AUGUST 26 — SEPTEMBER 25, 2016



Dutchman by: Amiri Baraka
Dutchman Directed by: Chuck Smith
TRANSit by: Darren Canady
TRANSit Directed by: Lisa Portes

Experience two powerful plays in one event. See Dutchman—one of the most important plays in 20th-century culture to take on race relations. Then inspired by Baraka’s pivotal work, watch the world-premiere commission TRANSit, about an encounter between two strangers that reveals more than planned when an explosive mix of identity, sex, and betrayal is unleashed. Featuring Ensemble member Manny Buckley.

Award-winning playwright Darren Canady was commissioned to write a present-day response to Baraka’s call. To modernize Baraka’s binary-piece, Canady focused on intersectionality of race, class, sexuality, gender, and location.  TRANSit was inspired by real events and developed over three years.  The playwright, actors, and producer worked with transgender consultants throughout the development of the project.

To learn more about Dutchman / TRANSit, read our Backstage Guide.


This production must close September 25, 2016.
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  • Thursday: 7:30pm
  • Friday: 7:30pm
  • Saturday: 3:00pm & 7:30pm
  • Sunday: 2:30pm

There are additional performances on 8/31 and 9/12 @ 7:30pm; no performance on 9/4 @ 2:30pm

  • Duration: Runs 2 hours with one intermission.
  • Location: Greenhouse Theater Center at     2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
  • Ticket Price: $19-$49
  • Recommended for ages 14 yrs +;
  • Adult language & themes, and violence.
  • Town Halls: We offer free post-show events on Sundays and other events. Learn more.


Joseph Jefferson Award recommended
“Daring! Profound in conception…intimidating, high-stakes pairing. Timeless complexities.” – Chicago Tribune
TRANSit is the perfect juxtaposition to Dutchman. Filled with the raw, uncut issues of our society.” – Newcity
Best bets for fall theater! A double bill of provocation.” – Chicago Reader
“Exemplary ensemble!…tremendous achievement for a young playwright [Darren Canady].”Time Out Chicago
“Highly recommended!  Riveting, explosive, and truthful.” – Chicago Critic
“Much-vital staging with thoroughly modern twist.”Chicago Theatre Review
“Thrilling theater!”Windy City Times
“Highest rated shows in Chicago”Theatre in Chicago

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CAST (in order of appearance): Michael Pogue (“Clay” in Dutchman), Amanda Drinkall (“Lula” in Dutchman), Manny Buckley* (“Veronica” in TRANSit), Jake Szczepaniak (“Luke” in TRANSit), and Edgar Miguel Sanchez (“Lalo” in TRANSit). ENSEMBLE (in alphabetical order): Grant Carriker, Sawyer Krause, Warren Levon, Kirstin McGinnis, and Nicola Rinow.

PRODUCTION TEAM: Amiri Baraka (playwright of Dutchman), Chuck Smith (director of Dutchman), Darren Canady* (playwright of TRANSit), Lisa Portes (director of TRANSit), Sarah E. Ross* (scenic), Sarah Hughey* (lights), Christopher J. Neville* (costumes), Thomas Dixon (sound), Alec Long (properties), Ricardo Garcia (dance choreographer), Vincent Teninty (fight director), and Kevin Gregory Dwyer (production stage manager).


We raise awareness of other non-profit organizations’ great causes through creative collaborations. For this production, we support and partner with Center on Halsted, Gender Development Services at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago House, Chicago Gender Society, “The Family Institute” at Northwestern University, and Professor Kenneth Warren of University of Chicago. We continue our “Pink Previews” to donate proceeds to The Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research.


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