★★★½ "The note of hope in this play, and it is rightly centered in this unpretentious and POWERFUL PRODUCTION, is that the human spirit is far harder to defeat than the body." -Chicago Tribune

★★★½ "PROFOUNDLY MOVING... Randle-Bent propels the dialogue with a clarity that shines like a knife and an urgency that can’t be denied." -Sun-Times

Reader Recommended "The Island is a RIVETING, philosophically sophisticated play that is a MUST-SEE for fans of meaty theater." -Chicago Reader

John and Winston are political prisoners on South Africa’s infamous Robben Island, spending their days toiling at grueling, futile tasks in the prison’s quarry. At night, they secretly rehearse a two-man version of Antigone and find solace and strength in their burgeoning friendship. The Island is at once a sobering glimpse into the social, physical, and psychological wounds of Apartheid; a lesson in the complex work of liberation; and a testament to the transformative power of theatre.

Associate Artistic Director Gabrielle Randle-Bent makes her solo directorial debut at Court, bringing her vision of resistance and resilience to the stage, featuring actors Ronald L. Conner and Kai A. Ealy.

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Running Time: Approximately 105 minutes

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Photo of Kai A. Ealy and Ronald L. Conner by Michael Brosilow.

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“Whether you’re a monotheist or a polytheist or no theist at all, it will speak to you, and you might answer back, dancing and clapping and lifting your own voice.” -The New York Times

Soulful and stirring, The Gospel at Colonus reimagines the story of Oedipus as the centerpiece of an African American Pentecostal church service. A redemptive celebration, this one-of-a-kind theatrical event breathes new life into a classic myth with a score of powerful gospel music. A bold collaboration from an extraordinary team of artists led by Mark J.P. Hood and Charles Newell, The Gospel at Colonus builds upon the strengths and experiences of its artists to bring this smash hit to life with new clarity on Chicago’s South Side.

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"Crazy fun ... superb bits of physical comedy" - Reader

"A talented cast ... TayLar and Williams are just terrific" - Chicago Tribune

"Screwball goofiness, some outright farce and a good comic scare or two" - Sun-Times

"Exceptional cast, stunning set ... galvanic direction ... wildly insane big fun" - WTTW

Mild-mannered sisters Martha and Abby Brewster live in their spacious Victorian home in a quiet neighborhood in Brooklyn with an eccentric nephew, Teddy. Famed for their hospitality, Martha and Abby are adored by their neighbors and frequently entertain guests. But when their other nephew, Mortimer, discovers his aunts’ macabre secrets, a hilarious chain of events ensue in this character-driven farce. Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson directs this beloved American classic, bringing much-needed humor and healing laughter to the stage in Court’s 2022/23 Season opener.

Approximate running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

Sponsored by Allstate and Gustavo Bamberger and Martha Van Haitsma.
Ron OJ Parson’s residency is made possible by the Joyce Foundation.

Download a pdf of the program here.

Header photo of Allen Gilmore, Eric Gerard, Celeste Williams, Thomas J. Cox, TayLar, and Emma Jo Boyden by Michael Brosilow.

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“Caryl Churchill is the greatest living British playwright… No other politically engaged writer has proven themselves such a master of varied form.” -Chicago Tribune
On the marshy fens of eastern England in the 1980s, ghosts of the past haunt the women who labor as tenant farmers in the potato fields and who lead lives essentially unchanged from their 19th-century forebears. When Val seizes on a new relationship as a path to escape the crushing bonds of work, poverty, and family, she is confronted with the explosive repercussions of her decision. Employing astonishing theatrical imagery, Churchill’s Fen shows with grace and sly humor how the intricate pressures of gender and class both shape and distort the characters of women. Jeff Award-winning director Vanessa Stalling (Photograph 51) returns to Court Theatre to bring her striking clarity and fresh perspective to the path-breaking text that won Churchill the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and cemented her reputation as one of our greatest living playwrights. Accessible performances: Subscriptions including this production are on sale now and can be purchased online or by calling (773) 753-4472. [button link="/season-tickets/subscriptions/" text="Subscribe Now"]

Photo of Genevieve VenJohnson, Elizabeth Laidlaw, and Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel by Joe Mazza.

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