Boho Theatre announces directors for 2019 season


CHICAGO—BoHo Theatre announces the directors for its upcoming 2019 season, its first as a resident theatre at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Lincoln Park. BoHo is focused on bringing people together through an eclectic mix of musicals, dramas, and classic plays, inspiring its community to make caring, thoughtful relationships the highest priority.

Bright Star

Music, lyrics, and book by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
Directed and choreographed by Ericka Mac
March 16 – May 5, 2019 at the Greenhouse Theater Center

BoHo Theatre’s spring production of the new bluegrass-inspired musical Bright Star will be directed and choreographed by Ericka Mac. Inspired by a real event, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 40s.

“For me, BRIGHT STAR is about how unconditional love and hope can overcome obstacles,” says Mac. “How forgiveness can redeem a person/situation and create miracles.” Similar to many recent BoHo productions, the music will be fully integrated into the storytelling by having actors play instruments to create a seamless, up-close musical experience.

The River

By Jez Butterworth
Directed by Jerrell L. Henderson
June 8 – July 28, 2019 at the Greenhouse Theater Center

The second production of BoHo’s 15th season, the haunting and complex new play THE RIVER, will be directed by Jerrell L. Henderson. Part thriller, part ghost story, this haunting play is a poignant tale of love, loss, and the cycles of pain inflicted over and over. “The characters in THE RIVER wrestle with the question of whether achieving or attaining love, actual love, is even possible,” remarks Henderson. “The play’s themes are eternal, universal, subtly epic, and devilishly playful. I can’t wait to share this play with our community!”

Big Fish

Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, Book by John August
Directed by BoHo Artistic Director Stephen Schellhardt
September 28 – November 17, 2019 at the Greenhouse Theater Center

BoHo closes out its 2019 season with the larger-than-life musical Big Fish directed by Artistic Director Stephen Schellhardt. Schellhardt previously earned acclaim with BoHo directing Urinetown and choreographing Dogfight. “This is a wonderful story about legacy, family secrets, and the bond between a father and son,” says Schellhardt. “It emphasizes the enormous dreams we can create for ourselves and the realities we must face when those dreams don’t turn out the way we envisioned.”

BoHo Memberships are unique subscription packages that allow for flexibility in choosing productions and dates, as well as reserved seating and invitations to exclusive events. Membership packages for BoHo’s 2019 season are on sale now at or (866) 811-4111.

Press release from BoHo Theatre