World Premiere

Originally scheduled May - June 2020, this production was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New dates are still to be determined.

While we were unable to produce Relentless on the initial timetable we intended, we were able to create a series of events and classes around this timely play in September, 2020. Learn more about these programs, including a live stream discussion that you can still watch now. 

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.

Production Team

* Member of Actors Equity Association

# Member of United Scenic Artists

~ Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

+ TimeLine Company Member

^ TimeLine Associate Artist

§ TimeLine Playwrights Collective

Discussions & Events

  • The Journey from the Black Victorian to Black Lives Matter
    Thursday, September 24 at 7pm (CDT)

    A live virtual event with scenes from RELENTLESS and special conversation on the play’s themes.

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  • Beyond the Line: RELENTLESS
    Monday, September 28 & Monday, October 5 from 6pm - 7:30pm

    Explore the art of journal writing and importance of oral history in this two-part workshop.

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  • RELENTLESS: Take Home Wine Tasting
    Wednesday, September 30 at 7pm (CDT)

    Join BottlesUp! and TimeLine for a wine tasting featuring wines from Black winemakers.

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