In Kia Corthron's drama, Seeking The Genesis, C Ana [sic], a single mother battles to raise her children in a big-city housing project. Her 15 year-old son, Justin, earns his stripes in the culture of drugs and guns, but C Ana wants to keep her youngest, Kite, out of that circle. He already has violent tendencies, so a schoolteacher suggests medicating him with Ritalin -- a cure that turns out to be worse than the sociological disease.
Seeking The Genesis is receiving its world premiere staging in Chicago as part of the Goodman Studio Series. The show, staged by Walter Dallas (who directed Seven Guitars' world premiere at the Goodman), opens Oct. 28 and runs to Nov. 17.
Kia Corthron wrote Seeking The Genesis on commission by the Goodman. Her other plays include Cage Rhythm, Come Down Burning and Wake Up Lou Riser. As recipient of Manhattan Theatre Club's first Van Lier Playwrighting Fellowship, Corthron wrote Catnap Allegience.
Ora Jones heads the cast of Genesis, which also features Demetrius D. Thornton as Justin, Raphael Chestang as Kite, Tim Edward Rhoze, Christopher Brown, Rachel Robinson, Rick Sandoval, Kim Leigh Smith, and Kava Stewartson. Sets are by Robert C. Martin, costumes by Karin Kopischke, lighting by Kathy Perkins, and sound by Rob Milburn.
For tickets and information on Seeking The Genesis, call (312) 443 3800. -- By David Lefkowitz