Prop Thtr is a Chicago storefront theater focused on original or newly adapted theatrical works based in literary traditions.
Prop was established in 1981 by Scott Vehill, Stefan Brun and other passionate Chicago artists, making it one of the oldest surviving non-equity theaters in Chicago. Prop has been home to hundreds of performances, many of them world premieres. Prop Thtr attempts to inform the present and the future by examining and learning from the past, while endeavoring to expose our audience to new ideas through new works. We have drawn on a rich collection of literature as fodder for new plays, including the works of Algren, Bradbury, Brecht, Bukowski, Burroughs, Dick, Dostoyevsky, Hecht, Nabokov, Nin, and Salinger, among many others. Prop Thtr fosters new work through our innovative productions, the creation of the National New Play Network, and our yearly festival of new work.
In addition to productions by the Prop Thtr ensemble, Prop is also home to a number of Resident Companies and guest performances.