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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 15 - 31, 2018

The Den Theatre, Theatre 2A
1331 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60622

Previews: Monday, October 15 at 7:30 pm and Tuesday, October 16 at 7:30 pm
Run: Wednesday, October 17 – Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Sundays at 3 pm, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday at 7:30 pm


“I have been overwhelmed by how the Director's Haven continues to evolve and grow year after year, and this year is no exception with our 4th cohort of early-career directors. These are three exceptionally exciting burgeoning visions, distinctly contemporary, curious about the sheer potential of the art form and deeply, immensely personal. I invite you to join us at the ground floor of what’s next as we showcase some of the next generation's emerging artistic leaders and visionaries. Join Haven Theatre as we continue our mission to invest in the future.”
~Josh Sobel, Artistic Director


By Madame Rachilde, translated by Daniel Gerould
Directed by Charlotte Drover
Mentor: Krissy Vanderwarker

The Crystal Spider is a surreal horror play that dives into the mind of Terror-Stricken, a young person plagued by their Mother's social and sexual pressures and haunted by their strange and paralyzing fear of mirrors. They revive this story for their Mother, awakening the suppressed memories trapped within the looking glass. This story – told through poetry, dance and physical theatre – forces Terror-Stricken into a final confrontation with their mirror self and every demon they run from.

By Josefina Lopez
Directed by Airos Sung-En Medill
Mentor: Jess McLeod

Simply Maria, or the American Dream is an episodic telling of Maria and her family's migration from Mexico to the United States and what it means to be a woman in her family in the past, present and future. Desperate to change their story, Maria is forced to face the collision of her family and her new home while navigating the definitions of gender and culture that are passed on from one generation to the next.

By William Inge
Directed by Dani Wieder
Mentor: dado

Girl is traveling cross-country to Hollywood on a Greyhound bus for a screen test when a man starts bothering her. When the bus stops at a roadside diner somewhere in the Midwest, she tries to get help. Maybe no one understands what danger she is in, maybe they are too absorbed in their own problems – either way, her pleas go unanswered. Girl must figure out how to protect herself if no one else will. Later, she tries to piece together what happened, and wonders if there had been a better way. The piece will be a physically-driven re-imagining of William Inge's People in the Wind, supported by material generated with the ensemble.

The production team for DIRECTOR’S HAVEN 2018 includes Will Tople (scenic design), Amanda Rabito (costume design), Emily Boyd (props design), Sarah D. Espinoza (sound design), Jurrell Lewis (object design, PEOPLE IN THE WIND), Angela Salinas (production manager), Charlie Lovejoy (stage manager, PEOPLE IN THE WIND), Corbin Paulino (stage manager, SIMPLY MARIA, OR THE AMERICAN DREAM), Haley Schmidt (stage manager, THE CRYSTAL SPIDER), Marika Mashburn (casting director), and Nik Whitcomb (associate casting director).