Piccolo Theatre turns 15 this year and opens its 2015-16 season with a reworked Russian classic.

Local playwright Laura Schellhardt, who oversees the playwriting initiative at Northwestern University, initially wrote her adaptation, "The Outfit," for the Theatre Arts Division of Northwestern’s National High School Institute Cherubs Program. Serendipity Theatre Company produced the play in 2004, and it was Jeff nominated as Best New Adaptation.

Under Tony Lawry’s direction, and with revisions from Schellhardt, The Outfit reawakens at Piccolo Theatre incorporating shadow puppetry and foley effects for an evening of magical realism and live storytelling.

In this modern fairy tale noir, comically tragic Nora lives in a world of shadows, with a lecherous landlord, the world’s worst boss, and a pack of co-workers straight out of Mean Girls.

She meets Marco, the son of a butcher and a budding clothing designer who changes her life with a remarkable outfit. Her newfound confidence leads to new conflict as Nora learns about fame, love, and what it means to be true to herself when power dressing is taken too far. Narrated by Marco’s three crazy Italian aunts, The Outfit will touch your heart and make you smile. 

The Outfit previews August 21-23; opening August 28; performances run August 28 – October 10; all performances are Friday and Saturday at 8P and Sunday at 3pm. Ticket prices include: $27 (regular), $23 (senior), $15 (student / industry), and $11 (kids ages 2-10); $70 Family PAK (2 adults, 2 kids). Group pricing available. For tickets and more information, call the Box Office at (847) 424-0089 Tuesday-Friday from 10AM- 5PM, or visit