the Theater Wit box office, 773.975.8150.
Theater Wit is located at 1229 N. Belmont, in the heart of the new Belmont Theatre District in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.