Announcing the 2017/18 Season

Announcing the 2017/18 Season

February 21, 2017

We are pleased to present to you Court Theatre's 2017/18 season! From Emily Dickinson to Justice Scalia, our next season brings fascinating figures, musical tributes, and new explorations of timeless classics to our stage. Season subscriptions on sale now at (773) 753-4472. For group tickets (10 or more), please fill out the form here. Individual production tickets go on sale August 1, 2017. 

A Musical by Clarke Peters
Featuring Louis Jordan’s Greatest Hits

Directed by Ron OJ Parson with Associate Director Felicia P. Fields
Music Direction by Abdul Hamid Royal
September 7 - October 8, 2017


A lively musical tribute to the hit songs of saxophonist and songwriter Louis Jordan, Five Guys Named Moe introduces Nomax: a broke, newly single guy singing the blues late into the night. Suddenly, five unexpected friends--Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe--emerge from his radio to help ease his broken heart. Pioneering musician Louis Jordan’s new approach to jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s.

By William Luce
Directed by Sean Graney
Featuring Kate Fry as Emily Dickinson
November 2 - December 3, 2017

Emily Dickinson's own original poems, diary entries, and letters welcome us into her Massachusetts home, where she shares snippets of joy and creation amongst the heartache of an isolated and misunderstood life. This 1976 play by William Luce offers a glance into the complex life of one of the most prolific poets of our time. Playwright and director Sean Graney returns to Court for the fourth time to direct The Belle of Amherst, with Kate Fry (Electra; Caroline, or Change) starring as Emily Dickinson.

By Arthur Miller
Directed by Charles Newell
Featuring Timothy Edward Kane and John Judd
January 11 - February 11, 2018

Local businessman and manufacturer Joe Keller developed a bitter history with his business partner after dealing with profound tragedy during World War II. Despite the odds, love blossoms between Joe’s son Chris and his partner’s daughter Ann. Joe is destined to face old dilemmas and defend his decisions in this electrifying family drama. All My Sons established playwright Arthur Miller as an American theater icon, and won the 1947 Drama Critics' Award for Best New Play. Court Theatre’s production is directed by Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and features Timothy Edward Kane (An Iliad; One Man, Two Guvnors; Harvey) and John Judd

By Todd Kreidler, based on the screenplay by William Rose
Directed by Marti Lyons with Associate Director Wardell Julius Clark
Featuring Jacqueline Williams
March 15 - April 15, 2018

Matt and Christina Drayton live a modern, white upper-class life in 1960s San Francisco, but their comfortable life is muddled when daughter Joey returns home with John Prentice, a black physician whom she has known for ten days and intends to marry. Suddenly, their longtime progressive values are challenged; Matt and Christina find themselves facing difficult personal questions about the future of their daughter and their family. And unfortunately for the Draytons, Joey and John aren’t their only surprise guests coming to dinner. Director Marti Lyons makes her Court Theatre debut; actress Jacqueline Williams (Gem of the Ocean, Fences) returns to the Court stage.

By John Strand
Chicago Premiere
May 10 - June 10, 2018

When a Harvard Law School graduate with decidedly different views takes on a clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, one of America’s most brilliant and polarizing figures, she discovers in him an infuriating opponent and an unexpected mentor. Their relationship faces the ultimate test as they confront one of the most polarizing cases to reach the nation’s highest court. Written by Charles MacArthur Award winner John Strand, this daring new work shows just how much passion for the law and risk it takes to defend one’s version of the truth.