dirty butterfly

by debbie tucker green

directed by Azar Kazemi

a co-production with The Blind Owl

Highly RecommendedChicago Reader "Sensitively directed by Azar Kazemi, dirty butterfly is as memorable and profound as it is brutal."

Four StarsTime Out Chicago "In a time when many folks are wondering, “What could I have done?” and “Should I have done more?”, the U.S. premiere of Debbie Tucker Green’s 2003 play dirty butterfly arrives like a bracing slap in the face..."

at Theatre on the Lake, at Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. - July 12-23, 2017

at Halcyon Theatre - November 3 through December 10, 2016

Jason spends his nights with his ear pressed against the bedroom wall listening to the noises from Jo’s deeply troubled world next door. Amelia also hears into Jo’s world from her side of the wall and takes to sleeping downstairs to drown it all out. Soon all three are caught up in a blur of voyeuristic confessions and must confront the violence they cannot escape.

Approximate running time: 70 minutes (no intermission)


Genevieve VenJohnson (Amelia)
Leah Raidt (Jo)
Reginald Robinson Jr. (Jason)
Charlee Cotton (Amelia U/S)
Eleni Sauvageau (Jo U/S)

Creative Team

Playwright: debbie tucker green
Director: Azar Kazemi
Scenic Design: Milo Bue
Lighting Design: Daniel Friedman
Sound Design: Matt Reich
Production Dramaturg: Jacob C. Shuler
Dialect Coach: Aram Monisoff
Assistant Director: Vera Love Sutvin
Production Advisor: Barry Brunetti
Special Effects Designer: Cassandra Kendall
Stage Manager: Paige Fodor