This project examines the work of Phyllis Nagy, a hugely successful playwright in England whose work has been infrequently staged in the United States and rarely in Chicagoland. The Phyllis Nagy Project will include two of her works on our mainstage as well as a host of readings and educational programs to acquaint people with her body of work. The shows include Butterfly Kiss in which Lily Ross has murdered her mother. In her prison cell Lily reflects on a past and future, both real and imagined, while her lover, Martha, searches for the motive. Gradually, as through a glass darkly, we begin to perceive the complex web of events—a mother and grandmother living off dreams and alcohol, a father enclosed in his world of butterflies, the older man she seduced on the beach when she was just fourteen—which leads Lily inexorably to her extreme act. The Talented Mr. Ripley will be performed in repertory with Butterfly. In the play, Tom Ripley is a criminal with an ambiguous past who is sent to Italy by a wealthy financier to coax home the rich man's son. In the process Ripley attaches himself to Rickie Greenleaf as he soaks in luxury. But when the handsome and confident Rickie tires of him, Tom goes to extreme lengths to make Greenleaf's privileges his own. This subversive, psychological thriller explores the mind of one of literature’s great anti-heroes; an intelligent, suave, charming psychopath whose amorality is at the center of a plot about duplicity and murder. Times TBA.