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A Home on the Lake Theatre Production

A Home on the Lake is a play about two Evanston families in two eras whose lives are disrupted by matters of property and race. In 1920, as the Great Migration begins to change the demographics of Evanston, two entrepreneurs—one white, one African American—make business deals that will result in the relocation of black residents to what will become, for generations thereafter, the city’s “black district.” Their business decisions have consequences for their own families, including one that isn’t revealed for nearly a century when the current descendants of those two families are faced with the question of who has a right to a home on the lake.

Inspired by the playwrights’ research, in addition to interviews of several Evanston community members conducted by the founder of Dear Evanston, Nina Kavin, this play delves into themes of displacement, equity, home ownership, and how communities are divided or come together during times of upheaval.

Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre and Piven Theatre Workshop have a long history of collaborative projects with the overarching mission of finding ways to enhance each other’s work.  The two theaters are committed to finding new ways, including the A Home on the Lake theatre production, of engaging and cross-pollinating their diverse audiences, and developing a love of theatre from early education through to active audience members.

A Home on the Lake Theatre Production

Community Partnerships

We are thrilled to offer talkbacks with community partners throughout the run of the A Home on the Lake theater production ! Our theatre community partnerships are listed below.

Family Promise, April 22

Talkback afterwards with Tracy Lawson-McKeithen and Juliet Bond

Family Promise helps families who are homeless to get back into permanent and sustainable housing and employment as quickly as possible. They provide emergency transitional shelter using the existing facilities of local congregations and organizations. Tracy Lawson-McKeithen is the Executive Director at Family Promise.

Interfaith Action, May 19th

Talkback afterwards with Susan Murphy and Jen Green

Inspired by diverse faiths and shared values, Interfaith Action of Evanston brings people together to serve hungry and homeless people, pursue interfaith dialogue, and engage in advocacy that promotes social justice. Susan Murphy is the Executive Director for Interfaith Action.

Dear Evanston, May 10

Talkback afterwards with Nina Kavin and Juliet Bond

Through the power of storytelling, Dear Evanston examines issues of race, equity, inclusion, and youth gun violence in Evanston to open dialogue, build bridges and effect change in our community. Nina Kavin interviewed Evanston residents whose stories were utilized for the research that the fictional play, A Home on the Lake was based upon.

Open Communities, May 20th

Talkback afterwards with Sheryl Ring, Laura Kochevar and Juliet Bond

Open Communities educates, advocates and organizes to promote just and inclusive communities in north suburban Chicago. They are a leading voice for housing, economic and social justice in north suburban Chicago, working to promote inclusive communities that are welcoming to all.  Neda Nozari is an attorney and mediator with experience mediating a vast range of legal, personal and organizational issues. She is a highly skilled negotiator and a trained and proficient facilitator of communication. Neda’s experience includes but is not limited to the practice areas of housing, employment, education and family.

Dear Evanston, May 17

Talkback afterwards with Founders Nina Kavin and Juliet Bond

Through the power of storytelling, Dear Evanston examines issues of race, equity, inclusion, and youth gun violence in Evanston to open dialogue, build bridges and effect change in our community. Nina Kavin interviewed Evanston residents whose stories were utilized for the research that the fictional play, A Home on the Lake was based upon.

A Home on the Lake theatre production will be performed at Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes Street April 19-May 20, 2018

Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm

Sundays at 2:30pm

Tickets: $15-$30

Contact us at 847-866-8049 or by visiting our Contact Us page.

*For group rates please contact us at 847-866-8049.