The Director’s Haven gives directors in the earliest stages of their professional careers a rare opportunity to take risks, hone their crafts and talents and share their vision through a fully staged production of a short play. Giving directors support to produce during their formative years, which includes a full design team, budget, marketing support and more, allows these artists to create quality work as well as provides a platform to further their artistic visibility through the creation of said work. 

OCTOBER 16 - NOVEMBER 1, 2017

The Den Theatre, Theatre 2A
1333 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60622

Previews: Monday, October 16 at 7:30 pm and Tuesday, October 17 at 6 pm
Run: Wednesday, October 18 – Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Sundays at 6 pm, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday at 7:30 pm

ALL TICKETS PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN

"The continued growth of the Director's Haven program is a fulfillment of one of my greatest hopes – to provide institutional support and hands-on production opportunity for directors at the very earliest stages of their professional journeys. The past two years have been a testament to the talent and imagination of the newest generation of professional theatermakers, and this season's cohort of artists will only build upon and continue this momentum. These directors have selected pieces that are truly uniquely personal to each of them, and share an immediacy, a relevancy and a consciousness that serves to reinforce my faith in the next wave of artistic leaders."
~Josh Sobel, Artistic Director

DIRECTOR'S HAVEN 2017

THE PROTEST
By Vaclav Havel
Directed by Kristen Johnson

Renowned activist Vaněk pays a visit to the lavish home of a former colleague, Staněk, who has invited Vaněk to help secure the release of a jailed radical musician, fiancée to Staněk’s daughter. Vaněk also has a favor to request: getting the Staněk’s signature in a far-reaching protest.


THE TOILET
By Amiri Baraka
Directed by Ian Martin

Set in a high school lavatory in the early 1960’s, LeRoi Jones’ The Toilet is an exploration of love, race and masculinity. The play is one of several known colloquially as Revolutionary theatre, which aimed to force change in the social order by exposing, accusing, and attacking. The Toilet exposes love, accuses race, and attacks masculinity, in hopes that we can imagine a new social order; One in which a boy could love another, despite their colors.


THE DEPARTURE
By Rachel Dubose
Directed by Lexi Saunders

Friendships are tested when a group of women reunites for an Escape Room themed Bachelorette Party. Loosely based on Sartre's No Exit and developed collaboratively, what was supposed to bring the women together actually begins to tear them apart. As the clock winds down, tensions build and old secrets are revealed.