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Since 2016, Court’s Spotlight Reading Series has helped to redefine—and ultimately expand—the canon of classic theatre by presenting readings of rarely produced plays by authors of color. Each season, Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson curates several plays to be presented as readings. Audiences come together to watch actors perform the plays with scripts in hand, and often have a chance to speak with the artists afterward at a post-show Q&A.

The series aims to introduce more Chicagoans to the authors and their work, which are rarely produced. Court builds community connections beyond our mainstage productions with neighborhood-based cultural institutions, nonprofits, and civic groups who often host our readings. All performances are free and open to the public. A list of past readings is available here.

The Spotlight Reading series is made possible in part by a grant from

Photo by Crystal Wiley-Brown.

2019-2020 Spotlight Reading Series Events:

Spotlight Reading: Livin’ Fat

Mar 12


A citywide, yearlong event to rediscover classic plays by writers of color The Cooper family’s world is changed when two thieves leave $50,000 behind during a bank robbery. When David, who works as a janitor at the bank, brings the money home to his family, they must evaluate their morals in this lighthearted farce by Judi Ann Mason.