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Court’s Spotlight Reading series hopes to redefine—and ultimately expand—the canon of classic Theatre by presenting readings of rarely produced plays by authors of color. The series aims to introduce more Chicagoans to the authors and their work, and to expand Court’s artistic values into more communities in the city, with a focus on the south side.

The inaugural year of the program attracted more than 400 attendees, and we hope to expand upon that success as we establish new relationships. 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.

2018 Spotlight Reading Series Events:

Spotlight Reading: The Independence of Eddie Rose

Jul 23

by William S. Yellow Robe Jr.
Directed by Juan Ramirez

A citywide, yearlong event to rediscover classic plays by writers of color. This Native American drama tells the story of a teenage boy confronted with the challenges of family alcoholism and domestic violence. Eddie is forced to choose between the learned way of a broken society and traditional values of the Red Road.

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Spotlight Reading: Long Time Since Yesterday

Sep 17

by P.J. Gibson
Directed by Patrese D. McClain

A citywide, yearlong event to rediscover classic plays by writers of color. Set in suburban New Jersey, this potent drama is about a reunion of college classmate at the funeral of a friend who killed herself. At the wake, they confront the truth about their own lives and about the suicide which has again brought them together.

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Spotlight Reading: Burghers of Calais

Nov 05

by Edgar White
Directed by Ron OJ Parson

A citywide, yearlong event to rediscover classic plays by writers of color. In this farce, playwright Edgar White finds parallels the real-life story of the Scottsboro Boys and Auguste Rodin’s Burghers of Calais, a famous sculpture depicting the town’s fathers who offered themselves as hostages to the invading English during the Hundred Years’ War.