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  Megastasis at Athenaeum Theatre


Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Chicago

Tray is a nineteen-year-old father trying to get his life on track, caring for his infant daughter and planning to marry the baby's mother. But when he gets caught with a joint at a party, Tray becomes a target of the War on Drugs, throwing him into a black hole of confusion and uncertainty that forces him to rearrange his plans for the future -- and potentially the rest of his life. Workshopped through New Works Brooklyn and directed by Aaron Todd Douglas, Megastasis at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three is an unflinching look at the casualties of America's failed drug policy.

Thru - Aug 20, 2017

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-935-6875

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  Megastasis Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...This roughly two-hour world premiere, directed by Aaron Todd Douglas, features outstanding performances by the entire cast; between the writing and the acting, it's a must-see."
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Matt de la Pena

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...Corthron's righteous anger refuses to indulge audiences anticipating a dryly didactic talking-heads docudrama, however—nor is she wiling to traffic in Dickensian pathos for playgoers eager for a good cry over helpless innocents. While her characters have their moments of crisis, they retain their resourceful vitality to persevere in their resistance to despair. By the time their fortunes turn toward reconciliation, if not reparation, the cast assembled by director Aaron Todd Douglas has so ensured our emotional investment in their victory over injustice that we initially hesitate when confronted with the resolution, lest our relief turn out to be inspired by another futile jail-cell dream."
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Mary Shen Barnidge

Time Out Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...In the course of its two-hours-plus running time, Megastasis chronicles racist policing, the absurdity of America’s drug war, mandatory minimums, civil forfeiture, overzealous prosecutors, for-profit-prisons and the overwhelming odds faced by former felons once they are released. And it places the arguments into the mouths of its characters, granting many of them long, statistics-laden monologues railing against the racism and injustices endured by young black men in America. It will get your blood up, certainly. It’s hard to listen to these truths and not feel that growing knot of anger in your gut."
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Alex Huntsberger

NewCity Chicago - Recommended

"...However, despite the play's flaws, it is a show worth seeing. Corthron takes the time to show us how heartless the system can be toward poor people of color, yet she doesn't leave us there. She provides a glimpse of light at the end of life's often disappointing tunnel."
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Loy Webb

Third Coast Review - Highly Recommended

"...Tension prevails in Megastasis. There were moments when I covered my eyes because I was afraid of what would happen next. When we first meet Tray (Anthony Conway), he’s 19, living with his grandfather Dex (Darren Jones), working a minimum wage job, and hoping to marry the mother of his baby daughter. He smokes a joint at a party, then buys three joints and gets arrested. That begins a cycle of trouble, which includes a prison term. A long prison term."
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Nancy Bishop

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...MEGASTASIS is raw, visceral and very real. For those who are up for realism in all its ugliness, knowledge in all its grey, and hope in all its guises, this play will be a favorite."
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Joseph Anthony Rulli

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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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