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Join us this summer for a sneak peek at new work being developed at The House! We are thrilled to host and support 16 original works of theatre in the Chicago area this summer!


On August 18, you have the opportunity to experience a few of these exciting new shows in one afternoon!


SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 at 3:00pm

Chicago Performance Lab

University of Chicago

915 E. 60th St

Chicago, IL 60637


These four projects will be showcased in at the August 18th Open House!



By Bennett Fisher

Directed by Monty Cole


Borealis takes us on a House-style adventure with multi-armed monsters, mazes, and missing persons. All set in the corporate headquarters of an Alaskan oil conglomerate. In summer workshops, the artistic team will investigate the theatrical tools we'll use to tell this epic quest story.


Little Girl, Don't Fall

By Jesse Roth, with music by Matthew Muñiz

Little Girl, Don’t Fall is a heroine’s journey, a gothic ghost-story, and a fairytale mash-up musical for young women who don’t know how to fall in love–and are too chippy to listen to those who try to tell them.



We're Good

Adapted and Directed by Vanessa Stalling

From the creator of 2016's award-winning production United Flight 232

A collage of several stories pulled from and inspired by the WBUR podcast Kind World.

This piece will explore what it is that makes someone stop and help a stranger in need. It features stories of kindness and the profound effect that one act can have on a person’s life. Stories include individuals realizing that they are a part of an invisible community all connected through their local gas station attendant, a man who willingly sacrifices his life for a person he had only just met, thousands of strangers writing letters to a young man on his death bed simply because his brother posted a note saying that what makes his brother happy is to receive letters in the mail.



Adapted for the stage by Joseph Steakley and Ben Lobpries

Directed by Chris Mathews


The House brings to life the classic fairy tale of a wooden boy who wishes to become real. Funny, imaginative, and moving, Pinocchio explores how the lies we tell ourselves hurt those we love. The House employs its savvy and heartfelt storytelling to the boy with no strings, and his toymaker father, learning to accept each other for who they are.