UPCOMING PERFORMANCES & EVENTS

Our Season 31 includes the world-premiere of TRANSit, the Chicago premieres of The Columnist and Beauty’s Daughter, the 15th annual production of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!, and the revival of Dutchman. Plus we return with hit Ripped: the Living Newspaper Festival, staged reading of the 2017 Blue Ink Playwriting Award, and continue our free arts education program, The Lincoln Project for Chicago Public Schools.

Read our Season 31 “Define Yourself” announcement >>. Learn about our Season 31 FlexPass >>.

NATIONAL THEATRE CO. AWARD

NATIONAL THEATRE CO. AWARD

2016

American Blues Theater is a proud recipient of American Theatre Wing’s 2016 National Theatre Company award given for distinct mission, audience cultivation, and commitment to nurture a community of artists to strengthen and demonstrate the quality, diversity, and dynamism of the American theatre.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

NOV 18 – DEC 31, 2016

Join us for the 15th anniversary production of our live 1940s radio play with Foley effects, original score, and holiday carols. After each performance, milk and cookies are served by the cast.

THE COLUMNIST

THE COLUMNIST

FEB 17 – APR 9, 2017

From the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning author of Proof, a drama about power, the press, sex, and betrayal. At the height of the Cold War, Joe Alsop is the nation’s most influential journalist – beloved, feared, and courted by the Washington establishment. Variety calls this “gripping and moving”.

BEAUTY'S DAUGHTER

BEAUTY'S DAUGHTER

JUNE 2 – JULY 2, 2017

This Obie Award-winning play depicts one woman’s journey through life’s obstacles in an East Harlem neighborhood. Artistic Affiliate Wandachristine takes on 6 characters during the course of this solo play. The New York Times hails this script as “wholly original and riveting”.

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