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Chicago Premiere

November 6, 2019 - January 12, 2020

Named one of the “100 plays of the century” by the Royal National Theatre, Githa Sowerby’s rarely produced family drama is a smart and absorbing twist on a woman’s “place” in a male dominated society.

In the industrial north of England in 1912, the patriarch of the Rutherford family has spent decades building a respected glass works company to pass on to his children, without any say from them. Caught between passion, purpose, and expectation, John, Richard, and Janet struggle to break free from an oppressive and narrow-minded father dead set on writing their stories himself. Less entangled by these family expectations and with ambitions to give her son the life he deserves, John’s young wife Mary is determined to upend the cycle, whatever it takes.

Playing on the conventions of the period with wit and creative edge, Rutherford and Son is a play ahead of its time, asking us to question if our “place” in life should be anything but what we ourselves determine it to be.

The estimated run time is 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one intermission.
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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


  • Chicago Tribune, Pioneer Press

    November 1, 2019

    Chicago Tribune‘s Myrna Petlicki interviewed Rutherford and Son actor Jeannie Affelder about playing two characters, her all-time favorite rehearsal moment (shout out to past production To Master The Art!) and her life outside the theater.

    —Myrna Petlicki

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  • Chicago Reader

    November 6, 2019

    Chicago Reader‘s Kerry Reid explores the roots of an oft-forgotten play in this feature on Rutherford and Son, and how this “tale of a grasping patriarchal capitalist still has resonance today.”

    —Kerry Reid

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Discussions & Events

  • MyLine Preview Pizza Party: RUTHERFORD AND SON
    Thursday, November 7 at 6:45pm

    Pizza, drinks and a special pre-show discussion before RUTHERFORD AND SON.

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  • RUTHERFORD AND SON: Post-Show Discussion
    Various dates

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

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  • Open Captioned Performance of RUTHERFORD AND SON
    Various dates

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

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  • RUTHERFORD AND SON: Company Member Discussion
    Sunday, December 8 at 4:30pm

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

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  • RUTHERFORD AND SON: 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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  • Touch Tour and Performance of RUTHERFORD AND SON
    Friday, December 13 at 6:30pm

    Featuring audio description of visuals during the performance and a pre-show touch tour.

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  • RUTHERFORD AND SON: Sunday Scholars Series
    Sunday, December 15 at 4:30pm

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

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