Streaming July 15 - 18, 2021

Around 70 minutes with no intermission

Acclaimed playwright-and-director duo Ike Holter and Lili-Anne Brown (Lottery Day) rejoin forces for the Chicago premiere of his newest work.

If there’s one thing Americans can agree on, it’s that 2020 was not the best way to begin a new decade. With guts and humor, punctuated with story and song, Ike Holter asks who we are in a world on the brink of explosion in this “sharp and satisfyingly foul-mouthed” (The New York Times) rallying cry for our times.

Please note: all performances will be presented with open captioning, and performance times listed are in Central Daylight Time (CDT). Already have tickets? Read our How to Connect Guide to access your Live streaming performance.

Content Advisory
  • I Hate It Here contains profanity and is intended for mature audiences.
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    I Hate It Here is part of our LIVE streaming series.

    Featuring three productions offered in limited runs this May, June and July, performances will be live streamed from Goodman's historic Owen Theatre stage straight into your home,­ in real time. Learn More >>


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  • Ike Holter

    Ike Holter Playwright

  • Lili-Anne Brown

    Lili-Anne Brown Director

  • Patrick Agada

    Patrick Agada Ace/Thomas

  • Jayson Brooks

    Jayson Brooks Pete/Rah/Wash

  • Sydney Charles

    Sydney Charles Ashawna/Mrs.Marcy/Tanya

  • Behzad Dabu

    Behzad Dabu Manny/Worker/Ted

  • Kirsten Fitzgerald

    Kirsten Fitzgerald Maya/Lisa/April

  • Gabriel Ruiz

    Gabriel Ruiz Martin/Alex/Frank

  • Christiana Tye

    Christiana Tye Video Director

  • Gabe Hatfield

    Gabe Hatfield Director of Photography

  • Arnel Sancianco

    Arnel Sancianco Set Designer

  • Mieka van der Ploeg

    Mieka van der Ploeg Costume Designer

  • Jason Lynch

    Jason Lynch Lighting Designer

  • Mikhail Fiksel

    Mikhail Fiksel Sound Designer

  • Paul Deziel

    Paul Deziel Projection Designer

  • Briana J. Fahey

    Briana J. Fahey Production Stage Manager

  • Kimberly Senior

    Kimberly Senior Producer

  • Lauren Port

    Lauren Port Casting

  • Neena Arndt

    Neena Arndt Dramaturg

  • I Hate It Here Digital Program

    I Hate It Here Digital Program


  • I Hate It Here Poster

    Worth a Thousand Words

    What's the show about? Describing a play using words is one thing, but an image can go even further towards giving audiences a sense of what to expect. See how artist Mary Williamson, a longtime Ike Holter collaborator, translated I Hate It Here into a fitting visual.


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