Red Orchid Presents World Premiere of ‘The Opponent’ Beginning Oct. 18th

A Red Orchid Theatre presents the world premiere of Ensemble Member Brett Neveu’s The Opponent, directed by Karen Kessler. The production will run October 18 – December 2, 2012 at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells.  Press Opening is Monday, October 22, 2012 at 7:00PM.

Accomplished playwright and Ensemble Member Brett Neveu takes a look at the hard world of boxing from the perspective of small time gym owner Tre and the young up-and-comer Donell. They come from different worlds, they barely understand each other, but in the ring anything is possible. Questions of loyalty and life’s dreams are put to the test in this explosive world premiere that promises to pull some punches and fearlessly land all the others. The Opponent was originally developed through Center Theatre Group’s Writers’ Workshop.

The Opponent features A Red Orchid’s Founding Artistic Director and Ensemble Member Guy VanSwearingen.


Title:               The Opponent

Written by:        Brett Neveu

Directed by:      Karen Kessler

Dates:              Previews:                    October 18 – October 21, 2012

      Press opening:            Monday, October 22 at 7PM

Regular Run:               October 23 – December 23, 2012 (No performance April 12)

Schedule:         Thursdays:                  8:00 p.m.

                        Fridays:                       8:00 p.m.

Saturdays:                   8:00 p.m.         

Sundays:                     3:00 p.m.

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

Tickets:                        $15 previews, $25-$30 regular run.  ($25 Thurs, $30 Fri-Sun)

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


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 passionately committed theatre will draw passionately committed audiences, and 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, Tiffany Wilson and Craig Wright.