The Right Brain Project

Where Passion Plays



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August 22 – September 14, 2019 at the Athenaeum Theatre

Written by Jillian Leff

Directed by Kathi Kaity 

Stephanie and Mike are a couple who think they have it figured out. He's an accountant moving up in his firm, and she is an aspiring writer who has recently quit her day job to pursue writing full time. Mike wants to help with her novel in any and every way he can. But Stephanie won't let him read a single page of her rough draft- she wants to keep it a surprise. After a year of writing, submitting, edits and dealing with her new agent, Dan, the book is finally ready to be published. Mike excitedly reads it only to find out it's about his childhood growing up and eventually escaping from a cult. As the buzz for Stephanie's book grows, so does the danger of Mike's past finally coming back for him. 

(Non)Fiction examines the line between fact and fiction. When does an artist have a right to a story? And ultimately, who does the story belong to- the person who told it or the person who lived it?

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 on Sundays. Industry discounts will always apply. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Tickets for Athanaeum Theatre performances can be purchased HERE.


 Kathi Kaity (Director): When I first read (Non)Fiction last summer, I was struck by the dual (and sometimes, dueling) love stories present in Jillian’s beautifully written script. Not only do we get a glimpse into a very careworn and devoted relationship between Stephanie and Mike, we are also privy to Stephanie’s own love story with her life’s passion: writing. As an artist, I was drawn to this special kind of love that resides between a creator and their creation, and intrigued by the question of what would happen when these two brands of affection come into direct conflict. How does one choose between who they love and what they love, when one’s identity is so intrinsically tied to both? I am thrilled to be working on Jillian’s third Chicago premier this year, and to explore these very human themes where even the best intentions are sometimes not enough to save both a love and the lover.


Cristiana Barbatelli* (Emma)

Maddy Bernhard (Stephanie)

Tim Lee (Dan/Jaye/Intern)

Justin Verstraete* (Mike)


Hannah Green 

* Denotes Company Member/Artistic Associate


Director: Kathi Kaity*

Assistant Director: Suzie Herrington

Stage Manager: Krista Reeves*

Intimacy Director: Sarah Scanlon

Fight Choreographer: Justin Verstraete*

Social Media: Cristiana Barbatelli*

* Denotes Company Member/Artistic Associate