Polarity Ensemble Theatre
"Bravo to this marvelous theatre company for being one of Chicago’s foremost advocates of original works by local playwrights."
--Chicago Theatre Review


Visions of Anna

She Plays in Darkness



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Polarity Ensemble Theatre is a resident theater company of the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614. (Not our mailing address).

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Polarity's Board of Directors will be deciding Polarity's new phase as co-founder and long-time Artistic Director Richard Engling steps down from his post at the end of December, 2016. Do you have a favorite show from our past twelve years?

Polarity presented the ambitious Afterlife Trilogy last season, publishing two novels and producing a play on the theme of friendships that survive beyond the grave.

We produced the popular and moving Leavings by Gail Parrish October/November, 2016 at the Greenhouse Theater Center.

LEAVINGS by Gail Parrish


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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.



General operating support has been provided by The MacArthur Funds for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.





Special thanks to The Saints for a grant benefitting The Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays.

Arts & Business Council of Chicago




Video interview: Richard Engling and Gail Parrish talk about LEAVINGS on our blog.

American Theatre magazine covered the Afterlife Trilogy.

NEW CITY covered the Dionysos Cup Festival.

Our Artistic Director Richard Engling talks about new play development in a Community Forum interview on CAN-TV.

Read the interviews with 2015 Dionysos Cup playwrights Gail Parrish, Barbara Lhota, Aline Lathrop, and Mary Beth Hoerner.

We are looking for volunteers and new Board members to help take us to the next level. Interested? Email us. Or help us with a donation. Thanks!

Lindsey Pearlman won the 2013 Jeff Award for Best Actress in a Principal Role for Never the Bridesmaid, Bill Jepsen's romantic comedy that was developed in our Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays!

Profiles of the 2014 Dionysos Cup playwrights: Skye Robinson Hillis, Kristiana Rae Colón, Helen Valenta, and Jenny Seidelman.

Profiles of the 2013 Dionysos Cup playwrights: Richard Engling, Steven Simoncic, Reginald Edmund, Chuck O'Connor, Darren Callahan.

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