The Playwriting Initiative

Interrobang Theatre Project in association with The Theatre School at DePaul University is proud to announce The Playwriting Initiative. It is our belief that it falls to every theater in our community to nurture new work. Our commitment to playwrights will include providing a supportive environment with necessary resources such as actors, directors, and space.

Each season we will invite playwrights for an immersive and supportive partnership, including one graduate selected from DePaul's prestigious BFA Playwriting program. All collaborations will be tailored to meet the needs of the individual playwright as they develop their vocabulary and theatrical voice.  

Congrats to Eric Luchen and Jesse Case, Jeff Award winners for scenic design and original music (Foxfinder).




A workshop for a work-in-progress written and directed by Maeli Goren

June 21-24

Curves and Edges tells the truly-imagined story of Surya Bonaly’s infamous figure skating career. Steered by a demanding mother and a domineering coach on her path to Olympic immortality, our hero struggles to hold onto her authentic self through scandal, an impossible backflip, and definitely no m&ms ever. An athlete, a warrior of puberty, an accidental activist, a rebel icon, and a too-often-forgotten chapter in the history of a white-dominated sport, meet Surya: human girl.

Interrobang Theatre Project partners with Three Things Productions to bring you this new play workshop as part of our new Playwriting Initiative.  All tickets to the work-in-progress are pay-what-you-can. 

This workshop production is generously supported by The Michael and Mona Heath Fund. 

The Playwriting Initiative is an invite-only program and does not accept unsolicited applications.

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FOXFINDER nominated for 7 Joseph Jefferson Awards


For those wondering, "Whats an interrobang?", it is the combination of a question mark and exclamation point, joining the Latin word for “question” (interro) with a proofreading term for “exclamation” (bang). Through the plays we produce, Interrobang Theatre Project aims to pose questions that challenge our understanding and assumptions of who we are and the world in which we live. 


Interrobang Theatre Project (ITP) produces visceral and timely works, rarely produced texts, and new American plays. We strive to excite a new generation of theatergoers, to engage our community through challenging plays, to maintain an environment in which artists can do their very best work, and to change our world one play at a time. ITP is not recommended for audiences who prefer theatre to be benign or familiar.


Now in its eighth season, ITP is under the artistic leadership of James Yost and Georgette Verdin.  Founded in 2010 by Jeffry Stanton, ITP has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as a “company to watch” and by Time Out Chicago as “one of Chicago’s most promising young theatre companies.”

Over the past seven seasons, productions have included the world premiere of Ibsen is Dead by Calamity West, the Midwest premiere of The Argument by Gregory Moss, the Jeff Award Recommended The Pitchfork Disney, TerminusOrange Flower Water, Speaking in Tongues, Here Lies Henry, Really Really, Recent Tragic Events, and the critically-acclaimed Hot ‘N’ Throbbing, which Time Out Chicago’s 5-star review called a “scintillating revival.” 

During the 2016-2017 season, ITP was nominated for seven Jeff Awards, winning two:

Production - Play: The North Pool
Director - Play: James Yost (The North Pool)
Actor in a Principal Role - Play: Salar Ardebili (The North Pool)
Actress in a Principal Role - Play: Amy Johnson (Falling) WINNER
Actor in a Supporting Role - Play: Justin Tsatsa (Falling) WINNER
Solo Performance: Sarah Gise (The Amish Project)
Scenic Design: Greg Pinsoneault (The North Pool)

This season's FOXFINDER was nominated for seven Jeff Awards:

Best Production: FOXFINDER
Director: Margaret Knapp
Actor in a Principle role: Alexandra Fisher
Set Design: Eric Luchen
Original Music: Jesse Case
Sound Design: Jesse Case
Lighting Design: John Kelly



Tickets for Curves & Edges by Maeli Goren (June 21 - June 24)

  • A Playwriting Initiative work-in-progressive workshop
  • All tickets pay-what-you-can

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Buy a SEASON PASS for these great benefits:

  • Best seats in the house reserved by our staff.
  • Special invitation to Press Opening Performances and Receptions.
  • Unlimited additional tickets for family and friends for only $10.
  • Exclusive events, including pre-show chats & wine with director.


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Interrobang Theatre Project
5315 N. Clark St  #142
Chicago, IL 60640

(773) 935-6875 (box office)

(Unfortunately, we cannot accept unsolicited scripts at this time)


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