Ever in the Glades


May 18 – 27, 2018
Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive

By Laura Schellhardt
Directed by Rives Collins

When one generation fails the next, what choice is left?

A world premiere production that will transfer to the Kennedy Center following its run at the Wirtz Center!

Five teenagers growing up on a fictional island in the Everglades where the adults are as dangerous as the gators.  When one of the kids returns from Juvenile Detention to help the rest escape to the mainland, it seems their prayers have been answered.  There's only one problem—they need a boat, and they need it before the adults catch wind of their plan and end it, or end them. 

Please be advised this production contains strong language.

Recommended for ages 12yrs and older.

The estimated running time for this production is 75 minutes with no intermission.

The Wirtz Center's production of EVER IN THE GLADES is sponsored by a generous grant from The Alumnae of Northwestern University.

Laura Schellhardt (Playwright) original works include UPRIGHT GRAND, AIR GUITAR HIGH, AUCTIONING THE AINSLEYS (Jeff Award Nominee), THE APOTHECARY'S DAUGHTER, HOW TO REMOVE BLOOD FROM A CARPET, THE K OF D (Jeff Award Nominee, 2010 NYC Fringe Festival Best New Play Award), COURTING VAMPIRES, SHAPESHIFTER, INHERITANCE, and JE NE SAIS QUOI. Adaptations include THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH, THE MYSTERIES OF HARRIS BURDICK, THE OUTFIT (Jeff Award Nominee), and CREOLE FOLKTALES. She is also the author of Screenwriting for Dummies. Schellhardt is a recipient of the TCG National Playwriting Residency, the Jerome Fellowship, the New Play Award from ACT in Seattle, and a Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellowship. She has participated in the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Women Playwrights Festival at SRC, The Kennedy Center's New Voices/New Visions Festival, The Bonderman TYA Symposium, and the O'Neill National Playwright’s Festival. She received her graduate degree from Brown University, under the tutelage of Paula Vogel. Schellhardt oversees the undergraduate playwriting initiative in the Department of Theatre.

Rives Collins (Director) is a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University, where he has taught in the Department of Theatre for the past thirty years.  A specialist in the areas of Storytelling, Theatre for Young Audiences, and Drama in Education, he is the recipient of the Clarence Simon Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring and the Galbut Outstanding Faculty Award. In 2016, he was invited by the New Visions/New Voices program of the Kennedy Center to direct a staged reading of EVER IN THE GLADES by playwright Laura Schellhardt; a production that will return to the Kennedy Center in the spring of 2018. Also, that year, he delivered the keynote address at the National Storytelling Conference, celebrating the role of storytelling in the 21st century and recently reprised the presentation at The Cradle of Creativity conference in Cape Town, South Africa in May of 2017.  At the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, he teaches business narrative in the Advanced Management Program, asserting that storytelling is a differentiating skill in the 21st century that strengthens leaders, brands, and organizations. In addition, he is an Associate Artist at Adventure Stage Chicago, a company committed to disrupting generational cycles of poverty, where he has recently directed two world-premiere plays. A lover of stories since he could talk, he is featured regularly as a professional storyteller and keynote speaker at festivals, conferences, schools, libraries, businesses, and museums, proclaiming that, “Storytelling is at the heart of everything I do.”  He is the co-author with Pamela Cooper of The Power of Story: Teaching Through Storytelling.  As an active member and past president of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and as a current board member of the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America, he works with an international community of artists, educators, and scholars to champion the cause of drama and theatre in the lives of young people.  In the summer of 2017, he will be honored by the National Storytelling Network with an Oracle Award for Distinguished National Service.  At the Wirtz Center he has directed THE BLUEST EYE, THE HUNDRED DRESSES, THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, and a staged reading of THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER.

Scenic Designer: Andrew Boyce
Costume Designer: Amanda Rabito
Lighting Designer: Jessica Neill
Sound Designer: Stephen Ptacek
Music Director & Original Music: Noah LaPook
Fight Choreographer: Britain Willcock
Stage Manager: Emma Franklin

Performance Schedule
Friday, May 18 at 7:30PM
Saturday, May 19 at 7:30PM
Sunday, May 20 at 2:00PM
Thursday, May 24 at 7:30PM
Friday, May 25 at 7:30PM
Saturday, May 26 at 7:30PM
Sunday, May 27 at 2:00PM

Ticket Pricing
Adult $25
Seniors (62+) $22
Area Educator $22
NU Faculty/Emeritus/Staff $20
Full-Time Student $10
NU Student $6/Adv. $10/Door
Tickets are nonrefundable after final purchase.
Exchanges are available. An exchange fee of $3.00 is applied per ticket.