The 2019 Season

Ten

Ten

Previews: December 31 – December 31
Opening: January 10
Closing: January 20

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 original stories - and tickets are just $10!

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2019 Season Release Bash

2019 Season Release Bash

Opening: August 18
Closing:

Release the season at Park & Field, Logan Square vintage sports club on Sunday, August 18th starting at 6pm. Enjoy a late summer evening with cocktails by the bonfire, bocce ball, and The Gift Theatre season announcement at 7 pm. 

The evening features two hours of open bar (6-8pm), including select beer, wine, and cocktails - and the exclusive opportunity to celebrate with The Ensemble as we officially announce our plans for 2019!

Season Release Fundraiser Ticket: $50

Season Release Fundraiser Ticket + 2019 Season Subscription: $155

VIP Sponsor Table: $400
*Your table includes seating for seven guests + one Ensemble member who will join your group for the evening, a signature-series limited edition show poster from Wolf Play, and a pair of tickets to the fall production of Kentucky.

Corporate Sponsor Table: $500
*Your table includes seating for seven guests + one Ensemble member who will join your group for the evening, a signature-series limited edition show poster from Wolf Play, a pair of tickets to the fall production of Kentucky, and a quarter-page ad in the fall production programs. 

Park & Field
3509 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60607
Tickets on sale at thegifttheatre.org

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DOUBT: A PARABLE

DOUBT: A PARABLE

By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Ensemble Member John Gawlik
Featuring Ensemble Members Maryann Thebus, Jennifer Glasse, Cyd Blakewell and Michael Patrick Thornton

Previews: February 27 – March 02
Opening: March 03
Closing: March 31

In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.
Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.

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WOLF PLAY

WOLF PLAY

Written by Hansol Jung
Directed by Jess McLeod
Featuring Ensemble Member Jennifer Glasse with Isa Arciniegas, Dan Lin, Tim Martin and Al' Jaleel

Previews: July 11 – July 14
Opening: July 15
Closing: August 18

In a world where people struggle to have children, one American couple decides to ‘un-adopt’ their young Korean son because they have a newborn at home. After an internet chat room search for the right family, the father ‘re-homes’ the boy with a lesbian couple, where one half is desperate for a child and the other half is fighting for her career. As the boy — who thinks he’s a wolf, but is really a puppet – adjusts to his new life, he forms bonds with the unlikeliest of culprits while the rest of the adults squabble about what is ‘best for the child.’ Wolf Play is a messy, funny, and moving theatrical experience that grapples with where family allegiance lies.

Wolf Play is a messy funny disturbing theatrical experience grappling with a wolf, a puppet, and a very prickly problem of “what is a family, and what do we need from them, today? Is it very different from the things humans have needed from families before?”


Hansol Jung is a playwright and director from South Korea. Productions include CARDBOARD PIANO (Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville), AMONG THE DEAD (Ma-Yi Theatre Company), NO MORE SAD THINGS (co-world premiere at Sideshow Theatre, and Boise Contemporary Theatre), WOLF PLAY and WILD GOOSE DREAMS (which will premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in 2017). Commissions from Artists Repertory Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation grant with Ma-Yi Theatre and a translation of ROMEO AND JULIET for Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has translated over thirty English musicals into Korean, including EVITA, DRACULA, SPAMALOT, and THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, while working on several award winning musical theatre productions as director, lyricist and translator in Seoul, South Korea. Jung holds a Playwriting MFA from Yale School of Drama, and is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab.

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KENTUCKY

KENTUCKY

Written by Leah Nanako Winkler
Directed by Ensemble Member Chika Ike

Previews: October 17 – October 19
Opening: October 20
Closing: November 16

When her sister, a born-again Christian, decides to marry at 22, NYC-transplant Hiro, takes it upon herself to return home to Kentucky to stop the wedding and salvage her sister’s future. Identity, religion, and love collide in this unique coming of age story.

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