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Plenty of premieres planned for Chicagoland this fall

Robin Witt directs Erik Hellman, Leah Karpel, Linda Kimbrough, Lily Mojekwu, Lori Myers, and Lusia Strus in the Midwest premiere of The Commons of Pensacola written by actress Amanda Peet. “Examining the collateral damage wrought by a crooked Wall Street financier, Amanda Peet stirs the embers of one family’s scorched life,” says Artistic Director BJ Jones of the comic-drama that runs from September 12 to October 19 at Northlight Theatre on 9501 Skokie Boulevard in Skokie. For tickets ($25-$78), call 847-673-6300 or visit northlight.org.

Chicago Opera Theater presents the Chicago premiere (September 13-21) of Ernest Bloch’s English opera Macbeth featuring musical performances by the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Apollo Chorus at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on 205 E. Randolph Drive. For tickets ($35-$125) and more information, visit: chicagooperatheater.org.

The Chicago premieres of Down Easy and Mercy Strain will be performed at 1909 W. Byron Street as part of American Theater Company’s 30th anniversary season. “These plays address of-the-moment healthcare issues: Easy beautifully presents choices and situations we eventually all will face, all will experience, and Mercy focuses in depth on one man’s journey to navigate the American insurance system,” explains the company’s artistic director PJ Paparelli. “ATC has a history of presenting plays in dialogue with one another, and these productions will spark a much-needed dialogue about a universal American issue.” For tickets ($38-$48) and more information, call 773-409-4125 or visit www.atcweb.org.

The world premiere of Miracles in the Fall by Dionysos Cup Award Winner Chuck O'Connor kicks off Polarity Ensemble Theatre’s new season. Laura Berner Taylor, Rian Jairell, Mickey O’Sullivan and Fred Wellisch star under the direction of Jeff Award-winner Richard Shavzin. It drama runs from September 3 through October 5 at Chicago’s Greenhouse Theater Center on 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue. For details, visit www.petheatre.com or call 773-404-7336.

Will Allan, Jasmine Bracey, Lucy Carapetyan, Amelia Hefferon, Matt Kahler, Mildred Marie Langford, Blake Montgomery, Dana Murphy, Lance Newton and Sean Parris will star in George Orwell’s Animal Farm adapted by Althos Low. The the world premiere production by Steppenwolf for Young Adults runs from October 15 to November 9, 2014 on 1650 N Halsted Street. For tickets and more information, call 312-335-1650 or visit steppenwolf.org. For school group tickets, contact Lauren Sivak at 312-654-5643.