Articles & Interviews

Hannah Wolf's interview with Jess | March 2015

Jess & Emily Dendinger's co-written a piece about new play submissions 

Series written for TheatreJones in Dallas, TX

Press Quotes

"...As tight as the writing is, it's the director, Jess Hutchinson, and her three-person cast who make the show. Each actor knows how to turn the screw a little tighter, and a little tighter still, until by the end we hang on the last storyteller's every word. Long after this ghost story was finished, I was haunted by it."

- Jack Helbig | Chicago Reader



"This was a total team effort, but the responsibility rests with the director, and Hutchinson makes excellent decisions about stage use and pacing while getting stellar performances from her actors."

- Karen Topham | Chicago On Stage


100 heartbreaks

"Director Jess Hutchinson makes great use of the site-specific staging​..." 

- Jeanne Claire van Ryzin | Austin American-Statesman

Tender Rough Rough Tender

"Hutchinson sprinkles the piece with sensuality, ritual, movement, and experimentation that complements Saltwick's already gorgeous wordsmithing." 

- Shanon Weaver | Austin Chronicle

" Under the expert direction of Jessica Hutchison, past and present intermingle with subtle fluidity and heightened absurdity. Hutchison makes the 19th century cast elegantly droll while the modern-day ensemble go full-on snarky. The contrast engages and amuses."


- Katy Walsh | Chicago Theater Beat


"...a beguiling production under Jessica Hutchinson's direction with New Leaf Theatre."

- Kerry Reid | Chicago Tribune


"People who would like the show are people that like poetry, math, and embracing meat. Arcadia feels like you are actually time-traveling. When you feel like you are time-traveling, it is because you have a good director and good actors. People should go see this show because it is fun, makes you want to learn more things, and is bittersweet."

- Ada Grey | Ada Grey Reviews for You

"FOUR STARS... Jessica Hutchinson’s handsome, well-paced production deftly lays out the dual time lines, with stellar work by a pitch-perfect ensemble keeping the plot—unlike the universe—from succumbing to entropy."


- Kris Vire | Time Out Chicago

"FOUR STARS... Director Jessica Hutchinson moves the action with a skilled hand, highlighting the big moments while giving the in-betweens a playfulness that Harman and Evans take full advantage of."

- Ryan Dolley | Time Out Chicago

"Not a moment feels false in this New Leaf Theatre production…"

- Zac Thompson | Chicago Reader

"RECOMMENDED... If ever there was a show in the right performance space, this is it."


- Zach Freeman | New City

Burying miss america

"TOP TEN PLAYS OF 2009 ... New Leaf’s new adaptation of G.K. Chesterton’s 1908 satire about a man who finds himself tapped by Scotland Yard to infiltrate a council of anarchists was blessed by playwright Bilal Dardai’s deft touch and the shrewd, apparently endless inventiveness of director Jessica Hutchinson."

- Kris Vire | Time Out Chicago

The Man Who Was Thursday

"RECOMMENDED... Jessica Hutchinson’s directing is hip, astute and responsive, with a semi-promenade that makes brilliant use of space..."

- Monica Weston | New City

"RECOMMENDED ... a whip-smart adaptation ... Jessica Hutchinson's inventive staging and an agile ensemble find the right balance..."


- Kerry Reid | Chicago Reader

"...director Hutchinson once again proves herself adept at orchestrating both lively ensemble work and quietly devastating moments between men and women in relationships."

- Zac Thompson | Time Out Chicago

hideous progeny

“... an imaginative adaptation by Georgette Kelly and ambitious, soulful direction by Jessica Hutchinson ... incredibly thoughtful use of space to signify vast swaths of space and time, overlapping stories, and a lighthouse beacon at its center."

- Monica Westin | Flavorpill Chicago


“…Hutchinson’s staging is elegant, evenhanded and clear… The show is a beautiful call for unabashed, wide-eyed optimism in the face of darkness.”

- Neal Ryan Shaw | New City

"She is nice and pretty and friendly and directs good."

- Eric & Andy | Reviews You Can Iews