JULY 7 — AUGUST 5, 2017



Written by: Dael Orlandersmith
Directed by: Ron OJ Parson

This Obie Award-winning play by Dael Orlandersmith depicts one woman’s journey through life’s obstacles in an East Harlem neighborhood. Artistic Affiliate Wandachristine takes on 6 different characters during the course of this solo play – some broken, some on the way down, and all memorable.  The New York Times hails this script as “wholly original and riveting”. To learn more, read the Artistic Director’s note and Backstage Guide.


This production must close August 5, 2017.
(773) 327-5252 box office

  • Thursday:  7:30pm
  • Friday:  7:30pm
  • Saturday:  7:30pm
  • Sunday:  2:30pm

Added shows 7/12, 7/19/ 7/24 @ 7:30pm,
8/2 @ 2:30pm, 8/5 @ 3:00pm.
No show 8/5 @ 7:30pm.

  • Duration: 85 minutes; no intermission
  • Location: Stage 773 at 1225 W Belmont Ave
  • Ticket Price: $19-$49
  • Recommended for ages 14+
  • Town Halls: We offer free post-show discussions. Click here for details.


Joseph Jefferson Award recommended
“3.5 stars (out of 4)” – Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“Electrifying theatrical magic finessed by Wandachristine…85 riveting minutes.” – Chicago Sun Times
“Profound lyricism…Wandachristine is a powerhouse…Ron OJ Parson delivered.” – Let’s Play
“Wandachristine is a sorceress, transforming herself with ease.” – Newcity
“Triumph…agile grace.” – Windy City Times
“Powerful” – Around the Town Chicago
“Revelation…deft sound design & potent projections.” – Stage & Cinema
“A tribute to the liberating power art has in people’s lives.” – Picture This Post
“Acting and directing are both sublime.” – Chicago Theatre
“Stunning heartfelt performance…brilliant storytelling.” – Chicago Critic
“Superb solo performance.” – Spotlight on the Lake
“Any audience will thoroughly enjoy Wandachristine.” – PerformInk

Read full reviews here.


CAST: Wandachristine*

PRODUCTION TEAM: Dael Orlandersmith (playwright), Ron OJ Parson (director), Caitlin McLeod (scenic), Jared Gooding* (lighting), Michael Alan Stein (costumes), Eric Backus (sound / composer), Mary O’Dowd (props), Paul Deziel* (projection), Samantha R. Dzirko (production manager), Artemis Lynne (asst director), Cara Parrish (stage manager), Kathy Logelin (dialect coach), Wilson Cain III, Ed.D (dramaturg), and Cristin Carole (choreographer).

*Ensemble member or Artistic Affiliate of American Blues Theater.


We raise awareness of other non-profit organizations’ great causes through creative collaborations.  We’re proud to partner with The Night Ministry, Young Chicago Authors, and Northwestern University’s The Family Institute. We continue our “Pink Previews” to donate proceeds to The Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research.


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