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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 23, 2019

★★★★   dazzlingly creative … intensely moving

“the performances in the show are of a thrillingly high level”

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, Read the full review

Extended through June 23. 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 is directed by Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director.

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Sponsored by

William D. and Diane S. Anderson
The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation
Lorna Ferguson and Terry Clark
Michael Charles Litt

Production supported in part by an award from

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.

Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Artistic Team



Articles and Interviews

Meet Augie March!

An interview with Patrick Mulvey, who makes his Court debut in the title role, portraying Augie at various ages and stages of life.

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