A Red Orchid Theatre announces 2014-15 season

Chicago premieres by Abbie Spallen, Grant James Varjas and Ethan Lipton are on the bill in Old Town
Kirsten Fitzgerald and Natalie West in Mud Blue Sky at A Red Orchid Theatre
Photograph: Michael Brosilow Kirsten Fitzgerald and Natalie West in Mud Blue Sky at A Red Orchid Theatre
By Kris Vire |

A Red Orchid Theatre has revealed the three-play lineup for its 2014–15 season, the company's 22nd, with two Chicago premieres and one U.S. premiere.

The season opens with the American premiere of Strandline (October 23–December 7), a comic drama about small-town secrets by Irish playwright Abbie Spallen (whose earlier play Pumpgirl was staged by A Red Orchid in 2009). J.R. Sullivan will direct a cast to include ensemble members Kirsten Fitzgerald and Natalie West (both of whom appear in A Red Orchid's current hit, Marisa Wegrzyn's Mud Blue Sky).

Shade Murray will helm the Chicago premiere of Grant James Varjas's Accidentally, Like a Martyr (January 15–March 1), an ensemble piece about the denizens of a Lower East Side gay dive bar. Ensemble members Kamal Angelo Bolden, Steve Haggard and Doug Vickers will be among the cast.

The final selection of the season is the Chicago premiere of Red Handed Otter (April 9–May 24), a comedy by Ethan Lipton about a security guard mourning a pet and his coworkers' attempt to cheer him up. A Red Orchid's production, staged by Dado, will feature ensemble members Guy Van Swearingen and Mierka Girten.

Mud Blue Sky continues through June 29.