Griffin Theater Announces North American Premiere of SOLARIS at Raven Theater


Griffin Theater Company will welcome audiences again this winter with the North American premiere of David Greig’s sci-fi thriller Solaris, adapted from Stanisław Lem’s novel and directed by Scott Weinstein*, from February 19 to March 27, 2022 at the Schwartz in Raven Theater Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. in Chicago.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, January 27 at www.griffintheatre.com or by calling (773) 338-2177. The press opening is Sunday February 27 at 7 p.m.

Please note: The Raven Theater currently requires proof of vaccination and mask-wearing at all performances. Protocols are subject to change closer to the event date. For all current information on COVID-19 and Raven’s vaccination, visit raventheatre.com/covid-19.

The cast includes Isa Arciniegas*, Larry Baldacci*, John Drea, Nicole Laurenzi* and TJ Thomas.

On a space station on the edge of the galaxy, a small group of scientists study the isolated ocean planet of Solaris. Sent from Earth to investigate reports of anomalous activity on board, a new scientist arrives to find a dead crew member and two who see things that cannot be explained. Did the prolonged isolation in space cause hallucinations on board? Or is it something else? A vivid exploration of loneliness, isolation, and how we deal with loss, this sci-fi thriller asks if we can truly understand the universe without first understanding what’s in our hearts.

Lem’s novel has been adapted numerous times for film, radio and theatre. Major film adaptations include the 1972 version by Andrei Tarkovsky and the 2002 version by Steven Soderbergh.

Solaris received its world premiere in 2019 at the Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, in a co-production with the Royal Lyceum Theater in Edinburgh. After the Malthouse Theater run, the play moved to the Royal Lyceum Theater and then to the Lyric Hammersmith in London, England.

The production team includes Joe Schermoly* (stage design), Izumi Inaba (costume design), Brandon Wardell+ (lighting design), Eric Backus (sound design), Ivy Treccani (property design), Yeaji Kim ( projection/video design), Courtney Abbott (intimacy director), Jonathan Mayo (production director), Evan Sposato (technical director) and Sara Beaman (stage manager).

*Denotes Griffin Theater Ensemble Member +Denotes Griffin Theater Artistic Associate

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