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Raven Theatre tells stories of today and the past that connect us to our cultural landscape. Through its plays as well as its educational programming, Raven is committed to serving our communities’ needs through the arts.
6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville)
Raven Theatre’s 2020-21 Season, revamped in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will unfold as follows:
Raven Theatre’s 2020-21 Season:
February 11 – March 28, 2021
By Jonathan Harvey
Directed by Mikael Burke
Jamie and Ste are two boys living in working-class flats in southeast London. They attend school, gossip and sit outside to bask in the sun.
Jamie is a bit rebellious, has patchy attendance at school, and has inherited the same sharp tongue as his mother, Sandra. Ste, often avoiding his erratic brother and father, devotes himself to sports and academics in hopes for a better future. They find solace with one another from their mundane, yet overwhelming lives. When Ste starts seeking nightly refuge at Jamie’s, their midnight chats evolve into something different, something transformative and something beautiful. The boys seek understanding in themselves, rather than the world that doesn’t understand them.
May 6 – June 20, 2021
Eden Prairie, 1971 – World Premiere!
By Mat Smart
Directed by Henry Wishcamper
On the same night Apollo 15 lands on the moon, draft-dodger Pete steals home to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, after a 300 mile walk from Canada. He risks arrest, but has an important message to deliver to an old friend. In a moment of national and interpersonal tension that mirrors our own, Pete must defend his choices and grapple with the sacrifices he’s made.
June 17 – August 1, 2021
The Luckiest – Chicago Premiere!
By Melissa Ross
Directed by Artistic Director Cody Estle
Lissette and Peter are best friends living their best lives. But when an out of nowhere diagnosis shatters Lissette's world, Peter is left trying to pick up the pieces.
Suddenly finding herself at odds with both her best friend and her mom – who each come bearing strong opinions wrapped in good intentions – Lissette is forced to navigate between the two while unflinchingly forging her own path for her future. This tender, funny, and keenly-observed play explores the uncertain and sometimes heartbreaking territory of how we choose to take ownership of our lives.
Moving to Raven’s 2021-22 Season:
September 30 – November 14, 2021
The Last Pair of Earlies – World Premiere!
By Joshua Allen
Directed by Tyla Abercrumbie
Ever since he was a teenager in Mississippi, Wayland Early could count on two things – his talent for making handmade shoes, and Della Rose’s love.But danger forces them to flee north to Chicago. Before they know it, nearly two decades have passed, and both Wayland and Della find one another increasingly unable to count on anything, including their marriage. As they each contend with a weight of their spent youth and unrealized dreams, a life-altering question comes to the surface: are they still enough for each other?