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Director’s Haven returns for its fifth annual showcase featuring early career directors

This season, Lauren Katz directs Caryl Churchill’s ambitious surrealist work This is a Chair, Aaron Mays helms Sonia Sanchez’s lyrical drama 2 x 2, and AJ Schwartz directs Dan Giles’ tender yet challenging one-act How You Kiss Me Is Not How I like to Be Kissed. The three productions will run back-to-back and have the support of a full production team.

 

Announcing our 2019-2020 Season!

 
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October 14 – 30, 2019
DIRECTORS HAVEN 2019

Featuring work by Lauren Katz, Aaron Mays and AJ Schwartz

The DIRECTORS HAVEN is back for the 5th consecutive year, with three more early career directors eager to share their visions! Lauren Katz, Aaron Mays and AJ Schwartz will headline the next chapter of Haven’s initiative to showcase rising directors as they share their artistic point of view with the Chicago community. Each director will helm a fully produced 30-45 minute play of their choosing that will run back-to-back at each performance. See what the next generation can do when provided with that all-too-rare commodity: a room to share their vision. Productions will be announced shortly.

 
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February 13 – March 15, 2020
TITUS ANDRONICUS

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Artistic Director Ian Damont Martin

In a society that seems increasingly plagued by senseless violence, Shakespeare’s bloodiest play Titus Andronicus feels increasingly germane. When Titus returns home from a 10-year war against the Goths with their Queen as his prisoner, a bloody cycle of violence ensues across familial and political lines. Is revenge ever justifiable? What if there is no justice? These questions remain surprisingly relevant some 400 years later. Titus Andronicus explores the impact of vengeance across the intersections of family, power and race.

 

July 2 – August 2, 2020
THE FIG AND THE WASP

A World Premiere
Written by Samantha Behr
Directed by Associate Artistic Director Josh Sobel

Plague, unrest, natural disasters, a failure in leadership... societies end for many dramatic reasons. Rosaura Flagg, a politician from a political dynasty, works to project stability and the status quo while her 13-year-old daughter Cara lies in a hospital room in a coma-like sleep. She is the first to succumb to “Hopelessness” – a diagnosis given by a nurse, George, who seems to be the only one with answers. The disease spreads rapidly – after all, how do you fight hopelessness? As dramatic as the cause may be, the reality of the end to this society is beautifully mundane. What do you reach for at the end? How do you find hope at the end of the world? The Fig and The Wasp explores the destruction of isolation and the power of caring and connection in the face of a world on fire.

 

PLUS, ALREADY ANNOUNCED FOR 2020-2021:

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HYPE MAN

A Chicago Premiere
Written by Idris Goodwin
Directed by Jess McLeod
Dates to be announced

A promising hip hop trio – one white, one Black and one mixed race –are on the verge of success and fame with a “Tonight Show” performance on the books, when a police shooting of an unarmed black teenager shakes the group to its core. In the aftermath, Pinnacle, Verb and Peep One must navigate the difficult terrain of race and privilege, forever altering their relationships with one another. From the playwright/director team behind Haven’s hit production of How We Got On, Hype Man is a crucible that employs hip-hop culture as a vehicle and means to bring forth change, making us ask ourselves: what is the responsibility of our platforms in the face of systemic injustice?

A NOTE FROM ARTISTIC DIRECTOR IAN DAMONT MARTIN:

“Haven is very excited to bring this season to Chicago. It’s the first season with our new team – complete with a fresh new logo and brand identity, which effectively captures this moment in our evolution and our collective vision for the future. Each of these productions, in their own distinct ways, reckon with the contemporary world before us, which can oftentimes feel alienating and polarizing. As artists at large consider our responsibility in this context, Haven aims to at least make space for artists and audiences alike to unpack our questions and experiences in the safety and community of the theatre. These productions feel incredibly timely and necessary today, each standing as individual examples of what a ‘New Canon’ for the American theatre could include. As our company continues to evolve, the work of this upcoming season will put us one solid step closer to the ‘Social Profit’ we at Haven endeavor to cultivate in our community.”

Haven’s  2019-20 and 2020-21 season playwrights and directors include (top, l to r)  Lauren Katz, Aaron Mays ,  AJ Schwartz  and  Ian Damont Martin  with (bottom, l to r)  Samantha Behr ,  Josh Sobel ,  Idris Goodwin  and  Jess McLeod .

Haven’s 2019-20 and 2020-21 season playwrights and directors include (top, l to r) Lauren Katz, Aaron Mays, AJ Schwartz and Ian Damont Martin with (bottom, l to r) Samantha Behr, Josh Sobel, Idris Goodwin and Jess McLeod.

Congrats to our
Jeff Winners!

BREON ARZELL
Best Choreography
The Total Bent

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ERIK S. BARRY
Best Lighting Design
The Displaced

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And CONGRATULATIONS to all of The 2019 Joseph Jefferson Award Winners and Nominees, including from Haven’s own The Total Bent (Best Production, Musical; Best Principal Performer in a Musical, Gilbert Domally & Robert Cornelius; Best Director of a Musical, Lili-Anne Brown; Best Music Direction, Jermaine Hill) and The Displaced (Best New Play, Isaac Gomez; Best Sound Design, Sarah D. Espinoza; Best Artistic Specialization - Rigging Design, Rachel Flesher)!

 
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HAVEN PARTNERS WITH DLC & SDC

DirectorsLabChicago, in partnership with Haven & the Stage Director’s & Choreographers Society, receives grant toward providing masterclasses in ’19-20!

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HAVEN IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

Haven is honored to be mentioned in the New York Times! Read Jesse Green’s insightful piece about the pulse of Chicago theatre.


“The company stays effortlessly ahead of the curve.”

Newcity Stage, January 2019 / Read Full Article


Our Mission

NEXT GENERATION.
NEW CANON.
SOCIAL PROFIT.

We Are a Producer of theatre, performance and media that exists to be a Haven for The Future. 

We achieve this through championing the next generation of playwrights, directors and actors; by producing and promoting work and artists that are staking Their claim as the immediate future of their art forms; and by investing in those at the very beginning of their professional journeys. 

Through this inspiration, we seek to ignite in each audience member a hope for the Future - the Future of theatre and performance, the Future of each other, the Future of our community. 

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