The 2017 Season

TEN 2017

Written by: Various Artists
TICKETS GO ON SALE JANUARY 2!

Opening: January 05
Closing: January 15

Enjoy world premiere ten minute pieces by The Gift and guests. 

This festival allows us to work with many talented artists who help us uphold our mission of telling great stories.

This festival is just $10 and free for 2017 subscribers. Thank you for keeping the arts alive.

UNSEEN

Written by: Mona Mansour
Directed by Ensemble member Maureen Payne Hahner

Previews: February 10 – February 15
Opening: February 16
Closing: April 09

Conflict photographer Mia wakes up in the Istanbul apartment of her on-again, off-again girlfriend after being found unconscious at the scene of a massacre she was photographing. Mia can’t even remember being there, but she wired photos of the site hours before being found. The two women resume their volatile push-pull when Mia’s well-meaning Californian mother arrives from the United States, trying to help unravel the mystery of what happened to her daughter.

Come Closer on Sunday, April 2 for a talkback with the cast, drinks, and a couple of themed appetizers! Tickets to this special event are $55 and sell out quickly. Reserve your spot today!

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May giftLIT Event at Community Tavern

Tickets $10

Opening: May 02
Closing: May 02

May 2 Stories by:

Jose Blanco and Raul Vasquez
Jane Hseu
Jasminum McMullen
Diana Sykes

Live Music by the Winnemac 3!

Appetizers and cocktails by your friends at Community Tavern

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PILGRIMS

Written by: Claire Kiechel
Directed by: Artistic Director Michael Patrick Thornton and Guest Artist Jessica Thebus

Previews: June 02 – June 07
Opening: June 08
Closing: July 30

Featuring Gift ensemble members
Brittany Burch and Edmund Flynn with guest artist Janelle Villas.

On a spacecraft on its way to colonize a newly discovered planet, a soldier and a teenage girl live together in one of the ship’s cabins with only an outdated robot and each other for company. When they are quarantined in their close quarters due to a potential outbreak, they’re forced to explore their own traumatic pasts in a dying society. What does it mean to create a new society? What does it mean to be a Pilgrim today?

Come Closer on Sunday, July 23 for a talkback with the cast, drinks, and a couple of themed appetizers! Tickets to this special event are $55 and sell out quickly. Reserve your spot today!

Accessible Performances Captioned Performance Saturday, July 29-3:30 PM

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Season Release Bash at Old Irving Brewery Co.

Presented by The Gift Theatre

Opening: July 16
Closing: July 16

THE GIFT THEATRE SEASON RELEASE BASH!
Drink! Dance! Release the season!

Sunday, July 16, 4pm-8 p.m. @ Old Irving Brewery Co.
www.oldirvingbrewing.com

Our annual summer fundraiser features live music and all you can drink Old Irving craft beer. Come hang with The Gift ensemble and be the first in the world to hear about our new season.

Bash Single tickets are $25. VIP Table near the music and beer for eight is $400. Bash single ticket plus 2018 Season Subscription is $120.

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OPEN SEASON

Written by Adithi Chandrashekar
Directed by Mara Stern
Produced by Monty Cole

Opening: September 15
Closing: September 17

The Gift Theatre is proud to announce Adithi Chandrashekar’s OPEN SEASON as the first play chosen to pilot 4802—the new play research and development wing of The Gift named after its storefront address located on N Milwaukee Ave in Jefferson Park.

OPEN SEASON
What do an Illinois State Sheriff and a white-tailed deer have in common? Love, anger, hunger, fear, joy, community, isolation and everything in between. OPEN SEASON tracks the universality of being alive and explores the nature of power and loneliness.

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A SWELL IN THE GROUND

Written by: Janine Nabers
Directed by: guest artist Chika Ike

Previews: October 13 – October 18
Opening: October 19
Closing: December 10

In intimate rooms throughout New York and Michigan, four friends from college fight through 17 years of love affairs, shattered dreams and compromised lives. Flipping back and forth through time like a photobook, this play—whose title is from a line of Emily Dickinson poetry—
is equally breathtaking and heartbreakingly spare as Olivia, Nate, Abagail, and Charles try to reconcile the lives they imagined with the lives they live.

Come Closer on Sunday, December 3 for a talkback with the cast, drinks, and a couple of themed appetizers! Tickets to this special event are $55 and sell out quickly. Reserve your spot today!

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2017 Gift Gala

At The Copernicus Center

Opening: December 01
Closing: 0