SEASON 31

Define Yourself

 

FEBRUARY 17 – APRIL 1, 2017

The Columnist

CHICAGO PREMIERE

Written by: David Auburn
Directed by: Keira Fromm

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 world. But as the 60s dawn and America undergoes dizzying change, the intense political dramas Joe is embroiled in become deeply personal as well. “Gripping and moving” – Variety

NOVEMBER 18 — DECEMBER 31, 2016

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO!

THE CHICAGO ORIGINAL

Based on the film by: Frank Capra
Directed by: Gwendolyn Whiteside*
Music direction by: Michael Mahler*

For 15 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score, and holiday carols. Critics call this “perfect Christmas theater” and “first-class holiday fare”. After each performance, milk and cookies are served by the cast.

CLOSED

AUGUST 26 — SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

DUTCHMAN/TRANSit

2 PLAYS. 1 RIDE.

Dutchman by: Amiri Baraka
Dutchman directed by: Chuck Smith
TRANSit by: Darren Canady*
TRANSit directed by: Lisa Portes

Experience two powerful plays in one event. See Dutchman—one of the most important plays in 20th-century culture to take on race relations. Then inspired by Baraka’s pivotal work, watch the world-premiere commission TRANSit, about an encounter between two strangers that reveals more than planned when an explosive mix of identity, sex, and betrayal is unleashed.

CLOSED

* Denotes Ensemble member or Artistic Affiliate of American Blues Theater
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