Next Theatre announces their 30th-Anniversary Season

Next Theatre - War With Newts 

Scene from last season’s “The War With the Newts ★★★½

Next Theatre announces their


30th-Anniversary Season


Next Theatre Company announces their 30th  anniversary season, complete with three main stage plays receiving their Midwest premieres, along with their What’s Next Series focusing on new Chicago artists.  All productions, plus the What’s Next Series, are presented at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.


Main Stage Shows


November 4 – December 5, 2010


  The Piano Teacher
  Written by Julia Cho
Directed by Lisa Portes
  Midwest Premiere
  When the sweet, cookie loving Mrs. K, the epitome of the caring grandmotherly piano teacher, reaches out to her old students, she discovers a chain of startling secrets that she can no longer keep hidden inside her piano bench. With breath-taking theatricality and stunning language, Julio Cho takes us on a journey of discovery that brings international responsibility into the sanctity of our family kitchen.


January 20 – February 20, 2011


  Written by J.T. Rogers
Directed by Kimberly Senior
  Midwest Premiere
  Director Kimberly Senior and internationally recognized playwright J.T. Rogers, the pair who brought you The Overwhelming, team up again to offer audiences another gripping thriller. In the same hotel room overlooking the Spanish steps in Rome, three Americans across three different moments in time find themselves alone.  A sister, a mother and a family friend grapple with loss, regret, and the nature of truth. Using his trademark cunning insight and grippingly eloquent characters, J.T. Rogers weaves a haunting story about the mysterious disappearance of a loved one, and the unexpected consequences that bring a family closer together.


April 14 – May 8, 2010


  The Metal Children
  Written by Adam Rapp
Directed by Joanie Schultz
  Midwest Premiere
  What responsibility do artists have for the impact of their work? Provocative New York playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp offers a powerful portrait of small-town censorship and the American divide over family values in his newest play fresh from a sold-out Off-Broadway run, The Metal Children. A gifted New York writer attempts to defend his young adult novel to the same small American town hell bent on banning his work, causing an explosive encounter from which no one in the small Midwestern town will recover.


All tickets for Main Stage shows are $20 – $40 with subscriber and student discounts available. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 847-475-1875 x2.


After the fold (click on “

  • 30th Anniversary Season new programming
  • “What’s Next Series” schedule
  • What’s Next” Lab
  • Panel Discussions

Next Theatre - Magical Exploding BoyDean Evans in last season’s “Magical Exploding Boy”  ★★★



New Programming for the 30th Anniversary Season and

What’s Next Series Announced

What’s Next #1 through #3

September 10, 2010

Unveiled – written and performed Rohina Malik

Racism. Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life. Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this compelling one-woman show.


September 24 – October 3, 2010

Wiggerlover – written and performed by James Anthony Zocolli

[white boy+black dad=grey areas]   The totally too-good-to-be-true story of one boy’s life in an interracial family in Chicagoland is examined in this one-man show.


October 8 – October 17, 2010

Performances by Members of 2nd Story*

2nd Story is a hybrid performance event combining storytelling, wine, and music that is produced by the Serendipity Theater Collective as both a monthly performance series and an annual festival  2nd Story performs at Chicago’s Webster’s Wine Bar and Red Kiva Lounge. 2nd Story has been featured on WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio.



March 10 – 27, 2011

What’s Next Lab marks the reappearance of an old friend. In 1990 Dexter Bullard began "At The Next Lab" as an opportunity for Next Theatre to present plays in a laboratory style setting that were thought to be too daring to produce. Plays such as Killer Joe by Tracy Letts and Bouncers by John Godber found a home at Next Lab, introducing Chicagoland audiences to many incredibly exciting playwrights in a barebones and intimate environment.

As Next Theatre has grown to be recognized as a national destination for the most socially provocative work from nationally recognized playwrights (In The Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks, The Overwhelming by J.T. Rogers), What’s Next Lab will be a launching pad for the most daring and socially relevant work our Chicagoland playwrights can write.

What’s Next Lab will produce three new plays per year, presented in rotating repertory, laboratory-style productions. Each play will be paired with a local director and designer and will also be given readings and talkbacks exclusively presented to Next Theatre subscribers throughout the year.

To see the most exciting, fresh-off-the-printer, socially provocative, and artistically adventurous work from the most exciting new local voices, please join us for an old friend made new again. What’s Next Lab will debut in March 2011.


A series of three panel discussions (one for each decade of the theater’s existence) are being finalized. Dates of the discussions are TBD. Discussion panelists include Jason Loewith, Dexter Bullard, Kate Buckley, Tom Burch, Lisa Portes and, schedules permitting, David Cromer, Josh Schmidt, Tracy Letts and more to be announced.

Next Theatre’s 30th Anniversary Season and What’s Next Series are now on sale. Tickets are $20 – $40 with subscriber and student discounts available. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 847-475-1875 x2.  Next Theatre Box Office hours are from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays and 2 hours prior to curtain. The box office is closed on Monday unless a show is scheduled. Unless you purchase in person, tickets are held at will-call until pick-up on the day of performance.

The Next Theatre is located inside the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston, right next to the Noyes street stop on the Evanston "el."  Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the theatre and the Evanston Civic Center.

The Next Theatre is funded in part by The Alphawood Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trust, Shubert Foundation, CityArts, and the Illinois Arts Council.

*All productions are pending rights availability.


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