Photo of actor Barry Shabaka Henley, Terry Teachout, and Court Artistic Director Charles Newell at first rehearsal of Satchmo at the Waldorf (Joe Mazza).

We are devastated to learn of Terry Teachout’s passing. He was a dear friend to Court Theatre as both a critic and an artist. In 2016 we were fortunate to produce his intimate telling of Louis Armstrong’s life, Satchmo at the Waldorf.  Working so closely with Terry as an artist was a gift. His passion and eloquence when writing about and advocating for theatre across the country was unmatched. 

To learn more about his legacy, read this beautiful tribute from Commentary.

He was a true renaissance man of the theatre.  I hold his gift of friendship in my heart.  

Bless you, dearest Terry. 

Charles Newell Signature

Charlie

" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2022-01-14 11:24:23" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["post_title"]=> string(37) "The Theatre World Loses a Dear Friend" ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["slug"]=> string(37) "the-theatre-world-loses-a-dear-friend" ["__type":protected]=> NULL ["_edit_lock"]=> string(12) "1642183528:6" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "6" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "90" ["_yoast_wpseo_estimated-reading-time-minutes"]=> string(1) "1" ["article_description"]=> string(127) "We are devastated to learn of Terry Teachout’s passing. He was a dear friend to Court Theatre as both a critic and an artist." ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "16495" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2022-01-14 17:24:23" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(37) "the-theatre-world-loses-a-dear-friend" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2022-01-14 11:42:53" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2022-01-14 17:42:53" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.courttheatre.org/?p=16488" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["status"]=> string(7) "publish" } [1]=> object(Timber\Post)#3373 (49) { ["ImageClass"]=> string(12) "Timber\Image" ["PostClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Post" ["TermClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Term" ["object_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["custom"]=> array(11) { ["_edit_lock"]=> string(12) "1641594926:6" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "6" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "30" ["_yoast_wpseo_estimated-reading-time-minutes"]=> string(1) "3" ["article_description"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" } ["___content":protected]=> NULL ["_permalink":protected]=> NULL ["_next":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_prev":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_css_class":protected]=> NULL ["id"]=> int(16175) ["ID"]=> int(16175) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "9" ["post_content"]=> string(4956) "We are requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccination accompanied by a valid photo ID to attend a performance at Court Theatre. In addition, properly worn face masks are required for audiences until further notice. The safety of our patrons, staff, and artists remains the biggest priority. It is our hope that these additional layers of protection will allow us to all experience the power of live theatre, while reducing the risk of COVID-19. Patrons arriving at Court Theatre should be prepared to show proof of vaccination accompanied by a valid photo ID in order to attend a performance. Properly-worn masks are also required.  Theatre is a communal event, and our collective vigilance in these challenging times is critical in ensuring that everyone is able to experience the artistic sustenance offered by live performance. Link to City of Chicago Vaccine Requirement Information

Providing Proof of Vaccination Status

All visitors to Court Theatre must provide proof of vaccination accompanied by a valid photo ID. By exception, visitors who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons or due to a sincerely-held religious belief may provide proof of exemption and a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event start time. University of Chicago students, faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, and staff subject to the University’s vaccine requirements may demonstrate proof of compliance by presenting their UChicago ID at entry. All visitors must wear a mask while at Court Theatre.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if a patron comes to the theatre but doesn’t have proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test? Patrons who are not able to show proof of vaccination will not be permitted to enter Court Theatre. They can call the Box Office to exchange their tickets for a future performance when they are able to show proof of vaccination.  Will the performers wear masks on stage? The actors will not wear masks while on stage during the performance. Otherwise, masks are required to be worn by everyone at all times throughout the building. What is a CDC-approved mask? A list of CDC-approved masks is available here. Will concessions be available at the theatre? Currently, we are not offering concessions at performances. We apologize for the inconvenience. Will printed programs be available? Yes, there will be printed programs available for patrons, as well as a digital program that can be easily accessed on our website.

More information on COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created substantial individual and community health risks that likely will remain for the foreseeable future. Even with extensive planning and focus on the community’s health and safety, the University of Chicago cannot eliminate these risks.

This convening is open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.

The University encourages everyone to be vaccinated for COVID-19 at their earliest opportunity, including visitors to campus. More safety precautions are available on this website.

" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2021-08-17 09:57:40" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["post_title"]=> string(45) "COVID-19 Vaccination and Masking Requirements" ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["slug"]=> string(45) "covid-19-vaccination-and-masking-requirements" ["__type":protected]=> NULL ["_edit_lock"]=> string(12) "1641594926:6" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "6" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "30" ["_yoast_wpseo_estimated-reading-time-minutes"]=> string(1) "3" ["article_description"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2021-08-17 14:57:40" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(45) "covid-19-vaccination-and-masking-requirements" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2022-01-07 16:15:01" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2022-01-07 22:15:01" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.courttheatre.org/?p=16175" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["status"]=> string(7) "publish" } [2]=> object(Timber\Post)#3370 (50) { ["ImageClass"]=> string(12) "Timber\Image" ["PostClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Post" ["TermClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Term" ["object_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["custom"]=> array(12) { ["_edit_lock"]=> string(13) "1629312703:12" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "6" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "16161" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "30" ["_yoast_wpseo_estimated-reading-time-minutes"]=> string(1) "3" ["article_description"]=> string(132) "Court recently finished its latest iteration of the Civic Actors Studio, a unique leadership development program leveraging theatre." ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" } ["___content":protected]=> NULL ["_permalink":protected]=> NULL ["_next":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_prev":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_css_class":protected]=> NULL ["id"]=> int(16159) ["ID"]=> int(16159) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "9" ["post_content"]=> string(3945) "[caption id="attachment_16160" align="alignnone" width="800"] Participants in one of the UChicago’s Civic Actor Studio retreats in which leaders from various background learn how classic theatre techniques can be used to analyze their leadership roles. (Photo by Eddie Quinones)[/caption] Charles Newell, Court Theatre’s Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, says that the Civic Actors Studio is a co-creation that took about fifteen years to arrive at. Run collaboratively by Court Theatre and the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement, the Civic Actors Studio is a place for retreat and reflection for about 20 community leaders from Chicago’s South Side across four days of workshops. Combining theatre and leadership skills, the workshop series offers civic leaders an opportunity to “rehearse” a variety of leadership styles and roles in the safe space of a rehearsal room of sorts. Newell shares that the process offers a valuable leadership skill that is so often unavailable to many active, busy leaders: the opportunity to practice. “So often, we’re thinking ‘I really want to be like this person in this meeting, but I’m not sure I’ll be comfortable.’” Having an opportunity to explore the dynamics of different roles through the act of rehearsing can lead to major breakthroughs. In the words of Gabrielle Randle-Bent, the Civic Actors Studio can be summarized as a “place for people of action to reflect.” A dramaturg, director, academic, and Court’s inaugural research fellow, Randle-Bent was one of several leaders who helped facilitate the 2021 Civic Actors Studio this year. Despite her title as a facilitator, Randle-Bent believes that “what’s exciting is that so little of what they learn is from us.” She goes on to explain, “So much of what they learn is from each other. And oftentimes themselves, which is really powerful.”   Joanie Friedman, the Executive Director of the Office of Civic Engagement, shares that all of the participants in this year’s Civic Actors Studio “care about and work toward and love a thriving South Side.” To that end, participants are willing to go out on a limb and learn from a variety of roles and scenarios by using “their body, minds, and voices to practice the performance art of leadership.” “In the Civic Actors Studio, what’s thrilling is that we can take some of those characters from a Greek classic text or August Wilson play or Tennessee Williams play, and in the private, safe environs of a Civic Actors rehearsal space, you can practice being Oedipus in Oedipus Rex or Creon in Antigone and see if that role is one that is authentic to you and resonates,” Newell explains. “That combination of using classic archetypes, characters, and one’s personal experience is really the secret ingredient.” To learn more about the Civic Actors Studio, email Joanie Friedman. Pictured: Participants in a Civic Actor Studio retreat in which leaders from various backgrounds learn how classic theater techniques can be used to analyze their leadership roles. (Photo by Eddie Quinones)" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2021-07-12 16:58:16" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["post_title"]=> string(71) "Civic Actors Studio Offers South Side Leaders Valuable "Rehearsal Time"" ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["slug"]=> string(69) "civic-actors-studio-offers-south-side-leaders-valuable-rehearsal-time" ["__type":protected]=> NULL ["_edit_lock"]=> string(13) "1629312703:12" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "6" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "16161" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "30" ["_yoast_wpseo_estimated-reading-time-minutes"]=> string(1) "3" ["article_description"]=> string(132) "Court recently finished its latest iteration of the Civic Actors Studio, a unique leadership development program leveraging theatre." ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2021-07-12 21:58:16" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(69) "civic-actors-studio-offers-south-side-leaders-valuable-rehearsal-time" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2021-07-12 16:58:16" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2021-07-12 21:58:16" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.courttheatre.org/?p=16159" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["status"]=> string(7) "publish" } [3]=> object(Timber\Post)#3369 (50) { ["ImageClass"]=> string(12) "Timber\Image" ["PostClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Post" ["TermClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Term" ["object_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["custom"]=> array(12) { ["_edit_lock"]=> string(12) "1621540274:6" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "6" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "16009" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "30" ["_yoast_wpseo_estimated-reading-time-minutes"]=> string(2) "11" ["article_description"]=> string(220) "New appointees include John Culbert, Felicia Davis, Andre Guichard, Frances Guichard, Tracie Hall, Nicole Robinson, and Lise Spacapan. The addition is the largest expansion of Court Theatre’s Board of Trustees to date." ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" } ["___content":protected]=> NULL ["_permalink":protected]=> NULL ["_next":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_prev":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_css_class":protected]=> NULL ["id"]=> int(16002) ["ID"]=> int(16002) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "6" ["post_content"]=> string(16513) "Photo of John Culbert, Felicia Davis, Andre Guichard, Frances Guichard, Tracie Hall, Nicole Robinson, and Lise Spacapan We are thrilled to announce the appointment of seven new members to Court Theatre's Board of Trustees. New appointees include John Culbert, Felicia Davis, Andre Guichard, Frances Guichard, Tracie Hall, Nicole Robinson, and Lise Spacapan. The addition is the largest expansion of Court’s Board of Trustees to date. Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre shares, “I am thrilled that such a committed and skilled group of Chicagoans have agreed to join Court Theatre's board. This group represents remarkable passion for the artform, impressive networks of relationships, and the highest levels of expertise in their fields. That they have decided to serve the theatre in this way is invigorating." Reflecting on these changes, Court Theatre Board Chair Gustavo “Chip” Bamberger echoes Ysaguirre’s enthusiasm, saying, “I am incredibly proud of the hard work members of this Board have done together over these past few months to nominate our largest and most diverse slate of Trustees ever, and so thankful to each of our nominees for sharing their talents and enthusiasm for Court Theatre with the Board. Each of the nominees brings valuable skills, experience and perspective to the Board.” New members will be officially welcomed to the Board on July 1, 2021 and will serve a three-year term. About the New Trustees: John Culbert (Scenic Designer and Lighting Designer) is an award-winning Chicago based scenic and lighting designer. In Chicago, John has designed scenery and/or lighting for the Buckingham Fountain, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Garfield Conservatory, Field Museum of Natural History, Drury Lane Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago Children's Theatre, Chicago Opera Theatre, Writers Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and more than forty productions at Court Theatre. Recent Court Theatre productions include Oedipus Rex, The Adventures of Augie March, All My Sons, The Hard Problem, Iphigenia at Aulis, Agamemnon, Man in the Ring, Invisible Man, Satchmo at the Waldorf, The Secret Garden, Misanthrope, Tartuffe and Porgy and Bess.   Highlights from past years include The Triumph of Love, Man of La Mancha, Carousel, Caroline or Change, The Year of Magical Thinking, Travesties, and Hamlet. Other recent Chicago productions include Writers Theater’s Twelfth Night and The Importance of Being Earnest, Goodman Theatre’s Objects in the Mirror, Having Our Say, and Two Trains Running, Northlight Theatre’s Faceless and White Guy on the Bus, Timeline Theatre’s Chimerica and Juno. He has received Jeff Awards for the lighting of Court Theatre's The Illusion and for the Goodman Theatre's Mirror of the Invisible World. In June Mr. Culbert stepped down as dean of The Theatre School after 21 years in the role and 33 at DePaul. Felicia Davis (President and CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women) is a self-described “girl from the South Side.” She is deeply committed to community through inclusive service to others. As president and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women, she leads its strategic efforts in investing in women and girls as catalysts, building stronger communities for all. Felicia is passionate about transforming lives and serves as an educator and mentor through a variety of networks, participating on numerous boards and committees, including as a member of Governor JB Pritzker’s Inauguration Committee, the Board of Regents for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, an appointee to the Illinois Senate Sexual Discrimination, Harassment Awareness and Prevention Task Force, the American Cancer Society, and iHeartMedia Chicago’s Local Advisory Board. She has been in public service for the majority of her career. As a member of the Chicago Police Department, she served with distinction for a decade, as a police officer and then as a violent crimes detective. As Interim President of Olive-Harvey College, appointed by City Colleges of Chicago’s Chancellor Juan Salgado, Felicia led the College’s efforts in developing, maintaining, and evaluating academic programs and enhancing the student learning experience for optimum achievement. She served as the inaugural Executive Director of the Office of Public Engagement in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration, where she led efforts to connect communities to resources. As Mayor Emanuel’s First Deputy Chief of Staff, she implemented community-focused strategies to increase public safety across Chicago.  Felicia exemplifies leadership in all she sets out to do. She is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and a founding member of the Chicago Foundation for Women’s South Side Giving Circle, where she has blazed a trail for supporting Black women and girls through philanthropy and collective giving. Andre Guichard (Co-owner Gallery Guichard LLC., Guichard Project LLC., & Building Community Foundation Inc.) With over 28 years of experience painting professionally, Andre Guichard is the visionary behind a diverse portfolio of work that can be found in over 2,500 corporate and private collections globally.  He is the co-owner of The Guichard Project which owns the Great Migration Sculpture Garden and partner in the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, a 30,000 square foot artist live work development. Current partnerships include PepsiCo / LIFEWTR, AARP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Riley Safer Holmes and Sterling Bay Multicultural Art Curation at One Two Pru featuring several Gallery Guichard artists. Guichard was the international curator and spokesperson for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series for a decade, an international art contest with 6,000 artists’ submissions annually created to provide a platform for artists to connect with collectors. For the years 2011 to 2016, the Chicago Urban League commissioned Andre to create paintings of the prestigious Bill Berry honorees - presented to Louis Gossett Jr., Jessie Jackson Sr., Rev. Willie Burrows, Phylicia Rashad, Patti LaBelle, Timuel Black and Isobel Wilkerson. Six of his original paintings were featured on canvas totes as part of Walgreens Community Corner program in 7,000 stores nationwide, while another two were used to design fine art totes for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Andre created a jazz-inspired installation in the Bronzeville Jazz McDonald’s restaurant. He was the official featured artist for the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2012 and 2014. In 2012, music legend Prince and Rebuild the Dream Village tapped Andre to create Thirty 8’ x 4’ abstract paintings for the “Share Your Story Booth” during their Welcome 2 Chicago concert. The concert provided a fun, interactive place to learn about how people can all rebuild vibrant and sustainable communities. In September 2016, Andre became the Mayor of Bronzeville. Under his leadership, the benefits of art will continue to be spread globally, with programs like the annual Bronzeville Mayors Ball and First Lady Garden Party to bring awareness to the pillars working to make a better Bronzeville and providing a donation each year to a worthy nonprofit making a difference in the lives of our youth. He currently serves on the Board of the Better Boys Foundation in Chicago. Frances Guichard (Co-owner Gallery Guichard LLC, Guichard Project LLC, and Building Community Foundation Inc.), is co-owner of Gallery Guichard LLC, fine art gallery and event space, the Guichard Project LLC, and Building Community Foundation, Inc. Also known as the artist Marlene Campbell, she is an entrepreneur and fine artist. Frances received her master’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1996 and worked in government for over 20 years before she ventured into business with her husband. First with Gallery Guichard, in 2005 and then with the Guichard Project, as co-developer of the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, in 2013. Co-owner of The Guichard Project, which owns the Great Migration Sculpture Garden and partner in the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, a 30,000 square foot artist live-work development. Current partnerships include PepsiCo / LIFEWTR, AARP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Riley Safer Holmes and Sterling Bay Multicultural Art Curation at One Two Pru, featuring several Gallery Guichard artists. As an artist her works have been collected both nationally and internationally.  Her works can be found in corporate and private collections. As a gallerist, with her keen attention to detail, Frances provides artful experiences to future visionaries and collectors. She specializes in aligning artists’ works with collectors looking for a specific piece. As a curator and moderator for the Bombay Sapphire’s Artisan Series, she is responsible for coordinating and judging over 3,000 submissions. Frances’s vast knowledge of art has drawn the attention of dignitaries worldwide. She’s the international bridge that inspires global talent and exposes local patrons to art from Senegal, South Africa, and the Caribbean Islands. Influenced by her travels and husband, Frances began painting in 2004 under the pseudonym Marlene Campbell. She received a business certificate from Northwestern University through the Chicago Urban League NextOne program. In September 2016, Frances and her husband organized the nonprofit, Building Community Foundation, Inc. Through the nonprofit, they are able to give back with programs like the annual Bronzeville Mayors Ball and First Lady Garden Party, the Bronzeville Art District Tour, cofounders of the largest African American art districts in the country. The BCF helps to bring awareness to the community pillars working to make a better Bronzeville and providing donations each year to worthy nonprofits making a difference in the lives of our youth. She currently serves on the Board of the Better Boys Foundation in Chicago. Tracie D. Hall was appointed the American Library Association’s 10th executive director in its 143-year history in February 2020. In her new role, Hall oversees the oldest and largest library association in the world, made up of 57,000 members and more than 200 staffers. Hall is the first female African American executive director in ALA’s history. Upon Hall’s appointment, ALA President Wanda K. Brown observed that “Her unique combination of philanthropy and library know-how position her to be the leader ALA needs today. She is optimistic, energizing, and innovative, qualities that will serve the association well as it continues its investments in advocacy, development, and information technology.” Hall is no stranger to libraries, or to ALA. Over the years she has worked at the Seattle Public Library, the New Haven Free Public Library, Hartford Public Library, and Queens Library. In 1998, she was among the first cohort of ALA’s Spectrum Scholars, a grant program to diversify librarianship, and she served as the director of ALA’s Office for Diversity in the early 2000s and has served on advisory councils for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and written for the field’s major publications. She was highlighted as a “Mover and Shaker” in the field by Library Journal early in her career. Most recently, Hall directed the culture portfolio at the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation, developing new grant programs designed to foster greater equity and diversity in arts administration, catalyze and scale neighborhood-based arts venues, cultural programming and creative entrepreneurship. Prior to that she worked as Deputy Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and as community investment strategist in Global Corporate Citizenship at The Boeing Company. A civic leader in Chicago, Hall was appointed to serve on the City of Chicago’s Cultural Advisory Council at the beginning of 2020. Hall has also served in multiple roles in academia, including as assistant dean of Dominican’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science in River Forest, IL and as visiting professor at Wesleyan, Southern Connecticut State, and Catholic Universities among others. In addition to her MLIS from the Information School at the University of Washington, Hall holds an MA in International and Area studies with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa from Yale University and dual bachelor’s degrees in Law and Society and Black Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Hall has also studied at the Universities of Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in East Africa. Hall was born and raised in Los Angeles. Nicole R. Robinson serves as Chief Partnerships and Programs Officer for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people to food, while striving to end hunger. Nicole builds bridges with communities, individual advocates and organizations all seeking to make nutritious food accessible, while tackling the root causes of poverty, unemployment, and racial inequity. In her role, she is responsible for the partnerships and innovations related to food access, public policy, workforce development and our community response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to joining the Food Depository, Nicole led domestic and international philanthropy for Kraft Foods and Mondelez International. She supported award-winning programs spanning the globe, touching five continents, while reaching underserved and underrepresented neighborhoods. She has worked with the United Nations World Food Programme and variety of multinational NGOs, including CARE, Save the Children and INMED Partnerships for Children. Nicole resides in Bronzeville on Chicago’s South Side and is the founding leader of Chicago’s first ever South Side Giving Circle focused on reducing inequities faced by Black women and girls. Lise T. Spacapan (Of Counsel at Scharf, Banks, Marmor, LLP) has practiced law in Chicago for over 30 years. Currently she is Of Counsel at Scharf, Banks, Marmor, LLP, one of the largest woman-owned firms in Illinois. Lise enjoyed many years as a volunteer serving on the Board and in leadership of the not-for-profit nationwide legal association, DRI.  She is a Master of the Bar, Chicago Inn of Court. She serves on the advisory Board of the Jaharis Health Law Institute at DePaul College of Law, where she earned her J.D. and, later, returned in the evenings to earn an LLM in Health Law. From 2017 – 2019, Lise served as General Counsel, Office of the Governor, where she advised both the Governor and members of his senior staff on wide-ranging matters of ethics and compliance, employment, internal investigations, personnel, litigation, and regulatory and legislative initiatives. Lise also served as the General Counsel to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, where she was a member of the Executive Staff and briefly served as Interim Director of the Agency. Before joining state government, Lise was a partner at three national law firms: Kirkland & Ellis, Jenner & Block, and Husch Blackwell where she managed litigation throughout the country for her clients, who were predominantly Fortune 50 companies. While an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, and in high school, Lise performed in theater and in singing groups. She and her husband Ed have enjoyed attending theater in Chicago, and for many years were season ticket holders with Chicago Shakespeare theater. More recently they are thrilled to have become active patrons of Court Theater, where she is a Producers Circle member. Lise and Ed live in Hinsdale, Illinois. They have two grown sons. Lise was most pleased when, after graduating from Vanderbilt, her son John earned his M.A. at the University of Chicago, Center for International Relations in 2019.  Her son Ben attended Princeton and Harvard and now lives in Manhattan with his wife Casey." ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2021-05-11 12:04:23" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["post_title"]=> string(48) "Seven New Members Join Court's Board of Trustees" ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["slug"]=> string(47) "seven-new-members-join-courts-board-of-trustees" ["__type":protected]=> NULL ["_edit_lock"]=> string(12) "1621540274:6" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "6" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "16009" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "30" ["_yoast_wpseo_estimated-reading-time-minutes"]=> string(2) "11" ["article_description"]=> string(220) "New appointees include John Culbert, Felicia Davis, Andre Guichard, Frances Guichard, Tracie Hall, Nicole Robinson, and Lise Spacapan. The addition is the largest expansion of Court Theatre’s Board of Trustees to date." ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2021-05-11 17:04:23" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(47) "seven-new-members-join-courts-board-of-trustees" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2021-05-11 12:14:39" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2021-05-11 17:14:39" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.courttheatre.org/?p=16002" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "1" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["status"]=> string(7) "publish" } [4]=> object(Timber\Post)#3368 (51) { ["ImageClass"]=> string(12) "Timber\Image" ["PostClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Post" ["TermClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Term" ["object_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["custom"]=> array(13) { ["_edit_lock"]=> string(13) "1619463824:12" ["_edit_last"]=> string(2) "12" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "30" ["article_description"]=> string(145) "Announcing further revisions to the 2020/21 Season in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continuing restrictions on public gatherings." ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" ["_wp_old_date"]=> string(10) "2021-01-11" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "15916" ["_yoast_wpseo_estimated-reading-time-minutes"]=> string(0) "" } ["___content":protected]=> NULL ["_permalink":protected]=> NULL ["_next":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_prev":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_css_class":protected]=> NULL ["id"]=> int(15448) ["ID"]=> int(15448) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "6" ["post_content"]=> string(12061) "We are announcing further revisions to our 2020/21 Season in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continuing restrictions on public gatherings. The newly-revised season has Court postponing our production of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running and pushing back dates of Owen McCafferty’s Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry, 1912) and Shakespeare’s Othello. If public health conditions allow, Court will offer limited in-person viewership for Titanic and Othello, with digital access provided for patrons who do not yet wish to attend in person. In addition, we're offering on-demand digital viewing of two productions from our archives: the musical Five Guys Named Moe, and our critically-acclaimed production An Iliad, by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare. Court is also announcing the free Chicagoland premiere of Theatre for One: Here We Are, a series of digital microplays written, directed, and starring an array of BIPOC artists and designed to be experienced one-on-one.
“While the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose unique challenges to live performance, Court Theatre remains steadfast in its goal to offer intellectually rigorous artistic experiences to our patrons,” says Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director. “Our newly-revised season offers patrons several new ways to engage with theatrical narratives while we wait for the widespread rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine.” “COVID-19 has necessitated tough programming decisions in the interest of keeping our patrons, artists, and staff safe,” says Angel Ysaguirre, Executive Director of Court Theatre. “I’m optimistic about the unparalleled access our digital and hybrid programs offer, as online programming continues to provide the opportunity to engage with our work regardless of a patron’s schedule or geographic location.”
The previously announced production of Two Trains Running has been postponed and will be produced in a future season. 

The Revised 2020/21 Court Theatre Season:

From the Archives: Five Guys Named MoeFIVE GUYS NAMED MOE A Musical By Clarke Peters, Featuring Louis Jordan's Greatest Hits Originally Produced At Theatre Royal Stratford East Directed By Ron Oj Parson, Music Director Abdul Hamid Royal Associate Director Felicia P. Fields, Movement/musical Staging Christopher Carter Available for digital viewing February 4 - 28, 2021 The Sun-Times called Court's production “pure, unadulterated theatrical fun" and we can all use little fun this winter. 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. An Iliad AN ILIAD, the site-specific production filmed at the Oriental Institute by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, based on Homer’s The Iliad translated by Robert Fagles, directed by Charles Newell Available for digital viewing March 3 - March 31, 2021 Remounted three times across Court’s history, An Iliad continues to showcase the power of classic theatre to speak to our current moment. Interrogate how rage and division reverberate throughout civilization in this streaming release of our limited-engagement, site-specific production of An Iliad at the Oriental Institute. The production takes audiences on a journey through ancient societies and cultural artifacts in a thrillingly visceral performance. This professionally-captured, multi-camera stream of the play allows you to experience this one-of-a-kind production at home, which Rick and Brenda McCain of Chicago Now hailed as “a superb collaboration of theater and history in a site-specific platform that is sure to bring chills to the historian that resides in all humanity.” Theatre for OneTHEATRE FOR ONE: HERE WE ARE Creator and Artistic Director: Christine Jones Co-Artistic Director for Here We Are: Jenny Koons Platform Programing & Design by Open Ended Group—Marc Downie and Paul Kaiser Produced by Octopus Theatricals—Mara Isaacs, Executive/Creative Producer February 18 - March 14, 2021 Theatre For One: Here We Are is a live digital theatrical experience that brings together one actor and one audience member featuring eight new microplays that speak to these times we are in. A laugh shared with a stranger, a world created by imagination, a soul nourished through storytelling: these are things only theater can accomplish. Following its critically-acclaimed run in New York, Court Theatre brings these eight stories to life with Chicago actors to offer audiences a deeply personal theatrical experience.  TitanicTITANIC (SCENES FROM THE BRITISH WRECK COMMISSIONER'S INQUIRY, 1912) by Owen McCafferty Directed by Vanessa Stalling April 29 - May 30, 2021 A digital version will be available to stream for patrons who do not yet wish to attend in person. The sinking of the RMS Titanic has long been studied for its historical significance and unmistakable hubris. A survivors’ story fraught with intrigue, Owen McCafferty’s Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912) tells the story using verbatim testimonies from witnesses of the wreck. What emerges is a startling portrait of class, chaos, and moral ambiguity.  Vanessa Stalling (Jeff Award-winning director of Photograph 51 and United Flight 232) brings her singular artistry to McCafferty’s text. Leveraging audio technology, she and her team will create an expansive soundscape that allows the testimonies of each individual to resonate with audiences through a heightened, visceral experience that pushes the boundaries of design and theatrical performance.     OthelloOTHELLO by William Shakespeare Adapted and Directed by Charles Newell with Associate Director Gabrielle Randle-Bent July 8 - August 8, 2021 A digital version will be available to stream for patrons who do not yet wish to attend in person. Othello, the great Venetian general, unknowingly seals his fate when he fails to select his standard-bearer, Iago, for a military promotion. When his wife, Desdemona, is implicated in an affair, Othello is faced with a series of irreversible events that spell catastrophe for him and his country. Kelvin Roston, Jr. (Oedipus Rex, King Hedley II) returns to Court to star in this intimate new take on Shakespeare’s complex tragedy about jealousy, ego, and betrayal. Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and his team will rigorously interrogate how identity is constructed along personal, racial, and political lines. Subscription and Ticket Information Court’s Box Office will email ticket holders and subscribers to discuss how these changes impact them. Individual event tickets will be on sale soon. To purchase a subscription or receive more information, call the Court Theatre Box Office at (773) 753-4472.
Here We Are was commissioned by Arts Brookfield with additional support from Thomas M. Neff. The Chicago premiere is supported by the University of Chicago Women's Board, Allstate, and De and Paul Gray. Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry, 1912) is sponsored by Gustavo "Chip" Bamberger and Martha Van Haitsma. Othello is sponsored by Michael Charles Litt. Programming is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Additional support is provided by Harper Court Arts Council, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, and the Shubert Foundation." ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2021-01-12 09:32:50" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["post_title"]=> string(37) "Revised Events for Winter/Spring 2021" ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["slug"]=> string(37) "revised-events-for-winter-spring-2021" ["__type":protected]=> NULL ["_edit_lock"]=> string(13) "1619463824:12" ["_edit_last"]=> string(2) "12" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "30" ["article_description"]=> string(145) "Announcing further revisions to the 2020/21 Season in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continuing restrictions on public gatherings." ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" ["_wp_old_date"]=> string(10) "2021-01-11" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "15916" ["_yoast_wpseo_estimated-reading-time-minutes"]=> string(0) "" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2021-01-12 15:32:50" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(37) "revised-events-for-winter-spring-2021" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2021-04-26 14:06:03" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2021-04-26 19:06:03" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.courttheatre.org/?p=15448" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["status"]=> string(7) "publish" } [5]=> object(Timber\Post)#3367 (50) { ["ImageClass"]=> string(12) "Timber\Image" ["PostClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Post" ["TermClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Term" ["object_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["custom"]=> array(12) { ["_edit_lock"]=> string(12) "1607025117:9" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "9" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "30" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "15249" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(3) "499" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_production-section"]=> string(3) "354" ["article_description"]=> string(175) "Discover how Court's collaboration with For You and the University of Chicago's Experimental Performance Initiative sparked creativity and connection among artists and elders." ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(58) "By Carissa Villagomez, Marketing and Communications Intern" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" } ["___content":protected]=> NULL ["_permalink":protected]=> NULL ["_next":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_prev":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_css_class":protected]=> NULL ["id"]=> int(15282) ["ID"]=> int(15282) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "9" ["post_content"]=> string(3192) " Court’s recent collaboration with For You and the University of Chicago Experimental Performance Initiative on Artists & Elders: A Bridge, A Gift initiative connected ten artists with ten elders in Chicago. To break up the monotony and loneliness of isolation, these two communities met in virtual space to share a gift. This gift includes bonding over a creative activity, so the artist or elder often creates a physical item and promises to send it to the other or offers to perform for their partner via Zoom.  The interactions demonstrate the fulfilling outlet that creativity provides in distressing times and the power of the theatre to connect people across generations and locations. Pairing out-of-work artists with elders in quarantine provided a glimpse into how interpersonal and community connections can still be nourished even when necessary isolation challenges traditional methods of such connection. This heartwarming endeavor reflected the power of artistic exchange in practice and provoked new questions into how we can re-approach building meaningful connections with the surrounding communities during such difficult times.  As many speakers will surely testify in our upcoming December 10 virtual conversation about the initiative, this creative community outreach effort was fulfilling for all involved, providing well-needed creative sustenance and social interaction while facing the uncertainties of a pandemic. The virtual event during which participants will reflect on the program will be free to all. Click here to register for the event.  Viewers interested in seeing the different elements of Artists & Elders: A Bridge, A Gift can also witness heartwarming encounters between the artists and elders that culminate in one final creative product in our digital gallery. Audiences can find a brief video clip documenting one snippet of the participants’ Zoom conversation, then a showcase of the process behind creating the gift, and finally the full display of the final gift and its virtual delivery. As you will see in their conversations and in the final gifts given, participants’ stories and voices meet in one memorable moment of creative exchange that is a testament to the power of creativity in connecting people no matter where they are. " ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2020-12-03 13:54:08" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["post_title"]=> string(29) "Creativity through Connection" ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["slug"]=> string(29) "creativity-through-connection" ["__type":protected]=> NULL ["_edit_lock"]=> string(12) "1607025117:9" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "9" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "30" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "15249" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(3) "499" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_production-section"]=> string(3) "354" ["article_description"]=> string(175) "Discover how Court's collaboration with For You and the University of Chicago's Experimental Performance Initiative sparked creativity and connection among artists and elders." ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(58) "By Carissa Villagomez, Marketing and Communications Intern" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2020-12-03 19:54:08" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(29) "creativity-through-connection" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2020-12-03 13:54:08" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2020-12-03 19:54:08" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.courttheatre.org/?p=15282" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["status"]=> string(7) "publish" } [6]=> object(Timber\Post)#3366 (63) { ["ImageClass"]=> string(12) "Timber\Image" ["PostClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Post" ["TermClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Term" ["object_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["custom"]=> array(25) { ["_edit_lock"]=> string(12) "1621540339:6" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "9" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "30" ["article_description"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["_oembed_c95e0586d85b8bcffe0601910bf21cdb"]=> string(315) "" ["_oembed_time_c95e0586d85b8bcffe0601910bf21cdb"]=> string(10) "1602701159" ["_oembed_f90a2bfeb8cfa03c2cf6ddec8e452eb9"]=> string(315) "" ["_oembed_time_f90a2bfeb8cfa03c2cf6ddec8e452eb9"]=> string(10) "1602701159" ["_oembed_475eb2bdb89a083223eb3e4e007a71b9"]=> string(315) "" ["_oembed_time_475eb2bdb89a083223eb3e4e007a71b9"]=> string(10) "1602701474" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "14961" ["_oembed_b13d5822ce3c29557ffb0724051fd4c7"]=> string(315) "" ["_oembed_time_b13d5822ce3c29557ffb0724051fd4c7"]=> string(10) "1602707333" ["_oembed_5316ae2b34d6e3c5c1493566d50fe546"]=> string(315) "" ["_oembed_time_5316ae2b34d6e3c5c1493566d50fe546"]=> string(10) "1602707348" ["_oembed_e5bf063cb14c5df556db0f56a1241cef"]=> string(315) "" ["_oembed_time_e5bf063cb14c5df556db0f56a1241cef"]=> string(10) "1602780206" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" ["_oembed_1dec1c671749a20398efb5f972dcf687"]=> string(315) "" ["_oembed_time_1dec1c671749a20398efb5f972dcf687"]=> string(10) "1621540342" } ["___content":protected]=> NULL ["_permalink":protected]=> NULL ["_next":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_prev":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_css_class":protected]=> NULL ["id"]=> int(14952) ["ID"]=> int(14952) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "9" ["post_content"]=> string(1263) "The following conversation between Charles Newell, Court Theatre's Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Angel Ysaguirre, Court Theatre's Executive Director, was recorded on August 24, 2020, as part of Court's Race Matters initiative. [embed width="800"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n7jdEfKeIU&feature=youtu.be[/embed] Race Matters was created in response to the resurgence of national and global attention on the matter of civil rights in America and around the world across the Black Diaspora. To amplify the voices advancing these issues in Chicago and across the country, we are sharing this digital platform as part of an ongoing internal dialogue about how racism intersects with our work here at Court Theatre and how we can as one community embrace an antiracist future within our daily lives, within our work culture, and within our city. Learn more →" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2020-10-14 13:51:10" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["post_title"]=> string(74) "Race Matters — A Conversation Between Charles Newell and Angel Ysaguirre" ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["slug"]=> string(70) "race-matters-a-conversation-between-charles-newell-and-angel-ysaguirre" ["__type":protected]=> NULL ["_edit_lock"]=> string(12) "1621540339:6" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "9" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "30" ["article_description"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["_oembed_c95e0586d85b8bcffe0601910bf21cdb"]=> string(315) "" ["_oembed_time_c95e0586d85b8bcffe0601910bf21cdb"]=> string(10) "1602701159" ["_oembed_f90a2bfeb8cfa03c2cf6ddec8e452eb9"]=> string(315) "" ["_oembed_time_f90a2bfeb8cfa03c2cf6ddec8e452eb9"]=> string(10) "1602701159" ["_oembed_475eb2bdb89a083223eb3e4e007a71b9"]=> string(315) "" ["_oembed_time_475eb2bdb89a083223eb3e4e007a71b9"]=> string(10) "1602701474" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "14961" ["_oembed_b13d5822ce3c29557ffb0724051fd4c7"]=> string(315) "" ["_oembed_time_b13d5822ce3c29557ffb0724051fd4c7"]=> string(10) "1602707333" ["_oembed_5316ae2b34d6e3c5c1493566d50fe546"]=> string(315) "" ["_oembed_time_5316ae2b34d6e3c5c1493566d50fe546"]=> string(10) "1602707348" ["_oembed_e5bf063cb14c5df556db0f56a1241cef"]=> string(315) "" ["_oembed_time_e5bf063cb14c5df556db0f56a1241cef"]=> string(10) "1602780206" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" ["_oembed_1dec1c671749a20398efb5f972dcf687"]=> string(315) "" ["_oembed_time_1dec1c671749a20398efb5f972dcf687"]=> string(10) "1621540342" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2020-10-14 18:51:10" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(70) "race-matters-a-conversation-between-charles-newell-and-angel-ysaguirre" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2020-10-15 11:43:30" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2020-10-15 16:43:30" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.courttheatre.org/?p=14952" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["status"]=> string(7) "publish" } [7]=> object(Timber\Post)#3365 (50) { ["ImageClass"]=> string(12) "Timber\Image" ["PostClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Post" ["TermClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Term" ["object_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["custom"]=> array(12) { ["_edit_lock"]=> string(12) "1602785458:9" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "9" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "30" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "14949" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_production-section"]=> string(3) "128" ["article_description"]=> string(176) "Race Matters was created in response to the resurgence of national and global attention on the matter of civil rights in America and around the world across the Black Diaspora." ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" } ["___content":protected]=> NULL ["_permalink":protected]=> NULL ["_next":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_prev":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_css_class":protected]=> NULL ["id"]=> int(14941) ["ID"]=> int(14941) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "9" ["post_content"]=> string(4310) "Race Matters was created in response to the resurgence of national and global attention on the matter of civil rights in America and around the world across the Black Diaspora. To amplify the voices advancing these issues in Chicago and across the country, we are sharing this digital platform as part of an ongoing internal dialogue about how racism intersects with our work here at Court Theatre and how we can, as one community, embrace an antiracist future within our daily lives, within our work culture, and within our city.

Timeline

" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2020-10-14 11:37:25" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["post_title"]=> string(12) "Race Matters" ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["slug"]=> string(12) "race-matters" ["__type":protected]=> NULL ["_edit_lock"]=> string(12) "1602785458:9" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "9" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "30" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "14949" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_production-section"]=> string(3) "128" ["article_description"]=> string(176) "Race Matters was created in response to the resurgence of national and global attention on the matter of civil rights in America and around the world across the Black Diaspora." ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2020-10-14 16:37:25" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(12) "race-matters" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2020-10-15 13:10:57" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2020-10-15 18:10:57" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.courttheatre.org/?p=14941" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["status"]=> string(7) "publish" } [8]=> object(Timber\Post)#3364 (50) { ["ImageClass"]=> string(12) "Timber\Image" ["PostClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Post" ["TermClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Term" ["object_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["custom"]=> array(12) { ["_edit_lock"]=> string(12) "1615769775:6" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "6" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "30" ["article_description"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "14795" ["_yoast_wpseo_estimated-reading-time-minutes"]=> string(1) "8" } ["___content":protected]=> NULL ["_permalink":protected]=> NULL ["_next":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_prev":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_css_class":protected]=> NULL ["id"]=> int(14778) ["ID"]=> int(14778) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "9" ["post_content"]=> string(12186) "The extant Greek plays continue to speak to contemporary cultures, fueled by a myriad of creative retellings and adaptations by contemporary playwrights. Euripides’ ancient Greek tragedy explores the consequences of mixing the personal and political and the importance of listening to the will of the people. Sarah Nooter, renowned author and faculty member of the Department of Classics and the College, shares insights about the dramatic elements that make Euripides’ tragedy ripe for adaptation, including a discussion of Wole Soyinka’s The Bacchae of Euripides.

Euripides’ Bacchae: Sight and Blindness; Self and Other

October 7, 2020 | Featuring Dr. Sarah Nooter and Dr. Christopher Faraone

In this session, Dr. Nooter and Dr. Faraone will discuss the religious background of The Bacchae, including issues of divine recognition, belief, madness, mystery rites, and the role of gods and worship in ancient Greece. Participants will learn how these issues come into contact with tragic questions of knowing oneself and encountering the “other” within. Along the way, we will cover the question of how the self and the society relate to one another and what it means to relinquish free will. Our discussion will make use of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King as a point of comparison.

The Bacchae and Adaptation: Identity, History, and Change

October 14, 2020 | Featuring Dr. Sarah Nooter and Dr. Clifford Ando

Suggested Reading Prior to this Session: Wole Soyinka’s The Bacchae of Euripides: A Communion Rite In this session, Dr. Nooter and Dr. Ando will look at the Bacchae and its afterlife in the Gospel of John and Wole Soyinka’s adaptation from 1973 called The Bacchae of Euripides: A Communion Rite. Here we will look at the structure of the play as one of recognition in different versions, emphasizing themes of knowledge and allegory, and showing how the language and imagery of these works reveal and invert reality. We will also see how the play reverberates through Christian culture and evokes questions of social upheaval and division, examining issues of identity, history, and change. Participants will be asked to read excerpts from The Gospel of John and Soyinka’s Bacchae.

Digital Reading: Euripides' The Bacchae

October 21, 2020 Translated by Nicholas Rudall Directed by Monty Cole Assistant Directed by Monet Felton

The inventive Chicago-based director Monty Cole will lead a reading of The Bacchae translated by Court’s Founding Artistic Director, Nicholas Rudall, a premier translator of Greek texts. Together, with assistant director Monet Felton and a cast of female-identifying actors, Cole brings Euripides' words to life in this digital reading, its themes reverberating with uncanny resonance in 2020. The digital reading of Euripides' The Bacchae will feature actors Adia Alli, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Atra Asdou, McKenzie Shinn, Stephanie Diaz, Kirsten Fitzgerald, Jennifer Latimore, Karissa Murrell Myers, and MJ D. Rawls.

The Bacchae in Performance: Gender, Identity, and Self-Knowledge

October 28, 2020 | Featuring Dr. Sarah Nooter and Monty Cole

In this session, Dr. Nooter and Director Monty Cole will discuss the previous session's staged reading of The Bacchae and how its directorial choices reflect fundamental questions of gender, identity, and self-knowledge. We will aim to revisit some of the themes and questions covered in previous sessions in light of the insights gained through performance.

About the Scholars and Artists

Dr. Sarah Nooter is a professor of classics and theater and performance studies at the University of Chicago. She is the author of When Heroes Sing: Sophocles and the Shifting Soundscape of Tragedy and The Mortal Voice in the Tragedies of Aeschylus. She also coedited Sound and the Ancient Senses, with Shane Butler, and is the editor in chief of Classical Philology. She is working on a book, Bodies in Time: The Substance of Greek Poetry (working title), which explores modes of embodiment and temporality in ancient Greek poetry and song. At the University of Chicago, she serves on the faculty advisory board to Court Theatre and chairs the Poetry and the Human sequence in the Humanities Core.   Christopher Athanasius Faraone is a Professor in the Classics Department at the University of Chicago.  His work is primarily concerned with ancient Greek religion and poetry.  He is co-editor (with D. Dodd) of Initiation in Ancient Greek Rituals and Narratives: New Critical Perspectives (2003), (with L. McClure) of Prostitutes and Courtesans in the Ancient World (2005), (with F. Naiden) Ancient Victims, Modern Observers: Reflections on Greek and Roman Sacrifice (2011) and (with D. Obbink), The Getty Hexameters: Magic, Poetry and Mystery in Ancient Selinous (Oxford 2013).  Recent books include The Stanzaic Architecture of Ancient Greek Elegiac Poetry (2008), The Transformation of Ancient Greek Amulets in Roman Times (2018) and numerous articles on Ancient Greek magic, poetry and religion.
Clifford Ando received his PhD from the University of Michigan and taught in Toronto and Los Angeles before coming to Chicago.  His writing focuses on the histories of religion, law and government in the ancient world.  His books include The Matter of the Gods: Religion and the Roman Empire (2008); Law, Language and Empire in the Roman Tradition (2011); and Roman Social Imaginaries. Language and Thought in Contexts of Empire (2015).  He served for five years as co-director of Chicago's Center for the Study of Ancient Religions, and has delivered more than 300 lectures in 24 countries.  
Monty Cole is a director based in Chicago and Los Angeles. Cole has workshopped and directed new plays and re-imaginings of classic text across the country. He has directed for Steppenwolf (The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney), Center Theatre Group (Campaign by Laura Jacqmin and How to Raise a Freeman by Zakiyyah Alexander at the LA Writers Workshop Fest), The Goodman Theatre (Incendiary by Dave Harris and florissant & canfield by Kristiana Rae Colon at the New Stages Festival), Victory Gardens Theater (end of message by Laura Jacqmin and Suspension by Kristiana Rae Colon at the Ignition Festival of New Plays), Cape Cod Theatre Project and Alley Theatre All New Festival (end of message), American Theatre Company (The Project(s) and Black Like Me workshop), The House Theatre of Chicago (Borealis, Ogalala workshop and Thatcher Woods workshop), Haven (Kiss by Guillermo Calderon) the Chicago Theater Marathon (That Unnamed Feeling by Alysia and Monty Cole) California Institute of the Arts and others. Cole directed the Jeff Award winning production of The Hairy Ape for Oracle Productions. He’s currently commissioned to adapt Black Like Me, the classic investigation of race by John Howard Griffin. Monty is also working with collaborator and choreographer Breon Arzell on revitalizing In Dahomey, the first black written and performed Broadway musical. Up next, Cole will direct the west coast premiere of Young Jean Lee’s We’re Gonna Die, a workshop of his Goodman commission American Adolescence, followed by Black Odyssey by Marcus Gardley at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Monty has a BFA in Theatre Studies from Emerson College and an MFA Directing degree from the California Institute of the Arts.
Court’s Theatre & Thought series connects audiences to expert insights from University of Chicago faculty about the historical context, thematic relevance, and artistic possibilities surrounding classic works. Each Theatre & Thought topic will feature a different play and include virtual meetings with University scholars to discuss the ideas underpinning these classic texts.   Graham SchoolCourt’s remote, digital experiences are produced in partnership with the University of Chicago Graham School's Arts@Graham series.  " ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2020-09-17 13:51:38" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["post_title"]=> string(67) "Theatre & Thought: Euripides' THE BACCHAE + Contemporary Adaptation" ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["slug"]=> string(61) "theatre-thought-euripides-the-bacchae-contemporary-adaptation" ["__type":protected]=> NULL ["_edit_lock"]=> string(12) "1615769775:6" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "6" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "30" ["article_description"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "14795" ["_yoast_wpseo_estimated-reading-time-minutes"]=> string(1) "8" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2020-09-17 18:51:38" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(61) "theatre-thought-euripides-the-bacchae-contemporary-adaptation" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2021-03-14 19:56:14" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2021-03-15 00:56:14" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.courttheatre.org/?p=14778" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "1" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["status"]=> string(7) "publish" } [9]=> object(Timber\Post)#3363 (49) { ["ImageClass"]=> string(12) "Timber\Image" ["PostClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Post" ["TermClass"]=> string(11) "Timber\Term" ["object_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["custom"]=> array(11) { ["_edit_lock"]=> string(12) "1604975637:9" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "6" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "60" ["article_description"]=> string(82) "Court Theatre received 11 Jeff Award nominations for the shortened 2019/20 Season." ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "14769" } ["___content":protected]=> NULL ["_permalink":protected]=> NULL ["_next":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_prev":protected]=> array(0) { } ["_css_class":protected]=> NULL ["id"]=> int(14754) ["ID"]=> int(14754) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "9" ["post_content"]=> string(4037) "King Hedley IICourt Theatre is excited to announce that we received 11 Jeff Awards nominations for the shortened 2019/20 Season, with each production earning at least one nomination. At a time when non-profits arts organizations and theatres have been so affected by the pandemic, we are grateful to be reminded of all of the passionate artists whose work brings Chicago's stages to life. Each year, the Joseph Jefferson Awards committee honors outstanding Chicago area theatres and artists. This achievement continues to reinforce the consistent quality of our artistic contributions to Chicago’s theatre scene.

2020 Court Theatre Jeff Award Nominations

Production – Play (Large) King Hedley II” – Court Theatre Director – Play (Large) King Hedley II” – Court Theatre – Ron OJ Parson Performer in a Principal Role – Play Kelvin Roston, Jr. (Hedley) - “King Hedley II” - Court Theatre Performer in a Supporting Role – Play Kierra Bunch (Tonya) - “King Hedley II” - Court Theatre A.C. Smith (Elmore) - “King Hedley II” - Court Theatre Scenic Design - Large Regina Garcia - “King Hedley II” - Court Theatre Costume Design - Large Alison Siple - “The Mousetrap” - Court Theatre Sound Design - Large Christopher M. LaPorte - “King Hedley II” - Court Theatre André Pluess and Christopher M. LaPorte - “Oedipus Rex” - Court Theatre Lighting Design - Large Keith Parham - “Oedipus Rex” - Court Theatre Artistic Specialization Erin Kilmurray (Movement Design) - “Oedipus Rex” - Court Theatre We are privileged to be part of the incredible theatre community in Chicago, and look forward to being able to attend and celebrate live performance again. Congratulations to all of the nominees! Photo of Kierra Bunch and Kelvin Roston, Jr. (Michael Brosilow)." ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2020-09-15 11:35:50" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["post_title"]=> string(59) "Court Receives 11 Jeff Award Nominations for 2019/20 Season" ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["slug"]=> string(53) "court-receives-11-jeff-nominations-for-2019-20-season" ["__type":protected]=> NULL ["_edit_lock"]=> string(12) "1604975637:9" ["_edit_last"]=> string(1) "6" ["_yoast_wpseo_content_score"]=> string(2) "60" ["article_description"]=> string(82) "Court Theatre received 11 Jeff Award nominations for the shortened 2019/20 Season." ["_article_description"]=> string(19) "field_5927045f742d7" ["article_byline"]=> string(0) "" ["_article_byline"]=> string(19) "field_592de516b020a" ["add_feed"]=> string(1) "0" ["_add_feed"]=> string(19) "field_5939a562bed44" ["_yoast_wpseo_primary_category"]=> string(2) "17" ["_thumbnail_id"]=> string(5) "14769" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2020-09-15 16:35:50" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(53) "court-receives-11-jeff-nominations-for-2019-20-season" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2020-09-16 15:22:54" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2020-09-16 20:22:54" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.courttheatre.org/?p=14754" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "1" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["status"]=> string(7) "publish" } } --> Theatre News - Court Theatre
Donate Tickets

Theatre News

Seven New Members Join Court’s Board of Trustees

New appointees include John Culbert, Felicia Davis, Andre Guichard, Frances Guichard, Tracie Hall, Nicole Robinson, and Lise Spacapan. The addition is the largest expansion of Court Theatre’s Board of Trustees to date.

Revised Events for Winter/Spring 2021

Announcing further revisions to the 2020/21 Season in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continuing restrictions on public gatherings.

Creativity through Connection

Discover how Court's collaboration with For You and the University of Chicago's Experimental Performance Initiative sparked creativity and connection among artists and elders.

Race Matters

Race Matters was created in response to the resurgence of national and global attention on the matter of civil rights in America and around the world across the Black Diaspora.

1 2 3 4 5 6
You have seat(s) on hold for:
20:00

Cancel

Lost your password?