In the Canyon 

World Premiere

Jackalope Theatre

October 16 – November 24, 2018

By Calamity West

Directed by Elly Green 

IN THE CANYON is a new American saga by Calamity West spanning from 2007 to 2067. In an exploration of the present attack on Roe v. Wade, this world premiere chronicles a story of survival, and imagines the decline of a broken society. When the sun begins to set on a shattered world, the canyon rocks and walls come alive and a story of resistance is birthed.


Civic Event: A panel of sexual health educators, providers, and scholars will discuss with dramaturg Dani Wieder what recent and possible changes at the federal level actually mean for access to reproductive care in our city. Joining us are representatives from such organizations as Chicago Abortion FundIllinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, and more.

“As the dramaturg for In The Canyon, much of my work has been understanding what about Calamity's epic play is based in history, and what is a product of her stunning imagination. As I was putting together information for the actors, I realized that while the play you have seen or will see is a beautifully crafted piece of fiction, everything that happens In The Canyon is -or has been at one time- real.

This is not as terrifying as you might think. What this actually means is that we already have the tools to understand how to handle our current moment, and we already have organizations in Chicago built to handle what might lie ahead.”

-Dani Wieder

In the Canyon  at Jackalope Theatre

In the Canyon at Jackalope Theatre