WPS: Badlands

Women Playwrights Series

Wednesday, November 11 at 7:30 pm

Kutz Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

by Nora Leahy

The play follows three library employees in the heart of "The Badlands" who have become first responders to the opioid crisis and witness to a changing neighborhood.  Badlands examines what we owe to each other, and to the places we come from.

Admission by donation. 

Advanced reservations require a $5.00 minimum donation.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and requirements seating is limited.  Advance reservation recommended.

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About the Playwright: Nora Leahy
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A Chicago-based playwright and theatre artist.  Nationally, her work has been developed or produced at Lean Ensemble Theater (Hilton Head, SC); The Shuler Theater (Raton, NM); Nashville Story Garden (Nashville, TN); The Arden (Philadelphia, PA); Actors Theatre of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC).  In Chicago her work has been seen at The New Colony, The Greenhouse Theater, Victory Gardens, and Jackalope Theatre Company.

Her plays have been nationally recognized, including BADLANDS (Relentless Award Honorable Mention, 2019); IF YOU FORGET ME (Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist, 2019); and THE BRIDGE (Woodward Newman Award Finalist, 2017).  Nora was the recipient of the 2020 Haas Fellowship at PlayPenn in Philadelphia on behalf of BADLANDS.

Nora currently serves as Managing Director of Jackalope Theatre Company in Chicago, a company committed to cultivating theatre that manifests the adventure deeply rooted in the American mythos.  Previously she served as Business Manager of Lookingglass Theatre Company and Managing Director of Two Pigs Productions.  In 2018, Nora was named one of the "50 People Who Really Perform For Chicago Theatre" by NewCity Magazine.