January 10 - February 23, 2020
(Previews Jan. 10 - 18)
Written by City Lit's resident playwright Kristine Thatcher (writer of last season's hit THE SAFE HOUSE
A dramatic portrait of Barbara Jordan, the first African American congresswoman to be elected from the Deep South. The play follows Jordan from her childhood in Houston's Fifth Ward through her receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton, and deals with her pivotal role on the House Judiciary Committee during its hearings concerning the possible impeachment of President Richard Nixon, her complex political relationship with Texas power broker Robert Strauss, her struggle with muscular dystrophy, and her twenty-year relationship with Nancy Earl, her companion and occasional speechwriter, and ultimately her caregiver.
"A wise, warm and quite wonderful play." - Chicago Tribune
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3. A $100 credit towards your dinner at FRESCO prior to seeing the show. Located in Madison's beautiful Overture Center for the Arts, FRESCO dining is based on fresh, seasonal offerings with a contemporary twist. It sits atop the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and boasts spectacular views.
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Voice of Good Hope
by Kristine Thatcher
directed by Terry McCabe
Jan. 10 - Feb. 23, 2020
(Previews Jan. 10 - Jan. 18)
A revival of VOICE OF GOOD HOPE by City Lit’s resident playwright Kristine Thatcher, currently Jeff-nominated for Best New Work for her play THE SAFE HOUSE, part of City Lit’s 39th season. A dramatic portrait of Barbara Jordan, the first African American congresswoman to be elected from the Deep South. The play follows Jordan from her childhood in Houston’s Fifth Ward through her receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton, and deals with her pivotal role on the House Judiciary Committee during its hearings concerning the possible impeachment of President Richard Nixon, her complex political relationship with Texas power broker Robert Strauss, her struggle with muscular dystrophy, and her twenty-year relationship with Nancy Earl, her companion and occasional speechwriter, and ultimately her caregiver. The play premiered at Victory Gardens Theater in 2000 and has been produced from New York to San Francisco in the years since then.
by Robert F. Kennedy
adapted & directed by
Mar. 6 - Apr. 19, 2020
(Previews Mar. 6 - Mar. 14)
A world premiere adaptation of THIRTEEN DAYS by Robert F. Kennedy, his memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis. On October 16, 1962, long-range Soviet missiles carrying nuclear warheads aimed at the United States were discovered in Cuba. For the next thirteen days, President John Kennedy maneuvered his way through conflicting counsel from his advisors, some of whom urged a military response likely to bring on World War III, ambiguous and sometimes deceitful information from the Soviet Union’s representatives, and ever-shifting facts on the ground. City Lit has received permission from the Kennedy family to insert as dialogue into our script excerpts from recently-made-public transcripts of JFK’s strategy sessions during the climax of the Cold War, the thirteen days the world came its closest to nuclear war. As with City Lit’s acclaimed production last season of Archibald MacLeish’s J.B., the roles in THIRTEEN DAYS will be played by a diverse ensemble of women. All the characters in the book are white males; none of the actors onstage will be.
A Horseman of the Plains
by Owen Wister
adapted by L.C. Bernadine and Spencer Huffman
June 5 - July 19, 2020
(Previews June 5 - June 13)
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, rough-hewn but soft-spoken, living on the frontier between nature and civilization, the Virginian pursues his own singular code of honor. On a ranch near Sunk Creek, Wyoming, the cowpuncher from Virginia struggles to uphold this code in conflict with his deadly enemy, a former ranch hand turned rustler, as well as in his courting of the fiercely independent schoolmarm, whose own personal code is as strong as his.
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