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Verböten

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Verböten

A story about how punk saves lives 
Music and Lyrics by Jason Narducy
Book by Brett Neveu
Directed by Artistic Director Nathan Allen

EXTENDED TO MARCH 29!

RUN DATES: January 16 – March 29, 2020 
TIMES: Thursdays & Fridays 8:00pm, Saturdays 3:00 & 8:00pm, Sundays 3:00pm
PRICES: $20-$50
GROUPS: 10+ people? Save at least 15% when you bring a group! --> Start your group here.

 

1983. Chicago. It’s do-or-die for Verböten—a band made up of outsider teens with seriously complex home lives. As they gear up for a show at The Cubby Bear that is sure to change their lives forever, can they keep their parents from destroying the fabric of their self-made punk rock family? With lyrics and music by Verböten’s original guitarist Jason Narducy (Split Single, Superchunk, Bob Mould) and book by Brett Neveu (Odradek, Pilgrim's Progress, Traitor), Verböten is inspired by the true story of Chicago's own young punks.

 

JEFF RECOMMENDED
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Chicago Sun-Times
HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDChicago Theatre Review
HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDThird Coast Review
HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDPicture this Post
★★★—Chicago Tribune
RECOMMENDEDNewCity Chicago
 

PREMIER PRODUCTION SPONSOR
The Poetry Foundation

 

PRODUCTION SPONSOR
Timothy Sherck

Show Dates: Jan 16 2020 to Mar 29 2020

Director:

Writer:

  • Jason Narducy
  • Brett Neveu

Cast:

  • Kieran McCabe
    Jason
  • Krystal Ortiz
    Tracey
  • Matthew Lunt
    Chris
  • Jeff Kurysz
    Zack
  • Jimmy Chung
    Jason's Stepdad
  • Ray Rehberg
    Jason's Dad
  • Paul Fagen*
    Tracey's Dad
  • Jenni M. Hadley
    Tracey's Mom
  • Chris' Sister
  • Marc A. Rogers
    Zack's Dad
  • Cari Meixner
    u/s Tracey/Chris' Sister
  • Derek Fawcett
    u/s Tracey's Dad/Zack's Dad
  • Nic Park
    u/s Jason/Chris
  • Kelan M. Smith
    u/s Zack
  • Nick Villalon
    u/s Jason's Dad/Jason's Stepdad
  • A. Nikki Greenlee
    u/s Tracey's Mom

Crew:

  • Amalie Vega
    Stage Manager
  • Elyse Estes
    Technical Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Lindsay Maiorano
    Assistant Scenic Designer
  • Kenny Cole
    Audio Engineer
  • Jerica Hucke
    Costume Manager
  • Liz Gomez
    Master Electrician
  • Elura Rogers
    Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Jordan Affeldt
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Jeanette Rodriguez
    Assistant Costume Manager

Artists:

Composer Jason Narducy on how Verboten began
Everybody is talking about Verböten

 

REVIEWS

 

Chicago Sun-Times by Kris Vire

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
★★★½

“Narducy’s songs find a nearly perfect balance between the anarchic spirit of early punk and the narrative-moving character work of musical theater.”

 

Chicago Tribune by Chris Jones

RECOMMENDED
★★★

“It holds together remarkably well. And it’s touching, a crucial asset for a punk musical.”

 

Chicago Theatre Review by Colin Douglas

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“[I]t’s the story of a group of preteens with their individual problems, a need to create their own “family” with each other, and a passion to make music that hits home and makes this another must-see show by the House Theatre.”

 

Picture this Post by Margaret Smith

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“A two-hour whirlwind of nostalgia, and foot-tapping, head-banging music.”

 

NewCity Stage by Ben Kaye

RECOMMENDED

“[The musical numbers] range from full-on punk to musical theater rock-lite, but they’re all emotionally resonant earworms, performed earnestly and ably by this brilliantly crafted ensemble.”

 

Third Coast Review by Nancy Bishop

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“Nathan Allen’s direction gives the play a lot of heart as it tells the story of outsider teens with parents who just don’t understand.”

 

Northwest Herald by Anthony Walker

“The earnestness of the characters and the energy of the show should satisfy any music lover. You can even wear your leather pants, an old Clash t-shirt and feel right at home.”

 

 

PRE-PRODUCTION FEATURES

 

"Verböten’s story seemed destined to occupy an obscure corner in Chicago punk lore. But the quartet’s impact loomed larger than anyone could have ever expected."

Verböten, the musical: The story of how punk changed the lives of four Evanston kids and went on to inspire Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl
– Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune

 

 

"The idea for the musical came from playwright and TV writer Brett Neveu, who saw Sonic Highways and realized the guy Grohl was talking about was his neighbor."

Jason Narducy's childhood punk band Verböten subject of a new musical​
– Bill Pearis, Brooklyn Vegan

 

 

"As Neveu developed a story about four kids navigating their messy lives while preparing for their big show at the Cubby Bear, Narducy got involved writing the music, giving Verböten an early-80s punk edge (something that could improve a lot of musicals)."

What turns kids punk?
– Leor Galil, Chicago Reader

 

 

AUDIO FEATURES

 

The Justin Kaufmann Show, The story of musician Jason Narducy’s childhood punk rock band is coming to the Chopin Theatre

Linside Podcast with WXRT's Lin Brehmer, Linside Jason Narducy & Verböten the Musical

SPECIAL EVENTS with Verböten 

THEATRE THURSDAY

Thursday, January 30
Enjoy a pre-show “Insider Intro” composer Jason Narducy and director Nathan Allen to hear about how Jason's real-life story of his teenage band became a punk rock musical. Enjoy the 8pm performance of the world-premiere Verböten and afterward meet n’ greet the cast. Whole Foods Lakeview provides pre and post-show snacks. This awesome weeknight out is presented in partnership with the League of Chicago Theatres. Get tickets for the full event for just $27 with code THTH at checkout.

 

 

POETRY AND DRAMA: VERBÖTEN AT THE POETRY FOUNDATION

Tuesday, February 4, 7:00 PM
Our Premier Production Sponsors, The Poetry Foundation, host director Nathan Allen and writer Brett Neveu for conversation around the development of this new musical. Hear songs from the show performed live in this intimate setting while getting to know these Chicago artists. This event is free, and reservations are recommended.

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES at Verböten

Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly

 Saturday, February 15 at 3:00pm

Open Captioned

Friday, February 21 at 8:00pm

Touch Tour & Audio Described

Friday, February 28: (tour at 7:00pm, performance at 8:00pm)

 


Discounted tickets for Sensory-Friendly, Open Caption, and Audio Description are offered to those on our ACCESS listserv. Please join the listserv with this link.

Questions? Call us at (773) 769-3832 or email us at access@thehousetheatre.com.

Learn more about ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES here.