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Broken Nose Theatre, one of Chicago’s premier Pay-What-You-Can theatre companies, is pleased to continue its tenth season with the world premiere audio drama Primer, a deeply honest look at the prioritization of property over people.
When looters smash in a Michigan Avenue store’s front windows, this singular act of destruction affects a host of individuals, including the store’s security team, its managers, employees at one of its Cosmetics kiosks and more. Featuring a sequence of scenes that view the incident from vastly different perspectives, Primer offers a panorama of a single act of looting in the heart of the Magnificent Mile. Set in Brady’s, the same fictional store that served as backdrop to Davis’s much-lauded play Plainclothes (for which he received the M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award), and featuring the return of some notable characters, Primer examines institutions’ tendencies to prioritize property over people, as well as our country’s eagerness to cover up its blemishes, rather than treating the sicknesses that live just beneath the surface.


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