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Sideshow Theatre Company announces trio of shows for 2015-16 season

Sideshow Theatre Company today announced its 2015-2016 season, which will feature three productions.

The season opens this fall with “No More Sad Things” (Nov. 15-Dec. 20), by Hansol Jung, directed by Elly Green. In the surreal comedy, Jessiee, driven by a half-remembered dream of frogs, is heading to Maui, looking to escape her troubles. Meanwhile, a conversation with a falling star leads young Kahekili to the water, searching for a wave that he can ride into a better life. When they find each other on a beach under the mahina, their two lives begin to intertwine, but the truth beyond the breakers might just swallow them both.

The winter production will be David Jacobi’s new drama, “Mai Dang Lao” (March 6-April 10, 2016), directed by Marti Lyons. A mordant and terrifying world premiere based on true events, the play examines the ways we all get trapped, and what we’re capable of doing when someone lets us. There’s a correct order to everything when you work in the fast food industry. That’s why Sophie’s such a problem for her bosses: her attitude and aloofness threaten the food chain. But when a phone call from the local police warns of a crime committed in the restaurant, Sophie’s coworkers are given permission to restore proper balance and set things in their place.

The season’s final production, “Caught” (May 29-July 3, 2016), by Christopher Chen, directed by Seth Bockley, tells the tale of a Chinese dissident artist and activist who publishes an incredible account of his harrowing confinement at the hands of the government. But can he prove it? Layers of perception peel back, until reality itself comes into question.

All productions will be presented at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. For more information, visit www.sideshowtheatre.org.