The 2017 Season

2017 Subscription Series

Please see Two Show Subscription Packages below. You can exchange your seats anytime free of charge.

Opening: January 01
Closing: December 10

2017 Two Show Subscription Packages

Two Show Weekday Gifter-$64
Two Show Weekday Gifter for Two-$128

Two Show Anytime Gifter-$70
Two Show Anytime Gifter for Two-$140

By becoming a Gift Subscriber, you save over 15% on all tickets, plus admission to the Season Release Bash.

Subscriber benefits include: admission to PILGRIMS, and A SWELL IN THE GROUND, ALL Wednesday night Natural Gas improv shows, reserved seats, and FREE parking at The Gale Street Inn. Terrific dinner packages available with our acclaimed dining partners: The Gale Street Inn ( and Community Tavern (

TEN 2017

Written by: Various Artists

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.


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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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

Drink! Dance! Release the season!

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

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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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.

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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Written by: Janine Nabers
Directed by: Ensemble Member Chika Ike
Featuring Ensemble Members:
Darci Nalepa and Keith Neagle
And Guest Artists:
Andrew Muwonge and Sydney Charles

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

In intimate rooms throughout New York, 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

Since 2001 and over seventy productions, The Gift Theatre has pioneered the frontiers of the American theatre via the most intimate professional theatre in the country, leading to national acclaim and a cultural revolution on Chicago’s northwest side.

Please join us for a celebratory evening at The Copernicus Center, named after the astronomer whose theory about revolutions changed everything.

Guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, irresistible
auction items and delectable desserts.

The evening will also feature live jazz and classical music, the presentation of the Total Gift Award, and a short performance charting our evolving place in the cosmos from Copernicus to NASA, SpaceX and beyond.

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