area premiere by Lucas Hnath, directed by Hayley Finn
March 6 – April 5, 2015
Weeks before the New Year (and the new estate tax taking effect), the ailing Maxine is convinced that her estranged daughter is bribing Nurse Tina to expedite her demise. But, when Maxine offers an enticing deal of her own, Nurse Tina finds herself at a moral crossroads. A suspenseful and captivating dark comedy, Death Tax raises timely questions about the tensions between family and money, life and death. “Provocative…whip-smart…You really can’t ask for anything more.” –Chicago Sun-Times
The Gospel of Lovingkindness
area premiere by Marcus Gardley, directed by Marion McClinton
May 29 – June 28, 2015
From the playwright of the road weeps, the well runs dry, comes an equally powerful and poetic contemporary drama inspired be true events. Two young men growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Manny’s life is on track, and Noel’s life is derailing. Manny just sang at the White House; Noel just got kicked off the basketball team. When their paths cross, they risk everything for their dreams, leaving behind two grieving mothers and a city on the verge. “The Gospel of Lovingkindness is an ambitious prayer; one that pleads for a deeper appreciation for the value of life, as well as an end to violence and the circumstances that create it.” –Newcity Stage
world premiere by Tracey Scott Wilson, directed by Noël Raymond
September 18 – October 18, 2015
A group of teachers change their students’ test scores so they will receive their annual bonuses, but racial and sexual tensions arise as they try to cover up their transgressions.
Commissioned by Pillsbury House Theatre through a 2014 Joyce Award, Prep is inspired by a number of recent local events with racial overtones that have stirred up emotions and conflict. Playwright Tracey Scott Wilson spent a month in the Twin Cities earlier in 2014, immersing herself in conversation with community members that have been part of these experiences. As in her 2012/13 production of Buzzer, Scott Wilson’s goal with this play is to cut through political correctness and broach off-limits topics in order to inspire genuine conversations about race.
Also in the 2015 Season
Chicago Avenue Project
April 20, 21 and November 2, 3
The Late Nite Series
November 7, 14, 21
Season passes: Pick-your-price season passes (regular price: $100; minimum price: $65) are on sale now online or by calling 612-825-0459. In order to take advantage of the pick-your-price option, YOU MUST CALL 612-825-0459 to purchase a pass.
Individual tickets: Individual pick-your-price tickets for the 2015 Season are available online or by calling 612-825-0459.
Groups: Call Kelsye at 612-825-0459, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free child care, provided by the staff of Pillsbury Early Education Center, is also available for select performances.