Photo Flash: First Look at First Floor Theater's Chicago Premiere of THE AWAKE

First Floor Theater (FFT) is thrilled to announce the second show of their fourth season, the Chicago premiere of THE AWAKE, Ken Urban's lyrical and highly theatrical exploration of interrogation, government control, and the compulsive power of dreams, directed by Josh Altman. Hailed by the New York Times as "Extraordinarily ambitious! Ken Urban's words are poetry!" (Critics Pick), THE AWAKE plays February 14 - March 12 at Collaboraction's Room 300 Theater in The Flat Iron Arts Building. Tickets for THE AWAKE are available at http://firstfloortheater.com/. Scroll down to check out photos!

Malcolm, a devoted son, floats on a bed with his mother on an endless sea, as Gabrielle, an Eastern European actress, awakes to a new life in America. Meanwhile, Nate is on the run from a faceless interrogator. These three strangers discover that a mysterious corporation bonds them together. Moving between dreams and waking life, Ken Urban's award­ winning play explores the unspoken culture of fear that is the new normal of American life. Josh Altman, the dramaturg for Ike Holter's nationally acclaimed Exit Strategy, joins FFT to direct this surreal and moving Chicago premiere. THE AWAKE premiered at 59E59 in New York in 2013 and was named a Critic's Pick by the New York Times.

FFT Artistic Director Hutch Pimentel says, "Every day the urgency behind this play seems to grow, with the rising of tide of Islamophobia in America, questions about the accountability and transparency of those who govern us, and our desire to simply escape. Ken's play is truly remarkable in its simultaneous intricacy and heft, and we're proud to continue our season this important play."

The production team for THE AWAKE includes: Lauren Nigri (scenic design), Heather Sparling (lighting design), Kelsey Ettman (costume design), Robert Hornbostel (sound design), Julie Leghorn (stage manager) and FFT Artistic Producer W?ill Bishop (production manager).

Featuring: FFT Managing Director Amanda Fink (Ensemble), with Kaiser Ahmed (Nate), Scottie Caldwell (Gabrielle), Daniel Desmarais (Malcolm), Barbara Figgins (Ensemble), Ada Grey (Ensemble) and Matt Thinnes (Ensemble). Collaboraction's Room 300 Theater at The Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N Milwaukee Ave, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60622.

Previews: Friday, February 12 & Saturday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m. Press Opening: Sunday, February 14 at 6:00 p.m. Regular Run: Thursday, February 18 - Saturday, March 12, 2016. Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m, Sundays at 4:00pm Please note: There will be added industry performances on Monday, February 22 and March 7.

$20 general admission tickets. $10 industry tickets on the Monday performances only.

Tickets for THE AWAKE will be available at http://firstfloortheater.com/. For more information on First Floor Theater, visit http://firstfloortheater.com/.

Photo credit: Evan Barr and Lauren Nigri

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Photo Flash: First Look at First Floor Theater's Chicago Premiere of THE AWAKE
Kaiser Ahmed, Amanda Fink, Matt Thinnes, and Barbara Figgins (photo credit: Evan Barr)

Photo Flash: First Look at First Floor Theater's Chicago Premiere of THE AWAKE
Scottie Caldwell, Kaiser Ahmed and Daniel Desmarais (photo credit: Evan Barr)

Photo Flash: First Look at First Floor Theater's Chicago Premiere of THE AWAKE
Daniel Desmarais (photo credit: Evan Barr)

Photo Flash: First Look at First Floor Theater's Chicago Premiere of THE AWAKE
Ada Grey and Scottie Caldwell (photo credit: Lauren Nigri)

Photo Flash: First Look at First Floor Theater's Chicago Premiere of THE AWAKE
Kaiser Ahmed and Scottie Caldwell (photo credit: Lauren Nigri)

Photo Flash: First Look at First Floor Theater's Chicago Premiere of THE AWAKE
Scottie Caldwell (photo credit: Lauren Nigri)

Photo Flash: First Look at First Floor Theater's Chicago Premiere of THE AWAKE
Kaiser Ahmed (photo credit: Lauren Nigri)

Photo Flash: First Look at First Floor Theater's Chicago Premiere of THE AWAKE
Kaiser Ahmed (photo credit: Lauren Nigri)

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