Court Theatre to Present Raisin, Cassiopeia, Vanya, Arcadia in 2006-07

News   Court Theatre to Present Raisin, Cassiopeia, Vanya, Arcadia in 2006-07 Chicago's Court Theatre will present a new Charles L. Mee play and a fresh revival of the musical Raisin during its 2006-07 season, it was announced.

The line-up will open with Raisin, the 1974 musical based on Lorraine Hansberry's play about the strivings of one African-American family, A Raisin in the Sun. It boasts a book by Robert Nemiroff and Charlotte Zaltzberg, music by Judd Woldin and lyrics by Robert Brittan. Charles Newell will direct the Sept. 14-Oct. 22 run. No casting has been announced.

Raisin will be followed by Hotel Cassiopeia, a new play by Charles L. Mee that was previously seen at the Humana Festival in Louisville, KY. Anne Bogart will direct the work, which is about the eccentric American collage artist Joseph Cornell, who, while living a sheltered life in Queens, put together wooden boxes filled with pocket watches, thimbles, seashells, broken glass, and other bric-a-brac. Cornell is now prized by art critics as one of the seminal artists in American history. Dates are Nov. 9-Dec. 10. Hotel Cassiopeia is a SITI Company production.

The remainder of the season runs as follows:

  • Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, translated by Paul Schmidt, directed by Charles Newell, in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art (at MCA), Jan. 11-Feb. 11, 2007.

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  • Flyin' West by Pearl Cleage, directed by Ron OJ Parson, March 8–April 8, 2007.
  • Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, directed by Charles Newell, May 3–June 3, 2007. Court Theatre, the professional theatre in residence at the University of Chicago, is located at 5535 S. Ellis Ave. in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. To purchase a subscription or receive more information, call the Court Theatre Box Office at (773) 753-4472 or visit Court's website, CourtTheatre.uchicago.edu.

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