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First Love is the Revolution
By Rita Kalnejais
Directed by Devon de Mayo
April 18 - May 25, 2019

Basti is having a rough go of it without his mom, and Rdeca is struggling just to make her first kill. When this 14 year-old boy and this young fox connect, the world just seems to make a whole lot more sense. Rita Kalnejais' First Love is the Revolution is a wild take on the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers - from different sides of the animal kingdom.

Running Time:  90 minutes, no intermission

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Steep Theatre
1115 West Berwyn Ave., Chicago, IL 60640

April 18 – May 25, 2019
Previews: April 13 – 17, 2019
Press Opening: Thursday, April 18, 2019

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8pm
Sunday matinees at 3pm on April 28, May 5, 12, and 19, 2019

Accessible Performances:
Audio Description: Saturday, May 18, 8pm
Open Captioning: Sunday, May 19, 8pm

General Admission Tickets: $27
Reserved Seat Tickets: $38
Access Tickets: $10 (Steep's universal discount for students, artists, whomever)
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Kate Piatt-Eckert

Isa Arciniegas
Jordan Arredondo
Lucy Carapetyan*
Curtis Edward Jackson
Alex Gillmor*
Destini Huston
Jose Nateres
Jin Park

Director – Devon de Mayo
Stage Manager – Lauren Lassus*
Set Designer – Arnel Sancianco
Lighting Designer – Heather Sparling
Sound Designer – Jeffrey Levin
Costume Designer – Mieka van der Ploeg
Props Designer – Emma Cullimore
Dramaturg – Sarah Slight
Intimacy Director – Sasha Smith*
Violence Directors – Rachel Flesher & Zach Payne
Production Manager – Catherine Allen**

*Denotes Steep Company Member
**Denotes Steep Artistic Associate

About the Playwright

Rita Kalnejais is a London-based writer. Her work has been performed extensively in Australia and she was a resident playwright at Sydney Theatre Company in 2011/12. Rita’s first play, BC, directed by Simon Stone, had a sell-out season at Melbourne Arts Centre’s Black Box in 2009. Her short plays, Whistling in Bed and How To Get Very Clean were performed at Sydney Theatre Company in 2010 and 2011. In 2012 her play Babyteeth had a successful season at Belvoir Theatre and was produced and performed by the State Theatre Company of South Australia the following year. It was optioned for film by WhiteFalk Films with Rita as screenwriter and starts production in December 2018 with Ben Mendelsohn and Essie Davis attached. Rita was one of the Soho 6 in 2014, during which she wrote First Love Is The Revolution, which played at the Soho Theatre in October 2015. Her most recent play This Beautiful Future opened at the Yard Theatre in 2017 and returned later that year for a second run. She is under commission from Bell Shakespeare Company and Belvoir Theatre in Australia as well writing a co-commission for the National Theatre and the Kenyon Institute, Ohio.

About the Director

Devon de Mayo is making her Steep Theatre debut with First Love is the Revolution. Most recently, she directed the world premiere of The Scientific Method by Jenny Connell Davis at Rivendell Theatre. Other Directing credits include: Women Laughing Alone With Salad (Theatre Wit); The Burn (Steppenwolf Theatre), Harvey (Court Theatre), Sycamore (Raven Theatre), You on the Moors Now (The Hypocrites), Animals Out of Paper (Shattered Globe Theatre), You Can’t Take it With You and Lost in Yonkers (Northlight Theatre), Jet Black Chevrolet (side project); Compulsion and Everything is Illuminated (Next); Roadkill Confidential, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, and Clouds (Dog & Pony). Directing and devising credits: Don’t Look Back/Must Look Back (Pivot Arts); Guerra: A Clown Play (La Piara, Mexico); The Whole World is Watching, As Told by the Vivian Girls, and The Twins Would Like to Say (Dog & Pony). She received her MFA from Middlesex University in London and did further studies at the Russian Academy of Dramatic Arts in Moscow and the Indonesian Institute for the Arts in Bali, Indonesia.