Four Returns to Chicago

May 21st, 2015

Jackalope’s production of Four will return for an engagement this summer for Theater on the Lake!

the cast of Four

the cast of Four

The World Will Not Contain Us at New Dramatists

April 23rd, 2015

On April 22 I had the first-ever private reading of my new musical written with David Hancock Turner, The World Will Not Contain Us. Evan Cabnet directed a brilliant cast: Alexandra Socha, Ben Moss, and Austin Hohnke. New Dramatists generously hosted me as an alumnus and the project was supported by The 24 Hour Plays and Evangeline Morphos. Very excited to take the next step!

Ben Moss, Alexandra Socha, and the bookwriter and composer

Ben Moss, Alexandra Socha, and the bookwriter and composer-lyricist


Playwrights Panel at Mark Twain House

April 20th, 2015

After a fun discussion with Neil LaBute, Mark St Germain and Frank Rizzo at the Mark Twain House.

image1 Twain House

Oliver Butler to Direct An Opening in Time

April 3rd, 2015

The great Oliver Butler of The Debate Society will direct the world premiere of An Opening in Time at Hartford Stage this September.

Oliver Butler

Oliver Butler

An Opening in Time at Hartford Stage

March 20th, 2015

My new play An Opening in Time will have its world premiere at Hartford Stage this fall! I’m so thrilled to premiere the play with the theatre I grew up at.


Jackalope Interview

March 13th, 2015

I did a fun talk about Four with the folks at Jackalope.

Talk At Mark Twain House

March 12th, 2015

I’m talking with Neil LaBute and Mark St Germain at the Mark Twain House in Hartford on April 18, with Frank Rizzo moderating. Buy tickets here.


Now or Later Reading at MTC

March 6th, 2015

Doug Hughes will be directing a reading of Now or Later at MTC on March 30; make a reservation here.

Eddie Redmayne and Domhnall Gleeson

Eddie Redmayne and Domhnall Gleeson

HowlRound Interview

March 4th, 2015

HowlRound interviewed me about the playwriting MFA at the New School for Drama.

Shinn class

Four in Chicago

March 3rd, 2015

Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago: Shinn displays much of the same fascination with the interplay of sexual desire and psychological identity as can be seen in later works like Dying City or Teddy Ferrara, and Nate Silver’s measured, handsomely staged production for Jackalope Theatre Company carefully captures the ambiguities of such fraught encounters, the equal mix of elation and uncertainty.

Kevin Greene, Chicago Stage Standard: Christopher Shinn’s Four, set in 1996, avoids decade fetishizing in the simplest way possible: by being an authentic document of the time. In 2015 his play functions as a time portal devised by a writer with a keen sense of what changes and what stays the same from decade to decade.

Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema: A slice of art delicately delivered in Jackalope’s less-is-more local premiere. Howard’s paternal mentor, Kurowski’s big-eyed listener, Collins’ spunky schoolgirl, and Martinez’ frustrated Lothario–they encapsulate the U.S. on the day we were born.

Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh: Shinn writes these encounters with a realness that borders on painful. FOUR is not for the Hallmark addicted.  It’s for people looking for love in all the wrong places.

Robert Howard and Michael Kurowski

Robert Howard and Michael Kurowski