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A neon cafe sign.

It is 1955 in the piney woods of East Texas and racial tensions are high, yet the Top O’ the Hill Café remains a haven. There, regulars share stories, joke, unwind, and trade friendly barbs. The café is a refuge that keeps the outside world at bay, until a mysterious omen forces the outside in.

This is East Texas Hot Links: a lyrical masterpiece, a nuanced character study, and the first production of the upcoming 2024/25 season.

Director and Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson reflects: “East Texas Hot Links by Eugene Lee was my inaugural production in Chicago upon my arrival from the Big Apple, New York City. It was also the first production of Onyx Theatre Ensemble, co-founded by myself and Alfred H. Wilson in 1994. Even though 30 years have passed since that Onyx production, this play is perpetually relevant. Filled with love, humor, passion, and suspense—with the rhythm, timing, and lyricism reminiscent of the poetry of August WilsonEast Texas Hot Links will have you on the edge of your seat. The intimacy of Court Theatre only adds to the intensity and impact of this moving play finally coming to the South Side. Welcome home.”

We’ll save a place for you at Top O’ the Hill Café.

Subscriptions to the 2024/25 season– including East Texas Hot Links – are on sale now. Purchase online or by calling the Box Office at (773) 753-4472, and individual tickets to this production will be on sale later this summer.

Posted on May 8, 2024 in Productions

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