Raven Theatre Cancels Its Entire 2020-21 Season Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Raven Theatre has announced it will cancel its full 2020-21 Season due the COVID 19 pandemic. Cancelled productions include Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey, directed by Mikael Burke (February 11 – March 28, 2021); the world premiere of Eden Prairie, 1971, by Mat Smart, directed by Henry Wishcamper (May 6 – June 20, 2021) and the Chicago premiere of The Luckiest by Melissa Ross, directed by Artistic Director Cody Estle (June 17 – August 1, 2021). Season subscribers are being notified by Raven Theatre’s box office.

Raven Theatre has indicated it hopes to resume live programming in fall 2021, launching its 2021-22 season with the world premiere of Joshua Allen’s The Last Pair of Earlies, directed by Tyla Abercrumbie. This new drama, follows the hardships and hopes of Wayland and Della Rose Early as they chase a sweet Southern dream on the South Side of Chicago.

In a joint statement Artistic Director Cody Estle and Managing Director Markie Gray said, “We continue to miss having artists and patrons in our theatre. Please know that this is simply a pause, one that will ensure another show will play on our stages. We are hopeful we can safely return to programming this fall.”

Those with additional questions are encouraged to e-mail [email protected] or call (773) 338.2177. The theater has noted an expectation to return calls within 24 hours. Raven is located at 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.

Raven Theatre Company is funded in part by the The MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at Prince, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, Polk Bros Foundation and S&C Electric Company Fund, among other area benefactors.