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In Conversation with Playwright Pearl Cleage & Director Ron OJ Parson

Best-selling novels, plays, and poetry—Pearl Cleage has written it all. Her 1995 play Blues for an Alabama Sky thrusts audiences into the creative ferment of the Harlem Renaissance, just as the problems of the Great Depression begin to overshadow artistic triumphs and creep into characters lives. While set in the past, her work sends echoes to us in the present that are impossible to ignore. Court staff member Shelby Krick enjoyed a fascinating conversation with Cleage and Resident Artist and Director Ron OJ Parson.

The Harlem Renaissance

University of Chicago professor and author Kenneth Warren looks at how the cultural landscape of the nation was forever altered by the Harlem Renaissance.

Designer’s Notebook

Jacqueline's creations for Iphigenia in Aulis, Agamemnon and now Electra tell a powerful story of their own, tracing the narrative arc of tragedy through subtle changes in fabric, color, draping and visual concept.

Q&A: Actresses Sandra Marquez & Kate Fry

This year in Electra, we see many returning faces from Agamemnon and Iphigenia in Aulis, but we are also introduced to a few new faces that leave a lasting impression. Kate Fry (Electra) joins Sandra Marquez (Clytemnestra) in the final tragic chapter in Court Theatre’s Greek Cycle.

Emile Griffith (1938-2013)

Dramaturg Nora Titone takes a look at the incredible, complex life of six-time world champion boxer Emile Griffith.

What is Dementia Pugilistica?

Long before he quit boxing, Emile Griffith showed looming signs of dementia pugilistica. We take a look at what that means.

Interview: Playwright MICHAEL CRISTOFER

Court Theatre's Shelby Krick sat down with Man in the Ring Playwright Michael Cristofer to explore his career, the rehearsal process, and boxer Emile Griffith.

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