Third Eye Theater Ensemble Presents Midwest Premiere of Han Lash’s BEOWULF

Third Eye Theater Ensemble celebrates its ninth season with the Midwest premiere of Han Lash’s Beowulf at The Edge Off Broadway, 1133 W. Catalpa Ave, Chicago, September 2-11.

Collective trauma has not been lacking in our community for the past few years. Yet, in these common struggles, we are surrounded by modern-day heroes, be they teachers, soldiers or health care providers. But what does their courage cost?

With music hailed by The New York Times as “striking and ingenious…beautifully brooding”, composer and librettist Han Lash introduces us to the world of Beowulf. Unlike the brawny images conjured up by the Old English poem of yore, Lash’s Beowulf unveils a different kind of hero. Our Beowulf is a military medic who, despite being safe at home, is still plagued by desperate decisions made on the battlefield. As so many face and recover from traumatic events, Beowulf reveals the pressures placed on our modern-day heroes and reexamines what it means to have mercy and love on our fellow man.

The musical direction is by Jason Carlson and the staging is by Rose Freeman*. Design staff includes Samuel Stephane Lee (Position), Delena Bradley (suits), David Bonman-Edberg (lighting), Tracey Furling* (assistant director) and Shelby Krarup* (director). Beowulf will be performed with a chamber orchestra conducted by Alexandra Enyart*.

The cast includes Noah Gartner*, Angela Born*, Mary Lutz Govertsen*, Rena Ahmed* and Vince McPherson. Andrew Sprague covers the role of Beowulf.

As part of Third Eye’s mission to champion human rights and social justice, Third Eye will partner with Paws Assisting Wounded Warriors (PAWWS). This organization pairs service dogs with veterans to help them deal with the invisible wounds of war and reintegrate into civilian life. For each ticket purchased, Third Eye will donate $1 to this organization.

Tickets can be purchased at General admission tickets are $35, senior, student, and industry tickets are $25, and veterans and healthcare worker tickets are $20. For press inquiries or reservations, email Rena Ahmed at

*Indicates ensemble member

[Content Warning: This production uses flashing lights and references themes of war trauma, medical trauma, death, dying, and mental health. Please reach out for a more detailed explanation.]

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