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Jackalope Theatre Unveils 16th Season, Premieres at New Edgewater Home

Chicago, Illinois (Date) – Jackalope Theatre Company is set to dazzle audiences with its 16th season at its new Edgewater venue, Berger Park, located at 6205 N. Broadway Ave. The season, featuring the Chicago premiere of “The Smuggler” by Ronán Noone and the world premiere of “The Singularity Play” by Jay Stull, promises an array of thrilling performances and innovative storytelling.

A New Home, A New Season:

Having found a new home at Berger Park, Jackalope Theatre is gearing up for an exciting season that showcases their commitment to cultivating fresh voices and presenting works that celebrate diverse perspectives.

“We’re thrilled to announce Jackalope’s 16th Season of plays, both housed at Chicago Park District’s Berger Park Coach House,” said Artistic Director Kaiser Ahmed. “I’m incredibly excited to share these surprising and thought-provoking premieres with our Chicago audiences. The company’s commitment to producing new works remains as unflinching as these two sharply written scripts. Come experience the awe up close in the intimate lakeside black box theater we now call home.”

The Lineup:

1. “The Smuggler” (Chicago Premiere)

  • Dates: February 16 – March 16, 2024
  • Written by: Ronán Noone
  • Directed by: Gus Menary
  • Starring: Andrew Burden Swanson
  • Venue: Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
  • Tickets: $15-35

“The Smuggler” takes audiences on a thrilling journey in rhyme, set in 2024. Tim Finnegan, an Irish immigrant tending bar on the island of Amity, gets entangled in the dark world hidden beneath the affluence of the Massachusetts coast. Part “Breaking Bad,” part Beowulf, this modern yarn explores themes of corruption, morality, and the consequences of one’s choices.

2. “The Singularity Play” (World Premiere)

  • Dates: May 18 – June 22, 2024
  • Written by: Jay Stull
  • Directed by: Georgette Verdin
  • Venue: Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
  • Tickets: $15-35

In an unused room at Google offices in Manhattan, a theater troupe rehearses a play written by an advanced AI named “Denise.” “The Singularity Play” questions the role of artificial intelligence in the arts. It delves into the complexities of human identity when reflected through the lens of the intelligence we’ve created.

Ticket Information:

  • Season subscriptions are available for $55.
  • Single tickets start at $15.

Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased at or by calling the Box Office at 773.340.2543.

About the Playwrights and Directors:

1. Ronán Noone (Playwright – “The Smuggler”):

  • An award-winning playwright, Ronán Noone believes in the power of storytelling to convey essential narratives about who we are and where we’re headed. “The Smuggler” won the Best Playwright award at the 1st Irish Festival of New York in 2019.

2. Jay Stull (Playwright – “The Singularity Play”):

  • A theater-maker from New York City, Jay Stull’s work has been developed or produced by various renowned theaters and institutions. “The Singularity Play” questions the intersection of artificial intelligence and human creativity.

3. Gus Menary (Director – “The Smuggler”):

  • Gus Menary, recently the Artistic Director at Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle, brings a wealth of experience to his directing roles. He has a history of producing world-premiere adaptations and fostering new works.

4. Georgette Verdin (Director – “The Singularity Play”):

  • Georgette Verdin, a Cuban-American freelance director, brings her unique perspective to theater. With an extensive list of directing credits, she explores socially-relevant issues through her productions.

About Jackalope Theatre:

Jackalope Theatre Company, committed to expanding the definition of American Identity, is a premier home for new Off-Loop Theatre in Chicago’s Edgewater and Rogers Park neighborhoods. Through full-length plays, new play development programs, and free classes in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, Jackalope aims to celebrate diverse voices and contribute to an ever-expanding American culture.

Don’t miss the chance to be part of Jackalope Theatre’s 16th season, filled with gripping narratives and groundbreaking performances. For more information and ticket purchases, visit

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