2011-2012 Season

Faraway, So Close.

The exploration of family often means the exploration of proximity.  The distance between members of a family can be measured in love, in absence, in manipulation, in pain and in closeness.

This season, we present two stories of families who struggle at opposite poles.   In one story, a father’s emotional distance and desire to allow his daughter the freedom to pursue her own life at whatever the cost leads to heartbreaking events.  And in the second story, a father makes some astonishing choices in his obsessive desire to control the unknowns in his life and the life of his son.

Faraway . . . so close.

A Number

January 7th, 2012 - February 11th, 2012

at The Building Stage

A man questions his father about the possible existence of another estranged son, and the questions opens up a series of events that neither men could ever have expected.  Penned by one of the world’s most uncompromising playwrights,  Caryl Churchill’s A Number is a beguiling hour-long psychological thriller that blends topical scientific speculation with a stunning portrait of the relationship between fathers and their sons.


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A Scent of Flowers

July 14th, 2012 - August 25th, 2012

at The Building Stage

Zoe awakes on a couch in a strange room.  Soon, familiar people begin to flood unexpectedly into the room and Zoe finds herself on a propulsive and moving journey through the most significant and heartbreaking events of her young life. A Scent of Flowers is an epic and wildly inventive tale, immense in its scope and searing in its intimacy.  Written by James Saunders in 1965, this moving masterpiece is virtually unknown inside the United States.  BackStage Theatre Company is thrilled to bring this remarkable story to Chicago audiences for the very first time.