Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alum Arianna Soloway ’13, a graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s BFA Program in Theatre Directing, is directing the United States premiere of Pine, an immersive outdoor production set in — and performed in — a Christmas tree lot. Written by British playwright Jacqui Honess-Martin, Pine concerns five young people from diverse backgrounds who are thrown together by a seasonal job selling Christmas trees. This “delightfully unfestive comedy about pursuing dreams, managing expectations, and working retail” runs December 1-10 in the outdoor Christmas tree lot at Uncommon Ground Edgewater, 1401 W. Devon, Chicago.
Besides Soloway, the production team includes Columbia College Theatre Department alum Lorianne Trephibio ’15, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Theatre, who is the show’s stage manager. And Columbia College Chicago Fashion Studies Department alum Kelsey O. Cox ’17, a graduate of the Fashion Studies Department’s BA Program in Fashion Business, is the show’s costume designer.
Performances take place outdoors. Heaters and blankets are provided, food and drink are available for purchase at Uncommon Ground, and audience members are encouraged to dress warmly. Performances are Fridays-Sundays at 6 PM. The ticket price is a $10 suggested donation — or free with the purchase of a Christmas tree. For tickets, click here.