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Polarity Ensemble Theatre is kicking off its 2014-15 season with the world premiere of “Miracles In the Fall,” written by Evanston resident Chuck O’Connor. Polarity’s co-founder and artistic director is Richard Engling, another Evanston resident.
The play, described as “a searing drama in which a family must surmount the lies and betrayals that have twisted their lives,” runs through Oct. 5 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.
Mr. O’Connor is a 2013 winner of the Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays and has been selected as a Heideman Award Finalist with Actor’s Theater of Louisville. Cheryl Coons, Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and board member at Porchlight Theater, described Mr. O’Connor’s writing as “sophisticated, dramatic, thoughtful and heartfelt. He writes about big ideas, and yet his stories are firmly grounded in his authentic and dimensional characters.”
Tickets are available by calling 773-404-7336 or at www.petheatre.com.
Another new presentation, called “The Afterlife Trilogy,” which fuses a novel and play by Mr. Engling with a novel by his friend, the late Fern Chertkow, will have a reading at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Celtic Knot, 626 Church St. in Evanston. It explores issues of suicide, friendship, trust and personal loss. “The three works span 35 years of creation, offering a multi-sensory experience when taken as a whole,” said Mr. Engling.