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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.

2019 Spotlight Reading Series Events:

Spotlight Reading: Black Picture Show

Nov 11


A citywide, yearlong event to rediscover classic plays by writers of color A black writer’s mind is deteriorating as he nears death. His son, a filmmaker, wants to share the story of his last day on earth. Praised as “brilliant” by the New York Times when it ran in 1975, Black Picture Show tackles issues of artistic genius, corruption, and race with a provocative mixture of fact and fantasy.  

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Spotlight Reading: The Sty of the Blind Pig

Feb 24


A citywide, yearlong event to rediscover classic plays by writers of color Alberta lives on Chicago’s southside with her old-fashioned mother, Weedy. Their relationship is tested when a mysterious street singer comes searching for a woman he used to know, and Alberta must confront the feelings she’s long been suppressing. An award-winning drama, The Sty of the Blind Pig captures the sense of black consciousness in America on the cusp of the civil rights movement.  

Spotlight Reading: Livin’ Fat

Apr 06


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.  

Spotlight Reading: Famous Orpheus

Jun 01


A citywide, yearlong event to rediscover classic plays by writers of color Based on the ancient Greek story, Famous Orpheus reimagines the mythic love story of Orpheus and Eurydice in Trinidad. Orpheus’ epic journey into the Underworld to reclaim his lost love is given a playful treatment in this lyrical take on an enduring myth.