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Pictured: Rashaad Hall and Karen Rodriguez
Haven Theatre has announced the cast and creative for its world premiere of THE DISPLACED written by Isaac Gomez.
Directed by Jo Cattell, the production will feature Rashaad Hall and Karen Rodriguez.
The production team for THE DISPLACED includes Arnel Sancianco (scenic design), Christine Pascual (costume design), Erik Barry (lighting design), Sarah D. Espinoza (sound design). Emily Boyd (props design) and Rebecca Adelsheim (dramaturg).
From the press release: “Marísa and Lev have just moved into their new Pilsen apartment in hopes of rekindling a spark that’s long been extinguished. While looking for the circuit breaker in the attic, a mysterious coconut appears, leftover from the previous tenants with a dark history inside it. The Displaced explores the wake of pain and yearning left behind when gentrification forces people out of their homes and the kind of vengeance that can come from it.”
Comments Haven Artistic Director Josh Sobel, “The best horror stories, in my view, always have something deeper to say about the world we live in – a warped-mirror reflection of the reality we so often choose to ignore, an attempt to shock us into seeing. This is so much of the power and potency of Isaac Gomez’s electrifying new play, The Displaced – a thriller with its heart anchored in the devastating cost of gentrification that is happening even right now in our very own city. Isaac’s voice first blew me away in 2016 with his utterly riveting and ravaging The Way She Spoke, and it became immediately clear that this is someone whose point of view I dearly wanted at Haven Theatre. It is a privilege to make that dream a reality with Isaac’s stunning world premiere.”
THE DISPLACED will play May 31 – July 1, 2018 at The Den Theatre’s Janet Bookspan Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. For more information visit haventheatrechicago.com.