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Thirteen Days
Runs Aug 28Oct 04, 2020

On October 16, 1962, Soviet missiles carrying nuclear warheads aimed at the United States were discovered in Cuba.  For thirteen days, President John Kennedy maneuvered his way through …

The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains
Literary Adaptation, New Work
Runs Oct 16Nov 29, 2020

A world premiere adaptation of THE VIRGINIAN: A HORSEMAN OF THE PLAINS by Owen Wister, the novel that originated the archetype of the American cowboy. Never named, …

The Playboy of the Western World
Runs Jan 15Feb 28, 2021

Christy Mahon comes into Flaherty’s tavern on the west coast of Ireland and claims to have killed his father with a shovel. The locals are charmed by …

Emma’s Child
Runs Mar 12Apr 25, 2021

One of the great Chicago plays. By City Lit’s resident playwright, author of Voice of Good Hope and The Safe House, it won the Susan Smith Blackburn …

Aztec Human Sacrifice
Runs May 07Jun 20, 2021

It’s the night before the beginning of the Aztec empire’s new millennium, and the Chosen One–so named because he is to be sacrificed in order to make the …

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Chicago IL 60660
For over 30 years, audiences and artists have joined City Lit to celebrate the power and beauty of the spoken written word. City Lit was founded in 1979 by Arnold Aprill, David Dillon and Lorrell Wyatt. At the time, it was the only theatre in the nation devoted to stage adaptations of literary material. City Lit has explored fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biography, essays and drama in performance, and presented a wide array of voices, from classic writers Edith Wharton and P.G. Wodehouse to contemporary writers Alice Walker and Raymond Carver.
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