Presented by Cold Basement Dramatics, Pride Films and Plays and Red Tape Theatre, the plays will be presented by the Chicago theatre in rotating repertory for a ten-week run February–April 2015. Productions are staged in the theatre's 80-seat flexible black box space.
"Steppenwolf's Garage Rep celebrates and showcases Chicago's vibrant theater ecology," Producing Associate Greta Honold said in a statement. "Now in our sixth year, we are thrilled to invite Cold Basement Dramatics, Pride Films and Plays and Red Tape Theatre into the Garage to play and grow. Over the next eight months we will support their producing efforts and provide them with focused artistic and administrative mentorship. These three companies bring unique voices, diverse perspectives and artistically inventive and challenging pieces to our intimate Garage space, where audiences can experience them in rotating rep."
The season-at-a-glance follows.
Cold Basement Dramatics presents
By Steven Simoncic
Directed by Rinska Prestinary
"Chicago, 1995: An intense heat wave has gripped the city with temperatures soaring above 100 degrees. 739 people die, mostly people who are poor, elderly, or minorities with nowhere to seek shelter. As the morgues overflow, the city's emergency response team is called into question. The Mayor's Office combats the criticism with a PR campaign that successfully turns the blame onto the victims and their families. As Chicago approaches the 20th anniversary of that summer, Heat Wave tells the story of the people who were made invisible, the hard working citizens who fought to uncover the truth and the resilient Chicago community that suffered, yet carried on."
Pride Films and Plays presents
By Topher Payne
Directed by Derek Van Barham
"Cooper and Bennett are not a gay couple — just a couple of gays. When their friend is 'gay bashed' outside a local bar, they feel helpless. Then, they feel something new: pure, unfiltered anger. It's not enough for them that 'it gets better'; change can only happen if they take matters into their own hands. Politics, pistachios and pop culture collide in this dark comedy about how good ideas go bad. Angry Fags is an Oscar Wilde-meets-Tarantino fever dream that asks just how far you would go to 'MAKE it Better'?" Red Tape Theatre presents
The Walk Across America for Mother Earth
By Taylor Mac, with music by Ellen Maddow
"Political activism meets bedazzled drag show in this story about two young friends who flee their suburban upbringing in 'Real America' to join a ragtag group of activists on a protest march from D.C. to Nevada. On the road, the group attempts to establish a nomadic utopia, but the marchers continually find themselves divided by unrequited affections, indecision, and a secret hunger for power. Whimsically blending commedia dell'arte influences with song and dance, The Walk Across America for Mother Earth explores how the idea of community sometimes fails to unite us, and sometimes brings us together in the most unexpected ways."
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