About This Show

When a national draft is reinstated, the lines between dream and reality begin to blur as four friends are forced to decide whether to enlist or resist. Meanwhile, a company of ballerinas prepares for their upcoming season, a ghostpoet is haunted by his own verse, and baseball is cancelled as sinkholes sprawl across the homeland. Gently surreal and hauntingly familiar, DRAFT DODGING: POEMS FOR THE CONSCRIPTED conjures a not-so-distant future that investigates the space between the dystopias in our dreams and the dystopia outside our door.

about the artists

Nick O’Leary is a New York based director of theater and live events. Born and raised in New England, he has developed new work with the American Repertory Theater (MA), Guerilla Opera (MA), Actors Theatre of Louisville (KY), Dacha Theatre (WA), Exquisite Corpse Company (NY), The 24 Hour Plays (NY), Rising Sun Performance Company (NY), as a guest artist at Dartmouth College (NH), and more.

Helena Pennington is a dramaturg and creative producer based in New York City. In addition to her freelance work, Helena has worked with Playwrights Horizons (NY), Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (DC), Actors Theatre of Louisville (KY), McCarter Theatre Center (NJ), Rising Sun Theatre Company (NY), the Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (OR), and more. Reed College.

Kyle Whalen is a Chicago-based playwright. His work has been developed by the Actors Theatre of Louisville (KY), American Theatre Company (IL), Dandelion Theatre (IL), Commission Theatre (IL), and Fresh Ground Pepper (NY). He has also worked with Williamstown Theatre Festival (MA), The Goodman (IL), Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (IL), Sideshow Theatre Company (IL), The House Theatre (IL), Strawdog Theatre (IL), The New London Barn (NH), and more. Kyle is currently the literary manager of Commission Theatre in Chicago. University of Oklahoma.

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 10pm

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Estimated Runtime
90 minutes

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Nick O’Leary


Helena Pennington


Kyle Whalen