The New Colony’s World Premiere of KIN FOLK runs through August 14

The New Colony is pleased to continue its 2016 Season with the world premiere of the fantastical family drama KIN FOLK, by William Glick, directed by Co-Artistic Director Evan Linder, playing July 8 – August 14, 2016 at its resident home, The Den Theatre’s Upstairs Main Stage, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets for KIN FOLK are currently available at Love, Annie Prichard, Stephanie Shum and Elise Spoerlein.

As they wait to sell their suburban house, Lucy’s family imagines a vibrant, new life in Chicago. However, Lucy has a different vision for her future. She wants to self-actualize and live as her true self: a powerful dragon named Kreeka. When her family discovers this secret, Lucy must choose between them and a new community known as Otherkin, a group of people who identify as magical, non-human creatures. As Lucy embraces Kreeka, she meets a young man claiming to be an elf, a giant gnome named Blubberwort and a werewolf from Montana, who show her how to live a life driven by faith and a love of the fantastic.

The production team for KIN FOLK includes: John Wilson (scenic design), Kate Kamphausen (costume design), Heather Sparling (lighting design), Morgan Lake (sound design), Paul Deziel (projections design), Garth Moritz (production manager), Bobby Huggins (technical director), JD Caudill and Elyse Dolan (assistant directors), Grace McLeod (script supervisor) and Sarah Collonge (stage manager).


About the Creative Team

William Glick’s (Playwright) plays include Kin Folk (World Premiere The New Colony, 2016), Wilma (PlayPenn Semi-Finalist, 2016), The Winter Farm (National Playwright’s Conference Semi-Finalist, 2015) and Faggot Dolls (Workshop Production Cohen New Works Festival, 2015). He was born and raised in South Florida and moved to the Midwest to study politics and theater at the University of Chicago. After graduating, he worked as an assistant dramaturg on Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit (Steppenwolf Theatre) and Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man (Northlight Theatre). He is currently a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas-Austin, where he studies playwriting under Steven Dietz, Liz Engelman and Kirk Lynn.

Evan Linder (Director) is a founding member and the Co-Artistic Director of The New Colony in Chicago. He works as a playwright, actor and director. Evan is a proud graduate of the College of Charleston and his plays include FRAT, 11:11, The Warriors, The Bear Suit of Happiness (published by Chicago Dramaworks) B-Side Studio and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (published by Samuel French). 5 Lesbians ran Off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse in 2012-2013 and has been performed all over the U.S., Europe and Australia. The Hunted, a drama co-written with Paul Oakley Stovall will be part of About Face Theatre’s First Draaft series in June 2016 and his play The Issue is currently in workshops with The New Colony. Evan’s play Byhalia, Mississippi received four simultaneous world premieres in January 2016 in Chicago, Memphis, Toronto and Charleston, SC. The World Premiere Conversation surrounding the play, that also included theatres in Los Angeles, Birmingham and Boulder, is archived at The Chicago production of Byhalia, Mississippi will transfer to Steppenwolf Theatre Company in July 2016. Evan also teaches playwriting and 20th Century American Drama at the University of Chicago and is represented by ICM Partners.


About The New Colony

The New Colony, the 2011 recipient of the Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theater Award, strives to contribute original material to the American artistic canon and develop a new kind of theater going audience. Through collaboration with emerging artists of all disciplines, The New Colony continually develops new work and fresh perspectives. With the goal of exploring enticing subject matter and the common language of experience, The New Colony will cultivate the next generation of arts supporters.