Routes

by Rachel De-lahay
directed by Mikael Burke
October 12 – November 20, 2022

 

Olufemi hopes to return home to his family. Bashir wants to remain in the only home he knows. Kola yearns to find home in a place that’s never felt like one. Rachel De-lahay’s shattering, urgent new play looks through the eyes of immigrants, refugees, and children in conflict with the law as they fight to get home through an impossibly complex system designed to keep them out.
Passage by Christopher Chen

About The Director

MIKAEL BURKE (Director)

Mikael Burke is a Chicago-based director, deviser, and educator. A Princess Grace Award-winner in Theatre and Jeff Award-nominated director, Mikael’s worked with Goodman Theatre, About Face Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Raven Theatre, Jackalope Theatre Company, First Floor Theater, American Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists, The Story Theatre, and Windy City Playhouse in Chicago, and regionally with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Forward Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Phoenix Theatre Indianapolis. Recent directing credits include the world premiere of The Magnolia Ballet by Terry Guest; The Wanderers by Anna Ziegler; Fireflies by Donja R. Love; Mrs. Harrison by R. Eric Thomas; we are continuous by Harrison David Rivers; Kill Move Paradise by James Ijames | mklburke.com

About The Playwright

RACHEL DE-LAHAY ( Playwright)

Rachel De-lahay is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Credits for the latter include co-writing (with Jack Thorne) the BAFTA-nominated Kiri for Channel 4, and co-creating, co-writing and starring in the BAFTA-nominated The Last Hours of Laura K, a multi-platform, 24-hour murder mystery for the BBC. Forthcoming work includes episodes for Amazon’s The Feed, based on Nick Clark Windo’s novel, and an episode of the American drama The Eddy for Netflix, to be directed by Damien Chazelle. Most recently, she wrote the final episode of Noughts & Crosses, based on Malorie Blackman’s young adult novel. As a playwright, Rachel has a prestigious reputation. Her debut play, The Westbridge, produced at the Royal Court Theatre, went on to win a Writers’ Guild award for Best Theatre Play, as well as coming joint first for the Alfred Fagon Award. Her second play, Routes, opened Vicky Featherstone’s first season, also at the Royal Court Theatre, and garnered her an Evening Standard Theatre award for Most Promising Playwright. She was given the Pearson Award to write for Birmingham Rep, where her most recent play Circles won the Catherine Johnson Award from Channel 4.

Administrative Office

3759 N. Ravenswood Avenue
Suite 124
Chicago, IL 60613
773.244.8119

Performance Venue

Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Box Office: 773.975.8150

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