Theater Independent theater will be showcased this weekend in four different venues and genres, all four being “firsts” in some way. Dan Flahive (left) and Neil Sqrow in ‘A Prayer for the Dead,’ at the Wheeler Arts Building Oct. 15-Nov. 6; 501-5284. • Theatre People Productions will present Mark Landon Smith’s poor white trash comedy Faith County as their inaugural production. It will be at the Theatre People’s Playhouse, 719 Massachusetts Ave., Oct. 15-24. Run dates are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. To make a reservation or for more information contact Paul Benson, artistic director, at 634-0994.
• Another inaugural production: The Red Dragon Theatre Project will present Allah has 100 Names Oct. 15-30. The production will also be the English language world premiere of this work. Translated from the German by local actor/playwright Tom Meunier, Günther Eich’s story is about one man’s journey through life and his quest to make that ultimate discovery. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 7 p.m. at The Alley Theatre, 1716 N. Illinois St. Tickets are available through the box office for $15, call 926-8888. Visit www.reddragontheatre.com for more information.
• Inklings Theatre will present local playwright and Inklings founder William Gebby’s new play A Prayer for the Dead at the Wheeler Arts Building, 1035 Sanders St. It is about two American Marxists who face death in the depths of the Spanish civil war. Production dates are Oct. 15-Nov. 6, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10; call 501-5284.
• And the final “inaugural” of the weekend: The PEOPLES playhouse will present Lee Blessing’s Two Rooms as its first show. Two Rooms is the story of Lainie and Michael, two American professors teaching in Beruit. Michael is taken as a hostage, and Lainie is left to deal with his absence, as well as what it means to be an American in a larger world.
Performances will be held at LAMP Gallery, 901 N. East St., Oct. 15-31, Fridays-Sundays at 8 p.m. For information, call 253-5401.