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Feb 7 - Mar 8, 2020 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 2 hours with no intermission

“Our new life starts tomorrow." - Kane, Scene VI

Janelle, poised to reap the fruits of her labor, relocates from Illinois to Texas in order to give love a chance. Meanwhile, a small-town police officer wrestles with the harsh realities of change. When their worlds collide, both are forced to confront the consequences of an imbalance of power.

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  • graveyard shift is appropriate for ages 14 and up. It contains adult themes, profanity, and depictions of police brutality. For more information about content, please call Ticket Services at 312.443.3800 (open daily 12noon to 5pm).

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  • “★★★★” (out of four)

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Beautifully and fearsomely acted...left me breathless"

    - Daily Herald

  • "A devastating play about a relationship of fear"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Lyrical and heartbreaking"

    - Chicago Reader

  • "[graveyard shift] will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end"

    - Around The Town Chicago

  • "Seamlessly staged...and skillfully delivered"

    - Daily Herald

Audience Response
  • I was so drawn in and on the edge of my seat. Bravo to the cast.

    Da Vina B. via Facebook

  • Emotional. Intense. Amazing.

    LaShawnda D. via Facebook

  • Such a moving and engaging play! It gave the view of social injustice but in a love story!

    Michelle B. via Facebook

  • I'm still thinking about [graveyard shift]. Brilliant. Devastating. Necessary.

    Richard C. via Facebook

  • A wonderful performance and deeply disturbing on several levels.

    Jean F. via Facebook

  • This is an amazing play. I loved it so much.

    Doris J. via Facebook

  • korde arrington tuttle

    korde arrington tuttle Playwright

  • Danya Taymor

    Danya Taymor Director

  • Debo Balogun

    Debo Balogun Kane

  • Keith D. Gallagher

    Keith D. Gallagher Brian

  • Rae Gray

    Rae Gray Elise

  • Aneisa J. Hicks

    Aneisa J. Hicks Janelle

  • Lia D. Mortensen

    Lia D. Mortensen Trish

  • Sam Boeck

    Sam Boeck Understudy

  • Taylor Cannon

    Taylor Cannon Understudy

  • Evelyn Gaynor

    Evelyn Gaynor Understudy

  • Xavier Roe

    Xavier Roe Understudy

  • Kristen Robinson

    Kristen Robinson Set Designer

  • Montana Levi Blanco

    Montana Levi Blanco Costume Designer

  • Marcus Doshi

    Marcus Doshi Lighting Designer

  • Richard Woodbury

    Richard Woodbury Sound Designer / Composer

  • Rebekah Heusel

    Rebekah Heusel Production Stage Manager

  • Adam Belcuore

    Adam Belcuore Casting

  • Lauren Port

    Lauren Port Casting

  • Neena Arndt

    Neena Arndt Dramaturg

  • Jessica Neill

    Jessica Neill Asst. Lighting Designer

  • Sasha Smith

    Sasha Smith Intimacy Director

  • Regina Victor

    Regina Victor Assistant Director

Talks & Events
  • Drinks & Discussion Events

    Drinks & Discussion Events

    Throughout the run

    Enhance your theater-going experience with one of our Drinks & Discussion Series events! Stay after select performances for a Post-Show Discussion and a complimentary glass of wine.


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