After 529 days, we're all coming back


July 31

Park n' Play Cabaret

Last summer, we brought live performances to the streets on a flatbed truck. The Park n' Play Cabaret returns for a FINAL PERFORMANCE benefiting Theater Wit at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts with an expanded revue featuring Adam Fane, Cory Goodrich, Sarah Hayes, David Sajewich, Heather Townsend, and Jonah D. Winston under the direction of Walter Sterns and Eugene Dizon

Clips from last summer!

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Countdown to re-opening our space

This August, we'll be back in the theatre again, sitting shoulder-to shoulder and experiencing life-changing storytelling together.

As we prepare for reopening, our first priority is ensuring that our space is safe for audiences and artists alike. We are making HVAC upgrades, hiring extra staff, and responding to rapidly evolving public health protocols. However, these new safety measures will add tens of thousands in expenses, on top of our regular production and building maintenance costs. After more than a year without ticket or rental revenue, this is a tremendous challenge to overcome. In short, we can’t do this without your support!

After two weeks, we are already at 53% of our goal! We can't stress how essential our members and donors have been for our survival. Thank to all our supporters for all you've done!

Make a gift toward reopening by July 25!


Performances begin 8.27!

Mr Burns: a post-electric play
Simpson in a gasmask

stage managed by Katie Klemme*
scenic design by Joe Schermoly
lighting design by Mike Durst
costume design by Mara Blumenfeld and Mieka van der Ploeg
property design by Jonathan Berg-Einhorn
sound design by Christopher Kriz
violence design by David Woolley

See the trailer from our 2015 hit production

A significant narrative and emotional achievement! A very distinct kind of thrill, the one that kicks in when you have absoutely no idea where a play is going, except that it is not likely to any place you recall being before in a theater.Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

written by Anne Washburn

music by Michael Friedman

directed by Jeremy Wechsler
musical direction by Eugene Dizon
choreography by Brigitte Ditmars

A post-apocalyptic tale of survival... passion... and the enduring power of Bart Simpson.

After life as we know it has ended, small bands of survivors band together to keep the pilot light of civilization burning. Their path to redemption is as unexpected as it is inevitable in the most original, vibrant and stunning piece of theater you'll see this year.

This unique and prescient theatrical experience is one of the most popular shows in Theater Wit's history. Don't miss it!

Tickets now on sale!

Protecting audiences and actors

We couldn't be more excited to open our doors again. We are taking the following steps to support safe attendance during your visit.

  • Everyone (including audience members) at Theater Wit is required to be vaccincated to enter the building.
    • Each audience member over 11 years of age must show proof of vaccination at the door for admittance.
    • Please present your vaccination card (electronic photos and copies are acceptable) when you arrive.
    • If you are unable to be vaccinated for any reason, you may show negative results from a PCR test for COVID-19 administered in the last 48 hours as an alternative. Unvaccinated patrons must remain masked for the duration of your visit.
    • If you forget proof of vaccination, we will reschedule your tickets at no charge.
  • Free Exchanges due to illness
    • If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend :)
    • Contact our box office on the day of performance and we will reschedule your ticket at no charge.
  • All high-touch surfaces are cleaned regularly throughout the evening.
  • Masking is not required for vaccinated audiences or staff.
  • Upgraded HVAC systems increase the number air exchanges to remove aerosolized droplets.

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Theater Wit is partially supported and funded by generous grants from a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Friends of Lakeview NFP, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, League Of Chicago Theaters, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, The Morgan-Senior Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Saints Volunteers for the Performing Arts.

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