The Apple Tree Theater, in Highland Park, is now presenting a unique musical about family relationships during times of change.

“John & Jen” is set between America’s 1950 and 1990 and focuses on Jen’s relationships with both her younger brother John and, later, her son John. With wit and intelligence, the New York Times praised the musical as it tackles the complexities of these two relationships. While Jen’s brother was killed in Vietnam and her son now growing up, the play analyzes the commitments, connections and Jen’s healing heart.

Written by renowned composer and Grammy nominee Andrew Lippa, Apple Tree Theater will take “John and Jen” to the stage starring Jon Cunningham and McKinley Carter.

Cunningham has appeared in many Chicagoland acts including “Little Women” at the Marriott Theatre, “Something’s Afoot” at the Drury Lane Theater and multiple shows at the Theatre at the Center. This will be his Apple Tree debut.

Carter has been seen at Apple tree with performances of “Assassins” and “Kiss of the Spiderwoman” and also has a successful theater career in the Chicago area. Her resume includes “Turn of the Century” at the Goodman Theatre, “The Mamet Festival”, “The Visit” and “Floyd Collins” at the Goodman Theater. Others include shows at the Drury Lane Theater and at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. McKinley also won the After Dark Award for her Chicago writer’s cabaret “Beg, Borrow and Steal”.

Rachel Rockwell directs “John and Jen” and Valerie Maze directs the chamber music. The show runs until January 4.

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