New Stages

New Stages

October 29 - November 16, 2014 In the Owen
Approximate running time: varied

Founded in 2004, the New Stages Festival is a celebration of innovative new plays designed to give playwrights an opportunity to take risks and experiment.

New Stages offers Chicago theatergoers a first look at dozens of plays, many of which have gone on to become successful full productions—including Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined. Please join us for this year’s festival which features an exciting roster of developmental productions and staged readings. See below for a full line-up. New Stages runs October 29 through November 16.


Developmental Productions

  • Oct 29 - Nov 15
    Feathers and Teeth Charise Castro Smith

    Feathers and Teeth

    By Charise Castro Smith | Directed by Henry Godinez
    October 29 - November 15, 2014

    What was your greatest fear as a child? Monsters under your bed? Creatures in your closet? What if the scariest monster imaginable wasn’t an animal, but a person invading your home? That fear of the unknown inspired Feathers and Teeth, a dark new comedy sure to make your hair stand on end.


  • Oct 31 - Nov 15
    The Magic Play Andrew Hinderaker

    The Magic Play

    By Andrew Hinderaker | Directed by Halena Kays
    October 31 - November 15, 2014

    A good magician is always in control of his show. But the rest of his life might be a little messier. In The Magic Play, Andrew Hinderaker creates a world in which magic and real life collide—and the result is a theatrical event that’s equal parts affecting and astonishing.


  • Nov 2 - Nov 16
    Carlyle Thomas Bradshaw


    By Thomas Bradshaw | Directed by Benjamin Kamine
    November 2 - November 16, 2014

    An outrageous political culture clash, Thomas Bradshaw’s Carlyle slices open the heart of right-wing politics in America as an African American politician recounts his journey to becoming a Republican. Rendered with absurd humor and stinging insight, Carlyle explores questions of affirmative action, party alliance and the state of race in America. Will Carlyle win your vote?



Staged Readings

  • Nov 15
    Women Laughing Alone with Salad Sheila Callaghan

    Women Laughing Alone with Salad

    By Sheila Callaghan | Directed by Kip Fagan
    Saturday, November 15 | 10am

    All the women in Guy’s life love salad. But does all that salad nourish them, or just fuel their neuroses? Inspired by a popular internet meme, Women Laughing Alone with Salad explores the harsh reality of gender stereotyping in a world ruled by social media and appearance.



  • Nov 16
    UglyTracey Scott Wilson


    By Tracey Scott Wilson | Directed by Leigh Silverman
    Sunday, November 16 | 11am

    Lora is a 60-something white woman, once active in the 1970s feminist movement, but now disillusioned and cut off from her community. In the days leading up to the 2008 election, she is confronted with her past when Amanda, a young bi-racial teenager knocks on her door and claims to be her granddaughter. The women circle each other with curiosity and suspicion in an intimate, taut and compelling examination of how the feminist movement has evolved – and how little has changed.



  • Nov 16
    Acquainted with the Night Keith Reddin

    Acquainted with the Night

    Written by Keith Reddin | Directed by Henry Wishcamper
    Sunday, November 16 | 3pm 

    At the height of the modern economic and environmental crises, a group of disparate people find themselves at a research facility in the South Pole. They’re there for different reasons—blackmail, escape, a job—but all are struggling to connect with themselves and each other in a place where the sun doesn’t rise for months on end. Acquainted with the Night examines devastation—both personal and global— with imagination, compassion and superheroes.



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