The Season of the Woman

HoBA-20-web-683x1024In no particular order, here are a few reasons the next season of Chicago theatre should be called The Season of Women:

The launch of Firebrand Theatre, “a new Chicago-based [equity] musical theater company dedicated to gender parity.”  The company’s mission book explains, “audiences for musical theatre are predominantly women, yet shows are frequently created and produced by men.”  I cannot wait for to hear about their first season!  You can donate to the groups Indiegogo.

The Jades, another female driven enterprise just launched with the mission of employing and empowering female-identified artists.  Follow them on Facebook for more updates.

Halcyon Theatre Slates Female-Focused 2016–17 Season.  This is not a new trend for Halcyon, but it’s exciting none-the-less. The season will feature plays by María Irene Fornés, Marisela Treviño Orta, and Debbie Tucker Green.

Will Davis, the new artistic director of American Theatre Company told Chicagoist, “I make plays through an experimental, feminist lens.  Those things are important to me.” I can’t wait to see what he’ll bring to the 2016-17 season.

And finally, in July, Oracle Theatre will produce Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba.  The play features no men, only a house filled with women.  This is an interesting inverse of Oracle’s recent adaptation of The Hairy Ape, a gorgeous and powerful exploration of male blackness.  All Oracle productions are free to the public so you only need to reserve a ticket through their website.

What shows, companies and artists are you most excited for this season?  Email us at or tweet us @spielchicago.

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