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Middle Passage Feb 14 - Apr 5, 2020  
Lifeline Theatre Middle Passage
 
Middle Passage is an epic work adapted from Charles Johnson's celebrated book of the same name. Written for the stage by David Barr, III and Ilesa Duncan, the story follows cavalier, self-confessed rascal Rutherford Calhoun, a recently freed slave, from Illinois down to decadent 1830 New Orleans. In an attempt to escape debtors and avoid a forced marriage, he stows away on an outbound rigger, The Republic. But The Republic is not just any ship. It's a slave ship-and it's headed to Africa. Thus begins a voyage of self-discovery that changes our young hero forever.
 
   
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Feb 26 - Mar 21, 2020  
Steppenwolf Theatre I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
 
A world premiere adaptation of Erika L. Sanchez's award-winning novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter follows Julia, a Chicago high school student as she navigates trials and tribulations of following her dreams of becoming a writer alongside the death of her older sister, Olga-who might not have been quite as perfect as she seemed. This poignant and vibrant new work is a love story to young Chicanas who, in trying to find the truth about the people and the world around them, end up finding themselves.
 
   
Molly Sweeney Mar 7 - Apr 12, 2020  
Goodman Theatre Molly Sweeney
 
Dr. Rice; Act II In this riveting exploration of triumph and loss, master storyteller Brian Friel-"a towering figure of the stage, from Dublin to Broadway" (The Guardian)-reveals the unexpected consequences of a modern medical miracle. Visually impaired since infancy, Molly agrees to a procedure that will restore her sight. But is it she who benefits most-or her ambitious spouse, or her doctor's career? Robert Falls directs a major revival of this "astonishing, highly entertaining, deeply moving meditation on hope, change and despair" (The New York Times).
 
   
The Lady from the Sea Mar 12 - Apr 12, 2020  
Court Theatre The Lady from the Sea
 
When a sailor returns to fulfill his promise, a lighthouse keeper's daughter must choose between her landlocked marriage and the mesmerizing allure of the sea. Hailed as a watershed moment in Ibsen's writing, The Lady from the Sea dissects issues of duty, marriage, and agency with raw emotion and disarming resonance. Director Shana Cooper injects the text with a visceral physicality that thrillingly reflects and refracts Ibsen's structure and characterization.
 
   
Intimate Apparel Mar 12 - Apr 19, 2020  
Northlight Theatre Intimate Apparel
 
In 1905, a black seamstress named Esther sews her way out of poverty stitch by delicate stitch, creating fine lingerie for her Manhattan clientele while longing for a husband and a future. She finds common ground with the Jewish merchant who sells her fabric, yet both know their relationship cannot be. So when correspondence with a lonesome Caribbean man leads to a marriage proposal, she accepts. But as her new marriage quickly turns to regret, Esther turns back to her sewing machine to rebuild her life and refashion her future.
 
   
Neither Mar 14 - Apr 19, 2020  
Lifeline Theatre Neither
 
In the land of This and That there are only two kinds of animals, these and those. Then, one day something different hatches! But it isn't this or that. Is it both, or is it neither? What do you do when you feel you don't belong? Based on the book by Airlie Anderson, explore the things that make us unique in this world premiere musical that teaches that it's our differences that make us special.
 
   
The Last Match Mar 18 - Jun 7, 2020  
Writers Theatre The Last Match
 
When a young Russian tennis phenom and an American superstar in his prime meet at center court, it's a tough call whether the greatest drama is playing out off the court or on! As the swift action volleys between primetime tennis matches and the most pivotal moments in the personal lives of the competitors and their equally driven romantic partners, sharp and insightful playwright Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51) draws you inside the minds of all four as they face challenges in sport, life and love. What results is a fast-paced and moving montage exploring family, the sacrifices we make for success and the legacy we leave behind.
 
   
Dhaba on Devon Avenue Mar 27 - Apr 26, 2020  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Dhaba on Devon Avenue
 
Dhaba Canteen has been a Devon Avenue institution since the 60s, with their delicious Sindhi food transporting you back to the halcyon days of undivided India. Now it's on the verge of bankruptcy. And the family that has run it for generations is ready to go to war over its fate. Written by Madhuri Shekar, (Queen) and directed by Victory Gardens Artistic Director Chay Yew, it's King Lear meets The Cherry Orchard in this Chicago story of fathers and daughters, of legacy, and of survival at all costs.
 
   
School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play Mar 27 - Apr 26, 2020  
Goodman Theatre School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play
 
Paulina, Part III This biting and buoyant comedy, "ferociously entertaining, as heartwarming as it is hilarious" (The Hollywood Reporter), arrives in Chicago on the heels of a critically acclaimed, extended run Off-Broadway. As the reigning queen bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school sets her sights on the Miss Universe pageant, a new student unexpectedly changes the game. This "gleeful African makeover of an American genre" (The New York Times) spotlights the universal similarities-and glaring differences-of teenage girls around the globe.
 
   
The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington Apr 2 - May 17, 2020  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington
 
The recently widowed "Mother of America" lies helpless in her Mount Vernon bed, ravaged by illness and attended to by the very enslaved people who will be free the moment she dies. The form-shifting fever dream that follows takes us deep into the ugly, uncomfortable and thorny ramifications of America's original sin. Both fantastical and fraught with cruel reality, this Chicago premiere from a daring new voice pulls no punches as it puts our idols, and ourselves, on trial.
 
   
Disney's Freaky Friday, A New Musical Apr 10 - May 24, 2020  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Disney's Freaky Friday, A New Musical
 
Porchlight Music Theatre is excited to present the Chicago premiere of Disney's newest musical comedy for the whole family! Based on the hit book and beloved films, and from the combined talents who created Once Upon a Mattress, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, Next to Normal, American Idiot, High Fidelity, If/Then and Bring it On, this is the modern story of an overworked mother and her teenage daughter who magically swap bodies and, with hilarious results, have only one day to put things right again before Mom's big wedding. Featuring a fresh, fun and high-energy musical score, this NEW Disney musical is a heartfelt, comedic and unexpectedly emotional take on an American classic for the young and young in heart.
 
   
American Mariachi Apr 25 - May 31, 2020  
Goodman Theatre American Mariachi
 
Familia, amor and tradiciόn are at the heart of this hilarious and heartwarming new comedy about the freedom to dream big. Lucha spends her days caring for her ailing mother, but longs to shake up her 1970s home life. When a forgotten record album sparks her mother's memory, Lucha and her cousin strike upon a radical idea: to create an all-female mariachi band. Infused with live mariachi music, this "big-hearted, musical tug at the heartstrings" (Denver Post) reveals how music and love can make just about anything possible.
 
   
Kinky Boots Apr 29 - Jun 14, 2020  
Paramount Theatre Kinky Boots
 
Charlie Price is a reluctant shoe maker. Lola is a fierce drag queen. These two could not be more different, but when they find common ground in shoes, they see a whole new world of possibilities open up to them that will turn their small town upside down, and just might save Charlie's failing shoe factory.
 
   
Mementos Mori May 6 - Jun 14, 2020  
Writers Theatre Mementos Mori
 
When the persona of "Death" unexpectedly finds herself in California, she trades her scythe for an iPhone and wanders Hollywood, "swiping right" on loss and introducing unexpected connections into the otherwise disparate lives of a ghost, a young girl, and an elderly projectionist. This ambitious show uses multiple puppets, seven overhead projectors, two cameras and three screens to create a live "movie" for the audience. Accompanied by four musicians playing an original score, along with live foley sound effects, the result is a rich mosaic of cinematic storytelling!
 
   
The Gospel at Colonus May 7 - Jun 7, 2020  
Court Theatre The Gospel at Colonus
 
Soulful and stirring, The Gospel at Colonus reimagines the story of Oedipus as the centerpiece of an African American Pentecostal church service. A redemptive celebration, this one-of-a-kind theatrical event breathes new life into a classic myth with a score of powerful gospel music. A bold collaboration from an extraordinary team of artists led by Charles Newell and TaRon Patton, The Gospel at Colonus builds upon the strengths and experiences of its directors to bring this nationally-touring Broadway smash hit to life with new clarity on Chicago's South Side.
 
   
Songs For Nobodies May 7 - Jun 14, 2020  
Northlight Theatre Songs For Nobodies
 
This one-woman tour-de-force celebrates the iconic work of Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas. Share in the unexpected encounters between these legendary divas and the ordinary women whose lives were changed by their brush with fame. Featuring such favorites as "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Crazy," and "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do," Songs for Nobodies illuminates the power of song to share a story, heal a heartbreak, and inspire a dream.
 
   
King James May 7 - Jun 21, 2020  
Steppenwolf Theatre King James
 
"King" LeBron James's reign in Cleveland brings promise, prosperity and renewal to a city in desperate need of all three. As the city celebrates a championship, two estranged friends spar in a verbal game of 1 on 1, revealing past secrets, present truths, and a possible future after "The King" has left the building. Steppenwolf, in association with Center Theatre Group, co-presents this world premiere by ensemble member Rajiv Joseph and directed by Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro. King James will also be produced in Los Angeles as part of Center Theatre Group's 2020/21 season.
 
   

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