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Griffin Theatre Company announces 2015–16 season

Written by
Kris Vire

Griffin Theatre Company today announced the slate for its upcoming 28th season, to include three plays previously unseen in Chicago.

The season opens with the Midwest premiere of Pocatello (November 7–December 13), a new play by Samuel D. Hunter set in an Olive Garden-esque chain restaurant in the titular Idaho town. Jonathan Berry will direct.

Director Robin Witt, who racked up three Jeff Awards for Griffin with last year's unearthing of the 1947 Scottish drama Men Should Weep, returns to the vault for a staging of John Van Druten's rarely produced 1931 piece London Wall (January 9–February 14), about the women of an office typists' pool.

Next summer, Scott Weinstein (Griffin's 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Titanic) helms the Chicago premiere of the cult-favorite musical comedy Bat Boy (June 4–July 24), based on an infamous supermarket tabloid story.

Griffin acquired the former police station at 1940 W Foster Ave five years ago with designs on making it a permanent home, but has yet to complete work; the company will again be itinerant for the 2015–16 season, with Pocatello staged at Signal Ensemble Theatre and London Wall and Bat Boy at the Den Theatre.

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