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Performances of "Crawling Between Heaven and Earth" begin April 14


Crawling Between Heaven and EarthThe Collective, the theater production company of Concordia University Chicago, presents “Crawling Between Heaven and Earth,” a play based on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Written by Eric John Meyer and Jason Narvy, and directed by Emmi Hilger, the play runs April 14-16 and 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., and April 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. at the Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park, IL.

In the Mississippi Delta during the Great Depression, a lonely drifter confronts a young man in a saloon and tells him the local drought was caused by a pact made with the devil—and it’s the young man’s job to make it right. Part Shakespeare, part Robert Johnson ballad, “Crawling Between Heaven and Earth” is an American “Hamlet” set to roots music.

The production features musical direction by David Knoell, Artist-in-Residence with The Collective at CUC, and fight choreography by Brian Plocharczyk, who has designed many fights for the theater and served as a stunt coordinator for films and television.

Director Emmi Hilger, based in Chicago, is the artistic director of Something Marvelous, a festival of magical realism. She enjoys collaborating with playwrights to explore theater’s unique ability to inspire imagination. Playwright Eric John Meyer has written many plays including “The Apocryphal Tragedy of King Michael,” about the death of Michael Jackson, “The Broken Umbrella,” and “The Sister,” which premiered at NYTW’s Fourth Street Theater in 2013. Playwright Jason Narvy, Chair of the Department of Theater at Concordia-Chicago, starred in Fox Television’s “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” from 1993 to 1999, and is now a Chicago-based actor and director of theater.

General admission tickets to “Crawling Between Heaven and Earth” are $15, with discounts available for students, seniors and CUC alumni. Purchase tickets online at, or by cash or check at the door before show time.