Eli Newell

Eli Newell

Eli Newell is a Chicago-based director and playwright from Saint Paul, Minnesota. His newest play, COLD TOWN / HOTLINE, made its world premiere in 2019 at Raven Theatre. Newell has previously directed Short Shakespeare! THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, MASQUE MACABRE at Strawdog Theatre Company, as well as several readings and workshops at Raven Theatre. He has been proud to serve as...
Eli Newell is a Chicago-based director and playwright from Saint Paul, Minnesota. His newest play, COLD TOWN / HOTLINE, made its world premiere in 2019 at Raven Theatre. Newell has previously directed Short Shakespeare! THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, MASQUE MACABRE at Strawdog Theatre Company, as well as several readings and workshops at Raven Theatre. He has been proud to serve as assistant and associate on Chicago productions at Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Northlight Theatre, Windy City Playhouse, Emerald City Theatre, Haven Theatre and Strawdog Theatre Company. His Minneapolis credits include: Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Children’s Theatre Company and the Playwrights’ Center. As a literary assistant, Newell has collaborated with writers Doug Wright, Michael Korie, David H. Bell and Dolly Parton. He holds a B.A. from Northwestern University.

Plays

  • Cold Town / Hotline
    December, 1983. Five volunteers have come together to answer calls for a hotline created to help fellow Chicagoans cope with the holiday blues. But with a record-breaking cold front sweeping across Chicago, these good samaritans are forced to hunker down for a long night together. When an unexpected visitor bursts through the doors, everyone must work to embody the season’s most valuable lessons and transform...
    December, 1983. Five volunteers have come together to answer calls for a hotline created to help fellow Chicagoans cope with the holiday blues. But with a record-breaking cold front sweeping across Chicago, these good samaritans are forced to hunker down for a long night together. When an unexpected visitor bursts through the doors, everyone must work to embody the season’s most valuable lessons and transform their humble hotline into a home for the holidays. Having made its world premiere at Raven Theatre in 2019, COLD TOWN / HOTLINE is a heartwarming comedy about what it means to be a family and the complex truths behind the adage: “It’s better to give than to receive.”