3/23/2020 Box Office Update
In order to comply with Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order, Box Office associates will now be working remotely. We’ve adjusted the ways you can get in touch about ticket matters as outlined below.
An Iliad will be re-scheduled, so no action is required at this time. We will send information about a new schedule as soon as it is available. We will adjust your tickets as necessary if the new dates do not work for you.
You may also call our Box Office at (773) 753-4472 and leave a voicemail. Please note that this mailbox will be checked daily, so there may be some delay in receiving a response. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to serve you in the face of a high volume of calls.
We look forward to a time when we can gather again at Court Theatre. Be well!
3/12/2020 Cancellation Announcement
As leadership at the University of Chicago continues to monitor the evolving status of COVID-19 in Chicagoland and across the globe, we at Court Theatre are at a critical moment in our six-decade history.
Theatre can’t just be seen; it must be felt. It can’t just be watched; it must be experienced. At a time of division, bifurcated attention, and growing anxiety, theatre’s power to create community out of both artists and strangers has a powerful role to play. And yet, that same communal power represents a double-edged sword for any organization striving to prioritize the health, security, and safety of all those who touch its work.
According to the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control, many of our patrons and long-term supporters are most at risk of developing serious complications from contracting this virus, a fact we take quite seriously.
As artistic leaders, these are the issues we grapple with this week in the face of extraordinary circumstances. And extraordinary circumstances sometimes call for extraordinary measures. This is why we have made the difficult decision to cancel the runs of The Lady from the Sea at Court Theatre and An Iliad at the Oriental Institute. We truly appreciate the talented artists who worked tirelessly to create a striking and beautiful production of The Lady from the Sea and are deeply saddened we cannot share their work with audiences. We are grateful for the opportunity to reschedule performances of An Iliad to sometime this summer.
Currently, we believe it’s prudent to postpone making a decision about our upcoming production of The Gospel at Colonus, slated to begin previews in May. We will continue to monitor how things develop and make a further announcement later, should it be necessary.
At a time when so many people around the world are focused on the day-to-day updates of friends, family, and the news, we, as an organization, must think farther ahead. This is why we are asking audience members and subscribers with tickets to our current productions to consider converting their purchase to a donation or crediting the value of their tickets towards a subscription to our 2020/21 Season. With so many unknowns about the lasting effects of this pandemic, these sorts of efforts will bolster Court Theatre and our potential to continue sharing classic stories with you in the future.
Theatre is nothing without its artists and audience. We are nothing without our artists and you.
Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director
Angel Ysaguirre, Executive Director
THE LADY FROM THE SEA
Despite the performance cancellations, Court is committed to paying our artists through the full production run. A donation to Court Theatre helps support our artists through this time of uncertainty and will bolster our ability to continue sharing classic stories with you in the future. If you are financially able, please consider transferring the value of your tickets to Court Theatre in the form of a tax-deductible donation. Simply fill out this form to donate your tickets.
We can also apply the value of your tickets towards a future subscription to our 2020/21 Season. Learn more about the season online or to contact the box office, please scroll up to our updated contact options as our staff members are currently working remotely.
AN ILIAD at the Oriental Institute
Performances of An Iliad will be rescheduled and announced at a later date. We will be reaching out to you later with more information. You do not need to take any action at this time.
THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS
At this time, we believe it’s prudent to postpone making a decision about our upcoming production of The Gospel at Colonus, slated to begin previews in May. We will continue to monitor how things develop and make a further announcement later.
SPOTLIGHT READING: LIVIN’ FAT
The reading will be rescheduled and announced at a later date.
SOUTH SIDE YOUTH PERFORMANCE FEST
Unfortunately, the March 31 event is cancelled.
Out of respect for the safety and well-being of our entire Court Theatre community, we will not hold the 2020 Gala as scheduled on April 25. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update you on alternate plans as soon as this crisis passes.