Raven Theatre announces 2008/09 Season

Michael Menendian announces Raven Theatre’s 2008/2009 Season, which includes Stephen Adly Guirgis’ searing Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, the world premiere of Tom Patrick’s darkly comic Misamerica, and Jon Robin Baitz’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic Hedda Gabler.  Raven kicks off the season with a “Stark Raven Mad!” Gala Celebration on Friday, August 1.  Season subscriptions are available for just $50.  Visit www.raventheatre.com or call 773-338-2177.  

Raven Theatre announces 26th Season:

A powerful prison Drama, a World-Premiere, and an Ibsen classic.


Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
directed by Michael Menendian

Raven begins its 26th season with the playwright responsible for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Our Lady of 121st StreetGuirgis’ plays mine his conflicted youth (attending Catholic parochial school in Harlem) to combine spiritual and religious themes with the rough streets of New York.  His plays are controversial and at times ferocious, but also stimulating and fiercely intelligent, inspiring audiences to question and debate long after they leave the theatre.  Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train centers on Angel Cruz, a young Latino man in jail for shooting a religious cult leader.  Also in prison is an infamous, born-again serial killer who raises the question:  Is faith enough to save those who have not practiced what they believe?

October 7 – December 6, 2008


A world-premier by Tom Patrick
directed by Greg Kolak

Somewhere in the Mid-east, in the near future, an entrepreneurial American corporation is ready to tackle the next big market.  Basic supplies are hard to come by and dangerous fighting continues throughout the area, but Starbucks and McDonald’s are popping up everywhere, and the Operation American Sole sandal company isn’t about to miss out.  A darkly humorous tale of American hubris, Misamerica takes an unapologetic look at our country’s policies and priorities.

January 27 – March 28, 2009


Hedda Gabler
By Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Jon Robin Baitz
directed by Michael Menendian

Ibsen’s masterpiece depicts a woman’s inevitable road to tragedy.  Hedda has recently married a kind and reliable yet unexciting scholar.  She is visited by two old acquaintances:  a female schoolmate and another scholar.  The former has saved the latter from an unsavory lifestyle, helping him find success as a writer; Hedda is resentful both of his talent and her schoolmate’s influence on it.  Out of jealousy and boredom, she proceeds to destroy each of the people around her, and finally herself.  Is Hedda a heroine, a villain, a victim… or all of the above?

April 28 – June 27, 2009


Raven Theatre

Founded in 1983, Raven Theatre is dedicated to breathing new life into American classics and exploring other works that illuminate the American experience.  In addition to its regular season, Raven produces a Workshop Series of new and experimental productions, as well as a Youth Program, including teaching partnerships with various Chicago Public Schools, summer youth classes and original children’s shows performed at Raven Theatre.

Raven Theatre Company is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, Polk Bros. Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, Yates-Feldman Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Prince Charitable Trust, The Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation, The Alphawood Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Northern Trust Centennial Fund, S & C Electric Company, The Department of Cultural Affairs, CityArtsIII, a city agency, and The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation.


Raven Theatre, located at 6157 N. Clark Street, just blocks from the Granville Redline stop. Free parking is available at the theatre, and plentiful street parking is also available.

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