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The Adventures of Augie March

a play by David Auburn
based on the novel by Saul Bellow
directed by Charles Newell

May 09, 2019 — Jun 09, 2019

“With this teeming book Bellow returned a Dickensian richness to the American novel.” Time Magazine, All-TIME 100 Novels

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.

A novel written by Nobel Prize-winner Saul Bellow, is adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn. Bellow was a University of Chicago faculty member for three decades, and his experiences in the city of Chicago and at the University are at the heart of his writing. The Adventures of Augie March is an epic coming-of-age story that bridges continents and stages of life, exuding the endearing confidence of a boy taking in a complex world. This world premiere will be directed by Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director.

In support of Center for Classic Theatre research for this adaptation and production, the University of Chicago Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society has appointed David Auburn a Visiting Fellow, resulting in collaboration with University faculty and scholars to enhance and inform the production.

Subscriptions including this production are on sale now and can be purchased online or by calling (773) 753-4472. Individual tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 1, 2018.

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William D. and Diane S. Anderson

Production supported in part by an award from

Photo of Saul Bellow at the University of Chicago bookstore, September 1975, by John Vail. University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library.