Put Your House in Order

World-Premiere Play

June 2 – 30, 2019 | Mandell Weiss Forum

By Ike Holter | Directed by Lili-Anne Brown

CRITIC’S CHOICE!The San Diego Union-Tribune

Caroline and Rolan’s first date begins as a pretty average night that ends at Caroline’s house in an upscale Chicago suburb. But when the city around them begins exhibiting signs that something is terribly wrong, they quickly have to learn to trust each other to stand a chance against the horrors outside the gate. Equal parts romantic comedy and old-school thriller, this new play from one of Chicago’s hottest playwrights explores new beginnings at the end of the world.

“Ike Holter has created a genre-bending piece that I’ve never seen on stage – something that made me laugh out loud and made the hair stand up on the back of my neck.”
– Christopher Ashley, The Rich Family Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse

Approximate run time: 1 hour, 40 minutes. No intermission.
Content note: This production contains strong language, adult content, gunshots and herbal cigarettes.
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Production Sponsors

The Paula Marie Black Endowment for Women’s Voices in the Art of Theatre

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Top banner photo credit: Shannon Matesky and Behzad Dabu in PUT YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER; photo by Jim Carmody

Cast & Creators
Image of Ike Holter Ike Holter Playwright

is a 2017 winner of the Windham-Campbell Prize, one of the highest awards for playwriting in the world. Holter is a resident playwright at Victory Gardens Theater, and has been commissioned by The Kennedy Center, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, South Coast Rep and The Playwrights’ Center. He had recent productions in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens and Steep Theatre. His work has been previously produced at the Steppenwolf Garage, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, Off Broadway at Barrow Street and Cherry Lane, The Lily Tomlin Center in LA, True Colors in Atlanta, Forward Theater in Wisconsin, Water Tower Theater in Dallas, 3oaks in Michigan, and Jackalope, Teatro Vista, A Red Orchid and The Inconvenience in Chicago. He is the artistic director of The Roustabouts and is a regular performer at Salonathon in Chicago.

Ike Holter Playwright
Image of Lili-Anne Brown Lili-Anne Brown Director

A native Chicagoan, Ms. Brown works as a director, actor and educator. She is the former artistic director of Bailiwick Chicago, where she directed Dessa Rose (Jeff Award), Passing Strange (Black Theatre Alliance Award and Jeff Award nomination for Best Director of a Musical), See What I Wanna See (Steppenwolf Theatre Garage Rep) and the world premiere of Princess Mary Demands Your Attention by Aaron Holland. Other directing credits include Ike Holter’s Lottery Day (Goodman Theatre); The Wolf at the End of the Block (16th Street Theatre); The Wiz (Kokandy Productions); Xanadu (American Theatre Company) and many others. Brown is a member of SDC, SAG-AFTRA and a graduate of Northwestern University.

Lili-Anne Brown Director
Image of Behzad Dabu Behzad Dabu Rolan
Image of Linda Libby Linda Libby Josephine
Image of Shannon Matesky Shannon Matesky Caroline
Image of Assata Assata Understudy: Caroline/Josephine
Image of Corneilus Franklin Corneilus Franklin Understudy: Rolan
  • Arnel SanciancoScenic Designer
  • David Israel ReynosoCostume Designer
  • Amanda ZieveLighting Designer
  • Victoria DeiorioSound Designer
  • Steve RankinFight Director
  • Gabriel GreeneDramaturg
  • Phyllis Schuringa, C.S.A.Casting
  • Jacole KitchenLocal Casting Director
  • Marie JahelkaStage Manager
  • Willie Mae MichielsAssistant Stage Manager
  • Benjamin SeibertProduction Manager
  • Desiree Hatfield-BuckleyAssistant Costume Designer
  • Nadia GuevaraAssistant Director
  • Christopher FlagstadCostume Design Assistant
  • Mae Ann RossSound Design Assistant
  • Nicholas Lambros SmithStage Management Assistant
  • Katherine Buchholz,
    Elaina Kaehler
    Stage Management Interns
Venue Info

Mandell Weiss Forum

The Mandell Weiss Forum is a 400-seat thrust stage theatre, with audience members surrounding the stage on three sides.

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