Gothic Arch

Jeffrey Fiske

Inspired by
“In a Grove” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Rashomon by Akira Kurosawa & Shinobu Hashimoto

Directed by Renee Lynn Jackson*

April 17th - 27th
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays 7:30pm
Sundays 3:00pm
Saturday April 26th 3:00pm
The Den Theatre (1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622)


*Denotes Company Member

Produced as part of our Workshop Series, Gothic Arch is inspired by the film Rashomon by acclaimed filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. It tells the compelling story of a single crime, retold and re-imagined through the unique lens of multiple witnesses. Gothic Arch explores the effect of perspective on storytelling, and how it can both mask and reveal something as complex as the truth.

In our Workshop Series we work alongside a playwright in the final stages of script development to bring his or her words to life on stage.


CJ Chapman, Laura Ann Jewell, Mal Marcus, Jules Reid, Londen Shannon, Will Snyder, Lizzi Walker, Emelia Zuckerman*


Delena Bradley (Costume Designer), Evan Henderson* (Fight Choreographer), Oriana Dentici (Lighting Designer), Jake Ives (Set Designer), Alex Palma (Sound Designer), Claire Shavzin* (Stage Manager)

About the Writer:

Jeffrey Fiske adapted and directed The Screwtape Letters, which has enjoyed two Off-Broadway runs, a national tour, a long run in Chicago and two runs at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC.  He has also directed a production of Mark’s Gospel, which won the Jeff Award for best one person show.  His script of Boudica, the true story of the woman who commanded the largest rebellion against the Roman Empire, was performed at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre Off-Broadway, and is currently part of the Babes With Blades “Fighting Words” program here in Chicago.  Jeff’s play Britomart, the story of the one female Knight of the Round Table, was performed at the International Spoleto Festival.  For several years he was a voter for the Lortel Awards, one of the highest awards given to Off-Broadway shows.  His play Clytaemnestra, a multi-media retelling of The Orestaia, earned him a one year Playwriting Fellowship with the New Jersey State Council for the Arts. 
His doctoral dissertation, Toward a New Renaissance, earned accolades from the Princeton University Institute for Advanced Studies and was the subject of discussion between Pulitzer Prize Winner Daniel J. Boostin and Sam Donaldson on a special ABC News program (Dr. Fiske worked with Dr. Boorstin on the book The Creators).  Toward a New Renaissance also resulted in Jeff serving as an advisor to NASA and other space exploration organizations for two years.  He has served as an advisor to and presented conference presentations at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Nebraska Repertory Company, and other regional theaters. 
A college professor for nearly two decades, Jeff taught in the graduate schools of Drew University and Montclair State University, and was the advisor for many doctoral dissertations and masters theses.  Jeff has his doctorate in theatre from Ohio State University.