A Red Orchid Theatre

1531 N Wells St Chicago

Black Box Theaters/A Red Orchid Theatre
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A Red Orchid Theatre is the prime location for a night out on the town. In-between bars and restaurants lie this little theater that can be found in a neighborhood that comes alive at night. Red Orchid was founded in 1993 by actors Michael Shannon, Guy Van Swearingen IV, and Lawrence Grimm.

Their ensemble consists of just under 20 artists passionate about creating live theatre in a world saturated with screens. They rotate roles with each new show and work together to create 3 new shows every season.

The black box theater presents new plays from all over the world as well as classic plays that are still relevant today. They began their theatre with a modern performance of the 1959 play-within-a-play, The Connection. They are currently in their 26th season, which they are centering around plays that beg the question: How do we address any of life’s questions when words fail us?

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Shows run Thursday-Friday starting at 7:30 pm. Saturdays have two viewings at 3 pm and 7:30 pm while Sundays are only at 3 pm. Tickets start at an affordable $30 general admission rate with sales and promotional giveaways taking place periodically throughout the year.

The theater is small and only sits 75, so you will want to get your tickets fast.

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