The House Theatre of Chicago is presenting a return engagement of its acclaimed 2016 production United Flight 232, adapted and directed by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty member Vanessa Stalling. Based on Laurence Gonzales’ book Flight 232, the show won 2016 Joseph Jefferson Awards for Production of a Play (Midsize) and Ensemble. United Flight 232 runs September 1-October 21 at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, Chicago.
The production features projection design by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumnus Paul Deziel ’14, a graduate of Columbia’s BA program in technical theatre. And Columbia College Chicago Music Department alumnus Matthew Muñiz ’03, a graduate of the Music Department’s Music BA program with a concentration in composition, is the musical director. The House Theatre of Chicago’s managing director, Erik Schroeder, is a former faculty member in the Columbia College Chicago Business and Entrepreneurship Department.
United Flight 232 recounts a 1989 incident in which a DC-10 headed for O’Hare was paralyzed mid-air. For 44 minutes, the aircraft descended towards an emergency landing and crashed at Sioux City Gateway airport. To the astonishment of all who witnessed the event, 184 of the 296 passengers and crew survived. United Flight 232 is a reflection on how to comprehend tragedy and celebrate human ingenuity in the face of overwhelming challenges. For tickets, call 773-769-3832 or click here.