“I’m thrilled to have the chance to bring my work back to Chicago,” states author A. Zell Williams. “I cut my artistic teeth here self-producing readings with my good friend, Brian Hurst. This city is the perfect place for CARROLL GARDENS to have its World Premier. Here, audiences have a wealth of personal insight into the issues of race, class, loyalty and gentrification that ignite conflict in this play.”

“Zell certainly knows how to make an audience squirm,” adds director Ann Filmer. “CARROLL GARDENS is so damn funny! His characters say all the wrong things. For all the right reasons.”


Featuring Gregory Geffrard (Flip in Eclipse Theatre’s Our Lady of 121st Street), Alex Fisher (Step Up Productions Barefoot in the Park), Andy Lutz (The House Theatre’s The Revel), Minita Gandhi (Dr. Prospere on NBC’s Chicago Fire), Brian J. Hurst (of Oracle Productions) with Mark West and Leena Kurishingal as understudies. CARROLL GARDENS is the third offering in 16th Street’s Season Nine 2016: LOYALTY, following the extended, sold-out hits of THE BOOK CLUB PLAY and YASMINA’S NECKLACE.

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