The Director’s Haven

Domestic Departure
Written and directed by Carol Ann Tan
October 28–November 9, 2016
Haven Theatre (Chicago, IL)

Photography by Austin D. Oie


Produced by Haven Theatre in Chicago, the Director’s Haven gives directors in the earliest stages of their professional careers a rare opportunity to take risks, hone their crafts and talents and share their vision through a fully staged production of a short play.

As one of three directors selected for the 2016 program, I chose to stage Domestic Departure — a play I first began working on in 2014, while attending the University of Chicago.

In Domestic Departure, an international college student must decide between returning to his city of birth or moving to the country he has come to love. But when his father unexpectedly passes away, his entire family is forced to confront the consequences of loss and leaving.

Student: Dan Lin
Mother: Rasika Ranganathan
Father: Ben Chang
Grandmother: Janice Hasegawa

Production Team
Scenic design: Kailee Tomasic
Lighting design: Scott Wagner
Sound design: Sarah Putts
Costumes design: Amy Williams
Production management: Krista Mickelson
Stage management: Madeline Scott
With mentorship by Chay Yew