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We are a collective of 20somethings grappling with ideas shaping the theatre of our generation. We’re sick of only hearing about the work happening in commercial and regional theatres. We want the offbeat: the theatre that is happening on street corners, in basements, and in places that aren’t always meeting fire code. We reject rigid definitions of theatre.
The realism, the naturalism, and the Shakespearean are gr8, but give us something new for fuck's sake.
We want to talk about the theatre of the here and now in Chicago. “The Grappler” is our stomping ground to feature issues, artists, and productions that matter to us. We want to look beyond what we view as dead in order to find life in the art form we love.