This performance contains strong adult content and is intended for mature audiences.
Private Daniel Reeves was never good at anything but being in the army. Now he stands accused of a horrific war crime and has been disowned by the nation that recruited him. As he sits in a cell and awaits his day of judgment, time seems to expand and contract around him, while a surreal progression of lawyers, clergy and his own memories carry him deeper and deeper into his alleged crimes. Can he find any light to guide him out of the darkness, or will the weight of his past bind him down? Sideshow returns to its roots – examining Dante's Inferno with a startling and searingly relevant Chicago premiere that provides a razor-sharp look at the search for life in a place that seems made to extinguish it.
The world premiere of Bill Cain's How to Write a New Book for the Bible took place during the 2011-12 season at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre. His previous two plays, Equivocation (which premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and subsequently played at Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage) and 9 Circles (which was recently produced by the D.C. area's Forum Theatre), both received the American Theater Critics' Association/Steinberg Award, the first time ever that an author received the award in consecutive years. Stand-Up Tragedy was awarded best production honors in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. and the Joe A. Callaway Award for its Broadway production. Bill's work for television (including the ABC series "Nothing Sacred") has been honored with the George Foster Peabody, Humanitas and Writers' Guild Awards. He is the founder of the Boston Shakespeare Company, where he was Artistic Director for seven seasons, directing most of the Shakespeare canon.
Poster illustration by Andrew Holmquist
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.