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The Gentleman Caller

Apr 5 - May 5, 2019

By Philip Dawkins

Regional Premiere

One interview. Two legends. Plenty of secrets. Before becoming icons of American theatre, Tennessee Williams and William Inge were just two aspiring playwrights sharing a night together, shut away from the world’s judgment. As the liquor flows and confessions begin to spill out, these men reveal sides of themselves the public never saw, in all their vulnerabilities, flaws, and triumphs. 


By Philip Dawkins

Directed by Arturo Catricala




"...richly evocative new play" - PBS/WTTW


"...a stiff, intoxicating cocktail that knocks you flat on your back ... utter, tragic perfection" - Time Out Magazine 


"...beautifully-worded, heartfelt and spell-binding" - Broadway World


"...witty, engaging, sexy, romantic, and dark" - Splash Mags


"Tennessee Williams would certainly approve of this play" - BuzzNews


"a thought-provoking, meticulously sourced work" - Chicago Reader


"It forces us to sit up and pay attention" - Theatremania


“Dawkins…is among the Chicago theater’s very brightest young writing talents " - Chicago Tribune

“...laser-sharp punchlines that are rooted in character specifics" - Twin Cities Pioneer Press 

"The work of a sweetly kindred artist, The Gentleman Caller is a very eligible suitor for any audience" - Stage and Cinema



Pay-what-you-wish Previews

Apr 5-12 are preview performances and guests can purchase pay-what-you-wish tickets at the box office based on availability > learn more


Opening Night

Saturday, Apr 13th will include a post-show celebration with bubbly and bites.


Post-show Talkbacks

Thursday, Apr 11: talkback with the playwright, cast and director

 Friday, Apr 12: talkback with the playwright, cast and director

 Sunday, Apr 21: talkback with the cast and director


Graphic Design by Klinger Creative

is a Chicago playwright whose work has been produced internationally. His plays Miss Marx: or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living and Charm both won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work and he received Joseph Jefferson Nominations for New Work for The HomosexualsLe Switch (Regional Premieres at NCTC) and Failure: A Love Story. Dawkins is an Artistic Associate at About Face Theatre and Ensemble Playwright at Victory Gardens.
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