LOVE & UNDERSTANDING Makes Chicago Debut at Redtwist Theatre Tonight

LOVE & UNDERSTANDING Makes Chicago Debut at Redtwist Theatre Tonight

A Chicago Premiere, Love and Understanding by Joe Penhall, will open tonight, March 1, 2014 at Redtwist Theatre, directed by Jaclynn Jutting.

Part of Redtwist's MORE RED series, LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING is the Chicago premiere of British playwright, Joe Penhall's clever and darkly funny drama about a young couple, both overworked doctors, who are forced to deal with the return of the irresponsible boyhood friend who never grew up, and now pops in to wreak havoc on their already stressed lives. Performs in rotating rep with the MAIN season show, HAPPY, by Robert Caisley, and DARK RED series show, 44 WAY TO END YOUR SEX LIFE.

PLAY Neal and Rachel are a young doctor couple, living on a treadmill of being overworked and on call at a London Hospital. Enter Richie, who uses clever manipulation to wrangle lodging, money, drugs...and Rachel, out from under Neal's nose, infecting the couple's already tenuous relationship.

Director Jaclynn Jutting is a 2011 graduate of the Northwestern University MFA Directing program under the leadership of Anna Shapiro. One of the goals of the MORE RED series is to provide immediate professional opportunities to talented young directors, designers, and actors. Jaclynn proposed this fine play, and we are thrilled to produce it as the Chicago premiere.

CAST: Stella Martin (Rachel), Joel Reitsma (Neal), Michael Woods (Richie)

STAFF: Jaclynn Jutting (Director), Megan Gallagher (Stage Manager), Olivia Leah Baker (Costume Designer), Eric Vigo (Lighting Designer), Nick Gajary (Sound Designer), Jan Ellen Graves (Graphic Designer), Keenan R. Minogue (Set Piece Design & Construction), Jessie Chappe (Casting Director), Charles Bonilla (Box Office Manager), E. Malcolm Martinez (Box Office Associate), Johnny Garcia (Box Office Associate/Associate Producer), Michael Colucci & Jan Ellen Graves (Producers)

Performance schedule: Opens: Sat, Mar 1, 3pm; Runs: Saturdays at 3pm, Sundays & Mondays at 7:30pm; Closes: Mon, Mar 24. Running Time: Approximately 2:15, includes one intermission. Tickets: $20 (seniors & students $5 off). For reservations, call: 773-728-7529, email: or visit

Redtwist is located at 1044 W Bryn Mawr, 2 blks W of LSD, 2 blks E of the Red Line El station. Street parking (paybox/meters until 10pm, Free on Sundays) is available on Bryn Mawr, side streets, and Broadway. Please reserve 48 hours in advance. Credit cards accepted by phone and online via BuzzOnStage to guarantee seating.

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