(L to R) Anthony Irons as Lincoln and Daniel Bryant as Booth in Season 24's production of Topdog/Underdog.  Photo by Michael Brosilow.

the silver project

ATC celebrates 25 amazing years of theater with The Silver Project, Five nights of 33 new works from some of America's most celebrated playwrights, each exploring what it means to be an American during one year in the past twenty-five. Join us June 16 through June 20 to see all 33 new works in chronological order! Each night will start at 9pm.  Call 773-409-4125 for reservations.

To celebrate the company's 25th Anniversary, Artistic Director PJ Paparelli asked over 30 playwrights across the country to choose a year between 1985 and 2010 and write a short play that explores the company's mission: "What does it mean to be an American?" Directed and performed by over 50 Chicago artists, the plays will be presented as a complete cycle during the annual Theatre Communications Group Conference June 16-20, 2010 here in Chicago.

"We are celebrating our anniversary by creating an historic event that brings together some of the country's leading playwrights with Chicago's most innovative artists to explore 25 years of American life," said Paparelli. "Both The Silver Project and our new ensemble members exemplify our company's future. We see ourselves as a theatrical crossroads for extraordinary artists that give voice to America today."


JUNE 16: 1985-1989
For Roy by Nambi Kelley, Directed by Hallie Gordon
Mission Burrito by Rolin Jones, directed by Anthony Moseley
The Science of Happiness by Naomi Iizuka, directed by Lisa Portes
The Third Date by Justin D.M. Palmer, directed by Megan Shuchman
Kazuo's Dick by David Henry Hwang, directed by David Charles Goyette
Cause I Know You Got Soul by Zayd Dohrn, directed by Jaime Castenada

JUNE 17: 1990-1995
Pop Tart by Tanya Saracho, directed by KeiraFromm
There Are Lessons To Be Learned by Joel Drake Johnson, directed by Laura Hooper
Shaquille O'Neal and Christian Laettner Discuss... by Kristoffer Diaz, directed by Eddie Torres
Ashes of Another Man by Andrew Hinderaker, directed by Jen Shook
Lithium or How to Face the Possibility of Fiery Demise by Kyle Jarrow, directed by Dav Yendler
Camden Yards by Joe Kraemer, directed by Matt Miller
Gorgeous by Greg Kotis, directed by Phil Ridarelli

JUNE 18: 1996-1999
Cow by Laura Jacqmin, directed by Ed Cisneros
Holyfield's Ear by Carlos Murillo, directed by Damon Kiely
An American Heart by Beau Willimon, directed by Nic Dimond
A Bad Feeling by Dan LeFranc, directed by Matt Hawkins
George Lucas Raped My Eyeballs by Josh Rollins, directed by John Gawlik

JUNE 19: 1999-2003
Y2K by Craig Lucas, directed by Steve Scott
Quality of Life by Stephen Belber, directed by Jason Gerace
Windows on the World by Neil LaBute, directed by Darrell W. Cox
There Was So Much We Were Going To Do by Itamar Moses, directed by Jeremy Wechsler
Love War Death Life by Steve Harper, directed by Jeffry Stanton
USA -- 001A by Laura Eason, directed by Marti Lyons
So Unlike Me by Yussef El Guindi, directed by Eric Ziegenhagen

JUNE 20: 2004-2010
Pee School by Stephen Karam, directed by Jesse Young
Famous Blue Raincoat by Brian Tucker, directed by Derrick Sanders
The Dotted Line by LauraLynn MacDonald, directed by Jack Tamburri
A Message From Earth by Kristiana Rae Colon, directed by Julieanne Ehre
Historic Election by Rohina Malik, directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith
The Abyss by Usman Ally, directed by Nick Sandys
Déjà Vu by Regina Taylor, directed by Ron OJ Parsons


Usman Ally (Public Enemy and American Ethnic)

Stephen Belber (Emmy-nominated writer of The Laramie Project and Tape)

Kristiana Rae Colon (Chicago Def Poet; writer of The Darkest Pit)

Kristoffer Diaz (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Welcome to Arroyo's)

Zayd Dohrn (Sick, Magic Forest Farm, Long Way Go Down)

Laura Eason (Sex with Strangers, Around the World in 80 Days)

Maria Irene Fornes (Promenade, Mud, The Conduct of Life)

Yussef el Guindi (Back of the Throat, Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat)

Steve Harper (Urban Rabbit Chronicles, The Escape Artist's Children)

Andrew Hinderaker (Suicide, Incorporated)

David Henry Hwang (Tony Award-winning writer of M. Butterfly)

Naomi Iizuka (Award-winning writer of 36 Views, Language of Angels)

Laura Jacqmin (And When We Awoke There Was Light and Light, Ski Dubai)

Kyle Jarrow (Obie Award-winning writer of A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant)

Rolin Jones (The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow; Showtime's Weeds and NBC's Friday Night Lights)

Joel Drake Johnson (A Blue Moon, The Fall to Earth)

Stephen Karam (Speech & Debate, columbinus)

Nambi E. Kelley (Hope VI, How Kintu Became a Man)

Greg Kotis (Tony Award-winning writer of Urinetown, Yeast Nation, Pig Farm)

Joe Kraemer (The American Occupation; Literary Manager/Dramaturg of The Juilliard School's Drama Division)

Neil LaBute (Tony-nominated writer of reasons to be pretty; The Shape of Things)

Dan LeFranc (60 Miles to Silver Lake)

Craig Lucas (Pulitzer and Tony-nominated writer of Prelude to a Kiss, The Light in the Piazza)

Laura Lynn MacDonald (Peer Gynt at Gorilla Rep, Mattress World with Blue Damen Pictures)

Rohina Malik (Unveiled)

Itamar Moses (Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us)

Carlos Murillo (Dark Play or Stories for Boys, Diagram of a Paper Airplane)

Justin D. M. Palmer (As Fat as You Can, War with the Newts)

PJ Paparelli (columbinus, Raven Odyssey)

Joshua Rollins (American Rex)

Tanya Saracho (Our Lady of the Underpass, The House on Mango Street)

Regina Taylor (Award-winning writer of Crowns, Magnolia)

Brian Tucker (St. James Infirmary, Bathing Van Gogh)

Beau Willimon (Farragut North)

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The Silver Project

The Full Cycle :

June 16: 1985-1989
June 17: 1990-1995
June 18: 1996-1999
June 19: 1999-2003
June 20: 2004-2010

at 9pm each night.

For reservations or further information, call 773-409-4125