New Conservatory Theatre Center v ---

The Gentleman Caller

Apr 5 - May 5, 2019

By Philip Dawkins

Regional Premiere

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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


Extended: Performances added Saturday, April 27 and May 4 at 3pm!




The Gentleman Caller is almost too beautiful to write about" - Theatrius


"... extravagantly entertaining ... catnip for Ryan Murphy fans" - Bay Area Reporter


 "... fascinating, enlightening, and totally entertaining ... bursting with talent in every regard" - Theatre Eddys


“... filled with marvelous, catty lines that had the audience roaring” - Talkin Broadway


"... a dazzling script ... brave and sensitive passion play" - Broadway World







From previous productions:


 "...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




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 13 will include a post-show celebration with bubbly and bites.


Post-show Talkbacks

Thursday, Apr 11: talkback with the cast and director

Friday, Apr 12: talkback with the cast and director

Sunday, Apr 21: talkback with the cast and director


Season Producers: Lowell Kimble, Ted Tucker
Executive Producers:  Robert Burkes & Son Nguyen, Jim Taul & Dave Hopmann  
Producers: Gary Demyen & Les Partridge, Dr. Allan P. Gold & Mr. Alan Ferrara, Alan Mattacola

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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