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Since its premiere in 1953, Arthur Miller's The Crucible, a masterful and chilling portrayal of the historic Salem witch trials and an allegory for the rise of McCarthyism in the late 1940s, has rightfully become an American classic. It serves as both a cautionary tale and a provocation that compels each generation to reflect upon the harrowing world the play portrays.
The people of Salem are whipped into a bloodthirsty frenzy by a series of escalating misinterpretations after a group of teenage girls are accused of dancing devilishly in the woods. Rather than face consequences for their actions, the girls begin a chain of finger-pointing until neighbor turns against neighbor, whispers become testimony, fabrications become facts, and a once powerless teenage girl suddenly has the ability to decide the fate of all those around her. As the hearts of the townsfolk become poisoned, even virtuous farmer and family man John Proctor is falsely accused of witchcraft and must fight a corrupt court to protect his good name.
Note: This show is a Steppenwolf for Young Adults production.
DEIRDRE: "Do many know what is foretold, that Deirdre will be the ruin of the Sons of Usna and have a little grave by herself, and a story will be told forever??
The final masterpiece by John Millington Synge, author of The Playboy of the Western World. A beautiful and sad love story based on the Irish myth of Deirdre, the foremost heroine of ancient Ireland. Promised in wedlock since her birth to the King of Ulster once she comes of age, she rejects the arranged marriage and flees with her lover, Naisi. Synge's play is the most famous dramatization of Ireland's most beloved romance.
Henrik Ibsen's masterwork finds renewed immediacy in a daring new production from Goodman artistic director Robert Falls. The contamination of a resort town's water supply sets the stage for a battle involving the town's respected mayor, Peter Stockmann, and his brother Thomas, a respected doctor. As the brothers become locked in a combative struggle between political wisdom and personal ethics, the economic fate of the community — and the unity of the town's residents — hangs in the balance.
Set in the center ring under the Big Top of a traveling circus that has seen better days, Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a re-telling of the Book of Job. Zuss and Nickles, popcorn and balloon vendors, decide to take on the roles of God and Satan, and together, they push J.B. through his search for justice in the world toward his discovery of what must take its place. All 23 roles in City Lit's production will be played by an ensemble of nine mature actresses.
Celebrated director and playwright Aaron Posner and famed magician Teller (of duo Penn & Teller) join forces for an innovative take on "the Scottish play," returning after their Jeff Award-winning production of The Tempest at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2015. With astounding sorcery, this supernatural thriller dives into the psyches of the power-hungry Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
Nineteen-year-old Tray loves his grandfather and loves caring for his infant daughter, hoping one day to marry the baby's mother. But in the war on drugs, a joint at a party becomes a major military provocation, and Tray unwittingly falls into a black hole of bewilderment, rearranging his plans and his life. Workshopped through New Works Brooklyn at Brooklyn College and the New York Theatre Workshop, Megastasis is directed by Aaron Todd Douglas.
Come to what is sure to be a thrilling and unique night of theatre, and you create it!
Every Saturday night we open our doors at 10PM and accept the first 15 original acts that walk through the door. Scenes, Poems, Dances, Magic Tricks, Stand-Up, Sketch, Improv, Puppets, Songs, Juggling, Mime, Acrobatics and/or General Shenanigans - whatever floats your proverbial boat.
1. All material must be original
2. Performances should be no more than five minutes in length
3. You can't break anything--not yourself, not the theatre--and you can't break any laws
No Shame Theatre focuses on immediacy, originality and brevity. So, whether you're coming to perform, watch or both, together we'll create a show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again.
Oscar Wilde's only novel ranks with Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as a defining excursion into psychological horror. Dorian Gray expresses the desire that his newly painted portrait, rather than he, will age and fade. This idle, destructive wish is granted: Dorian stays young and beautiful while his portrait ages and takes on the weight of his sins. He is both fascinated and trapped by this fatal freedom from responsibility and enters into a life of hedonism. Three-time Jeff Award winner for Best Adaptation Paul Edwards returns to City Lit for his eighth production.
A world premiere translation of Aeschylus's theatrically boldest tragedy, commissioned by City Lit from Nicholas Rudall, founding director of Court Theatre and internationally acclaimed award-winning translator of Greek drama. The titan Prometheus, friend of humankind, is chained — and fastened with a spike through his chest — to a mountain as punishment for instilling in the human race the capacity for hope, thereby spoiling Zeus's plan to wipe out the human race and replace it with something better. His parade of visitors includes gods, sea nymphs, and a woman whom Zeus has turned into a cow. The production will feature both actors and life-sized puppets.
Staged by leading Broadway and Chicago director Gary Griffin, this award-winning play chronicles the seldom-told, true story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor who challenged convention by taking the London stage as the first black Othello in 1833 — sending shockwaves through the city at a time when anti-abolition protesters rioted in the streets.
Sister Africa is a play about the work of Jewish World Watch in the Congo and about the effect of genocide on the people of the Congo, primarily the women, girls, and children. It is a play about two peoples, Jews and Congolese, who have lived through unspeakable horrors and how they can help to heal each other.
Inspired by true events, two Chicago women with hope on the horizon are dealt a blow they never imagined. Although they never meet, they share the same fears and face similar trials as they each deal with the aftermath of their own experiences. As the story unfolds, we are left with the question: If you knew the stranger next to you, how much would you have in common?
With her family facing financial ruin as the Irish rural way of life comes to an end, Hannah's impending marriage to a British lord will settle her mother's debts and save the estate. Catastrophe strikes, however, when a defrocked reverend pushes her to embrace the strange voices that have haunted her since birth. Against the backdrop of Ireland's troubled colonial history, The Veil is a transfixing, mystical ghost story about the search for love and the circularity of time — and the ghosts that are woken by scarcity and the fear of dispossession.
Visionary Belgian director Ivo van Hove injects a raw, pulsating energy into Arthur Miller's 1955 classic, which won the 2016 Tony Awards for best revival of a play and best director. Straight from sold-out runs on Broadway and the West End comes the Chicago debut of van Hove's production. Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his immigrant cousins to America. But when one of them falls for Eddie's young niece, his jealous mistrust exposes an unspeakable secret — one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.
Ireland's most prestigious theater ensemble is back with a contemporary interpretation of Samuel Beckett's seminal work. Staged by Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes, this production marks the legendary company's third return to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, following The Cripple of Inishmaan (2011) and The Walworth Farce (2009).
First produced on Broadway in 1962, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? concerns a middle-aged married couple in a college town. George (Lewis R. Jones), an associate professor of history, and Martha (Nicholia Q. Aguirre), the daughter of the college's president invite a younger couple to their home very late one evening. The guests -- Nick (Adam Zaininger), a biology teacher at the college, and his wife Honey (Kate Robison) -- walk into a quagmire of drinking, fights, sex, games, and delusions.