Thank you for your patience as we’ve worked to envision a new path forward. We’ve reimagined our 2020/21 Season programming in an effort to remain responsive to the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing struggles for racial justice, two global issues that necessitate revolutionary approaches as we work to envision a brighter, safer world for all.
To that end, we have reconfigured the dates, format, and content of many of our offerings over the next year, breaking the mold of past seasons and providing unparalleled depth and access in the absence of being able to physically gather this fall.
From our Theatre & Thought series, which connects audiences to expert insights from University of Chicago faculty about classic texts, to our Deep Dive events complementing Tom Stoppard’s newest play, Leopoldstadt, and productions like Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912), Othello, and August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, our updated season is thematically rich, intellectually rigorous, and deeply ambitious.
We’re also more cognizant now than ever about the ways in which we engage with the communities we serve. Our Education Department is continuing to explore new ways of bringing high-quality arts learning programs to South Side students and Court is finalizing details surrounding an innovative Artists and Elders series connecting seniors with theatre artists to create original work.
You can explore the full season in more detail here. We’ll also be hosting a Season Preview Zoom event on July 21 for patrons interested in learning more about the reimagined season.
We hope the stories and programs we’ve chosen to share will offer the spiritual sustenance so many of us are seeking in this unprecedented time.
As we look forward to the 2020/21 season, Court Theatre remains responsive to the guidance of our state and local officials, and we are committed to continuing to produce live theatre when experts deem that it is safe to do so. The safety of our audience, artists, and staff is of the utmost importance to us, and we continue to consider all options regarding next year’s season.
Thus far, the most significant change we’ve made to next season is to move The Gospel at Colonus from this May into Fall 2020. This redemptive musical is the second installment of our ambitious Oedipus Trilogy and we are eager to share it with you. The Gospel at Colonus replaces our previously announced production of Violet, which we look forward to producing in a future season. Performances of An Iliad at the Oriental Institute will resume at a future date as well. If you have tickets for An Iliad, no action is required at this time; we will contact you when we have new performance dates.
Out of respect to you, and to accommodate your shifting needs and priorities during this time, we’ve moved our subscription renewal deadline back to May 30.
We remain deeply committed to our audience, and will communicate any additional changes as they are made. We will work with all patrons to make sure they can return to the theatre when they feel safe and ready. If that means adjusting your tickets at a later date, we will absolutely do that. Be assured that we will accommodate your needs to the best of our ability.
In this time of uncertainty, we are also committed to continuing to pay our staff and working artists. The future of Court Theatre and arts organizations across Chicago remains bright, thanks to the help of engaged board members, artists, and audiences. If you would like to make a donation in support of this work, please click here. While dates and programming may shift, our vital work will continue to thrive because of the united energies of our audiences and artists.
We hope that, in the face of all that is going on, you will continue to engage with Court Theatre as we look toward a future when we can all gather to celebrate our collective passion and perseverance.
4/20/2020 Box Office Update
We are pleased to announce that our Box Office remote phone system is now operational. You can reach a Box Office agent at (773) 753-4472, Monday through Friday from 12noon to 5pm. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to serve you in the face of a high volume of calls.
THE LADY FROM THE SEA
Unfortunately, Court Theatre had to cancel its March/April 2020 performances of The Lady from the Sea due to COVID-19. If you have not already donated or exchanged your tickets for this production, your tickets were converted into a gift certificate which can be used at a later date. If you have questions or concerns, please call the Box Office at (773) 753-4472, Monday through Friday from 12noon to 5pm.
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
To ensure the safety of our audiences and artists, Court’s production of The Gospel at Colonus, originally slated for performances in May/June 2020, will now run from November 5 – December 6, 2020. If you had tickets for the original run, you should have received an email with your new ticket dates. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. If you have questions or concerns, please call the Box Office at (773) 753-4472, Monday through Friday from 12noon to 5pm.
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.
Originally scheduled to run in November/December of our 2020/21 Season, Violet is now postponed indefinitely with the intention of producing this beautiful musical in a future Season. The Gospel at Colonus is now scheduled as the second show in Court’s 2020/21 Season running November 5 – December 6, 2020.
Updated 7 /14/2020