Jackalope Theatre, one of Chicago’s “must-watch” young ensembles, begins performances of its next production, Four, on Thursday, February 19, at Broadway Armory Park, at 5917 N. Broadway in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. The cast includes Columbia College student Michael Kurowski and former student Daniel Martinez, and the creative/production team also boasts the talents of several Columbians. Tickets are only $5 for previews: Thursday-Saturday, February 19-21, at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, February 22, at 3 PM.
Press opening is Monday, February 23. The show runs through March 28. Tickets are available via jackalopetheatre.org. During the run, student and industry tickets are $15; general admission tickets are $20.
Written by Obie Award-winning playwright Christopher Shinn (Teddy Farrara), this 85-minute one-act concerns two couples–one gay, one straight–connecting on a lonely Fourth of July in Hartford in 1996. Kurowski plays June, a 16-year-old white boy, who sneaks out for his first homosexual tryst with a closeted, married black man he’s met over the Internet. Martinez plays Dexter, a 20-year-old low-level drug dealer on a date with a female high-school student. “In and around the city, as America celebrates its independence, these two couples get to know themselves and each other, as they navigate the journey from strangers to intimates. In the stark landscapes of movie theatres, fast food restaurants, darkened churches, parking lots and public parks, they grasp for connection but reveal the limits of desire, and the possibilities for transcendence,” according to Jackalope’s publicity materials.