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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.

2020-2021 Spotlight Reading Series Events:

Our Spotlight Reading Series has been reimagined as an audio podcast series for 2021. Episodes of the pilot season will be released on February 18, February 25, March 4, and March 11, 2021, on our website, as well as on listening apps like Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcast.

Listen to The Spotlight Podcast