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Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences

​​Founded as the Goodman Children's Theatre in 1925 and recognized as a pioneer of theatre for families, Chicago Playworks welcomes more than 25,000 students and families to our highly celebrated productions each season. Today we are dedicated to reflecting our audience's experience in an urban, contemporary, and multi-racial environment.

The 2023-24 Chicago Playworks for Families and 
Young Audiences Series

The Mole Hill Stories 
by Alvaro Saar Rios
directed by Michelle Lopez-Rios                
October 7-November 4, 2023
A Midsummer Night's Dream                                            by William Shakespeare, edited by Don Fleming
directed by Chris Anthony
May 11-June 1, 2024
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DePaul's Historic Merle Reskin Theatre
Located at 60 East Balbo Drive, this Beaux-Arts style theatre was built as the Blackstone Theatre in 1910 and designed by Chicago architects Benjamin Howard Marshall and Charles Eli Fox. To learn more about the theatre, visit this page.

Public Transportation
The theatre is easily accessible by public transportation. The Red, Blue, Brown, Pink, Green, Orange, and Purple lines have stops nearby, and multiple bus routes serve the theatre.

There are several parking lots near the theatre, including LAZ Public Parking at 1 E. 8th Street, and Multipark at 635 S. Wabash Avenue. For parking rates and additional information, visit our Parking & Directions page.

Michelle Lopez-Rios

We are excited to open the Playworks season with The Mole Hill Stories adapted by award-winning playwright Alvaro Saar Rios. The play beautifully weaves together three books (Mole's Hill, Cucú, and Moon Rope) by acclaimed author and illustrator Lois Ehlert.​ This bilingual play explores fables from Peru, Mexico, and the Seneca people. DePaul student designers bring Topo the Mole and all of her forest friends to life with stunning costumes, music, projections, and lights.​ Join us for an afternoon of inspiring young people to take risks and dream big.  -Michelle Lopez-Rios, Artistic Director