The Apple Family Plays
That Hopey Changey Thing and Sorry

Chicago Premieres

Jan 13, 2015 - Apr 19, 2015

Richard Nelson’s celebrated series of four Apple Family Plays—first commissioned by The Public Theatre in New York where they premiered on the day they are set—explores politics, change, and family dynamics. TimeLine presents the Chicago debut of two of these remarkable works (the first and third in the series) on an alternating schedule.

Set in the American town of Rhinebeck, New York, That Hopey Changey Thing takes place as the polls close on the 2010 mid-term elections, and Sorry is set on the morning of the presidential election in 2012. Both explore how a family sorts through personal and political feelings of loss and confusion in the shadow of history as it is being made.

A discussion of Wasteland as part of the Sunday Scholars series.

The Front Page

Apr 12, 2011 - Jul 17, 2011

In this landmark comedy set inside the crowded pressroom at Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building during the 1920s, a group of reporters cover a controversial execution and expose the rampant corruption, scandal and hi-jinx associated with Windy City politics and journalism. TimeLine is thrilled to revive a quintessential Chicago classic and to highlight for audiences the wealth of local history embedded in Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s hilarious and semi-autobiographical script.

The Farnsworth Invention

Chicago Premiere

Apr 14, 2010 - Jun 13, 2010

From Aaron Sorkin, the creator of The West Wing and A Few Good Mencomes this fascinating new play direct from Broadway. Two ambitious visionaries — Philo T. Farnsworth, an Idaho farmboy, and David Sarnoff, head of RCA — battle through corporate espionage, family tragedy, financial disaster and the thrill of discovery for the rights to one of the greatest inventions of all time: the television.

All My Sons

Aug 27, 2009 - Oct 4, 2009

A landmark classic from the legendary author of Death of a Salesman and The Crucible, this 1947 Tony Award winner for Best Play returns to the Chicago stage for the first time since an acclaimed Broadway revival last season. In the wake of World War II, a middle-class American family struggles with loss, love and an explosive secret from the past in this powerful drama about business ethics and responsibility.

Fiorello! (remount)

Apr 13, 2008 - Jul 20, 2008

Ahead of its time when it premiered in 1959 and now often called a neglected masterpiece, Fiorello! is a classic Broadway musical that features heartbreaking ballads (“When Did I Fall in Love”), rousing chorus numbers (“Politics and Poker”) and melodic showstoppers (“Little Tin Box”) to tell the story of one small, honest man’s struggle against corruption in big-city politics.

With guts and perseverance, Fiorello H. LaGuardia put a bright, new shine on “The Big Apple” and became one of the most enduring figures of the 20th century.

Fiorello!

May 2, 2006 - Jun 18, 2006

Ahead of its time when it premiered in 1959 and now often called a neglected masterpiece, Fiorello! is a classic Broadway musical that features heartbreaking ballads (“When Did I Fall in Love”), rousing chorus numbers (“Politics and Poker”) and melodic showstoppers (“Little Tin Box”) to tell the story of one small, honest man’s struggle against corruption in big-city politics.

With guts and perseverance, Fiorello H. LaGuardia put a bright, new shine on “The Big Apple” and became one of the most enduring figures of the 20th century.

Copenhagen

Aug 23, 2005 - Oct 9, 2005

One of the most celebrated new plays of the last decade, Copenhagen is a powerful drama that explores an enduring mystery of modern scientific history. In 1941, German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a mysterious trip to Copenhagen for a meeting with his Danish mentor, Niels Bohr. What was said during their meeting is unknown, but their relationship, and the course of World War II was changed forever.

This Tony Award-winning play that dares to imagine their meeting – the discussions of friendship, developing an atomic bomb and the ultimate moral responsibility of scientific discovery.

Pravda

Chicago Premiere

Feb 8, 2005 - Mar 26, 2005

Set in the booming 1980s, PRAVDA is the hilarious battle between an unscrupulous newspaper magnate and his idealistic editor over the integrity of the press. After Lambert Le Roux buys up London’s Fleet Street papers, he uses them to serve his political and financial whims, testing Andrew May’s willpower and principles. This hard-hitting satire by two of the most provocative playwrights of our time examines the public’s hunger for sensationalism and the objectivity of our news.

Paragon Springs

Chicago Premiere

Feb 10, 2004 - Mar 28, 2004

Greed and corruption run rampant in this American adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, transplanted to the Midwest in the 1920s. When one man attempts to expose a major water pollution scandal in his town, the community is faced with the economic and moral turmoil of setting things right.

Hauptmann

Feb 4, 2003 - Mar 23, 2003

Facing a nation that has already decided his guilt, Richard Hauptmann insists he is innocent of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. His case is simple: Public pressure forced investigators to pin the “Crime of the Century” on this naïve illegal immigrant. John Logan’s explosive and highly theatrical drama reveals the birth of media frenzy and the execution of a potentially innocent man.

Halcyon Days

Feb 5, 2002 - Mar 17, 2002

In 1983, the world’s most powerful nation – the United States – invaded the smallest country in the Western Hemisphere – Granada. This cunning and dark comedy takes us behind the scenes of this bizarre moment in history to the speechwriters spinning furiously to win America’s first “public relations” war. William Brown, who won the Jeff Citation for Direction for TimeLine’s smash hit Not About Nightingales returns with this comic excursion into power, ideals and American politics.

February 9 – March 24, 2002

The Crucible

Oct 9, 2001 - Nov 25, 2001

Faith, Fear, Lust and Longing combust in Arthur Miller’s retelling of one of the strangest and most horrible chapters of American history – the Salem Witch Trials. Jeff Citation winning director Nick Bowling returns to TimeLine to illuminate the tale of a repressed town plunged into deadly panic and a family fighting to stand up for the truth at any cost.

The Seagull

May 5, 2001 - Jun 3, 2001

Despite the dark subject matters in his plays, Chekhov was a writer of comedies, not dramas. His plays were meant to be satires of the Russian experience. In writing for the turn of the century Russian audience, THE SEAGULL remains peppered with what could be called inside jokes. Chekhov hoped to show his people that as much as they complained about their unhappiness they were just as much the cause of it.

This intriguing story is presented by two of the greatest minds the theatre has ever known, Anton Chekhov and Tom Stoppard. The collaboration spans generations and produces a gem of a play.

Not About Nightingales

Midwest Premiere

Oct 17, 2000 - Dec 3, 2000

A Cry of Players

Feb 29, 2000 - Apr 9, 2000

Meet the young Will Shakespeare – a strong willed, impulsive young man with a fiery tongue, an eye for the town tarts and a penchant for poaching. At 19 years old, he is struggling between his role as a husband and father and the desire to follow his dreams. Fate finds Will in the form of a roaming troupe of actors who tempt him away from his familiar security toward a destiny that will prove greater than his hopes can conceive.

Gaslight

Oct 19, 1999 - Nov 21, 1999

No End of Blame

Feb 18, 1999 - Mar 28, 1999

Summit Conference

Apr 16, 1998 - May 24, 1998