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Just before theatres were shut down, City Lit had recently finished a critically-acclaimed, now Black Theatre Alliance Award nominated, production of Kristine Thatcher's VOICE OF GOOD HOPE.  The play focuses on the life of Barbara Jordan, first Black Congresswoman from the deep south.  As a devoted defender of the constitution, Barbara Jordan's words and legacy are even more relevant than six months ago.  


In light of this, we got the original cast (including Black Theatre Alliance Award nominees Andrea Conway-Diaz and Noelle Klyce) back together for a virtual reading of the play in its entirety.  We are bringing it to you now and are keeping it available until Oct. 1, 2020.  Watch it anytime between now and that date, and we encourage you to share it with friends. 


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"If the society today allows wrongs to go unchallenged, the impression is created that those wrongs have the approval of the majority."
                    -Barbara Jordan

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The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains

by Owen Wister

adapted by L.C. Bernadine and Spencer Huffman

directed by Terry McCabe

Dates To Be Announced

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.  City Lit’s adaptation will feature giant puppets as the horses in the story, a few of whom are important minor characters.

The Playboy of the Western World

by John Millington Synge

directed by Brian Pastor

Dates To Be Annouced

Christy Mahon comes into Flaherty's tavern on the west coast of Ireland and claims to have killed his father with a shovel.  The locals are charmed by his boldness and daring, and he becomes a local hero--until the old man shows up.  The play's world premiere triggered three nights of riots in Dublin, and fistfights in the aisles when it transferred to New York.  City Lit's audience is much better behaved.

Emma's Child

by Kristine Thatcher

directed by Terry McCabe

Dates To Be Announced

One of the great Chicago plays.  By City Lit's resident playwright, author of Voice of Good Hope and The Safe House, it won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and a half-dozen other playwriting awards when Terry directed the Chicago premiere at Victory Gardens twenty-five years ago.  A Rogers Park couple plans to adopt the child of Emma, a pregnant teenager.  What follows threatens their marriage and reshapes what they think of parenthood.

Aztec Human Sacrifice

music & lyrics by Kingsley Day

book by Kingsley Day and Philip LaZebnik

directed by Terry McCabe

Dates To Be Announced

It's the night before the beginning of the Aztec empire's new millennium, and the Chosen One--so named because he is to be sacrificed in order to make the sun rise next morning--has run off with the Emperor's daughter.  If he is not found, the sun will not rise and the world will end.  By the writers of the legendary Chicago musical comedy Summer Stock Murder.

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