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Current Season


AUG 23 - OCT 12, 2008
previews 8/20 - 8/22 at 8 pm

Opening Night: Saturday, August 23 at 7 pm (SOLD OUT)

Regular Performance Times:
• Wednesdays at 7:30 pm (9/24, 10/1 & 10/8 only)
• Thursdays at 7:30 pm
• Fridays at 8 pm
• Saturdays at 4 pm & 8 pm
• Sundays at 2 pm

Running Time:
The running time is
approximately 2 hours 10 minutes, including one intermission.


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Post-show discussions (FREE) hosted by a TimeLine Company Member and featuring members of the production team and cast on Thursdays 8/28, 9/4 & 9/11; Sundays 9/14 & 9/21; and Wednesday 9/24.

Sunday Scholars Series (FREE), an hour-long post-show panel discussion featuring experts on the themes of the play, on 9/7. This event will be guest-moderated by Danny Postel. You do not need to see the performance on this day to attend the discussion. More info ...

Company Member Discussion on Sunday 9/28 (FREE). The heart of TimeLine is our Company members, who shape the artistic vision and choose the programming for the organization. Join them after this performance for an informal discussion to hear more about how the Company works and the process that brought this show to the stage.


by Gore Vidal
directed by Damon Kiely
Chicago Premiere


The Reviews

"[A scintillating Chicago premiere ... razor-sharp, continually surprising."
— Chicago Sun-Times

"A revealing and unashamedly juicy show that makes you acutely aware of the rapidly disappearing pleasures of the well-made, smart-night-out comedy that keeps you engrossed, entertained and stimulated." — Chicago Tribune

"Stylishly produced and directed .. it is extremely well-done."
— Dueling Critics, WBEZ 91.5 FM

"A really, really good time."
— Time Out Chicago

"A timeless topic." — Chicago Reader

The Video Preview


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The Dramaturgy

Lobby Display

Download our historical lobby display (PDF)

Looking Back: Your Stories of 1968

Do you have a personal or family memory or story from 1968 or the 1960s that you would like to share? We are collecting stories to include in our historical lobby display at the theater and here on our Web site.

About the Production

Written and set during the 1968 presidential campaign, Weekend is a witty comedy about a Republican Senator who is about to announce his candidacy for his party’s nomination when his son arrives with shocking — and potentially politically damaging — news. Prejudice, blackmail, self-righteousness and opportunism become a potent mix as the candidate and his handlers conspire with well-calculated maneuvers to save the day.

Artistic Director PJ Powers comments:
Weekend premiered on Broadway in the heat of the 1968 presidential campaign. It has rarely, if ever, been produced since, and TimeLine is proud to unearth this gem for Chicago audiences. Now seems like an ideal time to introduce this play to a new generation. In many ways it feels like it was written last week — Vidal’s biting political humor is remarkably prescient and should provoke a lot of discussion this fall as we’re embroiled in a national election!”