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Protecting audiences and actors

We are taking the following steps to support safe attendance for artists, staff and audience during your visit.

  • Everyone (including audience members) at Theater Wit is required to be vaccincated to enter the building.
    • Each audience member must show proof of vaccination and state ID at the door for admittance.
    • Please present your vaccination card (electronic photos and copies are acceptable) and state ID when you arrive. Only fully vaccinated members of the public may be admitted. Negative PCR and rapid test results are not valid for admittance.
    • Patrons with medical or religious exemptions may be admitted but must contact the box office a minimum of 48 hours before the performance for additional review and guidance. Masks are required for medical and religious exemptions.
    • If you forget proof of vaccination, we will reschedule your tickets at no charge.
  • 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.
  • Masking is required for all audience members while Cook County is in MEDIUM risk level (according to the CDC) for the safety of the performers. When the risk level is lowered, we will relax the masking policy accordingly.
  • 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.

Season 2016-17 “Unexpected Families”

I'm very excited to announce one of Chicago's most exciting seasons of work from the country's finest playwrights and artists. These surprising plays are a clarion call for how compassion, humor and understanding can ignite unexpected community in a divided society. I hope you enjoy all these Chicago premieres; I've strived to find those particular works that can thrive in our unique home and artistic processes. - Jeremy Wechsler, Artistic Director
August 26-October 16, 2016


by Mat Smart

This extraordinary dramatic comedy is set in a Caribou Coffee in – you guessed it – Naperville. Smart, a native of Naperville, now a New York writer, returns to Chicago riding a wave of local acclaim after his play The Royal Society of Antarctica at Gift Theatre won the 2015 Equity Jeff Award for Best New Work. New York Theatre Review hailed the 2014 off-off-Broadway premiere of Naperville “a heartfelt and beautiful meditation on the comedy and tragedy of quiet places we are too quick to forget" and a “valentine to the heart and soul of the American suburbs.”


October 5-November 8

The Trump Card

by Mike Daisey

Already a sensation at New York’s Public Theatre and now on tour, Daisey has “open sourced” the rights to his 70-minute take-down of the current Republican presidential nominee. Wit can’t wait to “take on the reigning world heavyweight of self-mythologizing, the short-fingered vulgarian who captured a nation’s heart through bullying, charm, one-syllable explosions, and occasionally telling the brutal truth: Donald J. Trump.”

"The Trump Card trumps anything I have seen or heard about Donald Trump and it’s done with brutal candor, profound insight into the workings of the dangerously competent and comedic genius"

DC Metro Arts


November 27-December 23

This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles)

written and performed by Mitchell J. Fain

After eight years in the trenches, enjoy Mitchell's autobiographical, hilarious tell-all about his time as Crumpet the elf in Wit’s long-running hit The Santaland Diaries. Audiences will adore Fain’s fresh revelations about how family, drunks, 250 performances and the holiday spirits collide. Boozy Christmas carols, celebrity holiday gossip and the private lives of elves are all up for grabs in this warm-hearted take on a holiday show about a holiday show.


March 3-April 23

10 out of 12

by Anne Washburn

The Midwest debut of 10 Out of 12 by Anne Washburn, author of Wit’s 2014 smash hit Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, is our spring finale. Washburn’s newest, most adventurous work is a near-perfect recreation of a technical rehearsal, celebrating the hopes and visions that emerge from the most mundane of processes. In Wit’s production, audiences will don their own individual headsets to hear the backstage chatter and experience the challenges and madness of a technical rehearsal. What’s more, Washburn will join director Jeremy Wechsler to create a 10 Out of 12 fully customized for Chicago’s theater scene. Chicago theater lovers won’t want to miss Wit’s who’s-who Chicago version of what the New York Times already declared a "wholly original love song to the maddening art of the theater.""