Best Emerging Playwright

Ike Holter

Holter broke out with 2012’s Hit the Wall. But the follow-up to his kinetic take on the Stonewall riots shows that the Minneapolis native is a blaze, not a flare. With Exit Strategy—produced earlier this year at Jackalope Theatre—he brought white-knuckle intensity to the emotional and politically incendiary topic of the public school closings in Chicago. Watching the play, you will marvel at the 29-year-old’s ability to channel veteran educators in his characters. The work is a vortex—it sucks you in completely. Try to catch the show’s extended run through August 29. 

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