PROP THTR Group was established in 1981 by Artistic Director Scott Vehill, Technical Director Stefan Brun and other Chicago artists, making it the oldest surviving off-loop, non-equity theater in Chicago. PROP THTR has produced over 80 productions in its history, over 40 of them being world premieres. The theater's focus is on original or newly adapted works taken from literature. PROP THTR has adapted the works of Algren, Hecht, Burroughs, Brecht, Bukowski, Bradbury, Dick, Nin, Nabokov, Dostoyevsky and Salinger to name a few. Since 1998 Prop Thtr has been producing a new plays festival. They have derived great satisfaction in taking the new or unknown playwright out of the creative vacuum and giving them an environment to thrive in. Helping to bring their work to the next level and hopefully beyond.
PROP THTR hopes with their production of a yearly New Plays Festival and the creation of The National New Play Network that new plays and playwrights who have yet to enter the mainstream will get the national recognition they so rightly deserve. Simply put- if we do not support new plays there will be no new plays. PROP THTR attempts to inform the present and the future by examining and learning from the past. PROP THTR endeavors to expose their audience to new ideas through new works. Please visit our new home at 3502 N. Elston!