Simpatico01.20130709A Red Orchid Theatre announces new performance dates for its smash-hit production of Sam Shepard’s Simpatico, directed by ensemble member Dado and featuring ensemble member Michael ShannonDue to high ticket demand, the production is now extended through Sunday, September 15, 2013 at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. Tickets for the three-week extension are now on sale through the box office, (312) 943-8722 and www.aredorchidtheatre.org.

High society meets low life in the slippery netherworld of thoroughbred racing. This tragic-comedy explodes when a simple phone call threatens to undo years of blackmail and false identities. Loyalties run fierce or run completely a-muck as Vinnie and Carter reunite in hopes of settling an old score

Simpatico features A Red Orchid ensemble members Michael Shannon (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Man of Steel) who most recently appeared at AROT in the world premiere of Craig Wright’s Mistakes Were Made;Guy Van Swearingen, most recently seen in the world premiere of Brett Neveu’s The OpponentMierka Girten, most recently seen as the title role in Becky ShawJennifer Engstrom also seen in Becky Shaw; and Doug Vickers, most recently seen at A Red Orchid in The Mandrake.

“I am ecstatic to announce that due to popular demand from our record-breaking audiences, Simpatico will extend through September 15, 2013.  I could not be more proud of the work that this creative team has done and continues to do.  The story just keeps getting deeper and the actions even more satisfying,” says Artistic Director Kirsten Fitzgerald.

Title:               Simpatico

Written by:        Sam Shepard

Directed by:      Ensemble Member Dado

Featuring:         Simpatico features A Red Orchid ensemble members Michael Shannon (Carter), Guy VanSwearingen (Vinnie), Mierka Girten (Cecilia), Jennifer Engstrom (Rosie), Doug Vickers (Simms); and Kristin E Ellis (Kelly).


Dates:              Regular Run:               July 11 – August 25, 2013

Extended Run:             through Sunday, September 15                      


Thursdays:                  8:00 p.m.

Fridays:                       8:00 p.m.

Saturdays:                   8:00 p.m.         

Sundays:                     3:00 p.m.


Friday 8/30 at 3pm and 8pm

Saturday 8/31 at 3pm

Sunday 9/1 3pm and 8pm

Thursday 9/5 at 8pm

Friday 9/6 at 8pm

Saturday 9/7 at 3pm and 8pm

Sunday 9/8 at 3pm

Fri 9/13 at 3pm and 8pm

Sat 9/14 3pm and 8pm *Crush Festival*

Sun 9/15 3pm *Crush Festival*

*Old Town Crush Festival 9/14 & 9/15, on Wells Street, between North Ave and Schiller.  No direct access by car to front door of theatre.  Closest access at corner of North Ave and Wells St.  We encourage folks to explore the festival before and/or after the performances, but gate keepers can simply be told that you are seeing a show at A Red Orchid Theatre.  Parking will be challenging.  Please consider public transportation and give yourself plenty of extra time.

Location:          A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells Ave.

Tickets:            Thursdays $45; matinees $50; Fri, Sat & Sun evenings $55.

Student and Senior tickets are $5 off.

Box Office:       Located at 1531 N. Wells Ave, Chicago, (312) 943-8722; or online www.aredorchidtheatre.org

About A Red Orchid

Since 1993 A Red Orchid Theatre has been an artistic mainstay of the Chicago theatre community; known and praised for its powerful ensemble, creative design and its gripping, intimate productions.  The resident Ensemble maintains the conviction that live theatre is the greatest sustenance for the human spirit and that passionately committed theatre will draw passionately committed audiences.  The 2011-2012 subscription season promises to bring Ensemble and audience even closer together.

A Red Orchid Theatre is: Lance Baker, Dado, Jennifer Engstrom, Kirsten Fitzgerald, Joseph Fosco, Steve Haggard, Mierka Girten, Larry Grimm, Karen Kawa, Karen Kessler, Danny McCarthy, Brett Neveu, Michael Shannon, Guy Van Swearingen, Doug Vickers, Natalie West and Craig Wright.