The Drawer Boy

We of the Filament Theatre Ensemble would love to invite you to our JEFF RECOMMENDED production!

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by Michael Healey

Produced in collaboration with The Den Theatre and performed at The Den’s beautiful space at 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.

  • Pay-What-You-Can Previews (Thursday January 19 and Friday January 20 at 7:30pm)
  • Opening January 22 at 3:00, with a reception to follow catered by Native Foods.
  • Performances Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 3:00pm through February 25.
  • See below for details and more special events!
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The Drawer Boy, Filament Theatre Ensemble, Peter Oyloe, The Den Theatre

Nick Polus and Will Kinnear in The Drawer Boy

Special Events

Mark your calendars for these exciting opportunities to delve deeper into the world of The Drawer Boy.

Theatre Thursday Thursday, January 26 at 7:30pm
Stay after Thursday’s performance for a special post-show conversation with the artists and a reception catered by the Birchwood Kitchen at this fantastic event through the League of Chicago Theatres.

Arts + Environment XChange Sunday, February 5 at 3:00pm
Filament and The Den are pleased to host Chicago’s Arts + Environment XChange first ever Xchange Xclusive, a networking event for artists and businesses with a passion for the environment. Stay after the show for a discussion on Sustainable Practices and Partnerships, and a unique opportunity to network with like-minded artists and professionals.

Film Screening Sunday, February 12 at 5:00pm
Want to learn more about The Farm Show, the Theatre Passe Muraille production that inspired The Drawer Boy?  Join us after a matinee performance for a screening of Michael Ondaatje’s 1974  documentary The Clinton Special – and see footage of the real Miles Potter in action!

Marco Minichiello, Nick Polus, Will Kinnear in The Drawer Boy


Join Filament Theatre Ensemble and The Den Ensemble for The Drawer Boy, the award winning play by Michael Healey inspired by the Theatre Passe Muraille’s landmark production of The Farm Show. The Drawer Boy examines the relationship between two WWII veterans whose lives are turned upside down when a young actor visits their farm to gather research for a play. What unfolds is a powerful and often humorous journey, as the two older men begin to rebuild the story of their lives, the truth of which has long been left unspoken.

Directed by Julie Ritchey, Filament Artistic Director

Featuring: Filament Theatre Ensemble member Marco Minichiello (Miles) with guest artists Will Kinnear (Angus) and Nick Polus (Morgan)

Production Team:  Michael Healey (Playwright), Julie Ritchey (Director), Noel Huntzinger (Costume Design), Chad Bianchi (Scenic Design), Melissa Schlesinger (Sound Designer), Will Dean (Lighting Designer), Kati Sweaney (Dramaturge), Luke Heiden (Assistant Director), Jen Bukovsky (Stage Manager), Kris Kontour (Technical Director), Ryan Martin (The Den Theatre Artistic Director), Jane Phillips (Production Manager), Peter Oyloe (Marketing Director and Graphic Design)

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