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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 15 original works of theatre in the Chicago area this summer!


On August 5, you have the opportunity to experience a few of these exciting new shows in one afternoon!


SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 at 4:00pm

Chicago Performance Lab

University of Chicago

915 E. 60th St

Chicago, IL 60637


FREE! You can RSVP here.


Check out some of the projects that are in process with us this summer!



By Brett Neveu and Jason Narducy

Directed by Nathan Allen

The story of how punk rock saved a lost kid's present and future life. It’s 1982. After making the long flight from Seattle, Dave and his parents head to his cousin Tracey’s home in Evanston for a summertime visit. Tracey and her teenage bandmates, all serious punk rockers stuck in suburbia, blow Dave away with their stories, their brashness, their ability to overcome damaging family crap with their overall punk excellentness as they head toward playing a make-or-break show.


Ellen Bond, Union Spy

By Jenni Lamb

Conceived and Directed by Jess McLeod


Mary Bowser is the (real!) freedwoman who risked it all to go undercover as "Ellen Bond, dim-witted but able" house slave to Jefferson and Varina Davis in the Confederate White House. In workshop this summer, we explore the script and intergration of bad-ass dance to illuminate Mary's fantasies and visions for a free and equal America where she can be Vice President to her idol, Frederick Douglass.



Hatfield & McCoy

By Shawn Pfautsch, with music by Matt Kahler and Shawn Pfautsch

Directed by Matt Hawkins


Shawn Pfautsch’s love letter to R and J in a philosophically polarized America was originally produced in Season 4. Inspired by the true story of the famous families at war. Workshops this summer dive back into the script, and develop new bluegrass tunes with our band.


Little Girl, Don't Fall

By Jesse Roth, with music by Matthew Muñiz

An adaptation of the Bluebeard fairytale, 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.



Nova to Lodestar

By Nathan Allen, Lee Keenan, Sandor Weisz

Nova to Lodestar is a live, asymmetric, cooperative game played by two teams in two separate rooms. Two mining space ships have collided, and only if they work together can they jump through hyperspace to homebase.