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BRAWL! by Connor Ermir Bradshaw

March 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

$10.00
Masculinity, desire, and belonging form a heady mix at the center of the boxing ring in BRAWL! Will Lucky find a way out?

Dug into the backyard of Diesel Philips’ home is The Pit: the home and training ground for young boxers in the Mowbray Mountain valley.

Here, limbs lock until a bell dings or a body drops. Here, loving looks a lot like fighting. And here, boys don’t leave; they escape.

Playwright: Connor Ermir Bradshaw
Director: Danny Fender
Movement/Intimacy Director: Magdalena Dalzell
Dramaturg: Madie Doppelt
Lead Producer: Emma Durbin

About Freshly Brewed
Freshly Brewed seeks to invest in Chicago’s emerging playwrights and theatre artists in keeping with The Understudy’s commitment to Community, Collaboration, and Discovery. The series features monthly readings of new plays in various stages of development. Each artist conrtibuting– playwrights, directors, and actors– will receive a stipend underwritten by the series’ anonymous donor.

Freshly Brewed also marks the inaugural collaboration between The Understudy and its neighbor, Edgewater’s Raven Theatre, as its fiscal sponsor. Donations made to the Freshly Brewed program are tax-deductible and can be made via raventheatre.com with a note that the contribution is for The Understudy/Freshly Brewed.

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