HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH by John Cameron Mitchell lyrics and music by Stephen Trask directed by Kyle Trent music direction by Kory Danielson July 5 - August 11, 2013
The groundbreaking Obie-winning Off-Broadway smash Hedwig and the Angry Inch also won multiple awards for its hit film adaptation of the story of "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig Schmidt (Ryan Lanning). Hedwig, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock 'n' roll goddess, happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just "an angry inch." This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is dazzlingly performed by Hedwig (formerly known as Hansel) in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band "The Angry Inch."
RECOMMENDED - Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago, Huffington Post
THE WEDDING SINGER music by Matthew Sklar lyrics by Chad Beguelin book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy directed by Jess McLeod music direction by Kory Danielson October 13 – November 17, 2013
It's 1985 and New Jersey's favorite wedding singer, Robbie Hart (Tony Allen), is still living in his grandma's basement. After being left at the altar by his fiance, a heartbroken Robbie manages to make every wedding gig as disastrous as his own. When he meets Julia (Aja Wiltshire), an admiring waitress, Robbie falls madly in love, only to learn than she is to be married to a Wall Street shark. Unless Robbie can pull off the performance of his lifetime, his perfect girl will be lost forever to a man who doesn't deserve her.
RECOMMENDED - Time Out Chicago, Windy City Times, Chicago Stage Standard
SEMINAR a Chicago Premiere by Theresa Rebeck directed by Marti Lyons February 27 - April 13, 2014
In Seminar, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon, and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting comedy.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago
HOT GEORGIA SUNDAY a Chicago Premiere by Catherine Treischmann directed by Marti Lyons November 21 - December 21, 2014
Hot Georgia Sunday reunites Haven with the director of their successful spring 2014 production of Seminar. It's hard to tell the difference between right and wrong in this tragicomic tale of dysfunction taking place in a small Northeast Georgia town where private desires and public morality collide. The well-meaning, but inept members of the Vickery family cause trouble wherever they go and lust, betrayal and alcohol lead the way for this fractured family.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Time Out Chicago RECOMMENDED - Chicago Tribune, Windy City Times
DON’T GO GENTLE a Chicago Premiere by Stephen Belber directed by Artistic Associate Cody Estle June 2 – July 12, 2015
Judge Lawrence Driver is a conservative powerhouse on the bench, but a failure at home. Now retired and widowed, and seeking redemption, Judge Driver volunteers to do pro bono legal work with Tanya, a vulnerable ex-con with a troubled teenage son, while working to repair the increasingly complicated relationships with his own adult children. When his newfound generosity is perceived as condescension, Judge Driver runs the risk of losing everything.
RECOMMENDED - Chicago Reader HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - The Fourth Walsh, Around The Town Chicago
LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC a Chicago Premiere by Arlene Hutton directed by Jason Gerace July 24 - September 6, 2015
In December 1940, an east-bound cross-country train carries the bodies of the great American writers Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald as well as shy and religious May, who shares her seat with a charming young discharged flyer, Raleigh. As May (Amanda Drinkall) and Raleigh (Mike Tepeli) continue to cross paths over the years, an unlikely bond forms, one that continues to blossom in ways neither of them could ever expect. A funny, touching portrait of two people searching for happiness called "...a gently charming little play, reminiscent of Thornton Wilder in its look at rustic Americans who are to be treasured for their simplicity and directness..."
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Chicago Tribune (4 Stars) RECOMMENDED - Time Out Chicago, Windy City Times JEFF AWARD WINNER: Best Actress, Play - Amanda Drinkall JEFF AWARD NOMINEE: Best Actor, Play - Mike Tepeli; Best Sound Design
THE DISTANCE a United States Premiere by Deborah Bruce directed by Elly Green May 20 – June 26, 2016
Good friends should be there for one another - no matter what. However, when Bea returns home to England after five years abroad, having made a bold choice about her life, old friends struggle to support her or even to understand. One night in Brighton, things threaten to slide into chaos...The Distance is a painfully funny play about motherhood and fatherhood, about keeping control and about letting go.
RECOMMENDED - Chicago Tribune HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Chicago Reader, Chicago Theatre Beat, The Fourth Walsh JEFF RECOMMENDED
HOW WE GOT ON a Chicago Premiere by Idris Goodwin directed by Jess McLeod September 29 - November 12, 2016
In this remixed coming-of-age an all-knowing DJ loops us through the tracks of three Midwestern teen rappers stranded in suburbia. Determined to find their artistic voices, Hank, Julian, and Luann are forced to combat the discord of crude technology, family disfunction, and ruthless rivalries as this B-Side of 1980’s hip-hop history is spun. Plug in your open mind and join Haven Theatre’s Chicago premiere of a throwback mixtape that goes to prove, we’re all just a work-in-progress.
RECOMMENDED - Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago, The Fourth Walsh HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - NewCity Stage, PerformInk, Chicago Theatre Review JEFF AWARD WINNER: Best Sound Design JEFF AWARD NOMINEE: Best Production, Play; Best Ensemble TIME OUT THEATER AWARD NOMINEE: Best Production of an Existing Play; Best Ensemble; Best Director
WE’RE GONNA DIE a Chicago Premiere by Young Jean Lee directed by Artistic Director Josh Sobel May 4 - June 4, 2017
REMOUNTED Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s LookOut Series Limited Engagement, March 26 - April 16, 2018
A singer takes the stage, backed by her rock-band compatriots, to share Young Jean Lee’s life-affirming show about the one thing we all have in common: “we're gonna die.” Drawing from true stories of people's experiences with tragedy, despair and loneliness, this personal and rejuvenating play with live music reminds us that in our darkest, most isolated moments, we are not alone.
TOP 10 OFF-LOOP THEATER OF 2017 - Chicago Tribune TOP 10 OF CHICAGO THEATER 2017 - Time Out Chicago
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago, Chicago Reader, Windy City Times, The Fourth Walsh RECOMMENDED - PerformInk, Ada Grey JEFF RECOMMENDED TIME OUT THEATER AWARD NOMINEE: Best Lead Performance in a Play; Best Overall Design of a Production
FEAR & MISERY IN THE THIRD REICH by Bertolt Brecht translated by Eric Bentley directed by Artistic Director Josh Sobel February 13 - March 11, 2018
As Germany careens toward war, an entire society begins to crack, and the seeds of chaos and tragedy take root in the minds of its citizens. Artistic Director Josh Sobel (We're Gonna Die) helms an ensemble-driven production of Brecht's 1938 classic with a contemporary eye – a warning of how insidiously a culture can make space for atrocity, and a call to never allow it to happen again.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - NewCity Stage, Chicago Theatre Beat RECOMMENDED - Picture This Post, Chicagoland Theatre Reviews
THE DISPLACED a World Premiere by Isaac Gomez directed by Jo Cattell May 31 - July 1, 2018
Marísa and Lev have just moved into their new Pilsen apartment in hopes of rekindling a spark that's long been extinguished. While looking for the circuit breaker in the attic, a mysterious coconut appears, leftover from the previous tenants with a dark history inside it. The Displaced explores the wake of pain and yearning left behind when gentrification forces people out of their homes and the kind of vengeance that can come from it.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Time Out Chicago, Chicago Reader RECOMMENDED - Picture This Post, Third Coast Reviews JEFF WINNER: Erik S. Barry, Best Lighting Design JEFF NOMINEE: Isaac Gomez, Best New Play; Sarah D. Espinoza, Best Sound Design; Rachel Flesher, Best Artistic Specialization
THE TOTAL BENT a Midwest Premiere in association with About Face Theatre text by Stew music & lyrics by Stew & Heidi Rodewald directed by Lili-Anne Brown music direction by Jermaine Hill February 7 - March 10, 2019
When a British record producer arrives in Montgomery, Alabama to hook Marty Roy, a young black musical prodigy, he launches us back into Marty’s tumultuous upbringing. The son of a gospel star and self-proclaimed healer, Marty spent his childhood writing the songs that have made his charismatic father famous. But in a nation on the verge of social upheaval, with the rising heat from the street guiding his pen, Marty finds himself at odds with his spiritually forceful father as he strives to create a masterpiece that will change America – no matter the cost.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Chicago Tribune, Storefront Rebellion (Kris Vire), Chicago Reader, Rescripted, BroadwayWorld, Buzznews JEFF WINNER: Breon Arzell, Best Choreography JEFF NOMINATED: Best Production, Musical; Lili-Anne Brown, Best Director, Musical; Gilbert Domally, Best Principal Performer, Musical; Robert Cornelius, Best Principal Performer, Musical; Jermaine Hill, Best Music Direction