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"The Way We Are"

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“The Way We Are” is a season-long snapshot with today's faces.
It's about familiar people who navigate timeless challenges.

What we do informs who we are...
in our growing up, and in our living, and in our dying.

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#1
Our
Town

closed
#2
I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile
#3

Surely Goodness and Mercy
#4

Frost/Nixon
#5

Sagittarius Ponderosa

selectI Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile
by Suzanne Heathcote

Directed by Erin Murray
Nov 18 to Dec 18, 2017 (Previews Nov 15, 16, 17)
Opening Matinee 
Sat, Nov 18, 3pm

mn logoFeaturing company members Adam Bitterman, Jacqueline Grandt, and Kathleen Ruhl

Note:
There is no show on Thu, Nov 23.
 Closing show is on Monday, December 18 at 7:30pm

Chicago Premiere. A charming, funny drama about the challenges of three generations of alienated women in a family with vastly different personalities. They immediately disrupt each others’ lives, then drastically change each others’ worlds, and finally enrich each others’ souls.

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Surely Goodness and Mercyselect
by Chisa Hutchinson
Directed by Wardell Julius Clark
Feb 17 to Mar 18, 2018 (Previews Feb 14, 15, 16)
Opening Matinee 
Sat, Feb 17, 3pm

Rolling World Premiere. A powerful new drama with incredible heart and humor. Tino is a Newark schoolboy sent to live with an abusive aunt after his mother dies protecting him in a street fight. Seeking solace, Tino befriends the cantankerous lunch lady at school who has been diagnosed with MS. The moving, heartwarming climax shows these two unlikely friends helping each other navigate a harsh world.

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Frost/Nixon
by Peter Morgan
Directed by Scott Weinstein
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April 21 to May 20, 2018 (Previews April 18, 19, 20)
Opening Matinee 
Sat, April 21, 3pm

Featuring company member Brian Parry as Richard Nixon


Before the legendary Nixon interviews, David Frost was regarded as a low-brow TV huckster…more known as a dashing Brit playboy than a serious journalist, whom the president thought he could outwit in his quest for redemption. But when the cameras roll, Frost spars—and checkmates—the disgraced president into admitting that he not only broke the law, but was still in abject denial that he did anything wrong, summed up by the infamous line, “If the President does it, it’s not illegal." A riveting historical drama about the legendary 1977 interviews that sealed the legacy of both men, and established Nixon as a modern-day punchline for abuse of power.

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Sagittarius Ponderosaselect
by MJ Kaufman
Directed by James Fleming
June 30 to July 29, 2018 (Previews June 27, 28, 29)
Opening Matinee
 Sat, June 30, 3pm

Featuring company members Jacqueline Grandt, Brian Parry, and Kathleen Ruhl

Chicago Premiere. Archer (still Angela to his family) returns home to the forests of eastern Oregon to care for his sick father. At night under the oldest Ponderosa Pine, he meets a stranger who knows the history of the forests. Sagittarius Ponderosa reveals the enduring ties between the roots beneath our feet and the mysteries of the human heart…and the journey of personal identity we all must take to become ourselves.


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Our Townlogo
by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Associate Artistic Director James Fleming
Sept 9 to Oct 29, 2017 (Previews Sept 6, 7, 8)
Opening Matinee 
Sat, Sept 9, 3pm

Featuring company members Adam Bitterman, Johnny Garcia, Jacqueline Grandt, and Brian Parry


A Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece of the 20th century is brought lovingly into the 21st century. Redtwist Associate Artistic Director James Fleming directs an intimate production of this American classic as a love letter to Chicago's many communities and a reminder that life's most ordinary moments are often the most profound.


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