The Amish Project | Oak Park Festival Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through July 30 2017

The story behind Jessica Dickey’s somewhat fictionalized account (names changed, a few details altered) is horrific: a troubled middle-aged armed man invades a one-room Amish school with a vague plan to molest young girls and ends up shooting eight of them, killing five, before killing himself. But Dickey is after more than shock theater. Her solo show is a riveting meditation on evil, recovery, and the myriad paradoxes of the human psyche. Lydia Berger Gray, directed by Melanie Keller, portrays everyone in the story with remarkable range and power—the shooter, his victims, and the many poor wretches who had to carry on their lives afterward (including his emotionally wrecked widow). —Jack Helbig

Price: free-$22.50


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