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City Lit Theater is dedicated to the vitality and accessibility of the literary imagination. City Lit will be producing concert readings and full-stage productions of adaptations of literary material, scripted plays by language-oriented playwrights, and original material developed especially for City Lit.


City Lit was founded in 1979 and incorporated in 1980 by Arnold Aprill, David Dillon, and Lorell Wyatt. At the time it was the only theatre in the nation devoted to stage adaptations of literary material. Over 35 seasons, City Lit has explored fiction, non-fiction, biography, essays, and drama in performance while presenting a wide array of voices. Among these voices are found classic writers such as Henry James, Edith Wharton, Oliver Goldsmith, Mark Twain, Colette, and P.G. Wodehouse, as well as such contemporary writers as Alice Walker, W.P. Kinsella, Douglas Post, Raymond Carver, Edward Albee and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.


As an Illinois not for profit corporation and a 501(c)3 federal tax-exempt organization, City Lit keeps its ticket prices below the actual cost of producing plays and depends on the support of those who share its belief in the beauty and power of the spoken word.


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