Court’s Spotlight Reading Series aims to rediscover plays by writers of color largely missing from the American stage. All Spotlight Readings are free and open to the public.
by August Wilson
Real estate developer Harmond Wilks is determined to become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh, on a mission to revive his blighted childhood neighborhood. As Wilks confronts characters from the past, he is forced to question how pursuing change could put his neighborhood’s history at risk.
directed by Ron OJ Parson
by Manual Cinema
WORLD PREMIERE ADAPTATION. Love, loss, and creation merge in unexpected ways in this thrilling classic gothic tale conceived by Manual Cinema. Stories of Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, and his Monster expose how the forces of family, community, and education shape personhood—or destroy it by their absence.
adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley
concept by Drew Dir
devised by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, & Julia Miller
original music by Kyle Vegter & Ben Kauffman
by Anna Ziegler
History may well remember the work of Watson and Crick that shaped biology, but it was British chemist Rosalind Franklin who provided the key to the double helix DNA discovery. Photograph 51 shares the complex story of an ambitious female scientist in a world of men, her pursuit for the secret of life, and her forgotten accomplishments.
directed by Vanessa Stalling
WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
A sisterhood of seven women tell their stories through dramatic prose poetry, music, and movement. Told in vivid language, their experiences resound with fearless beauty and unity, despite exposing the unending challenges and oppressions that women of color face every day.
by Ntozake Shange
directed by Seret Scott
a play by David Auburn
WORLD PREMIERE. Young Augie March is a product of the Great Depression: plucky, resourceful, searching for love, and striving to grow up and away from home. Through odd jobs and encounters with unique characters, Augie explores what it takes to succeed in the world as a true individual.
based on the novel by Saul Bellow
directed by Charles Newell