The House Theatre of Chicago's 2013–14 season
The House Theatre of Chicago is going retro with its 12th season slate, with new mountings of the previously seen The Nutcracker, Rose and the Rime and Dorian, along with one new show, The Crownless King, the second installment in Chris Mathews and Nathan Allen's fantasy trilogy.
The Crownless King opens the season (August 30–October 20), continuing where last fall's The Iron Stag King, Part One left off, with Allen directing. It's followed by the now perennial Nutcracker (November 8–December 29), Jake Minton and Phillip Klapperich's idiosyncratic take on E.T.A. Hoffmann's tale.
In the new year, the House revisits Rose and the Rime (January 17–March 9), Mathews, Allen and Minton's wintry fairy tale first seen in 2009; Allen directs. The season closes with a remount of Dorian (May 9–June 22), a dance-theater take on Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray by House company members Rapley and Ben Lobpries that was first staged in 2006 at the now defunct Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. That production was one of Time Out's top ten plays of that year; Rapley once again helms the piece. All four shows will be performed at the Chopin Theatre. House company member Dennis Watkins's The Magic Parlour also continues its open run at the Palmer House Hilton.