AT THE TABLE

(Midwest Premiere)
Written by Michael Perlman. Directed by Spenser Davis.
February 10 - March 11, 2017. Remounted June 29 - August 26.

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A group of friends head out of the city on their annual weekend retreat. With no social media, no cellphones and no internet allowed, they are left with one thing to do... look up from their screens and talk to each other. And when the liquor starts flowing and tongues start to loosen, no conversation is uneventful and no topic is off-limits. AT THE TABLE is a bold, timely new comedy that explores what happens when a marginalized minority finally speaks up and those with privilege find themselves challenged for the first time. Who is invited to the table for what topics, and what are we refusing to discuss at all?

AT THE TABLE was originally staged at the 44-seat Berger Park’s Coach House Theatre. Critical response, awards recognition and audience demand laid the foundation for a Summer remount, which moved the show to The Den Theatre’s 99-seat Mainstage, with the original cast intact.

“ONE OF THE BEST PLAYS OF 2017”

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune | Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago | Newcity Stage

Winner of 4 Joseph Jefferson Awards
Best Production of a Play, Best Ensemble,
Best Director of a Play (Spenser Davis),
Best Supporting Actress in a Play (Echaka Agba)

Winner of the Black Theatre Alliance Award
Best Supporting Actress in a Play (Echaka Agba)

Winner of 3 Time Out Chicago Theatre Awards
Best Ensemble of the Year; Best Featured Performance & Breakthrough Performance
(Echaka Agba)

Reviews for AT THE TABLE…

★ ★ ★ ★ One of the most riveting shows of the theater season and so juicy and apropos of life as currently lived that nobody in the house Sunday afternoon was anything other than rapt. This show has my highest recommendation.
— Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
★ ★ ★ ★ Director Spenser Davis and a sterling cast elevate the material to impressive heights ... some of the finest storefront ensemble acting in recent memory.
— Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago
Subtle and brilliant ... blisteringly funny ...
— Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader
Highly Recommended! One of the best shows you’re likely to see in 2017 ... Definitely a must-see ...
— Alex Huntsberger, Newcity Stage
★ ★ ★ ★ Easily the best and most necessary play I’ve seen this year... confrontational, provocative and unforgettable.
— Lauren Whalen, Chicago Theater Beat
Such an ensemble, they irresistibly suggested to me the early days of Steppenwolf ... The same attack, the same ease within the ensemble, the same take-no-prisoners aesthetic in choosing material.
— Kelly Kleiman, Dueling Critics

CAST

  • EVAN LINDER | Stuart

  • ECHAKA AGBA | Lauren

  • DAVID WEISS* | Elliott

  • ADAM SOULE | Nate

  • ELISE SPOERLEIN* | Chris

  • JOHNARD WASHINGTON | Nicholas

  • BENJAMIN BROWNSON* | Leif

  • JENNIFER CHEUNG | Sophie

  • BOB PANTALONE | Stuart U/S

  • LAKECIA HARRIS | Lauren U/S

  • TONY ROSSI | Elliott U/S

  • DAVID LIPSCHUTZ | Nate U/S

  • MICHELE STINE | Chris U/S (Initial Run)

  • JULIA SKEGGS | Chris U/S (Remount)

  • MATT SINGLETON | Nicholas U/S (Remount - June & July)

  • JAMAL HOWARD | Nicholas U/S (Remount - August)

  • ADAM HUIZENGA | Leif U/S

  • DIANA LEE | Sophie U/S

PRODUCTION TEAM

  • MICHAEL PERLMAN | Playwright

  • SPENSER DAVIS* | Director, Scenic Designer & Sound Designer

  • ANNA SUNG-MEDILL | Asst. Director (Initial Run)

  • JD CAUDILL | Asst. Director (Remount)

  • ROSE HAMILL | Stage Manager

  • DAVID WEISS* | Dramaturg, Graphic Designer

  • DEVON GREEN | Props Designer

  • WILL ALLEN | Lighting Designer

  • TAYLOR HORST | Costume Designer

  • MIKE SANOW | Technical Director (Initial Run)

  • LIAM FITZGERALD | Technical Director (Remount)

  • SPENSER DAVIS * | Poster Photographer

  • MATTHEW FREER | Production Photographer

* company member ^ artistic associate