by Anne McGravie
directed by RTE co-founder Karen Kessler
Rivendell burst onto the off-Loop scene in 1996 with its groundbreaking world premiere production of Anne McGravie’s WRENS, which earned three Joseph Jefferson awards and secured Rivendell’s status as “a major force on the Chicago fringe” (Chicago Tribune). McGravie’s moving semi-autobiographical examination of loyalty, morality and duty during World War II centers on a group of young Women’s Royal Navy Servicewomen packed together in a tiny barrack on the eve of VE Day. With humor and wisdom, McGravie shines a light on the complex emotions of these women as they are confronted with the bittersweet prospect of peace at last and the impending loss of their newfound wartime independence.