The Cure

A decaying greenhouse beckons from the banks of a mighty river. A group of doctors, patients and figures from mythology are pulled from different moments in history into the shelter of its glass walls by a common search – something that will transcend certain fate and immobilize death. In this magical purgatory, haunted by mythic figures, snake-oil salesmen and angels, time is frozen and a bargain can be struck. Following the ancient rhythms of Greek and Hindu mythology, set to a Viennese Waltz and pulling from the canon of 1980’s heartbreak power ballads, The Cure looks at how we plant the seeds of hope in an uncertain future and where we can find the strength to continue searching for a cure.


Director: Kendra Miller
Stage Manager: Dina Klahn
Assistant Director: Alex Rodriguez
Production Manager: Noah Applebaum
Scenic: Isaac Fosl-van Wyke
Costumes: Jeffrey Hancock
Lighting: Michael Banks
Sound: Cooper Forsman with Ryan Ingebritsen
Co-created and performed by the Walkabout ensemble: Nigel Brown, McCambridge Dowd-Whipple, Cooper Forsman, Dana Murphy, Katie Mazzini, Thom Pasculli, and Paul Scudder with special guest collaborators Anirudh Nair and Amba-Suhasini Jhala
With commissioned text by Emma Stanton

“Athletic, daring choreography… wild acrobatics which include vaulting over moving furniture and dodging around rigging.” Jacob Davis, Chicago Critic – RECOMMENDED

“The Cure has a lot happening: it’s deeply toned, the moods the ensemble defines are palpable and the madness swings wildly between love-hazed hallucinations of honeysuckle bushes and TED talks… But this is Walkabout.  They don’t really do ‘easy.’” Jay Van Ort – New City Stage – RECOMMENDED

“The regurgitation abstraction segment was quite uncomfortable to watch, but that strikes me as the strength of what Walkabout Theater Company is attempting to do here. Theirs is not about the confines of comfortable storytelling.” Stephen Best – Times Square Chronicles 


Presented at the Chicago Cultural Center by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for ten performances in June 2016.