A seminal force in the development of Chicago as a world-class theater town, the Organic has had many incarnations since its founding in 1970. After a period of dormancy, the Organic has re-emerged in the 21st century with a bold new vision and audacious new mission – to produce sparkling new adaptations and world classics rarely seen in Chicago. The Organic is committed to the vision of creating productions with a permanent group of artists over a sustained period of time and presenting them as a rotating repertory. This approach, while unusual in the United States, is widely accepted in much of the Western world as the ideal way to make a body of theatrical work.
Rotating repertory creates the opportunity for a unique relationship between the company and its audience, one in which the same actor can be seen in a variety of roles over a short period of time. It also allows the company of actors to work as a single instrument, much like the world's great orchestras and dance companies. Each season, new productions are added to the repertoire and performed alongside old favorites.
Today, the repertoire of the Organic includes:
Theophilus North by Matthew Burnett
The Naked King by Yevgeni Schwartz
All in the Timing by David Ives
The Police by Sławomir Mrożek
Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
The $30,000 Bequest by Mark Twain
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol by Tom Mula
The Dressing Room by Kunio Shimizu
Man with Bags by Eugene Ionesco
Play Strindberg by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Bobby Gould in Hell by David Mamet
Tomfoolery by Tom Lehrer