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The Night of the Hunter
by Davis Grubb
adapted by Shawna Tucker
directed by Brian Pastor
Oct. 20 - Dec. 3, 2023
(Previews Oct. 20 - 28)​

A world premiere stage adaptation of the Southern gothic horror novel The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb, adapted by Chicago adaptor Shawna Tucker.  Inspired by the crimes of West Virginia serial killer Harry Powers, who was executed in Grubb’s home town in 1932 for the murders of two widows and three children, The Night of the Hunter is about Henry “Preacher” Powell, who has LOVE tattooed on the knuckles of his right hand and HATE on those of his left, and preys on widows in Depression-era West Virginia.  He zeroes in on Willa Harper and her two children, John and Pearl, who he is convinced know where their late father has hidden ten thousand dollars.



Two Hours in a Bar
A double bill of one-acts
directed by Terry McCabe

Waiting for Tina Meyer
by Kristine Thatcher (with material by Larry Shue)
Text Me
music, lyrics & book by Kingsley Day
Mar. 8 - Apr. 21, 2024

(Previews Mar. 8 - 16)​

The Chicago stage premiere of Waiting for Tina Meyer, the only collaboration between Thatcher, City Lit's resident playwright, and Shue, the late playwright of the farces The Nerd and The Foreigner.  Written while they were best friends and resident actors at Milwaukee Repertory Theater in the 1980s, it concerns a pair of best-friend actors sitting in a bar because one of them is expecting to be met there by Tina Meyer, a woman he doesn't know who sent him a note backstage earlier that evening.

The world premiere of Text Me, commissioned by City Lit as a companion piece to Thatcher and Shue's play, is a 21st Century look at the problem of meeting people.  In this version of the bar, two people come to try to make connections--on their phones.  Fittingly for our fractured times, all the songs in the show are solos. 


Murder in the Cathedral
by T.S. Eliot
directed by Terry McCabe
May 3 - June 16, 2024
(Previews May 3 - 11)​

The first full production in Chicago since the early 1950s (though there have been concert readings from time to time) of Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot, author of Cats and a series of letters to Groucho Marx, among other works.  The play dramatizes the martyrdom 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; his depiction of the killing draws from the eye-witness account of Edward Grim, a monk who was wounded trying to protect the Archbishop.  This production will be staged in the sanctuary of Edgewater Presbyterian Church, the building in which City Lit resides.

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