While the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose unique challenges to live performance, Court Theatre remains steadfast in its goal to offer intellectually rigorous artistic experiences to our patrons. As of January 12, our newly-revised season offers patrons several unprecedented ways to engage with theatrical narratives while we wait for the widespread rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine. We hope you will join us!
Court’s Theatre & Thought series connects audiences to expert insights from University of Chicago faculty about the historical context, thematic relevance, and artistic possibilities surrounding classic works. Each Theatre & Thought topic will feature a different play and include virtual meetings with University scholars to discuss the ideas underpinning these classic texts.
Theatre For One: Here We Are is a live digital theatrical experience that brings together one actor and one audience member featuring eight new microplays that speak to these times we are in. Following its critically-acclaimed run in New York, Court Theatre brings these eight stories to life with Chicago actors to offer audiences a deeply personal theatrical experience.
A MUSICAL BY CLARKE PETERS
FEATURING LOUIS JORDAN'S GREATEST HITS
ORIGINALLY PRODUCED AT THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST
DIRECTED BY RON OJ PARSON
MUSIC DIRECTOR ABDUL HAMID ROYAL
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FELICIA P. FIELDS
MOVEMENT/MUSICAL STAGING CHRISTOPHER CARTER
The Sun-Times called Court’s production “pure, unadulterated theatrical fun!” A lively musical tribute to the hit songs of saxophonist and songwriter Louis Jordan, Five Guys Named Moe showcases pioneering musician Louis Jordan’s new approach to jazz that paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s.
BY LISA PETERSON AND DENIS O’HARE
BASED ON HOMER’S THE ILIAD, TRANSLATED BY ROBERT FAGLES
DIRECTED BY CHARLES NEWELL
FEATURING TIMOTHY EDWARD KANE
Interrogate how rage and division reverberate throughout civilization in this streaming release of our limited-engagement, site-specific production of An Iliad at the Oriental Institute. Actor Timothy Edward Kane as the poet takes audiences on a journey through ancient societies and cultural artifacts in a thrillingly visceral performance.
(Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry, 1912)
by Owen McCafferty
Directed by Vanessa Stalling
The sinking of the RMS Titanic has long been studied for its historical significance and unmistakable hubris. A survivors’ story fraught with intrigue, Owen McCafferty’s Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912) tells the story using verbatim testimonies from witnesses of the wreck. What emerges is a startling portrait of class, chaos, and moral ambiguity.
by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Charles Newell
with Associate Director Gabrielle Randle-Bent
Othello, the great Venetian general, unknowingly seals his fate when he fails to select his standard-bearer, Iago, for a military promotion. When his wife, Desdemona, is implicated in an affair, Othello is faced with a series of irreversible events that spell catastrophe for him and his country.