Next on Stage Via Zoom


New Play Festival

Performances

10.19.20 – 10.23.20

Chicago Playwrights

Mallory Raven-Ellen Backstrom

Lane Anthony Flores

Eli Campbell

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The Story Theatre's New Play Festival

The Story is committed to the next great plays to come out of Chicago, and that commitment doesn't waver even in times of uncertainty. Our New Play Festival this fall uplifts the work of three Chicago playwrights through a week-long celebration of new work, including: three Zoom readings featuring local Chicago talent; interviews with directors, designers, and writers; a panel by The Story Governing Ensemble; and a dialogue with arts advocates from around our city who are determined to keep our industry alive. Check back soon for more information on pay-what-you-can ticketing!

The New Play Festival has been made possible thanks to a generous contribution from The Heath Fund.


A Laying on of Hands

by Mallory Raven-Ellen Backstrom

October 19, 2020

Cast

  • Sparrowhawk Sinclair — Maya Vinice Prentiss
  • Garrett Richard Ensely — Christopher Wayland
  • Beauregard Sinclair — Gregory Geffrard
  • Solomon Conrad Sinclair — Michael Turrentine
  • Colette-Nicole Sinclair — Shariba Rivers
  • Dougrey Raymond Sinclair — Watson Swift
  • Nana — Renee Lockett
  • Rachel Williams — Rachel Blakes
  • Death — Michael E. Martin

Creative Team

  • Playwright — Mallory Raven-Ellen Backstrom
  • Director — J. Nicole Brooks
  • Designer — Sydney Lynne
  • Dramaturg — Kai Shariq
  • Producer — Brenna DiStasio^
  • Producer — Terry Guest^
  • Production Manager — Lucy Whipp^

^denotes a member of The Story Governing Ensemble


Hippolytos

by Lane Anthony Flores

October 21, 2020

Cast

  • Hippolytos — Gaby Labotka
  • Princess — Saran Baraki
  • King — Michael Kingston
  • Chorus 1 — Jordan Dell Harris
  • Chorus 2/Ghost — Malia Hu
  • Chorus 3 — Sheldon Brown

Creative Team

  • Playwright — Lane Anthony Flores
  • Director — Am’Ber Montgomery
  • Designer — Andrew Littleton
  • Dramaturg — Emma Durbin
  • Producer — Ayanna Bria Bakari^
  • Producer — Matt Bowdren^
  • Production Manager — Lucy Whipp^

^denotes a member of The Story Governing Ensemble


Nest

by Eli Campbell

October 23, 2020

Cast

  • Anne — Janice O'Neil
  • Pierce — Tommy Malouf
  • Trinity — Sahar Dika
  • Reed — Emilie Modaff

Creative Team

  • Playwright — Eli Campbell
  • Director — Sophiyaa Nayar
  • Costume Designer — Stefani Azores-Gococo
  • Dramaturg — Maggie Mohr
  • Producer — Gaby Moldovan^
  • Producer — Paul Michael Thomson^
  • Production Manager — Lucy Whipp^

^denotes a member of The Story Governing Ensemble

Explore the archive of The Story Theatre's past shows, including production photos and videos.