Jackalope Theatre Company—named the city's best up-and-coming theater by Time Out Chicago readers in last fall's TOC Best Awards—announced a three-play slate for its first full season in the theater's new home inside Broadway Armory Park. In addition to the three main productions, Jackalope also has plans for workshops, readings, special events and other additional programming in its nearby storefront space, The Frontier.
The Armory season opens with Sheila Callaghan's Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) (November 13–December 20). Artistic director AJ Ware will stage Callaghan's tale of a preteen misfit and her grieving mom, a talking house and spectral visits from Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford. Nate Silver will direct Christopher Shinn's Four (February 19–March 28), about a quartet of strangers finding intimate connection on the Fourth of July, 1996. Finally, Gus Menary helms the world premiere of resident playwright Andrew Burden Swanson's Paper Moon (May 11–June 20), which imagines a world in which the conspiracy theorists were right and the moon landing was staged.
Jackalope also announced titles for four new company members: Elana Boulos, casting director; Calamity West, literary manager; Will Kiley, The Frontier manager; and Alex Hand, videographer.