Proud to Announce Our 2018 Lineup

As we rev up for 2018, we’re so unbelievably excited to announce that the next calendar year will feature three World Premieres, the sixth edition of our annual Bechdel Fest and the development of not one but two new plays by outside artists through our Paper Trail series!

Says artistic director Benjamin Brownson: “It’s been an exciting year for Broken Nose, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to spend the next one continuing to develop and produce timely new work, and to be able to work with so many talented BNT artists and collaborators. These world premieres range from Florida’s tourist capital to the desolation of the Mojave desert to downtown Chicago, yet despite their geography they remind us, sometimes warmly, sometimes starkly, of the things that matter most: love, human connection, and survival.”

This upcoming season also marks our first as a Resident Company of The Den Theatre. As always, these productions will be offered on a Pay-What-You-Can basis, allowing audience members like yourself to set your own ticket price, thereby eliminating the financial barrier that can keep so many from experiencing theater! Find out more about each production and project below.

KingdomKINGDOMWorld Premiere!
March 2 – March 31, 2018
Written by Resident Playwright Michael Allen Harris
Directed by Kanome Jones
When the state of Florida legalizes same sex marriage, Arthur and Henry (his partner of fifty years) come to terms with their differing opinions on the necessity of becoming husbands, even as their son Alexander finds himself wading through some rough new waters of his own. This is the story of an entirely-LGBTQ African American family that lives in the near-literal shadow of Orlando’s magical kingdom, as they struggle to create a life together that captures a little bit of that same magic. Featuring BNT company member Johnard Washington and artistic associates Watson Swift and RjW Mays, and was originally developed through BNT’s Paper Trail initiative.

June 1 – June 30th, 2018
Written by Sam Chanse
Directed by BNT company member Jen Poulin
A couple flees to the Mojave Desert in the wake of a social media firestorm. A young woman obsessively studies the oncoming impact of climate change. As the world heats up, tensions rise and the political becomes indistinguishable from the environmental, these three find one another in the shadow of the endangered Joshua tree, wondering how long they have before everything falls apart. This entry in the 2017 Kilroy List features BNT company member Echaka Agba and artistic associate Aria Szalai-Raymond.

Bechdel Fest 6BECHDEL FEST 6 A New Slate of Short Plays!
The sixth edition of our annual feminist festival is set to featuring a roster of hot-off-the-press short plays with all female-identifying casts. Playwrights, directors and casting will be announced in 2018.


PLAINCLOTHES World Premiere!
October 20 – November 17, 2018
Written and Directed by BNT company member Spenser Davis
After an incident with a shoplifter ends with half their team either fired or in the hospital, the loss prevention department of a downtown Chicago retail store comes under harsh investigation from corporate. Their manager’s suggestion: “Start catching more white people. At least until they stop looking at the numbers.” When a group of supposed Good Guys have a blind spot that lands them on the chopping block, who holds themselves accountable and who decides to give the higher-ups a taste of the trenches? In the style of BNT’s 2017 runaway hit At The Table (directed by Davis), the play will be developed alongside its pre-cast ensemble, which features company members Echaka Agba, Elise Spoerlein, Johnard Washington and David Weiss – all of whom appeared in At The Table – along with company member Martin Hanna and artistic associates RjW Mays, Kim Boler, Adam Soule and Rob Koon.

The two new plays being developed through our Paper Trail series this season? PEG by Liam Fitzgerald, about a couple who negotiate their kinks in anticipation of an impending shipment of sex toys; and EXPOSURE by Cynthia Hines, in which a former army photographer combats the ghosts of war that followed her home to the South Side of Chicago.

We’ll see you at the theater!

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