EDGEWATER — Plays about a war-torn Midwest, dating in Los Angeles and a same-sex engagement frowned upon by an abusive father are set to grace the stage at the Berger Park Cultural Center beginning Saturday.
Neighborhood theater company Three Cat Productions has partnered with the lakeside Berger Park Cultural Center to host seven plays this spring.
The shows, dubbed the "Chicago New Work Festival," showcases Chicago playwrights, directors and actors.
The festival's first play, "Sasha Dune," runs 7 p.m. Saturday at the cultural center.
The play, written by Lisa Scott and directed by Three Cat Productions artistic director Jason Smith, tells the story of a trio traveling through a post-apocalyptic Midwest after America collapses into war.
As described by the theater company's website: "The three travelers test each other’s ideals and morality as they converge on the road to Indianapolis: sex, family, and compassion, selfishness, loneliness and abuse clash before the tension of a struggle to survive."
Tickets can be purchased for $10.
Before moving to Edgewater, Three Cat Productions performed mostly in suburban Skokie, before it struck up a partnership with Berger Park.
"I think it's a perfect fit for us," Smith said. "The combination of things that we do is really perfect for the neighborhood of Edgewater — they like that sort of sophisticated art program."
And another big plus, he said, of Berger Park: "It’s like 10 feet from the water."
The festival will run through May 18.