Photo Credit: Sam Doyle Photography

Photo Credit: Sam Doyle Photography

the chicago premiere of

the awake

by Ken Urban
directed by Josh Altman

February 12 - March 12, 2016

Malcolm, a devoted son, floats on a bed with his mother on an endless sea, as Gabrielle, an Eastern European actress, awakes to a new life in America. Meanwhile, Nate is on the run from a faceless interrogator. These three strangers discover that a mysterious corporation bonds them together.

Moving between dreams and reality, Ken Urban’s award-winning play explores the unspoken culture of fear that is the new normal of American life.

Josh Altman, the dramaturg for Ike Holter’s nationally acclaimed Exit Strategy, joins FFT to direct this surreal and moving Chicago premiere. THE AWAKE premiered at 59E59 in New York in 2013 and was named a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times.

Production Team:
Lauren Nigri -- Scenic Design
Heather Sparling -- Lighting Design
Robert Hornbostel -- Sound Design
Kelsey Ettman -- Costume Design
Julie Leghorn -- Stage Manager
Will Bishop* -- Production Manager
Cole von Glahn -- Assistant Director
LJ Luthringer -- Assistant Sound Designer
Sarah Collonge* -- Master Electrician
Ian Olsen -- Technical Director



Kaiser Ahmed -- Nate
Scottie Caldwell -- Gabrielle
Daniel Desmaris -- Malcom
Barbara Figgins -- Ensemble
Amanda Fink* -- Ensemble
Ada Grey -- Ensemble
Matt Thinnes -- Ensemble

*denotes First Floor Theater company member


thank you to our opening night sponsor