Interrobang Announced as Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theatre Award Winner

The League of Chicago Theatres has announced Interrobang Theatre Project as the recipient of the 2019 Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theatre Award. Interrobang will be honored at the League’s Annual Gala on Monday, May 20 at the Palmer House Hilton.

Now in its ninth season, Interrobang Theatre Project’s productions have included the world premiere of Calamity West’s “Ibsen is Dead,” “The Pitchfork Disney,” “Falling,” “Grace,” “The Goat or Who is Sylvia?” and “I Call My Brothers.”

“Interrobang Theatre Project is incredibly honored to be selected as the next recipient of The Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theatre Award,” said Georgette Verdin, managing artistic director. “As we look ahead to our tenth season, we’re excited to use the award to bolster vital programming such as our Playwriting Initiative, in partnership with DePaul University, to support an increase in stipends for our artists and to continue working towards organizational sustainability to ensure we’re producing rare, relevant and raw theatre well into the future.”

Broadway In Chicago will provide a $5,000 cash prize and marketing support, including an advertising package. “Broadway In Chicago is proud to sponsor this award that celebrates the ever-emerging theatres in our rich theatre community,” Eileen LaCario, Vice President of Broadway In Chicago said. “We appreciate the League of Chicago Theatres, which brings together, what we consider, one of the most exciting and progressive theatre cities in the world and provides a platform for our community to nominate and honor a theatre each year based on the respect of their peers.”

The Emerging Theatre Award was created in 2007 to support young theaters. Eligible companies are members of the League of Chicago Theatres, have been incorporated at least 3 and no longer than 10 years, and have demonstrated artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility. The recipient was determined by a majority vote of member companies of the League.

The gala will also honor Mike Nussbaum, Free Street Theater, and Aguijón Theater as previously announced.

PerformInk critic’s pick “Utility” by Emily Schwend, Interrobang’s Season 9 closer, runs through May 4 at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. More information at Information on the League of Chicago Theatres’ 40th anniversary gala is available at

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Abigail has worked as an actor/director in Chicago for over ten years, and along with husband Jason Epperson founded Lotus Theatricals in 2015, and PerformInk Chicago and Kansas City in 2016 (where she serves as Managing Editor of both publications). When not talking shop, Abigail is raising three padawans with Jason, drinking lots of coffee, converting school buses into RV's, and eating all the foods at Disney World. You can find her on Twitter @AbigailTrabue