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Court Theatre Receives Nine Jeff Nominations for the 2022/23 Season

Five individuals stand around a large, flat-topped, light gray rock. To the left, there is a woman in a flowy white dress and a man dressed in beige behind her. In the center is a man in white robes, a white cap, a white scarf, and small black glasses. Next to him is a woman in a beige and white dress, and there is a man in beige behind her. All are singing, with hands raised, looking happy.
Photo of Ariana Burks, Juwon Tyrel Perry, Kelvin Roston Jr., Isaac Ray, and Aeriel Williams by Michael Brosilow.

We are delighted and honored to share that Court Theatre has received nine Jeff Award nominations for the 2022/23 season! These nominations are a credit to the actors, musicians, designers, and crews who bring classic stories to life on our stage, and we are proud to work with each and every one of them. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Each year, the Joseph Jefferson Awards committee honors outstanding Chicago-area theatres and artists. We look forward to celebrating with the rest of the nominees at the 55th annual Jeff Equity Awards on Monday, October 2. The ceremony will be held at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook. More information can be found at

2022/23 Court Theatre Jeff Award Nominations

Production – Musical (Large)
The Gospel at Colonus

Short Run – Production 
The Island

Ensemble – Musical or Revue
The Gospel at Colonus

Director of a Musical (Large)
Mark J.P. Hood and Charles Newell – The Gospel at Colonus

Music Direction
Mark J.P. Hood – The Gospel at Colonus

Performer in a Principal Role – Musical
Kelvin Roston Jr. (Oedipus) – The Gospel at Colonus

Short Run – Performer
Ronald L. Conner (Winston) – The Island
Kai A. Ealy (John) – The Island

Scenic Design (Large)
John Culbert  Arsenic and Old Lace

We’d also like to give a special shout-out to our fellow nominee, Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson, who was nominated for Best Director for Toni Stone and Trouble in Mind.

To the Jeff committee, thank you for recognizing our work; to our collaborators, thank you for your insight, dedication, and creativity; to our audiences, thank you for your unwavering support; and to the Chicago theatre community, thank you for being such an incredible home. 

See all of the nominations here, and don’t forget to subscribe to the 2023/24 season! Centering timeless themes in strikingly rich interpretations, next season finds the fresh in the familiar with a carefully curated blend of beloved texts and new voices.

Jeff-nominated director, Ron OJ Parson, helms The Lion in Winter; Gabrielle Randle-Bent, director of the Jeff-nominated The Island, brings the Oedipus Trilogy to a thrilling conclusion with Antigone; Jeff-nominated director Charles Newell returns to the Court stage with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; and the final production is the world premiere of Stokely: The Unfinished Revolution. That’s quite the lineup!

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Posted on August 14, 2023 in Theatre News

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