The Factory Theater continues its 26th season with May the Road Rise Up, February 15 – March 30, 2019, at the Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St., Chicago. The play is written by Factory Theater Ensemble Member Shannon O’Neill and directed by Factory Theater Ensemble Member and Jeff Award-winning director Spenser Davis. Previews are Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. Opening night is Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at 8 p.m. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for previews, $18 for students and seniors and $25 for general admission. All tickets may be purchased through the Box Office by calling 866-811-4111 or by visiting TheFactoryTheater.com.
Ten years ago, the Murphys suffered a terrible tragedy. In a town this small, everyone knows what happened, even if no one (including the family) talks about it. Not Danny, the Irish ex-boxer whose sixty-fifth birthday party is steadily approaching. Not his daughter Patty, a nurse on the graveyard shift who is kindling a new romance in secret. Nor her son Michael, who mysteriously left town three years ago and has returned with little more than the clothes on his back. On the eve of what should be a momentous occasion, friends and family members come to realize that the past they buried has been festering beneath the surface… and if they don’t act quickly, the wounds may never heal. Shannon O’Neill’s newest play shows the consequences of a community that fails to communicate, and how refusing to grieve can lead to tragedies of its own.