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Origin Story

By Nathan Alan Davis
Lisa Gaye Dixon, director

Tracing out the struggles and joys of Margaret, a young millennial working two jobs to pay off her student debt, Origin Story is a timely slice of American life. Sweet, funny, and with a bit of an edge, the production looks at the phenomenon of “quarter-life” crisis, without pulling punches, and without cynicism or naivete.

A native of Rockford, Illinois, and graduate of Illinois Theatre, award-winning young playwright Davis now lives in New York City. Davis’ Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea enchanted Krannert Center audiences in 2016, and Illinois Theatre is proud to present the Midwest premier of Origin Story.

Contains adult content.

Due to pandemic-related staffing shortages, Stage 5 Bar will be closed in the afternoon on Saturday, November 13.

The program booklet for this event will be offered digitally and will not be available in print. If you will need disability-related accommodations, please email krannertcenter [at] illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

If you can, show your love for the arts by purchasing a $50 “Advocate” ticket; the additional ticket cost directly benefits Illinois Theatre.

Tickets for this event will go on sale to the public at 10am on Tuesday, October 5. Tickets will be sold online only, not by phone or at the Ticket Office counter. Before the on-sale date, please visit Krannert Center’s online ticket office to ensure you have or can create an active account. All 2021-2022 ticket on-sale dates are now available. To learn about early ticket-buying opportunities, please contact Krannert Center’s Advancement team: 217.333.6700 or advancement [at] krannertcenter.illinois.edu.

As part of the University of Illinois, Krannert Center follows U of I guidelines regarding face coverings and other COVID-19 safety protocols. These guidelines change as conditions change, so we will continue to adjust our practices and keep you informed throughout the season. At this time, face coverings are required in indoor university spaces such as Krannert Center. In addition, people who are NOT fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering outdoors when they cannot practice social distancing.