Exit Strategy

by Ike Holter
January 18-February 4, 2018

Wisconsin Premiere

Directed by Marti Gobel

The no-holds-barred story of a Chicago public high school slated for closure at the end of the year. The impending shut-down causes tensions in the school's already volcanic neighborhood to rise to the breaking point, but a small group of teachers launch a last-minute battle to save their school. Over the course of the year, they put their careers, their future and their safety in the hands of a fast-talking administrator who comes on strong: but might actually have no clue what he's doing.

“At once poetic, political, sad, funny, timely, complex and compassionate… a thrilling, beautiful new play.”
-- Chicago Tribune

Sponsored by: ATC, CUNA Mutual Group, MG&E, The Cap Times


Jim Buske, Marques Causey, Sarah Day, Lachrisa Grandberry, Nicholas Harazin, Rana Roman, Daniel Torres-Rangel

Production Team

Scenic Designer: Madelyn Yee
Lighting Designer: Ann Archbold
Costume Designer: Monica Kilkus
Composer & Sound Designer: Joe Cerqua
Props Designer: Pam Miles
Associate Director: Jake Penner
Stage Manager: Laura Karavitis
Technical Director: Kevin Zimmer

Everything you need to know (and more)

Ike Holter's Exit Strategy is gritty, beautiful and surprisingly funny . Here are some resources to make the experience even richer.

Check out our Beyond the Stage page for info on the upcoming Exit Strategy community panel discussion at CUNA Mutual.

Interview with director Marti Gobel and the cast of Exit Strategy


In his dark comedy 'Exit Strategy,' Ike Holter finds drama in the teachers' lounge
Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times

Forward Theater gives educators their say in 'Exit Strategy'
Amanda Finn, Wisconsin State Journal

Chicago Public Schools 101: The Politics, Passion and Hopeless Financials Behind a System in Crisis

The Playhouse at Overture Center
201 State Street, Madison, WI