Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Will Get Fresh Staging at Chicago's Court Theatre; Season Announced

News   Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Will Get Fresh Staging at Chicago's Court Theatre; Season Announced
 
Court Theatre in Chicago announced a 2010-11 season that will include an intimate new version of Porgy and Bess, plus works by Shakespeare, Sarah Ruhl and Samm-Art Williams.

The 56th season will launch with director Sean Graney's new production of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, Sept. 16-Oct. 17, 2010.

At the other end of the slate will be a freshly conceived revival of George Gershwin's 1935 folk opera Porgy and Bess, with words by DuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin.

Artistic director Charles Newell, music director Doug Peck and artistic consultant Ron OJ Parson will oversee the musical.

"I'm thrilled to bring Porgy and Bess to our Hyde Park home," Newell said in a statement. "With collaborators Doug Peck and Ron OJ Parson, we'll be working with an all-African-American ensemble to tell the story of Porgy and Bess in a way that honors the humanity of the characters and the original intent of Gershwin and Heyward. Court Theatre's intimate space makes it possible to present Gershwin's soaring music and classic story in a way that audiences have never before experienced."

Porgy and Bess will play May 12, 2011–June 19, 2011. The Court season also includes Samm-Art Williams' Home directed by resident artist Parson and Ruhl's adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando, directed by Jessica Thebus.

The 2010-11 season's fifth play, to be directed by Charles Newell, is yet to be determined; the complete season will be performed at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.

For information, call (773) 753-4472, or visit www.CourtTheatre.org.

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