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"Under the wing of its artistic director and founder, Adam Webster, the side project has delivered another provocative success. Ten one-act plays, linked by their exploration of 'the human condition at the peak of adversity,' offer fleeting insights into failure and desire"

Windy City Times

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Now Running through December 31

Fish's father only taught him one thing - punch til ya can't punch no more, then keep punching. It's a strategy that's kept him alive in the alleys and in juve long after his dad dropped dead. But when he meets Cherry, a runaway with unwavering faith and a craving for magic, the stakes become more than survival. Can he stop the bleeding, or can some brokes never be fixed?

McManus captures the grinding decline of the steeltowns of his youth, channelling the frustration of an abandoned and rusted over way of life into a story both visceral and lyrical. Set in the shadows of silent smokestacks, Cherry Smoke is
a love poem written in scars and cigarette ash.

(Video production by VeryClever Media.)

Jessica London-Shields, Peter Oyloe, Emily Shain, and Dan Toot

Scott Butler (Dialects), Jesse Gaffney (Props), Sarah Gilmore (Sound), Meg Lindsey (Management), Michelle Milne (Movement), Rachel Sypniewski (Costumes), and Sally Weiss (Set/Lights)

$20 General
$15 Industry/Student CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Cherry Smoke

A Midwest Premiere by James McManusdirected by Lavina Jadhwani

November 21 - December 19, 2010

Thursday - Saturday 8pm
Sunday 2pm