May 12 – 21, 2017 // Josephine Louis Theater
By Lydia Diamond // Directed by Ilesa Duncan
The affluent, African-American LeVay family is gathering at their Martha’s Vineyard home for the weekend, and brothers Kent and Flip have each brought their respective girlfriends home to meet the parents for the first time. As the two newcomers butt heads over issues of race and privilege, longstanding family tensions bubble under the surface and reach a boiling point. Ilesa Duncan, Artistic Director of Pegasus Theater Chicago directs Evanston native and Northwestern University alumnus Lydia R. Diamond’s “juicy family drama” (New York Times) about a family with hidden secrets and the impact of their revelation.
Ilesa Duncan (Director) is the Executive Artistic Director of Pegasus Theatre Chicago.Recent directing work includes IF YOU SPLIT A SECOND (Pegasus), THE NATIVITY (Congo Square), and JAR THE FLOOR at ETA (Jeff Recommended). Duncan has worked with Rivendell, Writer’s Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens and The Goodman. Other direction at Pegasus includes IN THE CONTINUUM and SHAPE OF A GIRL (Jeff Nominated), TICK, TICK BOOM (Jeff Nomination for Directing) as well as Steven Simoncic’s HEAT WAVE, BREATH BOOM, EV’RY TIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT, and seven Chicago Young Playwrights Festivals. Some of her favorite projects also include the Jeff award-winning comedy LOVE CHILD (Theater on the Lake, Chicago Theater Co., and Live Bait Theater), SHAKIN’ THE MESS OUTTA MISERY, (Chicago Theater Company), WAITING TO BE INVITED (Victory Gardens), SARAFINA (Fleetwood Jourdain at Next Theatre), A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Contemporary American Theatre Company/Ohio), HEATWAVE (ETA), F**KING A (Theatre School at DePaul), and RED RAIN at Lincoln Center Theatre/HERE in New York. Ilesa is also a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Lab, the Chicago Director’s Lab, and a NEA/TCG Directing Fellow.
Scenic Designer : Lauren Nichols
Costume Designer: Amanda Gladu
Lighting Designer: Jessica Neill
Stage Manager: Meredith Mackey
SINGLE TICKET PRICING
Seniors (62+) $22
Area Educator $22
NU Faculty/Staff $20
Full-Time Student $10
NU Student $6/Adv. $10/Door
May 12 – 21
7:30PM THUR, FRI, SAT
Post-show discussion on Thursday, May 18.
No performance on Saturday, May 20.
Added performance on Sunday, May 21 at 7:30PM.