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Oliver Butler

Founder and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society. The Debate Society: Jacuzzi (Ars Nova), Blood Play (Bushwick Starr, The Public, Williamstown), Buddy Cop 2 (The Ontological Theater), You’re Welcome (The Brick), Cape Disappointment (PS122), The Eaten Heart (The Ontological Theater), The Snow HenA Thought Out Raya. Off-Broadway: The Open House (Signature, Obie and Lortel Awards); Hostage Song (Horse Trade Theater Group). Regional: Thom Pain (Geffen Playhouse), Legacy (Williamstown), An Opening in Time (Hartford Stage), Bad Jews (Long Wharf). International:  Timeshare (Malthouse). Oliver is a Sundance Fellow, Bill Foeller Fellow, and faculty member at The National Theater Institute. (As of 1/12/17)

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The Light Years Trailer

Two families. Two Chicago World's Fairs. One star, 40 light years away, tying two Fairs together with a ribbon of cosmic light.

Essay

From the Artistic Director: The Light Years

The Debate Society’s collaboratively devised plays frequently recreate vivid slices of Americana, but they generally evoke periods from more recent memory, fashioning a vibe that is in equal parts cheeky, nerdily hip, and spooky.