Court Theatre

Upcoming Events

Oedipus Rex
Drama
Runs Nov 07Dec 08, 2019

Oedipus seeks to cure his city of a mysterious plague by discovering the murderer of the former king. Captivating and cathartic, Sophocles’ seminal Greek tragedy brings to light …

Black Picture Show
Spotlight Reading Series
Drama, Staged Reading
Nov 11, 2019

A black writer’s mind is deteriorating as he nears death. His son, a filmmaker, wants to share the story of his last day on earth. Praised as “brilliant” …

The Mousetrap
Drama
Runs Jan 16Feb 16, 2020

The Ralstons’ house becomes lethal when four guests are snowed in amidst reports of a woman’s murder. Agatha Christie’s craft for building skillful twists and shocking turns is …

The Sty of the Blind Pig
Spotlight Reading Series
Drama, Staged Reading
Feb 24, 2020

Alberta lives on Chicago’s South Side with her old-fashioned mother, Weedy. Their relationship is tested when a mysterious street singer comes searching for a woman he used to …

An Iliad
Drama
Runs Feb 26Mar 22, 2020

Directed by Court’s Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, Charles Newell, and starring Timothy Edward Kane as The Poet, Court’s production of An Iliad was heralded as “one of …

The Lady from the Sea
Drama
Runs Mar 12Apr 12, 2020

When a sailor returns to fulfill his promise, a lighthouse keeper’s daughter must choose between her landlocked marriage and the mesmerizing allure of the sea. Hailed as a …

Livin’ Fat
Spotlight Reading Series
Comedy, Staged Reading
Apr 06, 2020

The Cooper family’s world is changed when two thieves leave $50,000 behind during a bank robbery. When David, who works as a janitor at the bank, brings the …

The Gospel at Colonus
Drama
Runs May 07Jun 07, 2020

Soulful and stirring, The Gospel at Colonus reimagines the story of Oedipus as the centerpiece of an African American Pentecostal church service. A redemptive celebration, this one-of-a-kind theatrical …

Famous Orpheus
Spotlight Reading Series
Staged Reading
Jun 01, 2020

Based on the ancient Greek story, Famous Orpheus reimagines the mythic love story of Orpheus and Eurydice in the Caribbean. Orpheus’ epic journey into the Underworld to reclaim his lost …

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Chicago IL 60637
773-753-4472
Named “the most consistently excellent theatre company in America” by The Wall Street Journal, Court Theatre is dedicated to discovering and conveying the power of classic theatre.  Sometimes this means an imaginative re-envisioning of a classic work to uncover immediately relevant messages; sometimes it means expanding the definition of what makes a classic into often overlooked areas, such as the African American canon and musical theatre; and sometimes it means exploring more recent works that are sure to become classics.  Whatever your definition, you haven’t seen classic theatre until you’ve seen it at Court.
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