Chicago's Court Will Feature Adaptation of Invisible Man, Plus Angels in America, Spunk

News   Chicago's Court Will Feature Adaptation of Invisible Man, Plus Angels in America, Spunk
 
Court Theatre in Chicago announced its 2011-2012 season March 8.

The season will feature Invisible Man, Academy Award nominee Oren Jacoby's world-premiere adaptation of Ralph Ellison's timeless novel. Adaptations of Homer (this one co-written by Tony Award-winning actor Denis O'Hare) and of Zora Neale Hurston (by Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe) will also be part of the season, as will Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Angels in America.

Spunk, Wolfe's adaptation of three of Harlem Renaissance author Hurston's short stories "of love, revenge, and redemption," will begin performances in September; dates are to be announced. Blues musician Chic Street Man will compose musical narration for the production.

Court artistic director Charles Newell will direct An Iliad, Homer's epic poem about the Trojan War, in an adaptation co-created by Lisa Peterson and O'Hare, Nov. 10-Dec. 11. The one-man adaptation will feature Timothy Edward Kane as the poet telling his tale of love, loss and violent tragedy.

Invisible Man will run Jan. 12-Feb. 19, 2012. Christopher McElroen will direct Jacoby's adaptation of the story of a young African-American man's quest for his identity. McElroen, the artistic director of Classical Theatre of Harlem, makes his Chicago debut with this production.

Angels in America: Millenium Approaches and a recently revised Peristroika will perform in repertory March 30-June 3, 2012. Newell will direct Kushner's tale of AIDS, homosexuality, religion and politics set in 1980s New York City. Court Theatre is located at 5535 South Ellis Avenue in Chicago. For tickets, call (773) 753-4572 or visit courttheatre.org.

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