Vinegar Tom

Location: Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts (Map it)

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With potent images of disturbing injustices, Vinegar Tom uses a seventeenth-century witch hunt to condemn the past and present oppression of women. Caryl Churchill shows how marginalized women, who did not fit into the narrow social categories of the patriarchy, were often labelled witches for little reason other than their non-conformity.

Alice sleeps with a man she does not know. Her mother Joan owns an old cat, and curses when her neighbors are cruel to her. Betty does not want to marry the man she is supposed to. Susan doesn’t want to be pregnant. These women are subjected to the humiliating investigations of doctors and witch hunters, and forced into self-loathing and panic and hatred. The play is striking beyond its historical setting in its depiction of women’s subjugation and repression.


February 2 – 11, 2018
Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive

By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Lee Hannah Conrads

Part of the 17/18 Mainstage Subscription Package

Single tickets available online Sept 5, phone and in-person sales available Sept 19.

Performance Schedule
Friday, February 2 at 7:30PM
Saturday, February 3 at 7:30PM
Sunday, February 4 at 2:00PM
Thursday, February 8 at 7:30PM
Friday, February 9 at 7:30PM
Saturday, February 10 at 7:30PM
Sunday, February 11 at 2:00PM

Ticket Pricing
Adult $25
Seniors (62+) $22
Area Educator $22
NU Faculty/Staff $20
Full-Time Student $10
NU Student $6/Adv. $10/Door

Box Office: 847-491-7282


This production of “VINEGAR TOM” is part of Chicago Theatre Week 2018, celebrating the rich tradition of theatre-going in Chicago. Returning for the sixth year, Chicago Theatre Week 2018 will be held February 8-18 and will include value-priced tickets to more than 120 shows. Visitors and residents will again have the opportunity to sample the extraordinary range of theatrical offerings throughout Chicagoland.

CTW Tickets for “VINEGAR TOM” are $15 each with the code CTW2018 when you purchase. Tickets are valid for performances Feb 8 – 11 only.

Chicago Theatre Week is presented by the League of Chicago Theatres with support from Choose Chicago.

Ticket Information

Adult $25 Seniors (62+) $22 Area Educator $22 NU Faculty/Staff $20 Full-Time Student $10 NU Student $6/Adv. $10/Door