Victimization And Responsibility Studied In Chicago New Work Festival’s Fourth Installment

ellison-3(Chicago, IL) Liz Ellison’s Investigate and Protect begins rehearsals this week as the fourth of seven plays being performed for the Chicago New Work Festival.  Open rehearsals will be held all week from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and the public is encouraged to attend for a $5.00 suggested donation.  Investigate and Protect will have its final reading at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at the Berger Park Coach House Theater at 6205 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660.  Tickets are available for $10.00.

Investigate and Protect follows the struggles of a mother struggling to come to terms with her past addiction.  Now sober, she is still haunted by losses endured during her dependence, and wrestles to take responsibility for her circumstances.  Darkly comic, harsh, and poignant, Ellison’s script is an unrelenting look at coping with mistakes and learning to move forward.

The Chicago New Work Festival, running through May 18, is part of Three Cat Productions’ efforts to showcase Chicago playwrights, foster relationships between Chicago playwrights and directors, and to bring new work programming to the Edgewater area.  It is also Three Cat’s first run of major programming since partnering with the Chicago Park District’s Berger Park Cultural Center in February.

The coming installments of the Chicago New Work Festival will be Endangered by David Alex, The Newlyweds by Wendy Schmidt and Joint Attention by Pat Curtis.  Directors Jason Paul Smith, John Glover, Jacque Lueken, Jarrin Davis, Barbe Marshall and John Buranosky will partner with the playwrights to stage the performances.

Tickets and more information are available online at, by emailing or by calling (312) 970-9840.

Three Cat Productions’ 2013 season also includes Bab Fab, the 6th Annual Barbra Streisand Birthday Concert on April 20; SOLO Chicago, a showcase for individual performances running June 5 – 15; and Cabaret on the Lake, Fridays in June and July. Three Cat Education (the education arm of Three Cat Productions) will run a spring youth production The Magic Games and Other Storybook Stuff on May 18 and 19, as well as, summer theater camps from June 17 to August 16.




Three Cat Productions was founded in 2007 with a mission to create connections between theater, music, audience and artists through the production of cabaret concerts, contemporary musicals and plays, the re-invention of classic work, the development of new works and new artists, and by creating educational and outreach opportunities for the Chicagoland community. Visit the web site at