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Gift Theatre’s 2013 season to probe birth, death, what lies beyond

Updated: October 31, 2012 6:41AM

The Gift Theatre, that cultural anchor of the Jefferson Park neighborhood overseen by Michael Patrick Thornton (the actor known to television audiences as Dr. Gabriel Fife on ABC’s “Private Practice”), has announced its 2013 season.

The company will repeat its practice of getting things rolling by presenting TEN (Jan. 10-20, 2013), an anthology of ten 10-minute-long world premiere plays curated by artistic director Thornton. Tickets to TEN are free, but subscribers have the first opportunity to reserve tickets.

The 11th season lineup will then move on to present the following:

— “Vigils” (March 1-April 28, 2013), Noah Haidle’s heartbreaking yet gently whimsical tale of a young widow who keeps her deceased husband’s soul in a box by her bed, but ultimately must make a crucial choice when the possibility for new love enters her life. Erica Weiss will direct.

— “Mine” (June 13-Aug. 11, 2013), a dark thriller by Laura Marks, receiving its Chicago premiere, which spins the story of Mari, a new mother convinced the baby in her arms is not actually hers. Marti Lyons will direct.

— “Broadsword” (Sept. 19-Nov. 17, 2013), Marco Ramirez’s drama, in its Chicago premiere, about the former members of a heavy metal band who gather for their lead guitarist’s funeral. Their reunion soon becomes a supernatural rescue mission. Directed by Keira Fromm. Ramirez is a veteran writer of the TV series “Sons of Anarchy”.

Gift Theatre is at 4802 N. Milwaukee. For tickets call (773) 283-7071 or visit

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