The Artistic Home is pleased to present Craig Wright’s drama The Pavilion, directed by ensemble member Julian Hester*, playing April 30 – June 5, 2022 at The Den Theatre’s Upstairs Mainstage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at thedentheatre.com or by calling (773) 697-3830. The press opening is Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 pm.
The cast includes ensemble members Kristin Collins*, John Mossman* and Todd Wojcik*. Understudies include Jason Ahlstrom, Ariel Dooley and Jenna Steege.
Peter and Kari haven’t seen each other in decades – since they were high school sweethearts. Tonight is their reunion, and they are suddenly thrust back together under a canopy of stars, but closer to the center of the universe than they realize. The laws of time and space were broken in their youth, and they only have one night to set things right.
Comments director Julian Hester, “Craig Wright’s play drew me in over the pandemic – a time when all of us were kept from one another, and life felt at a standstill, not knowing when we could connect again. As we come back together to rediscover theater, this story is of people who haven’t seen each other for 20 years – and asks if they can reconnect at all, even if it means restarting their universe."
The production team includes Chas Mathieu (scenic design), Zach Wagner+ (costume design), Levi Wilkins (lighting design), Petter Wahlback+ (sound design), Devon Carson* (assistant director), Tom McNelis (technical director), Andrew Snyder (stage manager) and Zola Lopes (assistant stage manager).
COVID guidelines: In the interest of keeping patrons and staff safe, and in accordance with the League of Chicago Theatres, The Den will continue to require proof of vaccination to attend any event for the indefinite future. While masking is no longer required, The Den strongly encourages patrons to continue wearing a mask when not eating or drinking. For the most current information on The Den’s COVID guidelines, visit thedentheatre.com/covid19-policy.
*Denotes The Artistic Home ensemble members +Denotes The Artistic Home artistic associates
Title: The Pavilion
Playwright: Craig Wright
Director: Julian Hester*
Cast: (in alphabetical order): Kristin Collins* (Kari), John Mossman* (Peter) and Todd Wojcik* (Narrator).
Understudies: Jason Ahlstrom, Ariel Dooley and Jenna Steege.
Location: The Den Theatre’s Upstairs Mainstage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Dates: Previews: Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, May 1 at 3 pm and Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 pm.
Press opening: Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 pm
Regular run: Friday, May 6 – Sunday, June 5, 2022
Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm.
Tickets: Previews $15. Regular run $35. Students/seniors $15. Tickets are currently available at thedentheatre.com or by calling (773) 697-3830.
About the Artists
Craig Wright (Playwright) is a playwright, television producer and writer from Puerto Rico. He is best known for his plays Grace, Mistakes Were Made and Recent Tragic Events. He was a producer for the TV series Lost and created some series himself such as Dirty Sexy Money and Greenleaf. He lives in Los Angeles and New York City.
Julian Hester (Director) has appeared in The Artistic Home productions of Les Parents Terribles, The Seagull, Macbeth, Time of Your Life, Interrogation and The Late Henry Moss, for which he received a Jeff Nomination for Actor in a Supporting Role. He also has worked around Chicago at Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Dramatists, Theater Wit, Arc Theatre, Prop Theater. He is a graduate of DePaul University. Represented by Paonessa Talent, Julian is thrilled to have his home at AH, and cherishes anytime he gets a chance to grow and learn alongside AH's artistic family.
About The Artistic Home
The Artistic Home creates theatre that explores and celebrates the truth within us. Through extraordinary acting, we seek to ignite an audience’s imagination, to reach deep into the primal to send tremors through the intellect, to give birth to unforgettable moments by working in an intimate space, to touch audiences who are increasingly distanced from human contact. We readdress the classics and explore new works with passion. We give artists a home where they can shape, develop and strengthen their artistic voice.