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The Harper College Theater Ensemble presents "Lettie" by Boo Killebrew, directed by Kevin Long

After her release from prison, Lettie is desperate to regain custody of her teenage children. Her children, who have been cared for by her half-sister, want little to do with her. Her re-entry job is anything but gentle as she takes on the dark, harsh world of welding. Lettie will stop at nothing to reclaim her family and start life anew; however, she is constantly confronted by her past and must make impossible choices to protect her future. Inspired by real Chicago stories, Lettie is a powerful, moving, and funny play. 

Content Advisory: strong language that may not be appropriate for younger patrons. 

★★★½ “A POWERFUL DRAMA of Heartbreak and Hope. —Chicago Tribune 

“A Masterpiece. One of the Great Chicago Plays of our Generation.” —Chicago Reader, 4/18/2018 

Performance Dates: March 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26, 2023

Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm 

Sunday at 2:00pm 

Harper College Performing Arts Center, Building R

$15 – Harper students (with ID) 

$20 – Harper staff/other students/seniors (with ID) 

$25 – General Admission 

Harper Box Office: harpercollege.edu/boxoffice


A Post-Show Conversation with Playwright Boo Killebrew 

Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, 2023 

Directly after the performance; approximately 9:30pm 

Harper College is honored to welcome playwright Boo Killebrew to campus.  Join Kevin Long, director, and Mary T. Christel, dramaturg, as they discuss with Ms. Killebrew her work and her process in developing Lettie for the stage.  Ms. Killebrew will then meet, greet, and sign copies of her play in the lobby afterwards.  Join us for this truly special theatrical event.   

Coffee with the Director and Dramaturg 

Sunday, March 19 and Sunday, March 26, 2023 

1:00pm in the Performing Arts Center Lobby 

Join us prior to our Sunday performances of Lettie and enjoy complimentary coffee and a special pre-show conversation with Director Kevin Long and Dramaturg Mary T. Christel.  We will have a lively discussion about this Chicago-based play, its relevance, and the creative process used to bring Lettie to Harper’s stage. 

Boo Killebrew is a playwright, actress, and co-founder of CollaborationTown Theatre Company.  Boo was a Lila Acheson Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and the recipient of The Paula Vogel Award at The Vineyard Theater. She is a resident of The SPACE Working Farm, an alumnus of the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, a recipient of a NYFA Fellowship, an alumni of TerraNova's Groundbreakers, an Affiliated Artist and Kitchen Cabinet Member with New Georges, and a Usual Suspect with New Theater Workshop.  Her plays include MILLER, MISSISSIPPI (The Leah Ryan Prize 2015, Dallas Theatre Center 2017); ROMANCE NOVELS FOR DUMMIES (Williamstown Theater Festival, 2016), DAYS LIKE DIAMONDS, THE PLAY ABOUT MY DAD (59e59 Theatres), THE d LIFE, CAVEAT EMPTOR and THE MOMENTUM (NYC Fringe Festival Excellence Award for Overall Production of a Play; GLAAD Media Award Nominee). Her work has been presented at The Roundabout Theatre, The Public Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Atlantic, New York Theater Workshop, New York Stage and Film, Perry Mansfield, Portland Center Stage, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, The Huntington Theatre Co., 59e59 Theatres, The New Ohio, The Labyrinth, The Alley Theatre, and Boston Playwright's Theatre. Boo was an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow, an Artist in Residence at NYFA, Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, The New York Theater Workshop, The MacDowell Colony, Williamstown Theater Festival, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  Boo has received two New York Innovative Theater Awards, two Fringe Excellence Awards, and The Bette Davis Foundation Award. She is currently commissioned by Victory Gardens, The Dallas Theatre Center, and ManhattanTheatre Club.  Boo is a writer for LONGMIRE on Netflix and created the television pilot AIM HIGH, which is currently in development at AMC. 

Contact Info: Contact director Kevin Long 847.925.6944 or klong@harpercollege.edu

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