Due to increasing public health concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot’s guidance on public gathering and social distancing, the entire run of WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID has been canceled. This is out of precaution to ensure the safety of our artists, volunteers, and audiences.

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Thank you and be well,
Your friends at AstonRep Theatre Company


The Chicago Premiere
Directed by Sara Pavlak McGuire
April 9 – May 10, 2020

In the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, Agnes has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge. But to Agnes’s dismay, her latest runaway, Mary Anne, is beginning to influence Agnes’s college-bound daughter Penny. As the drums of a feminist revolution grow louder outside of Agnes’s tiny world, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she’s spent her life trying to help.

Comments Director Sara Pavlak McGuire, “Treem’s gripping drama speaks to the power of women fighting for each other. When that happens, indeed they can spark a revolution! At the same time this play provides a cautionary tale for today’s woman of how close she may be to battling an oppression that this generation has not yet seen. And so we hope it provokes today’s woman to continue to fight; quietly or loudly, but she must still fight. We are honored to present the story of these four women and are thrilled to premiere it here in Chicago.”

(top, l to r) Amy Kasper,  JoAnn Birt 
(bottom, l to r) Martin Diaz-Valdes, Halle Hoffman and Angela Oliver

JoAnn Birt– Mary Anne
Martin Diaz-Valdes – Paul
Halle Hoffman – Penny
Amy Kasper – Agnes
Angela Oliver -Hannah
Dina Monk – Mary Anne Understudy
Hilary Hensler – Agnes Understudy

Sara Pavlak McGuire – Director
Melanie Kulas – Stage Manager/Assistant Director
Claire Yearman – Intimacy/Violence Choreographer
Jeremiah Barr – Technical Director/Scenic Designer/Props Designer
Liz Cooper-Lighting Designer
Robert Tobin – Sound Designer
kClare McKellaston– Costume Designer
Lea Tobin – Graphic Designer
David Rosenberg – Publicist
Derek Bertelsen – Co-Artistic Director/Casting Director