RTE@20: You Are Here

Rivendell celebrates 20 years of telling provocative stories through a female lens with three new plays and a critically acclaimed remount of a Jeff nominated world premiere. These incisive works explore the reasons, underlying assumptions, deep biases and shortcomings of the American status quo.



A World Premiere!

Written by RTE member Megan Carney
Directed by RTE Artistic Director Tara Mallen
Featuring RTE member Mary Cross
Previews: Oct. 30 & 31, Nov. 1, and Nov. 5, 6 & 7 - all performances at 8PM
Gala Opening: Nov 9 at 6PM
Performances: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8PM and Saturdays at 4PM, Nov. 12 - Dec. 6
NOTE: No performances Nov. 26 & 27


A debate rages over whether females should serve on the front lines, yet more women are being sent into active combat zones than ever before. This new theatrical work is woven from years of research and first-person interviews with women who have actually laid their lives on these lines and have returned from deployment to re-enter civilian life.

Town Hall Saturdays: Following each 4PM matinee performance (Nov. 15, 22 and 29 and Dec. 6), we invite audiences to dive a little deeper and join in vital post-show conversations sparked by the show's themes.

Production Sponsors:
The Chicago Community Trust and The Reva and David Logan Foundation


A World Premiere!

Written by Chicago playwright Laura Jaqmin

Directed by Megan Shuchman, Associate Director of Education at Steppenwolf

April 2 – May 16, 2015

Those who die young are mourned for their lost potential. But Mike, a high school hockey player who gets drunk and crashes his car before the play begins, did not show much potential. As they learn to grieve, his mother Alice, his AP English teacher Leticia, and Caylee (who had a crush on Mike for years), try to learn who Mike truly was and who he might have become. The three women realize that the day-to-day moments they missed or ignored may show they were wrong about their initial feelings toward Mike.

Production Sponsor: The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation


The Remount of RTE's 2014 World Premiere Hit!

Written by Chicago playwright Joel Drake Johnson
Directed by Sandy Shinner

Presented in the Steppenwolf Garage Theatre

Featuring RTE Artistic Director Tara Mallen

May 30 - June 28, 2015

After a critically acclaimed and sold-out run and a 2014 Jeff nomination for Best New Work, Rasheeda Speaking is remounted in the Steppenwolf Garage, directed by returning director Sandy Shinner and featuring Rivendell Artistic Director Tara Mallen, Rivendell ensemble member Eric Slater, and Steppenwolf ensemble member Ora Jones. A doctor, uncomfortable with his black receptionist, enlists the aid of his office manager to get rid of her. Tensions rise as relations between the two women deteriorate. With his trademark wit and incisive humor, Joel Drake Johnson mines the subtleties of "post-racial" America to explore what we are really saying when we refuse to talk about race.


A Midwest Premiere!

Written by Catherine Treischmann

Featuring RTE member Rebecca Spence
September 3 – October 17, 2015

Religion and science collide in a visceral examination of the way in which we navigate interpersonal relationships involving seemingly irreconcilable beliefs—and just how hard it is to truly listen to one another in an increasingly polarized world. Looking to rebuild her fractured life, high school biology teacher Susan relocates from New York City to a small Kansas town reeling in the aftermath of a devastating tornado. Ready for more than a little culture shock, Susan finds herself unprepared for the firestorm that engulfs the town after she makes an off-handed comment about the origin of the universe.