World Premiere

May 6 - June 27, 2020

Developed through TimeLine’s Playwright’s Collective, this world premiere is a startling and vibrant look at the secrets we keep to protect the ones we love most.

After the death of their mother, two sisters return home to Philadelphia in 1918 to settle her estate. Annelle is a happy socialite desperate to return to the safe illusion of a perfect life with her husband in Boston. Janet is a single, professional nurse, determined to change history and propel black women to a place of prominence and respect. Upon discovering a series of diaries left by their late mother, they find themselves confronted with a woman they never really knew, exposing buried truths from the pasts that are chillingly, explosively Relentless.

Playwright and TimeLine Company Member Tyla Abercrumbie weaves a mother’s past with her daughters’ present in a complicated tale of family, legacy, and progress.     

This world premiere play was developed through TimeLine’s Playwrights Collective, launched in 2013 to support Chicago-based playwrights in residence and create new work centered on TimeLine’s mission of presenting plays inspired by history that connect to today’s social and political issues. Relentless is the second play developed through the Collective to receive a full production, and received its first public reading as part of TimeLine’s inaugural First Draft Playwrights Collective Festival in December 2018.

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Discussions & Events

  • RELENTLESS: Post-Show Discussion
    Various dates

    Join us for informal post-show discussions with members of the production team and cast.

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  • RELENTLESS: PRE-Show Discussion
    Various dates

    Join us for an informal sneak peek into this production with members of the production team.

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  • Open Captioned Performance of RELENTLESS
    Various dates

    Featuring a text display of words and sounds heard during the performance.

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  • RELENTLESS: Sunday Scholars Series
    Sunday, June 7 at 4:30pm

    This one-hour post-show panel discussion features experts on the themes of the play.

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  • RELENTLESS: Company Member Discussion
    Sunday, June 14 at 4:30pm

    Join us for an informal chat with TimeLine’s Company Members after today’s performance.

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