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Remy Bumppo's 2013/2014 Season

Mysteries revealed, histories concealed

Remy Bumppo's 17th season begins with the work of one of the most beloved of all English authors and ends with one of the most horrific of all events, with a classic British mystery in the middle.

"All three plays are mysteries about the human condition, in very different modes," says Artistic Director Nick Sandys. "Every year, in every play we produce, we endeavor to figure out why we humans behave the way we do, be it funny or serious or apparently inhuman. These three plays - a comedy, a thriller and a history - give us the chance to experience life journeys that are not our own, but which contain essential mysteries to which we can all relate and which we want to try to solve or understand, like the characters themselves."

Read the full press release of our 2013/2014 Season here.

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Annabel Armour in The Importance of Being EarnestBy Jane Austen, Adapted by Tim Luscombe
Directed by Joanie Schultz

October 2 - November 10, 2013

Featuring Annabel Armour
Greenhouse Theater Center, Upstairs Mainstage

Jane Austen has a high time with the literature of her day, as 17-year old Catherine, a voracious reader, makes the Gothic tale she's reading come all-too-much to life, causing her to misinterpret much that's happening around her. Remy Bumppo presents the U.S. Premiere of a new adaptation, complete with charming heroes, sneering villains, love lost and found, and a setting perfect for the Halloween season. There's debate whether Northanger Abbey was the first Jane Austen novel, but there's no debate that it's full of fun and romance in inimitable Austen style.


Greg Matthew Anderson in You Never Can TellBy J.B. Priestley
Directed by David Darlow

December 4, 2013 - January 12, 2014

Featuring Greg Matthew Anderson and Nick Sandys
Greenhouse Theater Center, Upstairs Mainstage

England, 1912. The Birling family has just enjoyed a fine dinner in their upper-middle class home. Enter Inspector Goole, who brings word of a sudden death. The inspector proceeds to interrogate the family, discovering dark secrets and setting off a series of revelations. An Inspector Calls is classic English drawing-room mystery a la Agatha Christie, and more—a social critique that has made it a literary classic. "Whodunit?" becomes a question of what "it" was, how it was done, who it was done to, and just who Inspector Goole might be.


Shawn Douglass, Linda Gillum, and David Darlow in Night and DayBy Tadeusz Slobodzianek, English version by Ryan Craig
Directed by Nick Sandys

April 2- May 11, 2014

Featuring David Darlow and Linda Gillum
Greenhouse Theater Center, Upstairs Studio

For decades, it was believed the annihilation of the Jewish population of Jedwabne, Poland, in 1941 was a Nazi atrocity. The truth turned out to be even more shocking. In Our Class, which won Poland's top literary prize, Slobodzianek looks at the build-up to the massacre, the events themselves, and the impact on the lives of survivors, through the eyes of ten classmates, half Jewish and half Catholic, who were young adults in 1941. Our Class is a searing look at the horror that can be perpetrated by one group on another, in the struggle to retain humanity under repression.

Back in 2013 by popular demand!

The Chimes

The Chimes logoBy Charles Dickens
Adapted and Performed by Artistic Director Nick Sandys

December 21, 28 and 31 at 4pm, December 22 and 29 at 7pm

Yes, Virginia, Dickens did write other Christmas stories besides that one—four others, the first of which was The Chimes. It’s a New Year’s tale that gave a goose to critics of A Christmas Carol, deemed too socially radical for its day, but still very fitting for our own times. Performed by Artistic Director Nick Sandys, this captivating Dickensian story of bleakness-turning-to-hopefulness includes the usual delightful gallery of grotesque characters and scathing social issues, leading to a rebirth worthy of, well, yes, Scrooge.

"A holiday tale worth hearing" – Chicago Tribune

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All shows performed at the Greenhouse Theatre, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.

All titles and artists are subject to change.