Avenging Chicagoans form a league for justice in Ike Holter’s superhero-inspired play, Prowess. In this heartfelt yet fantastical homage to Chicago, award-winning playwright Ike Holter introduces us to a quartet of “average” citizens who have been the victims of violence and felt powerless because of it.
In the face of the city’s seemingly intractible ills, the play’s characters join forces to rescue Chicago—and themselves. But how? With heart, wit, and wisdom, Holter explores how one responds to violence. Does a person focus on self-defense and personal survival? Or fight back—with more violence? Pulsating and physical, Prowess is about vulnerability, vigilantism, heroism, and self-knowledge.
Prowess is one of seven plays in Holter’s Rightlynd Saga, all to be published by Northwestern University Press. Modeled on August Wilson’s iconic series exploring African American life in Pittsburgh, Holter’s plays are set in Chicago’s fictional fifty-first ward. The other plays in the cycle are Rightlynd, Exit Strategy, Sender, The Wolf at the End of the Block, Red Rex, and Lottery Day.
“Nobody else in Chicago writes anything like the massively talented Holter, whose poetic language often emerges in thrilling torrents.” —Chicago Tribune