Photos: First Look at the Chicago Premiere of THE SMUGGLER From Jackalope Theatre Company

The production  is now playing through March 16.

By: Feb. 20, 2024
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 Jackalope Theatre Company’s Chicago premiere of The Smuggler, written by Ronán Noone and directed by Gus Menary is now playing through March 16. Check out all new photos below!

The Smuggler, starring Andrew Burden Swanson, launches Jackalope’s 16th season and is the first performance at its new home in Edgewater’s Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. The running time is 75 minutes with no intermission. The performance schedule is Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-25 and are on sale now at or by calling the box office at 773-340-2543.

The Smuggler is a thriller in rhyme. It is 2023. Tim Finnegan is a clever and enterprising Irish immigrant tending bar on the island of Amity, an affluent summer enclave off the coast of Massachusetts. When his child falls ill and he loses his job, Finnegan is drawn into the dark world that exists only in the shadows of the wealthy island. The Smuggler has been called “Terrific” by The New Yorker, “Spellbinding” by DC Metro Arts and a “Ripping Yarn” by the Boston Globe. One part “Breaking Bad,” one part Beowulf, The Smuggler is a modern tale of corruption, morality and giant rats that asks what it means to call yourself a "citizen.”

Andrew Swanson* (he/him) stars as “Tim Finnegan” with the production team including Gus Menary* (he/him, director); Amal Salem (she/her, stage manager);  Ryan Emens* (he/him, scenic/props designer); Ben Stacy* (he/him, production manager); Claire Sangster* (she/her, lighting designer); Isaac J. Pineda (he/him, costume designer); Michael Huey (he/him, sound designer) and Sammi Grant (she/her, dialect coach).

*connotes Jackalope Theatre Company Member