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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 Mighty Gents

Feb 11

by Richard Wesley
directed by Pemon Rami

A citywide, yearlong event to rediscover classic plays by writers of color. Led by their old ringleader, Frankie, The Mighty Gents desperately attempt to resurrect their glory days in one, final raid. Presented on Broadway in 1978, Richard Wesley’s play mines the desolation and desperation of a once-prolific gang to lyrically indict how society entraps black youth. Free and open to the public.

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Spotlight Reading: Boogie Woogie Landscapes

Apr 08

by Ntozake Shange | directed by Ilesa Duncan

A citywide, yearlong event to rediscover classic plays by writers of color.  From the acclaimed playwright of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf comes a choreopoem about one night of dreams and memories from a young, African American woman.