Northwestern Settlement’s Adventure Stage Chicago Announces 2 Limited Engagements This Fall: an International Production and a commemoration of the Settlement’s 125th Anniversary


(CHICAGO – June 30, 2016) – Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC), a program of Northwestern Settlement (the Settlement), announces its Fall 2016 slate of public programming, continuing its commitment to new work and original storytelling in the spirit of service and community-building. Kicking off its thirteenth season is Reprise (Sept 16-17), a new play with original music forming part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Home Away Festival.  The season continues with Jack’s House (Oct 29 – Nov 27), a site-specific performance honoring the Settlement’s 125 years of service to Chicago families. All performances take place at Northwestern Settlement’s Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St. Tickets are $10 for preview performances and $17 for adults and $12 for youth aged 14 years and younger for the regular run. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 773.342.4141


Home Away Festival – National Theatre of Scotland
September 16-17, 2016
Friday 7pm; Saturday 4pm
Tickets now on sale.

An old man returns a violin to Northwestern Settlement. Ms. Harriet Vittum lent it to him 80 years earlier, with the promise that he bring it back when he was done. With original music and lyrics inspired by Chicago’s cultural traditions, Reprise follows an immigrant story as we discover what he did with the instrument all those years, how he knew he was finished, and what it meant to keep his promise. The only North American company commissioned to participate in the National Theatre of Scotland’s Home/Away Festival, ASC will tell the story of this decades-long community connection during a limited 2-show engagement.

Reprise features Felipe Carrasco, Sindy I. Castro, Mara Dale, Jacob Kelly, La Shone Kelly, Jose Nateras, Kalman Strauss, and Justine C. Turner, with Brandon Wardell (lighting and scenic design); Jessica Kuehnau Wardell (costume and scenic design); and Jen Poulin (stage management).

About the Reprise production team:

Sarah Rose Graber (Director) Named one of 15 Women to Watch in 2015 by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine, Sarah Rose is a performer, director, and teaching artist working in both Chicago and the United Kingdom, and is an ensemble member with Adventure Stage Chicago. She received a US-UK Fulbright Scholarship from 2013-14 to study devising theatre. Originally from Miami, FL, she attended Northwestern University, where she received her degree in Theatre and completed her thesis in Performance Studies. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, which piqued her interest in the international theatre scene. This led to Graber winning the Circumnavigator Scholar Grant, with which she travelled completely around the world to Scotland, England, South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Western Australia, New South Wales, New Zealand, and Argentina to study theatre for social change.

John Szymanski (Composer/Music Director) is excited to be making his Adventure Stage Chicago debut. Recent credits include One Came Home (Lifeline Theatre, Jeff nomination for original music in a play), Ulysses (the Plagiarists), Trust Us/Screw You (the Neo-Futurists), and The Whiskey Radio Hour (the Whiskey Rebellion).  John is an Artistic Associate with the Neo- Futurists, and is active as a musician, composer, audio engineer and producer throughout the Chicago area and beyond.

Casey Pilkenton (Producer) is a producer/writer/performer based out of Chicago. She previously worked as Production Manager with Second City, producing live events and shows for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Pilkenton co-founded and performs with Forks & Hope ensemble and is a frequent contributor to Chicago’s live lit scene as a storyteller. No stranger to festival work, she has produced and performed at Edinburgh Fringe, Cincy Fringe Fest, and was an Executive Producer for Snubfest 2016. Casey earned an Outstanding Solo Performance Award (2012) from the League of Cincinnati Theatres for her self-produced, original show, Trapped in a Box.


Jack’s House
October 29 – November 27, 2016
Saturdays 2pm & 5pm; Sundays at 3pm
Select ticket packages available Aug 1.

Join Jack and Andy on a time-travelling tour-gone-awry through Northwestern Settlement’s buildings and history. Witness first-hand this Chicago institution’s mission of nurturing, educating, and inspiring families in need as you meet neighbors past and present and take part in decades-old traditions of service. Celebrating the service organization’s 125th Anniversary, these intimate, immersive performances invite audiences to determine how they can help those who need it most.

Only 20 tickets available per show.

About the Jack’s House production team:

Jessy Lauren Smith (Playwright) is a Chicago-based writer, educator, storyteller, and producer whose plays have been performed in Chicago, Boston, Colorado, and Texas. She has been a finalist or semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference, The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program, the Heideman Award, the Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice Program, the Ingram New Works Lab, and Stage Left’s Playwright Residency, among others.  She has also been an artist-in-residence with Blast Theory (Brighton, UK) and the Ragdale Foundation.  Jessy received her MFA from Northwestern University and is Managing Director of the Chicago branch of Living Room Playmakers, a playwright-driven collective that writes plays for unusual spaces.

Jess McLeod (Director) Recent Chicago credits include Lauren Yee’s in a word (Strawdog Theatre), Blu Rhythm (Lyric Unlimited/Lyric Opera), Shawn Pfautsch’s Season on the Line (The House Theatre of Chicago); Babes In Arms (Porchlight Revisits); Kevin Coval’s L-vis Live! (Victory Gardens); Emily Schwartz’s Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play (Strange Tree Group); Bathsheba Doran’s Kin (Griffin Theatre); Venus (Steppenwolf Next Up!); The Wedding Singer (Haven Theatre); The 48-Hour Musicals: Encore!, The Pajama Game, and Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen’s Fugitive Songs (The Music Theatre Company). Workshops include: Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Steep Theatre, American Music Theatre Project. Assistant/ Associate Director credits include: Gary Griffin (Dallas Theater Center, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, City Center Encores!), Anna D. Shapiro (Steppenwolf), Michael Rohd (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). McLeod served as Director of Programming, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (2005-08) and currently serves as a Teaching Artist with Storycatchers Theatre. M.F.A., Northwestern University. Upcoming: Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On (Haven Theatre) and Las Meninas (The Hypocrites).

Media Contact:
Mariaelena Morales
Adventure Stage Chicago

About Northwestern Settlement and Adventure Stage Chicago:

Northwestern Settlement opened its doors to its neighbors in 1891 in order to provide an opportunity for a better future. The Settlement’s success results from a commitment to treating every person who enters its doors with dignity and respect, while supporting them with transformational programming designed to interrupt the cycle of poverty.  The Settlement has adapted its programming throughout the past century in response to changes in the community, economy and society. The Settlement has led the way in innovative programming by offering residential science and environmental education for inner-city youth, launching successful charter schools and adding a theater so children and teens have a forum for expressing their life experiences.

The Settlement’s Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC) is one of the only theaters in Chicago to develop and present works specifically for the pre-teen and teenage audience. Adventure Stage Chicago creates and tells heroic stories about young people in order to engage the community and inspire everyone to be a hero in their own lives. ASC also offers: Neighborhood Bridges, the in-classroom arts residency program; Trailblazers, a youth mentoring arts program; summer drama camps; and drama instruction in the Settlement’s Rowe Elementary School.

Adventure Stage Chicago is a member of IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth), League of Chicago Theatres, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and TYA/USA.