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**We understand not everyone is comfortable being in a crowd without masks yet, so City Lit has designated 2 performances where masks are required.  Sunday, May 5, 2024 and Sunday, June 2, 2024 are the designated performances for Murder in the Cathedral.  Masks are encouraged but no longer required for all other performances.  

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The first fully staged Chicago production of the play in 70 years!  It dramatizes the assassination of Archbishop Thomas Becket at the hands of knights loyal to Henry II in 1170.  Eliot wrote it on commission to be performed in the sanctuary at Canterbury Cathedral, the room where Becket was murdered.  Our production will be staged in the sanctuary of Edgewater Presbyterian Church, the building in which City Lit resides.


Spring Tea 2024


June 15, 2024



At the The Admiral at the Lake (Community Gathering Room)

929 W. Foster Ave.


The event features a high tea with all the trimmings, a silent auction and an intimate reading of


The Monkey's Paw

the original short story by W.W. Jacobs

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World Premiere
by Mark Pracht
Directed by Outgoing Artistic Director Terry McCabe
August 23, 2024
- October 6, 2024
(Previews Aug. 23 - Aug. 31)

It was in the 1960s that Marvel Comics began creating dozens of memorable characters, one after another over a period of years, and built a single cohesive world for them to inhabit. In comic books, this was revolutionary. But the two men at the center of this renaissance struggle with the idea of credit now that they’ve made it something worth struggling over. The House of Ideas examines the rise of Marvel and the fraught relationship between the Lennon and McCartney of comic books, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Part Three of The Four-Color Trilogy, about the men and women who created a body of literature Americans both embraced and loathed.


30th Anniversary Production
by August Wilson
Directed by Manny Buckley
October 18, 2024 - Decem
ber 1, 2024
(Previews Oct. 18 - Oct. 26)

The Chicago storefront premiere of this searing August Wilson drama about six friends in the Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1948 mourning the death of their friend Floyd "Schoolboy" Barton, a rising blues star trapped by his circumstances and cut down in his prime. One of Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle” of ten plays depicting the African American experience in each of the 20th  Century’s decades.


Chicago Premiere
by Reina Hardy

Directed by Incoming Artistic Director Brian Pastor
January 10. 2025 - February 23, 2025

(Previews Jan. 10 - Jan. 18)

Chicago premiere of a new play by Chicago-based playwright Reina Hardy. A modern-day reimagining of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. The Beast has moved into a low-rent district in Chicago with his last loyal friend, a lamp named Only. They meet a neighborly witch and a young woman who might, somehow, still break the curse.


World Premiere Adaptation
by Karel Capek
freely adapted by Bo List
Directed by Incoming Artistic Director Brian Pastor
May 2, 2025 - June 15, 2025
(Previews May 2 - May 10)

In 1920, Karel Čapek’s early science fiction classic R.U.R. coined the term “robot” and looked ahead to the wonders and dangers of artificial intelligence decades before it was cool to worry about such things. “Rossum’s Universal Robots” (“R.U.R.” for short) is a mysterious island factory that manufactures artificial human beings, run by the eccentric scientist Harry Rossum. When Helena Glory arrives to advocate for the rights of these machines, a series of events is set into motion that sees Harry and Helena married against the backdrop of a global robot uprising.

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