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Court Theatre's 2013-2014 Season Explores Embattled Souls

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A vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.; an ancient Greek take on the nightmarish obsession that is war; a lyrical meditation on African-American life in the 1940s; a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about an Iraqi war veteran on the homefront; and a highly theatrical study of East-West identity. That is just a brief summary of Court Theatre's 2013-2014 season. Here are the details:

± "The Mountaintop" (Sept. 5-Oct. 6): A play by Katori Hall, directed by Ron OJ Parson, that is set on the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. As the weary man returns to his lonely motel room in Memphis and begins work on his next speech, he strikes up a conversation with a young hotel maid, Camae, who turns out to be something other than she appears. A drama in which "the material meets the divine."

± "An Iliad" (Nov. 13-Dec. 8): A reprise of the stunning 2011 production that features Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's riveting adaptation of Homer's epic poem about three millennia of war and bloodshed. Directed by Court's artistic director, Charles Newell, and featuring a one-man tour de force performance by Timothy Edward Kane (who received a Jeff Award for his work), this is a must-see sure to bring return viewers.

± "Seven Guitars" (Jan. 9-Feb. 9, 2014): Set in Pittsburgh in 1948, this entry in August Wilson's "Century Cycle" about African-American life deals with fate, violence, justice, and the blues. It looks at six characters who gather to mourn Floyd "Schoolboy" Barton, a blues guitarist "with feet of clay" who died with fame and celebrity just beyond his reach. Ron OJ Parson directs.

± "Water by the Spoonful" (March 6-April 6, 2014): This Chicago premiere of Quiara Alegría Hudes' 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner, with Henry Godinez making his Court directing debut, "takes a painfully honest and surprisingly humorous look at the unconventional communities we create when we seek redemption from our personal failings." It focuses on Iraq war veteran Elliot Ortiz who returns home to find ghosts from his past, an overachieving cousin, and his estranged mother, who struggles to stay clean as she moderates a chat room for recovering crack addicts like herself.

± "M. Butterfly" (May 8-June 8, 2014): This Tony Award-winning classic by David Henry Hwang, to be directed by Charles Newell, deals with sex, espionage, and imperialism as it interweaves the story of Puccini's opera "Madame Butterfly" with the true tale of Rene Gallimard, a meek French civil servant who meets the woman of his dreams in Song Liling, a beautiful, Chinese opera diva who is not at all who or what she appears to be.

For three, four and five-play subscriptions ($90-$247) call (773) 753-4472, or visit www.CourtTheatre.org. Individual tickets for all shows will be available on July 16.


A vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.; an ancient Greek take on the nightmarish obsession that is war; a lyrical meditation on African-American life in the 1940s; a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about an Iraqi war veteran on the homefront; and a highly theatrical study of East-West identity. That is just a brief summary of Court Theatre's 2013-2014 season. Here are the details:

± "The Mountaintop" (Sept. 5-Oct. 6): A play by Katori Hall, directed by Ron OJ Parson, that is set on the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. As the weary man returns to his lonely motel room in Memphis and begins work on his next speech, he strikes up a conversation with a young hotel maid, Camae, who turns out to be something other than she appears. A drama in which "the material meets the divine."

± "An Iliad" (Nov. 13-Dec. 8): A reprise of the stunning 2011 production that features Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's riveting adaptation of Homer's epic poem about three millennia of war and bloodshed. Directed by Court's artistic director, Charles Newell, and featuring a one-man tour de force performance by Timothy Edward Kane (who received a Jeff Award for his work), this is a must-see sure to bring return viewers.

± "Seven Guitars" (Jan. 9-Feb. 9, 2014): Set in Pittsburgh in 1948, this entry in August Wilson's "Century Cycle" about African-American life deals with fate, violence, justice, and the blues. It looks at six characters who gather to mourn Floyd "Schoolboy" Barton, a blues guitarist "with feet of clay" who died with fame and celebrity just beyond his reach. Ron OJ Parson directs.

± "Water by the Spoonful" (March 6-April 6, 2014): This Chicago premiere of Quiara Alegría Hudes' 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner, with Henry Godinez making his Court directing debut, "takes a painfully honest and surprisingly humorous look at the unconventional communities we create when we seek redemption from our personal failings." It focuses on Iraq war veteran Elliot Ortiz who returns home to find ghosts from his past, an overachieving cousin, and his estranged mother, who struggles to stay clean as she moderates a chat room for recovering crack addicts like herself.

± "M. Butterfly" (May 8-June 8, 2014): This Tony Award-winning classic by David Henry Hwang, to be directed by Charles Newell, deals with sex, espionage, and Imperialism as it interweaves the story of Puccini's opera "Madame Butterfly" with the true tale of Rene Gallimard, a meek French civil servant who meets the woman of his dreams in Song Liling, a beautiful, Chinese opera diva who is not at all who or what she appears to be.

For three, four and five-play subscriptions ($90-$247) call (773) 753-4472, or visit www.CourtTheatre.org. Individual tickets for all shows will be available on July 16.

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