Season 8: Change the Rules

Two World Premieres, including a Co-Production. One U.S. Premiere. Two plays-in-development by writers with Chicago roots. Our eighth annual Bechdel Fest. And all tickets are Pay-What-You-Can!
Welcome to our most ambitious season yet.

Check below for show descriptions and info on how to buy a season pass.


World Premiere Co-Production with The New Colony
November 13 - December 14, 2019

Written by Liam Fitzgerald
Directed by BNT Artistic Director Elise Marie Davis

Featuring The New Colony’s co-Artistic Director Stephanie Shum and guest artist Gage Wallace

Peg is excited. Steve is nervous. Sure, they've opened a nice bottle of wine, dinner smells delicious... but the brand-new strap-on they ordered has just arrived, and tonight's plan is to flip the script. Peg wants to peg Steve. And even though he was all for it initially, his last-minute hesitation will force this ordinary couple to face their kinks, quirks and societal conditioning, as they're quickly reminded that gender politics follow them everywhere - including the bedroom.

Originally developed through The Paper Trail, our annual new-play series, this story will be directed by Elise Marie Davis, our fearless Artistic Director and star of last season’s Girl in the Red Corner.



U.S. Premiere
January 31 - February 29, 2020

Written by Beth Steel
Directed by BNT company member Spenser Davis

New York City, 1978. Having just landed his dream job as a Wall Street banker, John Anderson finds himself swept off on luxurious trips to Latin America with only one goal: selling loans to the region’s developing nations eager to borrow. But as the banks’ excessive lending strategy starts pushing whole countries toward the brink of bankruptcy, and the biggest credit bubble in history threatens to burst, John and his colleagues must come to terms with the true price of chasing their fortunes.

A smash hit in the U.K., this premiere is helmed by company member Spenser Davis, the artist behind our award-winning hits Plainclothes and At The Table.


This is Only a Test

World Premiere
May 1 - May 30, 2020

Written by Eric Reyes Loo
Directed by Toma Langston

Nowadays, it could happen anywhere, at any time, and the faculty at Washington High have decided to take "being prepared" to a whole new level: through a series of cutting-edge Active Shooter Drills, their students will be trained on how to fight back, just in case their school is the next to hit the news cycle. But as they’re asked to quell violence by responding violently, four teenagers begin to wonder: if we’re so prepared, why do we feel even more unsafe?

Led by Toma Langston, the director of last year’s runaway hit The Light with The New Colony.

Other programming includes…


The Paper Trail

This season, we’re proud to work with two very different writers, both with roots in the Chicago theatre community, in developing brand-new plays from the ground up. Through dramaturgical sessions, private table readings, and (ultimately) a public staged reading and literary advocacy, we will be partnering with Michael Turrentine (left) and Cassandra Rose in both bringing a fresh new work to life and hopefully finding it an artistic home.



Bechdel Fest 8

Summer 2020. BNT'S perennial favorite feminist festival returns! As with the past seven iterations, BECHDEL FEST 8 will feature an ensemble of female-identifying and nonbinary artists performing new short plays written and directed by some of Broken Nose's favorite artists – and all passing the Bechdel-Wallace Test. Created by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the Bechdel Test asks whether a work of entertainment features two non-male characters talking about something other than men. Playwrights, directors and casting to be announced.

Season 8 Passes!

Our Passes are a great way to get a jumpstart on supporting economically accessible theater while also ensuring that your seat is saved. Learn more about our two options below.

PLEASE NOTE: After your purchase is complete a Broken Nose team member will be reaching out to you to gather your ideal seating choice and other preferences. This is to both prevent you from facing any technical difficulties that may result in you redeeming the pass through our box office, as well as accommodating our changing seating plans for each show. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please reach out to our Managing Director Rose Hamill at

Affords you three (3) tickets to use throughout the fantastic three-show lineup of our eighth season. See each play once or one play three times!



Affords you six (6) tickets to use throughout the fantastic three-show lineup of our eighth season, giving you enough for you AND a guest. Two seats per play? 6 tickets for a single show? It's entirely customizable.