National Merit
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Drama, New Work
Runs Aug 25Sep 25, 2022

In National Merit, seven students embark on an intensive PSAT prep program in the hopes to become National Merit Scholars. As the pressure rises, these high school juniors question what it means to achieve National Merit status, who gets to achieve it, and what it costs. With humor and heart, playwright Valen-Marie Santos scrutinizes academic achievement, socioeconomic privilege, and racial injustice within a private school setting.

The September 4 & 11 at 3pm performances will utilize open captions

By Valen-Marie Santos

Directed by Enrico Spada

CAST: Juan Gonzalez Machain as Alex, Maddie Powell as Ariana, Tatiana Bustamante as Camila, Alex Rocha as Cisco, Justin Kuhn as Jax, Magdalena Dalzell as Jenny, Amber Washington as Melissa, Sripadh Pulligilla as Yash.

UNDERSTUDY CAST

Ciara Hickey (U/S Jax and Ariana), Ella Leon (U/S Camila), Edgar Lopez (U/S Cisco), Danielle Kerr (U/S Jenny), Alani Gross-Roberts (U/S Melissa)

PRODUCTION TEAM

Produced by Elizabeth Swanson, Dramaturgy by Gabriela Furtado Coutinho, Choreography by Tommy Rivera-Vega, Scenic Design by Shayna Patel, Lighting Design by Henry Muller, Costume Design by Liliana Otero, Sound Design by Payton Kaye and Vija Lapp, Properties Design by Noah Elman, Assistant Directed by Rafael López, Production Managed by Dalton Long, Stage Managed by Anna Margevich, Assistant Stage Managed by Nate Ridgely, Executive Director: Sana Selemon.

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