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Thank you for your continued support in the face of such a challenging year. COVID-19 has forced us to find dynamic new ways to continue to uphold our values of innovation, inquiry, intellectual engagement, and community service—a challenge we couldn’t have risen to without the help of engaged donors and audience members like yourself. In a normal year, our annual gala would serve to further bolster our work, helping give us a major boost as we transition from one season to the next.

In lieu of our annual gala, we are asking for your support in helping bring Court’s artistic programs to life. Your contribution helps further our commitment to champion the voices of local theatre artists and our South Side community at a vital time in our history, advancing a world where everyone can find a home in classic theatre. 

Throughout this past year, we were able to launch a series of digital readings and lecture series with internationally recognized academics; release professionally edited versions of two cherished productions from Court’s history; premiere a free series of one-on-one microplays about race and our current political moment; and launch a reimagined version of our annual South Side Youth Festival, all thanks to your enduring support. In each of those endeavors, Court was able to continue offering work to Chicagoland artists, providing a lifeline for many during a volatile time for live performance. 

Court engages and inspires its audience by providing artistically distinguished productions, audience enrichment activities, and student educational experiences. From pioneering new mediums of artistic expression with our upcoming production of Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912) to fearlessly grappling with the humanity in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, and pursuing new ways to give South Side teens a platform to speak out their hopes, truths, and dreams, your support makes it possible to continue such endeavors in the face of so many unknowns. 

We so wish we could celebrate the accomplishments your support has made possible over the past year together at our gala and look forward to the chance to connect in person in the future when it’s safe to do so. You have stood with us during uncertain times, and we are excited to have you along for the journey ahead. Thank you! 

Sincerely,

Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director

Angel Ysaguirre, Executive Director

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Photo of the ensemble of OEDIPUS REX by Michael Brosilow.