written and directed by Thomas Murray

In 2001, former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley proposed the O’Hare Modernization Program, which reconfigured the runways at Chicago’s busiest airport and forced the relocation of the 150 year-old St. Johannes Cemetery. Murray interviewed both family descendants and notable historians about the impact. In doing so, this original documentary play explores the range of emotions and politics involved in literally bringing up the dead.

Topics explored:

  • eminent domain proceedings
  • burial of human remains
  • cremation
  • ethics of community development
  • transportation infrastructure

world premiere by waltzing mechanics
november 29, 2012 - January 6, 2013

featuring Bryan Campbell, Lance Hill, Barry Irving, Keely Leonard, Eric Loughlin, Adrienne Matzen, Eleni Pappageorge, Shariba Rivers, Maggie Scrantom, and Danni Smith

Scenic design by Dylan Marks
Costume design by Rachel S. Parent
Lighting design by Karen M. Thompson
Sound design by Robert P. Lloyd
Projections design by Thomas Murray
Stage managed by Tina Frey and Carinne Uslar
Photography by Tyler Core
Videography by Bobby Richards

Community partner was Faith Community United Church of Christ in Bensenville, Illinois. Following the disinterment of the St. Johannes Cemetery, the historic St. John United Church of Christ was demolished in 2013.

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