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Every story is a crossroads. A diverse company of Chicago artists produces new audio dramas—recorded live—and stages freewheeling audience conversations about them. Led by Founder and Executive Producer Jeremy McCarter, Make-Believe shares suspenseful, moving, hilarious stories, and tries to discove… read more


What Use Are Flowers?

Does humanity deserve another chance? A fable from the great Lorraine Hansberry about a hermit and some children at the end of the world--or the beginning.


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What Use Are Flowers?: A Fable

By Lorraine Hansberry

Music by Mikhail Fiksel

Sound by Erisa Apantaku and Mikhail Fiksel

Directed by Daniel Kyri

Executive produced by Jeremy McCarter


Performed and recorded live at the Harold Washington Library, Chicago



Hermit - Billy Branch

Charlie - Daniel Kyri

Lily - Khloe Janel

William - Tevion Lanier

Narration read by Kiayla Ryann



Recording engineer - Joe Palermo

Additional recording - Scott Tallarida at Trigger



Production manager - Madeleine Borg

Stage manager - JC Widman

Community manager - LaRob Payton



Editing and mixing by Erisa Apantaku and Mikhail Fiksel

Sound design by Mikhail Fiksel

Final mixing and mastering by Joe Palermo


Permission from Joi Gresham and the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust


Graphic design by Carly Pearlman


Equipment provided by TechMagic Designs


Make-Believe theme music by Mikhail Fiksel


“Greensleeves” - traditional English folk melody


Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 - 4. Finale (Ode to Joy)


Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 - 3. Adagio molto e cantabile; Andante moderato

Performed by Skidmore College Orchestra, via Musopen



Joi Gresham, Julie McGarvie, and the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust; Brian Bannon and the staff of Chicago Public Library; Carolyn Casselman of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison; Robert Hornbostel; Nancy García Loza; Nate Marshall; SAG-AFTRA.



The Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Family Foundation, for an essential launch grant

The Poetry Foundation, our lead season sponsor

Joyce Chelberg, whose generosity supports the work of Make-Believe’s actors

All our donors and supporters


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