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Hopelessly Devoted


3.5/4 stars from the Chicago Tribune! Jeff Awards recommended!

Hopelessly Devoted

Written by Kate Tempest
Original music by Dan Carey
Directed by Abby Pierce

Hopelessly Devoted tells the powerful story of Chess, a woman in prison facing a lengthy sentence, the pain of separation from her daughter, the loss of her cell mate, Serena, when she is given parole, and the feeling of total isolation. When prison authorities suggest she work with Silver, a music producer, Chess begins to find her voice, her strength, and her ability to face the most difficult thing of all – her past. Featuring award-winning poet and musician Kate Tempest’s trademark lyrical fireworks and live music, Hopelessly Devoted is a story of love and redemption.

Throughout the run of Hopelessly Devoted, Piven will offer talk backs and community conversations related to thematic elements of the production.


May 5 with Dear Evanston’s founder Nina Kavin


Nicole Michelle Haskins as Chess

Kate Staiger in Ensemble

Genevieve VenJohnson as Silver

Alexis Ward in Ensemble

Christine Vrem-Ydstie as Serena