A special 25th anniversary production of the classic Chicago play Hellcab will have a decidedly ‘Triton College’ flavor. A production of Agency Theatre Collective, Hellcab premieres Friday, Nov. 17 at Chicago’s Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Playwright Will Kern’s Hellcab, which tells the story of a day in the life of a Chicago cab driver as she encounters some of the city’s strangest characters just days before Christmas, is directed by Triton College Performing Arts faculty member Sommer Austin.
“I think it’s the type of play that a lot of people will enjoy even if they are not necessarily ‘theatre goers,’ because it has that kind of appeal to everyone, and it’s a working class story,” Austin said.
In addition to Austin, Hellcab’s cast includes Triton Theatre Department costume designer Kate Jacobsen, while theatre faculty member Andrew Gallant serves as the play’s technical director and Triton Theatre Department department lighting designer Ellie Humphrys will serve in the same role for Hellcab.
Furthermore, Triton faculty member Patrick Kane and automotive students assisted in securing and transporting the automobile that will be featured in the play.
“Kane was instrumental in helping us figure out the engineering challenge of getting this car dismantled and up to a second story theatre, and we are grateful for his talents as well as those of the automotive students,” Austin said.
Austin and Gallant have taught performing arts classes at Triton College since 2012, while playing prominent roles in Triton’s Theatre Department. Austin established the Tritonysia play festival in 2017, featuring short plays written by Triton College students, faculty, staff and community members. Gallant has directed several plays at Triton, including the Fall 2017 production of Waiting for Lefty.
Austin is the co-founder and managing director of The Agency Theater Collective and co-founder/owner of Green Shirt Studio.
Opening night for Hellcab is Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Dec. 17. Tickets are pay-what-you-can for all performances. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.wearetheagency.org or call the Den Theatre Box Office at 773.697.3830.
For more information on Triton’s Visual, Performing and Communication Arts Department, call (708) 437-6915, Ext. 6932, or visit www.triton.edu/entertainment.