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Please note that individual productions may have seperate mask guidance. Refer to the show page and your confirmation emails for further information

Theater Wit follows the community masking guidelines recommended by Chicago Department of Public Health and CDC Community Risk Levels as outlined below (https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/covid-dashboard.html).

  • When Community Risk Level is HIGH (Red)- high quality mask required at all times indoors and in large groups
  • When Community Risk Level is MEDIUM (yellow) - Masks are recommended indoors and in large groups. If you are immunocompromised or at higher risk, consider wearing a mask at indoor public settings where vaccination status is unknown.
  • When Community Risk Level is LOW (green)- masks will be optional. If you are immunocompromised or at higher risk, consider wearing a mask at indoor public settings where vaccination status is unknown.
  • Masking in not required in the lobby or shared spaces.
  • If you choose to wear a mask, you may bring drinks and food from our bar into the spaces and lower your mask while actively drinking/eating.

Current Community Risk Level is MEDIUM. It is recommended but not required that patrons wear face coverings inside performance spaces, barring individual production guidance.

Free Exchanges due to illness

If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend :) Contact our box office on the day of performance and we will reschedule your ticket at no charge.

HVAC Improvements

Our upgraded HVAC systems increase the number of air exchanges to remove aerosolized droplets and provide updated filtering to meet CDC and city standards.

On behalf of the producers, staff and performers, we issue a heartfelt thank you to our audiences who make these generous accomodations for the health of all. We also thank you for respecting the choices of others regarding mask use in our space.

Part of Wit's 2017-18 Season: "Who are we?"
★★★ Terrific, poignant and funny. Engaging througout... Heads for the open range of American populism and paranoia.Chicago Tribune
CRITIC'S PICK. A thought-provoking romp that’s not to be missed. Magic!Performink
Stellar! This is a dark comedy that rings all too true.The Hawk Chicago
Masterful!Windy City Times
Meyer is brilliant!Chicago Reader
A stellar ensemble!Broadway World
As eye-opening and thought-provoking as Animal Farm, Jeremy Wechsler’s production is a tense, terrifically-acted story that offers a solid evening of provocative intrigue and entertainment. Chicago Theater Review

Pony Up, America!

Equestria is a land of friendship. Equestria is a land of magic. Equestria is Ben’s apartment in rural Pennsylvania. Every Tuesday night, Ben hosts "The Rust Belt Ponies Meet-Up Group for Adult Fans of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC.” Sharing fun with these friends is a wonderful place to be. After all, nothing bad can happen in Equestria… 

But when an ominous neighborhood watch brigade starts patrolling the streets, fear and paranoia creep into the circle of friendship. The outside world is turning more violent and authoritarian, and it is sucking our heroes into an entirely different story.

THE ANTELOPE PARTY is Eric Meyer's amazing and timely new comedy which explores the rise of a new social order and how the currents of history, normalization and fear can sweep up even the most generous bronies.

In the midst of increasing violence and authoritarianism, how can our heroes see the Magic in Everypony? And, even worse, what if they do?

In the midst of increasing violence and authoritarianism, how can our heroes see the Magic in Everypony? And, even worse, what if they do?

The Antelope Party

a world premiere for everypony by

Eric John Meyer

directed by Jeremy Wechsler

what makes director Jeremy Wechsler’s production engaging throughout is the way the cast commits to these characters without turning them into caricatures of either obsessive-nerd culture or jackbooted thugs. This isn’t a point-and-laugh-at-the-oddballs exercise. Wechsler and the half-dozen actors make us care about the people under the pony manes.Chicago Tribune
The dumpster fire of 2017 in hilarious and relatable terms. Playwright Eric John Meyer gives life and breath and love to all of these oddly human misfits. The entire ensemble brings this play world to life with a love and vivacity that only true Bronies could rally. A sensory overload that heightens the audience immersion. NOT TO BE MISSED!Performink
Eric John Meyer’s cautionary play, which feels drawn from today’s headlines, comes to life under the skillful direction of Jeremy Wechsler.The cast is first rate and Will Allan, in one of the strongest performances of his young career, is terrific as Shawn. A call to arms.Chicago Theatre Review
Go for the rainbows and twinkly lights, stay for the incredible specificity of performances, not to mention the remarkable set and costume designs. There are gems in this strange little play worth experiencing.New City
The Antelope Party preys on the fears all liberal Americans have been forced to face in the last troubling year. This is a dark comedy that rings all too true. Both wholly shocking and frighteningly expected. Stellar! The Hawk Chicago
Meyer takes an odd, fascinating turn: the neighborhood where the misfits meet has become an outpost for a watch group that evolves into a militant political organization with an arcane, quasi-Wagnerian mythology. Meyer is brilliant at showing how fantasy play may produce a brony or a neo-Nazi. Chicago Reader
Meyer is a confident writer who nails the elated, obsessive banter of an enthusiastic group of fans.TheaterMania
This deeply unsettlingly dark comedy truly is a reflection of our times. Director Jeremy Wechsler and his fine cast have fun with Meyer's upsetting material without ever getting too didactic or preachy. Anyone who has been following the news cycle since 2016 will see the value of what the play The Antelope Party has to say. Windy City Times
Under the helm of Theater Wit Artistic Director Jeremy Wechsler, THE ANTELOPE PARTY has a stellar ensemble to bring Meyer's work to life. Mesmerizing!Broadway World

Making The Antelope Party

an interview with playwright Eric John Meyer and actor Edward Mawere

Cast

Will Allan*

Anu Bhatt

Mary Winn Heider

Evan Linder

Edward Mawere

Annie Munch

Crew

directed by Jeremy Wechsler
stage managed by Sarah Luse*
scenic design by Joe Schermoly
lighting design by Diane Fairchild
costume Design by Karen Krolak
sound design by Jeffrey Levin
violence by Jaq Siefert
assistant stage management by Kaitlyn Broyles

* denotes a member of Actors Equity Association