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Death & Pretzels is a Chicago based theater company dedicated to exploring oddity, antiquity and ensemble built experiences- we have a vested interest in producing works that are long-forgotten, oft-neglected or out-of-the box. We strive to create theater you can't see anywhere else. 

D&P was born in April of 2014 when a group of artists came together to collaborate on a production of S. Ansky's The Dybbuk, a 100 year old Yiddish ghost story. D&P's first production ignited a passion for stories told through a strong ensemble, featuring bold, interesting female characters and themes often centered around the occult, religion and the exploration of the unknown.
Through their work, D&P has become known for producing new work by playwrights across the country and even outside the United States. Death & Pretzels has had the honor of presenting the Chicago premieres of Chiara Atik's Women, Steve Yockey's very still & hard to see, Adam Harrell's The Basement Company, Brendan Bourque-Sheil's The Book of Maggie, K Willow Coleman's Helvetica, the United States premiere of James Odin Wade's Helmut's Big Day, and the world premieres of Paul Pasulka's Gruoch, or Lady Macbeth, the musical comedy, Musical Therapy, by Joey Katsiroubas and Dan Hass, Erika Hakmiller's Break Through and Alex Butschli's radio play murder mystery comedy, A Murder Most Novel. 

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With a heavy heart we must announce the closure of Nox Arca Theatre. Due to the events of the 2020 Covid19 Pandemic, it was no longer feasible to maintain our physical location on Ravenswood. We want to thank our patrons, fellow artists and everyone who played  a part is maintaining Nox for the three wonderful years we were there. We hope to reopen the venue model in a new location once it's safe to do so. 

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