Playwright Todd Kreidler’s stage adaptation of the film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was produced by Washington DC’s Arena Stage in 2013. The production’s dramaturg, Linda Lombardi, spoke with Todd just as preview performances were about to begin.
Betty Lou and James Victor Smith, both longtime residents of Chicago, understood and appreciated the importance of education. Now, Jon Will, the executor of Betty Lou Smith’s estate, honors her legacy by continuing her support for arts education.
Timothy Edward Kane is no stranger to the stages and the classrooms at the University of Chicago. He returned to teaching this spring with a master class in acting, where he shared his experiences of performing classic roles and brought his students into the Harvey rehearsal process.
The Spotlight Reading Series is the brainchild of Ron OJ Parson, Court’s Resident Artist. Ron believes that the classic canon should include writers of color, and wanted to bring classic but rarely seen plays to a younger audience, and to the community at large.
Mary Chase lived a raucous, improbable life. Born Mary McDonough in Denver in 1906, she joked that her family’s home “was not quite on the wrong side of the tracks, but the noise of the trains reached it.”
Judy Chernick’s relationship with Court dates back to the days when the company performed in Hutchinson Court on the University of Chicago campus. A season ticket subscriber since the early 1970s, Judy has been a donor for just as long, finding the connection between being a supporter and an audience member a natural fit.
In The Hard Problem, Hilary is a young psychologist who struggles with questions of faith. She is mocked by fellow scientists for her beliefs, from her nightly prayers to her attempts to meld her scientific research with her faith.