Chicago D(ART), or Deaf ART, is proud to announce the launch of its inaugural season with David Rush’s Police Deaf Near Far. Loosely based on actual events – Police Deaf Near Far follows the parallel stories of a young Deaf rights activist and two police officers as their worlds tragically collide. Police Deaf Near Far is directed by Chicago D(ART)’s Executive Director, Richard Costes and runs from July 25, 2017 through August 9, 2017. This production will be hosted by Steep Theatre Company at their Edgewater theatre located at 1115 W. Berwyn Ave in Chicago. D(ART)’s vision is to be recognized as a home for art and culture for Deaf artists in the city. They will create quality works in a wide variety of mediums that reflect the underserved d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities in Chicago.
David Rush has had productions of his plays at Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights’ Horizons, Stage Left Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Organic Theater, Center Stage, Raven Theatre and others. In addition to Prairie Lights, his credits include Cuttings (at Chicago’s Stage Left Theater), Police Deaf Near Far (Stage Left, awarded a Jeff Award for Best New Work), The Prophet of Bishop Hill, (Chicago Dramatists, nominated for a Jeff Award and winner of an After Dark Award) and Dapples and Grays (Stage Left, winner of an After Dark Award). His Civil War drama, Leander Stillwell, was given a Jeff Award-winning production by Stage Left Theater; its production in Los Angeles was voted one of the Los Angeles Times’ 10 Best of the Year, and the script received a Drama-Logue Award for Excellence in Writing. Rush has also written for television, serving as story editor for Chicago’s Magic Door, for which he won two Emmy awards for writing. He has won three Illinois Arts Council Artists grants, is a member of Stage Left Theater ensemble and a resident writer emeritus at Chicago Dramatists. He has been a professional dramatist/educator for more than 20 years and currently heads the playwriting program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In that capacity, he was named Playwriting Teacher of the Year (2002) and Outstanding Artist (2004). His textbook, A Student Guide to Play Analysis, is published by SIU Press.
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