On a Friday night in the Spring of 2001, four teenagers have gathered to hang out and blow off some steam. Jenn likes Ethan. Ethan likes Alli. Alli likes Stu. Stu has a girlfriend. None of them can decide which movie to watch from the pile they got at Blockbuster. Over the course of the evening, they all break each others' hearts in a million tiny ways. Ten years later, they reunite to try and do it all again.
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  • Shaun Leisher:
    14 Jun. 2018
    This is such a beautifully crafted play!!! The way Burgess looks at the passage of time between people is so smart. Between the acts things change but so much stays the same and the way that's brilliantly reflected in the structure of the acts particularly related to the combination of character moments. This should be in the canon for university theatre.
  • Nicholas Vasilios Pappas:
    5 Mar. 2018
    A sharp and moving portrait of four teens on the brink of a rapidly changing world, Chill is a fantastic contemporary play perfect for professional and university productions.
  • Brianna Sloane:
    21 Jan. 2018
    I used Chill in my all-woman Acting class last term and it went over great. We used the final scenes of Act 1 and 2 for scene study and it was delightful to see the (college) actors really relate to the characters and themes that were so cleverly crafted yet so close to home. Lots of laughs, too. The students who performed read the play in full and were really intrigued by the format and the way the text overlaps and interplays.

Development History

  • Workshop
    Merrimack Repertory Theatre

Production History

  • Professional
    Merrimack Repertory Theatre