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Signal Ensemble Theatre announces 2014–15 season

Premieres by Jon Steinhagen and Brett Neveu are on tap for the company's 12th season

Photograph: Johnny Knight
Vincent Lonergan, Elizabeth Stenholt and Jon Steinhagen in Plainsong at Signal Ensemble Theatre

Signal Ensemble Theatre has announced a slate of three productions for its 2014–15 season, the company's 12th.

The season opens with Devil's Day Off (October 16–November 22), a new play by company member Jon Steinhagen that's made up of more than 50 discrete scenes about a city in the throes of a heat wave and power outage. Signal co-artistic director Ronan Marra directs. (Marra and Steinhagen penned the book and score, respectively, for this season's upcoming musical The Next Thing, opening at Signal in May.)

Brant Russell will helm the U.S. Premiere of Brett Neveu's Red Bud (January 22–February 28), about a group of middle-aged friends on an annual pilgrimage to the Michigan motocross race. The Chicago-based playwright's drama was first produced in 2010 by London's Royal Court Theatre.

The final play of the season is the Chicago premiere of The Drowning Girls (April 30–June 6, 2015), in which three murdered brides of the same man return from their watery graves to take down their husband. The piece, co-written by Canadian playwrights Beth Graham, Daniela Vlaskalic and Charlie Tomlinson, will be directed by Signal company member Melanie Keller.

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