Court Theatre will stage two world premieres, from Manual Cinema and David Auburn, in its 64th season, as well as plays from August Wilson, Anna Ziegler and Ntozake Shange, the Hyde Park company announced Tuesday. Opening the season will be the 10th ...
Court Theatre will stage two world premieres, from Manual Cinema and David Auburn, in its 64th season, as well as plays from August Wilson, Anna Ziegler and Ntozake Shange, the Hyde Park company announced Tuesday.
Opening the season will be the 10th and final play in Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle: “Radio Golf.” The drama will be the 7th in the cycle directed at Court by Ron OJ Parson. About a real estate developer with dreams of becoming the first black mayor of Pittsburgh, “Radio Golf” will star Tyla Abercrumbie as Mame, Allen Gilmore as Harmond, James Vincent Meredith as Roosevelt and Alfred H. Wilson as Old Joe. (“Radio Golf” plays Aug. 30-Sept. 30).
The premiere of an immersive “Frankenstein,” adapted from the Mary Shelley novel by Chicago-based shadow puppetry innovators Manual Cinema, will come to life in the winter. Devised by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace and Julia Miller, with concept by Dir and original music by Kyle Vegter and Ben Kauffman, the gothic tale will fuse the monster’s origin story with Shelley’s biography (Nov. 1-Dec. 2).
Kicking off the new year will be Anna Ziegler’s “Photograph 51,” about the British chemist Rosalind Franklin and her role in the double helix DNA discovery. Vanessa Stalling will direct. Chaon Cross will star as Franklin (Jan. 17-Feb. 17).
In the spring, original Broadway cast member Seret Scott will direct Ntozake Shange’s beloved choreopoem “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” featuring stories from seven women about suffering and surviving (March 14-April 14).
Closing out the season is the world premiere of “The Adventures of Augie March,” adapted by David Auburn from Saul Bellow’s coming-of-age novel set during the Great Depression. The production will be helmed by artistic director Charles Newell (May 9-June 9).
All performances take place at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave.
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